Marlborough High TikTok football players famous for grilling steaks
MARLBOROUGH — Adam Al-nammari and Josh Irons like to eat.
Steak is their favorite dish.
So last year, when the two Marlborough High students got bored during the coronavirus quarantine, the two football players created a TikTok account called “BigBoyCooks” to share their grilling exploits on the internet.
The TikTok account run by the two 17-year-old ‘boys’ – who weigh 400 pounds in total – has exploded on the popular video-sharing platform.
“We’re big,” Irons said.
“I’m tall, I’m a boy and we cook,” Al-nammari said.
When it comes time to cook, the duo do it outside Al-nammari’s home in Marlborough. They use four different grills, a smoker and a cast iron skillet to cook their meats. Al-nammari cooks while Irons films.
“We love it,” Irons said.
The TikTok account currently has over 3 million likes and nearly 300,000 followers.
In their videos, the two Marlborough High seniors have teamed up with companies including Weber, Primal Kitchen, Dalstrong Knives, Alpine Butcher and Crowd Cow. The companies offer email deals to TikTok stars to film videos using their products in exchange for the product or the money, or sometimes both.
Following:Check out the BigBoyCooks Instagram page
Cooking the steak and filming the process paid off for Al-nammari and Irons.
“It’s nice to love what you do and get paid for it,” Irons said.
Spot on the grill
Al-nammari grew up around steak. His father owned a Rodizio steakhouse and Al-nammari previously worked as a butcher.
“Everyone had Wagyu in this house, even my cat,” said Al-nammari, who is captain of the football team.
Without a high school football season last fall due to COVID-19 concerns, Al-Nammari and Irons were bored.
While grilling at Al-nammari last October, they decided to record the session and put it on the Internet.
“We started posting videos and it started to explode,” Al-nammari said. “People liked our content and liked our jokes and liked that we weren’t too serious and we took it from there.”
The duo post videos five times a week – outside of football season – and never on Sundays. Al-nammari records voiceovers while Irons listens.
“I’m like the grammar police,” Irons said.
Their most popular TikTok to date is a video of Al-nammari cooking and eating steak seasoned with Kool-Aid cherry powder.
The video has over a million likes and 7 million views.
“Kool-Aid steak, will it season?” Al-nammari asks in the video before taking a bite and spitting it out.
“I got a lot of hate for this video for wasting a steak,” he said.
On Saturday, Al-nammari and Irons recorded two grilling videos involving two steaks: the Australian Wagyu and the first ribeye tomahawk.
For the latter, Al-nammari used his Traeger Pellet Grill.
“This thing has WiFi – I could turn it on from another country,” Al-nammari said. “Here, everything is wireless. It’s the new wave of cooking.
“Adam is different on the Traeger,” said Marlborough High football captain Jake Jones.
As for the Wagyu, Al-nammari sprinkled avocado oil in a cast iron skillet and pan-fried the steak.
“I want him to moo,” Al-nammari said. “I want to taste his last supper.”
About 10 minutes later, Al-nammari cut the Wagyu steak while Irons filmed on his iPhone.
“Specify,” Al-nammari said of his grilling. “We don’t miss it here. »
“Adam is crazy on the gridiron,” Marlborough High football captain Eli Hintz said. “Some of the best food I’ve ever eaten comes from him, and I eat a lot of food.”
reach for the sky
During the Fall II football season last year, Al-nammari prepared chicken wings for his football coaches.
After practice that day, the then junior captain received a text from one of his assistant coaches. The message told him how good the chicken wings were and that the assistant coach ate them all.
“So I owe Coach (Sean) Mahoney and (Sporting Director Jeff Rudzinsky) wings,” Al-nammari said. “I’ll do them soon.”
So far this fall, the Marlborough High football team is 3-2 overall.
Irons, who plays both the offensive and defensive line with Al-nammari, has yet to play after breaking his left leg fibula during pre-season. But Al-nammari’s play on both sides of the line helped the Panthers get off to a good start.
“Adam has been captain for two years, which says a lot about that,” said Marlborough head football coach Sean Mahoney. “He just plays hard, he’s intense and he’s a leader. He makes big plays for us. He’s not the biggest guy as far as D-line players go, but he makes plays.
“Adam is a beast,” said Marlborough senior captain Cam Ginnetti. “Excellent steaks on the grill and pancakes on the field.”
While the two high schoolers are slated to head off to college next year, they still want “BigBoyCooks” to continue on TikTok. The couple eventually want to move to YouTube and start recording food reviews.
“The cooking, yes, is great, but it takes so much time,” Al-nammari said. “You prefer to eat other people’s food and see it again. Ultimately, that’s the goal.
In addition to becoming famous on TikTok, Al-nammari and Irons enjoyed interacting with other people outside the realm of their high school football team.
And in the process, their friendship has grown since the creation of their shared TikTok account.
“It brings us together,” Irons said. “It made us better friends, I think.”
“We are aiming for the sky now,” Al-nammari said.
Tommy Cassell is a senior multimedia reporter for the Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @tommycassell44.