Category: Articles & News

  • How to Spell Barbecue

    How to Spell Barbecue

    There are few words in the English language that have more spelling variations than barbecue. Everyone who writes about barbecue has to address this issue somehow, which leads to that ubiquitous statement appearing in far too many books, magazines, newspapers, and websites reading, “no matter how you spell it,” blah, blah, blah. The truth is,…

  • The Pandemic BBQ Boom

    The Pandemic BBQ Boom

    Why didn’t the BBQ Boom during the pandemic build a healthier outdoor cooking industry? And how are companies going to cope with the looming BBQ Bust? The global pandemic forced many people to stay home. Restaurants closed dining room service. Prices and availability of foods fluctuated. And for many, finding things to do became an…

  • Making Potato Salad (Plus 6 Recipes)

    Making Potato Salad (Plus 6 Recipes)

    Lean the ins and outs of potato salad making with

  • Santa Maria Barbecue

    Santa Maria Barbecue

    Santa Maria BBQ originated in the Santa Maria Valley, and renowned for its delectable grilled beef and standout side dishes.

  • About Us

    Mission Statement: Whether it is a person’s first cookout, first smoked brisket or their hundredth, it should be a great experience. It should work. My goal is to make that experience as successful as possible, every time. Satisfaction with all things Barbecue & Grilling is part of the outdoor experience. It is about friends and…

  • 10 Types of Ribs (Pork, Beef, Lamb)

    10 Types of Ribs (Pork, Beef, Lamb)

    Learn all about the 10 types of ribs, what to look for, and how to prepare them! If you own a smoker or grill, you will be familiar with spare ribs, baby backs, and perhaps beef ribs. However, did you know that there are more options out there, and even better, did you know that…

  • Seeking a Definition of Barbecue

    Seeking a Definition of Barbecue

    Exploring the timeless tradition of outdoor cooking, including its origins and influences.

  • Weber vs Traeger

    Weber vs Traeger

    Money, Marketing, and Patents: Fighting for control of Barbecue On July 5th, 2021, the day after barbecue’s biggest day, pellet grill maker Traeger announced their filing for an initial public stock offering. Almost simultaneously, Traeger had issued a press release confirming their purchase of wireless thermometer company Meater. Six days after Traeger’s IPO filing, grill…

  • The Science Behind Lighter Fluid: Surprising Dangers and Safer Alternatives

    The Science Behind Lighter Fluid: Surprising Dangers and Safer Alternatives

    Investigating the science behind lighter fluid, uncovering the do’s and don’ts, and exploring alternatives on the market.

  • BBQ Online: The Early Years

    BBQ Online: The Early Years

    We often hear the story of the young pitmaster learning the craft at the knee of an elder and how barbecue traditions passed from one generation to another. Travelers to the barbecue belt brought back some tips and hints, but little in the way of comprehensive instructions. Occasionally, a book might contain a recipe or…

  • Traeger Über Alles

    Traeger Über Alles

    Does Traeger have a path to global domination? The pellet grill market isn’t just competitive; it can be downright ruthless. Companies fight for dominance, credibility, and the claim of authenticity. To gain the upper hand competitively requires a lot of creativity. I know most readers will agree on product innovation, but there are other forms…

  • Grill Brush Alternatives

    Grill Brush Alternatives

    Worried about wire bristles getting into your food? Try these grill brush alternatives instead.

  • Pellet versus Kamado

    Pellet versus Kamado

    Every time I read the marketing materials on a brand of a kamado grill, it boasts the same story of the 3,000-year-old design and ancient craftsmanship. This isn’t really true. In Japan, there are still old-style ceramic cookers used today for cooking rice. In the early days of the US occupation of Japan, servicemen removed…

  • Will Success Ruin Traeger?

    Will Success Ruin Traeger?

    Love or hate Traeger, you have to admit they have changed outdoor cooking forever. Certainly, many people make fun of pellet grills for not being real smokers or good grills.  I tend to be one of them. I don’t hate pellet grills, but given a choice between my various backyard cookers, I seldom fire one…

  • The Death of the Holland Grill

    The Death of the Holland Grill

    Somewhere in the mid-1970s, Brad Holland became frustrated with his gas grill. It flared up. It burnt his food. And in general, it angered him that such a simple device could cook so poorly. For 12 years Brad worked to improve the gas grill, and in 1988 he began selling The Holland Grill. It was…