TV Show



Share to:

Food Network SA

Man Fire Food


Episode: Fired-up Chefs - 03:00 27 June

Two chefs from Texas who love to get the barbecue going are featured in this episode. First, we meet Tom Spaulding, who serves classic Texas-style barbecue food at his restaurant, Live Oak.

Episode: Cowboy Cooking - 03:30 27 June

Deep in the heart of Texas, Sandra Julian preserves the tradition of cowboy cuisine in her rustic chuck wagon, where she cooks her famous chicken fried steak.

Episode: Backyard Blowouts - 21:00 27 June

When the sun's out and the warm breeze kicks in, it's the perfect time to fire up an outdoor feast. Roger's in Southern California for two unbelievable backyard blowouts.

About the show

Light up the grill with Roger Mooking as he returns for a new series of big, fiery barbeque bites on Food Network. Chomping down on the many wonders of the barbeque world, Roger is smoking up some pork shoulder; a hunk of tender meat cooked low and slow to achieve maximum taste. Heading to Alabama, Roger samples a smoked chicken dipped in a decadent white sauce, served up for a succulent bite of the South. There’s always room for more though, as Roger comes face-to-face with ‘The Big Red’ – a smoker used for heating up pulled pork for almost 30 hours, creating a near-perfect meat feast. Scoff down on the chargrilled creations Roger unearths on his ultimate barbeque tour this August.


Presented by: Roger Mooking

Roger Mooking is an award-winning musician, chef, restaurateur and host of several food shows, including Heat Seekers, where he discovers the spiciest food across the US.

More from this show

Q&A with Man Fire Food host, Roger Mooking

What are your top tips to BBQ’ing like a Man Fire Food pro?


It is very important to understand the differences between high direct-heat cooking over open flames, indirect lower-heat cooking, smoking, coals vs. flames and how and when to marinate or glaze what you are cooking.  Truthfully, I can write an entire encyclopedia around these few topics alone.  There are also a wide range of woods that are suitable for cooking with but I have found that fruit or nut woods make a particularly flavourful end product.  Also, always keep a hose or fire extinguisher close by… you never know! What I have realized after going to so many cookouts is that often the cooking of the food is a side benefit to just hanging out with your people for hours on end, drinking your favourite bevvie and having some food ready just when you need it most.  So my pro tip is to never come empty handed to a BBQ. 


What is your pet-hate when going to someone for a BBQ?


When I’m invited as a guest and they end up pushing the tongs in my hand to work the grill.  My friends know that I will gravitate there naturally and end up cooking anyhow, but…

Or running out of food, that is never a good thing.  Ever.  Err on the side of caution and hand out doggy bags after the party for everyone to take home extra food. 


What is the most scandalous thing you can do when BBQ’ing? (Here in South Africa, we’d say cooking on a gas BBQ!)


I prefer not to answer this question for fear of incriminating myself. He he he…


At the moment in South Africa we’re going through a big smoking trend in BBQ’ing, what do you think is the next big thing?


Well, humans have been smoking meats and cooking over fire since we've discovered how to sharpen stones to hunt.  Wood-fired cooking has been experiencing a resurgence in restaurants in major cities over the last couple years and is definitely still growing, so I’m not surprised about that trend in South Africa.  But to answer your question more directly, and since everything old is new again, maybe the next big trend will be Smoked Tyrannosaurus Rex with molten lava infused something, something. 


Your tips for BBQ’ing chicken like a boss?


Preheat the grill well, let the roaring flames die down to coals.  Lightly marinade the chicken with what you like and put it over direct medium-heat coals.  Don't move it around, just leave it alone.  Let it do its thing until the sear on the chicken allows it to pull away from the grill easily, flip it and repeat.  If you want, towards the end of cooking add a glaze of your liking and let it finish cooking.  The key is to stop fiddling and let the fire do its work; you don't have to cook the meat, the fire will do that for you. Just make sure you have a bevvie in your hand to while away the time. 


Scripps Networks International (UK) Limited © 2017

Part of the Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. group

site by Supadü