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We Teach people how to become Grill Masters and make Delicious Food

Our mission is to teach people about grills and their infinite cooking capabilities. A nice cut of meat, a grill, and some skills are all you need to master the art of grilling a steak worthy of a five-star restaurant. We want to help people around the world learn more about the joys of cooking outdoors and grilling, but more importantly, how to master the skills to grill a mean steak. 

Things you can learn with us:

  • How to cook your own food
  • Unique and innovative grilling techniques 
  • How to find the right gear and accessories 
  • Maintenance and care of your grilling equipment
  • Much more
Hector Ruiz

Meet Hector Ruiz - President and Founder of BBQ Grill Academy

I spent more than 20 years of studying and reading all of the BBQ and Grilling literature I could get my hands on, I’ve spent over two decades improving and perfecting my grilling, BBQ, and meat smoking skills. I love cooking over a real fire. The more “rustic” the cooking setup the better. Give me some oak wood and a good brisket cut, and I’ll introduce you to meat nirvana.

Something about cooking over live fire with rudimentary gear attracts me. Throughout my many years of research, education in the field of meat, and live fire cooking, I’ve encountered both remarkable individuals but also a number of spurious pundits and websites. As the saying goes, “if you don’t like build your own”, so I did.

As a way to share my knowledge, I founded BBQ Grill Academy in 2019, which rapidly became the best source of BBQ, live fire cooking, and Grilling in the US. We are on pace to offer incredible BBQ and grilling tools as well as a complete array of seasonings to our new online store. Meet the team behind this amazing company. 

Learn something new, enjoy some fresh air and prepare a delicious dish to wow your friends.

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About BBQ Grill Academy

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BBQ Grill Academy, your one-stop source for all things BBQ grilling and smoking, along with helpful advice on BBQ tools, equipment, and gear.

BBQ is for everyone, and our objective is to teach millions of people the wide variety of foods that can be cooked on a grill, as well as the large variety of recipes that you can create yourself using your hands, a grill, and some skills. Our mission includes teaching people how to master their own grills and create their own culinary masterpieces so they don’t have to rely on restaurants for a tasty dinner.

Part of the misperception about BBQ is that it is all about competitions; that you must learn how to create a championship brisket or pork shoulder in order to be labeled a BBQ pitmaster. Nothing could be further from the truth!

The fact is that those competitive folks mostly focus on three proteins, and while competitive style cooking has its own merits and is impressive, these people live in their own universe, and the ones declaring that one brisket is better than another are people like you and me. 

BBQ competition judging is highly subjective, but there are fundamentals that apply to every successful BBQ winning dish and that’s what we teach at BBQ Grill Academy.

BBQ is for everyone and has grown well beyond pork butt and briskets. That’s where we come in and differentiate ourselves from other websites. We’d like to introduce you to a world of cuisine that you can create on your barbecue. A grill can do much more than just cook burgers and hotdogs on weekends.

In our online store, we also sell a variety of BBQ tools and accessories to help you push the boundaries of your grill. Everything you can cook on your stovetop can be done on your grill, outside, while enjoying fresh air and freedom if you have the right gear.

My family and I spent hours around the grill cooking, laughing, and enjoying each other’s company. Family barbecues were an important part of my life growing up, and I grew up among some of the world’s best pitmasters. My team and I are both passionate about BBQ cuisine, grilling, and BBQ gear, and we want you to experience our enthusiasm by sharing our knowledge and writing engaging content. 

We like to think of ourselves as teachers of a way of life.

Enjoy Life!



bbq grill academy Editorial Process

This website is for those backyard weekend warriors, enthusiasts, and even experts who want to learn more about BBQ food and cuisine, outdoor grilling, new BBQ Techniques, and finding the best BBQ gear.

Things you can learn at BBQ Grill Academy

Learn how to use your BBQ grill or smoker to its full potential. 

Learn how to operate your barbecue grill or smoker correctly. 

Learn how to use innovative techniques to improve your grilling. 

Learn how to smoke foods,  new recipes and prepare them for your friends and family. 

Our training classes provide you with fresh recipes and fantastic guides that everyone can benefit from.

Our mission is to educate, motivate, and inform

Our Mission

BBQ Grill Academy was founded to educate and teach people on how to master their BBQ grills. Our mission is to educate, inspire, and enlighten everybody who appreciates BBQ grilling and BBQ food. Nothing like sharing your master BBQ recipes with the people you care about.

Our Methodology

BBQ Grill Academy strives to provide the most up-to-date content and information. We are passionate about our brand and have been involved in the BBQ industry for over 30 years.

Our BGA BBQ Team meticulously plans, researches, and publishes the content on our website to achieve the highest level of quality and standards. Our authors, researchers, and editors report directly to me, and as BBQ Grill Academy Chief Editor, I approve all final articles to ensure quality and accuracy.

We strive to test and interact with as many products and items as possible in order to obtain real-world experience. On every article we publish, we lean on honest client feedback.

We have excellent working relationships with local stores and pitmasters. We are actively involved in the BBQ community and are always learning and sharing.

Editorial Guidelines

Here at BBQ Grill Academy, we take great pride in the quality of our content, research and learning guides. Our editorial team creates unique, original, accurate, and captivating content meeting ethical and professional editorial guidelines. If you come across an article that needs to be improved, has errors or inaccurate information, please emails us at


What’s In It For You?

So why should you join our BBQ Grill Academy family?

Simply put, we work hard to provide you the greatest content and knowledge to help you become a better BBQ master and improve your grilling skills. Perhaps you want to spend more time outside and try to create the greatest BBQ Grill recipes, or perhaps you want to master your BBQ Grill and learn new skills. Maybe you’d like to turn your backyard into an entertainment hub for your friends and family.

You are in the right place if:

  • You are new to BBQ Grilling and are looking for a place to learn how to grill and use your BBQ Grill.
  • You would want to learn how to BBQ, Grill, or Smoke meats.
  • You want to learn how to BBQ and Grill but not sure how to get started or what equipment to use.
  • You currently know a bit about BBQ and Grilling but would like to improve your skills.
  • You want to learn more about BBQ Grilling equipment, recipes, and accessories to enhance your meals.

Meat The Team

Executive Team

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Hector Ruiz - President / Founder / Editor in Chief / BBQ Expert Pitmaster

Hector is the BBQ Grill Academy's creator and editor-in-chief. Over the last two decades, he has created remarkable culinary masterpieces using charcoal, wood, and fire, far beyond the capabilities of conventional smokers and grills. He is a remarkable pitmaster and barbecue guru whose mission is to educate people how to master their grills and the huge variety of foods that can be cooked on grills in a unique and flavorful fashion. His knowledge and range extend beyond the stereotypical BBQ recipes. Comprehensive cooking knowledge: expertise in smoking big portions of meat such as briskets, pig shoulders, and entire hogs on charcoal, wood pellet, and propane grills and smokers.

"My family grilled every weekend, and for over 20 years, I have spent many hours learning and perfecting my grilling techniques which I now share with you."
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Editorial Team

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Alison - Food Expert / Recipes / Editor

Alison is a Food Expert and has worked in the restaurant industry for over ten years. Having spent many years traveling and learning different culinary arts, Alison is one of the most experienced food writers in the industry. Alsion has worked for many well-known restaurants and is well regarded among the culinary community.

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