About The Author
Welcome to Extraordinary BBQ! My name is Kevin Haberberger and I’m going to provide you with the secrets and techniques you need to produce delicious, better than ordinary BBQ. I try to give enough detail for BBQ novices, including a BBQ Basics section, but still offer information that is useful for the backyard pitmasters. For everyone in the middle – my goal is to take you to the next level – Extraordinary barbeque that will impress your toughest critics…yes, even your father-in-law.
The inspiration for the site has been building for years. I still remember the first time my dad let me light the paper in the charcoal chimney for the first time. I was thrilled to “help” him barbeque. No matter what he was cooking, I just loved watching it all take shape. I loved it enough to seek out as one of my first jobs, the grill boy at Grant’s Farm. I worked the blazing hot summers of St. Louis behind a gigantic stainless steel grill cooking hundreds of bratwurst, burgers, chicken and dogs….and loved every minute.
I’ve also always been an excellent student of other grillers. I love watching and am never too shy to ask questions. I watch what they do and how they do it – and if there’s something I don’t understand, I ask. I’ve learned a LOT this way.
After creating barbeque on my own for 15 years, there is very little I enjoy more than helping others increase their confidence at the grill, and produce a better final product. I’ve dried out and burned hundreds of pounds of meat along the way (God bless my family for so often being my guinea pigs as I kept trying), but also learned valuable lessons and skills through experimentation that I want to share with you.
Along with a few of my family members, I am part of a competitive bbq team, SLABS a’ Smokin. To learn more about how I got into competitive bbq, read on! My most important team member, and partner in the creation of delicious food, is my wife Patti. Her recipes and influences litter this site as well. I’ve never met another person that knows flavors and what goes well with what, better than my wife.
I’m a lucky guy.