Elizabeth Karmel

Chef. Author. Media Personality. Entrepreneur.


  North Carolina native Elizabeth Karmel, a.k.a. Grill Girl, is a nationally respected authority on grilling, barbecue and Southern food.  She launched CarolinaCueToGo.com, an Online Barbecue Shack, in 2015 to make whole-hog barbecue more easily accessible.

   CarolinaCueToGo.com ships hickory-wood smoked whole-hog barbecue seasoned with Karmel's signature North Carolina-style Vinegar Sauce nationwide.

    She is the founding Executive Chef of Hill Country Barbecue Market in NYC, Brooklyn and Washington, DC, and NYC and Brooklyn’s Hill Country Chicken.  She developed the award-winning menu and flavor profiles from the meats to the sides and desserts for both restaurant concepts.  On July 4, 2012, The New York Times awarded Hill Country Barbecue Market NYC 2 stars and a glowing review that read like a love letter to barbecue and the Hill Country concept.

    As a sought-after media personality, Karmel writes for, and is frequently featured in an array of national magazines from Bon Appetit to Better Homes & Gardens, and was named one of the top 100 chefs by Saveur Magazine and one of “12 Pitmasters You Need to Know Around the U.S.”  She appears regularly on all the network morning shows and is a guest judge on Chopped, Beat Bobby Flay and Iron Chef.  She has appeared on a number of Food Network shows and hosted her own special on The Cooking Channel. She recently launched www.EAT360.tv; a food show with a fitness component.  

     She writes a bi-monthly column for the Associated Press called The American Table and is the author of three acclaimed cookbooks. Her fourth cookbook, Steak and Cake: America’s Favorite Saturday Night Meal is scheduled to be published by Workman in April 2019.


"When it comes to BBQ, Elizabeth Karmel is the Queen Bee of Bar-Bee-Que. Nobody does it better!"



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Elizabeth designs

an innovative line of outdoor cooking and kitchen tools, several of which are top-rated on qvc.com. She created Elizabeth’s Everyday Essentials; Elizabeth created a line of French porcelain with 5 cooking and 5 entertaining pieces that address the way American's cook and entertain.  

    Karmel is the founder of the nearly two decade-old, gender-breaking GirlsattheGrill.com.  Follow her @GrillGirl, Instagram @ElizabethKarmel and like her fan page on Facebook.

For more information, email Elizabeth@elizabethkarmel.com


"We've got something now, that I think is a genius product. Every time we have it on the air, our phones lines light up like a Christmas tree."


/  David Venable  /

QVC's In the Kitchen with David talking about elizabeth's silicone coated blending fork