Well. Where do I begin. How about with a BIG Thank you.

It was an awesome night for a fundraiser at the Charlotte Room. It was a wonderful venue for this event. Can’t wait to go back. We all had an excellent time. It was amazing to see so many folks come out.  I loved every moment of it. I was truly humbled by the support. Vlad and I cooked for a week before the event to make sure we had enough food for everyone. Right up until 230 am the day of the event I was still in the kitchen and let me tell you it was worth it!!

I first of all have to thank my Jack Team. They have been working really hard towards this fundraiser for a long time. Behind the scenes they plugged our event ran around and got things did more than you can imagine.

Diva Q official Jack Team for 2011

Patrick Weir

Jessie Sweeney

Mike Miller

Jason Rees

Jamie Parisi

Vlado Dimovski

If it wasn’t for all their hard work we could not have put on this fundraiser. Or the support of all our sponsors listed above. I am really grateful for the help. You are only as good as the people that are with you in life and I tell you I am one lucky chick.

I have to say a HUGE thanks to all who came by from near and far. The dynamic duo from Team Eatapedia John Thomson and Paul Firlotte even came all the way from Ottawa to show their support. I adore the entire team. They are good freaking funny people.

John Thomson Paul Firlotte Wilfred Reinke – Photo Credit Wilfred Reinke 

I tried to get around to everyone and I think it was near impossible. I did however get to chat for a bit with my BBQ Brother Ted Reader. It was only fitting that we toasted with a shot of Jack Daniels –

Diva Q & Ted Reader toasting with Jack Daniels

The team set up as much food as humanly possible at the Buffet. Mike Miller from Big Bone BBQ ran the kitchen for the evening. I could not have done it without him and Vlad they never stopped with Patrick and Jessie running everything to floor and raffle tickets too! Jason kept the prime rib cut and Jamie ran the door (and poker) with Jennifer and Jeff G. (My friends who came early helped set up and helped anywhere and everywhere) There was prime rib, chicken, ribs, pulled pork, beans and our legendary mac & cheese which almost caused a riot when it ran out. (*Seriously I promise to make 8 trays of this next time) I love Buster Rhinos BBQ products and a lot of it was used in our BBQ. There were abt’s and pig candy brownies and cakes too! With all of the buffet and everything taken care of I could actually talk with people. This was truly terrific.

Photo Credit Wilfred Reinke 

There was so much laughter it was infectious. Nothing makes me happier than seeing a room full of happy BBQ eating folks. Many thanks  to Scott & Tania from Culinary Adventure Co. for hosting our online ticket sales and all their help with their donations. I know I will be taking some of their classes and food adventures in the near future!

There were lots of prizes and raffles to be had including a very generous donation from Traeger Canada their Traeger JR with a digital temperature control !! thanks so much to all of our donors. There was an incredible assortment of BBQ products and foodie gifts galore!

Photo Credit Wilfred Reinke 

So from now till the Jack I have 2 more contests and I will practice and then when I think I am done practicing I will practice more.


We are all set now to do our very best to represent at the Jack Daniels World Invitational BBQ. We are going up against the best in the world. I can’t wait. Thanks to all of you who came out sent support and helped us get there. You are all freaking awesome.



There are lots of great grills and items on the market for BBQ’ers everywhere here are my picks for gifts under $100.00

Weber Smokey Joe Gold

With it’s ease of transportation its one of the best values for under $100.00

  • Lid lock for carrying, doubles as lid holder
  • Heavy-duty plated steel cooking grate
  • 14.5 inch diameter cooking area
  • Weber cookbook

Firewire Flexible Grilling Skewers

Each skewer is 30? long from tip to tip. Made of flexible stainless steel and are dishwasher safe.

They are available in Canada at Ontario Gas BBQ two to a package $14.99 CA and many other retailers throughout the US.

They come with a very generous warranty


They can come in any size you want. I use them regularly perfect for indirect grilling!


Works well lights  charcoal fast

Sauce & Rub gift packs!!

I love experimenting with rubs and sauces here are some links to rubs and sauce companies from the past year that I really enjoyed. I have all of these brands in my cupboard at any one time. I know I would love a gift basket of rubs and sauces at any time (Please Santa I have been very good this year :-)

Smoky Mountain Smokers

Butcher BBQ Rubs

Plowboys BBQ

Strodes BBQ

Joey Mac`s Amber Que

Sweet Baby Rays

Collins Creek BBQ Rub

4 Legs Up BBQ

Dinosaur BBQ

Buster Rhinos

Stubbs BBQ


Blues Hog

Cimarron Docs

Smoking Guns BBQ

Dizzy Pig BBQ

Obie Cues BBQ

Lambert`s Sweet Swine O Mine BBQ

3 Eyz BBQ

** Please note these are just a few of the rubs. There are so many on the market that are great that experimenting with some is just a great way to play wit your food!1

BBQ Sample Days

I have to tell you this is a great way to get to try a lot of fun BBQèd items. If you live in Ontario Buster Rhinos BBQ this year is doing multiples of BBQ Sample days. This would make an excellent gift.

Artisan Steak Tasting from The Oliver Ranch Company

This is the gift that just keeps on giving. I love red meat. Ok I love meat period but earlier this year I got the opportunity to sit down to an Artisan Steak Tasting with Carrie Oliver CEO of the Oliver Ranch Company. It is fascinating and quite tasty to try different steaks of this caliber. From their website:

Choose your favorite cut and we’ll send you steaks from 4 different natural or organic ranches, each specializing in a different breed, diet, geography, & aging technique. We’ll also send you our Artisan Beef Institute™ tasting guide and tips for hosting an Artisan Steak Tasting in your home.

Weber Rapid Fire Chimney Starter  Basques All Natural Lump Charcoal »Weber Cubes

These three are among some of the easiest and most durable items I use. I have tried many chimney starters over the past few years and by far the Weber is the most durable and easiest to use. My charcoal of Choice is Basques all Natural Lump charcoal made from Sugar Maple trees. The easiest lighting is made simple by using weber cubes and all of these can be purchased together for less than $100.00

Montana Grills Crosscut Grilling Planks

I like using these planks a lot. I find they give much more flavor to the food you are eating versus a traditionally cut plank. Inexpensive to use they also can be used as serving platters for a rustic themed BBQ dinner.

BBQ Books

BBQ books are some of my favorite things to read and this past year my library certainly expanded as well I went back to some tried and true books that I am still working through.  Plus others I just enjoyed this year about food in general …Here are some of my favs :

BBQ Chips, Pellets, and wood Dusts.

This one is a really big favorite of mine.  Four years ago my Mom for Christmas went to a BBQ store and bought one of every single type of wood chip, wood dust, and BBQ pellets (sample packs) the store had. It was the gift that kept on giving. I loved trying each of the different woods and experimenting with different flavor profiles for smoke. With all of the different brands on the market this is a really fun way to give a gift that can provide a whole lot of fun.  Please note if you are shipping wood products they must adhere to all regulations in regards to the transportation of wood across state lines and provinces/ Countries.  Here are just a few manufacturers of woods and pellets I use and play with:

Traeger Canada


BBQr’s Delight



I want to take a moment to publicly thanks some really fine folks who really went out of their way to help us get all our gear to California to tape the episode of BBQ Pitmasters.

Traeger Canada

wood pellet grills we use everywhere! We used the Traegers to make some of the alligator, to bake the corn bread muffins, the alligator tacos, and also to do the ribs.

Basques Charcoal

we love this all natural sugar maple lump ! While they didn’t show it we used Basques Charcoal to grill the alligator and also to make our beans. They were awesome!!


for their yardbird , bovine bold plus their new JERK rub they rock and we love to use them.

Butcher BBQ

for their injections and rubs we love to use them. Trust your butcher. We do.

Smokey Mountain Smokers

for their excellent cutting boards rubs and sauces we love to use them.

and some personal thanks……

Sylvie Curry thank you so much for letting us use your WSM! We appreciate it and getting to have dinner with you was just wonderful so glad we were able to.

Neil ” Big Mista” Strawder (who I do believe has some of the best BBQ in LA! ) for hooking us up with loads of stuff so we didn’t have to take it on the plane. Thank you for making us feel welcome in California. For those of you in California make sure to check out Big Mista’s BBQ !

To my team Angie Quaale and my beloved husband Vlado I could not have had any better a team than ours. I am proud of what we did. You are both the bomb. Heres to yet another BBQ adventure!!!

Coming in second bites royally. We went in to win it however I am still happy with the food we put out.

John Markus, Jon Sechrist, Jordan Mallari, Lindsay Freed, Michael Gretza, Original Media, & TLC thank you for continuing to promote BBQ on TV and for all your help. I appreciate it.

Thanks to all the fine folks who sent us twitter messages, facebook messages and a whole whack of emails during the show. Really cool to have so much support. Thank you thank you thank you!!

Till the next time you see me on tv…………

Remember life is too short for bad BBQ!!


Received a package of FireWire flexible grilling skewers to review. They are branded independently and also under the big green egg logo of accessories.

Each skewer is 30″ long from tip to tip. Made of flexible stainless steel and are dishwasher safe.

They are available in Canada at Ontario Gas BBQ two to a package $14.99 CA and many other retailers throughout the US.

They come with a very generous warranty

Fire Wire® is warranted against failure for the lifetime of the product.
If in the unlikely event Fire Wire® were to ever fail to work as designed we
will replace it. To claim your replacement Fire Wire® just send us the defective
unit and we will send you a new one.

Here is their promo video from You tube:

I used them this past weekend to get a LOT of shrimp grilled super fast for a party.

This product lives up to the hype. Super easy to use, really helps make efficient use of limited grill space and overall anything that can go directly in the dishwasher is always good in my books. I highly recommend these for use on all your BBQ’s and grills!


Well you can never ever have enough BBQ’s I don’t believe that anyone should only have one bbq or grill. There are so many different types and they are all different with great capabilities.
Thanks to the folks at BGE Canada John & Brian who came by tonight with my newest addition the Big Green Egg.
I am sure to have fun playing on it.