Music to our mouths
While we like to think we know our way around a barbecue, we generally just throw a few burgers and sausages on the grill a few times a year before it gets too hot to step outside. Now Christian Stevenson, aka DJ BBQ, is an American on a mission to keep us barbecuing as much as possible throughout the year.
The 46-year-old father-of-three, who has lived in the UK for 18 years, is a bundle of energy. His background’s in presenting extreme sports, but he also DJs and barbecues (hence the nickname), cooking and mixing tunes for up to 20 hours a time in what he calls ‘catertainment’. He’s now making a big impression on Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube network, with his larger-than-life personality and star-spangled catsuits earning him thousands of hits.
“My favourite Food Tube videos are the brisket, which is an 18-hour cook,” he says.
Stevenson learned to barbecue when he was just eight years old from his dad, who learned from his father before him – and their recipes are among those that feature in his new cookbook, The BBQ Book .
“My grandparents were great cooks, so when my grandfather passed away, my father went to all his siblings and asked for all the recipes, and made a book for everyone in the family of grandma’s and grandpa’s recipes, so there are a couple of them in there as well.”
Listening to him talk, it’s almost impossible not to drool, especially when he describes his favourite dish. “Whenever I went travelling, my father would have the same recipe waiting for me: two flank or skirt steaks in a big ziplock with a bottle of Italian dressing, something you buy in the grocery store, and you shake it up and throw it in there,” he says. “The vinegar would tenderise