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How Do You Learn BBQ?

There is a lot to making great BBQ. Lots of techniques, flavor profiles, styles, traditions, and conflicting advice. Obviously, I learned by doing, but it is much more than that to get really good. I have gathered some broad themes to help point you in the right direction. Let me know how you learn and …

Trademark BBQ Brisket Rub Recipe

Over the years, I have been tinkering with my Texas-style brisket rub. I have evolved from elaborate rubs to simple ones. I really like salt and black pepper rubs that allow the smoke flavor to shine. My recipe kicks it up one notch from a straight a salt & pepper (S&P) rub and adds seasoned …

Making a Trademark Brisket

I love Texas-style brisket, but I love making my own way better than ordering some at a BBQ joint. My process has evolved over the years and my recipes are from my tastes and point of view. I make a couple of changes each time I make one so I can continuously improve and also …

Bunch of Nerves: Getting Ready for a Big Weekend of Smoking

I am hosting a private event with some BBQ aficionados on Labor Day. I put it all on the line: brisket. I always get a little nervous. Am I going to mess it up? It’s the only protein on the menu. The whole meal is centered around a Texas-style brisket. At least, we have baked …

BBQ Secret: Use Tellicherry Black Pepper Instead of Black Pepper

I am about to give away one of my secrets… I use Tellicherry Black Pepper in my BBQ rubs. Tellicherry has a more balanced flavor versus the heat. Fresh ground tellicherry pepper also hits the nose in a pleasant way. Using tellicherry black pepper is a good way to up a level in your BBQ …