18 April 2024
Moe Cason

Celebrity chef and pitmaster “Big Moe” Cason will be touring with Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE) this summer. Cason, a U.S. Navy veteran, has completed several tours with AFE before. This tour, “Moe Cason–Barks, Brews, and BBQ,” will feature two shows as bases in the Pacific region from August 8-10, 2024.

Chef “Big Moe” Cason is a barbecue pitmaster and veteran of the U.S. Navy. He served on the USS Peleliu and USS Missouri–an Iowa-class battleship nicknamed “Big Mo,” now a museum ship decommissioned at Pearl Harbor. Cason is passionate about barbecue because what initially was a hobby quickly turned into a way of life. He is a self-taught pitmaster, and his passion for cooking was passed down to him by his grandmother, Margaret, and mother, Mary.

Cason established his one-person competition barbecue team in 2006, competing across the country while working a full-time job in Des Moines, Iowa. He retired from his city municipal job in 2017 to pursue his dream of bringing barbecue to the world. Moe served as a contestant, judge, and star on Destination America’s “BBQ Pitmasters,” “BBQ Pit Wars,” and “SMOKED.” He was also a guest judge on Food Network’s “BBQ Brawl: Flay v. Symon” and “Chopped: Grill Masters,” proving that he is a true barbecue pitmaster recognized by his peers.

He also starred in “BBQ Beat Down” on the Food Network and was named Reynolds Wrap’s 2019 Chief Grilling Officer, beating out 26,000 applicants. He also shares his knowledge by holding barbecue pitmaster classes all over the world, including in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil.

AFE has been committed to boosting the morale and well-being of service members and their families stationed overseas through world-class live events and performances since 1951.