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Click to view a larger imageWelcome! My name is John Dawson and I'll be your host in this little culinary adventure. I suppose I should offer at least a brief introduction of myself. I am a Christian, a husband, the father of three girls, an Air Force veteran, and a cook living in Boise Idaho.

By day I direct the client web development at a NYC-based digital marketing firm. As for barbecue, I've been competing in barbeque competitions since 2006 under the name "Patio Daddio BBQ", thus the blog name.

As for cooking in general, my passion is good hearty rustic food. I often say that life is too short to eat mediocre food. It may sound corny, but food to me is a way of giving a little of myself to those I cook for. It's a gift on a plate. There are few things in life more intimate than sharing a meal. I am also an artist, so cooking is a natural creative outlet for me. This blog is just an extension of that same outlet.

As the tagline implies, my intention here is to offer my thoughts and ideas about food and life. I hope you find it interesting and educational.

If you have comments, concerns, complaints or suggestions I want to hear from you. Please don't hesitate to send me the good, the bad and the ugly.

You can see my media appearances and press here.


P.S. All of the photographs and recipes that you see on this site are mine, unless specifically attributed otherwise.

Note: All of the recipes and photographs that you see on this site are mine, unless specifically attributed otherwise.

-- A --

All-Purpose BBQ Seasoning

Asian Barbecue Glaze

Asian Barbecued Salmon Canapes

Asian Chicken on a Stick

Avocado Chile Sauce & Dip

-- B --

Bacon-Wrapped Mushrooms with Artichoke Stuffing

Baked Mojo Fries

Barbecued Baloney

Barbecued Chicken For A Crowd

Barbecued Meatloaf Redux

Barbecued Sweet Potato Pie

Barbecued Sweet Potatoes

Barbequed Garlic

Barbequed Meatloaf

Basque Grilled Turkey & Romaine Salad

BBQ Chicken Fettucine

BBQ Crackers

Beans For A Crowd

Beans On Bread

Beef Cheddar & Portabella Stromboli

Beer-Battered Brat Lolipops with Spicy Kraut Mustard

Beer-Battered Onion Rings

Braised Nectarines with Champagne Honey Caramel

Brat Burgers with Beer & Onion Slaw

Brats with Funky Chow Chow

Broiled Lamb Chops with Guinness® BBQ Sauce

Broiled Tex-Mex Steak

Brown Sugar Bourbon Pork Skewers & Dirty Rice

Butternut-Ale Soup

-- C --

Candied Bacon & Praline Ice Cream

Cantaloupe & Prosciutto Salsa Cruda

Carolina Bold Gold

Cheater Chicken & Dumplings

Cheater French Onion Soup

Cheater Homemade Pastrami

Cheater Pulled Pork

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Chicken-Broccoli Ranch-icotti

Chipotle Lime Steak

Classic BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

Cola-Marinated Flank Steak

Corn Chowder

Cornbread & Cranberry Stuffed and Grilled Chops

County Fair Onion Burgers

Cowboy Top Sirloin

Cranberry-Orange BBQ Sauce

Cuban Rueben

Cucumber & Red Onion Salad

Cucumber & Roasted Fennel Salad

-- D --


Daddio's Blue Ribbon Burger

Dormet: Spicy Chicken Noodles

-- E --

East of Santa Maria Tri-Tip

Easy Chicken Marinade

-- F --

Fairly Simple Beef Stew

Fiesta Burgers

Finger Steaks

Finger Stickin' Chicken Sauce

Fire-Roasted Corn Salsa

Fire-Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Corn Cakes & Apple-Rum Compote

Four-Layer Barbecued Game Hens

Fried Agnolotti

Fried Creole Catfish Sammich

Funky Cristo, The

Funky Refried Beans

Funnel Cakes - Two Ways

-- G --

Game Day Italian Sausage Sliders

Garlic Herb & Honey Butter

General's Grilled Chicken

Grilled & Glazed Carrots

Grilled Artichokes with Garlic-Chive Aioli

Grilled Brussels Sprouts with Onion-Bacon Marmalade

Grilled Cheese-Steak Quesadilla

Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu

Grilled Chicken Rigatoni Florentine

Grilled Chicken Toasted Ravioli

Grilled Malibu Chicken

Grilled Ratatouille

Grilled Salad

Grilled Watermelon & Fennel Salad with Charred Lemon Vinaigrette

Grilled Zucchini Fries

Guinness® BBQ Sauce

Gyros On The Grill

-- H --

Homemade Bacon!

Homemade Habanero Kielbasa

Homemade Hot Sauce

Hot & Fast BBQ Beef Brisket

Hot & Fast Memphis-style Pulled Pork

Hot & Sticky Wings

Huevos Rancheros Burger

Hungarian Braised Short Ribs

-- I --

Italian Beef

Italian Sausage Sandwiches

-- J --

-- K --

Killer Slaw

-- L --

Laquered Island Chicken

Lemon Herb Loaf Pan Chicken

Longboard Burgers

-- M --

Mango-Peach Death Wings

Maple Ancho Glaze

Memphis Dry-Rubbed Wings

Memphis-style BBQ Dry Rub

Memphis-style Country Ribs

Mexican Roadside Chicken

Monster Onion Bacon Burgers

Mushroom-Ranch Pinwheels

-- N --

New Year Stew

-- O --

Onion & Bacon Marmalade

Onion Marmalade

Orange Sweet & Sour Sauce

Orange-Glazed Pork Cutlets

-- P --

Panini-Style Muffaletta

Patio Daddio BBQ Sauce v6

Patio Daddio Big Bird Bath

Patio Daddio Queso Dip

Patio Daddio Sangria

Pear & Fontina Galette

Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

Pig Candy!

Pig Pralines

Pigamon Rolls

Pizza Steak Sandwiches

Pomegranate Chile Lime Glaze

Pork Carnitas

Pork Tortas

Praline Bacon Bread Pudding with Rum Raisin Crème Anglaise

Praline Bacon!

Pressure Cooker Stock

Pulled Barbecue Beef (Chuckie)

Pulled Pork Pockets

-- Q --

Quick Italian Chicken

-- R --

Ranch-ifried Zucchini

Raspberry-Chipotle Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Rattlesnake Tails

Real Deal Santa Maria Tri-Tip

Roasted Vegetable & Smoked Sausage Penne

Roasted Vegetable & Toasted Orzo Soup

-- S --

Salsa Diablo

Sauerkraut & Pork

Sausage-Stuffed Pepper Kabobs

Shepherd's Pie with Porter & Shallot Gravy

Sherry-Shallot Glaze for Chicken

Simple Barbecued Turkey

Simple Grilled Tuscan Pork Chops

Slammin' Salmon

Smoky Citrus Seasoning

Southwest Creamed Corn

Southwest Slaw


Spaghetti & Meatballs Pizza

Spatchcock BBQ Chicken

Spicy Grilled Chicken Tortilla Soup

Spicy Grilled Fish Tacos

Spicy Grilled Hummus

Spicy Korean BBQ Pork

Spicy Sausage Relish

Spud Dog, The

St. Louis Pork Steaks

Steak au Poivre

Steakhouse Philly

Stuffed Peppers on the Grill

Stuffed Peppers on the Grill - Redux

Summer Shandy Cooler

Sweet, Spicy & Sticky Asian Ribs

Sweet, Tangy & Crunchy Slaw

Sweet-n-Sassy BBQ Almonds

-- T --

Terodactyl Wings

Thai Chili Coconut Shrimp Skewers

Thanksgiving Pockets

Thanksgiving Stuffing Balls

-- U --

Ultimate Rib Glaze

Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Brine

-- V --

-- W --

Western BBQ Burgers

Whole Lotta Rub

-- X --

-- Y --

-- Z --

Here are the competition barbeque cooking awards that I've been blessed with:


Pig Gig III - Boise, Idaho

  • 3rd Place Chicken
  • 1st Place Pork Ribs
  • 4th Place Pork Shoulder/Butt
  • 2nd Place Beef Brisket
  • Grand Champion (1st Place Overall of 10 teams)

20th Annual Colorado BBQ Challenge - Frisco, Colorado

(Cooked for the Pit Barrel Cooker Co. team)


Northwest Rib Fest - Meridian, Idaho

  • 10th Place Chicken
  • 7th Place Pork Ribs
  • 10th Place Pork Shoulder/Butt
  • 14th Place Beef Brisket
  • 9th Place Overall (of 25 teams)


Boise Music Festival - Boise, Idaho

  • 19th Place Chicken
  • 21st Place Pork Ribs
  • 11th Place Pork Shoulder/Butt
  • 6th Place Beef Brisket
  • 14th Place Overall (of 27 teams)

Smokin' In The Village - Declo, Idaho

  • 10th Place Chicken
  • 4th Place Pork Ribs
  • 7th Place Pork Shoulder/Butt
  • 4th Place Beef Brisket
  • 6th Place Overall (of 20 teams)


Eagle BBQ Cook-Off & Spudfest - Eagle, Idaho

  • 3rd Place Pork Shoulder/Butt
  • 9th Place Beef Brisket
  • 11th Place Chicken
  • 13th Place Pork Ribs
  • Reserve Grand Champion (2nd Place Overall of 25 teams)
  • "Best of Idaho" Award

Western Idaho Fair Barbecue Championship - Boise, Idaho

  • 1st Place Pork Ribs
  • 2nd Place Chicken
  • 3rd Place Pork Shoulder/Butt
  • 4th Place Beef Brisket
  • Reserve Grand Champion (2nd Place Overall of 6 teams)

Grill On The Hill - Snowbird, Utah

  • 7th Place Chicken (my first ever Cornish game hen turn-in)
  • 10th Place Pork Ribs
  • 19th Place Pork Shoulder/Butt
  • 19th Place Beef Brisket
  • 13th Place Overall (of 28 teams)

Big Chill Cook-Off - Kuna, Idaho

  • 4th Place Pork Ribs
  • 5th Place Pork Shoulder/Butt
  • 8th Place Chicken
  • 9th Place Beef Brisket
  • 5th Place Overall (of 15 teams)


First Runner Up - Utah BBQ Association Team of the Year

Stars & Stripes BBQ Blaze - Provo, Utah

  • 2nd Place Beef Brisket
  • 3rd Place Pork Shoulder/Butt
  • 4th Place Chicken
  • Reserve Grand Champion (2nd Place Overall of 12 teams)

Rock'n Ribs - Utah State Championship - Salt Lake City, Utah

  • 2nd Place Sauce
  • 4th Place Chicken
  • 5th Place Beef Brisket
  • 7th Place Overall (of 25 teams)

Eagle Rib Cookoff - Idaho State Championship - Eagle, Idaho

  • 3rd Place Beef Brisket
  • 5th Place Chicken
  • 6th Place Side Dish (Potato)
  • 10th Place Pork Shoulder/Butt
  • 11th Place Pork Ribs
  • 5th Place Overall (of 23 teams)


Fire, Water & Ice - Kearns, Utah

  • 2nd Place Pork Shoulder/Butt
  • 6th Place Overall (of 11 teams)

Rock'n Ribs - Utah State Championship - Salt Lake City, Utah

  • 6th Place Pork Shoulder/Butt
  • 11th Place Overall (of 25 teams)

Southwest Idaho State Championship - Star, Idaho

  • 1st Place Chicken
  • 4th Place Beef Brisket


Idaho State Championship (my first competition)

  • 3rd Place Chicken
  • 13th Place Overall (of 33 teams)

Rock'n Ribs - Utah State Championship - Salt Lake City, Utah

  • 1st Place Chicken
  • 4th Place Pork Shoulder/Butt
  • 6th Place Beef Brisket
  • 4th Place Overall (of 25 teams)
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