Pitmaster Bryan Tyrel began his passion for food in a small rural farmhouse in Kansas where Sunday Dinners were a big deal. He took the passion for food he learned from watching his mom and along with college buddy Jeff Steheny, was part of the competition BBQ team, Slaughterhouse Five, culminating with them winning the American Royal World Championship 2 years in a row. Bryan was the original smokehouse manager at Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ which was voted “Best BBQ restaurant in the world” by Zagat and One of the 13 places you must eat at before your die” by Anthony Bourdain.

Bryan then went to London and expanded the brand to 5 restaurants. He always focused on the food, making sure that the 100th slab of ribs was ready for the judges. Elliot Harris has had a successful career advising restaurants throughout the United States and has successfully launched several franchise concepts. After a chance meeting, a friendship developed. Recipes were shared and the desire to bring true cafeteria style BBQ to Florida became too good to resist. PIGSTY was born.