Adam says he fell in love with barbecue while working as a cook on a New Mexico ranch. He even named his restaurant after a dog he met there!
Now, top chefs like Rachael Ray, Mario Batali and Jamie Oliver say Adam's barbecue is some of the best in the world. "I absolutely love, love barbecue," Adam says. "I am pinching myself all the time because I'm doing what I love."
Adam says good barbecue isn't hard...it just requires a little patience. To get some his favorite dishes ready for Oprah's first barbecue block party, he says he started cooking 16 hours in advance! "When I left here last night, you were cooking this," Oprah says.
Before you crank up the heat and crank out barbecue for your next party, get a little advice from Adam, the man behind the meat. He says the secret to tender meat is low and slow cooking. If you want great flavor, think in layers.
"The key thing is to add flavor as you're going along. ... Like grating fresh jalapeños into it or a fresh peach," he says. "You have to make it what I call '3-D,' which means the flavors really pop, and that's what I'm about."
What's the number one rule in barbecue etiquette?
Adam says you never touch another man's—or woman's—grill.
"You really need to ask permission because it's really a domain," he says. "Even in a kitchen, really."
If you don't have hours to grill, what meats would Adam suggest using?
When you're pressed for time, Adam says steaks are your best bet.
"For longer-cook barbecue methods, like shoulders and things like that, that takes time," he says.
Grilled fish requires a medium amount of time and heat.