Cooking with Fire

In KMUW’s seasonal commentary and podcast, Cooking with Fire, All Things Barbecue’s Josh Cary and Chef Tom Jackson take on a global exploration of barbecue.

You can find it here, on iTunes, or on Google Play.


The final days of 2016 are ticking away, so it’s time to look forward to another year. If you’re like me, you’ll be ringing in the new year with friends and family.

New Year’s has always seemed to be a holiday of excess, too much food, too little sleep, and sometimes, a little too much to drink.

Now I have a theory as to why that is… you see, modern humans evolved 200,000 years ago, but we’ve only been celebrating the New Year for 4,000 of them, which means we have 196,000 years of catching up to do.

Justin Cary

Prime rib. Just saying these words makes me salivate. For many of us it brings back memories of holidays spent with families, or trips to fancy restaurants where the server would slice your portion off of the whole roast while standing right next to your table.

The Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone, so we can all let out a collective sigh of relief and relax a little bit… *sigh*

Now, forget that relaxing moment and start the freak out, because Christmas is less than a month away. Whose idea was it to put two massive food-centric holidays so close to each other?


Thanksgiving is nearly here, and I am prepping myself for the day-long eat-a-thon... drinking lots of water, stretching, and reinforcing my pants with a little elastic at the sides.

It’s my favorite time of year. As the weather finally starts to cool down, we break out our fire pit to host family and friends for evenings of great food cooked over an open fire. This is also the time of year that we turn our attention to foods that only seem to come around once a year.

There are many debates in the food world that will never be settled: who has the best barbecue; if chili should contain beans. One debate in my mind reigns supreme: New York- versus Chicago-style pizza.

Mention “Texas Barbecue” to anyone these days, and brisket will likely come to mind. Though it seems that Texas barbecue and brisket are synonymous, this wasn’t always the case.


While the Carolinas are divided by statehood into North and South, they are even further divided when it comes to barbecue.

You would think with a name like Oktoberfest, Germany’s most famous festival of food and beer would actually take place in… October.

Instead the festival starts on the third Saturday in September and ends on the first Sunday in October, which means this year’s festival will begin on September 17th. So you have one week to plan a celebration of your own Oktoberfest, and it helps to know its fascinating history.

Josh Cary

Argentina seems to be best known for the soccer players that it produces, but it is the country’s heritage of cooking with fire that really draws me in.