Energy Scene with Jason Spiess: Shale Plays Gearing up for this Summer’s BBQ Season

One of the sure fire signs of summer is the scent of hickory and mesquite permeating throughout shale plays across the Unites States.

These shale play communities have embraced BBQ events as pitmasters often spend days marinating, rubbing and slow cooking a variety of ribs, chicken and brisket.

Secret sauces, spices and temperatures become available to communities as energy service companies combine fellowship, competition and fundraising for unforgettable events. And no one knows how to throw a BBQ like oil and gas.

Industry, media and local residents crack shells together.
Local members from the communities are a staple at
all oil and gas BBQs, including Cajun BBQ.Companies light ONEOK always have a
hot dog on hand for the kiddies.
High Plains Inc. gears up for the Bakken BBQ’s
pitmaster competition.
Light Tower Rentals lights up oil wells by night and grills up some chicken by day.  
Light Tower Rentals lights up oil wells by night
and grills up some chicken by day.  
Whole hogs are common at an oil and gas BBQBBQ’s always bring out the festive side of the community.
Author Profile

Jason Spiess is a multimedia journalist, entrepreneur and content consultant. Spiess has over 25 years of media experience in broadcasting, journalism, reporting and principal ownership in media companies.  (Over 30 years experience if you count his adolescent years as a newspaper delivery boy learning the importance and logistics of daily distribution and monthly door-to-door bill collecting.) Spiess has worked in the areas of oil and gas, UAS and precision agriculture, health care, cannabis, agriculture, real estate, government affairs and economic development. Spiess is the host of two radio programs, Building the Bakken and Coffee & Capitalism, and three specialty programs, MonDak OilField Review, Corporate Ink and UnStuck, that carry a radio network that spans five states and two countries. Spiess is a North Dakota native and graduated from North Dakota State University.

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