Pitmaster Big Moe Cason’s Tips to Host an Ultimate Summer Smoking’ BBQ PLUS a Great Contest!

Friday, July 20, 2018

1.    Make It Simple
Don’t over complicate it.  Barbecuing doesn’t need to be  intimidating.  

2.    Use Your Weber Grill As A Smoker 
Create a “Dual Zone” by placing the charcoal to one side of the grill and the meat to the opposite side so there are no flare ups.

Smoke Pork For Maximum FlavorTry Pork Belly!  “Bacon demands tend to peak during the summer” which is why pork bellies are now available in superstores such as Sam’s Club and Costco not only butcher shops.

Pork Ribs cook for about 3 ½ - 4 hours at 250 degrees. Once they are done, use a probe from WalmartTarget, etc. to see when the ribs raise up to ½- ¾ of an inch. Another way to tell when they are done is to pick up the ribs with tongs and if they feel like they are about to crack or break in half, they’re ready.  Be sure to remove the membrane on the back of the rib before cooking so the back can absorb the flavors of the rub

Pork Loins cook for about 1- 1 ½ hours at 250 degrees. Once the meat reaches 143 degrees take the meat out and let it rest so it does not overcook and dry out.

    Pork Steaks cook for about 2 hours at 250 degrees to cook and should be         flipped over when there are 30 minutes left.

3.   Pair BBQ With A Big Red Soda 
Big Red is the nation’s most popular red soda and has always been a favorite pairing with the bold flavor of BBQ.

4.  Make Big Moe’s Simple Rub
Making your own rub is easy with Moe’s simple rub of salt, sugar, garlic powder, and black pepper. Moe also suggests the “8:5:2” ratio for a basic Texas rub. Eight parts of coarse ground black pepper, five parts of sea salt and seasoned salt and two parts of garlic salt. Put the rub on approximately 1 hour before smoking or grilling. 

Big Red, America’s original and best-selling red soda is kicking off the summer BBQ season with its “Get Grillin’ with Big Moe and Big Red” promotion.  From June 25 – August 17, consumers have the chance to win a Big Red BBQ party, hosted by Pitmaster Big Moe Cason, and other BBQ related prizes.  Contest details are available at  

Big Moe Cason is a self-taught BBQ pit master. The Iowa native has participated in 260+ BBQ contests and was a season two finalist on TLC’s “Barbeque Pitmasters.” He was also a judge for Destination America’s “BBQ Pitmasters” in 2014 and “SMOKED” in 2013. For more information visit his Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.


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