Chef Blog

Elite Spotlight: Jennifer Plemmons (@Thegirlthatgrills)
Jennifer Plemmons (@Thegirlthatgrills) sat down with us at Dalstrong to talk about culinary heroes, choosing the right grill, and why you should never, ever throw out your veggie scraps. 
Elite Spotlight: Artust BBQ (@ArtustBBQ)
Artust BBQ (@ArtustBBQ) sat down with us at Dalstrong to talk about the evolution of BBQ culture in the UK, the importance of building a robust BBQ community, and much more. 
Elite Spotlight: James Greenleaf (@greenleaf.bbq)
Things haven’t always been easy for James Greenleaf, AKA @greenleaf.bbq. Fending for himself as a kid without the supervision of a parental figure, he craved more guidance and structure in life. After serving in the military, Greenleaf is now a family man who has fallen completely in love with all things BBQ.
Elite Spotlight: Jesse Stanley (@pitmasterpastor)
Jesse Stanley (@pitmasterpastor) sat down with Dalstrong recently to talk about his favorite kitchen tools, what makes a great chef, and why everyone seems to mess up their brisket. 
Elite Spotlight: Chris Apple (@whitebullsbbq)
When his new BBQ spot was hit hard by the pandemic, Chris hit back with his own line of handmade rubs in March 2020, which became a quick success. He sat down with Dalstrong to talk about his latest rub sensations, building an audience, and the late rapper he wishes he could cook for. 
Elite Spotlight : Giovanni Borges (Smok3hous3_bbq)
Gio Borges (@Smok3hous3_bbq) sat down with Dalstrong to talk about weekend picnics on nearby islands, his advice for newbie influencers, and the one person he  transports his grill to cook for.
Elite Spotlight: Steve Hernandez (@mexibeastbbq)
Self-taught pitmaster Steve Hernandez displays mad BBQ skills on his fast-growing Instagram account @mexibeastbbq, but his true passion is inspiring people and building community. He sat down with Dalstrong to talk about why he’s not interested in food staging, why he started a mentor group for BBQers, and how the long cook is helping him heal from grief.
Elite Spotlight : Christopher Bhoorasingh (@Islandboyjerkstop)
Backyard pitmaster Christopher Bhoorasingh has made an art of combining Jamaican jerk and Texas brisket. Born in Jamaica, he traveled the world with the military before landing in Texas where his addiction to BBQ took off. He sat down with Dalstrong to talk about keeping life simple, his hack for perfect bark, and what it means to be an island boy.
Elite Spotlight: Romain Avril (@chefromainavril)
Trained in France from an early age, Chef Romain Avril applies his world-class culinary skills to teaching gourmet cooking in an approachable style. Though he’s not a vegan, his passion for the healing power of food has inspired him to work on a mostly vegetable-based cookbook. He sat down with Dalstrong to talk about his favorite new recipe, why he hates shortcuts, and his advice for cooks just starting out. 
Elite Spotlight : Ruben Maislos (@meatcurator)
Argentinian meat master Ruben Maislos doesn’t just cook to eat. For him, it’s a way of life. Influenced by his South American roots, as well as cultures all over the world, he draws inspiration from fellow social media food influencers and is passionate about sharing what he learns. He sat down with Dalstrong to talk about his love of asado, his frustration with food waste, and why pizza is life.
Elite Spotlight: Tway Nguyen (@twaydabae)
Tway Nguyen sat down with Dalstrong to talk about her mom, her love of McDonald’s Sprite, and how her dream to open a froufrou Malibu restaurant shifted to sharing her love of Vietnamese dishes with the world.
Elite Spotlight: Gary W. (bitemebbq)
Meat master Gary Welch started grilling on a used Traeger ten years ago and has never looked back. His love of cooking started in his grandma’s kitchen making whipped cream from scratch and inspires him to regularly cook for his fellow paramedics at work.
Elite Spotlight: Nick C. (smokedmeatsunday)
What started as his friends asking “What are you cooking on Sunday?” has turned Nick Coe into a mini-Instagram backyard BBQ sensation.
Elite Spotlight: Alex T. (projetbbq)
French-Canadian BBQ artist Alex Turcotte is obsessed with pushing his creations to the limit. Experimenting with different flavors and incorporating other influences keeps his dishes constantly evolving. He sat down with Dalstrong to talk about his kids, why approach is more important than technique, and how understanding fire is everything.
Elite Spotlight: Jason W. (the.culinary.pickpocket)
Private chef Jason Waschkowski says one of his favorite things to do is to shop for an eclectic array of specialty spices and oils that few people buy. His approach is to constantly experiment, and he recommends that aspiring chefs approach their food like an artist. He sat down with Dalstrong to talk about his new experiment with kangaroo, how to make meals personal, and why he’d love to cook for the queen.  
Elite Spotlight: Jabin P. (postalbarbecue)
Charcoal-obsessed pitmaster Jabin Postal says his BBQ obsession took off after his children were diagnosed with food allergies. Combining necessity and passion, his mission became creating the best food experiences he could for his three boys. He sat down to talk to Dalstrong about the power of simple cooks, his best “cheater BBQ” recipe, and why he prefers a flamethrower to light his charcoal.
Elite Spotlight: John D. (barbecuebeast)
When he started a New York City-based food vlog eight years ago, John DeMartino had no idea it would be the beginning of an intense love affair with BBQ. The lifelong foodie became passionate about exploring different varieties and techniques, bought a Traeger, and the rest is history.
Elite Spotlight: Matt K. (meatthecook)
When Matt Krull’s first marriage began to unravel in his early twenties, he joined the Marine Corps and came out the other side “forged through fire.” His journey into cooking started much later in life with a love for feeding his family, and has turned into a passion for sharing love and positivity with his followers. He sat down with Dalstrong to talk about heartbreak, spirituality, and why he’s driven by the creative process. 
Elite Spotlight: Misty (Seattle Butcher’s Wife)
With a strong social following on Instagram, it’s hard to believe that Misty Banchero has only been cooking for a little over a year. Her drool-worthy BBQ pics and videos have earned her a loyal, engaged, hungry audience. She sat down with Dalstrong to talk about her inspiration, why ingredients are everything, and what it means to be a “meat man’s wife.”
Elite Spotlight: Kelsey Shade (Chef Kelsey Shade)
After being furloughed from her restaurant gig, Chef Kelsey Shade put down the puzzles and picked up her phone to post chef tips on Tik Tok. With two culinary degrees and a passion for teaching, she’s created a robust following through focusing on the fundamentals of cooking. But there’s nothing simple about this young chef. She sat down with Dalstrong to talk about her philosophies, her inspirations, her opinions — and why no one should discount her expertise because of her age. 
Elite Spotlight: Mel Chmilar, Jr. (Dark Side of the Grill)
What do you get when you cross Ozzy Osbourne, a purple bathrobe, and BBQ? Mel Chmilar, Jr. The home-trained grill master and pit builder isn’t shy about his deadly meat creations or his daughter’s birthday bouncy house. He sat down with Dalstrong to talk about his family, his best hack for slaying every meat dish, and the coffin he keeps in his kitchen.