The Low & Slow Barbecue Show

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Barbecue podcast “The Low and Slow Barbecue Show” serves up barbecue recipes, advice for smoking barbecue, and cooking barbecue stories of success - and failure! Home smokers and BBQ Pitmasters share advice - all steeped in Carolina barbecue flavor.

Listen and learn how to smoke meat, the best meat to smoke, how to make Carolina barbecue sauce, and the best barbecue restaurants we love to visit - the best barbecue in North Carolina! (And maybe a few other “barbecue” places, too!) Every episode promises to share a few experiments for the next time you fire up the barbecue smoker.

Barbecue meat smoking enthusiast, news journalist, and sports radio broadcaster Chigger Willard walks through the barbecue basics with guests who bring a wide variety of experiences to the barbecue world. Competitors. Restauranteurs. Fund-Raisers. Tailgaters. Moms and Dads. ALL the people who make the best barbecue share all their barbecue best.

What wood do you use for meat smoking? How long should you smoke meat? Can you mess it up? Can you really cook that on the smoker? How do you barbecue in the crockpot? And just what is Alabama white sauce anyway?

We’re smoking over everything. From Eastern Carolina barbecue – America’s first smoked whole hog, Lexington barbecue where vinegar meets ketchup, and even on to the more exotic: western-style barbecue sauces, South Carolina’s mustard gold, and other peculiar concoctions.

Get answers to the smoking barbecue questions you want to ask – and get them low and slow. That means you’re getting the lowdown, nice and slow – so you can understand it, USE IT … and tell your friends to listen to The Low and Slow Barbecue Show.


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The Low & Slow Barbecue Show
Apr 20 2022
The Low & Slow Barbecue Show
Barbecue podcast “The Low and Slow Barbecue Show” serves up barbecue recipes, advice for smoking barbecue, and cooking barbecue stories of success - and failure! Home smokers and BBQ Pitmasters share advice - all steeped in Carolina barbecue flavor. Listen and learn how to smoke meat, the best meat to smoke, how to make Carolina barbecue sauce, and the best barbecue restaurants we love to visit - the best barbecue in North Carolina! (And maybe a few other “barbecue” places, too!) Every episode promises to share a few experiments for the next time you fire up the barbecue smoker.Barbecue meat smoking enthusiast Chigger Willard walks through the barbecue basics with guests who bring a wide variety of experiences in the barbecue world. Competitors. Restauranteurs. Fund-Raisers. Tailgaters. Moms and Dads. ALL the people who make the best barbecue share all their barbecue best.What wood do you use for meat smoking? How long should you smoke meat? Can you mess it up? Can you really cook that on the smoker? How do you barbecue in the crockpot? And just what is Alabama white sauce anyway?We’re smoking over everything. From Eastern Carolina barbecue – America’s first smoked whole hog, Lexington barbecue where vinegar meets ketchup, and even on to the more exotic: western-style barbecue sauces, South Carolina’s mustard gold, and other peculiar concoctions.Get answers to the smoking barbecue questions you want to ask – and get them low and slow. That means you’re getting the lowdown, nice and slow – so you can understand it, USE IT … and tell your friends to listen to The Low and Slow Barbecue Show. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Tailgating Time for The Low & Slow Barbecue Show!
Sep 29 2022
Tailgating Time for The Low & Slow Barbecue Show!
Finally, the cool temperatures greet us on the Carolina mornings of fall. The days are getting shorter as the calendar ticks toward the tenth month. The fall weekend schedule is filling up. And if you’re a fan and follower of North America’s favorite football pastime, it is time to dust off your favorite tailgate chili recipe. That’s because if you are a fan of football, chances are pretty good, you’re also a fan of food cooked for hours in advance of kickoff. After all, football is best enjoyed as one part of a weekend tailgate party. You can’t have a tailgate party without food. If we’re prepping food, especially a tailgate chili recipe, we’re doing it low and slow.So we’re tailgating on this Low and Slow Barbecue Show episode. Listen as we meet two long-time tailgaters, Marcus Miller and Randy Abernathy. If the Carolina Panthers play in Charlotte, you’ll find Marcus and Randy tailgating around their favorite food menu with friends and family.Marcus shares his tailgate chili recipe. Randy offers insight into his smoked pork foundation for a Brunswick Stew crowd pleaser. Both provide tips and takeaways that are good for your next tailgate – or your next low and slow cook. Don’t miss the tailgaters’ low and slow BBQ side hustle that supports raised awareness of agriculture and sustainability.Check out The Low & Slow Barbeque Show website for episodes, Chigger's Blog, and more!The Low and Slow Barbecue Show serves up barbecue recipes, advice for smoking barbecue, and cooking barbecue stories of success - and failure! Home smokers and BBQ Pitmasters share advice - all steeped in Carolina barbecue flavor. Listen and learn how to smoke meat, the best meat to smoke, how to make Carolina barbecue sauce, and the best barbecue restaurants we love to visit - the best barbecue in North Carolina! (And maybe a few other “barbecue” places, too!) Every episode promises to share a few experiments for the next time you fire up the barbecue smoker.Barbecue meat smoking enthusiast, news journalist, and sports radio broadcaster Chigger Willard walks through the barbecue basics with guests who bring a wide variety of experiences to the barbecue world. Competitors. Restauranteurs. Fund-Raisers. Tailgaters. Moms and Dads. ALL the people who make the best barbecue share all their barbecue best.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
BBQ Food Truck Shares Secrets
Aug 18 2022
BBQ Food Truck Shares Secrets
Every day a wave of food trucks rolls out across the blacktops of the Carolinas, bringing with them a variety of flavors to festivals, breweries, construction sites, and busy street corners. Convenient to find, affordable for food, and easy to eat right on the street, these food trucks serve everything from tacos and crab rolls to pizza and frozen treats. Of course, our favorite is the BBQ food truck.Ultimately, the BBQ food truck is a smokehouse on wheels. Pitmasters pack their wagons with pork and chicken, then serve up sandwiches, ribs, sliced brisket … just about anything else you’d find at your favorite brick-and-mortar barbecue restaurant. Only this is a food truck. There are no bricks. There is no mortar, so that means there is no pit. And yet there’s still smoke, sauce, and meat cooked low and slow. So how exactly does the food truck pitmaster produce such a perfect combination of barbecue flavors inside a big metal box?In this episode of the Low & Slow Barbecue Show, the one and only Big Byrd of Big Byrd’s Smoke House Barbecue shares his story of barbecue life. Big Byrd’s Smokehouse is a family-run food truck serving barbecue brisket and pulled pork for catering and events in the Hickory Metro and all around western North Carolina from Winston-Salem, down to Gastonia, and up to Blowing Rock. Find out more about Big Byrd’s Smokehouse and what it takes to operate a BBQ food truck. Listen to this episode and get the lowdown on low and slow food truck barbecue from Richard Byrd. Check out The Low & Slow Barbeque Show website for episodes, Chigger's Blog, and more!The Low and Slow Barbecue Show serves up barbecue recipes, advice for smoking barbecue, and cooking barbecue stories of success - and failure! Home smokers and BBQ Pitmasters share advice - all steeped in Carolina barbecue flavor. Listen and learn how to smoke meat, the best meat to smoke, how to make Carolina barbecue sauce, and the best barbecue restaurants we love to visit - the best barbecue in North Carolina! (And maybe a few other “barbecue” places, too!) Every episode promises to share a few experiments for the next time you fire up the barbecue smoker.Barbecue meat smoking enthusiast, news journalist, and sports radio broadcaster Chigger Willard walks through the barbecue basics with guests who bring a wide variety of experiences to the barbecue world. Competitors. Restauranteurs. Fund-Raisers. Tailgaters. Moms and Dads. ALL the people who make the best barbecue share all their barbecue best.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Fourth of July Ribs – in England!
Jul 7 2022
Fourth of July Ribs – in England!
For the Fourth of July Holiday week, host Chigger Willard welcomes a low-and-slow barbecue expert living in Britain, Jim Ernst. He shares his tried-and-true recipe – complete with British ingredient accommodations (Iberian pork!) – for his Fourth of July ribs.  After all, Independence Day and low and slow barbecue are intertwined, a pair of uniquely American traditions. Other countries don’t mark the day the United States announced its independence. Why would they?But what if you are a proud American living outside the U.S. trying to recreate your traditional summer holiday? Better yet, what if you are an American in the foreign land of our former oppressors? You can’t celebrate American Independence with fish and chips or tatties and neeps. Do the British barbecue … at all? Do they even know how? Listen to the Fourth of July Ribs episode of Low and Slow Barbecue Show that spans the Atlantic Ocean. Find out what the barbecue scene in Britain looks like from the mouth of an American ex-pat. Jim also shares how he keeps the Southern tradition of low and slow barbecue alive, even when he’s nearly 4,000 miles from the Carolinas.Check out The Low & Slow Barbeque Show website for episodes, Chigger's Blog, and more!The Low and Slow Barbecue Show serves up barbecue recipes, advice for smoking barbecue, and cooking barbecue stories of success - and failure! Home smokers and BBQ Pitmasters share advice - all steeped in Carolina barbecue flavor. Listen and learn how to smoke meat, the best meat to smoke, how to make Carolina barbecue sauce, and the best barbecue restaurants we love to visit - the best barbecue in North Carolina! (And maybe a few other “barbecue” places, too!) Every episode promises to share a few experiments for the next time you fire up the barbecue smoker.Barbecue meat smoking enthusiast, news journalist, and sports radio broadcaster Chigger Willard walks through the barbecue basics with guests who bring a wide variety of experiences to the barbecue world. Competitors. Restauranteurs. Fund-Raisers. Tailgaters. Moms and Dads. ALL the people who make the best barbecue share all their barbecue best.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Charity Que Crew
Jun 23 2022
Charity Que Crew
If you’ve ever sat down with a plate of pulled pork and a group of people, you know that a barbecue get-together can be the launching point for other good things. In fact, in the Carolinas barbecue is widely recognized as a foundation for fund-raisers. On this episode of The Low & Slow Barbecue Show, we talk to charity barbecue experts Jody Dixon and Gene Scronce who have spent decades creating fund-raisers that support worthwhile causes. Listen for their special recipes, their secrets to fund-raiser success, and exclusive advice for making the best low and slow barbecue – FOR THE MASSES!Check out The Low & Slow Barbeque Show website for episodes, Chigger's Blog, and more!The Low and Slow Barbecue Show serves up barbecue recipes, advice for smoking barbecue, and cooking barbecue stories of success - and failure! Home smokers and BBQ Pitmasters share advice - all steeped in Carolina barbecue flavor. Listen and learn how to smoke meat, the best meat to smoke, how to make Carolina barbecue sauce, and the best barbecue restaurants we love to visit - the best barbecue in North Carolina! (And maybe a few other “barbecue” places, too!) Every episode promises to share a few experiments for the next time you fire up the barbecue smoker.Barbecue meat smoking enthusiast, news journalist, and sports radio broadcaster Chigger Willard walks through the barbecue basics with guests who bring a wide variety of experiences to the barbecue world. Competitors. Restauranteurs. Fund-Raisers. Tailgaters. Moms and Dads. ALL the people who make the best barbecue share all their barbecue best.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Backyard Barbecue Expert, Jeff Osborne
Jun 9 2022
Backyard Barbecue Expert, Jeff Osborne
Have you ever wondered what’s smoking in the neighborhood that smells so good? Meet the Master of the Backyard Barbecue, Jeff Osborne. He shares his can’t-miss recipe for preparing North Carolina smoked pork shoulder. Don’t miss his spice mix ratio for barbecue rub and directions for making his favorite Eastern Carolina sauce. Listen for BBQ 101 tips, suggestions for finding the best Carolina barbecue, and the story of a Father’s Day failure for the pitmaster.Check out The Low & Slow Barbeque Show website for episodes, Chigger's Blog, and more!The Low and Slow Barbecue Show serves up barbecue recipes, advice for smoking barbecue, and cooking barbecue stories of success - and failure! Home smokers and BBQ Pitmasters share advice - all steeped in Carolina barbecue flavor. Listen and learn how to smoke meat, the best meat to smoke, how to make Carolina barbecue sauce, and the best barbecue restaurants we love to visit - the best barbecue in North Carolina! (And maybe a few other “barbecue” places, too!) Every episode promises to share a few experiments for the next time you fire up the barbecue smoker.Barbecue meat smoking enthusiast, news journalist, and sports radio broadcaster Chigger Willard walks through the barbecue basics with guests who bring a wide variety of experiences to the barbecue world. Competitors. Restauranteurs. Fund-Raisers. Tailgaters. Moms and Dads. ALL the people who make the best barbecue share all their barbecue best.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Man Cave Meals
May 26 2022
Man Cave Meals
Who’s behind all the how-to videos explaining barbecue techniques and tools you want to try before you buy? Join a YouTube pioneer in meat smoking, product testing, and “how-to” videos. Our guest John Setzler shares his favorite recipe for Dino Ribs, Sizzle Macaroni, and his signature Man Cave Rub. Plus, Mr. Man Cave Meals puts the current capital of barbecue outside its original home in the Carolinas. But where?Check out The Low & Slow Barbeque Show website for episodes, Chigger's Blog, and more!The Low and Slow Barbecue Show serves up barbecue recipes, advice for smoking barbecue, and cooking barbecue stories of success - and failure! Home smokers and BBQ Pitmasters share advice - all steeped in Carolina barbecue flavor. Listen and learn how to smoke meat, the best meat to smoke, how to make Carolina barbecue sauce, and the best barbecue restaurants we love to visit - the best barbecue in North Carolina! (And maybe a few other “barbecue” places, too!) Every episode promises to share a few experiments for the next time you fire up the barbecue smoker.Barbecue meat smoking enthusiast, news journalist, and sports radio broadcaster Chigger Willard walks through the barbecue basics with guests who bring a wide variety of experiences to the barbecue world. Competitors. Restauranteurs. Fund-Raisers. Tailgaters. Moms and Dads. ALL the people who make the best barbecue share all their barbecue best.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
The Low & Slow Barbecue Show
Apr 20 2022
The Low & Slow Barbecue Show
Barbecue podcast “The Low and Slow Barbecue Show” serves up barbecue recipes, advice for smoking barbecue, and cooking barbecue stories of success - and failure! Home smokers and BBQ Pitmasters share advice - all steeped in Carolina barbecue flavor. Listen and learn how to smoke meat, the best meat to smoke, how to make Carolina barbecue sauce, and the best barbecue restaurants we love to visit - the best barbecue in North Carolina! (And maybe a few other “barbecue” places, too!) Every episode promises to share a few experiments for the next time you fire up the barbecue smoker.Barbecue meat smoking enthusiast Chigger Willard walks through the barbecue basics with guests who bring a wide variety of experiences in the barbecue world. Competitors. Restauranteurs. Fund-Raisers. Tailgaters. Moms and Dads. ALL the people who make the best barbecue share all their barbecue best.What wood do you use for meat smoking? How long should you smoke meat? Can you mess it up? Can you really cook that on the smoker? How do you barbecue in the crockpot? And just what is Alabama white sauce anyway?We’re smoking over everything. From Eastern Carolina barbecue – America’s first smoked whole hog, Lexington barbecue where vinegar meets ketchup, and even on to the more exotic: western-style barbecue sauces, South Carolina’s mustard gold, and other peculiar concoctions.Get answers to the smoking barbecue questions you want to ask – and get them low and slow. That means you’re getting the lowdown, nice and slow – so you can understand it, USE IT … and tell your friends to listen to The Low and Slow Barbecue Show. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at