Is it time to up your BBQ game?

Professor salt slicing meat during competition

If you are serious about improving your skills as a backyard pitmaster or if a barbeque competition is in your future, consider taking a class. Yes, there are classes out there dedicated to teaching you how to make better BBQ.

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Back in the Saddle Again

Photo taken during BBQ practice

Photo taken during BBQ practice

It’s been about three years since our last BBQ competition, but this weekend Four Q rides again at the Dana Point State BBQ Competition. We are only two now, Professor Salt and myself BBQ Junkie. Of the original four who started our BBQ team in 2005 Neil “Big Mista” has gone on too much success as a BBQ entrepreneur and Sylvie now competes on her own as Lady of Q. Big Mista occasionally enters competitions, but you are more likely to find him at a local farmer’s market and Lady of Q will be at the competition this weekend….

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2014 Houston Barbecue Festival

BBQ Brisket
Only a couple hours away from the home of Central Texas Barbecue, Houston isn’t known for its smoked meats.  Michael Fulmer and Chris Reid are trying to change that. For the second year, they’ve put on the Houston Barbecue Festival, where 20 local barbecue joints set up their cookers and provide samples to thousands of hungry guests….

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Kid’s Summer Drink “Drank”

cool off your kids with a little sumer drank

hot afternoons set the stage for a perfect cold drank

We were all sitting poolside enjoying a Sunday afternoon when my daughter asked me for a “drank,” something tropical. She seemed comfortable, so how could I say no? Keeping the kids happy can be a chore at times, but if you do it right they really do appreciate the extra effort. I went inside with the intention of making some version of watermelon lemonade that I could disguise as a tropical drink, but what I came back with is a great way to kick up any backyard BBQ or pool party….

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Championship Ribs Video

Another video, but a worthwhile one especially if you’re thinking about competing in a BBQ competition or just curious about how meticulous pitmasters can be about their meat. It’s a promo for a BBQ DVD, but it does include some nice philosophical points of view and cooking tips as well.