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Danielle's passion for barbecue knows no boundaries. The world's most influential woman in BBQ, she has traveled all over North America and internationally to experience every aspect of all things BBQ. Danielle has won numerous BBQ awards and multiple Grand Championships. She is a former World Bacon Champion and a former World Champion of Pork, winning the latter on a Traeger. As a certified BBQ expert she has taught BBQ to thousands. She also judges competitions and provides consultations with companies in product and development. With multiple grand championship titles and over 400 BBQ & grilling awards, including a world Pork championship, as well as 25+ perfect scores - she has more than proven herself a fierce competitor.
She appears on Food Network as an expert BBQ judge, and has made other appearances on the Travel Channel, TLC, A&E, BBQ Pitmasters, Chopped, The Today Show, and Marilyn Denis, and has been featured in hundreds of print magazines and online articles with her expertise. Her TV show BBQ Crawl was featured in over 150 Countries. Her cookbook, Diva Q's BBQ: 195 Recipes for Cooking with Family, Friends & Fire (2016) became an instant best-selling cookbook before its release date. Like a kid in a candy store she has an insatiable appetite for all things BBQ grilling and she lives by the motto: Life is Too Short for bad BBQ®.
Tell us about your most memorable BBQ moment.
I've had so many incredible moments of barbecue that I'm not sure I can actually answer this. Bbq has taken me to incredible places in my life. From serving heads of state at the US Embassy in Ottawa Ontario to the celebrities that reach out to me on social media to help fix their BBQ problems to being a motivational speaker in front of huge audiences on how to go after your goals in life. One of the best moments I think has always been when my kids tell me how proud they are of me.
Who do you credit with helping you most in your career, any mentors or people you look up to?
My Mom & Grandmother were huge influences on my life. They worked hard. They came from very challenging beginnings. They established in me a work ethic to never give up and to always be honest and have integrity no matter what you do. These are life skills that have carried me throughout my entire career.
For beginner pitmasters, what’s the one bit of advice you would give?
Practice. Use a digital thermometer always. Have patience. Practice. Experiment and never ever ever stop learning about grilling and BBQ. Continual learning of new techniques and experiment with new flavor profiles can open up all new avenues of BBQ growth and development.
What’s your favorite thing to eat when no one’s watching?
I eat probably a lot more vegetables than people think I do lol. Love them. Also addicted to Dim Sum.