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St. Pete BBQ cooks in viral video were doing it wrong

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Remember that video that went viral about the dude who got in trouble for having a barbeque?  Yeah, it still hasn’t gone away.

As SaintPetersblog’s Phil Ammann reported over the weekend, there’s no need to worry that code enforcement officials are going to be breaking up barbeques all over Pinellas County. The brothers involved in this now infamous interaction were using commercial grilling equipment. That’s where they went wrong.

But here’s a new angle on a silly, but strangely satisfying nugget of controversy: they’re sucky barbequers, man.

The Tampa Bay Times interviewed an expert in smoking meat, Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe, about just how much smoke there should be when using a smoker to cook meat.

Lampe said the white smoke seen billowing from the brothers’ South St. Pete backyard was both too thick and too white. He suggested the cooks were putting too much wood on the fire.

Had they been doing it right, he said, the neighbor who complained about the smelly barbeque and plumes of smoke billowing through the neighborhood more than a dozen times wouldn’t have minded so much because, done right, there shouldn’t be that much smoke and it should smell good.

I’m not sure if this new revelation makes it any less hilarious that a code official from the county told the cooks they had to confine smoke to their property or not, but it does suggest that maybe they should get a lesson from Dr. BBQ.

A video of the brothers speaking to a county official spread like wildfire on the Internet. It even made it to the top page of Reddit. Now, who wants some ribs?

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.

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