Meet Our Team (cont'd)

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 Berkeley. Despite being mostly retired, he is still responsible for developing and updating all of ExxonMobil's electricians' training modules. read more
BBQ maven Malcolm Reed
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. read more
henrik oscarsson
Henrik Oscarsson is an 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. read more
Known around the world for his two hour broadcast, the BBQ Central Show, Greg Rempe also produces a 30 minute weekly podcast for 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 read more
Paul Sidoriak, Fire Starter, Director of Relationships
Paul Sidoriak's official title with 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. read more
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's Pitmaster Club. read more
Chef Ryan Udvett
Chef Ryan Udvett is a classically trained chef from Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago and serves as an official recipe tester for 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. read more
Charlotte Wager
As'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 message. read more
Candy Sue Weaver
One of the best known and most respected people in the world of barbecue, Candy Sue Weaver is an 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. 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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