I always had a fascination for cooking. When I was three and my family would go out to eat I would often disappear into the kitchen to talk to the chef.  I remember the moment, like it was yesterday, when I discovered that real barbecue, low and slow, was to become my true calling. I lived my whole life on Long Island and had not a clue. Long Islanders were grilling. Southerners were barbecuing. It was roughly 25 years ago and I was driving through West Virginia with my girlfriend. It was about 10:30 am on a beautiful summer morning. She was asleep in the passenger seat and I had my window down. It was then that I noticed a wonderful aroma wafting into my consciousness. My stomach growled and my taste buds yearned. It was smoky, it was flavorful, and it was calling me. It was chicken. Then I drove passed it. It was an outdoor roadside chicken stand. My girlfriend awoke to the screeching of tires as I made a Dukes of Hazard style U-turn. “What in God’s name are you doing?” she screamed at the top of her lungs, as she awoke out of a deep sleep. “Don’t you smell it” as I pulled into the gravel parking area. There were about a dozen picnic tables, two dozen people, a shack with a cash register and some cold drinks. Most of all, in the center of it all was an open pit.  The chicken’s color was beautiful amber. We each got a ½ chicken, served with potato chips and iced tea. It was by far the best meal I had ever eaten. It had tantalized all of my senses. First, it was the smell, then the sight, and then the sound of the crackling on the pit. With wild anticipation, I was holding the crispy yet juicy morsels in my hand, and then, of course, the taste. I was completely blown away.  My life was changed forever and I was becoming BBQ Ste.  Since then, I have experimented with different rubs, marinades and brines. I learned how to marry spices, make my own barbecue sauces, and, especially, the art of cooking low and slow.  I have perfected my live fire direct heat grilling techniques. The results of my ribs, briskets, pulled pork, chickens and turkeys speak for themselves.



I was first introduced into the world of BBQing when at thirteen I was offered to help out during a summer bbq party for the local fire department. The thrill of working over a live fire and cooking raw meat was invigorating. I progressed further with employment at the local deli and restaurants through my young adulthood. I always considered myself a cook at heart and really honed my skills when I owned my first BBQ when I got married and bought my house. There I loved the thrill of cooking over fire and kept pushing myself to up my game. Using the internet and watching the cooking shows offered me a broader range that I was accustomed to. Read books and followed favorite cooks and practiced on family and friends.

I believe that cooking is my calling and with the partnership with Stuart I’m looking forward to an adventurous ride till we land in Disney.

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Some of BBQ Stews food can be seen below. Be sure to check back for more pictures from other Long Island BBQ Parties!