By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Feb 05, 2023 at 9:31 AM Photography: Lori Fredrich

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When Chef Aaron Patin made the announcement that he would be closing Iron Grate BBQ Co. after six successful years in business, the news came as a shock to barbeque lovers across the city of Milwaukee and beyond. The questions came fast and furious: Why would he choose to close? And what would he do next?

This week on FoodCrush, we sat down with Chef Aaron Patin, originator of the “Milwaukee Rib” to talk about his experience opening Iron Grate BBQ and the impact he had on the nascent Milwaukee BBQ scene.

Along the way, Patin shares the reasoning behind his decision to close, the lessons he’s learned and the memories he’ll treasure for years to come. Listeners will also find out what Patin is currently doing with his time. (Hint: it's definitely bbq related).


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Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.