For the love of BBQ...
Our friend "Shotgun Fred” Pirkle passed away from ALS on March 9, 2012. Before he died he asked several of us old friends of his to make sure that a KCBS sanctioned BBQ Cook Off took place in Huntsville, Texas each year to raise scholarship funds to be added to his Scholarship Endowment.
Fred credited two things in his life that provided him with the tools for his success.
First, there was Sam Houston State University where he received his BA and MA in Industrial Arts (now Engineering Technology). Fred’s educational experience at SHSU gave him the skills and knowledge to be successful in his business, Thermo Omega Tech. The company primarily manufactures temperature control valves.
Second, was his love for cooking BBQ. Fred often mentioned how BBQ cooking opened many doors to friendship and for business. Thanks to a friend who asked Fred a question, “Since you make control valves can you make me a control valve to control the temperature on my BBQ Cooker?” Fred took the challenge and from that question he created The BBQ Guru Products line. The BBQ Guru Products make BBQ Cooking easier and better for everyone to enjoy. The new Fred Pirkle Engineering Technology Center located on the SHSU campus is nearing completion.