About Patriot Pit BBQ
How it all came to be…
My name is Chris Antoniou I was born and raised in Weirton, WV; a small steel mill town full of hard working people with hearts of gold always willing to lend a hand to their neighbor. I traveled around doing corporate security for 12 years then joined the Army at a later age for 8 years and was honored to serve in the last campaign Operation Iraqi Freedom 2 from 2003-2005. When my time in the Army was cut short due to a combat related injury I moved to Phoenix, AZ. In 2006 I attended the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute where I became a certified mechanic for Harley Davidson and Honda. I worked for a couple years in the industry until 2012 when I started working at the Phoenix VA where I worked as a Medical Support Assistant for 8 years.
I am so thankful for my mentors, Chefs at the school, and friends who continue to support my dream and stand behind me 100%!
I started getting more serious about my cooking and especially bbq. So one day I received the opportunity to help prepare pork butts for an upcoming bbq event. So I answered the ad and it lead me to a wonderful group of people in the bbq community who I’ve grown to admire and greatly respect. Fortunately for me the person who posted the ad had become my mentor, teacher and friend in and out of the bbq world. He and his wife are the proud owners of AZ Barbecue catering. They took me in and taught me many things about the business as well as the smoking of meats. So I took it upon myself to take it one step further and utilized the education that was offered to me to go to the Arizona Culinary Institute. They’re opened a whole new world of opportunities for me including traveling to 2 different states and being taught barbecuing from a world-class pit-master Myron Mixon out of Unadilla, GA. My goal was to open a small bbq catering business. The smiles on my customers faces when they taste my bbq is my greatest reward.