Ardie A. Davis, a.k.a. Remus Powers, Ph.B.

ArdieDavis1Ardie A. Davis is a freelance writer and award-winning barbecue expert. He is the founder of Greasehouse University, the fabled institution behind the coveted degree of Ph.B., or doctor of barbecue philosophy, which is awarded to qualified applicants who have proven their skill through a series of rigorous requirements. The program is now run by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, of which Davis is a charter member. He served three terms on the KCBS board of directors and wrote the original curriculum for the KCBS Judge Certification program, which has developed into a network of more than 10,000 certified barbecue judges in the United States and other countries. He is now a Board Member Emeritus and inductee in the KCBS Hall of Flame. Sporting a bow tie and bowler hat, Davis judges on the barbecue circuit under the moniker Remus Powers, Ph.B.

Davis is also the founder of the American Royal International Barbecue Sauce, Rub & Baste Contest and the Great American Barbecue Sauce, Rub & Baste Contest.  The original Diddy-Wa-Diddy National Barbecue Sauce Contest was held on Davis’s backyard patio on October 13, 1984.

Davis’s expertise in barbecue has earned him several awards, including Smoky Angel from the Kansas City Barbecue Forum, Judges’ Choice Award in the 2002 Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue, and the Spirit of Barbecue Award from the National Barbecue News in 2002. In 2003, he was named a Kansas City Barbecue Legend by the Kansas City Star.

He is the author of two previous books, The Great BBQ Sauce Book and the Kansas City BBQ Pocket Guide, and writes monthly columns for the National Barbecue News and the Kansas City Bullsheet, official newspaper of the KCBS.

Davis lives with his wife, Gretchen, in the Kansas City area.