Kingwood resident to appear on Food Network’s “Chopped Grill Masters” next month
It was no surprise to Kingwood resident Sloan Rinaldi that landing her Texas Q barbecue sauce in every H-E-B in Texas in 2016 would jump start her grill master journey.
Now, the whole world will get a taste of Texas Q on Food Network’s “Chopped Grill Masters,” which debuts July 31.
The show will pit four regional styles of barbecue — Kansas City, Memphis, North Carolina and Texas — against each other in a competition to determine which state has the best barbecue chef.
“The styles are very different, and Texas has developed and incredible craft style barbecue and that’s what the rave is right now. And two of the pit masters that I’ve competed with (before) are two of the top ten barbecue joints in the state,” Rinaldi said.
Rinaldi started filming her episode of “Chopped Grill Masters” earlier this year. She was the only competitor from the Lone Star State.
“They were looking for pit masters who were passionate about their sauces, their rubs and their barbecuing,” Rinaldi said. “I applied and the very next day they called me.”
A fourth generation grill master, Rinaldi developed Texas Q and just knew it was going to be a hit. Rinaldi said her Texas Q Original sauce goes great with ribs, chicken, brisket and pork and has flavorful taste with a kick in the back to satisfy most palettes.
“As soon as I started smoking barbecue I knew I wanted my own proprietary sauce,” Rinaldi said.
Her second sauce, Sweet Heat, is also a universal sauce that can go with most meats and even sea food, she said. Unlike the Original sauce, Sweet Heat has a spicy kick to it.
Since her barbecue sauce officially launched at H-E-B in 2016, Rinaldi has been working on creating a global brand for Texas Q. She is now working on getting Texas Q in Kroger and other supermarket stores across the country.
“We want to be a scalable model that we can grow but we don’t necessarily want to fall into becoming a chain. We want to stay as independent as possible,” Rinaldi said.
Without revealing too much Rinaldi said she will open a restaurant in Southwest Colorado to open by latest fall 2019.
“I’m currently in the process of opening up a restaurant in Colorado. We’re bringing Texas Q to Colorado. We want to bring Texas barbecue where it’s not, where it doesn’t exist and give them a real culinary treat,” Rinaldi said.
If you’re looking to try Rinaldi’s grilling and barbecue sauce first hand she runs a catering service statewide.
Chopped Grill Masters Tournament will air on the Food Network from July 31 to Aug. 28 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m CST.