At the young age of just 13, Ty Machado appeared on the Food Network's Kids BBQ Championship. It was after that TV show that Ty began competing seriously in 2016. That year he traveled to 22 BBQ competitions, consistently beating men who devote every ounce of their free time and disposable income to competition barbecue. At just 16 years old, Ty Machado was quickly becoming a BBQ phenomenon. But in 2017 Ty switched gears and started competing in the SCA (Steak Cookoff Association) and once again made a name for himself.