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What is Happening with HomeBBQ.com

February 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Happy Birthday to HomeBBQ.com!February 5th, 2001 is when HomeBBQ.com was officially launched. This website is 9 years old today, although this is not the original version of HomeBBQ.com. Over the years, this website has gone through many changes, has seen more than 3,000,000 unique visitors, and more than 8000 members. Our goal has always been to help those that want to learn how to barbecue, and I think we have done that. I want to thank those that have helped me through the years.

I also want to update everyone on what has been going on with us. Over the last couple of months, I have been getting several emails and phone calls inquiring about my health, and why we have not been seen at competitions. As many know we did spend some time in the hospital in early December, all is well now and I want to thank the FBA for their get well wishes, and many of you who contacted me personally. Most of what put me in the hospital was due to stress, so we rectified that, I hope.

Which leads us to why  we have not been seen competing in several months.  We have been competing for many years now, competing in as many as 36 competitions a year, we needed a break! We are taking a brief hiatus, and expect to be back out competing again later this year, or early next year. What we are focused on right now is getting HomeBBQ.com product distributed, so if there is somewhere that you think should be carrying our product, then please help us get connected.

We have also launched another new business, many of you know that I have been working in the IT world for several years, and many of those years has been spent on web design and application development. Our new business is called Bevington IT Services, and the website is www.bevington.biz . We handle just about anything in IT, with a focus on Web Site Design. So if anyone has a need there please visit our website and give us a call, we will be happy to help you.

Almost the entire year last year we were giving 2 backyard classes per month at All Grills and More in Oviedo, FL, we are still doing this this, you can see our class schedule under events.

Ordering Product from HomeBBQ.com is Even Easier

January 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

For many years, ordering product from our Online Store meant you used PayPal to pay for your order. For many, this was perfectly acceptable, since PayPal was safe and many people used it for Ebay or many other Online Stores.

As time moved on many have contacted me stating they would never use PayPal, and others wanted some kind of non-online processing of Credit Cards.

We have listened to your requests, and now offer 3 more ways to pay for product through our online store. We now offer secure online credit card processing without going through PayPal, and we also now support fax in offline credit card processing. And, we also now offer Google Checkout. 4 ways to pay in our online store, Please visit and let me know if you have any problems with any of them. You can visit our online store by clicking the link below, or Clicking Online Store in the Menu above.

http://shop.homebbq.com


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HomeBBQ.com is in the Jack!

September 3, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Jack Daniels Invitational

With only 2 draws in this years drawing HomeBBQ.com was drawn to represent Florida in this years Jack Daniels Invitational World Championship.

Here is the Official Listing from the KCBS Website;

OFFICIAL Jack Daniel’s Draw Winners
September 3, 2009

21st Annual
Jack Daniel’s World Championship
Invitational Barbecue
“The Draw”

AUTOMATICS:
4 Legs UP BBQ, Great Bend, KS, 2008 Jack Daniel’s
Four Men and A Pig, Olathe, KS, 2008 American Royal Open
Blazen BBQ, Hillsboro, TX, HLS&R Barbecue
Sweet Swine O’Mine, Olive Branch, MS, Memphis in May

Pellet Envy, Leawood, KS, Seven + Wins
Bub-Ba-Q, Canton, GA, Seven Wins
Munchin Hog’s @ the Hilton, Prairie Village, KS, Seven Wins
Rhythm ‘n QUE, Phoenix, AZ, Seven Wins
Swamp Boys, Winter Haven, FL, Seven Wins

Boss Hogg Barbecue, Fairbanks, AK, AK State Winner
cancersuckschicago.com, Westmont, IL, AZ State Winner
R2 – BQ, Wantagh, NY, CT State Winner
PA Midnite Smoker, Willow Street, PA, DE State Winner
Cool Smoke, Richmond, VA, DC Winner
“Team Ida Q”, Boise, ID, ID State Winner
I Smell Smoke, Malden, MA, MA/VT State Winner
3 Eyz BBQ, Owings Hills, MD, MD State Winner
I Que, Hopkinton, MA, ME State Winner
Blake’s BBQ, Gilbert, AZ, NV State Winner
Lakeside Smokers, Methuen, MA, NH State Winner
Parrothead Smokers, Dakota Dunes, SD, PA State Winner
Spitfire, Fargo, ND, SD State Winner
Hoochie – Que, Park City, UT, UT State Winner
Just Smokin’ Around, Frederick, MD, WV State Winner
Burnin Bobs Butts n Bones, Morrison, CO, WY
State Winner

CONTEST STATE TEAM NAME HM STATE
AL Wild Bunch Butt Burners, AL
AR Tee Wayne’s Smoking Lipps, LA
CA All Hogs go to Heaven, CA
CO Wild Hogs BBQ, CO
FL HomeBBQ.com, FL
GA Jack’s Old South, GA
IA Iowa’s Smokey D’s BBQ, IA
IL Ulcer Acres BBQ, IL
IN Shigs In Pit, IN
KS Rubbin It & Lovin It BBQ, KS
KY Monty Pigthon & the Holy Grill, KY
LA QUAU, IL
MI Extreme Roasters, MI
MN The Heat Is On, MN
MO The Pickled Pig, KS
MS Big Boyz Cookin’ Crew, MS
NC Checkered Pig, VA
NE To The Bee BBQ, NE
NJ Lo’ -N- Slo’ BBQ, NJ
NM Naaman’s BBQ, AR
NY lunchmeat, MA
OH Hoosier Crawdaddy, IN
OK STU’S Q BBQ, OK
OR Fat Dad’s Barbeque, OR
SC Chatham Artillery BBQ, GA
TN Music City Pig Pals, TN
TX Redneck Cookers, TX
VA Dizzy Pig , VA
WA Smoke A Fat One BBQ, WA
WI Dr. Porkenstein, WI

From The Cooking Class – Happy July 4th!

July 4, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

creamerHappy July 4th everyone!

We know you will be cooking out today, and wanted to throw in a very nice, easy, potato recipe. We have made several variations of this in our cooking class, and today we will give you the works.

There are 2 very important ingredients, first the potatoes. It’s very important to choose a creamer variety, either a gold (Yukon Gold), or Red (Creamer Red) variety of potatoes. Why? the creamer potato is harvested young, and yields a very tender, moisture rich, almost buttery flavor and texture. The second very important ingredient is the onions. The best onion for this recipe is the sweet onion, preferably the Vidalia. Why? The Vidalia is grown in a specific region in Georgia, and in my opinion, even though there are look alikes, the Vidalia is king.

Cheesy Grilled Potatoes
6 to 8 Potatoes (Yukon Gold preferably) (Sliced)
2 – sweet Onions (Chopped)
1 – Bell Peppers (chopped)
1 -stick butter
6 to 8 slices – pre-cooked bacon
2 cups – Shredded cheddar cheese (or Jack and Colby combo)
Garlic Lovers Seasoning (or you can use Salt, Pepper, Granulated Garlic)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Combine sliced potatoes, chopped onions, and chopped bell peppers in aluminum foil.
Break bacon into pieces and combine with potatoes.
Drizzle olive oil over potatoes liberally
Place slices of butter evenly across top of mixture
Season liberally with HomeBBQ.com Garlic Lovers Seasoning cook over low heat for 25 to 30 minutes (or until potatoes are soft).
Immediately after Removing from grill, top with shredded cheese, and serve.
Enjoy!

Happy July 4th!

Is My Barbecue Ready Yet? – Cooking Pork

June 16, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

porkTo many in Southeast US, the very meaning of barbecue, is pork. Pork is obviously a very generic term, and really could mean anything cooked from a hog. However for most of us, in barbecue, cooking pork means the shoulder, and for most, the desired cut from the shoulder is the Boston Butt, and this is what we will cover in this article.

The selection process I use for this piece of meat, includes finding one has the fat well marbled or dispersed throughout the cut.

Then, I start looking at weight, the higher the weight, the longer the cook, so I like them right in the middle (8-9lbs). You can find very small ones, which in my opinion are normally difficult to get tender (4-6lb), and the very large ones (11-13lb) are difficult to cook evenly.

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Mug Brew-B-Q BBQ Sauce Kit Giveaway

June 13, 2009 by · 4 Comments 

Mug_Root_BeerThe folks at Mug Root Beer have come up with what they feel is a great recipe, for a BBQ Sauce.

They feel so strongly about it, that they want to send folks from HomeBBQ.com the recipe, and the entire kit to make it, there even throwing in an apron also.

As a Fathers Day promo of sorts, send me your name, address, and a brief description as to why you should be the one who gets this to kevin@homebbq.com

5 people will be chosen, and sent the Brew-B-Q Kit.

This promo will also be posted in the Forum, so from those who receive the kits we would love to see some comments on what you think about the BBQ sauce recipe, and if you think you made it better!

Grillin’ In the Gardens Palm Beach Gardens FL June 19th – 20th

June 13, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Grillin-in-the GardensCome by and see us June 19 & 20 at Grillin’ In the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens FL. The event will be held at Mirasol Park.

This is the first year for this event, and it is sanctioned by the Florida BBQ Association. This event will host some of the very best talent from the Southeast US.

From the Cooking Class

June 13, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

As many of you know, almost every Wednesday night, we have been doing backyard BBQ and Grilling classes at All Grills and More in Oviedo, FL. In the classes Clara and I focus on doing recipes that can be easily reproduced for friends and family in their own backyard.

This has been a big hit, and I want to thank all who have participated, we continue to make new friends through this, and personally I love to hear how they made of the recipes from the class at a party they were giving and how much of a hit it was. It definately makes it all worthwhile.

A recipe that has been around for awhile in a few different variations, and has been a big hit in my rib class, is this Apple Baked Beans recipe. Not only does it have a very unique flavor, it is very much a conversation piece while we are making them. And now, I am going to share my variation of this recipe with you.

We start with pre-made baked beans, and my favorite for this is Busch’s Original Baked Beans. Here is the recipe;

Apple Baked Beans

4 (16 oz) cans Bush’s Original Baked Beans
4 slices (cooked) bacon, diced
3/4 cup HomeBBQ.com Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce (or your favorite bbq sauce)
1 lb crumbled cooked Jimmy Dean Maple pork sausage
1 (21oz) can Comstock Apple Pie Filling (break up large pieces of apples)
1 Large sweet onion (Vidalia preferred), finely diced
1 green pepper, finely diced
3/4 cup brown sugar (dark preferrably)
2 1/2 Tblsp. Lee & Perrins Worcestershire sauce
2 1/2 Tblsp. Yellow or Brown Mustard
1 tblsp. Hot Sauce (I prefer Texas Petes or Loiusiana Hot Sauce)
2 tblsp. HomeBBQ.com Rib Rub (or your favorite BBQ Rub)
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper

The easy way to do this, is to combine all ingredients and cook on the grill or smoker 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
The second method would be to saute the onions and green peppers, then add them and cook until hot.

Enjoy!

Pork is Safe, says America’s Pork Producers

May 6, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

300x250_30_npb_h1n1_dBeginning May 5th the National Pork Board launched a rather impressive campaign, to assure the American Consumer, that Pork is safe. This would appear to have been sparked by news of a pig in a Canadian Pork Operation has contracted the H1N1 virus, this was transmitted from a  human to the pig.

According to Tom Vilsack (Secretary of Agriculture) “there are no reports, that H1N1 is infected any US swine.” He also points out that “this is not a Foodborne Illness the American food supply is safe and pork and pork products are safe. As is the case with all meat and poultry, safe handling and cooking practices should be used to kill any germs or bacteria that could make you sick.” Vilsack also points out “As a precaution, people with flu-like symptoms should not interact with swine, and swine showing influenza symptoms should be kept away from the public and brought to the attention of the State Animal Health Authorities or USDA. Proper biosecurity measures – as in any influenza situation – will protect against the spread of virus. ”

As an avid bbq cook myself, pork is very much a part of the menu, and will continue to be. Pork Producers, the BBQ’ers of America are by your side, keep producing safe pork, and we will continue cooking it and eating it!

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January 22, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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