🌾 A Slice of Saskatchewan Life
Meet Quinn Read – Lumber Jack Grill Master. Originally from Melville, Saskatchewan, Quinn has been tinkering with bbq for 2 years. Briskets, tacos, bread, and breakfast sammies; Quinn does it all on his Instagram feed SK.BBQ. Cooking, smoking, and baking. Follow Quinn to see what he’s making.
How did you get into BBQ?
My introduction to BBQ was actually on Instagram. The algorithm showed me a reel of a guy who had a bbq mounted to his truck’s hitch. He was driving down the highway while the bbq was cooking something. I thought that was pretty cool.
That same week, I researched how I could build a BBQ on the cheap. I ended up buying two aluminum disposable pans, some binder clips, and a wire rack from the dollar store. I picked up some briquettes and got to cooking. I cooked chicken and ribs on there before I decided to upgrade to a $20 grill. The rest is history.
What’s your favourite thing to cook?
Pork Ribs. It’s very satisfying to glaze the ribs, to do the bend test, to get a perfect bite. The options are endless with pork ribs. And who doesn’t enjoy eating a rack of ribs? You can put a smile on anyone’s face with that.
What types of grills do you cook on?
In the past I mainly used a Weber Kettle. Now I use an Ugly Drum Smoker, a Master Chef vertical propane/pellet smoker, a Totem Food Smoker (predecessor to the Big Chief Smoker), a 4 burner Ducane gas grill, and a Camp Chef 60,000 BTU “banjo burner”.
What’s the most unique thing you’ve grilled or cooked?
I haven’t grilled it yet, but most folks won’t get the chance to cook or eat Crane in their life. That was the most delicious bird I’ve ever eaten.
What’s your favourite Lumber Jack Pellet flavour?
My personal favourite is the Mesquite Blend. I think when people are dreaming about smoking meats, they are looking for the smell and flavour that the Mesquite Blend brings.
Who are your BBQ idols?
In the BBQ world, I respect Rob Reinhardt more than anyone. His page is @prairiebbq on Instagram. I’ve had the pleasure to meet him multiple times, to cook under him with his ‘Que crew at a RibFest, and to use every one of his products. His passion is unmatched, he is incredibly knowledgeable, and shares that knowledge with those who want to learn. Rob truly is #BBQAF.
Do you have a good tip for BBQ beginners?
Expensive equipment does not mean excellent BBQ. Use what you can, where you are, with what you have. Whether you are using a Yoder Smoker or Aluminum Pans, good food and good friends is always a good plan.