We headed to Garland, NC last week to see our buddy, Matthew Register and he was generous enough to share his favorite tips for beginning Pitmasters in the video above. In a nutshell, they are:
1. Acknowledge that anyone (that means YOU) are capable of smoking great BBQ.
2. Don't get hung up on having the best equipment. Matthew spent many years perfecting his BBQ on a backyard kettle grill, and he suggests you do the same thing. Just make sure you have a good digital thermometer.
3. Learn about the Texas Crutch! Just Google it. It will save you time and frustration.
4. Give yourself plenty of time. I can't tell you how many times my family has been ready to eat, and I keep saying, "I just need another hour" 🤣
5. Surround yourself with GREAT friends. Great smoked meat takes a while and you want to make sure you have plenty of good, patient company (and music).
6. Buy Matthew's Book. It is the perfect resource if you are just starting your DIY BBQ journey or if you are a little further along. It was an invaluable resource as we put together THIS guide to smoking BBQ on a standard kettle grill, and we think you'll learn a lot!Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages for all kinds of fun content with Matthew and the Beach & Barn crew in the future!