Barbecue Promoter Named 10th Most Influential Person in the Competition
Barbecue World by USA Today


Coming in as the 10th Most Influential Person in Barbecue is Smoke on the Water Productions President & CEO, Ronnie Cates, according to USA Today.


There can be little argument that the rapid growth of competition barbecue is in large part due to the increased number of competitions popping up throughout the country and the increasing value of the prize purses being offered. No one in the world of barbecue has contributed more to the increase in prize money than Ronnie Cates. His Smoke on the Water Productions is known throughout the sport for promoting premier contests with some of the richest prize purses year after year.


In 2015 Cates’s Smoke on the Water Productions hosted six high dollar contests from coast to coast that saw the biggest names in competition barbecue drive hundreds if not thousands of miles for a shot at a life changing payday. These contests included the East Coast’s largest payout at the Jack Daniel's New Jresey BBQ State Championship and the West Coast’s largest payout at the USA Barbecue Championship in Laughlin, NV.


On his Smoke on the Water Productions website Cates says, “It used to be a handful of contests giving away ribbons and a little bit of prize money. We came in and created events for the true professional to compete against the world’s top teams and increased prize money ten fold. Winning one of our events, especially the prestigious USA Barbecue Championship, now guarantees endorsement opportunities and the notoriety that goes with being the world’s best.”


In addition to attracting the best competition barbecue has to offer, Cates’s events are attracting major sponsors and venues to host them which means more money is coming into the sport of professional barbecue and more of that money is trickling down to teams. It’s possible for Cates to attract sponsors and prestigious venues because of the festival atmosphere he creates to attract the general public to grilling demonstrations, celebrity cook-off’s, product sampling, live music, food vendors, and much more.


Ronnie Cates is a major influencer in the world of barbecue today and with a goal to host the world’s first million dollar barbecue contest is likely to continue his influence on the world of competition barbecue for years to come.

Atlantic City Barbecue Festival Named One of the Top Foodie Destinations in the World.


                            Why go: Casinos, Boardwalk                             Empire  and unbelievable                                 barbecue? 


                            What to do: Right in the heart of Atlantic City you can find some of the world's best barbecue in October when pitmasters from all over the country compete with their meat to win $50,000. This means guests not only get to sample ribs, brisket, chicken and pork, but they can also attend grilling demonstrations, dance to the live bands and taste all sorts of products. In addition, there is always the choice to hit up one of the casinos on the boardwalk and hopefully get your own $50,000 payday.

Millions of Fans Have Watched Smoke Grow Over the Years.


Smoke on the Water Productions barbecue events have been viewed by millions of viewers on many of the top networks including the Travel Channel, Food Network, Discovery Channel, Live Well Network and web site tributes on You Tube with the Barbecue Superstars.

Growing Relationships with Our Partners and Sponsors


We are grateful to our partners and sponsors for their continued support. With their generous commitment and partnership, Smoke on the Water Productions continues its efforts to promote the growth of the world's largest competition barbecue festivals and events.


If you are interested in sponsoring or branding an event  produced by Smoke on the Water, please contact us.

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