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Say Yes to the Chef

Say Yes to the Chef

Pitmaster Christopher Prieto, owner of Prime Barbecue, shares his contagious passion for barbecue that will make you want to buy a pit immediately!

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Grilling with Rich: Meet the BBQ Pro, Christopher Prieto from Prime Barbecue

Grilling with Rich: Meet the BBQ Pro, Christopher Prieto from Prime Barbecue

"Chris Prieto (CP): I am owner and Pitmaster of PRIME Barbecue. I always consider myself the perfect storm of beef and pork. Born in Bryan, Texas, but was raised in a small town called Richmond right outside of Houston. The other half of my life has been in Raleigh, North Carolina where my barbecue path started to take flight. I have been a professional barbecue cook on the KCBS circuit for 11 years and have been a CBJ for the past 6 years. I have spent the majority of my life traveling to barbecue restaurants, joints and roadsides eating and studying under many pitmasters. I consider my barbecue a fusion style of Kansas City sweet, North Carolina vinegar and Texas pepper simplicity. My family came over from Puerto Rico to Texas when my father was completing his PhD. Since barbecue is not a normal cuisine on the island my father would make it a point to stop at every BBQ place we saw on our travels through Texas. My mother was a big influence to my brothers and me in the kitchen cooking each meal, but my father always let me get behind the grill. So, it’s no surprise that my brother because a culinary trained chef and I became the barbecue guy..."


Go Knoxville: Raleigh Restaurateur Christopher Prieto shares recipes for sizzling side dishes

Go Knoxville: Raleigh Restaurateur Christopher Prieto shares recipes for sizzling side dishes

Photo credit: Greg DuPree, The Ultimate Book of BBQ

Photo credit: Greg DuPree, The Ultimate Book of BBQ

What happens when a champion pit master meets Southern Living editors? A 365-page cookbook — “The Ultimate Book of BBQ” — published by Southern Living’s own Oxmoor House publishing company ($24.95).

The author is pit master Christopher Prieto, who has not only traveled the Kansas City Barbecue competitive circuit but is also proprietor of Prime Barbecue, a restaurant just outside of Raleigh, N.C.

The Houston, Texas-born author/barbecue aficionado is as well-versed on beef brisket as he is on Memphis-style ribs, central South Carolina’s beloved yellow mustard-based barbecue sauce and the lesser known western Kentucky black sauce prepared with Worcestershire sauce and vinegar...


The News & Observer: BBQ Champ Chris Prieto writes Cookbook

The News & Observer: BBQ Champ Chris Prieto writes Cookbook

WENDELL — Barbecue champion Christopher Prieto says he learned his craft by competing against the nation’s finest pit masters.

Traveling the competitive barbecue circuit led Prieto, 31, who owns Wendell catering company Prime Barbecue, to appear on Destination America’s series, “BBQ Pitmasters.” That led to his writing a cookbook for Southern Living.

“Ultimate Book of Barbecue,” which came out this spring, is a 360-plus page grilling and smoking cookbook filled with glossy – and realistically messy – pages. Prieto, whose day job is as a clinical trials manager for a pharmaceutical company, wanted it to reflect his favorite cookbooks, ones marked with wrinkly rings from a glass of water, smudged with sauce-covered fingerprints and a smoky aroma...

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