Ocala chef wins Food Network’s ‘BBQ Brawl’ contest

Owner of Big Lee’s – Serious About Barbecue celebrates with watch party

Big Lee's - Serious About Barbecue (Big Lee's - Serious About Barbecue)

Marion County is now home to a “Master of ‘Cue.”

Rashad Jones, the barbecue expert behind Big Lee’s – Serious About Barbecue restaurant and food truck, just won Season 3 of the Food Network’s “BBQ Brawl” show, according to WJXT.

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Jones was named the “Master of ‘Cue” Monday night. He celebrated by hosting a watch party at the Ocala business surrounded by friends and family -- and gave a speech while standing with his wife and four sons. Click here to watch the video.

“BBQ Brawl” features barbecue chefs from all over the country. Nine barbecue greats went head-to-head, proving they have what it takes to whip up the best barbeque in the biz.

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Bobby Flay and Michael Symon mentored the country’s most-respected barbecue challengers in a four-part competition where Jones came out on top.

Jones said on his restaurant’s Facebook page: “I must say thanks a million to the most incredible team captain, @chefanneburrell, the two most amazing teammates @don_win and @sunny_moody_grilledfit and a fierce competitor @smokequeenbbq! This journey was amazing but it wasn’t easy! I am super proud to join the ranks of BBQ Hall of Famer @leeannwhippen from BBQ Brawl Season 1 and @bluesmokeblaire from BBQ Brawl Season 2 as this season’s Master of ‘Cue! Ocala, I hope I made y’all proud!”

Along with the “Master of ‘Cue” title -- Jones will star in a series on Food Network digital.

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About the Author:

Carianne Luter is a social media producer for News4Jax and has worked at Channel 4 since December 2015. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a communication degree.