Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book | Chris Lilly | Talks at Google | Summary and Q&A

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TL;DR

Chris Lily, a barbecue champion and partner at Big Bob's Barbecue, shares his expertise and tips on grilling delicious chicken and other meats.

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Questions & Answers

Q: How long should meat be smoked for maximum flavor?

The duration of smoking depends on the size and thickness of the meat. Generally, it is recommended to smoke meat for at least the first two hours of cooking to infuse the maximum smoke flavor. However, larger cuts of meat may require longer smoking times.

Q: Is it necessary to bring meat to room temperature before smoking or grilling?

It is advised to let meat rest at room temperature for around 15-20 minutes before grilling. This allows for more even cooking throughout the meat. However, the more critical resting period occurs after meat is cooked, during which the internal juices redistribute, resulting in a juicier final product.

Q: How can water be added under the grates of a gas grill to create a moist cooking environment?

On a gas grill, one can create a moist cooking environment by placing a water pan underneath the grates close to the burner. Alternatively, if there is no space under the grates, one can place a water pan on top. Another method is to wrap wood chips in aluminum foil with holes poked in it, and place it close to the burner to produce smoke and add flavor to the food.

Q: What are the key factors in winning barbecue competitions?

According to Chris Lily, the key to winning barbecue competitions is to keep it simple and focus on perfectly cooked meat. It is crucial to learn how to cook the meat to perfection before experimenting with various flavorings. Additionally, understanding the preferences of the judges and adapting flavor profiles accordingly can enhance the chances of winning.

Q: How can vegetables be grilled effectively?

Vegetables can be grilled by using direct heat or indirect heat methods. Chris suggests marinating and basting vegetables with flavorful mixtures such as honey and balsamic vinegar. They can be grilled directly on the grates or wrapped in foil and steamed until soft. Seasoning with dry rubs or glazes can also enhance the flavor of grilled vegetables.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Chris Lily is a partner at Big Bob's Barbecue, a renowned restaurant in Alabama with a long history of Southern barbecue.

  • He has won 10 world barbecue championships and travels around the country teaching and cooking barbecue.

  • Chris discusses the importance of grill setup, seasoning, and cooking techniques for different cuts of meat, particularly chicken.

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