Author Dan Gentile recently profiled Ty Machado for Thrillist. In the feature article, Dan tells the story of how he met the teenage pitmaster and B&B Charcoal ambassador last year at the 2017 Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. Brad Orrison from The Shed introduced the two, and since then Dan has seen Ty’s continual growth as a cook and as a person.
The author even got a chance to taste Ty’s masterfully made backyard ribeye steak, which he believes measures up to some of the best steaks out there.
“Smoking a piece of meat can take all day, whereas grilling a perfect steak only requires seven minutes, so he’s taken his talents from the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) to the Steak Cookoff Association (SCA),” wrote Dan Gentile in the Nov. 09 Thrillist article. “Maybe it’s the millennial attention span, or Machado just prefers ribeyes. Either way the transition from culinary marathoner to charcoal sprinter has been seamless. His record this season qualified him for the World Food Championships this weekend in Orange Beach, Alabama, but does he have what it takes to be the best in the world? I’m not a certified judge, but I can confirm that Machado’s backyard ribeye measures up.”
Judges at the 2018 World Food Championships “World Invitational Steak Championship” thought so too as the B&B Charcoal team, led by Ty, made it into the Top 10 in the finals, placing 7th overall among world-class grillmasters.
Other B&B Ambassadors to reach the Top 10 in the World Food Championship’s steak finals included Malcom Reed (2nd place), Kendal Adair (4th place), and Boar’s Night Out (10th place). Team B&B cooked exceptionally well at the World Food Championships.
Ty Machado is the son of B&B Charcoal Marketing and Sales Director Joey Machado, and the pair have been seen for years all over the country while on the BBQ competition trail. There are few BBQ pitmasters who haven’t heard stories of Ty’s talents, or seen him in action at any one of the big cooking competitions held throughout the year.
Joey Machado is listed as the B&B Charcoal team’s head cook because of rules about those under 18 being in charge, but “everyone knows Machado is the one in charge,” Dan Gentile wrote.
At just 13-years-old, Ty competed on the Food Network’s “Kids BBQ Championship.” He has continued to improve and refine his considerable skills ever since debuting on the scene. In 2016, during his first year of serious competition, Ty traveled 22 weekends.
Ty Machado’s first steak cooking competition happened by accident, according to the article. Joey was too busy to cook in the annual National Barbecue and Grilling Association (NBBQA)/Steak Cookoff Association (SCA) Celebrity Cookoff. Ty stepped in and ended up excelling.
“He competed against the likes of Malcom Reed (HowToBBQRight), Brad Orrison (The Shed), Shawna Roppolo (#1 female SCA cook), Johnny Joseph (the godfather of SCA), and 62 more BBQ icons,” Thrillist wrote. “He refused to use a thermometer and his dad prepared a big lecture, but (Ty) placed fourth and his father ate his words. The next night (Ty) competed against the Top 50 cooks in the league and placed third. He won $750 that weekend.”
After the dust settled from the 2018 World Food Championships, Joey Machado wrote on Facebook about how proud he is of his son for not only ranking seventh in the world for steak cooking, but being the High Points Leader for Steak.
“I am so proud of him and so grateful for Christina Fitzgerald for helping us in the final round,” Joey wrote. “Ty really enjoyed WFC and already has his Golden Ticket for 2019.”
“Thank you everyone for the support of this young man,” Joey wrote on Facebook.