Brews, BBQ, and Family Tradition

Self-Taught Grill Master

My name is Tone Ramirez, also known as TFTI BBQ on my social media. I’m a family man and father of two, raised in Northern California, who loves to BBQ and drink beer. I’ve been backyard BBQing for about 12 years, self-taught from watching reruns of BBQ Pit Master and through trial and error. I inherited my cooking skills from my late mother, who was a stay-at-home mom that also loved to cook. My mother's background is Cajun French from Louisiana, and my father is Filipino. I try to infuse both of my parents' backgrounds into the food I cook. I love to host backyard BBQs at my house and enjoy cooking and entertaining my friends and family. 

Favorite Activity:
Camping and hosting backyard BBQs
Fun Fact:
I'm in my zone when there's a cold beer in my hand and rock music playing!
Favorite Recipes:
Chimichurri Wings
Hayward, CA


Char-Griller Product of Choice

AKORN Auto-Kamado

The Char-Griller AKORN Auto-Kamado has undoubtedly become my favorite grill, and for good reason. I can effortlessly reap the benefits of a kamado-style grill, unlocking a world of possibilities with just the press of a button. Whether it's the perfect sear, a slow and tantalizing smoke, baking up a storm, grilling a feast, or roasting to perfection, this grill delivers on every front. Its versatility is unparalleled, making it a true all-in-one solution for any cooking enthusiast. What sets it apart, though, is the extreme ease-of-use. It's the grill I've been waiting for - one that combines innovation, efficiency, and the joy of cooking, all in a sleek and reliable package. This grill has truly elevated my outdoor cooking game, making every barbecue session a delightful adventure in flavors and convenience.

Featured Recipe

Frog Turkey

Embark on a culinary journey that challenges tradition and tantalizes the taste buds with our Frog Turkey recipe. This unconventional twist on the classic Thanksgiving centerpiece combines the delicate flavors of tender frog legs with the succulence of a perfectly smoked turkey. Imagine a marriage of smoky richness and amphibian finesse that promises to redefine your holiday feast. As we delve into the art of outdoor cooking, this recipe is an invitation to break free from the ordinary and embrace a gastronomic adventure that will leave your guests talking long after the last bite. Get ready to elevate your Thanksgiving experience with a Frog Turkey that's not just a meal but a celebration of bold flavors and culinary creativity.

Char-Griller Q&A with Tone Ramirez

How did you get into BBQ and develop your skills in grilling?
I started my BBQ journey about 12 years ago, being self-taught through a combination of watching BBQ Pit Master reruns and learning from trial and error.
How do you blend your background into your cooking style?
I strive to infuse the flavors of both my Cajun French mother and Filipino father into the food I prepare, creating a unique blend that reflects my cultural heritage. My late mother, a stay-at-home mom with a love for cooking, passed down a cooking trait to me that I incorporate into my BBQ.
BBQ Family Fusion
What motivated you to share your BBQ journey on social media, adopting the name TFTI BBQ?
I use the name TFTI BBQ on social media to share my BBQ adventures. It's a way for me to connect with fellow BBQ enthusiasts and showcase my passion for grilling and cooking.
As a family man and father of two, how do you balance your love for BBQ and family life?
Balancing BBQ and family life is essential. I make sure to enjoy BBQ with my family, and hosting backyard BBQs at home allows me to combine my love for cooking with quality family time.
What is your favorite aspect of hosting backyard BBQs and entertaining friends and family?
I love the camaraderie of hosting backyard BBQs. It's a chance to share good food, create lasting memories, and enjoy the company of friends and family in a relaxed and enjoyable setting.

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