Roeland Park’s Ardie Davis to be inducted into Barbecue Hall of Fame

Ardie Davis at his Roeland Park home.
Ardie Davis at his Roeland Park home.

Ardie Davis of Roeland Park will be joining an elite group in the international barbecue community.

This fall Davis, who initiated the contest that has now become the American Royal Barbecue Sauce, Rub and Baste Contest, will be inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame. When the three members of the 2016 class are inducted, it will bring the number of inductees to 21.

Of that small group, Davis will be the second Roeland Park resident to be inducted. Last year, Paul Kirk, who has written several books with Davis, was inducted in the Pitmaster category. Davis is being inducted in the Celebrity/Humanitarian category.

“It’s quite an honor,” Davis said. “I knew several people had nominated me.” The sauce competition, now in its 29th year, started on the patio at the Davis home in Roeland Park.

Here is what the Hall of Fame says about Davis:

“Ardie, aka Remus Powers, Ph.B., is founder of the American Royal Barbecue Sauce Contest which is in its 29th year and the largest sauce contest in the world. He is a charter member of the KCBS, instrumental in the development of the Certified Barbecue Judge curriculum, and author of the oath that each judge still recites before judging a contest. All in the name of BBQ, Ardie is the author of numerous books, writes freelance for the Kansas City Star & the BullSheet, and has been interviewed twice by the History Channel due to his knowledge of barbecue. Ardie’s involvement in the BBQ community has earned him 9 separate nominations for this year’s Barbecue Hall of Fame, more than twice as many as any other candidate.”

Davis has written 10 books on barbecue since 1992 and has traveled the country researching barbecue for his books.

This year the sauce contest that Davis started had 450 sauces entered, the most in its history.