A Texas pitmaster swears by it.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
February 21, 2019
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You live and breathe barbecue, but do you beautify it, too?

Well, you may want to add a pitstop at the drug store's beauty aisle to your next BBQ prep list. As the San Antonio Express-News recently pointed out, spray bottles can be a genius trick to up your barbecue game.

The stroke of inspiration came when Bulverde, Texas barbecue pitmaster Doug Scheiding went to get his haircut recently. “As she starts spritzing my hair, it’s like I could hear angels singing,” Scheiding, who's also a brand ambassador for Traeger Wood-Fired Grills told the San Antonio Express-News. 

In that moment, he realized that the salon-grade spray bottles used to spritz hair would also work wonders to deliver flavor evenly to meat. They'd also prove far superior to "the cheap $1 bottles that distribute liquids unevenly and have a tendency to break down after a few uses," as the article's writer Chuck Blount puts it.

"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," Blount continues. (It's worth noting that this simple trick works best with liquids-only since adding food into the mix — like, say, herbs or a lot of thick, grainy mustard — can jam up the nozzle.)

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Want to try it for yourself? Don't use a repurposed bottle that once held hair product as leftover chemicals could still remain — even after washing it thoroughly. Instead, opt for something like Segbeauty's 5.4-ounce continuous spray bottle ($14.99 on Amazon) or Premium Life's fine mist 10-ounce spray bottle ($8.50 on Amazon). Your local drug store or beauty supply store likely has several options, too.

Barbecue paradise, here we come.