Modern Marvels

Season 13 Episode 20

BBQ Tech

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 28, 2006 on The History Channel
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BBQ Tech
An old-fashioned style of cooking, barbecue has evolved into a modern food craze and spawned a multi-billion dollar industry. We digest famous barbecue cook-offs and visit long-established barbecue restaurants like Arthur Bryant's in Kansas City, where the huge grills and taste thrills of true barbecue are more popular than ever. At home, three out of four US households own a grill. After WWII's end, the phenomenon of backyard barbecuing swept the nation, thanks to inexpensive and mass-produced grills, including the kettle-shaped Weber. Our tour of Weber's modern factories shows how they keep pace with demand by manufacturing more choices than ever, including portable mini-grills. We also examine the variety of fuels available for the savory selection of spicy sauces and rubs. Join us as we devour the mouthwatering flavors of BBQ in this episode.moreless
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      • According to the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association, 81% of American households own a grill, and 65% of those grills are fueled by propane.

      • The hotness of peppers is measured in Socville units. Jalapenus average 4,000 Scovilles, while habaneros can reach 350,000.

      • If laid end to end, the yearly output of briquettes from Kingsford Springfield, Oregon plant would circle the earth 4.2 times.

      • Kansas City's American Royal Barbecue contest is one of the largest cook-offs in the world. Many of the judges eat more than seven pounds of meat in just over 24 hours to determine the winner.

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      • Commentators:

        Ardie Davis
        "Barbecue Ambassador"

        Hayward Harris Jr
        "The Rib Doctor"

        Bob Hunter
        "Action Barbecue Company"

        Brent Walton

        Gary Tackett
        "West Best Barbecue"

        Arlie Bragg
        Contest Coordinator, BBQ'n at the Autry

        Lake High
        President, South Carolina Barbeque Association

        Will Shelton
        "Carolina Traveler"

        Bruce Bjorkman
        "Mr. Barbecue"

        Jackie Hite
        Owner, Jackie Hite's Bar-B-Q

        Juan Gutierrez
        Manager, County Line Restaurant

        Eddie Echols
        General Manager, Arthur Bryant's

        Jim Stephen
        President, Weber-Stephen Products Co.

        Chris Childers
        Manager, Regulatory Affairs, Weber-Stephen

        Joe Traeger
        President, Traeger Industries

        Kevin Maher
        Marketing Manager, Kingsford

        Mike Weaver
        Plant Manager, Kingsford

        William Best
        CEO/Engineer, Thermal Engineering Corp.

        Thomas Field
        Store Manager, Barbecues Galore

        John Henry Abercrombie
        Co-Owner, John Henry's Food Products

        Ernie Abercrombie
        Co-Owner, John Henry's Food Products

        Valerie Lewellen
        Production Supervisor, Original Juan

        Nina Ward
        V.P. of Manufacturing, Original Juan

        Dr. David Biedebach
        Chiropractor/Backyard Chef

        Chuck Stello
        "Old Charleston Smokers"

        Jack Fiorella
        Co-owner, Jack Stack Barbecue

        Tim Keegan
        Pitmaster, Jack Stack World Class

        Wiley Fisher
        General Manager, Jack Stack World Class

        David Klose
        Owner, BBQ Pits by Klose

        Ray Raymond
        Continental Triple Seven Barbecue Team

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