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2015 BBQ Person of the Year: Brooke Orrison Lewis, The Shed BBQ

Posted By: Richard Wachtel
Published: January 4, 2016


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Barbecue Person of the Year is more than who wins the most barbecue competitions or even who sells the most barbecue sauce during the year, BBQ Person of the Year is about who has made a positive impact not only in the world of barbecue but also using barbecue to help support the greater community, and this statement can not be more true of the 2015 BBQ Person of the Year: Brooke Orrison Lewis.

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Brett Orrison, Brooke Lewis and Brad Orrison began their BBQ and Blues journey in 2001 and Brooke has surely made a name for her self in the barbecue world.



Brooke plays an active roll with The Shed’s competition team. Their most recent wins being The 2015 World Grand Champions of Memphis in May as well as holding the 1st place title for Brisket at the 2015 World Food Championships for the second year running.

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In addition, Brooke served seven years on the executive board of the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association. She actively supports The National BBQ Association and Operation BBQ Relief.

More recently Brooke was named as one of the most 12 most influential women in BBQ and Brooke was award the Barbecue Heroine Award in 2012 by the National BBQ Association.

In addition, you might have seen Brooke on the Travel Channel’s American Grilled New Orleans and also on the “Shed BBQ” on the Food Network. Also, in 2015 the Shed BBQ was the World Champion at the Memphis In May BBQ Competition.

Personally, I have gotten a chance to get to know Brooke and I am always amazed by how passionate she is about BBQ and using barbecue as a vehicle to help others through supporting Operation BBQ Relief. When I went down to visit the Shed BBQ Joint, Brooke was busy loading a trailer full of catering donations for Operation BBQ Relief.

Brooke, is a true ambassador of barbecue and also Brooke can add BBQ Person of the Year and the first women to win the award to the very long list of accomplishments and I couldn’t be more honored to know Brooke and also award her with this great honor.

I wish her the best and I look forward to seeing Brooke to grow and become an amazing figure in the barbecue and grilling world in the years to come! I know that she is going to continue to do amazing things by helping spreading the gospel of barbecue and have an amazing impact in the greater barbecue community.


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