Those of you who have seen Darcy’s posts on the bbqforum know that he is a straight shooter that has no trouble speaking his mind. He is also quick-witted and a believer in the hard work school of achieving success. He gives out plenty of good advice and is quick to say that his way may not work for everyone, but trial and error are the key. He’s also willing to put his money where his mouth is and give back to the  community, such as helping to cook for 1,500 evacuees of Hurricane Katrina. Just don’t expect him to give away all of his secrets, grasshopper. 

Name?  Darcy Hicks, Ring of Fire BBQ Cooking Team

Where From and/or where do you currently live?    Cookson, Oklahoma

Married, kids, etc…?  Divorced, no kids.  Currently looking for a wife with garnish skills.

Profession (even if not bbq 24/7– if you cater, vend, etc please mention)? Professional Land Surveyor, 30 years Volunteer Firefighter/Emergency Rescue, Owner of DH Smokin Custom BBQ & Catering

# of pits and what are they?
JR Enterprises 28”x72” stick burner on a 18’ trailer,
Backwoods Fatboy
Cookshack M160
Ok Joes 16” offset
Hasty Bake
A couple of Charbroil Charcoal Kettles
Homemade Stick Burner

Have you ever made your own pit, if so, how many and what styles? Yes, my first pit was homemade, about 25 years ago when I thought I new what I was doing, I had my first pit built, it was mounted on mobile home axles. It was basically a rectangular box. It cooked good enough though. I got my first ribbon ( 5th place ribs ) with it on my second contest.  

Earliest memory of bbqing– is/was your family involved?  My earliest memory of any serious type of bbqing was with my family. About 25 years ago, my family owned a mobile home park and someone came up with idea for a 4th July BBQ. A good friend of mine Duane Boyd, brought his pit and taught me how to use it. I was hooked. He also taught me the intricacies of cowboying, my roping skills resembled that of Billy Crytal’s in the movie “City Slickers”.  Duane also taught me how to make my first rub, it consisted of lemon pepper and seasoned salt. 

Favorite thing about bbqing?  Making it all come together. Combining raw meat, seasonings, marinades, smoke and heat, finishing sauces, bastes etc and producing a finished product that makes people brag about what they’re eating.

How you found the forum and when (if you can remember)?  I found the forum in 1998 when I was searching for information on competition bbq. I found out about KCBS at the same time.

What was your first pit? My first pit was a homemade rig I had the local welder build. It was basically a rectangular box with an enclosed firebox mounted on mobile home axles.

First thing you remember cooking (doesn’t have to be bbq)?   Nachos

Favorite bbq woods, charcoal, rub, sauce, etc?

Favorite bbq woods are: hickory and pecan

Favorite charcoal: Ozark Oak Natural Lump (although I have done well with Kingsford briquets ).

Favorite rub? That’s easy, its DH Smokin’s new “Rock Yer World” Brisket Rub, due out soon.  I have used different sauces from Head Country, Blues Hog and 4 Men & a Pig and others with success with all of them. 

Favorite/best competition memory (where, when, who with, team name, etc….)? Ponca City, Ok, 2003…my first Grand Championship.
2004 American Royal, Boys from Tornado Alley, Grand Champions
2006 American Royal, Habitual Smokers, Grand Champions
Both teams are good friends of mine and if I can’t win I can’t think of anybody else more deserving to win.

Do you eat bbq in restaurants– if so, where, when, why?   Yes, but I limit myself. There are a few joints that I still like to frequent that can please a competition cooker. One of these is my long time favorite, Wild Horse Mountain BBQ in Sallisaw Ok. Another is Macs BBQ in Skiatook Ok. Mike and Debbie still compete.

Favorite record albums, books, TV shows, movie, etc…whatever you want to include. Rolling Stones, David Allan Coe, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker, BB King & Eric Clapton.

Favorite non-BBQ Food to eat and/or cook (or thing you eat most often when not eating bbq)?  Cajun baby, crawfish ettoufee, shrimp scampi, gumbo, Cajun crab cakes.

Favorite beer, favorite beer to drink w/ food? Shiner Bock

Favorite BBQForum Thread (can include “what’s an abt?” if you want)? Theres been so many… One of my favorites was when someone posted that he had a question but it got cut off and the only thing posted was “I have a questi”. Me being the smartass that I am posted a reply saying that I had a Questi model 250, stainless steel, stickburner / pellet eater combo. From there the thread blossomed with all the other forum regulars chiming in. I think the latest model was the Questi 2500 that burned rocket fuel.

Least Favorite BBQForum Thread (ditto)? That narrows it down to a few thousand.  I guess my least favorite thread is by those cookers that can’t understand why they didn’t win their first contest. Or the same cooks that want all the secrets handed to them without any of the blood sweat and tears involved. It seems to bring out the harsh reality in my answers to them. I’m not very diplomatic or politically correct. I say what’s on my mind and sometimes get flamed for it.  Hard truth…some bbq cooks have fragile egos and don’t want to hear the truth.

Do you have a web site and when did you start and why?
No site