Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible

Crash Course: Types of Charcoal for Grilling

The vast majority of the world’s grill masters burn charcoal. But not all charcoals are the same. Here’s a scorecard to help you identify the players.

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Singapore: Crossroads of Asian Grilling

Next week and beyond, many Asian cultures will celebrate Lunar New Year. Here’s an excerpt from my cookbook Planet Barbecue! that’ll make you want to try grilled food from all over Asia.

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The Smoked Salmon Whisperer

Smoke masters go to extraordinary lengths to perfect their craft, chopping and seasoning their own wood, butchering their own meats, spending sleepless nights tending pits or smokehouses. But as far as I know, only one serenades his smoked salmon with piano music.

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Project Smoke on Public Television

Excited? That doesn’t begin to express the emotion. After years of planning and months of shooting and editing, my new TV show, Project Smoke, launched over the summer and continues to air on public television.

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Crash Course: The Anatomy of a Grill

Travel Planet Barbecue with me and you’ll find grills of every size, shape, and design. Despite this incredible diversity, all grills share similar features. Know how they work and you’re well on your way to improving your grill skills. What makes a grill?

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From the BBQ Blog

A Crash Course on Charcoal: Types of Charcoal for Grilling

Charcoal represents one of man’s very first technological achievements; it was in use as early as 200,000 B.C. When wood is burned slowly without oxygen it produces charcoal. The charring removes the water and most of the flavor-producing chemical compounds of the wood, leaving a carbon-rich fuel that burns hot, cleanly, and efficiently. Charcoal also...

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Singapore: Crossroads of Asian Grilling

Game Day! A Superlative Menu for Super Bowl Sunday

The Smoked Salmon Whisperer



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