On the bbqforum he is just known as Salmon, but his friends know him as Rick. Visitors to the forum may first hear of him through mention of the famous, Rick’s Sinful Marinade, a tasty and effective way to finish off a brisket. The recipe is one of the most frequently requested from the bbqforum archives. It’s just one way in which Rick has given back to the community, generously, just as he did when he served on the streets as a police officer. Community obviously means alot to him. Lord knows we appreciate all that he’s shared. Take it away, Rick…
Where From and/or where do you currently live?
Olathe Ks., a suburb of Kansas City.
Married, kids, etc…?
Married for 30 years to Denise with two sons, 22 and 23. The youngest is a firefighter and the oldest one is a professional student/world traveler.
Profession (even if not bbq 24/7– if you cater, vend, etc please mention)?
I retired in 2003 after 26 years as a police officer. Since then I have worked in a middle school, a halfway house and at Smokinâ€™ Guns BBQ restaurant and Oklahoma Joeâ€™s restaurant. I am currently back at the police dept as a 911 operator, the most fun job Iâ€™ve ever had.
# of pits and what are they?
My main competition pit is the Good-One 42-24 or as the new owners of the company call it, the pit boss. Additionally I have 4 WSMâ€™s, a Beefeater gas grill (that does not get much use), a hand full of Weber kettle grills and two Traeger pellet grills, the 070 and the now rare 015. The Traeger 070 is my favorite cooker of all time so far.
Have you ever made your own pit, if so, how many and what styles?
I have never made my own pit. If I was good at that sort of thing I would love to make a pit out of an old ice machine, pizza oven or something along those lines.
Earliest memory of bbqing– is/was your family involved?
Growing up in Winston-Salem NC I remember my parents going down to Lexington NC for bbq. I loved that smell but as a child I stuck with the burger and fries at that time.
Favorite thing about bbqing?
I just love cooking barbeque, love experimenting and just seeing how good I can get it to turn out.
How you found the forum and when (if you can remember)?
I found the forum back in 2000 if I remember correctly. I was complaining to someone about the judging at a local contest and he brought me a copy of a post from the forum that related to my complaint. Found it on line and been visiting it ever since. I have made some really good friends on the bbq forum. Juggy was the first forum regular that I met and we have been friends ever since.
What was your first pit?
Like a lot of people my first pit was the $19 Brinkmann water smoker. Only thing I ever cooked on those was turkey legs. I used to love turkey legs. Before that, and after as well, I did bbq on a Weber kettle grill but the Brinkmann was my first real pit.
First thing you remember cooking (doesn’t have to be bbq)?
As a pre school kid in North Carolina I used to make my mother lunch from time to time. Started out with the cheese and pickle sandwich on white with Mayo.
Favorite bbq woods, charcoal, rub, sauce, etc?
I love guava wood for chicken and turkey and sometimes use it on ribs. Everything else I use cherry now days. Used to burn apple but the next door neighbor was having a large outdoor get together. I was cooking some burgers on the Weber and tossed in a chunk of cherry wood. It drove them crazy and from then on almost every time I cooked she would run over and want to get a brisket.
Favorite/best competition memory (where, when, who with, team name, etc….)?
I should say that my favorite memory was one of my few grand champions, however Iâ€™m going to go with the Marshalltown Iowa contest in 2005. Friday night Old Dave, Scottie, Juggy, db, Rod Gray, mike/hawgeyes, clone and may more gathered together in my cooking spot and we spent hours talking and laughing.
Do you eat bbq in restaurants– if so, where, when why?
I donâ€™t eat out very much. I will go to Oklahoma Joeâ€™s as it is close to home and they have extremely good food. If someone got some of their take out and turned it in at a bbq contest they could win money, very good bbq.
Favorite record albums, books, TV shows, movie, etc…whatever you want to include.
Iâ€™m a rock and roll guy with some blues added in. Love the 80â€™s hair bands. Movies, Outlaw Jose Wales probably my all time favorite. Donâ€™t watch a lot of TV but Oprah is goodâ€¦.nah just kidding, I am addicted to Prison Break and more recently The Real Deal on TLC, that guy is a go-getter.
Favorite non-BBQ Food to eat and/or cook (or thing you eat most often when not eating bbq)?
My favorite food bbq or not is hamburgers. I donâ€™t get to cook them much but I really love them. Wish KCBS would have a hamburger category with open garnish and buns.
Favorite beer, favorite beer to drink w/ food?
I do like my Stella Artois however, for an old retired guy on a fixed income I do like Busch Light.
Favorite BBQForum Thread (can include “what’s an abt?” if you want)?
I like the long ones where people reveal a little bit of themselves, where they live and work, what bbq team they are on, thing like that. Some people are so mysterious. Speaking of which, I do love Dylanâ€™s cooking experiences on the rare occasion he post them.
Least Favorite BBQForum Thread (ditto)?
Well, for the most part I taught myself how to cook barbeque and did a lot of experimenting along the way, trail and error. It gets under my skin when people plan on entering a bbq cook off but then ask how do you cook a brisket. I am of the opinion that one should be fairly proficient at cooking bbq before entering a contest, my thoughts anyway.
Do you have a web site and when did you start and why?
No web site nor are there any plans for one in the futureâ€¦..