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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April 24, 2014

Judging Competition BBQ – Part 2 by Donna Fong, Butchers Daughter BBQ

Backyard Contests are great learning grounds for new teams – Groovin BBQ Backyard Cookoff 2013   <Part 1>, <Part 3>  My barbecue judging journey started almost ten years ago when a cook shared a competition rib with me. We were

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April 17, 2014

Judging Competition BBQ – Part 1 by Donna Fong, Butchers Daughter BBQ

  Pitmaster facing six judges in a SYD backyard contest –  courtesy of Brenda Magee Photography   <Part 2>, <Part 3> The most common question I hear when I tell people I am a certified BBQ judge is “How do you

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April 8, 2014

Spreading love and reconciliation through barbecue

  Harry, I wanted to let you know you have been a huge inspiration for me in my quest to become a great pitmaster. I have been involved in backyard events since 2010, and have had good success with

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March 31, 2014

Cooking against the Barbecue Big Boys

Donna Fong, Grand Champion Pitmaster, Butchers Daughter BBQ, Alameda, Calif.   By Donna Fong, Butchers Daughter BBQ Ever wondered if cooking a barbeque competition is anything like what you see on TV? So is it like that in real life?

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March 24, 2014

Selecting Best Smoker Pit By Donna Fong, Butchers Daughter BBQ

  Buying your first serious smoker is much like buying a piece of Le Creuset cookware.  You don’t really need one but it sure makes you feel good to use it on those special occasions.  Most people start out

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March 14, 2014

Fire Control and Seasoning a New Weber Smokey Mountain pit

      How to control your fire and how to season a brand new WSM One of the most common questions I get asked by from folks around the world who email me is how to season

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March 3, 2014

SYD Fast Food Burger Patty and Low-carb Hamburger Shootout

Ready set . . . draw!   I’ve learned the hard way that my pitmaster lifestyle and associated food choices don’t always result in my physician singing praises about my health status during my annual physical exam. We’ve all

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