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Our European editor, Harald Zoschke, reports from southwest Germany: We drove to the Swiss border south of the other end of Lake Constance (Bodensee).  German BBQ smoker manufacturer "Farmergrill" threw a huge Grilling & BBQ Fest. Not only do they manufacure a wide line of quality smokers, they also run one of Germany's largest BBQ retail stores--we saw most likely more than 100 different grills and smokers there. Reps from various manufacturers were present, and the "Barbecue Academy" smoked excellent brisket (they publish a German BBQ magazine and hold hands-on BBQ classes right here at Lake Constance). Good food, entertainment including electric bull riding (not HZ), chile pepper eating contest, the BBQ Train, at left, with twin smokers, and more.  Great fun!  Here are more pix:




The Big Green Egg arrives in Deutschland!

The showroom at FarmerGrill, complete with a
friendly Burnese Mountain Dog!

Free Mobile Grill!

Posted by: Dave DeWitt

The major grilling season for 2009 has just begun and during these trying economic times, every griller is looking to save money. The Fiery Foods & Barbecue SuperSite has made arrangements with national supermarket chains to give all of our readers a free mobile grill.  Go here for the details on getting your free mobile grill!

Sweden Embraces BBQ

Posted by: Dave DeWitt

by Paul Schatte

Head Country Food Products and the BBQ and Chili Company of Stockholm, Sweden have been doing business together for two years. Last April, as general manager of Head Country Food Products, I was invited to Sweden by Jonas and Robert Lundin, owners of the BBQ and Chili Co. The purpose of the trip was for me to share my knowledge of barbecuing.  For several days I shared my expertise with restaurant and grocery store owners, as well as magazine and newspaper personnel.  I prepared several of Head Country's specialty items like bar-b-q brisket and ribs.

One of the restaurant groups in attendance was O'Leary's Sports Bar that operates more than 40 sports bars in Sweden. From that event and follow-up meetings by the Lundins, the O'Leary's restaurant menus will be featuring several flavors of Head Country Bar-B-Q sauce and smoked meats from the BBQ and Chili Company.

The highlight of the five-day trip for me was being asked to be guest Chef at Melker Andersonn's four-star restaurant, The Grille, in downtown Stockholm.  Melker Andersonn is a respected Michelin Chef in Europe and he asked me to prepare some of his favorite barbecue items. "The Grille Plate" featured brisket, pork shoulder and homemade sausage prepared by me. More than 125 Grille plates were sold that evening.

Our company has been selling BBQ sauce off and on in Germany for the past ten years, exporting private label sauce to Canada and are in the beginning stages of a larger scale growth in Canada as well."

Originally published in The Ponca City News, Ponca City, Oklahoma.  Used with permission.

My First BBQ Joint Still Open!

Posted by: Dave DeWitt

Tagged in: history , barbecue products

I was looking through Michael Karl Witzel's fun new book, Barbecue Road Trip, when I spotted a reference to Bill's Barbecue in Richmond, Virginia.  This brought back a flood of memories.  In 1967, I was in graduate school at the University of Richmond and lived on Monument Avenue, just a few blocks from Bill's.  I never had much BBQ when I was growing up in northern Virginia, so I started getting takeout from Bill's.  Invariably it was the same thing everytime: minced pork topped with coleslaw and a eastern North Carolina-style barbecue sauce.  And Bill's is still in business today, 78 1/2 years after its founding on June 2, 1930.  There never was a "Bill."  An out-of-work sign maker named the restaurant and painted the logo on the front window--in trade for some barbecue, of course.  The logo is still the same, and it looks like it was designed in 1930:


Mastering Ceramic Cookers

Posted by: Dave DeWitt

Because of its versatility as a grill, an oven and a smoker, the ceramic cooker is gaining in popularity with backyard cooks throughout the country. More and more folks opt to purchase a ceramic cooker instead of--or in addition to--a traditional gas-fired or charcoal grill.Ceramic cookers are based on the ancient clay pot cookers used in the Far East more than 3,000 years ago.  Read the whole article here.


Kamado Cooker

Contributing editor (and former webmaster) Harald Zoschke and his wife Renate recently visited a huge outdoor fun trade show in Cologne, Germany, SPOGA (sports and garden). Here is his report on the barbecue and grilling aspects of that show.

      It was a HUGE show. The enormous growth of the grilling and barbecuing
biz in Germany was evident by the fact that this sector now occupied its own two-story hall.
      One trend we noticed was that the new generation of gas grills are
becoming bigger, more comfortable and simply "looking sharp,", stuff
to wow consumers' neighbors. Even those manufacturers traditionally offering cheap charcoal grills had complete lines of stainless steel "Rolls Royce" style gas grills.
      Real barbecue smokers are taking off here as well, and there were even innovations in charcoal grills: One unit had motor drives for about a dozen individual kabob skewers to rotate, easy to insert and remove. The bed of coals was easily height adjustable; i.e., when the coals burn down, you could just raise them by turning a knob while fire is on. Various companies showed fuel alternatives to traditional charcoal, briquettes, and fire-starters. Another trend is electrical grills with more of a "real" kettle grill feel to it, rather than a simple heating plate.
     There was a booth with all of Steven Raichlen's books (in various languages), and his ever-increasing line of SR-branded accessories. We met Steven and got his latest book signed. A really nice guy with knowledge of various languages, and definitely a great sense of business.
      Cobb Grill is coming back strongly, with a whole line of grills, add-ons and even a handy little Cobb gas grill! Their booth combined the HQ, Scandinavian and German subsidiaries.
With countless of more or less useful grilling accessories on display at about a hundred or so booths, we sniffed out the newest trends over here and picked up a whole bunch of BBQ related products for our shop.
     To discourage the Far-East trend-sniffing copy-cats, the organizers had
a "No copy" campaign running, and many booths had "no photo" signs to protect their innovations (hence I didn't take many shots).
      Also, we bought ourselves a kick-ass Australian Beefeater gas grill, retiring our ten-year-old Weber.  -Harald Zoschke


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