Never short of an opinion or two, DJ Sneak gets passionate about one of the loves of his life, the barbecue.
Ahead of his upcoming gig for LWE at Tobacco Dock on August 9th, the one and only DJ Sneak regales Mike Boorman in brilliant detail about all things BBQ; a topic so close to his heart that it caused a bit of a row with fellow BBQ-nut Seth Troxler after one cook off. We found out what the Chicago DJ believes is essential for an outdoor cooking spectacle.
Firstly, we know how much you like barbecues, so we would like some tips from you about how it should be done.
It’s really simple, no stress at all shall be involved in any part of the BBQ. One cannot cook when upset or stressed or all parties involved will suffer. A BBQ requires great tools, charcoal grill, real organic or veg charcoal and some of the best meat you can find at your local butcher. Never use prepackaged supermarket meat.
In summary, what do you think makes the perfect barbecue?
Love, music and fun all combined make the best of BBQs. There are lots of ways of doing it but this is my way. Plenty of good food, good vibes, lots of drinks and great weather… always works best for me.
If you could invite three people in the world to your next barbecue, who would they be and why?
I’m not a BBQ snob, I like to invite people who are great to talk to while I cook, I love to entertain and like to be entertained as well.
I love to invite people and their families, especially kids cause I have a few myself and it’s nice to see kids be kids around the grown ups, reminding us of the untainted perceptions of how we should act, speak or live… they’re free spirits.
What do you think is the ideal sound track to a barbecue?
Well, I really think dub reggae sets the mood right, add a bit of Nightmares On Wax music, a pinch of Mark Farina’s mushroom jazz, and then take it to the next level with some Jazzy Jeff mixes followed by some tunes by Greg Wilson; finish up with some Doc Martin west coast house music (or maybe Sneak’s latest release on Magnetic Recordings, which comes out on August 18… see below).
Do you think that using an oven to part cook the meat before putting it on a barbecue is cheating?
Definitely not – some of the best ribs & BBQ meats are often started in the oven to help the cooking process. Great ribs fall off the bone: this can only happen by slow cooking them first in an oven then on grill for the flavour and taste of the charcoal.
Anyway I know where this question came from – I know who won the cook off and it was not the person that made this comment. Even his team mates all agreed I took the title.
In which country do you think there are the best barbecues?
I would have to say the USA – it is BBQ country. Everybody has a way of doing things and the grilling tools are endless now. If you’re looking for a specific type of grill or tools they are often on sale at amazon. The US makes the best BBQ’s in the world, they covered this market long time ago.
Not to say that some places like Spain or Argentina are not to be included in this topic but I can only speak on what I have witnessed and tasted at the many RIBS & BBQ Festivals all around the States and Canada.
Who are the other DJs on the scene that do good barbecues?
Anybody can buy meat and slap it on a grill, but I have only encountered a few members of the DJ trade that love the grill as much as I do. I’m keen to see and try other’s if I get invited.