About Us

My wife and I moved to Naples in 2007. Before that, we lived in the Kansas City area for over 20 years. Back in the late 80’s, we discovered a local BBQ contest called the Great Lenexa Barbeque Battle and Kansas State Championship, held each year in the KC suburb of Lenexa, Kansas. We visited the contest as spectators in June of 1987, hoping to sample some world-class barbeque. However, we quickly learned that unless you had friends who were competing in the contest, you weren’t going to get much in the way of free samples.

So along with a few friends we decided to enter the contest the following year. As beginner’s luck would have it, we scored a first place in the Miscellaneous category at our very first contest…and we were hooked. We’ve been back to compete every year since, and have managed to win quite a few ribbons over the years. In 2013 we took first place in the Pork category with a perfect score, which only happens a handful of times each year in KCBS (Kansas City Barbeque Society) sanctioned events.

Ever since my wife and I moved to Naples our friends have been asking me to open a BBQ restaurant. I finally decided to open I Burnt Mine BBQ in 2015. I hope you enjoy our award winning food.

-Dave Higgins
Pitmaster