BBQ Guru Shotgun Smoker – Review

Shotgun BBQ Smoker

The other weekend I was able to get my hands on a prototype of the brand new BBQ Guru Shotgun Smoker.  While the smoker that I tested was a prototype, it is exactly the same as the production model. This smoker is available now from BBQ Guru. Since I was one of the first people to get … Read moreBBQ Guru Shotgun Smoker – Review

4th of July Recipes For The Perfect Entertainment Menu!

This week is the busiest week of the year for most grills and barbecues.  Get out there and make some hamburgers and hot dogs.  If you are feeling adventurous try a few of the following.  I have prepared a list of some of my favorite summer dishes.  This is my list of my best 4th of July Recipes.  Check them out and add them to your grocery lists for your weekend parties.

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How to turn a gas grill into a smoker!

How to Turn a Gas Grill into a Smoker

Gas grills have a lot of fans.  I have one and really love it.  They are quick to heat up, provide a nice searing surface and are easy to maintain.  What they lack in aroma and flavor they more than make up for in convenience.  However, what if you could add flavor and aroma to … Read moreHow to turn a gas grill into a smoker!

How to turn your Weber charcoal grill into a smoker

Weber Grill

I love my Weber charcoal grill.  It is quite possibly one of the best outdoor cooking devices out there.  Although it is labeled a grill, it can grill, bake and smoke with little to no effort.  It is the Swiss army knife of grills.  The bonus is that you can pick up this amazing grill for … Read moreHow to turn your Weber charcoal grill into a smoker

Prepare for the perfect 4th of July

Grilled Vodka Lemonade Spritzer

This week is the busiest week of the year for most grills and barbecues.  Happy July 4th to everyone!  Get out there and make some hamburgers and hot dogs.  If you are feeling adventurous try a few of the following.  I have prepared a list of some of my favorite summer dishes.

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Sam’s Club Regional – Chesapeake, Virginia

Sams Club BBQ Contest - Chesapeake, Virginia

This year I have competitively barbecuing and have been doing pretty good.  Back in August I won Reserve Grand Champion at a Sam’s Club competition in Medford, NY and received my golden ticket to compete at the Sam’s club Regional in Chesapeake, Virginia.  It was a great opportunity to compete against 29 other teams that … Read moreSam’s Club Regional – Chesapeake, Virginia

New Rib Rub

Ribs Ribs and More Ribs

So I have been trying to perfect ribs for a while.  I am always on the lookout for new techniques or tools to make the perfect competition rib.  Well I went back to basics and scored with an amazing rib.  The key was a nice rub and a finely tuned barbecue smoker.  The final ribs were perfectly cooked with a nice flavor.  FYI – Fall off the bone ribs are not perfectly cooked ribs.  You want a rib that has a good bite but gives away from the bone cleanly.  When you bite into the rib, you should be left with a half moon bite mark.  You don’t want all of the meat to fall off.  If the meat falls off, the rib is overcooked.

Ribs Ribs and More Ribs

I served these up Memorial Day Weekend to Dana and her friend Kristy.  Needless to say, they did not last long.

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Ribs Ribs Ribs

My parents came to DC this weekend and my father loves to barbecue. So I decided to go to restaurant depot and grab some ribs. The ribs at the depot are amazing. They are cheap, they are untrimmed, and they are meaty. Remember to ask your butcher at your local supermarket for untrimmed meat when … Read moreRibs Ribs Ribs

How to start your grill/smoker without lighter fluid

When I started grilling I grabbed a bag of kingsford charcoal and lighter fluid.  I doused the charcoal with the fluid lit a match and watched as my eyebrows dissapeared in mushroom cloud.  I knew that there had to be a better way. Adding lighter fluid causes crazy fires and further adds unpleasant flavors to your food.  Today I want to amuse you with my barbecuing hijinks and teach you a better way to start a grill/smoker.

Look at the perfect coals.
Look at the perfect coals.

The first step to perfect coals is having the right equipment.  You need a charcoal chimney to start the perfect fire.

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Pulled Pork

Nothing says summer more than firing up your smoker, sitting in the sun and drinking some beer.  Last sunday it was 65 degrees and sunny so I decided that I wanted to make some pulled pork.  I went to the butcher and of course, he was on vacation.  So I had to choose from the meat in the case.  They had a pretty good selection including full picnic shoulders, 9 pound briskets and boston butts.  I chose a small 6 pound boston butt as I was only feeding myself.   I know 6 pounds is a lot.  But on the other hand it is still better than barbecuing a 14 pound picnic shoulder for myself.  Although, I probably would have eaten it all.  Pork is amazing!

Pulled pork

Above is some freshly shredded pork, you can see the nice pink smoke ring.  Doesn’t it look delicious.

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Modifying your Smoker

Old Bessie

It has finally reached 60 degrees out here in DC and yes, it is time to BBQ. This winter I have made a few modification to Old Bessie (Yes I named my BBQ). I was searching all over the internet for good mods to make to the Char Griller Smokin Pro and I have found a great website DeeJaysSmokePit.net. Over on the forums there you can find a great PDF document by Phil Lee that has great mods for the Smokin Pro.

After scrolling through the mods I found a few that were easy to do and did not require too many tools.

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