Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible

Greens, Meet Grill: Grilled Salads

Greens, Meet Grill: Grilled Salads

Reprinted from The Barbecue! Bible. Photo copyright © Ben Fink. When I was growing up, barbecue meant meat. Preferably steak. And more steak. The idea of grilling a bell pepper or a portobello mushroom, or (gasp!) lettuce would have seemed as foreign as landing a man on the moon. Meat went on the grill outdoors. Salads were prepared in the kitchen. Period. Well, we did land a man on the moon, and we do now grill salads. We’re not alone. For centuries, Italians...

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Summer 2015 Big Green Egg Sweepstakes

Summer 2015 Big Green Egg Sweepstakes

This summer, we're giving away a big prize to one lucky winner—a Big Green Egg, one of the most versatile and popular grill/smokers out there. Besides the Large Big Green Egg grill, accompanied by a Nest (stand) and Mates (folding side shelves), the package comes with a 10-pound bag of charcoal, fire starter cubes, a grill gripper, and an ash tool. Enter below for a chance to win big! a Rafflecopter giveaway NO PURCHASE NECESSARY....

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The Raichlen 4th of July Menu

The Raichlen 4th of July Menu

They get me when the first veterans march by. World War II vets, white-haired but proud, followed by the men and women who served in Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf, and now Afghanistan and Iraq. It’s the Independence Day parade in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, and I can’t seem to keep my eyes dry. I’ve celebrated July 4th in a lot of places (including overseas), but there’s nothing like a small town parade to make you feel proud and American. Independence Day barbecues are a venerable American tradition. When a triumphant George Washington...

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Sweet Corn Around the World: 10 Globally Inspired Recipes

Sweet Corn Around the World: 10 Globally Inspired Recipes

I grew up in Iowa where we harbored rather provincial ideas about sweet corn. As far as we were concerned, there was just one way to do it: fill a speckled enamel pot with water and a spoonful of sugar, put the pot over a quick flame, then trot out to the garden to pick and husk the corn. We’d boil the ears for three minutes, then remove them to a platter with tongs. At the table, we’d jab the ends of the ears with twin-pronged corn holders, impale a cube of cold butter on the end of a fork, and run it over the steaming, tightly packed kernels. A sprinkle of table salt and black pepper, and you were...

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Ready, Set, Smoke! Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke Coming to a PBS Station Near You

Ready, Set, Smoke! Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke Coming to a PBS Station Near You

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, launches on Saturday, June 27 (and in some cities July 4th weekend or later this summer). Our mission: to do for smoking what Primal Grill did for grilling. The 13-week series focuses on traditional and cutting-edge smoking techniques. New twists on the iconic smoked foods, such as Texas brisket, Carolina pulled pork, and Scandinavian smoked salmon. Dishes you would never dream you could smoke, from cocktails...

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10 Barbecue Hacks: Simple Tricks to Take Your Grilling to the Next Level

10 Barbecue Hacks: Simple Tricks to Take Your Grilling to the Next Level

Last week, two new groups of graduates left Barbecue University with diplomas in hand. I’m proud to have helped them ascend the ladder of barbecue enlightenment. Here are some of the “secret” techniques from the school to help you up your game at the grill. Keep it hot: Of course you light your charcoal in a chimney starter. When you pour out the coals, leave one or two burning embers in the starter, then add a fresh batch of charcoal. The embers will light the coals—no newspaper or fire...

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What Is It? The Potato Grilling Rack

What Is It? The Potato Grilling Rack

From Man Made Meals © 2014 (Workman Publishing). Photo by Lucy Schaeffer. Think of the perfect baked potato: the skin crisp; the interior creamy and fluffy; the hot puff of steam that rises so invitingly when you cut into it. Now think of that same potato subtly infused with wood smoke. Potato perfection just got redefined. The Potato Grilling Rack easily accommodates four large baking potatoes. Simply scrub the potatoes (preferably high-starch...

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas 2015

Father’s Day Gift Ideas 2015

Father’s Day already? You know the drill. Mom gets breakfast in bed. Dads get to cook dinner for everybody standing next to a hot smoky grill. Not that we mind, for few things bring any dad more pleasure than grilling for his family or tribe. And nothing thrills more than acquiring new gear for the grill. So here’s our annual dream Father’s Day gift list—complete with some of our best advice for grilling. Beats the hell out of bedroom slippers and neckties. Keep it clean with our New Ultimate Grill Brush: You’re more likely to win...

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