Since 2011, I've watched Joel pit cook barbecue ranging from whole hog to pork shoulders, ribs and chicken. He is as comfortable cooking a dozen whole pigs for a 'brew and cue' festival as he is in producing a beautifully-turned-out hog for a barbecue competition or a catered event.
His restaurant and catering experience has led to his having designed numerous wood and charcoal-burning pit cookers, including smaller models perfectly suited to turning out several batches of fresh, toothsome barbecued chicken per day. What's more, he understands exactly how to construct a menu around a customer's preferred style of barbecue.
Whether you need him to cater a memorable event or design a cooker and show you how to use it best, you'll appreciate his specialized knowledge and the fact that he is unflappable under pressure.
Author of "North Carolina Barbecue: Flavored by Time" and "Bob Garner's Book of Barbecue."
Not sure where to begin here! I first met Paul and Joel through a neighbor who suggested them and their grill cleaning service. I was a little hesitant because…I can clean a grill…right? After I tried them out I found out what a clean grill should look like!
In the process of the cleaning I learned about their catering capabilities. I had them show up at our office one afternoon for a company team-building deal. They made brisket, chopped bbq, chicken, mac & cheese, and about 5 other things. Suffice to say the quality of the food was 100% “next-level”! One of the best functions we have ever put on. Best part…I did next to nothing…but got all the credit for having the foresight to bring Joel, Paul & Crew! As is the case with cleaning I will be using them again for sure! The thing that resonates with me the most about working with the folks at Original Grills is that they truly, honestly love what they do! Might sound a little hokey…but it is 100% accurate. Literally everyone I have ever interacted with from their team is friendly, passionate about what they do and so very, very talented!
Joel and his crew offered nothing but the highest level of service and quality for our series of events in 2018 and 2019. The taste, quality, and presentation of the food provided a memorable meal that we will not soon forget. OG took care of all the details, big and small, so that we could relax, focus on entertaining our guests, and enjoy the events. We will use OG Catering again and will recommend OG whenever possible.
You can really see the thought and care that has gone into designing the OG line of pit cookers. Whether you are a weekend warrior or serious competitor, OG hits the mark. Joel, Pete, and their team have really embraced the history, tradition, artistry, and competition of whole hog cooking. Having such passion for the craft, it really shines through in the look and functionality of these cookers. The details are what really stick out to me. I would "pit" these cookers against any others on the market. If you love whole hog BBQ, OG is the way to go!
Pitmaster is a term bestowed upon those people that posses the passion, knowledge, and experience to create superior bbq. I have known Joel for years and I can say with confidence he is a true Pitmaster. Joel respects the craft that is bbq by staying true to eastern North Carolina tradition, and also crafting cookers with all the upgrades that will help you achieve your own bbq success. Whether you are having Joel cater your pig pickin’, or purchasing one of his OG cookers, you will not be disappointed. For the best bbq it takes time and experience, which is what Joel brings to the table.
For those who have eyes, here's the surprise - a grill to Que on, for those who are wise. The amazing time and dedication that is put forward in the craft of BBQ is one not for the impatient. The motto of what I have come to know of Original Grills is patience makes perfection. This is not something that has been quoted but from what I see in the care not only for the equipment but for the food and people it is prepared for. The endless hours of constant monitoring to ensure the quality of food is the goal of every pit master. The importance of flawless equipment is a must. Not only does this team qualify in the amount of knowledge that is brought to every event but it is the same time and effort that is put in the construction of every grill that is manufactured. There is no reason that you or I can't have the same quality grill that is used in top end production events. You can buy a new pit every 5 years because you can, or, you can buy one for the rest of your life and spend the extra on the house it deserves to serve!