Over the BBQ Bastard – Gedeelde passie

I don’t think I need to tell the story  of my live over here? Or did you expect me to do this? What you need to know is the reason why I started another foodblog… I know there are lots of them… Bigger, more professional, … All true! I honestly look up at the big boys! Not because I want to be like them but because they share the things they love! That is the reason why I started a Tumblr account last november… I wanted to share the things I love.

The reason behind this has something to do with my work. I work in a psychiatric hospital as “applied psychologist” where I speak about positive psychology. One of the things that’s proven to be working effectively on preventing depressions is giving attention to the things you like, expanding the moment and share it with others… “Practice what you preach” is important for me. Thereby I came up with the idea to keep an online diary with things I’m proud of. I started “writing” in english and kept the whole thing secret for a long time. Somehow I was a little bit ashamed of keeping a blog… Let alone in english…

This was one of my first posts.

Recently I discovered more people than expected were following the fast shared content I posted, but only a few could interact… Moreover I realised the posts about BBQ were more appreciated than the other things I posted. Realising this encouraged me to expand and improve my blog so I came up here telling who I am and what I’m doing here.

As you probably would have distracted by now is that I share some passion for BBQ, smoking, … Nevertheless I need to tell you I’m no expert at all. My story started +/- 5 years ago when my lady’s grandmother donated a Weber Kettle BBQ as housewarming present. Up till then I knew nothing about cooking… I was looking around to get to know the BBQ and talked with my colleague Birger (now getting high scores with Tjoppie Doppie BBQ team) about my first experiments. His stories were stimulating to go further and he showed me some good spots to learn more about it… Now 5 years later I can say I’m a little bit addicted and geared up… Tell you later about my gear but here’s my most recent addition (unpacked and used frequently by now):

 Black Bastard Large (white and shining)

Besides a passion for BBQ I’m also a proud father of two little rebels, which I raise with my lovely wife. They are a great support but also making me prepare other meals than I would do for myself. Though their taste sometimes sets limits to my possibilities, it’s also inspiring to be creative on the other hand! Maybe I would have ended up with making more American style bbq otherwise…

Other passions you need to know about are my passion for music, drinks and photography. I added the “Around the pit” section to create some room for thes passions. I grew up listening to punk and metal. Luckely for me I opened up my narrow vision and discovered a big source of art. Nowadays I listen to different genres (more than I can explain so you’ll have to discover later on I guess). Photography is just some thing I got interested in and I’m at the beginning of a learning proces over here. I might share some sources of inspiration or some own pictures I’m happy with.

Seems like I said a lot by now… More than I intended to write. If you missed out something or want to know more about me: feel free to ask! I would be glad to answer most questions!

Have fun reading!



16 thoughts on “Over the BBQ Bastard – Gedeelde passie”

  • I love it how the smallest things in our lives lead the way to things so much bigger. Thank you for sharing your story and of course your food! My husband manages the BBQ around here and I am sure he will make good use of your amazing blog!

    • Hey Annika! Good to see you here! I love your blog too! Nice Photography! You are right about the small things! In search of luck it’s those we need to find! I’m about to rewrite my story of passion since it’s missing a lot but never come to it :).
      One of the things I want to add is the motivation for woman to start BBQ I think it’s strange it’s still “a man’s thing”. My wife starts to ask me to learn her to bbq too. Think that’s a good thing :). Does your husband smoke too? Would be nice to talk!
      Cheers Simon

      • Lol… it took me months to finally update my About page! In our home, my husband does a lot of the cooking (especially the meats) so it is only natural that he does the BBQ… but you are right, why is this a man’s thing?! Looking forward to following along!

  • Beste Simon,
    Als producent van the Bastard willen graag kontakt met je hebben.
    Kun je me bellen voor een gesprek op 0031 626314948

  • Hi Allie,

    I love your content! I just discovered your – Recipes from bloggers with passion – Group Board on Pinterest.

    I was wondering if you’re accepting new collaborators. If so, I would love to contribute.

    Please let me know, thanks

  • Hi Simon,
    Found your site whilst looking for info on smoking chorizo sausages.. I am in quite a similar situation where I also work in a Belgian public hospital… and have recently got myself a small kamado grill. I am looking forward to smoking some tomatoes, cold smoking some cheeses and trying the usual meats….
    Thanks for the great site, it is a wealth of information which I am sure to apply in my smoking attempts with my 2 young girls!!

  • Beste
    Een prachtige blog, heb ik net ontdekt.
    Ik heb ook een bastard een large. De bastard is een top BBQ en volg ook veel workshops. Denk er ook aan om een blog te beginnen, maar weet niet waar te beginnen en opwelke site heb namelijk ook nog avondschool gevold voor fotografie. En natuurlijk zijn onze honden ook onze grote passie. Blij je blog gevonden te hebben, top man.
    Ben je ook van WVL.. Vindt het heel tof

    • Dag Patrick,

      bedankt voor de leuke complimenten. Als je vragen hebt, neem gerust eens contact op via messenger ofzo. Dan denk ik graag verder mee.
      Ik kan je alvast meegeven dat behind the scenes ongeveer 3 keer zoveel werk is als je misschien denkt haha.
      Zelf ben ik inderdaad ook van West-Vlaanderen zoals je misschien in het filmpje dat ik onlangs deelde kon merken :).
      Binnenkort organiseer ik weer wat workshops in mijn tuin. Misschien ook iets om in de gaten te houden.


  • Ik bewonder je site en al die mooie gerechten, ben ook bezig met bbq maar ben nog een leek, wat mij momenteel ontbreekt momenteel is misschien de durf om verschillende dingen uit te proberen omdat ik denk dat het misschien niet smakelijk zal zijn of niet te eten zal zijn, ik zie dat jij verschillende dingen uitprobeerd. Ik heb nog veel te leren, heb jij dit uit je zelf geleerd of heb je cursussen gevolg.
    Patrick uit Wevelgem

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