Diva Q Christmas Gift Giving 2013


Well tis the season for some giving – the items below I have all personally tried & used . I do not recommend items that I have not thoroughly tried out or used. These are my own personal choices – some have made the list before and some are brand new.


Making a repeat appearance – one of my favorite gifts to receive and to give:

Back Lit ! Thermapen


Diva Q Christmas List Backlit Thermapen


In typical Thermapen-fashion, our UK engineers have designed a button-less intelligent backlight system. When the Thermapen is on, a new display sensor continuously monitors ambient light levels. As it gets darker, the backlight comes on automatically so you can read the digits in any light condition. With this power-saving strategy, battery life is only reduced to a minimum of 100 hours even when the backlight is in continuous use. If only used in the light, the miniature CR2032 cells still last 1500 hours! Your actual battery life will be somewhere in between depending on the amount of night cooking you do. And, there’s no button to push. You don’t even need to think about it.


Thermoworks Chef Alarm

Designed for commercial use, ChefAlarm delivers features not found in “houseware” cooking alarms. Continuous Min/Max display tells you how hot (or cold) your food got when you weren’t looking. A “High Alarm” sounds when your food reaches your setting, and a first-of-its-kind “Low Alarm” is perfect for making yogurt and other cold dishes.

Diva Q Christmas Chef Alarm


Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Texas Pepper Jelly

Diva Q Christmas Texas pepper Jelly

Seriously this stuff is incredibly addictive. So many flavor choices. I love glazing with these jellies on meats, brie (seriously to die for), and heck my husband loves pairing the jelly with toast too!  The possibilities are endless and the owner Craig is a super nice guy to deal with. Also make sure to try out their rib candy & also Craigs new BBQ sauce.

Diva Q Christmas Texas Pepper Jelly

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Lodge Cast Iron

I don’t think you can ever go wrong with giving cast iron. Its a gift that can last a lifetime. This year I bought myself the Sportsman’s Grill.  and a new dutch oven. Great quality. The company has been around since 1896. Seriously thats a long freaking time.

Lodge Cast Iron Grill

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

BBQ Books

One of my all time favorite BBQ books. Now in its second edition – Championship BBQ Secrets for Real Smoked Food by the late Karen Putnam (Flower of the flames) & Judith Fertig. Some of my favorite recipes have come from this book. I cannot recommend it enough. The recipes were tried and true before publication. Really great food.

Diva Q Christmas List 2013

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Big Green Egg Pizza Stone

I have owned a few pizza stones over the last few years. The Big Green Egg pizza stone has stood the test of time and usage. This is a great gift paired with a bag of  00 Flour and some homemade pizza sauce

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Big Green Egg Pizza Stone

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Rossy’s Diablo’s Fuego Hot Sauce –


This is not one of those everyday hot sauces. This is in a whole other category. Chef Rossy Earle is from Panama. I have been lucky enough to eat at her house and experience just a tiny bit of her cooking skills. This is an incredible condiment. Absolutely full of flavor and beyond delicious. This hot sauce can be used as a marinade or topping for grilled anything from meats to veggies and everything in between.

Available in select stores & locations in Ontario.

Pimenton on Mt Pleasant
Ruby Eats in Leslieville
The Sweet Escape in The Distillery District

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Diablo Fuego Rossy's


Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

FEC100 from Cookshack.

Ok this is a big BIG gift but I got one this year and I love it. Load it up with meat and it makes BBQ magic. I really enjoy using it- so simple and flavorful.

Diva Q Christmas List 2013

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

JP Custom Smoke Rubs

I received some of these as a gift this year. Great selection -terrific flavors.  Small operation that has BIG flavors!! Get some!
Diva Q Christmas List JP Custom Smoke

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Smoky Mountain Smokers Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce

I have been using this sauce for years and it always tastes great. Great for use on so many items. Order a case. Trust me on this. Their disposable cutting boards are also something high on mylist of competition favorites. Truly awesome people.

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Smoky Mountain Smokers Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Butchers Prime Injection

I use this product regularly in my briskets and big beef roasts.  It is like an insurance policy to make great meat. A little goes a long way. Check out their selections of rubs and sauces too!

Diva Q Christmas List Butchers BBQ Prime Injection


Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Grill Grates

No shock that these are on the list again. I take them to every competition, use them at home and recommend them to all my friends.

  • The Original Raised Rail Design™ is a new engineered cooking system that sits atop any existing grill. GrillGrates sear and sizzle foods better than traditional grills, which have more open exposure to direct flame and juices are only fuel for flare-ups. GrillGrates virtually eliminate charring but accentuate searing.



Diva Q Christmas List Grill Grates

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Plastic Shakers with different types of lids

Earlier this year I was experimenting with rubs and bought a couple of these 10 oz shakers. They clean up nicely and the different lids really help control how much rub and spice comes out.  My only lament is that I didn’t buy more. These would be great to give with an assortment of basic spices – garlic powder onion etc and some simple recipe cards for rubs.

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Plastic Shaker

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present


Char-Broil Wood Chip Smoker Boxes – Assorted Varieties

Perfect for anyone who wants to take their food up to the next level of flavor. Char-Broil came out with these smoker boxes and they are super convenient to use. Also they have a great selection of accessories on their website.  Also check out the BIG Easy Roaster for your Turkey this year. I was shocked how great our turkey came out!

This code will give  25% OFF All Grills and Cookers on  Pls note it is not applicable to parts but to grills & accessories only. This code & link below is valid until December 31 2013. Just use the code when you are checking out. **** Please note this code cannot be combined with any other online code**** – See more at:


Diva Q Christmas List Char-Broil Wood Chip Smoker Packs

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Zinger Grill 

My teammate Patrick bought this Zinger Grill. I picked it up for him at a contest in the US. I admit I was skeptical – I have to tell you I was/am thoroughly impressed. It is a grill & fire pit with an adjustable grate that raises and lowers. It also compacts down simply.  I also haven’t given it back. Good Luck Patrick, You may want to order another one. LOL

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Zinger Grill

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Montana Cross Grain Planks 

I like using planks for grilling. I like them even more when they really give a lot of flavor to the meats I am grilling. I find these cross grain planks are just really effective. They also look snazzy serving up great smoked food to your guests.

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Organic Cross Grain Planks

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Tony Chachere Injectible Marinades

I don’t use really fancy injectors. Never have. Also many of the large stainless steel ones are just too big for my hands. I always buy Tony Chachere’s Injectable Marinades- I like the flavors and I keep the injector. Its like a 2 in one present.

Diva Q Christmas List  2013 Tony Chachere Injectible Marinades

 Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present


Beer & BBQ go naturally well together. It would be a great idea to purchase an assortment of craft brews locally and then give them this book.  A great pairing. Ted Reader has written so many terrific grilling books. Check this one out – one of my favs!

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Beerlicious

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present


BBQ Calender

365 days of BBQ tips & Recipes! Seriously- everybody should have this!

Diva Q Christmas BBQ List 2013


Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present


KCBS BBQ Judging & Competition Classes

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Classes

There are lots of judging classes listed for 2014 – Check the KCBS Bullsheet  and online

Also check out classes given by Competition Pros a great gift for anyone to step up their game.


Gift Cards for BBQ Stores:

Gift Cards

If you have a griller that seems to own everything then a gift card might be the right option> I love these stores for BBQ Accessories & Equipment.

In Ontario/Canada I shop at: -Ontario Gas BBQ located in Vaughan Ontario

Amazing selection  – Guinness World Record holder for largest store.

Diva Q Christmas 2013 Ontario Gas BBQ – Capital Appliance & BBQ located in Ottawa Ontario –

These guys are some of the nicest people you could ever deal with. Highly recommend this store – terrific service and selection!

Diva Q Christmas List 2013

In the US – Great selection they will ship anywhere!! These guys know competitions and everyday grilling too!

Diva Q Christmas 2013

Whiskey Bent BBQ Supply  Store located in Lakeland Florida coming online Black Friday 2013 – Competition & Everyday grilling needs ? They have you covered!

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Whiskey Bent BBQ supply


Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Get SPUN !!! Dizzy Pig Spices & Rubs – Gift Box! 

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Dizzy Pig

I am huge fan of the entire Dizzy Pig Spic Line of rubs!..

This would make an awesome gift for anyone on your grill & BBQ loving gift giving list … Even better getting 25% off with this code: use DIVA25 at the Check out to get 25% off of their Gift Box 4 

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Dizzy Pig Get Spun

Packaged in a colorful, eye-catching and sturdy box are our 4 top-selling rubs, Dizzy Dust, Cow Lick, Raging River and Tsunami Spin…along with 7 samples of all of our other flavors, a Dizzy Pig lapel pin and sticker.

Here is an even sweeter deal.

Dizzy Pig is giving away one gift box of their 4 top selling rubs to a Diva Q Fan! 

Contest Rules:


All you have to do is leave a message under this post on the Diva Q Facebook Fan page under this contest announcement – tell us what is on your Christmas wish list from Santa this year. The contest is open to both Continental US & Canada residents. 1 winner will be randomly selected from all the entries. LIMIT ONE (1) ENTRY PER Household. Subsequent entries will be disqualified.  Contest is void where prohibited by law. Contest begins November 17/2013 and closes December 1st at 7pm est. Diva Q accepts no responsibility for comments lost or unpublished. Winner will be notified via Facebook message and published on the website.




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.



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!


Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the Ontario Gas BBQ’s Media Day. Ontario Gas BBQ is one of my all time favorite places in the world. They have so much stuff. So many BBQ’s.  I have to show extreme self restraint every time I go. I want to buy everything. They also are the largest BBQ store in the world. Unfortunately the day was cold and wet. Ugh. But the grills never stopped the beer was flowing and the media were all about….

Their BBQ showrooms are incredible. They carry everything you can imagine and more….

So many BBQ’s ……………….

There was a great selection of BBQ Companies there to demo their products and to provide tastings..Traeger’s menu for the day was ABT’s  Grilled Asparagus with a curry aioli, and hot & fiery chili dipping sauce, pulled pork sliders, Bacon Bombs (Ill be posting about those next week!!) and of course a little bit of chocolate heaven. All done on Traeger BBQ’s

Celebrity BBQ & grilling chefs Ted Reader (Teds BBQ World) and Rob Rainford (Food Network- License to Grill) were also on hand making some incredible food (pulled pork and foie gras burgers from Teddy!- so decadent)

Rob looking as stylish as ever and he always has the megawatt smile.

Here is a picture of Ted’s Ass bending over his grill. You can see it is a much smaller ass now. He has lost a lot of weight.

I have no clue what he was looking for here. You never know with Teddy what will happen next.

I got to try some of his new Apple Brown Betty Grilling Sauce (and I forgot to bring my bottle home) it was damn good. Go get some.

For some serious comedy please watch this video of us chatting after the show on Teddy’s weight loss secrets – they are truly inspirational.

Heres a link to some of the media coverage from yesterday.  It was a really fun day !! Thanks to the folks at Eventrix for organizing the entire event.

Global TV April 2010