Derrick Riches needs little in the way of introduction in BBQ circles, having been the BBQ editor for About.com for the last 20 years (starting in 1997) easily one of if not the most authoritative sites on the Internet.
When I started blogging about BBQ, there were two sites I looked to for information on different BBQ and grilling equipment, recipes, etc. One, was the BBQ portion of About.com and the other was Amazing Ribs.com.
The BBQ Beat Podcast began with one goal in mind. Seek out as many BBQ and grilling influencers as possible and get them on the show. Having the chance to spend nearly an hour talking with Derrick definitely helped fulfill this goal. More than that, it was a real pleasure learning about his childhood growing up hunting and fishing in the Mountains of Utah, where his love of live fire cooking really started.
As we move through this episode of the BBQ Beat podcast, we’ll learn about:
- Derrick’s early beginnings with live fire cooking and a really cool story about a Kamado Grill
- How Derrick started out with About.com and where that took him personally and professionally
- The work Derrick is doing with his new book Kebabs: 75 Recipes for Grilling
- Some great advice for those new to smoking meat and who might want throw their hat into the competition BBQ ring
Derrick Riches on About.com (Now TheSpruce.com)
As I mentioned, Derrick started writing about BBQ on About.com back in 1997 and still contributes to the site today as part of the team at TheSpruce.com.
Over the past 20 years as the expert and writer for the barbecue section of About.com, Derrick amassed an immense level of knowledge and experience with just about every grill, smoker, or other live fire cooking device you can think of. The site (then known as about.bbq.com) was one of the biggest repositories of BBQ and Grilling recipes, reviews, tips, and consumer research articles anywhere on the Internet.
To give you a feel for what Derrick has and continues to put together, check out the following links I pulled from TheSpruce.com website.
I’m honestly surprised that Derrick’s recipes and reviews are not more easily indexed with TheSpruce.com site setup. However, I found a work around.
If you really want to get a big picture idea of the contributions Derrick has made as the BBQ expert and author for About.com (Now TheSpruce.com), check out this link. 30 Pages of Google Results!
Know this. Derrick’s recipes are rock solid. I’ve followed them many times with great results.
On the BBQ Reviews front – if Derrick has reviewed it, you can be sure he beat the hell out of it and pretty much treated the grill or smoker with utter brute force, leaving them out in the elements to fend for themselves! As he puts it in our talk, most people do NOT take the best care of their equipment. So he pushes the stuff he reviews to the limit on that front.
Kebabs: 75 Recipes for Grilling
I mentioned that Derrick and his wife Sabrina Baksh have a new cook book coming out the first part of April called Kebabs: 75 Recipes for Grilling. This book takes the typical Veggie, Meat, Veggie, Meat, Veggie mindset many have when it comes to kebabs and expands on it greatly.
Here is a sampling of the kebab recipes you’ll find in this book:
Kebabs: 75 Recipes for Grilling contains recipes for beef, lamb, pork, chicken and fish. There are also some great sauce recipes, as well as helpful tips to ensure you produce the best possible results. Here are a few of the beef, pork, and lamb recipes you’ll find in this collection…
I really hope you’ll enjoy this conversation with Derrick Riches. He’s a wealth of information and a go-to resource for live fire recipes and reviews.
Here’s How You Can Reach Out to Derrick Riches Online
If you would like to reach out to Derrick online, you can find him via one of the following social media channels:
About the BBQ Beat Podcast
The BBQ Beat Podcast, with BBQ Podcast host Kevin Sandridge, shares all that’s good in competition and backyard BBQ and grilling. Guests include competition BBQ pitmasters, food industry insiders, BBQ and grilling product manufacturers, and event promoters from the US as well as abroad. If you love BBQ and have an appreciation for southern culture and live-fire cooking – this is the Barbecue podcast for you.
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