Dr. Glenn L. Keiper Jr MD Discusses BBQ Basics

Dr. Glenn L. Keiper Jr
4 min readMay 11, 2021


There are few things in this world as fun and rewarding as barbecuing meat. Not only that, but barbecue is also a great way to cook delicious food and socialize with your family and friends. However, before you start the process of barbecuing, there are some basic things you need to know about the process. You also need to understand what equipment to use and how to prepare your meat the right way.

Dr. Glenn L. Keiper Jr MD Discusses BBQ Basics

You even have to know the right choice of meat to ensure that you are getting delicious results. Barbecue is one of the oldest ways of cooking food, so it is something in our blood. The nature of it also means that it can be a great thing to do socially, as you will have your neighbors coming around when they smell what you are cooking. There are multiple ways to prepare your meat, and you will have to decide what you want to choose.

Choosing the Right Cooking Equipment

Before you get started with the process, you should know that you have the choice between a grill and a smoker. Dr. Glenn L. Keiper Jr MD is an avid barbecuing expert, and he loves both options. He finds that grilling is the simpler option, and it is the one that the majority of people should go for. However, it might be a better option for you to use it if you have a smoker.

Smoking allows you to put more flavors into the meat, but it is more expensive and requires more equipment. When using the grill, you have the option of using charcoal or gas. The big thing to note is that the charcoal will give it a more natural flavor than gas since gas is clean burning. Gas smoking will give the meat a bland taste, and you will have to make up for it with your sauce.

Equipment to Keep You Safe

The next thing to worry about is safety. You want to have safety equipment for working with your meat. You don’t want to be touching your grill in the wrong place at the wrong time. You could even burn yourself, and this is why safety equipment is so crucial. When it comes to barbecuing the right way, maintaining a healthy relationship with your grill or smoker is vital. You don’t want to get burned while doing something that is supposed to be fun and exciting.

Choosing the Right Meat

The next step for barbecuing is choosing the right cut of meat. Most people will cook ribs and brisket when it comes to barbecuing, and these should be your first options. You can also cook pork butt and chicken thighs. These more fatty cuts will hold more flavor, and the meat will taste even better. You will also not have a problem putting the sauce and having it infused into the meat.

Marinating Your Meat

The thing that makes barbecue so delicious is the marinade you add at the end. You can even prepare the meat with a pre-rub to ensure that the flavor is infused before cooking, or you can marinate with the barbecue sauce at the end. Either way, you will get a delicious flavor that will bring out the taste of the meat you chose. That is precisely why choosing a good cut of meat is so vital to your results.

Keeping Your Meat at the Right Temperature with a Thermometer

Another important thing to consider is that you need to monitor the meat carefully to ensure that it stays at the right temperature. Dr. Glenn L. Keiper Jr MD emphasizes this as he understands that meat is very easy to overcook. Beef is especially easy to overcook, and this is why a thermometer is a necessary item when barbecuing. It will help you gauge when you need to remove your meat from the grill or smoker. You don’t want your meat to get overcooked, and it is why you need to focus on monitoring things and using your thermometer at all times.

Container for Your Food

The next consideration is to have your meat in a good container. It might not seem like a big deal, but the container you use can significantly impact how heat is retained in your meat. You don’t want your meat getting cold when people are ready to eat, and it is one of the many things that people start to overlook. Cooking meat is tough, but it is something that you can make easier by having all the necessary tools in place.

Making a Great Sauce

Saucing your meat is also another important consideration. You need to have a delicious sauce at the end to rub onto your meat. The sauce you use should also depend on the type of meat you’re trying to cook. At the end day, this is the majority of the flavor that people will taste. It is why this is such a vital thing in the cooking process.


The final step is serving your meat. However, not many people decide to put a lot of time and effort into doing this correctly. You need to buck that trend and focus on delivering the best experience for the people around you. They deserve to have delicious meat that is served well.

Basic BBQ knowledge is a great way to start your adventure in smoking and grilling meats to perfection.



Dr. Glenn L. Keiper Jr

Founder of KeiperSpine and the Spine Surgery Center