Derrick Riches

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  • Co-author of "The Rotisserie Grilling Cookbook" and "Kebabs: 75 Recipes for Grilling"
  • Judge for world championship barbecue competitions
  • Reporter about and for the outdoor cooking industry
  • Teaches outdoor cooking classes


Derrick Riches is a former writer for The Spruce who contributed articles and recipes about all things barbecue for 20 years. Raised in the mountains of the Western United States, Derrick found barbecue and began experimenting with smoke cooking. But his interest in barbecue goes beyond simply cooking. Derrick's an expert on the history of the open flame and a collector of fire makers and outdoor cooking equipment. He has also written for several publications on everything from custom barbecue design to party planning, consults to the grill industry, teaches outdoor cooking classes.

Derrick has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and BBC. He served as Spokesperson for the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association's May is National Barbecue Month. Derrick regularly appears on numerous barbecue related radio programs, webcasts, and podcasts. 


Derrick has attended Culinary School and holds Bachelor's Degrees in History and Philosophy.

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About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

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