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Slap Yo Daddy Hits Vegas Jackpot
May 07, 2012

Harry Soo certainly isn’t new to the world of competition barbecue.  In fact, he’s been through the ringer while competing on the Kansas City BBQ Society circuit as ‘Slap Yo Daddy BBQ.’   Harry knows his way around a competition lot filled with teams using smokers the size of small houses and every technological advancement known to man to create perfect barbecue.  But that’s just not Harry’s style.  Eighteen inches of grill top, a bag of Kingsford charcoal and a lot of heart – that is Harry’s style.

Throughout the 2012 competition season, first place finishers will win even bigger with Kingsford.  Offering bonus prize money to the Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion and the four Category winners at 16 events, Kingsford has raised the stakes on the competition BBQ circuit with the Kingsford $40K Challenge.

Slap Yo Daddy BBQ has won five Grand Championships in its last six events including Grand Champion at the ACM BBQ Throwdown in Las Vegas, which was the first event on the Kingsford $40K Challenge schedule.

“To win one event is hard,” said Harry. “To win two is near impossible. I don’t know how to describe five out of my last six. Really, it’s not attributed to how I physically cook the barbecue. I think it has to do with cooking from my heart. I cook with a passion and positive energy that I transfer to the food. Plus I have no expectations; I just cook.”

That passion helped Harry edge out Lucky’s Q by four ten-thousandths of a point to win Grand Champion in Las Vegas. Slap Yo Daddy won first place in the Chicken category and finished third in Brisket.

“In the categories, some teams were called three or four times,’’ said Soo. “Out of 111 teams, if you’re performing that well in the categories, you’re going to be hard to beat. They started naming off the top finishers. I hadn’t been called and I figured that I finished just outside of there. Then, I heard my name!”

Consistency is the name of Harry Soo’s game. And Kingsford charcoal is what Slap Yo Daddy uses to fuel his unbelievable championship run.

“The thing I love about Kingsford is that it’s consistent and relatively inexpensive,” said Soo of his winning formula. “I buy Kingsford Original, usually on sale, at the beginning of the season and stockpile for the entire year! Even if I run out though, it doesn’t matter. I can get Kingsford everywhere. To me, it’s the best.”

Winning big with Kingsford isn’t new to Harry Soo.  He’s been a “Kingsford guy” for the past four years and won 23 Championships during that time. And with the roll he’s currently on, 24 is probably right around the corner!

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