Ryan is the founder of BBQ Tourist and co-founder of The Smoke Sheet BBQ Newsletter, based in Omaha, Nebraska. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, for the last several years he has been traveling throughout the country, seeking to experience and understand barbecue in all of its many forms.
He regularly covers barbecue news, events, restaurants, products, and trends on social media and in The Smoke Sheet, as well as in the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s publication, The Bullsheet. He is also a frequent guest on national barbecue podcasts.
Ryan Cooper is a barbecue enthusiast, blogger, and influencer based in Omaha, Nebraska. He is the creator of the BBQ Tourist brand and co-founder of The Smoke Sheet BBQ Newsletter, a weekly email newsletter that curates the latest national barbecue news, unique recipes, media recommendations, upcoming events, and more. The Smoke Sheet was named as the first-place winner for Best BBQ Blog by the National BBQ & Grilling Association (NBBQA) Awards of Excellence in 2020 and 2021.
A native of Kansas City, Ryan has been traveling across the country exploring the best barbecue for years and regularly writes about various news, events, restaurants, products, and trends in his publication as well as the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s publication, The Bullsheet. He has been a frequent guest on national and international barbecue podcasts, including Kevin’s BBQ Joints, The BBQ Central Show, The BBQ Beat, Smoking Hot Confessions, Eat More Barbecue, and more.
Ryan is active on social media and has amassed a large and ever-growing audience of thousands of followers. He is currently an ambassador for brands such as Blues Hog, Denny Mike’s Seasonings, Dalstrong, Raikes Beef Co., Central Nebraska Buffalo, and Duck Fat Spray.
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