Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible

Black Magic: Cast Iron and Live Fire, Part 1

Black Magic: Cast Iron and Live Fire, Part 1

When it comes to cookware for your smoker or grill, cast iron rocks. From its tough black look to its wrist-bending heft. There’s its primal connection to past generations of live-fire hearth masters. And last but not least, its versatility. With a well-seasoned piece of cast iron, you can sear, braise, bake, fry, stew, pan-roast, and even smoke. Cast iron’s bona fides (and strong connections to food) were established more than 2,500 years ago—the Chinese may have been the first to pour...

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Raichlen Predicts: BBQ Trends for 2016

Raichlen Predicts: BBQ Trends for 2016

Happy New Year, everyone! 2015 was an incredible year for barbecuing and grilling. 2016 promises to be even better. Here are 10 trends I believe will shape the world of live fire cooking in the next 12 months. Smoking is the new grilling. It used to be that most backyard smoking took place in the American barbecue belt. This year, thanks to the proliferation of affordable, easy-to-use smokers, smoking will go mainstream. After two decades of transforming our backyards into outdoor kitchens, we’ll install smokers in their rightful place—next to the grills owned by more than...

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10 Recipe Resolutions in 2016

10 Recipe Resolutions in 2016

As we ring in the new year, tradition dictates that we create a resolution (or 12). Among tidiness, exercise, and finally meeting the neighbors, why not involve our favorite place, the grill? Trying new recipes and cooking methods will shake up your routine, enhance your meals and stimulate your mind—isn't that what New Year's resolutions should be about? I think we're onto something here. Simply bookmark this page and come back to it when you're ready to take your grilling to the next level. The 3-2-1 Method for Ribs: We...

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My Year in Barbecue

My Year in Barbecue

2016 already? It seems like the past year went up in smoke. Which it did for me quite literally. Books. TV shows. Barbecue University. And lots of travel. All perfumed by the intoxicating scent of wood smoke. January: In November 2014, the phrase “smoking is the new grilling” popped into my head. And with that, the concept for my new public television series, Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke, came into being. For a nation obsessed with grilling—as we’ve been for the last decade—smoking is the next frontier. Project Smoke’s mission would be to bring smoking from America’s barbecue belt to everyman’s backyard. January was a whirlwind of preparing...

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Perfection in 5 Steps: Reverse-Seared Prime Rib

Perfection in 5 Steps: Reverse-Seared Prime Rib

Prime rib costs more than virtually every other cut of meat at the market. It’s intimidating, too, because a roast that’s perfectly cooked or hopelessly overcooked can make or break your reputation as a grill master. I can feel the fear on social media channels this time of year. Many of you have posted photos of recently acquired hunks of meat on my Facebook page and Twitter account (my kind of pinup!), complete with the price you paid in full view (usually...

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Homemade for the Holidays: Beef Jerky

Homemade for the Holidays: Beef Jerky

I know exactly what I’ll be doing this weekend, and it won’t involve a trip to the mall. Let other people—millions of other people—desperately compete for parking and the attention of department store clerks. I’ll be home keeping quiet company with my smoker, creating a gift that will be appreciated by nearly everyone on my holiday list: homemade jerky. Want to join me? December is the month of miracles and magical thinking. And why lean meat, seasoned and...

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Grilled Pork Porterhouses with Newcastle Brown Ale and Mustard—A New Holiday Classic

Grilled Pork Porterhouses with Newcastle Brown Ale and Mustard—A New Holiday Classic

All photos by Rob Baas. This blog post is brought to you with support from our sponsor, Newcastle Brown Ale, who provided the samples and advertising support. Beer and barbecue. It’s not just for summertime. Thousands of members of this barbecue community routinely shovel a path to their snow-covered grills and smokers. And hoisting a cold one with your gloved hands to your lips is an excellent way to defy winter. The holiday season...

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Francis Mallmann Grills a Cowboy Rib Eye

Francis Mallmann Grills a Cowboy Rib Eye

Photographs by Santiago Soto Monllor, from Mallmann on Fire by Francis Mallmann (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2014. Here’s another of our ongoing guest recipe series featuring some of the world’s top grill and smoker masters—this one by Francis Mallmann. Argentina’s most celebrated chef can sauce and sauté with the best of them (after all, he trained with Alain Senderens and Raymond Oliver in Paris). But Mallmann staked his reputation on a venture so outlandish, only a fire-obsessed South American...

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