From Comedy to Barbecue | Vic Clevenger | The Chimney Cartel


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By Ben Arnot and The Smoking Hot Confessions BBQ Podcast. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Stand-up comedy is not an easy game. You have to be very, very brave to get up on stage and try to make a room full of people laugh. And yet this is the career that southern gentleman Vic Clevenger pursued, working for over two decades as ‘The Cooking Comedian.’ The big world changes in 2020 saw Vic’s business model brought to its knees, and so he had to pivot and explore an entirely new career. Deciding to pursue his other major passion, refining how to cook the perfect steak and participating in Steak Cookoff Association competition cooking events, he created ‘The Chimney Cartel’. It’s an incredibly unique type of charcoal grill, designed with the sole goal of being the best cooking competition grill and becoming an integral part of the collective knowledge of how to cook the perfect steak. But of course, given that it’s come from the mind of Vic Clevenger, it’s also at home at a tailgate party!

In this full episode of the Smoking Hot Confessions BBQ Podcast, Vic and I get into:

  • THOSE boots! (2:47)
  • Why his favourite smoker is an offset smoker (12:30)
  • How he came to be The Cooking Comedian (20:13)
  • How The Chimney Cartel came into being (27:08)
  • How The Chimney Cartel cooker works (29:35)
  • His new cooking adventure tour (35:52)
  • Tips for how to develop as a cook (41:53)

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