The Halal BBQ Pitmasters never started as a business but instead as a competition among friends and its backstory is quite entertaining according to a Dallas Morning News article which reports,
“After a friend posted a picture of brisket on Facebook, Neghae Mawla commented asking when they were going to have a competition. Zahid Ahmad replied that he received permission from his wife to host one. And so, a few weeks later, in 2017, six guys prepared brisket and brought it over to Ahmad’s house.
A few dozen of their friends showed up to judge. They used Survey Monkey to vote on different criteria (taste, tenderness, smoke ring and more) and determined a winner, who walked away with a first place medal.
But what began as a chummy competition between friends (and a group chat called “Smoking Hot BBQ Pitmasters”) soon snowballed into a business with a website, social media accounts and merchandise.
The three founders, Ahmad, an endocrinologist, Mawla, a nephrologist, and Rehan Jaffrey, a businessman, are not your average pitmasters. They are Muslim, and they describe a love of barbecue that was sometimes complicated by their faith.”
The pitmasters are kind enough to share their masterpieces in their website which holds the most mouth-watering barbecue recipes. Some of them include:
- HOT FRIES CHICKEN SKEWERS (KABABS)
- HOT FRIES SALMON
- HOT FRIES KABABS/BURGERS
- TEXAS TANDOORI SPATCHCOCKED CHICKEN
- TEXAS TANDOORI WHOLE DUCK
- TEXAS TANDOORI ROTISSERIE
- TEXAS TANDOORI GOAT CHOPS
- SPGC RACK OF LAMB
- CHERRY-BBQ GLAZED CHICKEN MANDI
- TERI PERI GRILLED EGGPLANT
- PRESSURE-COOKER LAMB SHANK MANDI
Accordingly, these groups of friends turned to pitmasters and businessmen are following Islamic guidelines as they stick to the specific rules on how the meat should be prepared.