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The beauty store tool to buy if you want better barbecue

February 20, 2019

You can learn something new every day, but this one was a stunner: Barbecue and beauty shops can make a lovely pairing.

Bulverde pitmaster Doug Scheiding, a champion cook who is a brand ambassador for Traeger Wood-Fired Grills, had an epiphany during one of his trips for a snip.

“As she starts spritzing my hair, it’s like I could hear angels singing,” Scheiding said.

Scheiding discovered that those same professional salon-grade spray bottles that delivered a refreshing fine mist to the back of his skull could do the same job on a cut of meat — and they were a massive upgrade to the cheap $1 bottles that distribute liquids unevenly and have a tendency to break down after a few uses.

A consistent spritz of liquids, applied every 30 minutes or so, is often one of the keys for keeping chicken, ribs and brisket moist during the cooking process.

Scheiding passed the tip onto me a few months ago during a barbecue demonstration, and I had to get some. The salon spray bottles, available online or at any beauty supply store, sell from $5 up to $20 depending on the brand and size of the bottle. I’m still using the first bottle I purchased six months ago, a Sam Villa brand bottle.

Another bonus to the fancy spray bottles: they come with a pressurized chamber that delivers a lengthy burst of continuous mist with one press of the trigger. The bottle can even be placed upside down and it will deliver a full spray.

The small drawback is the mist is so fine, you can’t get fancy by adding anything that isn’t pure liquid into the bottles or they will jam up. I’ve played around with apple cider vinegar, beef and chicken stocks and filtered pickle juice without any issues.

Chuck Blount is a food writer and columnist covering all things grilled and smoked in the San Antonio area. Find his Chuck’s Food Shack columns on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com, or read his other coverage on our free site, mySA.com. | cblount@express-news.net | Twitter: @chuck_blount   | Instagram: @bbqdiver