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Salt Brick Chicken and More

Salt Brick Chicken and More

Pollo al mattone (chicken under a brick) is one of the glories of Italian grilling. It’s so revered by Italian grill masters, that two food-obsessed cities claim its parentage: Florence and Rome. The theory is simple: you grill a spatchcocked chicken under a foiled brick. The weight of the brick compresses the meat, producing a firm, pleasing texture and crackling crisp skin. And the technique keeps delicate meats, like chicken breasts, from drying out on the grill....

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New Year, New Barbecue: Begin 2017 with a New Kamado Grill

New Year, New Barbecue: Begin 2017 with a New Kamado Grill

The holidays are a time for celebration, for giving gifts, and for consuming great food. And during the flurry of activities, we urge you to plan for your New Year’s resolution. At the top of the list this year? Taking your barbecue skills to a new level by mastering the art of kamado grilling. The Komodo Kamado 16-Inch Table Top Grill retails for over $2,000, and is a compact kettle cooker that packs a punch. It boasts the same quality low-and-slow cooks as its larger brothers, but fits in...

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies

2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies

Some people are just plain difficult to buy for. But everyone loves to eat. Especially when it’s food that’s thoughtfully sourced, humanely handled, and hand-crafted following time-honored traditions. Extra points if it’s smoked. If you’re having trouble shopping, or you just love great food, consider the terrific ideas my staff put together for your holiday gift list. And check out the gift suggestions we posted last week, everything from nifty smoking pucks to a trip to Barbecue University. But don’t delay! The holidays are just around...

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Grillers and Barbecuers

2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Grillers and Barbecuers

Black Friday already?! Don’t worry: we’ve got you covered. The BarbecueBible.com staff has assembled a dozen recommendations for delighting the griller or barbecuer on your gift list this holiday season. Remember: if they grill better, you eat better. Win–win for all. iChef ET-736 Wi-Fi Thermometer: The ability to gauge doneness is key to great grilling or smoking. This Wi-Fi-compatible digital thermometer with dual probes, the latest from Maverick, syncs with your phone or tablet to monitor the internal temperature of meat. Program your target temperature and receive...

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12 Simple Tips for Making This Your Best Thanksgiving Ever

12 Simple Tips for Making This Your Best Thanksgiving Ever

Photo by John Livingston. The most popular food holiday of the year is nearly upon us. And that means high anxiety or gustatory bliss. Here in Raichlandia, we practice a 12-step program—12 simple tips to boost your T-Day performance. From our barbecue family to yours, we wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! —Steven, Barbara, Nancy, Joanna, Moira, Molly Kay, and Rob Start with the best bird you can find, one that is labeled organic or “all...

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Our Best Thanksgiving Turkey Yet: Butter Under the Skin

Our Best Thanksgiving Turkey Yet: Butter Under the Skin

The last three years, I have brined my Thanksgiving turkey with bourbon and aromatics and smoke-roasted it on a kettle grill, the lid raised by resting it on a rotisserie ring. (Notice I said smoke-roasted—not smoked. The former is done at a higher temperature to ensure crisp skin.) It’s simply the best turkey I know how to make. But what if there was a different way to cook, a better way? I searched my memory for the turkey I learned to make half a lifetime ago...

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A Star Is Born: Grilled “Turketta” for Thanksgiving

A Star Is Born: Grilled “Turketta” for Thanksgiving

People get cranky when you mess with Thanksgiving. As a newlywed, I once misguidedly served lobster on the most popular food holiday of the year. We were a small group, and I rationalized that the Pilgrims may have eaten lobster that first Thanksgiving. I had to keep a low profile for a while after that. We Americans do love our Thanksgiving food traditions: the mountains of buttery mashed potatoes; the boatloads of gravy; the pie; the stuffing; and...

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Thanksgiving: You Gotta Take Sides

Thanksgiving: You Gotta Take Sides

America’s favorite food holiday is barreling towards us. Will YOU be ready? We at BarbecueBible.com have created a Thanksgiving menu that will not only thrill your family and friends, but give you an excuse to take the party outdoors to your grill or smoker. Added advantage: this relieves some of the inevitable congestion in the kitchen. Turkey normally grabs the spotlight, but we focus on the side dishes—those beloved supporting players that make your bird look even better. (Don’t...

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