After winning several Memphis in May World Barbecue Championship titles, this popular chef was both a contestant and, later, a judge on the reality television culinary competition BBQ Pitmasters. He also won numerous Big Pig Jig barbecue competitions.
He participated in his first barbecue competition in 1996, winning the whole hog and pork ribs events at the Atlanta, Georgia cooking contest.
He published his first cookbook, Smokin' with Myron Mixon, in 2011. Another culinary manual, Everyday Barbecue: At Home with America's Favorite Pitmaster, followed two years later.
He was born in Vienna, Georgia, to Jack and Gaye Mixon (who invented a popular barbecue sauce recipe). He later married Faye Mixon.
Fellow celebrity chef Paula Deen wrote the introduction to Mixon's first cookbook.