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At BBQGuys, we love the time-honored tradition of making friends and sharing stories around a piping hot grill. But great storytellers know when to let others speak. We love showcasing rising #BornToGrill stars in the industry — and it’s why we’re interviewing these diverse faces in barbecue with meaningful chats meant to help these stars shine while sharing their stories. Whether they’re featured grill masters in our Master Grillabilities® lessons or just fun-loving chefs and foodies who caught our eye, we’re planting a beacon on our favorite friends in BBQ. Pull up a chair, grab a bite, and listen — and find yourself a new friend to follow.
Born to Grill ™ Stories
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Erica Blaire Roby
“A lot of people scratch their heads when they hear my story, but those who know me just chuckle and give an understanding nod. Even though I’ve been in some of the most classy establishments as a lawyer and a sommelier… the inner me is — and has always been — a gritty, bare-knuckle brawler who’s not afraid to get her hands and dress dirty!”
Archie, Cooper, Peyton, & Eli Manning
“It’s just a lifestyle. I didn’t choose this; it chose me. The grill came, I saw it, and it just made sense. I knew where the knobs were, I knew how to light it, I knew how long the chicken and steaks should stay on. There’s no timer — it’s just a feel thing. For some people, it just comes naturally, and for some people it doesn’t.”
"From the world-traveling and my stint at the CDC to competing on Netflix’s American BBQ Showdown… It was never a question of how or why. I just do things. And I don’t let anyone outwork me."
Danielle "Diva Q" Bennett
"Let me tell it to you, as straight as I take my bourbon: I’ve been living the barbecue lifestyle for a long time now. Ever since the week I judged my first competition in 2006. And I’ll tell you, just like I tell everyone I talk to, “Life is too short for bad BBQ!®"
"We want to teach people how to be comfortable behind the grill. We just happen to be doing it with a product that hasn’t gone through all these crazy evolutions. Do something well, do it consistently, and be inventive. Isn’t that what cooking’s all about?"
Chuck's Flavor Train with Chuck Matto
"Food should be a memory. You could convey your experiences and your lifetime moments. People should be able to relate to that and know when they take a bite of this, “Oh, this person’s trying to tell me something and I can hear it!”
Chiles and Smoke With Brad Prose
"That’s what I bring to the table: infusing base ingredients with cultural tastes, drawing their passion to the surface, and making gorgeous, delicious dishes that absolutely crackle with personality. And at Chiles and Smoke, I’m gonna show you how to do it."
Cook at Home Mom with Laura Miner
"When I’m not kept busy working and raising three wonderful children, I’m creating approachable recipes focused on gluten-free, low carb/keto, paleo, vegetarian/pescatarian, and Whole30 diets."
"I like my barbecue more focused on the meat flavors, so I go drier and less sauce-based. Sometimes salt and pepper really is all you need! Especially for brisket, which really is the heart of BBQ for me."
Chef Tony Matassa
"When it involves telling the story behind great ingredients and awesome flavors, well… I’m always going to be the first one there and the last one to leave."