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NASCAR driver Jeffrey Earnhardt partners with Dalstrong
NASCAR driver Jeffrey Earnhardt and Dalstrong are pleased to announce a new partnership that will kick off during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Beef 300 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 19th 2022.
Elite Spotlight: Cooking with Shereen Pavlides (@cookingwithshereen)
Shereen Pavlides (@cookingwithshereen) took time out of her busy schedule, which includes writing her first cookbook, to sit down with Dalstrong to talk about her favorite food hack, her cooking philosophy, and her best advice for people just starting out with cooking.
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...
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...
Elite Spotlight: CJ Volkmann (@cookingwithCJ)
Growing up in a single-parent household, pitmaster CJ Volkmann’s love of cooking began out of necessity with his first pan of scrambled eggs. Since then it’s become a life-long passion, fueled by a desire to share his creations with family and friends
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...
Elite Spotlight : Christopher Bhoorasingh (@islandboyjerkstop1)
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...
Dalstrong Announces Partnership with C-CAP
Dalstrong has donated 200 professional chef knives to Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) and has committed to donate 1,000 more in 2021. A workforce development nonprofit that provides underserved teens a pathway to jobs, C-CAP provides culinary, job, and life skills to middle and high school kids across...
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...
Dominique Crenn : Three-Star Michelin Chef Joins Forces with Dalstrong
In a time when many restaurants are closing across the country due to COVID-19, Dominique Crenn and Dalstrong have come together to unite a struggling community. Through a donation of more than 200 culinary tools — including knives, aprons, and accessories — to Crenn’s foundation, they have supported the...
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...
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: Guga (Guga Foods)
Guga Goods and his culinary laboratory has produced shocking results — both delicious and horrifying. He sat down with Dalstrong to talk about his love of sous vide, why he’d like to cook a peanut butter steak for Joe Rogan, and his favorite new discovery that came from...
Elite Spotlight: Cody L. (thewellnesssoldier)
Cody L. also known as The Wellness Soldier sat down with Dalstrong to talk about why eating cannabis is different from smoking it, cooking for famous rappers, and turning tragedy into redemption.
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Elite Spotlight: Chuck Matto (Chucks Flavor Train)
Grill master, lover of life, and self-proclaimed “fat kid,” Chuck Matto is burning up social media with tips and recipes for everything BBQ related. (And he’s just started a journey into baking.) With a huge personality and a passion for spreading love, he’s become a favorite for foodies and novices...
Professional kitchens are hidden spaces filled with passion, rage, pain, euphoria, and innovation that few people ever see. There's a fire that burns within chefs, pitmasters, and line cooks as they try to keep pace with relentless demand, always pushing themselves and each other for greatness.