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So there are so many games on each and every day! For the record…. I am an eternal optimist. I am a Toronto Maple Leafs Fan. For good or for bad its been a long 9 years…..

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Lots of parties and that means super snacking and of course great munchies!!

Here are some great links to delicious munchies you can serve at your playoff parties…

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Diva Q MOINK balls inspired by Larry Gaian from the BBQ Grail

MMM Shrimp & Sausage Bites - pork & seafood come together for a power packed bite of goodness!

4 Cheese ABT’s – stuffed jalapenos wrapped in bacon and smoked to yumminess!

Diva Q Jalapeno Dip & Grilled breads – so easy to make it should be illegal.

Chevaps – Because meat on sticks makes people happy!

Pizza Pizza Pizza – Everyone loves a good pizza.

 

 


 


I BBQ all year round. I understand there are people that put away their BBQ’s at the end of summer –  (We need to talk people – you can BBQ in winter and fall!) You need to perform ongoing maintenance and grill inspection -remember a clean grill is a happy grill.

 

 

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..

REMINDER: You should always check with your Manufacturers Owners Manual prior to cleaning, replacing or refinishing anything on your grill. Not all grills are created equal and what works for one many seriously damage another.

BBQ Tip:

Clean all of your BBQ’s exteriors with hot soapy water. You can also use a store brand degreaser.  Wipe down with cotton towels (Not the good ones from the bathroom – consult your spouse on this)

BBQ Spring Cleaning Tips, How to clean your grill

 

BBQ Tips:

Inspect all hoses and lines for cracking and fraying. Replace if necessary and consult your manufacturer’s operation manual and warranty on instructions.  Tighten all nuts and bolts to make sure your grill is solid.

There are types of tube cleaning brushes that are designed to help remove debris, spiderwebs and clogged lines. Check if your type of BBQ needs this type of cleaning brush.

Flaking paint is not tasty. If your grill hood is flaking you may need to sand it down and use some high heat touch up paint. Consult your owners manual.

Replace any knobs, dials and thermometers on your grill. Most manufacturer’s have many of these instock and available for order. This will help refresh your grill.

 

BBQ Spring Cleaning Tips, How to clean your grill
BBQ Tip: Spring Buy a new good quality cleaning brush preferably with a replaceable head.

BBQ Tip: Inspect your propane tanks. They have a shelf life make sure yours is current and where necessary replace.

BBQ Spring Cleaning Tips, How to clean your grill

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: Some types of grates need to be seasoned often and ongoing (ie Cast iron) Check with your manufacturer owners manual for recommended instructions for seasoning.

BBQ Spring Cleaning Tips, How to clean your grill

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 Spring Cleaning Tips, How to clean your grill
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: Level your BBQ. This only takes a minute but is really important to make sure your heat is evenly distributed.

BBQ Tip: SPring is the ideal time to remember to check your thermometers for accuracy and calibrate if necessary.  Boil a small pot of water and insert the thermometer. The temperature should be 212F or 100C

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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 Spring Cleaning Tips, How to clean your grill

 

 

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

BBQ Spring Cleaning Tips, How to clean your grill

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!

BBQ Tip: Find a good butcher & get to know your meat. They can provide you with tons of tips, advise on deals & share knowledge
BBQ Spring Cleaning Tips, How to clean your grill, beef chart
BBQ Spring Cleaning Tips, How to clean your grill, Pork Cut chart

 

 

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 Spring Cleaning Tips, How to clean your grill

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 !

BBQ Tip: Check out a BBQ Class – you just never know what you can learn! I am biased but ill recommend this .

Roc CIty, BBQ Spring Cleaning Tips, How to clean your grill

 

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

BBQ Spring Cleaning Tips, How to clean your grill

 


 


This is a hands on no holds barred competition class!!

Mason Dixon BBQ Diva Q Class

Come on out and learn the championship techniques that have won multiples of Grand Championships, first place awards and perfect 180 scores.

 

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Click HERE to be taken to the Mason Dixon BBQ Website and more information about the class!! Catch you on the BBQ Trail

 


 


Making a return trip to Roc City Ribfest to compete & teach. If you are looking for a great contest to compete at I highly recommend it. Its super well organized and absolutely a blast. There are so many really friendly teams.

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Our class fills up quickly last year we sold out so please if you are interested sign up soon. We have had some terrific success with past students winning some very impressive & Grand Championships and improving their overall Competition game.

Here is the link to our class listings, application form & shopping cart.

http://livebreatheeatbbq.com/

http://livebreatheeatbbq.com/

 

 


 


 

We have been on the road for a month already and time has flown by. We have traveled from Texas to Kentucky and lots of places in between. We still have a few more BBQ joints to head to and a couple more things to see. Our last stop and where we end this crawl will be at the American Royal in a couple of weeks. Its been a blast up to now with the crew who has been working hard.

Here is your very first look at BBQ Crawl coming this Spring 2013 on the Travel & Escape Channel produced by RTR Media. I hope you like it. Let me know what you think. Its my life on the road.


 


 

BBQ Pitmasters Returns for another season with a sneak peak on Destination America tomorrow at 10 p.m. Eastern and premieres on Sunday, June 3, at 9 p.m. Eastern.

Here is our BIG news: 

I am really excited to be able to share that once again team Diva Q was thrilled to be on BBQ Pitmasters. Yup thats right you heard it here first that I can finally confirm that our team got another go at it. To be chosen to go back again was terrific.  We have to thank Original Media and the entire crew. They worked their butts off.

It was a freaking blast to be with the crew again. To be judged by 3 UBER awesome real BBQ judges Myron Mixon, Aaron Franklin and Tuffy Stone.  This time around things are different. I loved this years format. Real meats. Real Time. Real Pressures. ALL BBQ!!  I can’t give away any more details you will have to tune in to the show. Thanks to our friends and family for all their support. I am truly the luckiest woman in BBQ. Blessed beyond blessed.