VIC CLEVENGER

BBQ Personality
Chimney Cartel
Kissimmee, FL

WHEN YOU BOIL IT DOWN, VIC IS JUST A TALKER WHO LOVES TO COOK OUTSIDE. HE TOURS THE COUNTRY NOT ONLY AS A COMEDIAN BUT AS A BBQ’ER SPREADING HIS PHILOSOPHY OF, “IF YOU AIN’T HAVING FUN, THEN WHY DO IT.”

He goes into a cookin’ competition the same way he heads into a comedy show, seeking to make a connection. This is why Vic won’t be tucked away in some prep area but rather trimming his brisket out where people can stop by for a visit. The reason for this as he says is, “How can I show them how much fun this is and how much fun I’m having if I’m not where the laughter is.” Just like drawing on the energy of a great crowd at a show, Vic gets excited to show others how much fun this BBQ life is.

When he isn’t crisscrossing the nation doing stand-up, you can find him cooking and sharing his BBQ philosophy to all who will listen which Vic says, “It’s easy to get them to listen when you feed them free BBQ.”

WHAT THEY LIKE TO COOK ON

Vic has been fortunate enough to cook on just about every name brand cooker out there. From Old Hickory, to Pit Barrel Cooker and has a Green Mountain Grill sitting in his living room. However, his favorite and very first cooker, of any consequence, is one given to him by his brother who “borrowed” it from the Wal-Mart years ago (the statute of limitations has probably expired by now). Although this is Vic’s go to when at home, at competitions Vic has the most fun cooking on the homemade cookers made from pieces picked up at yard sales and scrap yards. In keeping with his cookin’ should be fun mantra.

Vic is a man of many tastes, but his eating is still solidly grounded in the traditional southern cuisines. This means his dinner plate is often filled with ribs, pulled pork and brisket, and the more than occasional steak. This doesn’t mean that he isn’t partial to cooking a dessert on the grill like his upside down pineapple cake! For breakfast it will be biscuits and gravy, because you have to – it is tradition after all.

When Vic isn’t on stage entertaining audiences, you can find him cooking with his Cookin’ Comedian BBQ competition team. As an award winning pit-master, Vic has developed his own BBQ sauce which can be acquired at his shows if you’d like a taste. His love for food and cooking began as a youth when his mother would let him lick the beaters as she cooked (sometimes she even turned them off). He jokes that, “Mom taught me and my brother how to cook because she figured we were just too ugly to find wives and would need to survive on our own.” At least he thinks it was a joke.

ABOUT THE COOKIN’ COMEDIAN

The Chimney Cartel is about exploring new territories, teaching others and having fun while doing it. As the Cartel founder, Vic uses his skills as a speaker, writer and pit-master to motivate others to have this same attitude toward outdoor cooking and as well as in business and life. His articles can be read in a variety of national journals and blogs, including right here on the B&B Charcoal site.

Vic has been speaking, teaching and writing professionally for over 30 years. Using comedy to not only entertain audiences but also how they can become better communicators, leaders and outdoor cooks. As a former college professor of communications, Vic brings a unique wealth of knowledge to conferences around the country and he has jokes, lots of jokes. What sets Vic apart from many is his ability to personalize his presentation/show to fit whatever conference or event he is attending.

ABOUT THE COOKIN’ COMEDIAN

Vic won his very first award at his very first competition. This award was from Cheerios, who was a sponsor of the event, for his smoked Honey Nut Cheerios crusted chicken legs. Walking the stage in the Dessert category at the World Food Championships where he got to compete with his daughter was another highlight in his BBQ career.

Vic is a teacher at heart. So when he was asked to teach his first BBQ class it showed him, he does have something to say and people will listen (again there was free food involved).

Cherry Pie with Oatmeal Crumble

Cherry Pie with Oatmeal Crumble

It doesn’t get much easier than this Cherry Pie with Oatmeal Crumble. Starting with an easy homemade pie crust, the pie is then filled with cherries and a simple oatmeal crisp.

No Bake Cookies

No Bake Cookies

Everyone loves a good cookie, but when camping you don’t always have access to an oven, that is when No Bake Cookiesbecome an easy camp friendly option.

Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird Cake is as sweet as it sounds. Cinnamon, bananas, mixed nuts, and pineapple are mixed together in this easy to make dessert.

Kentucky Derby Pie

Kentucky Derby Pie

Whether you’re at the races or enjoying a dinner at home, you’ll love this Kentucky Derby Pie. A simple dessert, it mixes chocolate, nuts, and a splash of bourbon.

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