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Lodge Sportsman’s Charcoal Grill

Lodge Sportsman’s Charcoal Grill

A stalwart on the set of Project Smoke is the rugged Lodge Sportsman’s charcoal grill. Constructed entirely of cast iron, this hibachi-style grill is a workhorse, deserving of a place in any serious barbecuer’s stable of equipment. (Lodge, headquartered in South Pittsburgh, Tennessee, has been making high-quality cast iron cookware since 1896. You’re likely familiar with its skillets and Dutch ovens.) Here are a few of the Sportsman’s design features:...

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Project Smoke Quiz: Know Your BBQ Techniques

Project Smoke Quiz: Know Your BBQ Techniques

Which of these barbecue techniques are in your repertoire? Test your knowledge of barbecue and grilling techniques with this short quiz. Click here to learn more BBQ techniques. Take another quiz on barbecue dishes from around the world.

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Versatile, Affordable Pork Tenderloin

Versatile, Affordable Pork Tenderloin

Photo by Richard Dallett. One of the best-kept secrets of barbecue, pork tenderloin is as tender and tasty as beef tenderloin, but at a fraction of the price. It cooks quickly, making it an excellent choice for easy weeknight dinners. Yet, it’s suitable for entertaining. There’s no waste. It readily absorbs the flavors of a host of international rubs and marinades and is complemented by a wide variety of sauces. And its large ratio of surface...

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The Unique Barbecue of Santa Maria, California: Worth the Visit

The Unique Barbecue of Santa Maria, California: Worth the Visit

This post is brought to you by Visit Santa Maria Valley, which provided advertising support. Ever since butchers Larry Viegas and Bob Schutz grilled the first tri-tip in the meat department of a Safeway store on the corner of Mill and Vine Streets in Santa Maria, California in 1952, the Santa Maria Valley has been one of America’s best kept barbecue secrets. California’s favorite barbecued beef, the tri-tip—the triangular tip of the sirloin—combines...

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A Guide: Curing Salts in Home-Smoked Meats

A Guide: Curing Salts in Home-Smoked Meats

Photo by Rob Baas. In a few weeks’ time, a big rosy pork shoulder ham will have pride of place on millions of American tables. Its very color is a harbinger of spring, the result of a preservation process using curing salt. (Without this special salt, the meat would not be pink; it would be the same shade of tan as a cooked pork chop.) The details have been lost to history. But thousands of years ago—as early as 3000 B.C.—mankind discovered salt not only delayed the spoilage of precious proteins like meat and fish, but when laced with small amounts of sodium nitrate, sodium nitrite, or potassium nitrate (saltpeter) there were even more benefits: an appealing color,...

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Project Smoke Quiz: Barbecue Dishes from Around the World

Project Smoke Quiz: Barbecue Dishes from Around the World

What do you know about grilling/smoking specialties on Planet Barbecue? Test your knowledge of barbecue dishes from around the world with this short quiz. Learn more about world grilling in Planet Barbecue! Take another quiz on barbecue and grilling techniques.

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Smoking on a Gas Grill: Is It Possible?

Smoking on a Gas Grill: Is It Possible?

Best of Barbecue Cast Iron Smoking Grate/Platform How do you smoke on a gas grill? My normal advice: don’t. Gas grills work well for direct grilling, indirect grilling, and spit-roasting, but most do a poor job with smoking. The problem is the wide venting in the back of most gas grills, which allows the smoke to escape before it has a chance to flavor the food. Gas grills simply don’t give you the crusty bark, crimson smoke ring, and rich smoke flavor characteristic of meats smoked on a wood- or charcoal-burning...

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Barbecue Madness Sweepstakes: Host the Ultimate Basketball Viewing Party

Barbecue Madness Sweepstakes: Host the Ultimate Basketball Viewing Party

To some, March represents the last month of winter, and a relaxing spring break spent in warmer climates. But to others, March is an exciting month focused entirely on basketball. The annual mania that takes over sports media and fans everywhere drives groups indoors to consume hours of televised games and a wide array of delightful food. And why not? The NCAA March Madness basketball tournament provides an excuse for gathering at all hours of the day to cheer on our teams’...

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