Meathead Goldwyn

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Meathead Goldwyn
EducationMaster of Fine Arts
Alma materSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago
Known forBarbecue and grilling expertise

"Meathead" Goldwyn is an American food writer and website publisher. He is the author of a New York Times best seller Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling. He is also a former columnist for the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and AOL.

Early life and education[edit]

Goldwyn derives his moniker from his father, who jokingly labeled him after the character "Meathead" played by Rob Reiner in the 1970s television show All in the Family.[1] His interest in meat also came from his father who owned a butcher shop and worked as an inspector for the United States Department of Agriculture.[1] He originally studied journalism and photography at the University of Florida but left his senior year and moved to the Midwest. He later earned a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.[1]


Goldwyn began working as a wine buyer in the 1970s.[2] He wrote a wine column for the Chicago Tribune from 1978–81, then for the Washington Post from 1982–85. He later established the food and wine coverage in the early years of AOL.[1] He founded the Beverage Testing Institute, Inc, which created The World Wine Championships, World Beer Championships, and World Spirits Championships in the 1980s.[3] He has also taught at Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.[4]

Goldwyn founded in 2005 as a response to a rib cook-off challenge from one of his neighbors.[5] He uses the site to teach cooking methods and recipes, debunk barbecuing myths, and test various equipment.[2] Goldwyn runs the website from his home in suburban Chicago, with more than a dozen different grills and smokers in his backyard.[5]

Outside of, Goldwyn has been nominated for the Barbecue Hall of Fame in 2019[6], and is the author of the New York Times Best Seller Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d Shahin, Jim (27 March 2012). "Smoke Signals: A Meathead in name only". The Washington Post.
  2. ^ a b Murphy, H. Lee (13 November 2014). "How Meathead turned AmazingRibs into one of the nation's top BBQ sites". Crain's Chicago Business.
  3. ^ Galloway, Paul (17 May 1992). "Wine Judge Runs a People's Court". Chicago Tribune.
  4. ^ Talorico, Patricia (7 June 2016). "Science and smoke: Meathead Goldwyn busts grilling myths". Delaware Online.
  5. ^ a b Gruley, Bryan (20 May 2015). "Meet the Meathead Using Science and Sarcasm to Get Grilling Right". Bloomberg.
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  7. ^ Uphues, Bob (21 June 2016). "Brookfield's favorite 'Meathead' a best-selling author". Riverside Brookfield Landmark.

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