Meet The Team
Victory Lane BBQ was founded in 2008 by Doug Golden and a few of his friends when he had the wild idea to turn a racecar into a grill! From 2008 – 2013, Victory Lane BBQ competed in a handful of contests, but mostly tailgated at local college football games. In 2013, Victory Lane BBQ partnered with Pitmaster Heath Riles and began taking competition BBQ to a whole new level! With Doug’s amazing BBQ vision and Heath’s expert grilling and BBQ skills we continue to achieve a high level of success!
Heath Riles is an industry leading expert in grilling and competition BBQ. Combining a mix of professional leadership, business strategy and out right determination, he has become one of the top, self-taught Pitmasters on the circuit today. Heath is also the creator of the Award Winning line of Victory Lane BBQ Rubs, Sauces, Marinades and Injections.
In May of 2013, while competing at Memphis in May, Victory Lane BBQ was featured on Adam Richman’s Fandemonium on the Travel Channel. In July of 2013, team members of Victory Lane BBQ were featured on a Food Network episode of The Shed while cooking in Galax, Virginia. In December of 2013, Heath and two of his teammates were chosen to star in a nationwide, barbecue themed commercial with Bank of America, promoting their cash back credit card. 2013 also included winning the Memphis Barbecue Network Hog Team of the Year. With the stars lining up, 2014 looked to be promising.
Being led by Heath, Victory Lane BBQ went on to win the 2014 Memphis Barbecue Network Team of the Year and swept all three categories: whole hog, shoulder and rib. Victory Lane won 9 Grand Championships out of the 15 MBN contests they competed in! Heath also finished third overall in the barbecue division of the World Food Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In 2015, Heath once again led Victory Lane BBQ to winning the 2015 Memphis Barbecue Network Team of the Year and once again swept all three categories: whole hog, shoulder and rib. Heath led Victory Lane to win 12 Grand Championships out of the 13 MBN contests they competed in! Victory Lane also racked up five 180s (perfect scores) in KCBS contests that they competed in. On March 9, 2015, the NBBQA announced the products of Victory Lane BBQ (Heath Riles) were among the top winners in the 2015 Awards of Excellence competition, winning 13 places in only 8 categories!
Heath’s barbecue products are now used by some of the top barbecue teams and pitmasters around the country. Most importantly, Heath continues to provide education and tools to help others grow their barbecue dream. Victory Lane BBQ is a member of the Memphis Barbecue Network (MBN), Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS), Steak Cookoff Association (SCA) and the National Barbecue Association (NBBQA).
Look for our products coming soon to a store near you!!