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Home(made) for the Holidays: Do-It-Yourself Barbecue Rubs

Home(made) for the Holidays: Do-It-Yourself Barbecue Rubs

Barbecuers are easy to shop for. There’s always a new accessory, grill, or smoker that’s guaranteed to delight during holiday gift-giving. What other subset of the American population would actually welcome coal in their stockings? Especially if it’s binchotan, a premium charcoal from Japan. But you don’t have to battle crowds or burden your credit card to please the grill buff on your gift list. Give him or her something you’ve made...

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Upping Your Sausage IQ: How to Grill and Smoke Sausages

Upping Your Sausage IQ: How to Grill and Smoke Sausages

In our last blog post we told you about 10 sausages from around Planet Barbecue you need to know about now. In this post we’ll tell you how to cook any sausage—fresh (raw), cooked, cured, or smoked, using a revolutionary new method pioneered by yours truly. Read on. The traditional way to grill sausages is directly over the fire. The traditional way to cook sausage often leads to colossal conflagrations and flare-ups. If you choose to direct grill your sausages (as most...

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Test Your Sausage IQ: The 10 Best Wurst for Grilling

Test Your Sausage IQ: The 10 Best Wurst for Grilling

Is sausage the new bacon? Artisanal sausage restaurants are popping up like proverbial mushrooms after a rainstorm. My stepson runs one—Jake’s Handcrafted in Brooklyn. Check it out and tell Jake that Steven sent you. According to Nielsen data, sausage sales more than doubled in the last 10 years, topping 4 billion dollars. Germany remains the world’s undisputed sausage capital with over 1,200 distinct varieties. But sausages are enjoyed all over Planet Barbecue, from Thailand’s sai krok Isan (sweet fermented pork sausage) to Spanish morcilla (blood sausage spiked with cumin). If you’ve never...

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Meet the All New Ultimate Grill Brush

Meet the All New Ultimate Grill Brush

You’re more likely to win the lottery or get struck by lightning. However, the small but much publicized risk of swallowing a stray metal bristle from a grill brush set us thinking. Could we design a grill brush that’s virtually guaranteed not to shed bristles? We have—it’s our new Ultimate Grill Brush—and it’s about to make it even easier to practice good grill hygiene safely and without fear. A bit of engineering. In conventional grill brushes,...

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Under the Hood

2014 Barbecue Gift Guide: 10 Indispensable Gifts for the Griller in Your Life

2014 Barbecue Gift Guide: 10 Indispensable Gifts for the Griller in Your Life

You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you can get what you need.        —Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones Sorry, Mick. I beg to differ. This holiday you can get what you want and what you need. (For we smoke and fire addicts the two are often synonymous.) Here's BarbecueBible.com's annual compilation of the tools, fuels, gadgets, and other gifts guaranteed to thrill the barbecuer in your life. Permission granted to print it out and distribute it to people who might need a cheat sheet for...

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Barbecuer’s Dream Gift Package Sweepstakes

Barbecuer’s Dream Gift Package Sweepstakes

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or your family or pals, these items are sure to make hearts beat faster this holiday season. And as an early gift to you, our readers, we’re giving away one package with everything on this list: Stainless Quesadilla Basket, Beer Can Chicken Roaster, Ultimate Rib Rack, Lumatong, Food Glove and Meat Claws Set, Ultimate Suede Grilling Gloves, Infrared Grill Thermometer, Grill Grid Lifter, Best of Barbecue All-Purpose, Java, and Mediterranean rubs,...

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In Praise of Pork Shoulder, Part 2: Season It Like You Mean It

In Praise of Pork Shoulder, Part 2: Season It Like You Mean It

Photo by David McSpadden. In Part 1 of this series, we gave you tips on buying pork shoulder, sometimes called pork butt, even though it has nothing to do with a hog’s hindquarters. Now you’ll learn how to coax the most flavor from this indispensable hunk of meat. When it comes to seasoning pork shoulder, remember that a faint heart never won a poker—err, porker—game. You have options: Rub: We Americans use rubs with greater imagination and with a freer...

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Getting the Flavor into the Meat

Getting the Flavor into the Meat

Rubs and spice mixes work great for building flavor on the exterior of the meat. Marinades take the taste deeper, especially if you score the surface with a sharp knife. But to drive the flavor even deeper into the heart of the meat, nothing beats injecting—a process similar to the shot your doctor delivers with a hypodermic needle. Flavor. It’s the thing that separates the pros from the amateurs. So the next time your turkey or pork shoulder needs a shot of flavor and moistness, invest in one of these Best of Barbecue injecting...

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