Barbecuing tips from BBQ Pitmaster Harry Soo

If you haven’t seen TLC’s BBQ Pitmasters, you are missing one great barbecue competition show! These Pitmasters are part chef, part athlete, and part five-star general. They not only talk a big game, but walk it every step of the way: with grease on their hands, sweat on their brows, and meat on their minds from sun-up to sundown.

Harry Soo is head cook of team Slap Yo’ Daddy BBQ in Diamond Bar, CA. Here are a few of his barbecuing tips:

  1. BBQ is ready when it’s ready (so don’t hurry)
  2. Less is more (less smoke, less rub, less add-ons)
  3. Opening your smoker is BAD!
  4. Too tender is GOOD!
  5. Foiling is GOOD!
  6. Grilling is NOT barbequing; BBQ is low-and-slow
  7. Always have FUN when you BBQ even if results are otherwise!

Harry Soo short bio:

Team Name: Slap Yo’ Daddy BBQ
Location: Diamond Bar, CA
Name/style of pit: Weber Bullet Smoker aka Weber Smokey Mountain aka Weber Water Smoker aka WSM
Amount of money won in competition: $20K in 2009
Favorite dish to cook/most awarded dish?: Spareribs
Favorite Food (other than BBQ): Anything Thai or Japanese
Secret Tip: Cooking BBQ from the heart with love and intention. Practice, practice, practice

You can catch BBQ Pitmasters on TLC. Schedule of BBQ Pitmasters show was unavailable at the time this article was published.

About A.J.

Owner and creator of Worked in the BBQ industry since 1987. No longer in the restaurant business, however I am enjoying experimenting at home smoking, grilling, barbecuing and writing about my experiences here on!
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