Nissan: The Great TITAN Meat Up: Team Nissan shines in a Great Smoky Mountains

Posted on 02. May, 2018 by in Nissan Canada

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – Perched atop a Smoky Mountains, with Smokin’ TITAN circuitously as a kitchen and Traeger Grills were assigned, 5 media teams and one worker group from Nissan’s Canton Miss Assembly Plant challenged a group of Nissan executives in a one-of-a-kind beef smoking foe – The Great TITAN Meat Up. Celebrity chefs and judges, Cory Bahr and David Rose, evaluated any of a 6 protein categories (chicken, pork, brisket, lamb, turkey and ribs) and named Team Nissan a leader in 5 of a particular categories and best altogether dish, with a lamb from Team difficulty leader and usually successful challenger.

Hours before a object rose over a Smoky Mountains, a Team Nissan and Team Truck Trend were removing their mixture in place for The Great TITAN Meat Up at 4:30 a.m., fervent to get cooking. Others were not distant behind, with any group prepared to fume their particular meats before many had even a suspicion of rising out of bed.

After 12-plus hours of chopping, marinating, grilling, smoking beef and enjoying a Tennessee sunshine, Team Nissan – led by Billy Hayes, multiplication clamp president, Nissan Regional Operations and 3 other employees, Tiago Castro, Kevin Yeoh and Ari Schiftan – warranted 6 of a 7 probable awards. In a judging apportionment of a event, Team Nissan perceived high courtesy from luminary chefs/event judges Cory Bahr and David Rose, who kicked off a eventuality Friday night with a first-ever dish baked on Smokin’ TITAN1.

“I unequivocally can’t trust it,” Hayes pronounced as he and his teammates attempted on their new ‘TITAN Meat Up champion’ cooking hats. “What was extraordinary is this group had never baked together before. There’s a lot of logistics that goes into this – we met quickly on Friday night and everybody only came together and executed. It was unbelievable.”

Of all a meats smoked on Saturday – categories enclosed Chicken, Lamb, Brisket, Ribs, Turkey and Pork – Team Nissan’s “Chupacabra Chicken with Sanguinista’s Revenge” warranted 179/190 points, earning Team Nissan a prestigious pretension of The Great TITAN Meat Up Champions.

Team, comprised of Aaron Bragman and Christian Lantry, was a sole challenger means to out-cook a home team, prevalent in a Lamb difficulty with their “Cherry Smoke Leg of Lamb with Alabama White BBQ sauce.”

The pivotal to winning? Research and preparation, according to Bragman, a Detroit Bureau Chief for

“I started scheming as shortly as we found out we was doing this – we ate a whole lot of lamb for a final dual months,” he said. “We found a integrate options, researched what would be a best possibilities, done 4 opposite iterations and motionless to go with a fourth one.

“It was a technique and a salsa that unequivocally set this chronicle detached from a others.”

Clearly, removing to 5 p.m. Saturday was no travel in a park – for any team. Aside from all a credentials in a weeks and months heading adult to a event, teams stayed adult late Friday night prepping and marinating. By 5 a.m. Saturday, a Traeger grills were dismissed adult and The Great TITAN Meat Up had strictly begun.

If it was misleading before, it positively is now – The Great TITAN Meat Up, yet an beguiling eventuality by all means, is taken really seriously.

“We got an hour of nap final night (Friday),” pronounced Sean Holman, network calm executive during Truck Trend. “Today, these guys (teammates Jason Gonderman and Brett Evans) rallied. This brisket means a lot to me, and I’m blissful to share it with these guys.”

And share they did. With a open Tennessee object vanishing into a plateau Saturday evening, participants collected a final time to suffer an epic dish of meat, sides and camaraderie. In that regard, everybody was a winner.

Nissan and barbecuing fans comparison can re-live The Great TITAN Meat Up by re-watching a Facebook Live on a @NissanUSATrucks Facebook page. Visit for press releases, photos and video, and hunt on Instagram utilizing a hashtags #SmokinTITAN and #TITANMeatUp.

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Wendy Orthman
Nissan North America

Kevin Raftery
Nissan Truck, SUV Outdoor Communications

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