Two Men, Two Pits and a Blog


Patrons of the Pit

We are men. We eat meat. And we won’t apologize for it. There is a simple, but long-standing poetry when we put meat to flame, and declare that is good. The world and it’s problems seem to dissipate for a bit, with the ever-curling , thin-blue smoke from our grills, and for a while at least, and maybe even longer than that, we are precisely where we wish to be, doing exactly that which is well with our souls. Two pits, two men, miles apart, united in one blog. We are here to bring you stories of the grill, slobber-tugging recipes, tips, tricks, and if all goes well, to illuminate and infect you with the simple joy of BBQ. We are men. We eat meat. And we are the Patrons of the Pit.

-James & John


314 responses

  1. Thanks for the like and stopping by! Your blog is great, too!

    July 25, 2013 at 3:43 pm

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog! And you guys are hilarious!! I love your writing, and the food looks pretty darn great too! I must confess, as the only person in my home with any culinary attributes at all, I do more Traeger-ing than actual barbeque…it’s just too darn hard to (wo)man the grill and all the other facets of a meal–not that you really need anything other than meat though, right? I raise a glass of Tempranillo (my current fav bbq wine) to you both! Cheers! Lorrie

    August 15, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    • Hey, thanks very much for that! Ain’t nothing wrong with traeger-ing, nor a single hunk of meat to call your supper.

      We appreciate the comment! Thanks again, Lorrie!


      August 15, 2013 at 4:33 pm

  3. Hello fellow meat eaters, thanks for the like on my post about home made apple sauce. MountainMama ( Jolynn) loves BB-Q tooo but guys where is the Venison and Wild game….or did I miss a post…. Well deer season is almost here maybe this mama needs to send some deer steaks your way… or if possable next year so Elk too… will be fallowing and hope to keep up with your great cooking.

    August 15, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    • Well thank you kindly for checking in! Wild game is a major gap in our meatiness here. We admit it. We’d love to cook more of that, but I guess we’re pretty bad shots or something, cause we never seem to have any in our freezers. Its purely a matter of supply.

      Sure, if you get an Elk, let us know! And welcome aboard!

      August 16, 2013 at 9:39 am

  4. Thanks so much for stopping by my page at , and for the like – very pleased to know that you enjoyed the read!!

    August 16, 2013 at 11:51 am

  5. Thanks for the like. I love the look of your blog, so dark, brooding and manly! Very appropriate!

    August 19, 2013 at 11:30 am

  6. Love the blog my fellow patrons of the pit. I am a “rookie” when it comes to smokin’ on the pit. I’ve been at it for about 7 months now and love every chance I can to create something from the smoker. I look forward to learning from you two and seeing if I can add anything along the way.

    August 19, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    • Very cool! Yes, make yourself at home and share your creations when ever you want. The more than better! Welcome aboard!


      August 19, 2013 at 8:58 pm

  7. RaisingDragonBoy

    Hi, Thanks for stopping by my blog and the like. You have a fabulous blog ! All the pics make me crave for BBQ now. : ) Mom of Dragon Boy

    August 21, 2013 at 7:17 am

  8. Thanks for visiting The He Said She Said Experience and liking our post about Willard’s Real Pit BBQ! You’ve got some great BBQ techniques and photos!

    August 21, 2013 at 4:35 pm

  9. TinaChase

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post about Tostadas. I checked out your blog and decided to follow along. The photos look pretty mouth-watering and I love the humour! I was just enjoying learning about smoking a block of cheese – now that’s something! I’m looking forward to reading more….

    August 22, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    • Wonderful! It is an honor to have you aboard. Yes, smoking cheese is pretty fun!

      August 23, 2013 at 9:50 am

  10. Thanks for stopping by, Love your blog

    August 29, 2013 at 4:05 pm

  11. NOLAchef


    September 10, 2013 at 9:42 pm

  12. Love your blog! Thanks for stopping by mine!

    September 11, 2013 at 1:03 pm

  13. We ate at Chili’s the other night, and my 10-year old wanted to order ribs. He was warned: these won’t be like daddy’s. These won’t have been rubbed or mopped (or whatever way I feel like making them) and they won’t have been smoked for hours like daddy’s. But he went ahead and got them anyway.

    I think we can all guess what his reaction was after a few bites.

    I love BBQ.

    October 1, 2013 at 11:46 am

    • Love the story, Steve! Thanks for chiming in.

      I love BBQ too. Nothing better than doing it yourself!

      I think you need to check back in here again, brother of the coals!

      October 1, 2013 at 11:48 am

      • Yup, I will. Be fun to check out your recipes and vice versa. I’ve been using a simple Weber kettle for about 12 years now. Not ideal, but it gets the job done. The other night I grilled pork chops — no big whoop. The fun part was the jalapeños I set off to the side to quasi bake/smoke, then dice and serve over the chops. Magic happens with indirect heat.

        Gonna sear, then smoke a pork tenderloin for dinner tomorrow night. Yum.

        October 1, 2013 at 11:59 am

      • Ah yes, the old weber kettle. That would be my work horse as well. There is a nice fancy WSM sitting right next to it, but more times than not, I can do it all on the kettle grill. A versatile unit, stalwart and true, as you have long known.

        Grill on!

        October 1, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      • So, enough about me and BBQ. What’s your deal with fly fishing? 🙂

        October 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm

  14. sorchajayne

    I confess, I have only a paltry picnic size bbq and no smoker. It’s all cheap thin breakable metal bbqs over here unless you spend a small fortune. But after reading your blog, I wish I had one! Funny and engaging with great recipes. Thanks for dropping by my blog, this one’s one my favourites list now.
    All the best

    October 26, 2013 at 1:29 am

    • Well thank you much, Sorcha. Fret not over your paltry picnic cooker, for the heart of good BBQ is in the heart, and attitude of the one who lights the coals. Sounds corny, but its true. It matters not your equipage really, but more that you are out of doors, and having fun. And maybe if you’re lucky, you’ll get a little good Q to eat too.

      October 26, 2013 at 10:10 am

      • True dat. My Weber kettle is at least a decade old, the lid doesn’t fit, and it’s ugly as sin. But it’s my Weber kettle, and I ain’t swapping it in.

        October 28, 2013 at 9:39 pm

  15. Thank you for visiting my blog.

    October 29, 2013 at 7:48 pm

  16. “We are men; we eat meat” is so crazy true! When I was pregnant with my daughter, I craved veggies and Asian food. When I was pregnant with my son, I craved MEAT. Guess what? Both kids live up to their in vitro cravings!

    November 1, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    • Such a cool gestation story! Teach the little dude to grill young!

      November 1, 2013 at 10:26 pm

  17. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking “Catamarans at sunset’
    Your narrations and photographs of food are really nice…….
    Wish you had more fish recipes,.. as I am a fish lover….!
    Here’s wishing you guys ‘happy blogging’!

    November 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    • Thank you kindly. And thanks for the input. Fish off the grill is awesome. We will have to put some more up for you!

      November 13, 2013 at 2:07 pm

  18. Dearest Kings of Carnivorous Cravings – you speak to my soul! This is an AWESOME blog! I humbly lower my ladle to you. Would love to film an episode with you. I don’t fair well is sub-zero temperatures but will happily traverse a far to experience the joy of the pit!

    November 14, 2013 at 7:19 am

  19. thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post. It’s always interesting to read other people’s blogs and I think I’m going to enjoy yours!

    December 4, 2013 at 4:50 am

  20. great stuff guys !! inspiring men to eat meat and I do love meat .. it’s not cold out here where I live now but whenever there is rain I do take out my grill regularly .. keep going …

    December 4, 2013 at 5:25 pm

  21. This is a fun blog about having fun doing something serious – cooking, and it is obvious you love cooking, take it seriously and have some serious fun doing it. I’m all in.

    FYI – I have found significant improvement to grilling meat on a Weber classic kettle grille when I started using cast iron grates from Mangrate they are vastly superior to the thin steel wire grates from Weber.

    I have used smoke to enhance and Texas-cise one of my traditional Jewish soul food favorites – chopped liver. I brine the chicken with a sugar/salt brine and I put an ancho chili and a chipotle chili in the brine when I boil it. Then I line the roasting pan with sliced onions and a sliced jalapeno and stuff the cavity with quartered onions and a jalapeno and a chipotle. I make a compound butter with a ground chipotle and put that under the skin before I roast the chicken in the oven for an hr before taking it to the Weber for smoking. The result is some most interesting spicy smoked chicken schmaltz and smoked onions & jalapenos. Those three items will make for something I call Not Your Grandmother’s Chopped Liver. I have a waiting list for it when I notify friends I am making it.

    Smoking can be very creative

    December 5, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    • That sounds utterly delicious! Man! Thanks for sharing that. On cast iron grates, oh yes, I put it on my Christmas list. Just hoping I’ve been a good boy now.
      Anyways thanks for taking time out of your day to craft us a very good and thoughtful comment. Good stuff!

      Take care

      December 5, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      • Hi Guys – Here’s wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Smoky New Year full of fun and flavor. I am making the aforementioned chopped liver by way of the aforementioned smoked chicken today. I did not mention it before, I marinate the livers in bourbon overnight which gives a just that much more redneck flavor (this coming from a Cleveland Jew…who’s been in Texas almost 17 years), I will write up the recipe and email it to you.

        May the smoke be with you,

        December 30, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      • Haha, very nice good sir! Always a pleasure when you chime in around here. Them chopped livers sound amazing too.

        Happy new year to you and yours likewise. Thanks Joel!

        December 30, 2013 at 12:51 pm

  22. Oh, the smoked chicken ain’t bad either

    December 5, 2013 at 9:05 pm

  23. Thanks so much for visiting and liking my blog. I’m going to have a wonderful time exploring years. You guys are obviously having a great time doing it.

    December 11, 2013 at 6:05 pm

  24. Thanks for like guys! Great blog 🙂

    December 12, 2013 at 3:54 pm

  25. Love the blog gents, maybe I’ll actually learn to cook on a real BBQ

    December 14, 2013 at 6:18 pm

  26. That Asian-Looking Chick

    Hey Guys! Thanks for the “Like”! Your blog looks awesome. =)

    December 18, 2013 at 3:35 pm

  27. Howdy, thanks for all the good vibes on my site today.

    December 19, 2013 at 9:42 pm

  28. Gentlemen:

    I am honored that you liked by recent blog post (Snowy Day Soup), so I decided to come look at your magnificent work here…and it is just that. I’ve been a vegan for less than 3 years, so I have many fond memories of grilling, smoking, and otherwise slowly incinerating meat and fish. I appreciate masters of that art, and it looks like you do it well.

    I love your “smoking jacket” — though I do prefer the kind with purple velvet — and I wouldn’t mind a taste of slow-cooked pork shoulder on those rare days when I go “off the ranch” in vegan terms.

    I have a Big Green Egg that gets no use these days (Pulled Zucchini hasn’t come into vogue yet). I’d seriously think of contributing it to a worthy cause (like Patrons of the Pit, for example), but unless you are near Massachusetts, the transportation would be prohibitive. Have a good winter.

    January 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    • Thank you kindly, and very generous of you. I’ve long fancied to cook upon the big green egg, but never could afford one. Unfortunately we hang our shingle in Minnesota. Transporting thus stinks. I might be interested in paying the shipping tho, if it isn’t too crazy.

      At any rate, thanks for the excellent comment. It’s always a treat when some one takes some time out their day to compose a good one. And pulled Zucchini may some day yet find its place in the American succulence. Hold strong!

      January 2, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      • Thanks for your gracious reply. I will investigate shipping costs for the Big Green Egg. Can you give me a zip code? I assume you are not so deep in the woods that UPS won’t go there. I will bet it is C-O-L-D up there right now; the lowest we got to here this AM was -1 (ignoring wind chill factors, of course). And, by the way, I love the name of your new movie — “American Succulence”. I think it’ll sell.

        January 4, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      • American Succulence! The movie! Man!

        It is going to be well below zero next week, here in the northern burbs of Minneapolis. Like 14 below kind of below. We of course will be grilling.

        Our shipping zip code is 55449.
        Feel free to email us at patronsofthepit for further details if needed. But yeah, it would be great if it worked out. Nay, fabulous! Just need to see if the shipping falls into my budget or not.

        Thanks again, even if it doesn’t work out.


        January 4, 2014 at 8:26 pm

  29. Yeah, baby. After a far-too-many years hiatus, I am smoking brisket this weekend. Going to do one with rub, one neat. Yum.

    January 23, 2014 at 10:36 am

    • Oh buddy! Brisket is probably my most highly favored thing to smoke. Good luck!

      January 23, 2014 at 2:01 pm

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  31. All my life I have waited for a blog such as this.

    February 6, 2014 at 9:49 pm

  32. G’day! Cheers for the likes!
    I’m not vegetarian. But selecting raw meat at the supermarket freaks me out, so I only eat what others cook. Your blog however…with such passion and poetry dedicated to BBQ…has inspired me to get over that fear, and get grilling 🙂

    February 9, 2014 at 3:18 am

    • Wow, thanks! Indeed, time spent grilling is not deducted from our lifespans. Least wise that is what we like to tell our selves. It’s fun. Start simple. And be encouraged!

      February 9, 2014 at 10:40 am

  33. Just wnat to say that it made my day when you liked my BBQ post. 🙂 🙂 Because you guys are the real BBQ deal.

    February 13, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    • Aw shucks, naw, were just dudes who like good food! Thanks kindly for the comment!

      February 13, 2014 at 2:56 pm

  34. Hi guys good day! Thanks to your for providing many useful BBQ information and to you for your likes on my food blog!! Cheers

    March 17, 2014 at 10:31 am

  35. M.D. Todorovich

    Today I had the occasion to stand before my humble gas grill with a selection of finely marbled T-Bone steaks. I took a moment to observe my surroundings. Small patches of green are dotting the forest behind my house. Daffodils have sprouted and are displaying their deep greens and vibrant yellows. And I was quite comfortable in a t-shirt and unbuttoned flannel. Springtime is here. As I removed my medium and medium-well steaks from the grill and walked back into my kitchen, I couldn’t help but reminisce about my good friends at Patrons of the Pit. I hope you guys are doing well and enjoying all that life has to offer!

    M.D. Todorovich
    Once known as Duncan

    April 3, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    • It’s Duncan!! Hotdog, good to hear from you old chap. As was admiring the writing in the comment, and thinking golly, I like this dude! He speaks my language! Shucks, nice of you to chime in. Like old times.

      I covet your steaks and your weather. And I trust you’re enjoying both.

      Very cool. Hope you’re doing well too, in your endeavors. I miss your blog presence, but I suspect you’re doing equally great other things.

      Be well Duncan. Great to hear from you!

      April 3, 2014 at 6:25 pm

  36. Thank you for liking my post and blog!! I am really looking forward to reading through yours!! Tina

    May 1, 2014 at 9:26 pm

  37. Hey guys!
    I love your blog and I also enjoy a bit of ‘pit-time’… Anyways, I nominated you for a Sunshine Award. Check it out here:
    I hope you’ll accept!

    May 13, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    • Wow, thank you kindly, Heidi. Much appreciated. We’ll have to look that over! Thanks again!

      May 13, 2014 at 3:50 pm

  38. Hey guys!

    What a great place to hang around! I’ll be most definitely following!


    July 3, 2014 at 5:48 pm

  39. andrespildistab

    Now that’s what I call cooking!
    You made me hungry. I’ve always loved making food, but bbq and smoking and other ‘specific’ stuff has always been a failure for me.
    +follow from me.
    Keep up the good job!
    Oh and thank you for the visit and a like.

    August 1, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    • Thank you very kindly! Hope you find some useful information here. Welcome and make yourself at home!

      August 1, 2014 at 4:38 pm

  40. I have always loved good BBQ. My hubby is a fabulous grill master. We usually start grilling at Easter no matter if we are waist high in snow. I thought he was unusual in this until I read your blog. Now I get it , He is just a man who eats meat LOL

    I am glad that I checked your blog after you left a like on my About page.

    August 4, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    • Haha, nice story! I enjoyed that. Thanks for sharing and stopping by!

      August 4, 2014 at 3:06 pm

  41. How appropriate that you liked the steelhead post. I smoked some pork spareribs while I was writing it. Nothing fancy — gave them a standard-issue dry rub last night, smoked for about 4 hours this afternoon with some hickory, ate them with baked beans, jumbo cut fries, and cheap beer. We all went back for seconds.

    With Christmas approaching, it’s almost time for some smoked gravlox.

    Happy holidays to all Patrons of the Pit!

    December 7, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    • Many thanks, Steve. Appreciate that. And I quite enjoyed your steel head write up. Your words rang with truth! And it sounds like your BBQ session was perfect. Sounds to me like you know how to live!

      Carry on, mate!

      December 8, 2014 at 9:41 am

  42. I should never blog when tired. I saw you liked my little bbq blurb. I come over and check you out, see 2 men, 2 pits and think….aww they like pit bulls too! Stop laughing – I did say I was tired. I’ll be checking in from time to time. I will be sharing more of my bbq adventures as the it’s about that time to cook mostly outside now.

    March 16, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    • Amen. Well we do like pit pulls, actually! Looking forward to hearing of your BBQ adventures. And thanks for stopping by!

      March 17, 2015 at 9:49 am

  43. Heh guys, I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. You can read about it on my most recent post (see link)
    There’s no pressure to accept the nomination, but it is my way of thanking you for sharing amazing ‘lovely blog’.
    A hui hou, unitl we meet,
    Auntie Doni

    April 17, 2015 at 2:03 pm

  44. Great photos! Would you mind if I nominate you for the Versatile Blogger Award? I see you have a lot of followers already…maybe you still wouldn’t mind. I’ll post about it within a day, if that’s okay with you guys..(?)

    April 24, 2015 at 3:05 am

    • Why thank you kindly. That’s very sweet of you! Your site over there is looking great. You will enjoy the blogosphere I do believe. Good luck!

      April 24, 2015 at 10:21 am

  45. Hey, I love your blog. It seems perfect for me. Do you mind if you are able to check out my blog? You are very successful, and I’d love some tips from you, or even just a like on one of my posts thanks.

    April 24, 2015 at 6:43 pm

  46. Thanks for the likes. We read you guys religiously.

    May 20, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    • Very cool, thanks for that. I did rather enjoy your latest post. Nicely done!

      May 20, 2015 at 5:07 pm

  47. Guys,

    Saturday night I smoked some flank steak that had marinated for a day in a brew of Asian spices, oils, and vinegar. Two hours at around 220 degrees, and it was a melt in your mouth delight. We paired it with a Zinfandel. Outstanding!

    June 15, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    • Son! Nicely executed Steve. I haven’t a thing to add here, as your meat craft needs no pampering I see. Sounds like a night fit for excellence. Thanks for sharing your victory with us. May many more be on your plate soon.

      Take care, man.

      June 15, 2015 at 9:12 pm

  48. Yup. You too. “The Summer’s Best Chicken Sandwich” is on line for this week: a chix breast pounded flat, smoked, and served on Portuguese roll with a dressing made of yumminess like olives and sun dried tomato and pepperoncini and olive oil parsley and basil and garlic. A slice of provolone, a slice of tomato if you like it, and sandwich nirvana shall be yours.

    June 15, 2015 at 11:08 pm

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