BBQ Myths

The real answers to your BIG questions about BBQ and grilling.


BBQ Myths: Find Out Whether These Common BBQ ‘Facts’ Are True or False…


- BBQ or grilling – is there really a difference?

- Does meat with more fat really absorb more smoke and smoky taste when you BBQ it?

- Should you really coat foods with oil before you BBQ?

- Is using self-starting charcoal for your barbeque really unhealthy?

These are just a few of the questions we answer here — and you’ll discover that much of what you think you know about BBQ and grilling is simply not true.

Let Us Introduce Ourselves…

​Hi! We’re the BBQ Mythbusters — and it’s a pleasure to bring you the real answers to the most common myths about BBQ and grilling. We’ve been BBQing since we were 7 and 8 (actually, we just ‘helped’ our fathers at that age). But we discovered very early on how delicious a BBQ meal could be — and today it’s almost unheard of for a weekend to go by without at least one BBQ meal.


​We became the BBQ Mythbusters after we started hearing all the nonsense about BBQs and grills that people believe as gospel. We wanted to set the record straight — so people didn’t waste their time believing foolish ‘facts’ or make unnecessary sacrifices in the name of health.


Curious What Else You’ll Find Here?

​The real answer to the age-old debate: Is it best to clean your grill before or after you use it? Do BBQ grills harbor bacteria, or is this just a myth? Should you avoid flipping steaks? How do you best keep a BBQ low fat — without sacrificing the taste? Do smoke-adding products work, or is it just a smoke-screen? Is it best to BBQ with the cover open or closed? And much, much more!

 Please have a look around — your next BBQ guests… as well as perhaps even your doctor… will thank you!


Check out the BBQ questions below, and bust some myths!


BBQ’ing is what we live and breathe, its part of a very high quality of life. Some recent (non BBQ) questions: How’s the new BBQ Grill area? It’s fantastic! We did up the backyard really nice, added a wall fountain (made in USA, hell yes!), really enjoying the outdoors back here. Just like when I was a teenager! Booked our trip to Memphis for the world championship barbecue cooking contest! Thinking of a cruise next year… is there such a thing as a BBQ Cruise? If not, there should be.


Okay, on to the new & cool BBQ stuff….. We’ve had recent user input into the following BBQ questions:


How to Barbeque: Myths About High Heat

If you want to learn how to barbeque, it’s important to understand when to use high heat and hot coals.


Barbecue Wood Chips vs. Charcoal

Barbeque wood chips are a popular fuel source, but are they healthier than charcoal?


BBQ Foods: Does Meat With More Fat Absorb More Smoke?

Do fatty areas of meat absorb more smoke?

Barbecue Wood Chips vs. Charcoal

Which is safer for grilling: barbecue wood chips or charcoal?


Barbeque Basics: Myths About Salt and Other Seasonings

Should you add seasonings before or after cooking? Find answers to this common barbeque debate.


D​oes Adding Smoke To Barbeque Grills Make Food Taste Better?

There are several products to add smoke to barbeque grills. Do these products work, or is it all a smoke screen?

BBQ Foods: Does Meat With More Fat Absorb More Smoke?

BBQ Myths About Fat and Smoke

Get The Most From Your BBQ grill

Don’t let myths about flipping steaks and other meats keep you from getting those appealing BBQ grill lines


Is Self-Starting Charcoal Unhealthy?

The truth about self-starting charcoal: how to avoid one of the most common grilling mistakes


The ‘Clean the Grill’ Myth

When is the best time to clean the grill? An answer to the age-old debate

Are Grilled Foods Healthy?

Understanding the connection between grilled foods, charred foods and health

Are You Grilling Or Is It a BBQ?

Myths and misnomers about grilling and BBQ

Grilling Steaks: Are Undercooked Steaks Unhealthy?

Is it a myth that undercooking when grilling steaks is unhealthy?


Do Grills Harbor Bacteria?

Understanding this common myth about BBQ and grills

How to Barbeque: Myths About High Heat

High heat and when to use it – an important aspect of how to barbeque

Low Fat Grilling: Myth or Method?

Three ways to keep your grilled meals low fat


Sticking to the Grill: The Myth of Coating Foods With Oil

Do you need to coat foods in oil to keep them from sticking to the grill?