Cuban Sandwiches

I cook 30+ competitions a year so I am always looking for new ways to get rid of my leftovers. One of my favorite things to make using pulled pork is a Cuban Sandwich. The salty pork, melted cheese, and crackle of the pressed bread make for a difficult to beat combination. I usually pull […]


Snake River Farms Holiday Ham

Spring has sprung and Easter is just around the corner. Growing up, Easter dinner was one of my favorite meals of the year for one reason… The ham. Nothing beats a huge hunk of pork cooked until the fat and skin on the outside forms a crispy crackling crust and then finished with a sticky […]


Thai Style Spare Ribs

I recently waxed poetic about competition spares in an “Ode To Bones”. Those sweet, sticky ribs are fantastic, but I cook them 40+ times a year. It’s time to get outside of my BBQ box and do something a little different. It’s time to take my Gateway Drum to Southeast Asia and go Thai style. […]


An Ode to Bones

  Gather ‘round the fire my friends, grab your drinks as dark descends For a tale so demented you’ll be certain that I fib. I speak of the tallest man in BBQ, he’s a lot like me and you, And how he taught me how to hang the perfect rib. He told me on a […]


Pulled Pork

Generally speaking, pulled pork is the first “big” meat that an aspiring pitmaster will try to tackle.  It is relatively inexpensive,  full of delicious fatty flavor, and much like pizza… even when it’s bad it’s good.  These same qualities also make it the perfect first meat to throw on your Gateway Drum. The kicker is, […]


The Sweet, Hot Boatright

I received a special care package from my buddy Darian at Kosmos Q on the Saturday before the super bowl.  I already had some chicken wings in the refer for the big game, so I decided to crack open the chicken soak and give it a whirl.  Early Sunday afternoon, I mixed it up just […]


Peanut Butter Blossoms a la Brickhead

Nothing says Christmas like holiday cookies. The other night, Lori started the oven for the preparation of her annual “Santa Claus” cookies. Just in case you didn’t know, I’m Santa Claus in my house and my favorite cookies are Peanut Butter Blossoms. In my opinion, there is nothing better than chocolate and peanut butter. Although […]


Competition Chex Mix

Around the holiday season, nothing beats hot, fresh out of the oven homemade chex mix.  It is a slightly sweet and salty mixture of crunchy, nutty goodness that hits all the high points of snack greatness.  Portable?  Check.  You can fill up a bag and nosh on this delight just about anywhere.  Craveable?  Check.  Just […]


Waste Not, Want Not

An unfortunate byproduct of competition cooking is the enormous amount of waste it generates.  I can’t speak for everyone, but I know I go through a ton of meat to find that perfect piece to put before the judges.  I have sent countless chickens to that great hen house in the sky just because they […]


Gettin’ Basted Competition Style Chicken Thighs

  Chicken is the first meat that a cook turns in at a BBQ competition and, believe it or not, we have a pretty good idea how our day is going to go after taking that first bite.  Wander among the teams at your next competition and utter the words “chicken skin” and you are […]