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BIG SWEDE BBQYear Started: 2010
Growing up in the cold north of Sweden, Johan "Big Swede" Magnusson first fell in love with the art of BBQ when smoking fish or game. Few childhood memories were stronger than putting a newly caught trout in the smoker and after a few hours, enjoy the wonderful smoky flavor and texture.
When moving to the US he realized that BBQ and smoking is so much more. Ribs, brisket, pork, sausages, chicken, turkey; they all tasted better when flavored with apple wood or pecan. Suddenly a whole new world opened up and he realized that this is food heaven. Getting up early in the morning and light the chimney starter and then 16 hours later reap the fruits of a long smoke and slice a peppery brisket or a shred a pork shoulder.
So the Big Swede decided to combine the best of two worlds; the old art of traditional American BBQ and the wild and earthy flavors of Scandinavia. The fusion mixed very well and Big Swede BBQ was the end result: American BBQ with a Viking twist. Johan is also a Certified BBQ Judge and the producer of his line of BBQ rubs - The Big Swede BBQ Badass BBQ Boosts.
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