Grand Rapids' Daddy Pete's BBQ has been recognized as one of only three BBQs in the country to win the Kingsford Fellowship award. Husband and wife Tarra and Cory Davis are the owners of Daddy Pete's and announced the news on their facebook page earlier this week.

📣Excited to announce that we’ve been selected as members of the FIRST class of Kingsford #PreserveThePit fellows! We're...

Posted by Daddy Pete's BBQ on Monday, April 26, 2021

The fellowship award is part of Kingsford's 'Preserve The Pit' initiative developed to honor the history and contributions of Black barbeque in the United States.

The Black community ignited American barbecue more than 350 years ago, but without the spark of a new generation at the pit, important stories, recipes and techniques risk being extinguished. Barbecue goes beyond just food; it’s been the backdrop of some of the most important cultural moments in Black history and at the center of many family, friend and civic gatherings.

The fellowship will allow the Davis' to access mentors in the BBQ industry, obtain immersive training, and network with key leaders and experts in the industry. The fellowship also includes a capitol investment for the restaurant. The Davis' and two others were chosen from nearly a thousand entries to receive the fellowship.

The Davis' have owned Daddy Pete's since 2012. After humble beginnings at the backyard BBQ, they built the business into a company that includes full catering services, a food truck, and a standalone restaurant on the southeast side of Grand Rapids. You can order online from them HERE.

You can find more on the #PreserveThePit initiative HERE.

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