Barbecue — the word elicits a powerful image in the minds of many Americans and as I’ve learned, people from around the world.
For me, it conjures memories of my family in the back yard with the old man standing in front of a Weber Kettle demonstrating his cooking skills.
The smells and sizzle of juicy meat dripping on hot coals blended with the laughter and conversations of our family seemed to forge into fond memories I still carry with me as I’m doing something my father could never have dreamed — and that is creating an online barbecue channel where I share and trade recipes and techniques with viewers from across the nation and around the world.
I think the motivation to barbecue for my parents was twofold. Firstly it was an affordable way to feed our family a delicious meal and have enough for the ever-present friend or neighbor one of us brought along.
It also became one of their more successful efforts to get us all together at the same time. There was just something about being outdoors that made it somehow special.
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