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Behind The Smoke podcast is dedicated to revealing the truths in business and barbecue in the digital age. Hosted by Shawn Walchef of Cali Comfort BBQ and Derek Marso of Valley Farm Market.

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About Behind The Smoke Media

Behind The Smoke Media is dedicated to revealing the truths in the business and digital marketing of BBQ, the sexy Instagram photos come later. Shawn Walchef of Cali Comfort BBQ and Derek Marso of Valley Farm Market take you Behind the Smoke each episode to share BBQ War Stories, raw and untrimmed. 
 
From restaurant lawsuits, to failed menu development execution, to how community based events can help scale your food business, Derek and Shawn bring you into the messy world of hospitality entrepreneurship.  
 
You won’t hear anything like this in your BBQ Business 101 class.  Join the West Coast BBQ Movement and remember, "If we can't tag you, then we can't pimp you." 
 
@BBQWarStories #BehindTheSmoke

Latest Podcast Episode

#066: Becoming Captain of the Family Fleet – Flagship Cruises & Events

By Behind The Smoke | 08/10/2018

#065: Big Green Egg Media Movement – Ben and Sheli Higgins

By Behind The Smoke | 08/03/2018

#064: Sam The Cooking Guy Opens Up About Fatherhood and His New Restaurant – Not Not Tacos

By Behind The Smoke | 07/27/2018

#063: When Family Means Business – Kobey’s Swap Meet

By Behind The Smoke | 07/20/2018

#062: How to Make a Career in Podcasting – Dave Palet

By Behind The Smoke | 07/13/2018

#061: Talking Barbecue and Business with Chad Ward of Traeger Grills – Whiskey Bent BBQ

By Behind The Smoke | 07/04/2018

#060: Building a Passionate eSports Community with the Immortals & LA Valiant Brands – Ari Segal

By Behind The Smoke | 06/22/2018

#059: The Rising Tide of Craft Barbecue in San Diego – Meat Locker BBQ

By Behind The Smoke | 06/15/2018

#058: Advice On Growing From One BBQ Restaurant to Two Units – Bubba’s Smokehouse BBQ

By Behind The Smoke | 06/08/2018

#057: BBQ Catering Start Up Tips – Juicy Brucey’s Smokin’ Hot Meat

By Behind The Smoke | 06/01/2018

#056: Why Every Brick and Mortar Business Needs a Construction Manager – NEXGEN Building Group

By Behind The Smoke | 05/25/2018

#055: The Sh*t They Don’t Teach You in Business School – Brian Smith UGG Founder

By Behind The Smoke | 05/18/2018

#054: Digital Storytelling Secrets with Tabitha Lipkin – FOX 5 San Diego

By Cory Wagner | 05/11/2018

#053: Celebrate National BBQ Month at your Neighborhood Barbecue Shop – ACE Hardware

By Cory Wagner | 05/04/2018

#052: How Firefighter Rich Brocchini Built His Business by Serving Without Selling – Third Alarm Coffee

By Cory Wagner | 04/27/2018

#051: Chef Hanis Cavin Expands His Pork Empire With This New Barbecue Restaurant – Pioneer BBQ

By Cory Wagner | 04/20/2018

#050: Hunting and Raising Fathers on the Carnivore Diet – Curtis Jackson

By Cory Wagner | 04/13/2018

#049: Amazing Hospitality Isn’t Just Reserved for Five Star Hotels – Cloudbeds

By Cory Wagner | 04/06/2018

#048: The Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce, Catering, and Restaurant Story – Dave and Duce Raymond

By Cory Wagner | 03/30/2018

#047: Mike Mills and Amy Mills Share Their Legendary Lives in Barbecue – 17th Street BBQ

By Cory Wagner | 03/23/2018

#066: Becoming Captain of the Family Fleet – Flagship Cruises & Events

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Brad Engel – President – Flagship Cruises and Events – San Diego, CA Podcast recorded live above the butcher shop at Valley Farm Market in Spring Valley, California. Subscribe to Behind The Smoke on YouTube Summary Brad Engel is the President of Flagship Cruises and Events; one of San Diego’s greatest forms of waterfront entertainment…

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7 SMOKIN’ iPhone Wallpapers for the Turf & Surf BBQ State Championship

By Cory Wagner | 07/19/2018 | 0 Comments

Turf & Surf BBQ State Championship – Save These & Get Ready to #BETonBBQ CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT-BBQ TICKET – VIP TIX AVAILABLE! 

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Getting Started Guide: Essential Podcast Equipment

By Cory Wagner | 06/28/2018 | 0 Comments

Essential Podcast Equipment When Getting Started OK – so you want to start a podcast of your own but have no clue what equipment you need to get started. NO WORRIES! Let me help you out. Below is the list of items that we started out with on our podcast. Please keep in mind that…

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The “Best” BBQ Podcasts

By Shawn P. Walchef | 05/25/2018 | 0 Comments

Finding the “Best” BBQ Podcast can be challenging once you catch the podcast bug. If you listen to our weekly business and digital marketing podcast, Behind The Smoke: BBQ War Stories, then you know that my co-host and I hate “Best Of” lists. I disagree with these lists primarily because old, traditional media uses this clickbait trick…

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Local Ace Hardware Stores Partner with NBBQA Pitmasters Nationwide for Neighborhood BBQ Fest

By Shawn P. Walchef | 05/05/2018 | 0 Comments

Share Your Passion for BBQ & Grilling With ACE On May 5th, 2018, ACE Hardware is holding their first annual Neighborhood BBQ Fest, a nationwide gathering around grills at participating ACE Hardware stores. As the Official Retailer of the National Barbecue & Grilling Association, ACE Hardware has partnered with local pitmasters across the country to…

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Create your own podcast now with the Anchor app

By Shawn P. Walchef | 04/16/2018 | 0 Comments

The Anchor App has removed the traditional barriers to starting your own podcast. It is crucial that you understand the impact that audio technology is having on businesses of all sizes and the Anchor App can help you get involved in the audio game today.

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#IAMBBQ2018 – Behind The Smoke Media Coverage

By Shawn P. Walchef | 03/09/2018 | 0 Comments

Join the Behind The Smoke Media podcast team on Thursday, March 14th at 11:30am as we present, “How To Turn Your BBQ Business Into A Media Company” at this year’s National Barbecue & Grilling Association’s #IAMBBQ2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. Sign up for the NBBQA National Conference which takes place from March 13-17 or buy…

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6 Strategies for Turning Your BBQ Business into a Media Channel

By Shawn P. Walchef | 06/08/2015 | 0 Comments

Behind The Smoke Media will be presenting an educational seminar on How To Turn Your BBQ Business into a Media Channel at National Barbecue & Grilling Association’s #IAMBBQ2018 Trade Show & Academy in Fort Worth, Texas on March 14th. Follow along with our Behind The Smoke Facebook Live Videos from the event! Article republished with permission by Mallory…

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Learning for the BEST!!! 

Listening to Shawn and Derek has inspired me to pay more attention to the growing BBQ industry. Their podcasts are really simple with detail. They break down each component so the podcast is easy to understand. As a BBQ enthusiast, I have learned so much more from these guys than anyone else..."

-Dutch BBQ 

 

Epic BBQ Podcast...

"I wish it was Friday everyday so i could listen to this podcast all the time. Shawn and Derek are awesome hosts and they have an epic lineup of guests they find to bring on the show. Can't wait to hear more..."

- Beaches N Peaches

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