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Tuffy Stone discusses "The Ultimate Barbecue Showdown".

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click to enlarge Tuffy Stone didn't catch the Rams games but was close enough to send the smoky smells of Richmond barbecue their way at Reliant Stadium in Houston earlier this month. Stone makes an appearance on a different CBS competition show next month. - SCOTT ELMQUIST
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  • Tuffy Stone didn't catch the Rams games but was close enough to send the smoky smells of Richmond barbecue their way at Reliant Stadium in Houston earlier this month. Stone makes an appearance on a different CBS competition show next month.

Tuffy Stone might need an agent. The pit master of champion barbecue team Cool Smoke and owner of Q Barbeque and A Sharper Palate just finished an eight-day filming session for a program set to air on CBS next month. It's called "The Ultimate Barbecue Showdown," and puts Stone against Neil Strawder from Bigmista's Barbecue, Bubba Latimer of Bub-Ba-Q, and Myron Mixon of Jack's Old South. This follows last year's TLC channel pit master series, which helped drive up Stone's screen cred while his barbecue was winning awards on the highly competitive circuit.

Filming took place just outside Reliant Stadium in Houston during the Final Four basketball championship, although Stone didn't get to see the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams play. He can't disclose what he cooked or how he competed, but acknowledges, "They had to pat my cowlick down," before he faced the cameras. "Just let me light my fire and get some food on, that's what brings me peace," the accidental star says.

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The show airs May 28, and will be the first time competition barbecue is featured on major network television. Next up, expansion plans for Stone's businesses and a return to Memphis, Tenn., for another championship. "I could work 18 hours a day and never be caught up," he says, speaking by phone on the hunt for a crayfish lunch in the bayous of Louisiana.

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