In the beginning there were hamburgers and hot dogs, and they were good. (But hey, you were 8 years old.) Then there was steak and chicken. (But they were over done, and dry). But then there was BBQ and there was much rejoicing.

Before the first coal is set on the grill, or the first match was lit, there were the basics that had to be learned – the things you learn when you embrace cooking by fire – some learned by intent and some learned by incident – either way you learn.

I continue to learn both ways, and so to help others who may wish to jump on the BBQ bandwagon, I’ve come up with a list of truths that I hold to be self-evident in BBQ – thus I submit to you my Ten Commandments of BBQ.

  1. There is but one fire, and fire is your friend.
  2. Thou shalt have no fire except for the one fire, started without lighter fluid.
  3. Thou shalt invest in a quality set of knives.
  4. Thou shalt honor thy salt and thy pepper.
  5. Thou shalt cook all food to a safe temperature.
  6. Thou shalt learn from thy mistakes.
  7. There is nothing that thou cannot cook outside.
  8. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s BBQ – just ask for the recipe.
  9. Thou can never have enough grills.
  10. Every season is BBQ season.

Like any list, it’s hard to narrow it down – what would you add to your Ten Commandments of BBQ? Let me know in the comments below.