Ocala BBQ chef wins ‘Master of ‘cue’ Food Network contest

Owner of Big Lee’s – Serious About Barbecue wins Season 3 of BBQ Brawl

Rashad Jones of BBQ Brawl's Team Anne Burrell took home top honors after besting 8 barbecue greats. (Chef of Big Lee's in Ocala) Photo credit: Chef Anne Burrell

OCALA, Fla. – That’s going on the resume!

Rashad Jones, the BBQ expert behind Big Lee’s – Serious About Barbecue restaurant and food truck, just won Season 3 of the Food Network’s “BBQ Brawl” show.

Jones was named the “Master of ‘Cue” on Monday night. He celebrated by hosting a watch party at the Ocala business surrounded by friends and family -- and gave a speech while standing with his wife and four sons. Click here to watch the video.

BBQ Brawl features BBQ chefs from all over the country. Nine BBQ greats went head-to-head, proving they have what it takes to whip up the best barbeque in the biz.

Bobby Flay and Michael Symon mentored the country’s most-respected barbecue challengers in a four-part competition where Jones came out on top.

Jones posted on his restaurant’s Facebook page and said: “I must say thanks a million to the most incredible team captain, @chefanneburrell, the two most amazing teammates @don_win and @sunny_moody_grilledfit and a fierce competitor @smokequeenbbq! This journey was amazing but it wasn’t easy! I am super proud to join the ranks of BBQ Hall of Famer @leeannwhippen from BBQ Brawl Season 1 and @bluesmokeblaire from BBQ Brawl Season 2 as this season’s Master of ‘Cue! Ocala, I hope I made y’all proud!”

Along with the “Master of ‘Cue” title -- Jones will star in a series on Food Network digital.

Congratulations! Click here to learn more about Big Lee’s.

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Carianne Luter is a social media producer for News4Jax and has worked at Channel 4 since December 2015. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a communication degree.