Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible

The 10 Commandments of Smoking

The 10 Commandments of Smoking

Smoking is easy but it isn't always simple. I've broken down some of the essential concepts here. Follow these Ten Commandments and you'll master smoking in no time, and you'll have a lot of fun—and satisfaction—in the process. For more specifics on the fuels, equipment, and techniques to master, check out my book, Project Smoke. Pass along the wisdom: Download your favorites from the images below and share with your friends...

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The New Cuts of Steak: Big Flavor, Merciful Price, Part 2

The New Cuts of Steak: Big Flavor, Merciful Price, Part 2

"Carne asada" by Flickr user Daniel R. Blume via Creative Commons. For more than two decades, the slogan of the beef industry was, “Beef. It’s what’s for dinner.” Except that in some American households, it wasn’t. And it it’s not hard to guess one cause of the downward drift in consumption: According to the USDA, the average price of a pound of beef nearly doubled between 2002 and 2015 ($3.32 versus $6.29). One industry spokesperson dubbed hamburger “the new steak” and steak “the new Maserati.” Enter the Beef Checkoff program,...

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Butchery Basics: Know Where Your Steak Comes From

Butchery Basics: Know Where Your Steak Comes From

From our friends at Strauss Brands who provided the tasty beef for Project Smoke and masterfully answered What Is Grass-Fed Beef and What’s So Great About It? comes a helpful video on breaking down cuts of beef: https://youtu.be/3wC_4DR_A74 Porterhouse. And T-bone. Two of the most revered cuts among steak fanatics everywhere. Check out this video from Mark Goessl and Lori Dunn of Strauss Brands to learn the difference and how to cut...

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The New Cuts of Steak: Big Flavor, Merciful Price

The New Cuts of Steak: Big Flavor, Merciful Price

Photo by Rob Baas. "The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook."       —Julia Child Flat iron? Calotte? Teres major? Meet the new steaks, and don’t feel badly if you haven’t heard of them. A few years ago, the Beef Checkoff program teamed up with meat scientists from the University of Florida and the University of Nebraska to identify value cuts for consumers while minimizing “trim”—the bits that are ground into hamburger. They focused most of their efforts on the chuck...

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Grilla Grills: New Design on a Pellet Grill

Grilla Grills: New Design on a Pellet Grill

This blog post is brought to you by Grilla Grills, which provided advertising support. According to "Grilla Lore" the designers of this uniquely-constructed product sought to create a pellet grill "that stands apart, literally, from the crowd." And so they have. With the advent of the vertical Grilla Wood Pellet Grill, the team at Grilla Grills has quite literally turned smoking on its head. The grill itself functions similarly to other pellet...

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Authentic Spit-Roasted Peruvian Chicken with Green Sauce

Authentic Spit-Roasted Peruvian Chicken with Green Sauce

Have you ever gone out to eat only to be ambushed by a dish so memorable that it haunts your dreams, daring you to try to replicate it at home? My obsession (not counting a dalliance with Korean tacos) is Peruvian chicken, aka pollo a la brasa, or simply “charcoal chicken.” I adore its crisp, flavorful, smoke-kissed skin, its juicy flesh and the herbaceous, positively addictive green sauce that accompanies it. I first encountered this version of spit-roasted chicken in the Washington D.C. exurb of McLean,...

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For Labor Day: 10 Indispensable Tips for Grilling Sausage from Jake Klein

For Labor Day: 10 Indispensable Tips for Grilling Sausage from Jake Klein

Labor Day is fast approaching (after a weekend Project Smoke marathon on Create TV). Our approach? Keep it simple. That means sausage, lots of sausage. Interesting sausage. And when it comes to sausage grilling expertise, I turn to our house authority, my stepson, Jake Klein. Jake owns Jake’s Handcrafted, a Brooklyn sausage gastro-pub, where all the sausage is made and smoked on the premises. Traditional sausage, like Jake’s celebrated pepper- and mace-scented...

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Revealed: Our Most Popular Chicken Recipes

Revealed: Our Most Popular Chicken Recipes

The ballots are in and the votes are tallied. The winner is … chicken. That’s right, we recently polled you about the protein you grill most often. It wasn’t beef, it wasn’t pork, and it certainly wasn’t lamb. It was chicken. Not that we’re surprised, because as you travel the world’s barbecue trail, you find chicken in every grill culture. From Jamaican jerk chicken to Japanese yakitori. From Indian chicken tandoori to Peruvian chili-marinated rotisserie chicken. Of course, we...

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