Weber Photo Shoot

Weber Photo Shoot

Last week my job took me out of the Weber test kitchen and on location to some beautiful homes in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago for a Weber lifestyle photo shoot. I worked with an amazingly talented crew of photographers, producers, production assistants, hair and make-up people, wardrobe stylists, prop stylists and of course the hardworking marketing team from Weber. My friend, Mike Lang, and I did all of the grilling and food styling. 5 shots a day with multiple set-ups per shot for 4 days = A LOT of food! We grilled chickens, pork chops, lobster tails, kebabs, veggies, pizzas, cakes, banana boats, ribs, huevos rancheros, stir-fry, and of course, hamburgers and hot dogs. Often times food for a photo shoot is inedible, but not in this case. We had models eating the food (oxymoron?) so everything had to not only look beautiful but it had to taste great too. Lest I make this work sound glamorous – we grilled in the rain, heat and humidity. Some days it was cold. Some it was sweltering hot. We were covered in charcoal, grease, sweat, sunblock and bug spray. And we had a freaking blast doing it! If the preview shots I saw on set are any indication, the pictures are going to be beautiful and I can’t wait to see them. Working with this crew was an incredible experience and I can’t wait to do it again soon! To see another great recap and amazing photos of our week check out Mike’s blog at www.anotherpintplease.com.     Mike and I’s makeshift outdoor kitchen on Day 1. We called it “guerilla grilling”...
Memphis in May World Championship BBQ Contest

Memphis in May World Championship BBQ Contest

If you’ve never had the chance to attend a BBQ competition you must do so as soon as possible. Run, don’t walk. I tell you this because I recently attended the Memphis in May World Championship BBQ Contest and it was a phenomenal experience. There are several large competitions throughout the year in various cities around the country, but Memphis in May is the big one. It’s affectionately referred to as the “Super Bowl of Swine.” It was truly a sight to see….and smell. Two weeks later and my purse still smells like smoked pork. Seriously. There were over 250 teams and over 90,000 visitors. Competitors travel from all over the world to compete in categories like ribs, chicken, whole hog and exotic meat. Each team has their own booth where they grill, smoke, marinate, inject, baste and brush for three days in hopes of winning a cash prize and most importantly – bragging rights. As much fun as the festival was, I was there for work. My Weber colleagues and I spent three days doing grilling demonstrations with our latest products, promoting the Weber Mobile Grill Academy and our latest cookbook “Weber’s Big Book of Burgers.” I am beyond blessed to have a job that I love and to work with people who are so passionate about what we do.   While we did our thing, the competition teams worked tirelessly, often sleeping in sleeping bags in their booth so they could wake up every few hours to check the temperatures on their smokers. Now that is dedication. I could barely stand waking up every two hours when I...
Grilling with Mike Lang

Grilling with Mike Lang

I recently had the pleasure of grilling with fellow blogger and grill enthusiast, Mike Lang. Mike is a police sergeant from Ohio who started a blog several years ago about BBQ and beer. His blog is great – I encourage you to check it out at www.anotherpintplease.com. In fact, it’s so great that it caught the eye of the Weber marketing team and he’s been blogging for our website since the beginning of 2014. You can see both of our blog posts at www.webernation.com. A few weeks ago Mike came to visit the Weber HQ’s and I gave him a behind-the-scenes tour of the Weber test kitchen. We spent the day grilling pizzas, spatchcock chicken and banana s’mores boats. Mike made a great video of our time together, which I’ll post a link to as soon as it’s available. It was so much fun but I still can’t say spatchcock with a straight face. 🙂  ...


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