About Us

Our mission "TO MENTOR AND PROMOTE BARBECUE AND THE BARBECUE LIFESTYLE IN OUR LOCAL NEIGHBORHOODS AND THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF NEVADA."

What we are all about

 

The Nevada Barbecue Association is a member driven organization.  Our mission "TO MENTOR AND PROMOTE BARBECUE AND THE BARBECUE LIFESTYLE IN OUR LOCAL NEIGHBORHOODS AND THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF NEVADA." is what we are all about.  We are an all volunteer organization that has enjoyed being part of the large growth of competition grilling and BBQ events.  The Nevada BBQ Association meets the third Wednesday of every month in Las Vegas, NV. Fill out our contact page or find us on facebook for meeting time and locations.

Board Member Bios

Hank Houston - President

My name is Henry (Hank) Houston, born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. I have been married to Lisa for 35 years, and we are the proud parents of two daughters and grandparents of one granddaughter. My first love is football. I have played from high school all the way to semi-Pro in Phoenix, AZ for 8 years. Never made it big so it was time to work for a living which I did until 2008. In 2009, I was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney failure and needed a kidney transplant. In May 2010, I started dialysis 3 times a week for 4 hours each session until April of 2011, when I received a kidney transplant. Healthy and cooking again, I started a BBQ team, the original name was Drandaddy’s BBQ (because my granddaughter couldn’t  say Granddaddy). The name was changed after 1 year to Boneyard BarbeQ (after you eat our BBQ you have a yard full of bones). We entered the 1st Ribfest, placed in the middle of the pack, and we were bitten by the competition bug. We have competed in several local contests winning a few awards along the way. Boneyard BarbeQ is a catering only establishment, we have been officially in business for 1 year.

Steve Roy - Vice President

Travis Barr - Secretary

Jason Stoffel - Treasurer

My name is Jason Stoffel.  I am a local attorney for 12 years.  I own my own law firm with my wife.  I have been a member of the Nevada BBQ Association for a few years and I attend most meetings.   I have been a fan of BBQ for many years. I am a KCBS Certified BBQ Judge since 2012 (#69199).  I have judged approximately 12 BBQ Contests in Nevada and Arizona.
 

Leon Drew - Director of Judges

Leon was born in Lawson, Mo, a small town 35 miles north of Kansas City.  He’s the third of six children.

In 1961 Leon and his childhood friend left Lawson for California in a 1951 Cadillac convertible without a top.  They ran out of gas money in Colorado and got a job washing dishes in Estes Park.  When the season ended they continued on toward California.  They started having car trouble outside of Delta, Utah but managed to make it to Ely, Nevada.  The car was parked behind the Hotel Nevada and never ran again.  His friend got a job bartending and Leon got a job dealing craps at the Hotel Nevada.  That job was the starting point for a 45 year career in the Gaming Industry. 

Leon met his wife Mary at the Hotel Nevada in 1961 and was married in Ely in 1963.  In

1964 they moved to Reno, Nevada to work for Harrah’s.  In 1969 their son Robert was born.

Leon and Mary’s Gaming career covered 45 years in many different cities across the country plus Canada and New Zealand.  Leon dealt the games for nine years then moved up to management for the remainder of his career.  He retired in 2005 from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.  Retirement gave him the chance to do what he always wanted to do, Barbecue.  Leon’s first contest was the 2006 American Royal Open.

Leon is a Master KCBS Judge and the Head Cook of the Squat and Gobble Barbeque team. He is a long time member of the Kansas City Barbecue Society.  He cooks on a WSM and competes about five times a year.  He also judges five or six contests a year. 

His favorite contest is the Best Dam Barbecue Challenge held in Boulder City, Nevada.  He’s competed in ten American Royal contests and considers it the ultimate contest. 

Barbecue is a great sport.  The interaction and friendships that develop at contests are a great part of the barbecue world.  He has been a NVBBQA member since its start up in 2011

 

Jackie Difloe - Membership Director

Store Manager for Le Creuset, in Primm, NV

Associates Degree in Culinary Arts

 

Lived in NV for 15 yrs.

2 boys, Joey and Adam

Served on the Coronado Band concessions team for 3 years and headed concessions for 4 years.

Volunteer for the Boy Scouts for 18 years at the unit and district levels. Eagle Scout Project Reviewer and Eagle Board of Review staff for 4 years.  

Member of NVBBQA for 4 years.

Traveled to CA and AZ for competitions

 

About 5 yrs ago, my 14 yr old son Adam kept talking about smoking meat. I told him this wasn't something we needed to do!  Months later, I saw an off-set smoker on clearance at Target and bought it, mostly to grill on charcoal. Adam commandeered it for smoking. While channel surfing one night, I came across BBQ Pitmasters. I told Adam about it, and we started watching it. We went to check out a bbq competition at Mandalay Bay and met Johnny Trigg and Harry Soo. Harry gave Adam some tips. We talked to a local team and found out about Best Dam BBQ, in Boulder City the following month. I called the promoter, and asked if Adam could hang out with a team and learn how to do this crazy thing called barbecue. She found him a team, but at the cook's meeting we found out the team had to cancel the event. We walked around, and met Bill from The Smokin B.A.R., and he said Adam could help him. He let Adam trim, inject and temp all of the meats. He taught Adam a lot. The team fared very well and took RGC, and they made Adam an official member of the team. Adam worked with them on several events over the next 2 yrs, and we did a lot of practicing at home. Adam, at 17, decided to start his own team, and I am his pit crew. My son Joey helps sometimes, with loading, setup and tear down. Our team, Stoked to Smoke, has gotten several awards over the last 2 yrs. We were Reserve Grand Champion in Logandale in 2014. Adam beat Harry Soo, Moe Cason, Neil Strawder and Myron Mixon in ribs, at the Horsetown Brew and Que in 2015.

 

 
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