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6 Tips (Plus Recipes) for a Project Smoke™ Labor Day Barbecue Feast

6 Tips (Plus Recipes) for a Project Smoke™ Labor Day Barbecue Feast

Labor Day is one of our most popular grilling holidays (just after Independence Day and Memorial Day). According to the HPBA (Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association)—they should know—55 percent of us will fire up our grills and smokers this weekend. Everyone else will line up with a big appetite and an empty plate. If it’s your turn to host this final salute to summer, I have three words for you: keep it simple. Labor Day pays homage to the American workforce, but there’s no reason you should have to spend the whole day laboring...

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Make Any BBQ Rub with the Rub Matrix

Make Any BBQ Rub with the Rub Matrix

OK, folks. Back to school? Back to chemistry class. I promise to make this painless. You already know the formula to Raichlen’s Rub (a.k.a. the only barbecue rub you will ever need in this life), right? Well, here, in easy-to-understand chart form, is how to customize that rub to produce a wide range of flavors and ethnic character. In other words, by subtly varying each core ingredient—and adding strategic aromatics—you can create an infinite variety of rubs. Master...

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The Best Accessory for Barbecue: Grill Baskets

The Best Accessory for Barbecue: Grill Baskets

Travel the world’s barbecue trail and you’ll make a surprising discovery. Roughly a quarter of the grills on Planet Barbecue lack the one feature most of us North Americans consider indispensible: a grate. On vast swaths of Planet Barbecue—from Morocco to Greece, from Israel to Azerbaijan, from Russia to India—people grill on a mangal—a rectangular metal box with blazing embers at the bottom, but without a grill grate. Instead, they place the food to be grilled in a wire basket straddling the top of the mangal to be...

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Where Did Kamado Grills Come From?

Where Did Kamado Grills Come From?

Illustration on the left by Trudy Michels, Studio Michels. I met Jeroen Hazebroek ten years ago at a trade fair in Cologne. He impressed me by both his knowledge of kamado cookers and the lusciousness of the food he cooked on them. He’s just written a terrific new book on kamados, Hot Coals, available in his native Dutch and English. I asked Jeroen to share a blog post with us on the history of this singular and eminently versatile cooker. –Steven The use of ceramic grills or kamados is exploding...

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Biggest Baddest Beef Recipes: Beef Shoulder Clod

Biggest Baddest Beef Recipes: Beef Shoulder Clod

Barbecuers seem to give pork shoulder (a.k.a. Boston butt) all the love, ignoring its beef counterpart, shoulder clod. That’s a shame, because it’s easy to cook, drop-dead gorgeous to serve, and if you love beef, a slice of this tender, crusty, smoky meat will make you feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven. Get the recipe for Texas Clod (Barbecued Beef Shoulder). Haven’t heard of it? Clod is one of the sacred meats...

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What Is It? The Rib Rack

What Is It? The Rib Rack

It’s a challenge that frustrates rib fanatics everywhere. Vertical grills and smokers, like the kettle grill, Weber Smokey Mountain, and Big Green Egg, turn out excellent moist smoky ribs. But a 22-inch diameter grill grate accommodates two, maybe three racks of baby backs. (Even fewer if you’re smoking spareribs or beef long ribs.) And two racks of ribs do not a party make. There’s a simple solution: cook the ribs upright in a rib...

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Gazpacho Hits the Grill

Gazpacho Hits the Grill

Photo by Richard Dallett. Triple digit heat across the Midwest and Europe. Drought in California. Wildfires throughout the West. 2015 is shaping up to be one of the most torrid summers on record, and that’s before you factor in the heat of the grill. For years, I’ve relied on a simple remedy from the garden to beat the heat—a sort of a cross between a cold soup and salad. The Spanish call it gazpacho. I call it the most refreshing...

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Organic Spices to Flavor Your Meats

Organic Spices to Flavor Your Meats

This blog post is brought to you with support from our sponsor, Spicely.com, who provided the samples and advertising support. "Where your meat comes from and how it’s raised matters as much as how you smoke it.” This is the mantra of my new Project Smoke show on Public Television, where we try to use only grass-fed beef, heritage pork, and organic chicken and vegetables. And so it goes with the spices you use to flavor your meats. In a world of spices...

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