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Cookin’ up a book with food tube’s DJ BBQ

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It’s barbecuing time! Not because summer is just starting to sneak through the clouds, but because today DJ BBQ – Jamie’s go-to man for smoking food and cooking over fire – releases his first book.

The BBQ Book comes off the back of Food Tube, Jamie’s YouTube channel, which finds new talent and gets them out there. DJ BBQ is the king of “catertainment”, coking up food and DJing at events all over the world. His sticky leg of lamb has mythical status in Jamie’s office, and his rad ribs aren’t far behind.

With recipes like that it’s no surprise to find that he originates from the southern states.

“My mom and my dad broke up when I was quite young,” he tells me, “so all of a sudden there’s my dad, who’s a greeting cards salesmen for Hallmark but used to be a navigational officer on helicopter carriers picking up astronauts, looking after me. I had to fend for myself a little bit, so I learnt to grill from the age of eight. He knew some stuff about food, but he mostly knew about barbecue because his dad was a big barbecue guy.”

The idea that growing up cooking over flames as a way of learning to cook could ever translate into a career is something he still has trouble formulating in his mind.

“I’m still in shock, man! Food Tube has been a phenomenal thing to be a part of, and to get the chance to put all that love and all those recipes into a book and have Jamie endorse it is just one of the raddest things.

“My family all love Jamie. It’s almost like a family cookbook in a way, because it’s everything I do at home for the kids, the wife and friends – and it’s got my ancestors’ recipes in it too, so it’s a very cool thing.”

Recipes from DJ BBQ’s family make up a lot of the book. One of the book’s best dishes is a meatloaf that was passed down to him from his grandparents.

DJ BBQ Meatloaf

“When you’re a kid you almost think ‘Aw meatloaf? Come on’. But I remember my gran made a mean meatloaf, and when my grandparents died my dad collected up all their recipes and made books for the family. SO I used exactly my grandma’s meatloaf recipe and it’s amazing – I think the cheese on top helps. It’s also got my BBQ sauce from Planet Damn, but with my grandpa’s extra spicy kick to it.

“It tastes of home, like a lot of recipes in there. Meatloaf for me is going to Iowa, cruising the main drags, going to this lake and having my first kiss, touching my first boob, then going home to find some meatloaf in my gran’s fridge and thinking ‘today was awesome!’.”

That’s not to say the recipes are all from the Deep South. DJ BBQ has lived in America, the UK and Portugal, the latter of which has a really long heritage of cooking over fire and still teaches him things every time he goes back.

“The joy about barbecue is there is so much to learn. I just came back from Portugal, where I learnt so much about how to grill chicken and fish – these guys were cooking on the back of a compressor coil over an oil drum, but I learnt things like authentic piri-piri sauce, and that you have to cut into the meat to make it thirsty for the sauce; stuff I didn’t know. I’m 46 years old and I’m still learning!”


You can buy DJ BBQ’s book here.

Jonny Garrett is deputy editor of Jamieoliver.com. To say he loves food is an understatement, and to his mother’s dismay he is also obsessed with beer. If he could, he’d drink American IPAs and eat sushi all day, but he has settled for editing and writing blogs and news for the website. Follow him on Twitter at @beerchannel.
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Food Tube Wins Top Award

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Foodtube Award

Jamie and his Food Tube team have scooped top honors at the Broadcast Digital Awards.

The channel was nominated for the Best New Original Channel and Jamie collected the award at the ceremony last night (Wednesday 3rd July) in London.

The team beat entries from BBC and ITN and Jamie said today: “Obviously I’m super chuffed that in Food Tube’s first year it got recognized as the best. We are still learning so much and listening to our audience and seeing what works that we are only going to get better and give it extra love.

“The team has been amazing and this is a massive boost for them as they give so much of their time to making it a beautiful thing – thank you all. This is a top award, so really proud.”

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Jamie is all set for his live show on Monday at 8.30PM which promises to be the best yet!

Jamie Magazine launches iPad edition

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Jamie Magazine

Jamie Magazine has now launched a digital edition for the iPad in the US & Canada.

This North American version contains all the lovely content of the regular digital edition, but the recipes have been converted into imperial and cup measurements for the new audience. There’s also no aubergine, coriander or courgette in this version, eggplant, cilantro and zucchini have replaced them.

“We’re really pleased to announce this launch,” says Jamie Magazine managing editor Paul Dring. “It makes our brilliant content so much more accessible to all of Jamie’s fans in the US and Canada.”

All this for $5.99 with the first issue available to buy now, this year’s Italian issue no less, fantastico!

Among the 90+ recipes are new, Italian-inspired chicken recipes from Jamie himself, as well as a pasta-making master class from Pete Begg, rustic southern cooking from Puglia, and recipes from such Italian luminaries as Gennaro Contaldo, Antonio Carluccio and Giorgio Locatelli.

Available now at the App Store.