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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

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