I first met Doug Keiles two years ago when I helper monkey’ed for his team, Ribs Within, at the Meatopia Bare Bones Barbecue Competition in Oakland’s Eat Real Fest. He’d just appeared on Chopped and was about as happy as it gets.
During the Bare Bones competition at Meatopia Oakland last year, I couldn’t help but hear Chris Lilly talk to his Kingsford buddies about this year’s football season. Mostly because I was eavesdropping. That conversation mutated into the kernel of an idea which grew into a great question: what do some of the biggest and brightest in barbecue do for Super Bowl Sunday?
Shortly after I interviewed Rick Browne about his appearance on Chopped: Grill Masters, a pitmaster of my acquaintance named Doug Keiles let me know he’d competed on the show as well. I was both happy for and jealous of him for that. What’s really good for you and I, though, is that Doug let me pick his brain about his television debut.
Starting yesterday, Food Network blew the roof off of its hit series, Chopped, with the first of five themed episodes dubbed Chopped: Grill Masters. Over five weeks, the show was based outside at the nostalgic Old Tucson Studios in Arizona. Sixteen grilling professionals from around the country faced off in this captivating Wild West showdown. Mark Masker interviewed Rick Browne about competing on the show.