Taking the lead from his father, “the winningest man in barbecue,” Michael Mixon started his career in barbecue at an early age. He currently runs his own team, Jack’s New South, as well as working alongside side Myron Mixon with the Jack’s Old South barbecue team. Michael is the host of “BBQ Rig Race” on Food Network. He was also the co-host of Destination America’s “BBQ Rules” (watch episodes here) and “BBQ Pitmasters: Father vs. Son,” and has appeared on several other food television shows.
Michael Mixon is the youngest son of barbecue legend Myron Mixon and the youngest professionally ranked Barbecue Pitmaster in the world. Michael began his journey into barbecue in 1996 while traveling alongside his father on the competitive circuit and working part-time for Myron's championship award winning team, Jack's Old South. In 2011, Michael was inspired, motivated and ready to make his own path in the world of BBQ and founded a new competitive team with a wink towards his father's legacy, Jack's New South. Armed with the knowledge and know-how of four generations of Mixons manning the pits before him, Michael's team quickly garnered attention. In 2012, they became the youngest ever team to be awarded Georgia BBQ Team of the Year and ranked 26th overall out of 10,000 teams. Having proven himself, Myron quickly hired Michael back to oversee Jack's Old South and ensure its continued and legendary success.