Rufus Teague BBQ sauces

Getting saucy with Rufus Teague and their BBQ fountain

BBQ season is actually Canada’s longest season. If you’re really a grill-lover, you can almost cook outside all year round, but the real glory days for BBQ sauce and smokers definitely runs from May to September, and now I’m ready to get cooking. This week, Rufus Teague hosted a night of BBQ and sampling at Barque on Roncesvalles in Toronto, and they’ve convinced me to try a few new things this BBQ season.

Chicago's Windy City Smokeout

Chicago for Windy City Smokeout, country music & BBQ

My family raised me on country music. When I was a kid, my mother and grandmother listened to nothing but old school country, and that certainly rubbed off on me. My tastes are all over the place, but country still speaks to kid in me that grew up on it, so when I got an invite to come down to Chicago to cover the Windy City Smokeout country music festival, I was excited for a whole bunch of reasons.