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DAREN PROCTOR

Pitmaster | BBQ Photographer
dp Photography
Hughesville, MD

DAREN PROCTOR IS A NATIVE OF SOUTHERN MARYLAND WHO IS ALWAYS COOKING FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. HE PURCHASED HIS FIRST BIG GREEN EGG IN EARLY 2003 AND HAS BEEN COOKING ON IT EVER SINCE.

While cooking with the Egg he met many people at events, such as Eggfest, that he would soon work with in the future. One of those people being Jennifer Adams. In 2014 Jennifer introduced Daren to Chris Capell the owner of Dizzy Pig. He took pictures for Chris and attended all of his classes. While doing so he gained even more knowledge about BBQ and was soon asked by Chris to come to a competition with himself and the rest of the team. Shortly after they won the competition he was asked to permanently join the team which he gladly accepted.

With the Dizzy Pig team they won numerous awards and had many enjoyable moments. Daren then started to work for Flame boss and Smokeware by helping to promote their products at events he attends. Daren even worked for BAC Sales for a year, going to BBQ events and cooking to help sell BGE’s at the events. Daren also loves to bring his daughter Kaitlyn when he can because she also loves helping the team. Kaitlyn and her father, after a few years of competitions, decided to become KCBS judges to expand their expertise in BBQ.

GET TO KNOW DAREN PROCTOR

Daren has a hard time choosing just thing that’s his favorite to cook on. He loves his ceramic cooker for every day cooking and prefers his Gateway Drum for hot and fast Boston butts, ribs and brisket. When he wants to relax a bit and cook up a mess of ribs or chicken, he reaches for his pit barrel.

He loves using the hickory lump charcoal from B&B because it’s perfect for both long and short cooks. For long cooks, the coal lasts a long time and the heat flow is consistent. For short cooks you do not need as much of the coal because of its high quality.

What does Daren like to cook? Well, steak is number one in his books! He just can’t see going to an expensive restaurant and paying so much money for a steak. It’s something easy enough that he can do in his own backyard, and probably gets a better flavor and cook from his grills.

 

GREATEST BBQ ACHIEVEMENT

Daren is proud to be a part of the Dizzy Pig team, who has won 2 Grand Championships back-to-back. In the Fall of 2018, Daren took 2nd place in his first SCA competition, alongside his daughter.

Daren really enjoys the time he gets to spend with with his daughter at BBQ events. They are both KCBS judges, where they continue to learn and challenge their BBQ skills

ABOUT DP PHOTOGRAPHY

Daren has been taking photos since 1997. His work spans from sports, to weddings, to personal events. He covers import drag racing events and has taken photos of featured cars in the Fast and Furious movies. He also covers University of Maryland football events, and likes to support the Ronald McDonald House charity.