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About Shelton Steele
Shelton grew up on a Polled Hereford beef farm in Statesville, NC. His early childhood barbecue memories were the family pilgrimages to Keaton's BBQ, famous for its no-nonsense customer service and barbecue chicken. Ironically, Shelton had to leave North Carolina to start his formal barbecue education. In 2006, he moved to Arizona, while his wife attended medical school. Shelton partnered with a friend to open BBQ Island, Arizona's largest outdoor kitchen grill store. Selling gas grills led to selling smokers, and smokers led to barbecue festivals and classes. Some of the nation's top pit master's taught at BBQ Island. Shelton's barbecue mentor was an award-winning Kansas City pit master named Chris Marks. Shelton worked with Chris to put on a dozen barbecue classes in Arizonia and North Carolina. Shelton competed with Chris and his Three Little Pigs BBQ team at the American Royal in Kansas City in 2011, and again in 2012.
Shelton returned to Asheville in 2013. He immediately started competing at Asheville's only BBW competition, KnuckleDeep BBQ. His team, ThunderPig Allstars, has won numerous awards. Shelton has also catered Beer City Festival and Brewgrass, and he also hosts an annual barbecue fundraiser at Hall Fletcher Elementary.