Hector Ruiz

Hector Ruiz - Founder / Pitmaster Lives in: Winter Garden, Florida Bio: Hector is the BBQ Grill Academy's creator, pitmaster, and editor-in-chief. Using charcoal, wood, and fire, he has transcended the capabilities of traditional smokers and grills to craft extraordinary culinary masterpieces over the past two decades. He is an exceptional pitmaster and grill expert whose mission is to educate others how to master their grills and the diverse range of foods that can be cooked on grills in a more flavorful way. His ability and creativity extend beyond traditional barbecue recipes. Extensive expertise smoking briskets, pork shoulders, and entire hogs, using charcoal, wood, and propane grills and smokers. Email: Hector@bbqgrillacademy.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbqgrillacademy Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hector-ruiz-36aba9201

New York Strip vs Ribeye

New York Strip vs Ribeye: What are the Differences and Similarities

Sometimes, choosing a steak comes down to personal preference, but being aware of the distinctions between the various steak cuts can help you make an informed choice and ensure that you get what you want.  In this article we will explain the differences between New York strip and ribeye. Both of these cuts of meat …

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Traeger Alternatives

5 Traeger Alternatives and Competitors offering Value, Features, and Quality

The Traeger name is synonymous with pellet BBQ grills, and for good reason. Traeger created the pellet grill and has produced a wide range of grill models over the years.  Traeger is the industry leader in grill technology and innovation, but all that innovation comes at a hefty cost. Also, not everyone wants a Traeger …

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Best Grills for Beginners

Best grills for beginners: 5 options to get you started in BBQ

If you’re new to the BBQ and grilling world, or simply looking for a grill to get you started, this guide will show you 5 great grills for those starting out in BBQ and grilling. We will share with you a list of grills great for beginners and also what you should consider before getting …

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How to clean a flat top grill griddle

How to Clean a Flat Top Grill or Griddle: 3 different methods and easy steps

In this guide, I will show you how to clean a flat top grill, more commonly known as a griddle. I own a Blackstone griddle and have tested various methods for removing food debris, old grease, and fat from its surface.  There are many “suggestions” on the Internet. People have come up with creative names …

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Pork Butt Temp

​​Pork Butt temp: What Internal Temperature to Cook to and Other Important Target Temps for Great Results

One of the most mouthwatering BBQ dishes is made with pork butt. Despite its name, pork butt is derived from the pork shoulder. It is juicy and tender, and when cooked or smoked with the right wood at the proper temperature, it is delicious. The perfect pork temp is between 195 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit …

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bbq grill mat

The Best BBQ Grill Mats in 2022 for grilling and cooking

If you have been around the BBQ community and have been following BBQ trends, you have likely heard of grill mats. Eggs, for instance, cannot be cooked evenly on grill grates, but they can be cooked evenly on grill mats. Grill mats add great convenience. You can almost transform your grill into a griddle, cook …

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campfire cooking kit

The best 5 campfire cooking kits for Camping, hiking, or Road Trips

If you enjoy camping and the outdoors and are looking for a good campfire cooking kit, the search can lead you to hundreds of options. In this article, I will show you a list of great kits and options, what to consider when buying campfire cooking equipment, and a few additional tips to make the …

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best smoker cookbooks

BBQ Books: The Top 6 Best Smoker Cookbooks in 2022

Picking up a BBQ cookbook to learn how to smoke meat is one of the best decisions a BBQ enthusiast can make. There are thousands of videos and articles available, but these smoker cookbooks are incredible sources of years of expertise and award-winning recipes from renowned and highly regarded pitmasters. BBQ is very subjective. What …

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oklahoma joe rider dlx

Oklahoma Joe Rider DLX Reviewed: The Good and the Bad

As a BBQ enthusiast, the name Oklahoma Joe brings to mind images of “rugged”, charcoal-burning smokers. That’s because Oklahoma Joe has been making rustic-looking charcoal grills and offset smokers for a long time now. The classic, solid wagon wheels are a recognizable and signature feature of Oklahoma Joe’s smokers. However, times change and every company …

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Traeger timberline xl

The New Traeger Grills Timberline XL – Review and What’s New

Traeger Timberline XL Review: New Features, Pricing, and Our Thoughts Traeger has just released their latest pellet grill, the Timberline XL. This model is an upgrade to the popular Timberline 850 and 1300 models. It features several new improvements, including a Wi-Fi-enabled controller, an upgraded auger system, and a redesigned hopper lid. The Timberline XL …

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the nomad grill

The Nomad Grill Smoker Review: A High-Performance, Portable Grill for Outdoor Enthusiasts

You love grilling outdoors but hate having to lug around a big, heavy grill, introducing the Nomad Grill. The Nomad Grill is the perfect grill for outdoor enthusiasts who like to travel, go to the beach, and camping. It is a high-performance, portable grill built to withstand the elements. The Nomad Grill is easy to …

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best bbq rub

The Best BBQ Rub: 9 BBQ Rubs To Make Your Meat Taste Amazing

A good BBQ rub can make good meat taste better and transform plain ‘ol ribs into award-winning meat. Despite being very secretive with their recipes, you will find a variety of pitmasters selling their best and competition-winning rub recipes. OK, so you are here looking for the best BBQ rub, I have compiled a list …

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Z grills vs Pit Boss

Z Grills vs Pit Boss- A Head to Head Comparison of Two Popular Pellet Grills Brands, We look at performance, build Quality and value

If you are looking for a new grill, you have probably come across two popular brands: Z Grills and Pit Boss. So, in this article, we will compare Z Grills vs Pit Boss to help you determine which wood pellet grill is best for you. These two pellet grill companies are popular because they provide …

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pit boss vs traeger

Pit Boss vs Traeger Pellet Grill: The Ultimate Comparison Guide to Help you Decide Which One Should you Buy

Wood pellets grills are a good addition to every house because they combine everything you love about a smoker and a standard grill. We will cross-reference Pit Boss vs Traeger grills and explain how they vary. Traeger and Pit Boss are among the first companies to mass-produce wood pellet grills and are the most popular. …

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best pellet smoker

The Best Pellet Smokers in 2022 for Wood-Fired Flavor

Looking for the best pellet smoker? In this article, we will show you the nine best pellet grill smokers available today. Pellet smokers have gained popularity among BBQ enthusiasts of all skill levels for various reasons, including their ease of use and wood fire flavor. Pellet smokers are simple to operate since they are controlled …

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best portable pellet grills

The Best Portable Pellet Grills: 7 Options Plus a Comprehensive Buyer’s Guide For 2022

What better way to enjoy the freedom of the outdoors than to take your portable pellet grill with you and cook delicious BBQ everywhere you go, even to the neighbor’s house? In this article, we will help you find the best options among hundreds of models. Not every portable pellet grill is of high quality …

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best drum smoker

The 7 Best Drum Smokers (Ugly Smokers): A Different Way to Smoked BBQ

So you have been doing your homework and have discovered drum smokers. You have fallen in love with the idea and now are looking for good drum smokers to add to your backyard collection. In this article, we will review popular models and help you learn what to look for in a good drum smoker. There …

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best portable smoker

The Best Portable Smoker for Road Trips, Camping, and Tailgating in 2022

Want to smoke meats and BBQ at your next camping trip or tailgate party? If you are searching for a good portable smoker, in this article I share my findings after testing and researching the top smoker brands and models. Sure, some small smokers can be portable, but small doesn’t always equal portable, or good.  …

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best charcoal smoker

The Best Charcoal Smoker: Guide and Reviews

Today we talk about charcoal smokers for smoking amazing BBQ feasts. Charcoal BBQ smokers are excellent for cooking authentic smokehouse-flavored BBQ at home. We like charcoal smokers because the combination of burning charcoal and hardwoods yields the richest, most authentic BBQ smoky flavor. If you master charcoal and fire control, these smokers will deliver the …

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