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Today we continue the countdown of the Most Influential People in BBQ with the 11th most influential person in BBQ. Coming in as the 11th Most Influential Person in BBQ is cookbook author, host of TV’s Primal Grill and dean of Barbecue University, Steven Raichlen


Raichlen is the most prolific author of BBQ themed cookbooks and one of the most prolific hosts of BBQ themed cooking shows. His influence on the backyard BBQer can’t be understated as his books have been purchased by millions of readers and his shows have been watched by millions of viewers. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Raichlen’s efforts is to educate the American pitmaster and grillmaster on the art of BBQ as it is practiced around the world. His book Planet Barbecue and television show Primal Grill focuses on live fire cooking methods, tips and recipes from around the world. 


Planet BBQ

Raicheln has educated hundreds of students at his very popular Barbecue University, which just announced it’s 2014 dates at the Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs, CO. He also has a very successful line of commercial BBQ products that range from sauces and rubs to grill brushes and knives. As long as Raicheln is writing books, hosting cooking shows and teaching BBQ classes he will continue to be one of BBQ’s most influential people. 

On December 22nd we’ll unveil the 10th most influential person in BBQ. We’ll unveil a new member of our Most Influential Person in BBQ List each day through the end of the year and we’ll crown The Most Influential Person in BBQ on Tuesday, December 31st.

To date we’ve previously unveiled the 12th through the 25th Most Influential People in BBQ.

12th – Jamie Geer, Jambo Pits

13th – Dave Raymond, Sweet Baby Ray’s

14th – Aaron Franklin, Franklin BBQ

15th – Chris Lilly, Big Bob Gibson BBQ

16th – Sterling Ball, Big Poppa Smokers

17th – Rod Gray, Pellet Envy & Eat Barbecue

18th – Brad Orrison, The Shed

19th – Johnny Trigg, Smokin’ Triggers

20th – Danielle Dimovski, BBQ Crawl & Diva Q

21st – Bill Arnold, Blues Hog Barbecue Company

22nd – Competition BBQ Judge

23rd – Melissa Cookston, Memphis Barbecue Co. & Yazoo’s Delta Q

24th – Adam Perry Lang, Daisy May’s BBQ, Barbecoa & Cookbook Author

25th – Ronnie Cates, Smoke on the Water Productions

Will you make the list? Will someone you find deserving fall short of the top 25? Will you disagree with someone listed in the top 25? Check the Pork Barrel BBQ Blog daily now through December 31 and contribute to the discussion by adding comments to each days post!

Who is the most Influential Person in BBQ? Find out on December 31, 2013 when we reveal the Most Influential Person in BBQ.