Derrick Riches is a technical writer, industry expert, consultant, and committed backyard chef.  He is well known as the author of the world’s most widely read BBQ and grilling site on the internet.  Through his column, Derrick has contributed to the world of outdoor cooking by covering highly sought after topics including meals, menus, cooking techniques,  outdoor cooking competitions, and most notably,  his concise and unwavering commitment to product reviews.  That said, if there is a grill, smoker, cookbook, food related item, or cooking accessory available in the market, Derrick Riches is well informed and strives to keep his readers abreast of innovative market offerings.  Derrick is a true industry expert as he remains mindful of the multi-faceted environment that is BBQ, sharing the entire picture of the inner workings and ever growing popularity of outdoor cooking and all those involved in the process.

During the past 16 years authoring his column at, Derrick has functioned in many other capacities, including BBQ competition judge, contributing author, and course instructor.  In addition, Derrick has conducted interviews with notable industry chefs, as well as providing insight via radio, podcast, and television appearances.

Derrick Riches

Books referenced in:

1.  Larsen, Linda J. and Harbin , Debbie.  Grilling Basics: A Step by Step Guide to Delicious Recipes, 2009.

2.  Wright, Clifford A.  Hot & Cheesy, 2011-2012.

3.  Feldman, David.  Why do Pirates Love Parrots.

4.  Simon, Christopher.  Alternative Energy, Political, Economic, and Social Feasibility.

5.  New York, 41; 2008.

6.  Wing, Lucy and Drenth, Tere Stauffer. Indoor Grilling for Dummies, 2001.

7.  Mariani, John and Rama, Marie. Grilling for Dummies, 2009.

8.  Oragano, Christina Lemieux. How to Catch a Lobster in Down east Maine, 2012.

9.  Krasner, Deborah. The New Outdoor Kitchen: Cooking up a Kitchen for the Way You Live. 2007.

10. De Benedittis, Guiseppe. Dicto English, 2005.

11. Barish, Christopher Lee. The Armchair Quarterback Playbook, 2007.

12. Linn, Stephen.  The Ultimate Tailgater’s Racing Guide, 2007.

13. Lapagna, Margie. Food Men Love: All Time Favorite Recipes, 2001.

14. Linn, Stephen. The Ultimate Tailgater’s Pac-10 Handbook, 2007.

15. Linn, Stephen. The Ultimate Tailgater’s Big Ten Handbook, 2007.

16. Degregori, Patty. The Hip Girl’s Handbook, 2002.

17. Women’s Health, 3:4; 2006.

18. Zhao, Yanyun. Specialty Foods: Processing Technology, Quality & Safety, 2012.


Contributing  Author:

Sunset: Building Barbeques & Outdoor Kitchens, 2001.


News/Information Websites:

1.  Huffington Post: “July 4th BBQ: How Much it will Cost you,” July 13, 2012.

2.  Philippine Star: “Cue the Modern BBQ,” June 13, 2012.

3.  Alta Vista Journal: “Abundance of Fresh Produce Flavors Summer Cooking,” July 4, 2012.

4. “How to: Care for your Grill,” June 29, 2012.

5. The Pitt Boss BBQ Tool Belt: Interview, March 16, 2013.

6. June 27, 2011.

7. The Allstate Blog: “Savor the Flavor: Expert Tips for Safe Grilling, 2011.

8. HPBA: “Tips and Techniques from HPBA and’s Derrick Riches.


Print News Sources:

1.  Boston Globe, June 17, 2002.

2.  Oakland Tribune, June 20, 2007.

3.  Kansas City Star, August 6, 2008.

4.  Los Angeles Times, August 12, 1999.

5.  The Advocate, September 14, 2000.

6.  Visalia Times, August 9, 2005.

7.  Toronto Star,  July 10, 2002.

8.  Detroit News, May 24, 2007.

9.  Oak Ridger, June 11, 2003.

10.  Lexington Herald Leader, June 9, 2011.

11.  San Antonio Express News, “Quick Bites,” May 2, 2007.

12.  Miami Herald, “Things to Consider,” May 25, 2008.

13.  Herald & Review, Cook’s Choice, March 13, 2008.

14.  York Daily Record, June 11, 2004.

15.  Explore Howard County, November 17, 2005.

16.  Indianapolis Star, March 24, 2009.

17.  The Gazette, “Cob Controversy,” July 14, 2012.

18. Expire Big Black Book, 2014


TV Appearances & Videos:

1. Fresh Living on KUTV Utah, Grilling Segment, July 24, 2012

2. Interview with Derrick Riches: BBQ Central Show, monthly contribution 2010

3. Pork Barrel BBQ, June 30, 2010



1. Celebrity Grill, Feb 4, 2010

2. Kelly Alexander Show

3.  Ultimate Tailgate Chef Podcast, August 2007

4.  Smokehouse Podcast

5.  LA Talk Radio, 2005



1. Pool & Spa: Outdoor Kitchen Design, 2001


Radio Interviews:

In excess of a hundred radio interviews including stations in New York, California, Texas, Virginia, Georgia, and Oklahoma.