In September 1991, Nirvana’s iconic album Nevermind dropped into the world and changed our musical landscape forever. Kurt Kobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl ushered in the grunge era and landed a #1 hit single with the rock anthem “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
For the first time in his life, Dave Grohl was hugely famous and incredibly wealthy. What would he do with the money that came with a mega-hit album? Mostly barbeque, as it turns out. He told Variety in a recent interview:
“When Nirvana became popular, the first thing I did is I bought a beach house in North Carolina and spent years up there, and I just ate pulled pork like f**king crazy from the time I was 22 to about 25 years old.”
Dave Grohl has turned into a BBQ pit master and I have never been more turned on in my life. pic.twitter.com/paA9G8fnQ7
— Karlee Kanz (@KarleeKanz) November 12, 2018
Over time, his interest in eating scrumptious slow-cooked meats ushered in an interest in their preparation:
“I became totally obsessed [with the Big Green Egg smoker] — it was therapeutic because it’s not an automatically functioning piece of cooking equipment. You have to balance the vents to make sure that you get and hold temperature for a low and slow cook.”
The rock star, worth $280 million, would spend entire days in a trance-like state, preparing his BBQ.
“You’re just basically sitting and staring at these fucking thermometers all day long. For me I couldn’t walk and so I would just sit there for nine or 12 hours at a time just like ‘ohmm,’ watching these temperature gauges — and I started getting good at it.”
I didn’t know he had an obsession but this does explain why he stopped in the barbecue place by my apartment a few months ago. It seemed totally random
— Quirky Turkey (@hello_jaime) November 11, 2018
Grohl’s tip for seasoning your BBQ pork? Don’t overthink it.
“I think one mistake a lot of people make is that they just over season their stuff. Pork loves salt. Salt loves pork. You get nice salt on a good piece of pork and let the smoke hit it right and then it’s fucking delicious.”
The Foo Fighters frontman has continued to pursue his passion for barbeque in new and exciting ways. He’s sat in for cooking sessions with BBQ master Billy Terrell of The Beached Pig and even went so far as to help serve his food at The Valley Urban Market.
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Good morning San Fernando Valley! Chefs Billy Terrell and Dave Grohl have been cooking all night for you. Today is Valley Urban Market opening day and it’s gonna be soooo good! Check out their barbecue and so much more, 10-4pm today in the parking lot at the Sportsmen’s Lodge. #barbecue @valleyurbanmarket alleyurbanmarket #ittakesavalley @sanfernandovalley @thebeachedpig
This man knows his meats.
Grohl is even out in California cooking BBQ for the firefighters who’ve been working overtime to stop the out-of-control wildfires:
— Consequence of Sound (@consequence) November 13, 2018
For many fans, news of Grohl’s passion for BBQ is unexpected, but it only heightens their love for the musician.
Continuing his reign as one of the coolest human beings ever to live! Long live Dave Grohl! Thank you for being such an awesome person!
— OneOfTheGrownups (@nolaorl) November 13, 2018
Dave Grohl can do no wrong.
He's a national treasure.
— Samirah 🖌 (@ShaZoo00oo) November 13, 2018
Some fight fires, others fight foo.
— Mandaliet (@teiladnam) November 13, 2018
There goes my hero!
— Zippy Starburst (@ftlongdbldong) November 13, 2018
Grohl uses his powers of barbeque for good, not evil.
— Fallon Cavanagh (@FallonCavanagh) November 13, 2018
Dave is such a real guy. I want to share my music with the world and be able to help people and make a difference like him. He's definitely the musician I look up to the most. I appreciate everything our first responders do as well.
— Shawn Manch (@ManchShawn) November 13, 2018
Dave Grohl is the nicest person. I love it when talented folk are also gems in their personally.
— Mizmaimee #VoteDemocrat (@mizmaimee) November 14, 2018
I love seeing restaurants and celebrities giving firefighters a moment of rest with a great meal.
— 🐾Moe's Mortuary🐾 ex-gop (@justcallmecovfe) November 14, 2018
Keep on grillin’, Mr. Grohl! You’ve inspired not only a generation of musicians but a generation of slow-smokers as well.