Hello BBQ lovers, and welcome to FoodFireFriends.com. This website is dedicated to the science and art of outdoor cooking, covering every conceivable topic related to BBQ, grilling, and more, including:
The founder, Mark Jenner, started this site with the following mission:
To create the absolute best resource I wish I could have found when I was searching for advice on BBQ, grilling, low n slow smoking, and all and any aspects of cooking and eating outdoors.
The site name itself comes from:
Great Food, Cooked over live Fire, enjoyed with Friends = FoodFireFriends.com
And that is exactly what you will learn here! How to cook great food outdoors with live fire and smoke, to share and enjoy with friends and family.
We have to eat three times a day; we may as well make some of it great, right?
Also, we want this site to be a small part of an overall larger online community. We would love to make connections with other people in the BBQ, smoking, and grilling space.
So if you want to reach out, either to ask for or to give us advice, to work together in some way, or purely just to say hello, then please do so!
And if you have any comments, questions or feedback concerning anything on this site, please reach out to us via our contact page. We will answer everything as best we can.
Mark Jenner has just hit his 40s, is married, and a father to two children.
Before starting up his own online business as an SEO, he was an electronic engineer, and then a technical specialist in the world of CCTV and security systems.
Mark Jenner is, quite literally, BBQ obsessed. He has been cooking outdoors since an early teen, and does so today between 3 and 5 times per week, satisfying his passion for creating great food from raw ingredients over live fire.
He currently owns two Kamado Joes (a Classic V1 and Big Joe V3), a Weber Smokey Mountain, two Weber kettle grills, Weber Go-Anywhere and Smokey Joe portable grills, a Kadai open fire cooking pit, a Mezzo 76 wood-fired oven, an Ooni Karu pizza oven, plus dozens of accessories.
Mark Jenner regularly contributes to this site as an author, is the lead content strategist, and chief editor.
Author and BBQ Lover
Hi, I’m Emma Braby.
I’m a content writer specializing in a few topics, with dogs and food being my favorites, and I’m excited to join FoodFireFriends to share my grilling and smoking knowledge with you all.
I love a BBQ — it is the best, most original way of eating. Building a fire, controlling heat and smoke, and creating the most fantastic food is my favorite way to spend my weekends. It draws the family together and reunites us in a way that nothing else can, and with my Kamado Joe Classic II and a Pro Q Smoker, I love trying out new recipes whatever the weather.
I am 30 years old, have had my KJ for around three years, and my ProQ smoker joined us about a year ago.
I have always loved to cook, but since leaving the Police, I am now able to enjoy weekends with my loved ones, and naturally, I soon found my passion for outdoor cooking. I’ve not had a complaint yet, and as long as it’s not too spicy, my English Bull Terrier is partial to a scrap or two as well. So everyone’s a winner at my dinner!
My journey from BBQ novice to, as some have said, Queen of the Grill, was a learning curve, resulting in a few meat and finger casualties along the way. What I love about grilling and smoking is there are always new and exciting things to learn and cook, and thanks to websites like FoodFireFirends.com, there is now no excuse for bad BBQ!
Author and BBQ Lover
I’m not going to lie — put me in a kitchen with a stove and ask me to make dinner, and I become paralyzed with anxiety.
That’s why barbecuing has been my sole contribution of value to my family’s nutrition for nearly 20 years. (My kids will back me up on this, even though Cereal Tuesdays used to be a big hit.) I’ve grilled for them over charcoal, wood, propane, and natural gas.
My love of barbecued food goes back to camping as a kid when even the can of beans got cooked over an open fire. Backyard barbecues were a highlight growing up, saving for that time my big brother “accidentally” branded me with an electric charcoal starter. Maybe that’s why I seem to favor gas now?
When I’m not writing about barbecue, I’m probably still writing about food; I’m a copywriter at a marketing agency specializing in food clients. I’ve worked on projects for restaurants, manufacturers, farmers — every part of the food ecosystem, writing everything from social posts to package copy. I’ve also written about US and Canadian law, aquarium fish, and many other topics, some interesting, some not so much.
I’m closer to 50 than I care to admit, though I love to think I don’t look it. Aside from my family and the perfect steak, my passions include travel, all things Disney, Scotch, and model trains. Don’t judge.
We’d love to feature recipes, how-to guides, and educational info articles from experienced members of the community.
So if you have expert knowledge in grilling, hot or cold smoking, pizza making, making charcuterie, or any aspect of outdoor cooking and would like to share and educate others, please do get in touch using our contact page.