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Organizations We Support

I am often asked to speak about the secrets of the success of this business, and after the nuts and bolts of internet advertising, memberships, etc. I talk about an overlooked part of a business plan and Profit & Loss Statement: Charity. I believe firmly that every business needs to budget for charitable giving in the same way it budgets for utilities, payroll, etc. Here are some of the charities and not for profit organizations we support.

Operation Barbecue Relief

We Support Operation Barbecue Relief

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SUSTAINING DONOR: Global Alliance For Clean Cookstoves

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PUPPY TRAINER AND DONOR: Leader Dogs For The Blind

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MEMBER: International Association of Culiary Professionals

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MEMBER: Southern Foodways Association

Kansas City Barbecue Society

LIFETIME MEMBER: Kansas City Barbeque Society

Memphis Barbecue Network

MEMBER: Memphis BBQ Network

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MEMBER: National Barbecue Association


We have enjoyed the praise of many organizations and luminaries, some of which are featured on Media Coverage: We Have 13 Minutes Of Fame Left, some on a page of unsolicited testimonials, and some on the page about our book.

BBQ Association Award

FIRST PRIZE: Award of Excellence, National BBQ Association

FINALIST: 2016 International Association of Culinary Professionals Book Awards

NOMINEE: 2014 World Food Media Awards


We are delighted and honored to be represented by the world’s best literary agents at the Lisa Ekus Group.

The Lisa Ekus Group loves bbq

Member: Society of Professional Journalists

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The International Association of Culinary Professionals awards are often called the Oscars for food authors and media. We were among the 3 finalists of the many websites and blogs considered in 2019 and 2020. As Cubs fans say, “Wait til next year!”

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Published On: 1/31/2012 Last Modified: 12/3/2021

  • Meathead - Founder and publisher of AmazingRibs.com, Meathead is known as the site's Hedonism Evangelist and BBQ Whisperer. He is also the author of the New York Times Best Seller "Meathead, The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", named one of the "100 Best Cookbooks of All Time" by Southern Living.

 

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Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

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With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.
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The Efficiency Of A Kamado Plus The Flexibility Of The Slow ‘N Sear Insert

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The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy


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Groundbreaking Hybrid Thermometer!

Thermapen One Instant Read Thermometer

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