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  • 5 star review  Excellent service, very knowledgeable in products. I went in not really knowing why I wanted and the staff were able to explain very well the pros and cons of all the smokers I was looking at. Settled on a very good starter smoker, and when I left I had everything I needed to start using it straight away, without breaking the bank. Will be going back for all the spices and BBQ sauces as their selection is massive.

    thumb Bob Haston

    5 star review  YOU NEED A BBQ hands down best customer service, super helpful, stayed late past 6 to answer questions and walk us through the grill. So much knowledge between Russel and his co workers. Great selection on rubs, sauces and grills. We walked away with two grills and couldn’t be happier.

    thumb Krysta Evans

    5 star review  Wow man, what a fantastic store. Buy the mystery box. I got a bunch of great stuff in it. Bought Father’s Day gifts here and my dad is as pumped as I am about the selection! Thanks guys.

    thumb Tim A

    5 star review  Wonderful staff. Super fast. Informative & awesome prices. Very accommodating too:). I guess we found our new BBQ shop.

    thumb Mindy MacSween
  • 5 star review  Attended their Introduction To Advanced BBQ Techniques class. All of the pit masters were very knowledgeable and very personable. They were able to answer any questions we had, very professionally and very informatively. Anyone who is looking to hone some BBQ skills should definitely think about taking this class. I will be looking into taking other classes here in the future. And the food they prepare for you during the class is fantastic! Well done!

    thumb Mat Kratchmer

    5 star review  I was at this location looking for a pellet smoker. The guy helping me was very well informed and they even had a promotion on so I could get a little bit of discount. I love the smaller businesses because you know they care rather than the big box ones. I drove all the way from Windermere to check this place out and you should too!

    thumb The FacelessG0d

    5 star review  All I can say is WOW. The service is unbelievably excellent! Knowledgeable. Engaged with the customer. I am glad to find a Local Business that focusses on quality, product and friendly service. Thank you for the outstanding dedication in being a Premium BBQ Store!

    thumb Northgate GM Fleet Manager

    5 star review  It’s the only place in Sherwood Park that I’ve been able to find Meat Church rub. The staff member I talked to was very knowledgeable and friendly. They’ve got a whole host of other spices and top notch bbq sauces. They sell Pit Boss products and look to be selling high quality meats in the future. Smaller shop and a little hidden away but a great experience and I’ll for sure be headed back for more spice rubs and sauces.

    thumb Courtney Powell
  • 5 star review  Love this place! So many great sauces and spices. Also love all of their gluten free products 😲 Very knowledgeable staff, will definitely be back.

    thumb Charlene Moore

    5 star review  You Need a BBQ is the best BBQ store in town, and probably the world - no exaggeration. They really know their stuff, and they are very obviously passionate about what they do. I have learned so many new tricks and recipes from their blog too! PS try their branded BBQ sauce, it's unreal

    thumb Avery Johnson

    5 star review  This place is Sherwood Park's best kept secret. If you need anything from a BBQ, accessories, to spices, this is your place. If you cannot find a spice that tickles your fancy then you won't find it somewhere else. First class customer service all around. Have been back multiple times.

    thumb Shaun Guthrie

    5 star review  Found this place online and so happy I did. I recently bought a Pit Boss 150PPS only to discover that Pit Boss fuel and accessories are quite hard to find in Edmonton. This place was awesome. So many rubs and spices, very nice guys to talk to with great knowledge. Plus the grill was cheaper here than any other place (regular price). It will be my to-go place from this point on.

    thumb James Crocker

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What could be better than waking up to the fresh air and tranquillity of your own backyard? Get out of bed, light up the grill, and cook a delicious breakfast on the Gourmet BBQ System Griddle. To ensure fluffy pancakes, crispy hash browns, rich French toast, and sizzling bacon, the griddle warms up fast and evenly.

Why I Chose the Camp Chef Woodwind 36 as My New Grill

For several years I’ve been running a Pit Boss 700 SC. It’s been a great grill. Reliable, fuel efficient, wimple to use have and produced some great BBQ along the way. Even though it still runs like a top , I bought this grill before we started up You Need a BBQ and I thought it was time to upgrade to one of our new options as there are so many cool new grills out there.

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Corky’s Memphis Dry Ribs

Memphis is famous for their dry BBQ. No, I do not mean the meat is dry, I mean the seasonings are Dry. And in Memphis, nobody is more famous than Corky’s Ribs and BBQ. This famous Memphis rib restaurant has been turning out world famous ribs for over 30 years. In that time, they have been voted Memphis’s best BBQ joint a whopping 22 times (and counting!). Locals are rarely wrong, especially when it comes to the best BBQ in their city. So now we have brought a small taste of Memphis to you! You can make these ribs using Corky’s Memphis seasoning, right here in Edmonton (or anywhere in Canada if you take advantage of our free shipping on seasonings). Follow along and whether you prefer Bourbon Rub or Honey Seasoning, we have them both.

Black Bone in Pork Loin Roast

Bone in pork loin is one of my favorite cuts of pork because you get the loin chops with the rib bones all in one. When cooked properly this amazing cut of meat can be crazy tender, but also extremely flavorful because of the fat content and presence of the bone. When I am slicing this piece of meat up to serve to my kids, I usually take theirs off the bone and then add the bone to my plate (don’t tell them…). The best part about this roast after saying all of that though is the price. Pork loin is one of the least expensive cuts on a pig, so if you can find a bone in loin for a fair price, make sure to snap it up and follow along with this recipe to impress your friends on a budget.

Seared Yellowfin Tuna Poke Bowl

Tuna Poke bowls are usually served with raw tuna, but this is a cooking blog, so we are doing it with some added flavor and then seared on the flat top with seasoning and oil. I made this meal while camping and it was without a doubt one of the best camping meals I have ever had! It was a happy accident too, because I bought the tuna steaks with the intention of keeping them frozen for a nice at home dinner one day, but they accidentally got put into the refrigerator than the freezer. 2 Days later, I had no choice but to bring them Yellowfin Tuna camping for what turned out to be an incredible camping feast!

Crispy Skin Chicken Wings

The elusive crispy skin coming off a smoker is something that has evaded professional BBQ teams for years. Well with a little bit of meat science and no real tricks, just a little bit of seasoning and paper towel, you can have wings that taste like they are straight out of the deep dryer but made on a smoker. I made these wings with just some seasoning salt and baking powder, and I got a message from a friend who ate them that said “can’t believe they crisped up like this on the smoker” and another message that said “Soooooooo goooooooood, Thanks!!!”. I learned the basics for this recipe from my friend Diva Q, but adapted it for our own uses.

Wagyu Katsu Sando Sandwich

Make the Worlds Most Expensive Sandwich at home for less!

The Wagyu Katsu Sando is the world’s most expensive sandwich. It sells on Wall St. in New York City for hundreds of dollars and believe me when I say this, it is worth every penny! But now with our exclusive lines of Wagyu Beef available on at You Need a BBQ, you can make this delectable dish for yourself at home for a fraction of the price. I like to make a couple of subs from the classic Wall Street version to make this sandwich simpler to make at home, so get ready to dive into umami heaven with this sandwich which is sure to excite your taste buds.

Grilled Butter Flavored Ribs of Corn

Corn on the cob is one of my favorite summer vegetables. There is something about biting into a juicy cob of corn that has been freshly rubbed with butter and salt to go with your barbecued meats. This innovation on barbecuing corn helps it cook more evenly on the grill and is packed with flavor. There is no boiling water in this recipe. So, grab a really sharp kitchen knife, a couple cobbs from your local farmer or grocery store and get ready to have your mind blow with this new Ribs of Corn recipe.

How to Prepare Brisket and then Reheat

Brisket is widely known as the king of meats and people always compare how long they smoke them as a badge of honor. Smoking your brisket for 22 hours does not get you a medal, it gets you over cooked brisket. Briskets should be done in 12 hours or less, after the first couple of hours it does not really absorb more smoke flavor anyways. I developed this recipe for cooking brisket a day in advance because when we teach our classes, there is not enough time to cook a brisket from raw unless I got up at some crazy hour. I handle this by cooking the brisket the day before, chilling it down and then re-heating. The comments we get on the brisket range from “This is incredible” to “This is the best brisket I have ever had”. I do not hide the fact that it’s re-heated, but I usually don’t reveal that until after people have eaten some. So, if you ever have an event that starts before lunch and you want to make sure your brisket is perfect, consider smoking it the day before and re-heating.

The Ultimate Chicken Thigh

Chicken Thighs are one of the most versatile pieces of a chicken. The dark meat is always moist, and the skin is super delicious. Plus eating meat off a bone is so primal, that there is no way not to love it. Except for when you bite it and all of the skin comes off in 1 bite. The other downside to chicken thighs is how fatty the skin is, it often causes flare ups on the BBQ unless you are cooking in an aluminum foil tray. There is a secret to perfecting the chicken thigh and it involves scraping some of the fat off the back of the skin before applying your seasoning. This little trick will take your chicken thighs from zero to hero.

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Onion Rings

When I was competing in the bacon category at the world food championships, I needed a side for my Mole Bacon Cheeseburger that would stand up to the umami kick brought on by loads of wagyu beef fat in the burger. This recipe for bacon wrapped onion rings was just the trick. Glazing the bacon wrapping with jalapeno BBQ sauce at the end makes these things into a sticky, greasy, crunchy bite of absolute goodness. They are a lot of work for only a few bites, but if executed right, these are sure to make you the king of the backyard BBQ.

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