Smokey Grilling – Techniques, Tips, & Smokin’ Recipes for the Aspiring Pitmaster!


Hello there! I’m Matt Barrell,

A BBQ enthusiast with a particular love for smoking meats. For over two decades, I’ve been immersed in the world of BBQ, constantly learning, experimenting, and sharing delicious smoked creations. My journey started with the simple joy of grilling, but it quickly evolved into a deep passion for smoking meats. The magic of BBQ is not just about the food (although that’s a huge part of it); it’s about the community, the tradition, and the endless journey of flavor exploration.

Matt Barrell..

The Spice Rub Magic

My adventure with BBQ took an exciting turn when I discovered the endless possibilities of spice rubs. Mixing herbs and spices to create unique flavor profiles has become somewhat of an obsession, and let me tell you, the results are absolutely worth it! Each spice blend brings a new dimension to the meat, creating a taste journey that I’m eager to share with you. Through my blog, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite spice rub recipes, favorite meats to cook along with tips on how to create your own signature blends.

A Community Around the Smoker

One of the aspects of BBQ smoking that I love is the social aspect. There’s something about tending to the smoker with good mates around, sharing stories, and anticipating the smoky goodness that’s slowly cooking. It's this community spirit and the shared love for BBQ that drives me to spread the joy of smoking meats far and wide.

Why I Started This Blog

The idea of creating a space to share my BBQ journey, tips, and recipes has been simmering in my mind for a while. This blog is a platform for me to share my passion, knowledge, and the sheer joy that BBQ smoking brings. Through my posts, I aim to demystify smoking meats and inspire you to get into this smoky way of life. Whether you’re a BBQ veteran or a complete newbie, there’s a place for you here. Together, we’ll explore the ins and outs of BBQ smoking, grilling, and everything in between.

Smoked shrimp skewers with vibrant pink, well-seasoned shrimps, accompanied by grilled vegetables and dipping sauce in an outdoor barbecue setting.

Spreading the BBQ Love

Over the years, I've accumulated a treasure trove of BBQ knowledge, from mastering the art of slow-smoked brisket to finding the perfect spice blend for pork ribs. Through this blog, I'm on a mission to spread the BBQ love. My posts are crafted to guide you through the smoking process, offer insights into the BBQ culture, and provide a springboard for your own BBQ adventures. The world of BBQ is vast and inviting, and I'm here to help you navigate it with ease.

Learn, Smoke, Repeat

Whether you’re looking to smoke your first rack of ribs or elevate your brisket game, this blog is your go-to resource. I’ll be sharing step-by-step guides, product recommendations, and tips to overcome common BBQ challenges. The goal is to create a supportive and informative space where BBQ enthusiasts of all levels can learn, experiment, and share their experiences. BBQ is a journey, not a destination, and every grill session is an opportunity to learn and improve.

Smoked pork shoulder and pulled pork, golden and succulent, seasoned with a flavorful rub, in a cozy barbecue setting.

Memorable BBQ Moments

Some of my most cherished memories have been created around the smoker. The laughter, the anticipation as the meat slowly cooks, and the shared joy of a meal well-cooked are priceless. It's not just about the food; it's about the connections formed and the stories shared. These memorable BBQ moments encapsulate the essence of why I am so passionate about BBQ smoking.

Life Beyond BBQ

When I’m not tending to the smoker or experimenting with a new spice rub, you can find me enjoying the great outdoors, especially through fishing. It’s a different kind of relaxation, one that complements the meditative process of smoking meats. The tranquility of being out on the water, the patience required in fishing, and the thrill of a catch - it’s a balance that keeps me grounded.

A variety of side dishes arrayed around a perfectly smoked chicken, including a classic Caesar salad, garden salad, French-style potato salad, coleslaw, grilled corn, roasted carrots, green bean casserole, and pan-fried broccoli.

Future Smokes

My BBQ journey is far from over; in fact, it’s always evolving with every smoke. The future holds a plethora of flavors waiting to be discovered, and I’m stoked about the smoking adventures that lie ahead. I have plans to explore new BBQ techniques, try out different grilling gadgets, and of course, share all these experiences with you right here on this blog. The world of BBQ is vast, and together, we’ll continue exploring one smoke at a time.

Engage and Share

Your engagement fuels this BBQ journey. I’m eager to hear about your own smoking experiences, the challenges you’ve faced, and the victories you’ve celebrated around the grill. This blog is a space for us to interact, learn from each other, and grow our BBQ community. Feel free to drop comments, share your BBQ photos, and reach out with any BBQ-related questions you might have. The goal is to create a vibrant, supportive, and knowledgeable BBQ community right here.

Subscribe and Stay Updated

I’ve got a smoky lineup of posts ready to roll out, covering everything from BBQ basics to advanced smoking techniques. By subscribing, you’ll stay updated on the latest posts, recipes, and BBQ tips. Whether you’re a seasoned pitmaster or just starting your BBQ journey, there’s something here for everyone.

Wrapping It Up

It’s been a smoky, flavor-packed journey so far, and the road ahead looks even more exciting. I’m thrilled to have you here and can’t wait to share more BBQ adventures with you. Together, we’ll delve into the smoky world of BBQ, explore new flavors, and create lasting memories around the grill. Thank you for being here, and here’s to many flavorful smokes ahead!

Your BBQ mate,
Matt Barrell