The Slabs BBQ

Take Your BBQ To A New Level

Tom & Josh’s Orgasmic Slabs (The Slabs) was founded in 1996 by Josh Wilson and his cousin Tom Wilson. Tom & Josh decided to start competing at the 1996 American Royal where they received a 7th place honorable mention in chicken for their “Tommy Wings”. Unfortunately, Tom passed away in January 1998.

Kyle Laval joined the Slabs in May of 1998. With the help of their family and friends, the Slabs have prospered in competition. Stephanie’s son, Brent Richardson, is the junior member of the team having won Grand Champion Kids Que in Laurie, MO, two years in a row, among other accomplishments.

In 2001, they won numerous top ten awards, but by winning the 2001 Johnson County Barbeque Championship in Warrensburg, MO, they were in the American Royal Invitational and had their names picked from the Jack Daniels World Invitational pool. At Jack Daniels, they received 1st place in the chicken category and 9th place overall. In 2002, numerous top ten awards were earned, Reserve Grand Champion honors at Lawrence, KS; Platte City, MO and Jamesport, MO. The Grand Champion win at the Paola Roots Fest in Paola, KS took the team to the American Royal Invitational and first alternate (and were able to compete!) for Jack Daniels 2002!

Stephanie Wilson

I started out with The Slabs as the “Party Coordinator”. I secured sponsorships, cooked the party meat, and chilled and partook of the adult beverages. After the 1997 American Royal, Tom & Josh asked me if I would cook with the team. After accepting the invitation, I was looking forward to the ’98 season. In January 1998, my brother Tom passed away and it became a mission for me to carry on his name.

Kyle joined the team and with the mentoring of Smokin’ in the Boys Room’s Richard and Lynn Kancel, and through trial and error, we’ve been fortunate to have accomplished a lot. BBQ is a family affair. My sister, Val, is a night owl and we call her “The Maintainer” for staying up late. My son, Brent, is our junior member cooking in the Kids Que’s where they’re available. He doesn’t think it’s too bad to hang out with Mom on the weekends!

What do I do? Purchase the items, PR, I’m known as the “Lettuce Fanatic” to many produce managers across the United States…. basically I make sure that we have everything we need and that things run as smooth as possible.

If you’re ever at your local grocery store and you pass by the backroom of the produce section and you see a chick in a do-rag picking through boxes of lettuce and parsley, using their equipment to make it the way that I want it, its me… stop by and say Hello!

Kyle Laval

My first experience with competition barbeque was like a lot of other peoples, the party. I specialized in the American Royal 1996-1998. Fortunately, no hard evidence remains, only rumor and sketchy memories (something about Vodka and freight trains and moving from the “Zoo-Side” to the Invitational side), indicates that my party skills were accomplished.

In 1998, I was asked to join The Slabs and found out about the other way to party at a contest… cooking it. My first contest was Pleasant Hill, MO. It rained from dawn Saturday until 2:00 pm. We finished 8th out of 15 teams and were called 3rd in Brisket. I’ve been hooked ever since.

Awards

2007 AWARDS

Grand Champion
KC Rhythm and Ribs
Chest to Chest Invitational, Great Bend, KS

Reserve Grand Champion
Apple Blossom BBQ
Barton County Fair BBQ, Great Bend, KS

Brisket
2nd Place Crossroads BBQ, Cameron MO
3rd Place Glasgow Jamboree, Glasgow MO

2006 AWARDS

Grand Champion
Hy-Vee BBQ Cookoff

Reserve Grand Champion
Jamboree on the River, Glasgow, MO
Barton County Cookoff, Great Bend, KS

2nd Place All Purpose Rub, Wow Up Your Cow!, Great American, Rub, Sauce & Baste contest

2nd Place Scovie Award for Traditional Sauce, Fiery-Foods.com

Chicken
1st Place Jamboree on the River, Glasgow, MO
1st Place Hy-Vee BBQ Cookoff
3rd Place Taste of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, MI
3rd Place Sertoma 48 BBQ, Lawrence, Kansas

Ribs
1st Place Taste of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, MI

Pork
1st Place Hy-Vee BBQ Cookoff
3rd Place Hammond Blues & BBQ, Hammond, Louisiana

Brisket
1st Place Barton County Cookoff, Great Bend, KS Hy-Vee BBQ Cookoff

2005 AWARDS

KCBS Year-End Standings
11th Place Chicken
33rd Place Ribs
2nd Place Pork
5th Place Brisket
2nd Place Overall

1st Place in the NBBQA Awards of Excellence for Kyle Style Perk Up Your Pork Competition Rub in the All-Purpose category

5th Place for Kyle Style Complete Your Meat BBQ Sauce in the Mild Tomato category

Missouri Governor’s Cup (top scoring Missouri team, Pigs in the Garder, Charleston, MO)

1st Annual National Chest to Chest Brisket Championship Grand Champion, Great Bend, KS

Grand Champion
DeSoto KS/Kill Creek Farm BBQ
Shawnee Great Grillers, Shawnee, Kansas
Glasgow’s Jammin on the River BBQ, Glasgow, MO
Taste of Grand Rapids State Championship, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Reserve Grand Champion
Red, Hot & Wild, Hank Lumpkin Memorial, Topeka, KS
McLouth BBQ Blowout, McLouth, KS
Great Lenexa BBQ Battle, Lenexa, KS

Pork
1st Place DeSoto KS/Kill Creek Farm BBQ
1st Place Glasgow’s Jammin on the River BBQ, Glasgow, MO
1st Place Blue Spring BBQ Blaze Off, Blue Springs, Missouri
2nd Place Red, Hot & Wild, Hank Lumpkin Memorial, Topeka, KS
3rd Place Jesse James BBQ, Kearney, Missouri
3rd Place McLouth BBQ Blowout, McLouth, KS
4th Place Taste of Grand Rapids State Championship, Grand Rapids, Michigan
4th Place Smokin on the Square, Douglas, GA
5th Place Best of the Best Invitational, Douglas, GA

Brisket
1st Place Pigs in the Garden, Charleston, MO
1st Place 1st Annual Chest to Chest National Brisket Championship Barton County Cookoff, Great Bend, Kansas
1st Place Glasgow’s Jammin on the River BBQ, Glasgow, MO
2nd Place Taste of Grand Rapids State Championship, Grand Rapids, Michigan
3rd Place Best of the Best Invitational, Douglas, GA
4th Place Shawnee Great Grillers, Shawnee, Kansas
4th Place Excelsior Springs BBQ & Fly-In, Excelsior Springs, MO
4th Place Smokin on the Square, Douglas, GA
5th Place DeSoto KS/Kill Creek Farm BBQ

Chicken
1st Place DeSoto KS/Kill Creek Farm BBQ
2nd Place Glasgow’s Jammin on the River BBQ, Glasgow, MO
3rd Place Great American BBQ Open
3rd Place Barton County Cookoff, Great Bend, Kansas
4th Place Taste of Grand Rapids State Championship, Grand Rapids, Michigan
5th Place Excelsior Springs BBQ & Fly-In, Excelsior Springs, MO

Ribs
1st Place Glasgow’s Jammin on the River BBQ, Glasgow, MO
5th Place Taste of Grand Rapids State Championship, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Sausage
1st Place Glasgow’s Jammin on the River BBQ, Glasgow, MO

Sauce
1st Place Stillwater Blazathon, Stillwater, OK
3rd Place DeSoto KS/Kill Creek Farm BBQ

2004 AWARDS

KCBS Year-End Standings
1st Place Chicken
1st Place Pork
4th Place Brisket
4th Place Overall

Colorado Triple Crown

Grand Champion
BBQ at the Summit, Dillon, CO
Michigan State BBQ Championship
Blue Devil/Sunflower St. Championship, Kansas City, KS

Reserve Grand Champion
Pikes Peak BBQ Festival

Pork
1st Place KC Masterpiece/American Royal Invitational Pikes
1st Place Peak BBQ Festival, Colorado Springs, CO
1st Place Iowa State BBQ Championship, Marshalltown, IA (three-peat)
1st Place Fire Up Your Grill in Bentonville, Bentonville, AR
1st Place OK Joes/Kansas Speedway Cookoff, Kansas City, KS
2nd Place Michigan State BBQ Championship
3rd Place BBQ at the Summit, Dillon, CO
3rd Place Butt-to-Butt Invitational, Illinois State BBQ Championship, Shannon, IL
3rd Place Blue Devil/Sunflower St. Championship, Kansas City, KS
4th Place Smokin on the Square, Douglas, GA

Chicken
1st Place Best of the Best Invitational, Douglas, GA
1st Place Michigan State BBQ Championship
1st Place Blue Devil/Sunflower St. Championship, Kansas City, KS
1st Place Platte City Cookoff, Platte City, MO
2nd Place Pikes Peak BBQ Festival, Colorado Springs, CO
5th Place Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational

Brisket
1st Place American Royal Open
1st Place BBQ at the Summit, Dillon, CO
3rd Place Smokin on the Square, Douglas, GA
4th Place Best of the Best Invitational, Douglas, GA

Sauce
1st Place Pork & Brew BBQ, Rio Rancho, New Mexico
2nd Place Mild Tomato, American Royal

2003 AWARDS

Grand Champion
Johnson County Cookoff, Warrensburg, MO
Colorado BBQ Challenge, Frisco, CO

Reserve Grand Champion
Raytown BBQ Cookoff, Raytown, MO

2nd Runner-Up
Shawnee Great Grillers, Shawnee, KS
Leavenworth Charity Cookoff–Leavenworth, KS
KC Masterpiece/American Royal Invitational, Kansas City, MO

Best Booth
OK Joes/Kansas Speedway Cookoff, Kansas City, KS (three-peat)

180 in Pork
Iowa State BBQ Championship, Marshalltown, IA (repeat)
Johnson County Cookoff, Warrensburg, MO
Blue Spring BBQ BlazeOff, Blue Springs, MO
Shawnee Great Grillers, Shawnee, KS

KCBS Year-End Standings
4th Place in Overall
4th Place in Chicken
28th Place in Ribs
1st Place in Pork
18th Place in Brisket

2002 AWARDS

Grand Champion
Community Roots Festival BBQ, Paola, KS

Reserve Grand Champion
Platte City Cookoff, Platte City, MO
Jamesport BBQ, Jamesport, MO

Best Booth
OK Joes/Kansas Speedway Cookoff, Kansas City, KS (repeat)

180 in Pork
Iowa State BBQ Championship, Marshalltown, IA

180 in Ribs
Jamesport BBQ, Jamesport, MO

180 in Brisket
Community Roots Festival BBQ, Paola, KS

KCBS Year-End Standings
6th Place Overall
2nd Place in Pork
16th Place in Chicken
8th Place in Ribs
6th Place in Brisket

2001 AWARDS

Grand Champion
Johnson County Cookoff, Warrensburg, MO

Reserve Grand Champion
Jesse James Cookoff, Kearney, MO

Best Booth
OK Joes/Kansas Speedway Cookoff, Kansas City, KS

Chicken
1st Place Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational, Lynchburg, TN

9th Place Overall Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational, Lynchburg, TN

KCBS Year-End Standings
4th Place in Brisket

2000 AWARDS

Grand Champion
Laurie Hillbilly Cookoff, Laurie, MO

Reserve Grand Champion
Johnson County Cookoff, Warrensburg, MO

180 in Brisket
Laurie Hillbilly Cookoff, Laurie, MO