Welcome to Grillseeker.com!
Grillseeker was born from a passion for outdoor cooking and BBQ. Outdoor cooking is not only therapeutic, but easy to love because there is rarely a right or wrong way to do something. BBQ is about making something your own and having fun doing it. Unlike baking, where the difference in a teaspoon and a tablespoon can be catastrophic, BBQ is pleasantly forgiving. The recipes on this site can be considered loose guidelines: take some liberties with them and make them your own.
An important thing to know for 100% transparency: Some of the work here is sponsored, but it is unethical to take money in exchange for a positive review. You can be sure that if Matt reviews something positively, it’s because he actually uses and likes the product.
And lastly, get ready to laugh a little. Matt is not a competition BBQ cook: while he admires them, he has no plans or ambition to be one. There is a huge difference in competition BBQ and what is actually served to family and friends. So, while many competition teams are very serious about their trade, you won’t find that here. If you’re serious about making great food AND serious about having a good time, welcome. If you’re not having fun while cooking, hang up your tongs and find something else to do with your time.
Who is the Grillseeker?
After 13 years of active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, college, graduate school, and a corporate career, Matt Eads set out to chase his dreams. He looked for a need in society and built a niche training and consulting business.
Cooking, however, has been Matt’s passion for as long as he can remember: “My mom had a big part in teaching me the ways of the kitchen. Outdoor cooking and grilling were a different story. My dad was the ‘grillmaster’ of the house and, while he remains the wisest man I’ve ever known, his was some of the worst BBQ ever served on a plate (sorry, Dad). As a result, I set out to teach myself through reading, practical application and trial and error. I started grilling in high school with my best friend James and after 23 years of friendship we still trade texts about BBQ on a daily basis.”
Encouraged by friends and family to start posting his enticing food pictures to Instagram, Matt opened an account (with much-needed social media help from his three daughters). Seeing great food from all over the world in his Instagram feed inspired him to reach out to all who are “United By Flame.”
In front of and away from the grill, Matt is an avid football fan. He and his wife hold hold NCAA season tickets and love pairing great BBQ with great wine. “Seven Saturdays a year you’ll catch me tailgating at Beaver Stadium in the purple lot…” Matt says. “Feel free to come by and grill with us!”