Category Archives: Just For Fun

My Favorite T-Shirts

I have to confess… I have a thing for t-shirts.  They’re the perfect way for showing off your passion.  Whether it’s a shirt from a BBQ/grilling event, your favorite restaurant, a competition team, or just something that makes you laugh, you can’t go wrong with a shirt!  Below are some of the more amusing shirts I’ve seen so far (pictures are linked to a page where they can be purchased).  Most of these are bacon-themed because… well… bacon just rocks!  A couple of these I already own and can attest to their awesomeness.

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My First Thanksgiving Turkey – The Good and The Bad

My wife and I decided to stay home for Thanksgiving this year.  We did this a couple of years ago and really enjoyed ourselves.  My original idea was to do a fried turkey this year, but instead we decided to do one on the smoker.  Earlier that week, I received a Thanksgiving care package from Heather at Stubb’s BBQ that contained two bottles of injectable marinade and a bottle of chicken rub.  It was serendipity!  The stars were aligning – smoked turkey was my destiny for this year!

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My DC experience: friends, food, and fantastic views

Ever since taking a new position, I have done a bit of traveling for work training.  This work training has offered up the chance (when not in training) to take in sights, check out good eats, and meet up with friends.  A few weeks ago I was in the DC area, and in between training sessions, I had the chance to do all of the above!

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New Smoker and New Rub: Adventures in Cooking

Everybody likes a new toy.  It’s okay to admit it… in some form or fashion, we all like to have a new gadget.  I’d like to introduce the newest member of my outdoor cooking arsenal – the 22 1/2” Weber Smoky Mountain smoker!

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Recap: BBQ Pitmasters Season 3 Finale – Final Drink Count

Lexington, NC was the site for the finale for BBQ Pitmasters Season 3.  This episode brought the winners from the previous 5 episodes together in the self-proclaimed BBQ Capital of the US to determine who would be the winner of the $50,000 prize as well as a spot in the Kingsford Invitational. 

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BBQ Pitmasters Season Finale, Plus Episode 5 Recap

The finale for Season 3 of BBQ Pitmasters is tonight.  It was filmed in Lexington, NC at the BBQ Capital Cook Off, and the contestants in this episode are cooking pork shoulder and spare ribs.  This episode will feature the winners from the previous 5 episodes:

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Unofficially Official BBQ Pitmasters Drinking Game Tally – Episode 4

Episode 4 of BBQ Pitmasters Season 3 is now in the books.  The official motto for this episode should be “If it wasn’t for injections, I’d be sober”.

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Unofficially Official BBQ Pitmasters Drinking Game Tally – Episode 3

Last week, the rules for the Unofficially Official BBQ Pitmasters Drinking Game were announced in time for the third episode of the current season.  As you may know already, the first five episodes will feature 15 BBQ pitmasters (that’s three per episode) competing at various BBQ festivals throughout the country for a spot in the winner-take-all season finale.  The winner of the finale receives $50,000, an invitation to the Kingsford Invitational, and the coveted title of Kingsford BBQ Pitmasters Grand Champion.  Three of the most well-known BBQ personalities are serving as judges for this season – Myron Mixon of Jack’s Old South, Tuffy Stone of Cool Smoke, and Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue. Continue reading

Announcing the Unofficially Official BBQ Pitmasters Drinking Game

If there is anything that is a natural fit to be paired with BBQ, it’s beer.  Beer and BBQ.  The stuff that many festivals throughout the country are made of.  This perfect combination of food and beverage is the basis for the Unofficially Official BBQ Pitmasters Drinking Game!

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Top Father’s Day BBQ Gifts for 2012 – What Others Have to Say

With Father’s Day just around the corner, I thought about coming up with a top 10 list of gifts for that grill master in your family.  However, after stepping back and taking a look, others have done a much better job.  So rather than come up with a list of 4 or 5 items, let me suggest a few places to check out so that you can get lots of ideas! Continue reading