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Rodney Scott Named Barbecue Hall of Fame Semi-Finalist



Rodney Scott

The American Royal today announced the 2020 Barbecue Hall of Fame semi-finalists and Rodney Scott, the James Beard Award-winning pitmaster and owner of Rodney Scott’s BBQ in downtown Charleston.

The full list of semi-finalists is as follows:

  • William (Bill) Arnold, Washington, MO
  • Joe Don Davidson, Stillwater & Broken Arrow, OK
  • Aaron Franklin, Austin, TX
  • Meathead Goldwyn, Chicago, IL
  • John Markus, London, OH (past) & Manhattan, NY (present)
  • Desiree Robinson, Memphis, TN
  • Rodney Scott, Charleston
  • Darren Warth, Des Moines, IA
  • Lee Ann Whippen, Chicago, IL (past) & Tampa, FL (present)

Scott currently owns restaurants in Charleston and Birmingham, Alabama. The pitmaster is planning to open an Atlanta location this year. The precursor to the pitmaster’s growing empire is Scott’s Bar-B-Que, his family’s convenience store and eatery in Hemingway, South Carolina. He won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southeast in 2018.

Each year, the Barbecue Hall of Fame has the honor of inducting three individuals that have impacted the world of BBQ. For a full calendar year, nominations for this honor are sent in from individuals throughout the world and this year, there were over 60 individuals included in the nomination process.

At the close of the nomination period, each individual nominated is reviewed by the Hall of Fame Nominating Committee and the list is reduced to the top nine. The nine semi-finalists are then reviewed and voted on by Hall of Fame voting members. Voting members include the Hall of Fame Nominating Committee and all living Hall of Fame Inductees.

The three 2020 Hall of Fame Inductees will be announced on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The Barbecue Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and events will take place during the 41st American Royal World Series of Barbecue held at the Kansas Speedway from September 18 – 20, 2020.

The American Royal Association officially became the home of the Barbecue Hall of Fame in 2012. To learn more about the history of the Barbecue Hall of Fame visit

About the American Royal Association

Woven through the history of Kansas City since 1899, the American Royal provides opportunities for youth and adults from around the country to compete in our Livestock Show, ProRodeo, Horse Shows, and the World Series of Barbecue®. These events allow the American Royal, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization, to give over $1 million annually for youth scholarships and support agriculture education programs. Last year, more than 22,000 youth were impacted through their educational mission. To learn more about the American Royal visit

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