Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible

What Is It? Marinade Turbocharger

What Is It? Marinade Turbocharger

Genghis Khan’s warriors rode with raw meat under their saddles to tenderize their steaks. You have a better option. You can use an acid-based marinade, for example. Or sever meat fibers by mechanical means using a sharp-needled tenderizer (sometimes called a Jaccard). The Best of Barbecue Marinade Turbocharger combines both techniques. Its 48 spring-loaded razor-sharp needles deeply penetrate the meat, cutting through tough muscle while creating channels...

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What I’m Grilling Now: Smoke-Roasted Chicken

What I’m Grilling Now: Smoke-Roasted Chicken

This is the second in a series I recently introduced on Barbecuebible.com called What I’m Grilling Now. No exotic dishes from my travels around Planet Barbecue. No icons of barbecue, with the attendant disputes: charcoal versus wood; dry rub versus wet; mustard versus vinegar sauce, etc. Just what I, Steven Raichlen, am grilling now—at home, for my family, without a special trip to the market. In other words, what Raichlen cooks on a normal weeknight using ingredients from the pantry or fridge. “The...

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Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

After the winter much of the country has experienced, it’s hard to believe spring will ever arrive. But on March 20, spring does officially return, and with it the promise of grilling in your shirtsleeves, not in a parka. Which brings us to spring cleaning your grill—a good practice even if you’ve been grilling all winter. Last year we told you how to prep your charcoal grill or smoker for the grilling season. This time, the focus is on gas grills. Spring cleaning:...

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What Is It? Grid Lifter

What Is It? Grid Lifter

You know the scenario. Your grill is burning along, but at some point you’ll need to lift the grate to add fresh charcoal or soaked wood chips for smoking. Not only is it screaming hot—it’s also unwieldy—especially if it’s one of the handle-less grates commonly found on ceramic kamado cookers. Enter the grid lifter, a.k.a. grate grabber, which lifts the grill grate without putting your hands at risk. Depress the handle to lower the lift...

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Behind the Scenes on the Set of Project Smoke

Behind the Scenes on the Set of Project Smoke

“Quiet on the set, please. Cameras rolling. ACTION!” With these words, our Director of Photography, Richard Dallett, launched the taping of Steven Raichlen’s next Public Television show, Project Smoke. Three months ago, Project Smoke was barely an idea. (That idea was to do for smoking and smokers what Primal Grill did for grilling.) By nightfall, February 20, a crew of 20 checked into our home for the next two weeks—the scenic JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa on the...

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To Eat Before You Die: Barbecue

To Eat Before You Die: Barbecue

Keith Allen of Allen & Son From time to time, we ask our food authority friends and fellow Workman Publishing authors to write guest blog posts or share excerpts from their books for BarbecueBible.com. Today's comes from one of the legends of American food writing: Mimi Sheraton. Author of the new 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die, Mimi has written the most comprehensive book ever on the great foods of the world. Gargantuan in its appetite and encyclopedic in scope, this is the book...

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A Guide to Vertical Gas/Propane Smokers

A Guide to Vertical Gas/Propane Smokers

A long night spent tending the fires might make you question your decision (not to mention your sanity) to go old-school—it sure seemed a good idea when you bought that wood- or charcoal-burning offset barrel smoker. Hey, what’s so wrong with the “set it and forget it” philosophy, you wonder as you grope to silence your 2 a.m. alarm? If you desire a less demanding mistress (or a good night’s sleep) and have a couple hundred dollars to spend, consider a propane-fueled vertical...

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What I’m Grilling Now: Chicken Parmesan

What I’m Grilling Now: Chicken Parmesan

Hi, everyone. I’m pleased to introduce a new column on Barbecuebible.com: What I’m Grilling Now. No exotic dishes from my travels around Planet Barbecue. No icons of barbecue, with the attendant disputes: charcoal versus wood; dry rub versus wet; mustard versus vinegar sauce, etc. No, in this column I’ll tell you what I, Steven Raichlen, am grilling now—at home, for my family, without a special trip to the market. The kind of food my wife and I prepare when I’m not...

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