pit·​mas·​ter | \ ˈpit-ˌma-stər How to pronounce pitmaster (audio) \
variants: or pit master
plural pitmasters or pit masters

Definition of pitmaster

: a person who oversees the cooking done in a barbecue pit : a professional or skilled barbecuer "This is good, really good," Allan says, tasting pitmaster Scott Smith's first cured pork belly. "I wouldn't change a thing."— John T. Edge He was one of Houston's most celebrated pitmasters and helped to kick off the barbecue renaissance here.— J. C. Reid Robert Polk, the pit master I met earlier this morning, comes in carrying a gorgeous brisket fresh from the smoker and hands it off to Smitty, who starts slicing it to make sandwiches and plates.— Patricia Sharpe

First Known Use of pitmaster

1984, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pitmaster

pit entry 1 (in barbecue pit) + master entry 1

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“Pitmaster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pitmaster. Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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