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May 23, 2013

HEY MISTER DEEJAY

After chronicling last weeks wildly successful Pineapple Chicken Experiment, we here at TYWBBQ felt the need to do some further investigation of this DJ BBQ character. Who is he, where is he from, how did he get the gig with FHM Magazine and why if he lives in the UK doesn't he speak with all them marbles in his mouth? It sounds like he's speaking honest to goodness American, doesn't it? Check out the video below if you don't believe me!

The Hanging Pigs tracked him down and posed the hard hitting questions that the entire Q'niverse wanted to know. Fire up your pit because inspiration is a coming from Christian Stevenson!
What do you enjoy most about barbecuing food? What got you started?
I love working with fire and wood.  I like the primal aspect of cooking with the elements. It's very caveman.  You also get much better flavor when cooking with different types of wood. I will not cook on a gas BBQ.  To me, there's no point.  You might as well stay indoors.  My father got me started in barbecuing at the age of 8. My dad learned to barbecue from Grandpa and he passed down the knowledge to me.  There are excellent photos of Grandpa BBQ'n in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa.  Grandpa always had loads of ribs and chickens rocking at the same time.

Your smoker looks like a hollowed out steam train! Where the hell did you get that thing?
I watched too many episodes of Man Vs Food.  Seeing what they were building in the States and not being able to find the same in the UK, we had to import our smokers.  We spent last summer researching - every night for 2 months.  We ended up buying three smokers/cookers from the man who builds more championship BBQ's than anyone else in the world - Ben Lang, of Lang’s Smokers.  His smokers are 3rd generation and he's been making ‘em for over 25 years.  He rolls his own 1/4 inch steel. These babies are a family heirloom.
Out of all your recipes, what’s your favorite thing to cook?
There's nothing like shoving a can of beer up a chicken's ass.  But nailing a big ol' slab of brisket where the thick layer of fat caramelizes with the salt and pepper turning it into ‘Texas Foie Gras’.  Then I really like making breakfast and diner food. Chili and Cheese omelettes are one of my favorite things to make and eat.  Wait… Fish TACOS!!!! Love them!

How did you end up getting involved with Jamie Oliver’s FoodTube project?
I was working on a couple pilots with Jamie's production company, Fresh One.  The first one was called ‘GRILLS, GRILLS, GRILLS’.  It was based around interviewing musicians, artists and bands around food.  I cook for them and they cook for me.  And at the end of every show, the band had to do a cover of Motley Crue's ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ but substituting the word, "Grills".  They could also opt to cover Jay-Z song of the same name.  No one picked it up. We then did another pilot that was more in my realm of action sports.  That was positively received and we could be making that one next year.   Then Fresh One was approached about doing an original channel for YouTube.  They asked me if I'd like to do a show for FoodTube.  And now we've produced 11 videos, we have over 200,000 subscribers, and we've had over 150 million views. It's only been 3 months.


You've proved to be one of the most popular chefs taking part in Food Tube. Do you think it is because of what you are cooking, or the unconventional way you go about cooking it?  

Everyone has turned out to be popular.  And a couple of the dudes already had TV/Webshows before coming on to FoodTube.  I guess people relate to a bit of craziness and they like meat.  I'm all about cooking big hunks of meat, but saying that, my FISH TACOS recipe got a lot of love and the most positive comments from the community.  
There you have it fellow flesh mongers! Very interesting stuff from across the pond. We will definitely stay in touch with Christian and who knows, maybe end up in one of his videos! If he lets me man that monstrous mortar of his then we will give him the inside scoop on our secret weapon-- j.Dickey's Blackberry Habanero Sauce! I might even throw in our discount code: TYWBBQ10 for free!!

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