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KFC – Quadruple Down sandwich

I couldn’t resist.

… two thick and juicy boneless white meat chicken filets (Original Recipe® or Grilled), two pieces of bacon, two melted slices of Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese and Colonel’s Sauce. …

It’s as disgustingly delicious as it looks!

… the sodium content is high — a whopping 1,380 milligrams — more than a half-teaspoon’s worth of salt. For comparison’s sake, the American Heart Association recommends people eat less than 1,500 mg of sodium in an entire day.

Considering the rising consciousness on healthy eating — from rules that will require calorie counts on menus nationwide to Jamie Oliver teaching kids in West Virginia to make better food choices — it was pretty gutsy of KFC to market a product that sandwiches bacon and mayo-based sauce between two pieces of fried chicken.

Still, KFC’s new creation might surprise you a little on the nutritional front. At 540 calories, the Double Down, though not exactly a dieting food, is 90 calories lighter than McDonald’s Premium Crispy Chicken Club Sandwich. …

NPR – The Nutritional Lowdown On KFC’s Double Down

UPDATE – Is it really 540 calories? Or more like 1190 calories?

This crime against humanity will not be sold in Canada. America’s rank as the most obese major nation is safe, for now.

And just in case Wendy’s wants to challenge, KFC has this “sandwich” in the lab …

(via This is why you’re Fat)

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Barbecue Academyⓒ – team building through cooking

From Rockin’

… It’s a day-long corporate teambuilding workshop that teaches participants about championship barbecue in a fun, relaxing atmosphere with plenty of room for socializing.

I think it’s the only event of its kind in the world. …

Barbecue Academy now booking into this fall!


His team won BEST BURGER IN THE UNIVERSE … or something like that. At Whistler recently.

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NEW – barbecue Webinar

Just yesterday I took in a Gymnastics Coaching Web Seminar. It was excellent.

Today I see that Ron Shewchuk is taking barbecue instruction online.



‘Everything I Know About Communication, I Learned From Barbecue.’

Hosted by Ron (Rockin’ Ronnie) Shewchuk, Master Communicator, Barbecue Evangelist and author of his third cookbook, Barbecue Secrets DELUXE!


Price $195.00

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Rockin’ Ronnie barbecue matador

Katest latest.

Kate’s mocking her husband taking all the credit for the fantastic meals they prepare.

What a surprising twist on her usual comedic theme!

… It will be no ORDINARY main course. Men’s main courses are never ordinary. If they were, men would not cheapen themselves by preparing them. They would rather not participate in the dinner party at all than prepare something ordinary, or worst of all, vegetarian.

This extraordinary main course will require the death of an animal, perhaps the fiercest of animals. …

The Old Man and the Beef


flickr – ewanr – larger version

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Barbecue Secrets DELUXE

From Rockin’ Ronnie by email:

Greetings, barbecue fans!

ron1531.jpgAfter a year-long sabbatical, my barbecue batteries are recharged and I’m back in the game. I’m writing to let you know that I’m working on my next book, a special expanded edition of Barbecue Secrets called Barbecue Secrets DELUXE!

The full-color book will include the best recipes, tips and stories from Barbecue Secrets as well as my second book, Planking Secrets. It will also have a bunch of new recipes, new photos and some new stories from my last four years along the barbecue trail.

I’m in the middle of putting together the manuscript of the book, and I’m having a blast!

I have two invitations for you to join in the fun:

1. I invite you to follow along and preview some of the new recipes before the book comes out. I’ll be showcasing them on my Barbecue Secrets blog at There are already a couple of great summer salsa recipes up there now. Whenever I post a new recipe I’ll point to it with a post on my Twitter account. You can follow me at

2. You’re also invited to share a favorite grilling, plank-cooking or barbecue recipe. If I include it in the new book I’ll make sure you get credited and I’ll give you a free copy when it’s published!

Also, Denzel Sandberg and I have launched the “Ronnie & Denzel’s” line of all-natural barbecue sauces. Check it out on my website:

That’s all for now. If you’re going to be up at Whistler for the Canadian National Barbecue Championships on the first weekend of August, I’ll see you there. The Butt Shredders are putting on our aprons in an attempt to reclaim that big trophy. Otherwise, have a great summer and happy cooking!

Yours forever in smoke,
Rockin’ Ronnie

Ron “Rockin’ Ronnie” Shewchuk
Barbecue Evangelist

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eat whatever you want without gaining weight

Futurist Ray Kurzweil has some good news …

images.jpegDo you have trouble sticking to a diet? Have patience. Within 10 years, Dr. Kurzweil explained, there will be a drug that lets you eat whatever you want without gaining weight.

Worried about greenhouse gas emissions? Have faith. Solar power may look terribly uneconomical at the moment, but with the exponential progress being made in nanoengineering, Dr. Kurzweil calculates that it’ll be cost-competitive with fossil fuels in just five years, and that within 20 years all our energy will come from clean sources.

Are you depressed by the prospect of dying? Well, if you can hang on another 15 years, your life expectancy will keep rising every year faster than you’re aging. …

NY Times

He’s the author of The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology.

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Rockin’ Ronnie now dissing TreeHugger

Every time you think you are out, they haul you back in.

Canadian barbecue champ Rockin’ Ronnie Shewchuck goes for hardwood and concedes that he is using trees and producing greenhouse gases but advocates:

Buy a Prius. Take the bus, Do anything you can to help preserve your right to cook outdoors. We were not born with an SUV steering wheel in our hands, but I think that one of the primordial, defining characteristics of mankind is to cook over fire.

Survey: How do you BBQ? –

Careful Ron. I heard the Greens have death squads.