SALEM – Starting June 4, radio listeners in the Northwest will enjoy double helpings of lip smacking cooking tips from their favorite barbecuing broadcaster, Bruce Bjorkman (a.k.a. Mr. Barbecue), every Saturday of the year.
That’s because the time slot for “Cooking Outdoors
with Mr. Barbecue,” broadcast weekly on Portland’s NewsRadio 750 KXL, has been increased to two hours. Now, from noon until 2 p.m., outdoor cooking enthusiasts can tune in to the nation’s only year-round radio show devoted
exclusively to outdoor cooking.
“Listeners have been clamoring for KXL to add a second hour to the show,” say Bjorkman, host of the popular call-in radio program and author of The Great Barbecue Companion (1996, Crossing Press). The lively, fast-paced program debuted in April 2002, and was originally broadcast from April to September. Last year, the show was expanded to its current 52-week format on the top-rated Portland News/Talk outlet.
Bjorkman says the next step is to secure nationwide syndication of the program. “People throughout America are using their grills 10 to 12 months out of the year, depending where they live,” he notes. “A couple years ago, The Wall Street Journal reported about folks in the Snow Belt who grill or barbecue even during the depths of winter, so a national, year-round barbecue-grilling show isn’t far-fetched by any means.”
Bruce Bjorkman is a nationally recognized expert on barbecuing, grilling and smoking. He is the host of the 52-week radio show, “Cooking Outdoors with Mr. Barbecue,” heard on NewsRadio 750 KXL, Portland, Ore., from noon to 2 p.m. PST. The show also can be heard via the Internet at KXL.com.
Bjorkman is the author of The Great Barbecue Companion, a consistently top-selling barbecue book on Amazon.com. Bjorkman has been featured on the Do-It-Yourself Network’s Grilling & BBQ Workshops, The Food Network’s Food Finds and has been an Editor-at-Large for National Barbecue News. He is the founder of BBQ-U, a six-hour, hands-on barbecue-training course, which since 1994, has been attended by hundreds of outdoor cooking enthusiasts.
For more information, visit www.mrbbq.info.