Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible

Win a Copy of Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys

Win a Copy of Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys

Enter to win one of five copies of my not-yet-released book, Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys (coming out on May 6th). You can enter through Friday, April 25th. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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The Salsas of Mexico

The Salsas of Mexico

Photo (clockwise from left): Grilled Pineapple Salsa by Ben Fink © from The Barbecue! Bible; Pico de Gallo by jeffreyw; Mango Salsa by Maggie Hoffman Quick: what’s America’s preferred condiment? Ketchup? Mustard? Mayo? No, mis amigos: it’s salsa. Born in pre-Colombian Mexico, this ancient condiment uses every flavor blaster in the New World arsenal—chilies, tomatoes, alliums, citrus, even squash seeds. And if you think salsa comes solely tomato red or tomatillo green, you haven’t experienced melon, papaya, or pineapple salsa. You should. Think of salsa as edible house music: the mellow fruitiness of tomatoes or tomatillos (yes, botanically both are fruits) electrified...

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Introducing The Grill Lab

Introducing The Grill Lab

Over the years, I've fielded literally thousands of questions about grilling and barbecuing. Everything from "What are BTUs and do they really matter when buying a grill)? to "Why is my brisket still tough—I cooked it to 190 degrees?" And do you know what I've noticed consistently? People from all over the country (and possibly the rest of Planet Barbecue) are challenged by the same foods, like whole birds, ribs, briskets, pork shoulders, and steaks. Well, I'm...

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Wham, Bam, Thank You, Ham

Wham, Bam, Thank You, Ham

“If you have a ham in the house, you can face any situation.” So observed Edna Lewis, grand dame of Southern cooking (and spiritual founder of the Southern Foodways Alliance). She wasn’t talking about precious worldly cured hams like Italian prosciutto, Spanish jamón iberíco, or French jambon de Bayonne. No, Ms. Lewis was referring to good old American ham—pink, salty, meaty, moist, and above all, smoky. The kind of ham you’d be proud to put on your table. In America, the cured ham family tree splits...

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Fire It Up for Passover

Fire It Up for Passover

At sundown on April 14, Jews all over the world will celebrate the start of Passover. I’ll be one of them. This eight-day holiday—my favorite in the Jewish calendar—commemorates the escape of the ancient Hebrews from slavery in Egypt and the settling of what would become Israel. It’s a bigger-than-life holiday full of cinematic events: building the pyramids, Pharaoh’s daughters finding baby Moses floating on the Nile, Moses transforming his staff into a serpent, the ten...

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Do Chicken Breasts Deserve Their Bad Rap?

Do Chicken Breasts Deserve Their Bad Rap?

Yeah, I know. As a food writer, I’m supposed to bash chicken breasts. So when it comes to the dark meat versus white debate, almost invariably I bang the drum for dark. Dark meat has more fat, which gives it more flavor and makes it less likely to dry out on the grill. Oh, and it’s a lot more economical that breast meat. Which is why, as you travel the world’s barbecue trail, nine grill masters out of ten prefer dark meat. Call me an iconoclast, but I actually like to grill chicken breasts....

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New Technique: Extreme Grilling on a Shovel

New Technique: Extreme Grilling on a Shovel

Call me Spademan. From the moment I heard about this extreme grilling technique from the Australian outback, I was hooked. It requires only two things: a clean steel shovel and a hot fire, and it’s about to boost your reputation as an out-of-the-box grill master. Beach barbecues, camping trips, and even backyard cookouts are about to get a lot more interesting. Shovel grilling began, so legend goes, with a rancher in the outback who had lamb (no shortage of that in Australia) and a...

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Embrace the Popularity of Lamb

Embrace the Popularity of Lamb

Quick: What’s the world’s most popular grilled/barbecued meat? If you named beef or pork, guess again. On any given evening, probably more fires  around Planet Barbecue are lit to cook lamb (or mutton) than any other animal protein. You could start eating grilled lamb in Mauritania and Morocco and feast your way east through North Africa, southern Europe, the Greek Islands, Turkey, the Middle and Near East, and Central Asia, continuing on to the Indian subcontinent to Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand. ...

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