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Thanks BigTom!

Outdoor Pyromania!
Smokin' off Exit 109...

An overlooked member of the team:

My new Weber 22.5 inch One Touch Gold Kettle

Within recent years I have become very interested in Smoking, Grilling and Barbecuing. These terms mean different things to different people. Regional claims as to what is considered true "Que" will cause arguments that will dwarf those resulting from claims as to what constitutes true Chili in Texas!

BBQ'd Pork Butt For quite a while now I have been subscribing to several different mailing lists that are devoted to BBQ. Even these lists differ in the types of BBQ being discussed, one is limited to Carolina style Q which is cooked directly over hardwood coals, another list might be comfortable cooking on a plutonium heated pit! From types of meat, to brine or not to brine, how to trim the ribs (Do you remove the membrane?), dry rub, wet mop or go nekkid? What type of fuel? Direct heat or offset? Is BBQ competition helping to popularize the pastime, or is it causing regional styles to dissapear? there are a lot of variables to consider here!

BBQ'd Pork Ribs All of the members on any of these lists will agree on one thing: Any method of making true BBQ will NOT include the words oven, boil, crockpot or Liquid Smoke! One sage Pitmaster summed it up best by stating:

"Boiling ribs is an excellent way to guarantee that the taste of your BBQ sauce is not marred with the flavor of pork..."

I hope to showcase the various incarnations of BBQ, and expect that this site will expand as more info and images are collected. BBQ is one part science, one part art, a touch of meditation and a bit of showmanship. So, step out on the porch, crack open your favorite beverage, check the fire, sit back and enjoy the aroma and anticipation... Let's Que!

All things Hot & Spicy!
I'm talking about food! Shame on you...
Ready for the cold weather!

Some images of BBQ Related Events

Helping out the Smoke Ring BBQ Team at the 1st Liberty Bell BBQ!
(and last, actually. After Garry moved to Puerto Rico,
officials felt there was no longer a reason to continue...)
June 2003,
Philadelphia, Pa.

  • Annapolis Hotluck April 1996
  • My trip to Albuquerque for the 10th Annual Fiery Food Festival March 1998
  • My favorite waitress happens to work at Memphis Pig Out, my favorite BBQ place!
  • DC Area BBQ Fest June 1998
  • 5th Annual Remlik Steamed Crab, Silver Queen, and Q Feast August 1998
  • 5th Annual Bowers, Pa Chilefest September 1998
  • Mid Atlantic Hotluck 6 March 1999 with folks from the Chileheads Mailing List and a couple FoodWinos too...
  • 9th Semi-Annual Concord BBQ/Hotluck Featuring members of the Chileheads and BBQ Mailing Lists
  • Christening my new Smoker Smokin' up a hunk 'o Pig on my Weber Smokey Mountain. July 3, 1999
  • First Annual NJ Hotluck 24 July, 1999 - Featuring members of the Chileheads Mailing list.
  • 6th Annual Remlik Steamed Crab, Silver Queen, and Q Feast AKA the Oinkster Festival. July/August 1999
  • Bandana's 9th Annual Blues BBQ 8 August 1999. Sponsored by Bandanas Serious Pepper Products
  • Mini International Hotluck 15 Aug 1999
  • 6th Annual Bowers Chile Festival attended by several folks from the Chileheads Mailing List
  • Bringing the fire inside! Grating problems with the start of fireplace season, November 1999
  • Where would you expect to find some of the best BBQ in Oklahoma? Surely not at a Seafood Joint! July 2000... Damn that place is hot!
  • 3rd New Jersey Hotluck Hosted by Karen Stober, Warren, NJ - 21 Oct 2000. Was filmed for broadcast by TV Food Network.
  • Smoking at a rustic cabin in Parker Dam State Park in western Pa. October 2001
  • Bobolink Dairy Pig-BBQ & Potluck Vernon, NJ, September 21, 2003
  • Varmint's 1st Annual eGullet NC Pig Pickin' October 2003. Authentic North Carolina Whole Hog BBQ!

    BBQ Links

    Essays on BBQ

    Listen to some NPR
    commentary on BBQ

    A Complete BBQ Guide
    Recipes, References and More!
    Colameco's Food Show - Wood Fired in NYC
    Mike explores New York establishments cooking with fire

    Colameco's Food Show - NYC BBQ Part 1 - Daisy May's


    Colameco's Food Show - NYC BBQ Part 2 - R.U.B.

    BBQ Competition Award Winning Products!

    Speaking of Blues Hog...

    Blues Hog
    Glazed Chicken Drunsticks

    My favorite way of grilling chicken!

    Smoked Homemade Chipotle Garlic Sausage
    and Grilled Chipotle Marinated Portabella Mushrooms

    Regional BBQ Styles: A Summary
    "The Musical"

    A Listing of the Frequently Asked Questions of the BBQ Mailing List

    Everything you ever needed to know about BBQ

    Boil 'em up,
    throw 'em in a crockpot with
    Liquid Smoke and lots of BBQ Sauce!

    Speaking of Ribs...

    Jim Campbell

    Proprietor, and maker of
    "The Bread"

    Jim seems to have been
    popping up on Youtube
    Check out
    Backdraft Chili & Open Fields

    A large selection of Metal and Tile Fire Pits

    A Seafood Restaurant in Oklahoma?
    Sure, just make sure you set up a BBQ pit on the side!
    Clic Pic for larger view
    Fishermans Cove
    Lawton, Oklahoma
    Right off of Exit 109!

    Another Jersey boy done good!
    "Mean Green" is my favorite...

    Yet another Jersey guy!
    Must be something in the water...

    BBQ, Texas & Mexican Cooking
    Host of the SmokeRing BBQ Mailing List
    as well as proprietor of:

    Site dedicated to the Cadillac of Water Smokers
    the Weber Smokey Mountain!

    Fiery Foods Super Site

    From Dave DeWitt, Chile-head extrodinaire!
    Host of the annual
    Red Lion Chilehead Hotlucks!

    Danny Gauldens

    BBQ Glaze
    Best Selection Worldwide
    Outdoor gas and charcoal grill selection including propane and natural gas grills and smokers
    Useful articles on Propane or Natural Gas, Turkey Fryer Safety Tips, and How to Properly Clean your Gas Grill
    Steven Raichlen latest
    PBS Series devoted to

    More Assorted BBQ Stuff...

  • BBQ Porch The official site of the BBQ mailing lists
  • BBQ-Festivals.comFestivals, Restaurants, Competitions, Restaurants, Sauces, Associations...
  • Barbecue Hey! it's in Wikipedia, it's gotta be true!
  • Bubba's Bad Ass Barbecue Sauce Not just great Barbecue Sauce, but links to just about everything BBQ!
  • Barbecue'n On The Internet The Leading Edge in Outdoor Cooking
  • Weber BBQ Accessories Grandaddy of Home BBQ...
  • Barbecue Galore is one of the world's largest barbecue retail sites!
  • BBQ Recipe Secrets Barbeque Bob's Taste-Tingling Tips
  • AmazingRibs.com "Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly." - Mae West
  • Corkys BBQ Memphis restaurant shipping fully cooked barbecue pork ribs or pulled pork shoulder, and sauces and spices
  • Carson's BBQ Fully Cooked Carson's Barbecue delivered overnight
  • The Barbecue Store- For all your barbecue, barbeque and bbq outdoor needs
  • The BBQ Bible - Books and info from Steven Raichlen, Cookbook author and host of PBS series
    Barbecue University™
  • National Barbecue Association Official Website
  • Kansas City Barbeque Society Features contests, classes, forms, news, and membership information
  • National Barbecue News News, recipes, products, and cooking contests for restaurants and barbecue enthusiasts
  • History of Barbecue A Southern Cultural Icon
  • New Jersey State Barbecue Championship Official Website - Hey, I live here, OK? (Makes my website look sophisticated)
  • The BBQ Report gathers barbecue information from around the country, bringing you the latest news and best tasting recipes.
  • HomeBBQ.com recommendations of woods, rubs, sauces, and books.
  • Dinosaur BBQ - Genuine Barbeque Sauce, Hot Sauce, and Marinades. Home of the original Buffalo Wings! Oh, wait. That's a different New York establishment... :-)
  • BBQ Blog If you've ever contemplated opening a bbq restaurant, bbq joint, or even a bbq concession and catering business

    Glazed Ribs courtesy Sandra Aylor

    The debate begins...

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