Homemade spice rubs are all sorts of awesome. So easy to make and chenge it up to what you prefer. Check out this super video for my 9 ingredient Montreal Steak Spice and make sure you subscribe to my channel. We have a lot of goodness coming.



I have had a pinterest board for a while now. I have to thank one of my team members Patrick for that. Fun way to share and add items of interest. I have a few boards.

BBQ Crawl Season 1 Official Logo

I have a lot of pictures up from BBQ Crawl.  (This is also the new official logo !! Can’t wait for Spring)

Plus I have been working on a board for BBQ Team Logos.  I love the creativity behind some of these logos. Fun to see what people come up with. IF you have a BBQ Competition Team logo and would like it pinned to this board please send me a JPEG of your team logo to





Yesterday was the cutoff date for submissions of videos for BBQ Pitmasters Season 3 !


The competition is really heating up for a spot on the hit show. Lots of great audition tapes posted to Youtube and Vimeo. Some are new faces and some are people you may have just seen before. Good Smoking Luck to all who applied!!

BBQ Pitmasters 2012 from chris hart on Vimeo.


Pitmaster’s Audition from Bourbon Barrel BBQ on Vimeo.


Rod Gray Pitmasters Audition from Scott Jolley on Vimeo.


Road trips !! Love em or hate em they are necessary if you need to haul all your BBQ equipment to a competition.
We left my house at about 230pm and started our adventurous trek to the Jack.

 Let me introduce you to my friend Jack!
 One of our important stops !! Duty Free!

The weather was grey and overcast the entire trip.. Mass pockets of rain hindered what is usually a beautiful scenic drive.

Getting to the Jack and our hotel as fast as possible was our goal. We had decided that it would be in our best interests if we drove through the night as much as we could safely.

Vlad – drove 99% of the way he is a trooper! 

There were four of us in the truck from the team – Vlado, Jamie, Mike and myself. Lets just say the ratio of testosterone to estrogen was a bit skewed. The boys talked about sports and argued the validity of their teams. Jamie had downloaded a lot of 80’s music that was great to listen to. Mike was in charge of candy procurement and snacks.

With all the rain and fog and mist we didn’t take a lot of pictures but how cold you miss this Dinosaur LOL 

It seemed like it took forever to get here. It almost did – almost 28 hours after we left we arrived in Nashville.

Now I am a very superstitious BBQ lady and I believe if you have done something in the past and it has worked then you should repeat the process. SO off to Jack’s BBQ for some food and a slice of chess pie. Just like I did 3 years previously.

At Jack’s I made sure to pet his pig at the front.  Then we grabbed a couple of plates of food to share with each other.  I think it is really important to try as much BBQ as possible wherever you are. I think it is a lifetime of learning about the different ways ppl make BBQ.

The guys about to Chow down!  
left to Right Mike Miller, Vlado Dimovski Jamie Parisi 

It was a good meal and a great kickoff to our time in Tennessee.

Texas Sausage, mustard greens and sweet potatoes all of it was delicious. 
Great memorable beans, cornbread, delicious brisket also ribs, pork and mac & cheese. 

After Jack’s BBQ we finally got to our hotel in Tullahoma TN and after cleaning up it was time for a few cocktails and talking to some of the teams that had already checked in.

We love Motts clamato caesars and Yeungling and we are well stocked for the next few days! 
Libations at the hotel with some of the fine folks from Smokin’ Hoggz

That’s it for day 1 !! (well that’s all that can be published lol) Today we are off to the legendary Mrs. Mary Bobo’s








This past weekend the Inaugural Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour kicked off in Gilbert Arizona !

30 teams and 30 judges got down to business in rainy drizzly weather….Sanctioned by the KCBS!!

Here is an excellent video from:

One of the best things about BBQTV videos is to hear the judges commentary on the BBQ that was presented to them.  You can learn a lot from watching their videos- all 577 of them!!

After the boxes were turned in & the results tallied the Grand Champion was … Darren & Sherry Warth from Iowa’s Smokey D’s BBQ !!

Reserve Grand Champion was Jennifer Duncan from Smoked to the Bone..

The Top 7 teams overall from this contest will be continuing on to the next tier in Las Vegas on May6th & 7th 2011:

1 Iowa’s Smokey D’s BBQ
2 Smoked to the Bone
3 Rhythm ‘n Que
4 Slap Yo’ Daddy BBQ
5 I.A.B. 30 BBQ
6 McFrankenboo BBQ
7 Loot N’ Booty BBQ


Congratulations to all the teams that participated!


Spring is just about sprung and its always a good time to take stock of your grills, sauces and rubs as the warmer months approach..



BBQ Tip: Spring- Clean your grates the easy way- remove grates put them in oven & use cleaning cycle (always check Manufacturers instructions 1st)


BBQ Tip: Spring-perfect time to inspect grill hoses 4 cracks & wear turn gas on-listen 4 leaks be4 turning on burners. Turn off & replace!

BBQ Tip: Spring Buy a new good quality cleaning brush preferably with a replaceable head

BBQ Tip: Spring Check out your wood chip, chunk & charcoal levels. Stock up so you are always ready to get your grill on !!

BBQ Tip: Spring Check your rubs and sauces out make sure to replenish and replace any that are out of date or stale. Try some new ones!

BBQ Tip: Spring Along with maintaining a safe grilling/bbq area inspect your fire extinguisher gauge to make sure you are in the green area. Recharge if necessary.

BBQ Tip: Spring Buy a few large boxes of baking soda and have them handy- great to use for cleaning and snuffing out grease fires.

BBQ Tip: Spring Invest in a small notebook – keep a cooking log of food you make. That way if something is a success you can repeat the results!

BBQ Tip: Spring is a great time to try some new recipes check out Youtube, BBQ forums, and of course recipe sites for new inspiration! (avoid all with liquid smoke)

BBQ Tip: Spring find a good butcher & get to know your meat. They can provide you with tons of tips, advise on deals & share knowledge

BBQ Tip: Spring is an excellent time to invest in a new grill or BBQ. Get out & buy something new- Pellets, Charcoal & Gas all have different unique features.

BBQ Tip: Spring is a fantastic time to kick it old school with a stick burner. Imagine cool nights, thin wisps of smoke & the smell of wood & meat… awesome

Above all keep your grill clean, well oiled and full of tasty food!! Enjoy !!