Back in December we received the news that our book BBQ Makes Everything Better had been selected as the USA winner in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards “Best Barbecue Book” category. As part of that honor, our book advanced to the next level in the competition as the USA representative for “The Best Barbecue Book in the World” award. There were 12 total barbecue books representing their respective countries, of which the top 4 finalists (including us) were invited to Paris to take part in the formal awards ceremony on the first day of the Paris Cookbook Fair. And on the evening of March 3rd, 2011 at the historical Theatre des Folies Bergère in Paris, France in front of over 1,200 publishers, authors, chefs, journalists, foodies and spectators, BBQ Makes Everything Better was officially named “The Best Barbecue Book in the World”!!!
Posted by Jason on March 22, 2011
Posted by Jason on March 10, 2011
Our friends at Painted Hills Natural Beef recently hooked us up with a couple of monster sized rib eye steaks to toss on the grill. When I say monster sized, I’m not kidding. These things were easily pushing two inches thick, and were heavy enough to do bicep curls with. To prepare these beasts for the flame, I soaked them overnight in the marinade mixture from our Honey-Seared Black Pepper Filet recipe in our book BBQ Makes Everything Better. Just before lighting the grill I removed the steaks from the marinade liquid, seasoned all sides with kosher salt and cracked black pepper, and left them to rest on the counter.
Posted by Aaron on December 20, 2010
An 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.
Posted by Jason on July 1, 2010
The 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.
Posted by Aaron on June 17, 2010
We 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.
Posted by Jason on May 20, 2010
Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend? Why not head down to Kansas City for one of the greatest barbecue competitions/festivals known to man. May 21st and 22nd will be host to the 6th annual Great American Barbecue Festival at the Wyandotte County Park at Beautiful Capital Federal Park (or Sandstone Amphitheater for those familiar with the KC area). There will be plenty of activities on site to enterain the family, including a carnival, a dedicated Kidz Zone, food/equipment vendors, live music, fireworks, and even a book signing by yours truly!!!
Posted by Jason on April 27, 2010
Over the last year and half we’ve been working non-stop on developing our first cookbook “BBQ Makes Everything Better“. All those sleepless nights are about to pay off as we’re quickly approaching May 4th, the official release date for our first book.
Now don’t go thinking that this is your standard grilling or smoking “how-to” cookbook. We do include the tips and techniques that every backyard cook should posses, but our focus in on creating delicious, mouth-watering meals through simple and easy-to-follow recipes. These are the dishes we’ve cooked for our friends and families for years, and now we’re thrilled to finally share them with you!