ALAMO, Tenn., April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Southern Pride MLR 150 smoker has been awarded the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) Seal of Approval, according to Jared Robertson, President of Southern Pride, an Alamo, Tenn.-based manufacturer of wood-burning barbecue pits and smokers.
"With four decades of equipping our customers for grilling and barbecuing, we're honored to be recognized for our efforts in aiding competitors," he said, referring to development of the MLR 150 competition package.
"The MLR 150 is the first smoker to pass the rigorous KCBS performance inspection and earn the KCBS Seal of Approval," said Carolyn Wells, Executive Director of KCBS, an international nonprofit dedicated to celebrating, teaching, protecting and promoting the culinary technique, sport and art form of barbecue. "KCBS values innovative industry partners like Southern Pride."
Wells pointed out that worldwide more than 20,000 KCBS members have opportunities to compete in more than 450 sanctioned events.
"The components included in the MLR 150's competition package make this wood burning, rotisserie smoker completely competition ready," Wells said, adding, "That's a great benefit to our members."
Boasting cooking capacities of 24 pieces of pork butts, 24 sides of St. Louis style ribs, eight whole beef briskets or 80 pounds of chicken wings in one cook cycle, the MLR 150 is available stationary, trailer mounted or with competition cart configurations.
Robertson explained that three individual components were combined to produce an optional competition package for the MLR 150.
"The first component of the competition upgrade package is the gas cut-off switch that disables the gas flow while still allowing the burner blower to provide the air supply to stoke the solid fuel located in the firebox," Robertson said. "This allows the smoker to remain thermostatically controlled without the use of gas."
The second component is a charcoal grate that is inserted in the firebox, allowing use of solid fuel as the only heat source.
"The third element is the moisture infusion system, which is a gravity drip technique that introduces moisture into the cooking chamber by dripping on the firebox," Robertson added. "With the loss of moisture the gas produces when it burns, this drip system provides more consistent heat distribution, produces a higher yield product and helps prevent the product from drying out."
About Southern Pride
Southern Pride was founded in 1976 when Mike Robertson and his father, B.B., hand built and marketed their first rotisserie smoker. Today, some 20,000 smokers later, Southern Pride laser cuts, bends and forms their own stainless steel and assembles every element of the smokers, still by hand in their 117,000 square foot manufacturing headquarters in Alamo, TN. For more information, visit: southern-pride.com.
About Kansas City Barbeque Society
The Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the sport of barbeque. KCBS is the world's largest food organization with over 20,000 barbeque and grilling enthusiasts worldwide.
KCBS sanctions more than 450 barbeque contests throughout the United States and 28 countries. From volunteering to actual event production, our members raise funds for charitable and civic organizations by hosting contests that reach 15+ million people each year. For more information, visit: kcbs.us.
SOURCE Southern Pride