Dizzy Fest is Back

Dizzy Fest
October 9, 2021
10AM to 4PM (ish)
Dizzy Pig BBQ Supply Store
11301 Braden Dr
Manassas, VA 20109

2020 passed without one of Virginia’s premiere BBQ events. Back this year and better than ever, tickets (Dizzy Pig calls them memberships) are going fast.  Memberships are $60 each and get you access to sample multiple courses of hot-off-the-grill food creations from over 20 cook teams. The food is prepared on Big Green Eggs and is amazing.

The teams set up early and are cranking out breakfast items by 10am. Here are some examples of the imaginative dishes you can sample.


Smoked Deviled Eggs

Pastrami Breakfast Sandwich





You will learn some great ways to use an array of Dizzy Pig’s world famous seasonings. Dizzy Fest usually sells out so don’t wait, get your membership now.

Instant Pot Settings & Buttons Explained (Not Just For Beginners!)

If you’re new to the Instant Pot pressure cooker and find yourself confused by all the buttons on the front control panel, this article is for you. It’s also for more experienced Instant Pot cooks who perhaps never use the smart programs because they don’t know how or why.

Source: Instant Pot Settings & Buttons Explained (Not Just For Beginners!)

Recipes from the Visiting Chef Program


I am excited to announce the launch of our Kickstarter campaign to fund publishing Servings: for Wounded Warriors from the Visiting Chef Program. This is an awesome collection of recipes of the very dishes Chefs have made for Wounded Warriors and their families at the Warrior Retreat at Bull Run. This 200 plus page hardbound full color cookbook will make a nice addition to your collection or gift for someone you know who loves to cook.

I created the Visiting Chef Program as a way for chefs to give back and to make the stay special for these deserving families. We have 87 volunteer military, catering, and restaurant chefs from the Washington, DC area who have agreed to participate in the program by coming to the retreat and preparing an exceptional meal for the family on Sunday night in the main house. On Saturday evening military chefs from Presidential Food Service at the White House prepare a meal in the PenFed House. You can see the retreat and meals created by our Visiting Chefs on our Flickr page.

Our volunteer chefs bring a culinary experience to the family they almost always describe as the best meal they have had. The families learn valuable cooking tips from the Chefs, and everyone has a wonderful time. The benefits to the Warrior and their family are tremendous. We realize all our combat wounded Warrior guests suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress and their spouses report it has often been years since they have been out to a restaurant. We bring that 5-star culinary experience to them to enjoy in the relaxed comfort of the retreat.

When you purchase this book through Kickstarter you are helping us raise the money needed to publish the book and fund the Visiting Chef Program for years to come.


made · in – Made Right

20200929_114459The Made In Carbon Steel Wok is an all business pan for your kitchen.

Manufactured  in France, it comes nicely packaged with a set of instructions on a few simple seasoning steps to get it going. You can season with most high smoke point oils or purchase the Made In Wax, a combination of grapeseed oil, canola oil, and beeswax.

It’s a well-made pan weighting in at 4lbs 6.8oz. Lighter than cast iron but heavier than your stainless-steel fry pans. The 9-inch curved handle makes it easy to manipulate the pan. Unless you’re a bench-pressing line cook you will probably need 2 hands for tossing your vegetables. The 5-inch-wide flat bottom sits nicely above your largest burner. The pan is 4 inches deep and 12 3/4 inches wide and looks big. You may be tempted to load it up but don’t, keep it simple.


The 1 inch wide handle is not coming off and Made In knows it. The pan comes with a non-transferable lifetime warranty.

The 2-millimeter thick carbon steel heats up quickly so use a high smoke point oil like avocado or grapeseed.

It is awesome for stir-fry, sautéing mushrooms, or cooking anything fast with high heat.  A pan of this quality is a steal at their price of $99. This pan would make an excellent Christmas gift for someone that loves to cook and wants to explore the great things you can do with stir fry. Check out the complete line of Made In carbon steel, stainless steel, and non-stick cookware, there is no risk. Here is the company’s promise.

”Cookware can be confusing. That’s why we offer an industry-leading 45-day trial period and will pay for your return shipping if you’re not happy with your purchase for any reason. We promise that the real, caring people behind our customer experience team will do their best to make sure you’re satisfied before, during, and long after your purchase, so don’t hesitate to reach out to them at any point during the buying process. Note: Limited release, give back, and engraved products may differ. For Non Stick items, please see our 1-year limited-warranty.”

Everything You Need to Know About Cast Iron Skillets — All in One Place

We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. It’s no secret how much we love a cast iron skillet here at Kitchn. You can get a good one (read: the best one !) for a very little amount of money, pass it on for generations, use it as a nonstick pan — the list goes on!

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