BBQ Ninja

The BBQ Ninja of the Outdoor Cooking World

Craig started his professional bbq career in 1994, then in 1997 joined forces with his mentor Garry Roark with Ubons BBQ of Yazoo. With my cooking partner Leslie Roark Scott they have made Ubons a worldwide name in the BBQ community cooking in festivals across the country and even in Australia. They also were showcased at the famous James Beard House as they brought a taste of southern cuisine to New York.

Craig is an avid outdoorsman that loves to hunt duck, deer, alligators, and fish. His philosophy is to have the utmost respect for the animal harvested throughout the process. From the beginning of planting crops of high quality for food so the animal will be healthy to the hunting, harvesting, and processing of the animal to provide food for my family. I love to cook wild game it is my favorite protein to cook.

Craig’s BBQ identity, the BBQ Ninja came while filming a documentary The United States of BBQ. His sunglasses and bandanna were a look that got me tabbed with that name and my ability to lead my team and handle any issue in any situation that came up is what made it stick.

Currently, Craig is working for Royal Oak Charcoal as their Marketing Coordinator and Pitmaster with Ubon’s BBQ of Yazoo.

About BBQ Ninja


Craig Verhage




Mississippi, America


BBQ Ninja


Marketing Coordinator | Pitmaster


Royal Oak | Ubons BBQ of Yazoo

Member of

MBN (Memphis BBQ Network) | KCBS (Kansas City BBQ Network)

Appeared in

The United States of BBQ | Chopped Grill Masters on Food Network |

Bloody Mary Salad

Perfect as a side at your next barbecue, this Bloody Mary Salad features cucumber, tomato, and onion. But the real…

by BBQ Ninja