STOCKTON, Calif., Nov. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Cowboy Charcoal, maker of top selling, all-natural hardwood lump charcoal, wood chips and chunks, announced today that Shannon Turner of competition cook team Muttley Crew BBQ has won the second annual Cowboy Charcoal Fire & Ice Women’s Championship Barbeque Series. Celebrating its second year, the first-ever female barbeque competition series, Fire & Ice, was launched to fill a gap in the male-dominated sport of competition barbeque. Inspired by the stories and culinary chops of some of the country’s top female pitmasters, Cowboy Charcoal partnered with Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) to create the Fire & Ice series.

Shannon Turner, pitmaster of Muttley Crew BBQ, is the winner of the second annual Cowboy Charcoal Fire & Ice Women’s Championship Barbeque Series.

“It feels incredible to be announcing our second Fire & Ice Grand Champion. It was an honor to watch these talented pitmasters compete at the World Food Championships – it is truly phenomenal to see the level of creativity, planning and precision that goes into each and every dish,” said Chris Caron, Chief Operating Officer for Duraflame, Inc. “Shannon Turner is a fierce competitor, and we are so proud to name her the winner of this year’s competition. We hope that Shannon, alongside the other amazing women in this series, will continue to inspire female and male pitmasters alike to join the competition circuit, and take their talents to the next level.”

After accruing points at KCBS-sanctioned events from January 1, 2017 through October 30, 2017, the top ten women’s teams earned a spot to compete at the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Ala., November 8-12, 2017, where they vied for a chance at $25,000 in cash and diamond jewelry. Shannon Turner of Muttley Crew BBQ received the title of Grand Champion and a prize package of $9,000 in cash and diamond jewelry for receiving the highest combined points from the Fire & Ice grilling challenge and the World Barbecue Championship. Tina Cannon of The Pit Crew BBQ Team took home second place and Candy Weaver of BBQr’s Delight earned third place at the finals.

“I am beyond excited to have been named Grand Champion of this year’s Fire & Ice series,” said Shannon Turner, winner of the second annual Fire & Ice series. “Last year I came in eighth place and this year I just wanted to do better. Getting first place among these talented female pitmasters at this year’s competition is icing on the cake.”

For the Fire & Ice grilling challenge, Shannon Turner prepared grilled filet mignon cuts of wagyu beef topped with composite butter incorporated with chives, bleu cheese and garlic alongside thinly sliced, grilled potatoes accented with bleu cheese and chives as well as grilled asparagus lightly touched with white balsamic vinegar. This dish combined with her efforts during the second-round preparation of the four standard KCBS meats – chicken, pork, ribs and beef brisket – earned her the title of Grand Champion in the Cowboy Charcoal Fire & Ice Women’s Championship Barbeque Series.

This year has been a turning point for the Muttley Crew BBQ team, who going into the Fire & Ice series finals had won three Grand Champions and two Reserve Grand Champions during the 2017 competition season. Prior to this year, the team had yet to win the title of Grand Champion. In addition to perfecting her craft at cooking competitions on the weekends, Turner spends the week working for a pharmaceutical company. She and her husband Brian travel the competitive circuit together, competing as the Muttley Crew BBQ team, which is named after their five dogs. 

For more information about the competition, please visit Registration for year three will begin in spring 2018. For competitors not registered with KCBS, please visit

About Cowboy Charcoal

Cowboy Charcoal Company is the best-known brand of natural hardwood lump charcoal. Cowboy’s premium products guarantee an authentic wood flavor and tender, juicy results with every grilling experience. Now a subsidiary of Duraflame, Inc., Cowboy Charcoal is introducing new grilling products to help fuel the passion of barbecue and grilling enthusiasts across North America. More information about Cowboy’s product line can be found at

Proud to inspire the pursuit of grilling perfection, Cowboy Charcoal provides recipes, tips and information about “Cowboy cuisine” on their official blog, The Roundup.

About the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS)

A nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbeque, KCBS celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2016. As the world’s largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts, KCBS serves more than 20,000 active members and sanctions more than 450 barbeque contests worldwide. For more information, visit


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