In the past, all the articles, recipes, tips, and technique on AmazingRibs.com were written exclusively by Meathead. That’s no longer the case. In 2017, we added some knowledgeable writers and editors to provide new recipes and reviews. While most of the content is still my own, I stand on the shoulders of some very helpful people, listed below. I would also like to thank a few other folks who have helped me along the way, all of which you can find here.
Meathead is the founder and publisher of AmazingRibs.com, and is also known as the site's Hedonism Evangelist and BBQ Whisperer. He is also the author of "Meathead, The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", a New York Times Best Seller and named one of the "100 Best Cookbooks of All Time" by Southern Living.
Clint Cantwell is the President of AmazingRibs.com, charged with overseeing the day-to-day operations of the website, as well as the creation of content, and a little bit of everything else. Cantwell was named one of the "10 Faces of Memphis Barbecue" by Memphis Magazine and was the winner of Travel Channel's "American Grilled: Memphis."
Brigit Binns is Meathead's culinary consultant, collaborating with him on his next book "The Meathead Method, Barbecue And Grilling As An Art" for publication in spring 2020. She is is the author of more than two dozen cookbooks and runs a B&B and cooking school in the wine country of Paso Robles called Refugio.
As AmazingRibs.com's Vice President of Product Reviews & Keeper of the Flame, Max Good is the man in charge of finding the best products for the AmazingRibs.com Equipment Reviews section. Max loves barbecue so much that he took his barbecue sauce recipes, had them bottled, and now sells them around the country.
Bill McGrath is AmazingRibs.com's Thermometer Maven. He has sophisticated equipment, an electrical engineering degree from Cornell University, and an MBA (almost) from UC Berkeley. Despite being mostly retired, he is still responsible for developing and updating all of ExxonMobil's electricians' training modules.
Jim Maivald is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer or AmazingRibs.com. He is an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) and Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) with over 30 years of experience working with graphic design. He has written 10 books and hundreds of articles on graphic design and electronic publishing.
Huskee is the manager of our Pitmaster Club and Comments Moderator on our public site. A KCBS Certified Barbeque Judge (CBJ), he experimented for a few years with a cheap Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker before graduating to a Yoder Wichita offset smoker. His arsenal has since expanded to nine cookers.
As AmazingRibs.com's Marketing Director, Charlotte Wagner is the guardian of the site's overall brand. After working in motorcycles, fine art film, beauty, and financial services, she's thrilled to marry her love for food, drink, and all things marketing to help broaden the reach of the AmazingRibs.com message.
Professor Greg Blonder is AmazingRibs.com's resident science advisor, myth buster, co-author of the site's first book, "Meathead, The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling". A Professor of Product Design and Engineering at Boston University, he has a physics BS from MIT and a physics PhD from Harvard.
In addition to her work with AmazingRibs.com, James Beard Award winner Tamar Haspel writes the Washington Post column Unearthed. She’s also written for Discover, Vox, Slate, Fortune, Eater, and Edible Cape Cod.
Chef Stef is a lifelong barbequer and home chef with a passion for all different types of food, cooking, and techniques. Always hungry for more, Chef Stef thrives on creating fresh spins on old favorites and sharing her knowledge, tips, tricks, and recipes with anyone that will listen.
Sterling "Big Poppa" Ball’s passion for cooking outdoors has led him to have his hand in almost every aspect of the barbecue world over the past 30 years and he now brings that expertise to AmazingRibs.com.
Dan is on a life quest to learn 50 cuisines from around the globe and to share those adventures with the AmazingRibs.com audience. Over the past 20 years, Dan has attended 30 cooking schools in 20 countries and the travels continue! When not on the road, he serves as President of Big Green Egg.
Editor of AmazingRibs.com from 2017 to 2021, David Joachim has authored, edited, or collaborated on more than 45 food books, four of them on barbecue and grilling, and his Food Science column has appeared in "Fine Cooking" magazine since 2011.
Robert is a highly respected authority on food, drink, and travel with a Ph.D in English. Working from his home base in Charleston, South Carolina, he is the founder and publisher of The Southeastern Dispatch, was a Contributing Barbecue Editor for Southern Living and a frequent contributor to publications including Serious Eats, Saveur, Early American Life, Garden & Gun, The Local Palate, and […]
John "Spinaker" Bowlsby serves as AmazingRibs.com's Comments Moderator. Spinaker grew up in the BBQ starved state of Minnesota where people are more likely to be eating lutefisk than brisket and ribs. I addition to his love of outdoor cooking, Spinaker is also an expert on cast iron cookware and how to restore it.
Jerod Broussard serves as a Comments Moderator for AmazingRibs.com. He is a maestro of the drum smoker and Texas barbecue in genera who has been a food inspector in Texas since 2002. Don't be shy with your questions regarding chicken, Jerod inspects about 15,000 a day prior to them being chilled and processed.
Malcom Reed is one of the most respected men in barbecue and his many videos make him a genuine YouTube Star. His love for BBQ inspired him to build his website, his YouTube channel, and a podcast. We don’t know how, but he still finds time to compete on the BBQ circuit with his team, Killer Hogs.
Ray Johnson is AmazingRibs.com's lead vBulletin programmer, having heavily customized the software that runs the site's Pitmaster Club. Nicknamed "RayJ", Johnson has 35 years of comprehensive computer knowledge, with extensive experience in hardware, software, networking, programming, and operating systems.
Kris Coppieters is AmazingRibs.com's Lead Developer, managing the site's servers, all coding, and all technical troubleshooting on the free portion of this completely custom-built site. Coppieters specializes in helping companies kick-start their automation projects and software-developer team-building.
In addition to serving as a video content creator for AmazingRibs.com, Jason King loves to cook and shoot videos. His role with the site began when he began filming videos of AmazingRibs.com recipes. Today several of them appear alongside the recipes on AmazingRibs.com as well as the BBQFOOD4U page on Youtube.
Acclaimed cartoonist Jerry King creates original barbecue and grilling cartoons exclusively for AmazingRibs.com's Pitmaster Club. His client list also includes Disney, American Greetings, and many other companies around the globe. After serving in the Army, King went on to graduate from The Ohio State University.
An artist and illustrator for AmazingRibs.com, Lisa Kolek studied illustration and graphic design at the American Academy of Art, Chicago, and scientific and botanical illustration at the Morton Arboretum. A senior designer at the Brookfield Zoo, Lisa's animal and plant illustrations have appeared in zoo exhibits.
Nate Maliwacki serves as a content creator for AmazingRibs.com, filming, editing, and producing instructional recipe videos for the site and for his own YouTube channel, White Thunder BBQ. His goal is to teach and inspire viewers to cook with live fire and to have fun while doing so.
A meat scientist known as "The Meat Geek", Dr. Antonio Mata, PhD (10/7/50 - 1/14/22) was a contributor to AmazingRibs.com and a Consulting Technical Coordinator to the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. Mata discovered the Petite Tender and Las Vegas Strip Steak as well as being involved in the discovery of the flatiron steak.
Henrik Oscarsson is an AmazingRibs.com Pitmaster Club moderator. He was born in the southern part of Sweden and he lives in Stockholm, the capital. He has a house in the country side where the smoker resides, so he's there almost every weekend. He spent his senior year in high school as an exchange student in the US.
One of the best known and most respected people in the world of barbecue, Candy Sue Weaver is an AmazingRibs.com moderator. In addition she is President Emeritus of the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the largest barbecue association, and VP of Sales and Marketing for BBQr's Delight, a maker of food grade wood pellets.
Known around the world for his two hour broadcast, the BBQ Central Show, Greg Rempe also produces a 30 minute weekly podcast for AmazingRibs.com Pitmaster Club members called The Pitcast. Each week he offers the latest news from the food and barbecue world. He also does occasional product reviews for AmazingRibs.com.
Known as “The Cowboy Cook” and a capable griller in his own right, JT (Jeff Tracy) loves to interview great cooks like Aaron Franklin, Steven Raichlen, Tuffy Stone, Wayne Mueller, Amy Mills, Meathead, and other notables from the BBQ world. These interviews can now also be found in AmazingRibs.com's Pitmaster Club.
Paul Sidoriak's official title with AmazingRibs.com is Fire Starter because he makes things happen in his role as Director of Relationships. Sidoriak is also the author of Exclusively Kamado and The Flippin’ Awesome Backyard Griddle Cookbook and has previously served as a BBQ consultant to several major brands.
Chef Ryan Udvett is a classically trained chef from Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago and serves as an official recipe tester for AmazingRibs.com. Chef Udvett has managed several restaurant kitchens and is currently the Product Development (R&D) Manager at CBQ, LLC a subsidiary of Carl Buddig and Company.
Rick Browne oversaw product testing, reviews, and ratings for AmazingRibs.com. A renowned TV cooking show host, photojournalist, and author of 16 barbecue books, he was the creator, host, and executive producer of public television's popular "Barbecue America" TV series that aired on more than 230 stations.
Norma Goldwyn is an AmazingRibs.com's copy editor and is Meathead's mom. One of the fringe benefits of having a retired school teacher for a Mom is she will gladly underline all my spelling and grammar errors in bright red ink. She stays active editing, going to the theatre, and guides art museum tours as a volunteer.