July 24, 2014

A Barbecue Crawl in Manila, Part 3 by Alex G. Paman

My journey in barbecue began (as with most youngsters, I imagine) with my dad grilling for special family occasions. He brought this tradition to the U.S. when we immigrated over from the Philippines, and when he became too old

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July 20, 2014

You might be a competition pitmaster if …

  Once you have a few years of competition cooking under your belt, you’ll notice that you’ve developed some unusual habits. That is, these behaviors will seem normal to you but very odd to your family and friends. Here’s a list

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July 14, 2014

Filipino Barbecue on the Island of Cebu, Part Two By Alex G. Paman

Alex G. Paman’s second article is about his first journey to the wonderful island of Cebu.  There he enjoys a large variety of local grilled seafood and meats as seen through the eyes of an American who’s cultural heritage

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July 7, 2014

Competition Barbecue – A journey of inspiration and reconciliation

  Competition Barbecue – A journey of inspiration and reconciliation   Forward by Donna Fong, Butchers Daughter BBQ Harry is fond of saying that why you barbecue is more important than how and what you barbecue. For many of us

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June 23, 2014

Filipino Barbecue on the island of Cebu, Part One, by Alex G. Paman

  I meet many barbecue and grilling aficionados in my travels. I became friends with Alex Paman, a Filipino American, while competing in a NorCal contest. I was intrigued by Alex’s stories of Filipino barbecue which has an equally rich tradition in

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June 15, 2014

Audacious 2014 Alumni – Melissa Brimmer of Beeps Bodacious BBQ

    As a veteran pitmaster, I’ve heard my fair share of stories about audacious rookie competitors. When Donna told me about this one, I blurted out, “She’s the ballsiest student I’ve ever had!” How so? 1) You take

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June 9, 2014

A trip to Austin . . . to meet Sir SPAMalot!

  The SPAM Museum, by Donna Fong, Butcher’s Daughter BBQ     Do you know what a guilty pleasure is? It is something that you enjoy but secretly know you shouldn’t because others say so. For some, it’s eating

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May 13, 2014

Top-10 advice for first time barbecue competitors by Donna Fong, Butcher’s Daughter BBQ

  Do’s, Don’ts and Nevers, by Donna Fong, Butcher’s Daughter BBQ 30 lbs of ruined meat – expensive aftermath of a pit grease fire   Do 1. Take a Certified BBQ Judge class so you know what the judges are

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May 5, 2014

Confessions of a First Time KCBS Judge

  Confessions of a first time KCBS judge   After seven years as a competitor, I was very excited to make my first foray into the judging tent as a newbie BBQ judge. Sure, I’ve judged Invitational events, backyards, and

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April 28, 2014

Judging Competition BBQ – Part 3 by Donna Fong, Butchers Daughter BBQ

  Teams in backyard contest listening in during open judging. Photo by Brenda Magee Photography   <Part 1>, <Part 2> BBQ judges have to travel many miles to get to contests and all at their own expense. Judges are not

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