Meet Our Team (cont'd)

David Joachim
Editor of, David Joachim has authored, edited, or collaborated on more than 45 cookbooks, four of them on barbecue and grilling, and his Food Science column has appeared in "Fine Cooking" magazine since 2011. He’s a perfect match for a website dedicated to the “Science of Barbecue and Grilling.” read more
Ray Johnson
Ray Johnson is'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. read more
Jason King
In addition to serving as a video content creator for, Jason King loves to cook and shoot videos. His role with the site began when he began filming videos of recipes. Today several of them appear alongside the recipes on as well as the BBQFOOD4U page on Youtube. read more
Jerry King
Acclaimed cartoonist Jerry King creates original barbecue and grilling cartoons exclusively for'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. read more
Lisa Lynott
An artist and illustrator for, 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. read more
Aaron "Huskee" Lyons
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. read more
Jim Maivald
Jim Maivald is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer or 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. read more
Nate Maliwacki, Video Recipes
Nate Maliwacki serves as a content creator for, 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. read more
Dr. Antonio Mata, PhD
A meat scientist known as "The Meat Geek", Dr. Antonio Mata, PhD is a contributor to and has been 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. read more
Bill McGrath
Bill McGrath is's Thermometer Maven. He has sophisticated equipment, an electrical engineering degree from Cornell University, and an MBA (almost) from UC Berkley. Despite being mostly retired, he is still the person responsible for developing and updating all of ExxonMobil's training modules. read more


Meathead Goldwyn

Meathead is the founder and publisher of, 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.




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