Gourmand World Cookbook Award Winner

Posted by Aaron on December 20, 2010

Gourmand World Cookbook Award WinnerAn exciting turn of events and an early Christmas present as we were recently notified that our BBQ book, BBQ Makes Everything Better was selected as the USA winner in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards “Best Barbecue Book” category! This means we continue on to compete against winning BBQ cookbooks from other countries for “Best in the World.” The results will be announced on March 3, 2011 in Paris. Of course we are hoping that we’ll be forced to fly to France to teach Europe how to use a smoker!

We feel extremely honored to be selected for this prestigious award. The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau, highlights the leading food and wine books yearly. Helping readers and retailers find the best books out of the tens of thousands released every year is one of their major objectives. With 145 countries represented, this truly international competition is honoring candidates in 53 cookbook and drink categories culminating at the Paris Cookbook Fair where the “Best in the World” winners will be announced.

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Food Photography: Burnt End Chili

Posted by Jason on December 15, 2010

Food PhotographyThis weekend brought a wave of extremely cold weather blowing through the Kansas City area. While this probably won’t be coldest temperatures we’ll see this winter, it sure was cold enough for me to take cover in the cozy confines of my house. Lucky for me and my family, I always keep a bounty of leftover BBQ meat from our competition season stashed away in our deep freeze. To help keep us warm from the inside out, I whipped up a batch Burnt End Chili. With the lowly state of the Chiefs game, this was by far the best thing we laid eyes upon on Sunday.

Check out another edition of great BBQ photography and grab the full recipe for Burnt End Chili in our book! It is some mighty fine BBQ chow to serve on a cold winter day!

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The Monthly Rubdown: Three Little Pigs All-Natural Sauce

Posted by Jason on July 30, 2010

Three Little Pigs All-Natural SaucesAs we round out our week long rendition of The Monthly Rubdown, you didn’t really think we’d showcase a line of all-natural seasonings without offering up a selection of sauces to go with it? Lucky for us, Three Little Pigs also have a complimentary line of all-natural BBQ sauces to pair with their tasty all-natural seasonings. If you’re a fan of their ever-popular Competition Sauce, then you’ll be happy to learn that each of these all-natural sauces were derived from that very recipe.

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The Monthly Rubdown: Three Little Pigs All-Natural Rub

Posted by Jason on July 29, 2010

Three Little Pigs All-Natural RubsWe’re heading down the home stretch of our Rubdown Marathon, and this time we bringing you a line of BBQ rubs designed for the health-conscious cooker, or the barbecue fan with special dietary needs. No longer does the terror of ingesting MSG or Gluten rich products have to loom around your barbecue grill, because these seasonings are free of both and are made from 100% all-natural ingredients. Plus it doesn’t hurt that they were developed by one of the most famous and well-known barbecue chefs to grace the competition circuit.

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The Monthly Rubdown: Firebug Sauces

Posted by Jason on July 28, 2010

Firebug BBQHump Day brings us another round of The Monthly Rubdown, and this time we’re showcasing a new fruit based barbecue sauce that’s been making some waves on the competition circuit. Within it’s first year on the market Firebug Sauce has earned 3rd Place honors in the American Royal specialty category, 1st Place in the Great American BBQ hot category, 2nd Place in the Great American BBQ hot baste category, and 3rd Place in the Great American BBQ mild baste category.

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The Monthly Rubdown: Plowboys Jerk Seasoning

Posted by Jason on July 27, 2010

Todd JohnsDay 2 of the Rubdown Marathon brings you a new flavor from a competition BBQ team that’s coming off of a 2009 dream season. Not only did this team rack up a whole truck load of Grand Championships, but one of those just happened to be the prestigious American Royal Invitational in Kansas City. Their Yardbird and Bovine Bold Rubs are well established favorites among competition cooks throughout the entire country, and now they’re rolling out a brand new seasoning for those of you who like things hot!

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The Monthly Rubdown: Burnt Finger BBQ…gallons!

Posted by Jason on July 26, 2010

Burnt Finger BBQ Private Stock Barbecue SauceAdmittedly, we’ve neglected our blog over the last couple of weeks. We know how much our readers hate it when we go on hiatus (primarily because we get your complaint emails), so this week we’re making it up to you with a 5 part version of The Monthly Rubdown. Each day we’ll be introducing you to a new product (or family of products) that’s now available in our online BBQ store. To kick-off this week of Rubdowns we’re rolling out a brand new gallon size of our best selling sauce.

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Laser Infrared BBQ Thermometer Review

Posted by Jason on July 22, 2010

Laser ThermometerOur friends over at RedEnvelope.com graciously offered to send us a Maverick Laser Infrared Surface Thermometer to test out and provide our thoughts. Of course we wouldn’t want to dangle a brand new BBQ gadget in front of our readers without giving you a chance to win one, so RedEnvelope also kicked in an extra thermometer for one lucky reader to win! Keep reading and we’ll let you know how you can get your hands on one of these guys.

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Free Stuff: BBQ Library Giveaway

Posted by Jason on July 1, 2010

4th of JulyThe 4th of July is the biggest grilling day of the year. Not only is it acceptable to play with fire on this glorious holiday, it’s fully encouraged and celebrated. And to make sure the only thing burning at your holiday party is Chinese gunpowder, we’re hooking up two lucky people with a library of great barbecue books. We’ve partnered with the authors of some of the best grilling books around to make sure your outdoor grilling skills are top-notch come this 4th of July.

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Webster House Grilling Event & Book Signing

Posted by Aaron on June 17, 2010

Webster House Kansas CityWe have an exciting event coming up this Saturday at the Webster House in the historic Crossroads District here in Kansas City. We have the honor of being the featured guests for an evening of barbecue and will be sampling recipes out of our BBQ book, BBQ Makes Everything Better. Also on hand will be Excuetive Chef Charles d’Ablaing demonstrating grilling recipes and techniques and Darcy Rasmussen, the pastry chef, will be showing off great desserts for the grill! They will also be showcasing the latest equipment from Wolf Grills and Sub Zero refrigeration. A great event for the whole family, and a super way to treat Dad to a special afternoon.

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