STOCKTON, Calif., Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Cowboy Charcoal, maker of premium, all-natural hardwood lump charcoal, wood chips and chunks, announced today that Jayna Todisco, pitmaster of A Mazie Q, has won the first annual Cowboy Charcoal Fire & Ice Women's Championship Barbeque Series. To celebrate talented female pitmasters across the United States, Cowboy Charcoal launched the first-ever female competitive barbeque series earlier this year in partnership with the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS).
"I am beyond excited and humbled to be recognized as the first winner of the Fire and Ice series, a competition that is bringing talented female barbecue teams to the forefront - a much needed focus in the competition BBQ scene," said Jayna Todisco. "I am truly honored to be in the company of the other nine women who competed in the series, and are the top female pitmasters in the country. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity created by Fire & Ice, and can't wait to see what next year's competition brings." After accruing points at KCBS-sanctioned events from January 2016 through October 2016, the top 10 women's teams earned a spot to compete at the World Barbecue Championships in Orange Beach, Ala.November 9-13, 2016, where they vied for a chance at $15,000 total in diamond jewelry. Todisco received the title of Grand Champion and a prize of $5,000 in diamond jewelry for receiving the highest combined points from the Fire & Ice grilling challenge and the World Barbecue Championship. Sylvie Curry of Lady of Q took home second place and Kim Hicks of Midnight Burn earned third place at the finals. "The Fire & Ice series has allowed us to shine a well-deserving light on the talented females participating in professional barbeque, and it's been an honor to see all of these women compete. We are so happy for Jayna, and her incredible win," said Chris Caron, Vice President, General Manager for Duraflame, Inc. "We hope that the Fire & Ice series will continue to inspire female barbeque enthusiasts and competitors to get involved, and look forward to a legacy of honoring individuals like Jayna for their contributions to the space." A resident of Concord, N.H., Todisco has been involved in the competitive barbecue scene for the past six years. After going on a blind date at a barbecue festival, Todisco experienced her first taste of real barbecue which quickly led to her desire to become a judge and then a competitor. Jayna has won 13 Grand Championships, 10 top 10 overall finishes and over 100 top 10 category awards. For more information about the competition, please visit www.CowboyFireAndIce.com. Registration for year two will begin in spring 2017. For competitors not registered with KCBS, please visit http://www.kcbs.us/join.php. About Cowboy Charcoal Cowboy Charcoal Company is the best-known brand of natural hardwood lump charcoal. Cowboy's premium products guarantee an authentic wood flavor and tender, juicy results with every grilling experience. Now a subsidiary of Duraflame, Inc., Cowboy Charcoal is introducing new grilling products to help fuel the passion of barbecue and grilling enthusiasts across North America. More information about Cowboy's product line can be found at www.cowboycharcoal.com Proud to inspire the pursuit of grilling perfection, Cowboy Charcoal provides recipes, tips and information about "Cowboy cuisine" on their official blog, The Roundup. About the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) A nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbeque, KCBS celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2016. As the world's largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts, KCBS serves more than 20,000 active members and sanctions more than 450 barbeque contests worldwide. For more information, visit www.KCBS.us. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161114/439267