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Our Top 5 Trending BBQ Recipes of 2017 (So Far)

Our Top 5 Trending BBQ Recipes of 2017 (So Far)

Right Photo by Rob Baas. It may still be winter, but it seems many of you have kept on smoking and grilling right through the chilly temps. Good barbecue doesn’t need a reason or a season. Here are some recipes that were especially popular on BarbecueBible.com during January and February. Enjoy! [caption id="attachment_15707" align="alignnone" width="500"] Photo by Richard Dallett[/caption] Chinatown Ribs If you think the sweet-salty-umami flavors of Chinese ribs are...

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Game On: Grilling Minnesota Venison

Game On: Grilling Minnesota Venison

I love it when I get questions and requests from readers and viewers. And one thing you ask a lot is to see more wild game dishes on Project Smoke and in my books. I hear you loud and clear. So when I came across this grilled venison loin with honey, juniper, and black pepper glaze in Dishing Up® Minnesota by Teresa Marrone (published by Storey Publishing—a subsidiary of Workman Publishing), I knew that both our prayers had been answered....

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Buying Beef: Prime vs. Choice, Wet-Aged vs. Dry-Aged

Buying Beef: Prime vs. Choice, Wet-Aged vs. Dry-Aged

As a member of this barbecue community, you probably buy a lot of meat. And when you do, you may have lots of questions: Should you buy Prime or Choice? Wet-aged or dry-aged? Here’s how to speak with your butcher so you sound like you know what you’re talking about. PRIME VERSUS CHOICE The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) grades beef according to tenderness, texture, and “marbling”—the distribution of intramuscular fat. (Remember this equation: Fat equals flavor.) There are eight USDA grades, but...

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Your Next BBQ Secret Weapon: Coconut

Your Next BBQ Secret Weapon: Coconut

Coconut may not play a big role in your grilling, but in Asia it is a staple. Malaysians, Cambodians, and Indonesians all use coconut shell charcoal for grilling. Coconut milk goes into marinades and basting mixtures in these countries: try the Cambodian coconut grilled corn in Planet Barbecue. In Guam, freshly grated coconut is added to grilled chicken salad. So as you ascend the ladder of barbecue enlightenment, you need to know more about the amazing coconut....

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Amazing Smoke-Roasted Chicken Drumsticks: Tips and a Recipe

Amazing Smoke-Roasted Chicken Drumsticks: Tips and a Recipe

“I can last two months on a good compliment.” —Mark Twain Not to brag, but I finally got recognized for my legs. It’s true: As I told Steven, men kept sidling up to me on Super Bowl Sunday requesting the recipe for the chicken drumsticks I’d barbecued for the party. As one remarked, “This doesn’t even taste like chicken!” That is the power of wood smoke. It adds color, flavor, and appeal to nearly everything. So, about those...

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Barbecue for Breakfast: Two Recipes to Amp Up Breakfast, Lunch, or Brunch

Barbecue for Breakfast: Two Recipes to Amp Up Breakfast, Lunch, or Brunch

All photos by Mike Hiller. If you read my Barbecue Trends blog post every year, you know my enthusiasm for 18th & Vine in Dallas. Talk about chutzpah: a Kansas City-born pit master and a fine dining chef joined forces two years ago to teach Texans something new about barbecue. And guess what: Dallas loves them. We asked our food and travel writer friend, Michael Hiller, to send us an update about one of my favorite meals on the grill: barbecue breakfast....

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Techniques

Smart Smoking: Build a Long-Lasting Charcoal Fire

Smart Smoking: Build a Long-Lasting Charcoal Fire

Planet Barbecue’s most accomplished pit masters are what Steven calls “process-oriented.” In other words, the convenient push-button ignition and regulated fuel flow of gas and pellet grills and smokers hold little allure for them. They take immense pride in building a noble fire with wood and/or charcoal and maintaining it for the duration of the smoke session, sometimes dusk to dawn (or until the beer runs out). But the other night—as in the middle of the night—it occurred to me, as I pulled...

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Grilled and Smoked: Super Bowl LI, Part 2

Grilled and Smoked: Super Bowl LI, Part 2

Left two photos by Richard Dallett; bottom right by Lucy Schaeffer. Last week, we gave you a preview of our Super Bowl playbook—strategies for feeding ravenous sports fans who’ve been invited to your house for Sunday’s big game. Today, we’re making good on our promise to share more amazing Raichlen recipes for what is now the second biggest eating holiday after Thanksgiving. Truth be told, there were so many contenders for this year’s Super Bowl menu that it was difficult to narrow the field. Like a parent of multiple children,...

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