Barbecuing and Grilling

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Stephen Colbert Fires Shots at North Carolina Barbecue While Interviewing NC Congressman

    It's no secret that Stephen Colbert feels strongly about his barbecue. He grew up in South Carolina, one of the major centers of American barbecue, after all, so what'd he do when interviewing G.K. Butterfield, the representative of North Carolina's first congressional district? Take a few (not part ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    Dickey's Barbecue Pit Opens in Brea

    Dickey's Barbecue Pit, the Texas chain more famous for their gigantic yellow 32-ounce soda cup than perhaps their barbecue, has tried to get a foothold in OC before. Gustavo reviewed them back in '08 when they opened in Irvine. That location failed and has been replaced by Koko's Cafe.

  • Calendar

    June 28, 2012


    Tiki Bar

  • Calendar

    June 28, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Another Concept/Name Change At "Tustin's Most Cursed Restaurant Location"

    If you've read this blog for the past couple of years, you'd know of my fascination about a particular shack on Newport & Walnut in Tustin. Every time there's a change in ownership and/or concept, I write about it. I am the unofficial historian of what comes and goes in what I joking referred to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Eat This Now: Smoked Baby Back Ribs at The Tulsa Rib Company

    ​American barbecue tends to be big food (the they-killed-a-cow-just-for-me kind of big food) and, when I think big food, what comes to mind is me, sitting in a restaurant, shoulders slumped, posture completely destroyed, feeling badly about having actually eaten everything. This isn't true of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    5 Foods That Always Taste Better Made at Restaurants than Made at Home. Always.

    If I hear someone pronounce EVOO i-vuu one more time, I'm going to shoot myself...​You. Yeah, I know you. Your knife skills are up there with the best line chefs in Orange County. Your knife block costs more than a month of my rent. Every time you watch Top Chef, Chopped, or Iron Chef, you come up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    Become a Certified BBQ Judge!

    ​The last time we talked BBQ for the New Year's Eve contest at Knott's Splash Mountain, I promised you an inside view of the judges' tent of a sanctioned barbecue contest. This week: a video and a discussion of how competition barbecue is scored, plus information on where you can become a certifie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Two BBQ Contests at Knott's Soak City Dec. 31 and Jan. 1

    ProfessorSalt.comCompetition-grade spare ribs from Tropical Heat BBQ Team​Would you guess that Orange County hosts more sanctioned barbecue contests than L.A. County? It's true. We're not talking about unsanctioned "rib burns," either, but legitimate contests with certified judges like you'd find ... More >>

  • Food

    December 15, 2011

    Gourmet Grill Masters Has Chicken that Don't Stop!

    [Hole In the Wall] The famous rotisserie-chicken purveyor opens its first restaurant . . . in Irvine?!

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Dana Point BBQ Championship

    ProfessorSalt.comBeef brisket from Los Alamitos team Inhale BBQ​Last Friday and Saturday, September 23 - 24, fifty BBQ teams from across the Western states took over the lush lawns of Sea Terrace Park for the inaugural Dana Point BBQ Championship. Top teams featured on TLC's BBQ Pitmasters show su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    3hree Things: On Improving Your Summer BBQs

    Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native.​Summer officially starts next week, which means BBQ season is officially in full swing (altho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    This Week in Food: Mother-Daughter Kimchi, Chewbacca Soba, and

    Flickr user tsechuen26​So many great posts, so little time to read--so get the highlights after the jump!

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    How To Grill Perfect Hot Dogs and Burgers

    Flickr user abbyladybugDay of the dead... hot dogs​You've been to that family picnic: the one where Uncle Hank mans the grill and cremates innocent frankfurters. You know the kind: blistered, third-degree burns on the outside, and still-frozen on the inside? Stop the zombie meatsicles! This week m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Five Great Ways to Properly Start a Charcoal Fire for Your BBQ​ Now that days run longer and the weather warmer, it's time to start cooking outdoors on a regular basis again. Sure, you can be all jackrabbit quick about it and set the propane grill to "inferno" and be ready to cook in less than 15 seconds. But where's the skill in that? Or t ... More >>

  • Food

    October 28, 2010

    It's DIY Time At Bari Bari Japanese BBQ

    OC's latest yakiniku lets you take the teppan into your own hands

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Greg Howe of Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, Part Three

    Kimberly Valenzuela​Today, as is the custom of this On The Line series, our subject, Chef Greg Howe, shares a recipe. If you missed the first and second part of his Q&A, click here and here. Otherwise read on for recipe to replicate a Ritz-Carlton dish in your very own kitchen.

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Now You're Cooking With Wood

    ©Professor SaltSplitsville!​This Labor Day weekend, you're probably planning on doing something involving an open flame and some meat (or at least s'mores). Where do you get good firewood in this county, where we cut down all our fruit orchards decades ago to build subdivisions? At The Woodshed i ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 17, 2010

    Soulstice Lovefest

    Will Reid Scout Camp

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Que'n For Kids: The OC BBQ Festival Is This Weekend

    OC BBQ Festival​Quick, what are you doing this weekend?Does it involve meat?No? Well, it should. Orange County's BBQ Festival is coming up this Saturday, June 12, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.

  • Food

    February 25, 2010

    Hebaragi's Cheeky Barbecue

    From pig jowls to beef stomach to plain old steak, it all tastes amazing at this Korean eatery

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Ethnic Eating 101: Korean, Part 1

    phy @ CC BY-NC-ND 2.0Korean restaurants have Seoul... get it?​Welcome to the new year of Ethnic Eating 101! Sorry for the unannounced hiatus; I was hung over--tequila is a delicious but cruel potion.While the wonders of Vietnamese cooking could fill up half a year's posts, the Vietnames ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    Calling All Loquat Tree Owners!

    Ernest Miller is a cook at the Disneyland Resort who also blogs at Culinary Safaris and is enrolled alongside my chica in the Master Food Preserver that has me going to San Bernardino more times than any non-909er should ever have to. He has an interesting request for SAFII readers: anyone has loqua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    Once Hopping BBQ Superstore Says Sayonara

    For years, Barbeques Galore seemed to do brisk business in a little Costa Mesa strip center it shared with a liquor store, Big 5 Sporting Goods and Wherehouse Records. Then, in no particular order, Wherehouse went online only, a larger, adjacent shopping center at Harbor Boulevard and Wilson Street ... More >>

  • Food

    October 9, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 28, 2008

    Weenie Roast

    Allen Baylis, you and your fellow nudie burgers just won the right to continue sunbathing in the buff at Trail 6 on San Onofre State Beach. What are you going to do next? "We'll probably have a barbecue at the beach this weekend." What, you thought they were going to Disneyland? Baylis, a Huntin ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 28, 2008

    Crazy Good

    Los Fabulocos

  • News

    September 13, 2007

    'This Is Bloody War'

    A five-month feud between roommates some 150 years in the making

  • Culture

    August 30, 2007


    'You’re all crazy'

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2007

    Pricey Morning in America

    Mitt Romney may like him some outdoor barbecue and bouncy houses, but it seems that Rudy Giuliani prefers breakfast as his OC fund-raising venue. However, those eggs and bacon will cost you -- got $2,300 or more? Want to blow it all on a photo op with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Frontrunner? Then get your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2007

    Decadence - One Man's Experience

    Here was how my train of thought went: Parking at a hotel will probably be around $12. But it's only 9 miles away. And I would like to indulge in free alcohol. How much could a cab possibly be? I know that long-time OC residents are laughing already. Cab was $25. And once you've taken it one way, ... More >>

  • Food

    April 19, 2007

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    Mothering Your Meat at Ku Wol San

  • Culture

    March 8, 2007

    Mean Girls

    In Sexpectations, the truth hurts

  • Culture

    November 23, 2006

    'Devo Mixed With Seventh Grade'

    Single Cell debunks black holes

  • Food

    September 7, 2006

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    Just Like Arkansas: Rick's Secret Spot

  • Food

    June 29, 2006

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    O, Brilliant, Fatty Wonder! Bacon-wrapped hot dogs at the Santa Ana Farmers Market

  • Food

    April 6, 2006
  • Food

    November 3, 2005
  • Unknown

    February 24, 2005
  • Food

    July 22, 2004

    Pig Pickin Paradise

    Dine with local Cack-a-lacks at Kill Devils

  • Unknown

    May 27, 2004
  • Features

    January 15, 2004

    Meat Me in Hell

    A guide to great food

  • Music

    June 5, 2003

    Delinquent Habits

    Not Getting Laid With the Orphans

  • Food

    January 30, 2003

    Soju Satori

    Is the Korean liquor soju the next St. Johns Wort?

  • Features

    October 24, 2002
  • Food

    April 5, 2001

    Memphis Style

    Jay Bees offers real barbecue and Jenny Jones on the picture box

  • Food

    February 22, 2001

    Khan Game

    The interactivity of BDs Mongolian Barbeque

  • Features

    February 1, 2001
  • Music

    October 12, 2000
  • Columns

    October 8, 1998

    The Straight Guy at the Gay Pool Party

    And other tales from the political season

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