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?
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.
LOVE, PEACE and SMOKE