The barbecue world is full of some pretty intense debates: Gas or charcoal? Mop or brush? Memphis or Carolina? No matter what side you fall on, barbecue lovers take their food pretty seriously. The blogs below weigh in on debates such as cooking style and grilling technique, but they also offer local restaurant reviews, BBQ recipes and plenty of good stories from fellow barbecue aficionados.
10 fiery BBQ blogs
Barbecue Master. Cyndi Allison is the barbecue master, and she brings her experience as a journalism professor and writer to the world of outdoor grilling. Although she's written professionally about topics such as top grills and Carolina barbecue, her blog is a light-hearted collection of recipes, reviews and tales from the grill.
BBQ Addicts. This site is home to The Bacon Explosion, a bacon-stuffed, bacon-wrapped Italian sausage that you can have delivered right to your door. Class it up a bit with the Bacon-Explosion Pig-Porter (no gift basket is complete without one). If you can peel yourself away from the shopping page long enough to hit to the blog, you can find recipes, cookbook reviews and giveaways.
BBQ Blog. This blog is written by the BBQ Guy, creator of award-winning BBQ spice rubs and author of more than 900 articles about barbecuing. In addition to restaurant reviews and recipes, the BBQ Guy weights in on classic debates such as charcoal briquettes vs. hardwood lump charcoal and the best way to cook brisket.
The BBQ Grail. The BBQ Grail began as one man's simple quest to find the greatest backyard barbecue out there, and it turned into a BBQ resource for newbies and aficionados alike. Rookies will appreciate features such as summer safety tips or a primer on different regional barbecue styles, while seasoned chefs can branch out with the grilled lemonade or bacon-wrapped dates. Everyone will appreciate the ongoing (but admittedly infrequent) series: "Does bacon really make everything taste better?"
Big Wayner's BBQ Blog. Wayne is a North Carolina resident, member of the Kansas City BBQ Society and Certified BBQ Judge. Wayne's blog has everything from Father's Day gift ideas to unofficial drinking games, in addition to plenty of product and restaurant reviews.
Don O.'s Texas BBQ Blog. Come along on Don's "calories and cholesterol tour," and experience Texas barbecue at its finest. Don's not afraid to call it as he sees it, so count on an honest opinion of each joint he visits, from meat to side dishes. But Don's enthusiasm for Texas barbecue shines through with close-up photos and a handy list of favorites.
Full Custom Gospel BBQ. Texans treat barbecue almost like gospel, and if you're looking for a religious experience, check out Full Custom Gospel's blog for reviews of some of Texas' best barbecue joints. The "Prophets of Smoked Meat" behind this blog live by some pretty specific rules for judging their 'cue, including only considering sausage if it's house made and avoiding places that serve things like salad. A helpful glossary is available for newbies who may not know what a sugar cookie has to do with a rack of ribs.
Man Up Texas BBQ. This blog is a virtual tour of Texas barbecue joints, complete with pictures that will make you want to lick your computer screen. In addition to showing how the pros do it, the blog features pictures of backyard barbecues that prove Texans take their BBQ seriously. You might need to man up to eat this much barbecue, but at least you'll know you're eating the good stuff.
No Excuses BBQ. Barbecue isn't a fair weather sport, at least not for this grill master, who blogs from the "Pacific NorthWet." First, some details: barbecue is any food cooked outdoors over real fire and requires wood and/or charcoal. Gas users, go elsewhere. The blog features mouth-watering recipes for everything from grilled bananas to classics such as pastrami. An added bonus? Barbecue "quotes" from luminaries such as Virginia Woolf, Aristotle and Winston Churchill.
PatioDaddioBBQ. Patio Daddio is a barbecue enthusiast who experiments with everything from brat burgers to grilled salad. In addition to recipes, Patio Daddio
offers tips on equipment, book reviews and video tutorials. For something different, check out the avocado chile sauce or the barbecued baloney.
Whether you're a barbecue purist or someone who's never eaten anything that wouldn't taste better grilled, the blogs above offer a fresh twist on cooking with fire.