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Some Great BBQ Websites, Forums, And Broadcasts, Because There's No Such Thing As Too Much Barbecue

"There Is No Such Thing as Too Much Barbecue" is a wonderful, poetic ode, a short essay, by Jason Sheehan. It was broadcast by National Public Radio's All Things Considered on Memorial Day, May 29, 2006 as part of their "This I Believe" series. You can read it or listen to it by clicking here.

Immediately below are the best barbecue websites. and at right are links to the best barbecue forums, message boards, discussion groups, and mailing lists. Click here to see links to the barbecue associations, clubs, and competitions.

Of course, this is alphabetic, and since people have been known to copy and paste my pages, I need to include AmazingRibs.com in my list. Some guy named Meathead writes mostly about the science of barbecue, grilling, and outdoor cooking, but there's a lot of good info about food, ingredients, and techniques. Even has some vegetable recipes.

  • Barbecue Master. Based in NC barbecue country, Cyndi Allison has been writing about barbecue and teaching it for more than a decade. Check out the links to her other websites and blogs.
  • Barbecues & Grilling at about.com. Derrick Riches is a self taught cook who has learned a lot and he passes it along in this large and deep reference.
  • Barbecuen. Articles and ideas on everything from grills to cooking elk.
  • BBQDryRubs. The site is a nice hobby site from David Somerville covering more than rubs. He focuses on Weber gear and the sausage section is good.
  • BBQ FAQ. An astonishing compilation of wisdom from scores of serious cue'ers. The only problem is that the mailing list of participants has been dissolved so you can no longer sign up. Also, a lot of the links are broken. Still, the knowledge there is timeless.
  • BBQ Sauce Reviews. He likes sauce. Some better than others. See if you fave is on his 5-star list.
  • Braai 4 Heritage. In South Africa they call it braai, and everyone barbecues. They even have a National Braai Day!
  • Cooking Outdoors. Gary House is fearless as he cooks everything on his grills, even pies and bread. There are sections on barbecue, cast iron cooking, Dutch oven, fire pit, and foil cooking. Lots of recipes well illustrated with photos. gratetv for barbecue lovers
  • GrateTV. This frequent video show stars Jack Waiboer, a talented BBQ cook and competitor based in SC, and co-host Bill West (above). They teach tips, technique, tools, toys, secret ingredients, beer drinking, and answer viewer email questions. They know their stuff, and teach it with a smile. That's them above, and one of the gadgets they feature.
  • GrillGrrrl. Robyn Medlin Lindars knows how to cook, and she can do it outdoors. She blogs about her adventures, her recipes, and she teaches classes in her home base of South Florida and around the nation. Her specialty is making barbecue fun for women. She also cooks on her sailboat! Fun stuff!
  • A Hamburger Today. Gently patted together by Robyn Lee, this site is made of prime restaurant commentary, stuffed with burger lore, topped with good humor, and held together with beautiful drippy photographs. She is aided by a handful of burgerphiles who know their stuff.
  • Home BBQ. Message boards that discuss just about anything barbecue.
  • The Ingredient Store.com. Home of the FAB injections and marinades. FAB is the stuff most of the brisket champs inject (into the meat, not themselves).
  • Joy Of Grilling. Nice site with some creative recipes.
  • Live Fire Online. Curt McAdams can cook and takes nice pix in Ohio. He focuses on barbecuing and grilling, but often digresses on local foods, markets, baking, and dining.
  • Mark Stevens. I met Mark in one of the online message boards and have learned a thing or two from him and his tips. You can too. His home made website has great links, and some good recipes and tips.
  • Naked Whiz. This may be the most inaccurate and inappropriate name for a website on the net, but don't let it deter you. This is the go-to site if you have any questions about charcoal, how it is made, and what is the best.
  • Nibble Me This. Chris Grove is in Knoxville and he works his Big Green Egg and other cookers hard. He has also written a book about kamados.
  • Patio Daddio BBQ. John Dawson brings his analytical IT mind to the patio and tests new techniques, equipment, and recipes with an unusual thoroughness and sharp sense of humor. He also competes. This is one of my faves.
  • Postcards from Scotsylvania. Scot Murphy is a very smart, witty, fella, and a pretty good cook too. His blog covers barbecue, gardening, politics, comics, and "ruminations about the universe, occasional whining, snarkiness, stuff like that."
  • Real Truck. Accessories and gear for your truck.
  • She Smoke. Julie Reinhardt is the author of the book She-Smoke, a Backyard Barbecue Book, and co-owner of Smokin' Pete's BBQ in Seattle. This blog is an extension of the book, the restaurant, and how she rolls with two kids in tow.
  • Thesmokering is an informal conglomeration of almost 1,000 websites devoted to barbecue. They include sites with recipes, tips on technique, cookers, supplies, sauce for sale (a lot of them have sauce for sale), and more. Best of all, there is a search engine so you can search on keywords such as "ribs."
  • Something Different Country Store & Deli. This is the website of a real old-fashioned country store that happens to be world famous because it is owned by folks that know a lot about barbecue, not to mention food and farming in general. Dad, Dan Gill, is the writer in the family, and his musings, called Dan's Blurbs, are well thought out and researched. Definitely something different.
  • Southern Foodways Alliance. Southern cuisine is this nation's most interesting and these guys know ALL about it. All about it. The oral history videos are priceless.
  • Sports Tailgaters. All tailgating items including locations, bars, apparel, games, and accessories. Share your stories, pictures, and bar locations with fellow sports fans. They also have a full suite of Fantasy Sports Leagues.
  • Tropic Als BBQ Review. Are you a Parrot Head or a wanna be back yard beach bum? Check out Tropic-Al's BBQ Review: a back yard banana republic in the Catskills.
  • Virtual Weber Bullet. Chris Allingham's site is dedicated to the use of the Weber Smokey Mountain Smoker (a.k.a. "The Bullet"). There is an amazing amount of really helpful info on barbecue from theory to recipes that can be applied to cookers other than The Bullet. The message boards are visited regularly by lots of knowledgeable people, and I have even seen notices of meat sales at butchers near my house posted there. It is not affiliated with Weber grills.
  • White Trash BBQ. The story of a BBQ obsessed Brooklyn guy who dreams of producing award winning barbeque. He competes around the nation in the KCBS barbecue competition circuit, documents his cooks and those of others he meets, and has even been known to post while he is cooking! Fun stuff, especially if you are thinking of getting on the circuit.

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