December 13, 2013

Invitation to First Annual Harry Soo Groovin BBQ Backyard Cookoff 2013

  <Completed. See Contest Blog>  You are personally invited on Saturday, December 14, 2013, to attend the 1ST Annual Harry Soo Groovin Backyard Cook-off benefiting Michelle’s Place, a Breast Cancer Resource Center at the Maurice Carrie Winery in Temecula, located on the I-15

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November 14, 2013

Five KCBS Entries on One Mini WSM. . . . . . . A new world record?

  14-inch Mimi WSM built by Kris Almquist from AZ at the Cowboy Up BBQ, Lancaster, CA   Pitmasters are a passionate and quirky lot. We treat our pits like loving family members and give them pet names. Some teams

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October 13, 2013

A true wild boar story

A True Wild Boar Story   I often start off my barbecue classes with a tongue-in-cheek statement that my students can cook a zebra in a hole in the ground without any fancy BBQ tools or equipment after they take

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August 9, 2013

Great American Cookoff, Woodlake, California, July 27, 2013

Slapilicious Betty Crocker Cake Whenever I’m at BBQ contests, I get a lot of visitors. Some are my devoted fans of Season One of TLC’s BBQ Pitmasters and ask to take a photo with me. Others are attracted to the

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July 9, 2013

2013 Hilo Bay BBQ Cook-off, Hawaii State BBQ Championship, Hilo, HI

Hilo Bay BBQ Cook-off, Hawaii State BBQ Championship, Hilo, HI 2013 Hilo Bay BBQ Championship Independence Day July 4th, 2013 was my third trip to the Big Island of Hawaii the previous 12 months. I had won the  Hilo Bay Hawaii

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June 7, 2013

Happy Barbecue Pitmaster with Sous Vide Supreme Water Oven

  Sous Vide Supreme 3 gallon version   I have a confession . . . I’ve been suffering from water-oven envy for several years. As an enthusiastic home cook and nationally ranked BBQ pitmaster with 27 Grand Championships, California and

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May 20, 2013

Memphis In May 2013

Memphis In May 2013 2013 Memphis In May World Championship It’s hard not to tear up as I write this story enroute home from Memphis. The past three days was an intense emotional blur as I had an opportunity of

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May 7, 2013

Kingsford Factory Tour, Belle, Missouri

  Most of my fellow competitors on the competition circuit know I’ve been using Kingsford briquettes exclusively since my rookie days in 2008. I continue to use them because they work extremely well and are a great value. When the

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March 25, 2013

Austin Barbecue Crawl Weekend, Part 4 of 4, December 2012

  “Meat, smoke, and fire always makes me happy and lifts my spirits” In this last installment of my December 2012 Texas barbecue crawl weekend, we ate at seven places before running out of time to catch our Southwest flight

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March 16, 2013

8 important lessons learned from judging 8 World Champions, Missouri, November 2012

  8 important lessons learned from judging 8 World Champions at the Kingsford Invitational, Belle, Missouri, November 2012 I  was humbled to be selected among the thousands of barbecue judges and pitmasters in America to be part of the history

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