Father-Son Grillmaster Tips and Recommendations for the Best Summer BBQ


NBC TV was crazy enough to give Your’s Truly & my son, Cam-man, unfiltered airtime to host an outdoor cooking segment – Click the video below. Follow along as my main dude & I share our Father-Son tips, surefire recommendations, & Grillmaster secrets to a phenomenal Summer Backyard BBQ!



1. Go fresh – From farm to table & garden to grill. Every memorable meal starts with tremendous ingredients. Without exception. Build big, bright, beautiful, & bold flavors by growing (or purchasing) local fruits, vegetables, herbs & proteins.

2. Prepare in advance. Chopped veggies, sauces & marinades, ground seasonings, make-ahead side dishes, etc. – Do today what allows you to party down with your guests tomorrow.




3. Safety first. For rookie grillers or when purchase & using a new-to-you grill – Please ignore your manly instincts – Always read the manual. Grilling is an outdoor activity – Keep your fire-breathing stainless steel meat-cooking machine in a well-ventilated area, away from nearby structures, stabilized upon a flat surface. Always ensure your propane tank & lines are both checked & in proper working order. A clean grill is a happy grill – Season & clean the grill’s grates before & after use.

4. Establish a 2-zone Grilling Surface – Both the science & the art of mouthwatering backyard barbque lies in this single grillmaster technique. For complete instructions on sear & roast method, hydrating, smoking, carbonizing & henceforth being recognized as the undisputed king of the Backyard BBQ – CLICK HERE!




5. Know your guests – Although no great Saturday night ever started with a salad… It’s important to ensure variety at your backyard barbeque. Although I’d love to smash dinosaur-sized hunks of herb-encrusted cowboy-cut beef steaks for every meal… I know not all guests feel the same – Ensure to stock the party with a host of fresh side dishes, an alternate main course & ice cold, adult-flavored beverages.

6. More the merrier. Decorate your party with great friends & family – And, in the words of my son, Cam, “BARBEQUE ON!”

Written by Live Fire Republic
David Olson is a nationally-recognized American Culinary Federation Chef, television personality and international social media influencer, award-winning recipe developer, live fire grill master, global adventurer-extraordinaire, and the creator behind, "Live Fire Republic." David has an organic and attentive audience of more than two million households weekly via countless television and event appearances, his blog, and various print, radio and social media channels. Meanwhile his recipes and creative content continue to be shared across the web and in print publications from sea to shining sea. For all media inquiries, please email PR agency, The Lisa Ekus Group; Boston, MA - Jaimee Constantine, 413.247.9325 or jaimee@lisaekus.com.