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The Ultimate Holiday Prime Rib

The Ultimate Holiday Prime Rib

All photos by Rob Baas. Prime rib. No other hunk of meat has such wow power. And no other cut strikes more fear in the hearts of home grill masters. With the holidays just a few days away, I feel the anxiety level rising. My inbox is inundated with questions, while search engines thrum with the words “prime rib recipe.” For the record, Google returns 1,430,000 results. Your search is over, however. My two-step method, which I debuted on Project Smoke, is simply the...

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Barbecue Made Easier with Grilling Baskets

Barbecue Made Easier with Grilling Baskets

The grill grate is a staple to our grilling experience, but it can be a challenge to grill food that is small, too numerous, or prone to sticking on the grate. That is why a grilling basket is an indispensable tool in your barbecue arsenal. The beauty of a grilling basket is that you turn the basket, not the food! Small foods that may fall through the grate such as beans or peppers can be grilled in a basket without worry or the trouble of having to turn each individual piece. Delicate...

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6 Homemade Holiday Gifts from Your Grill or Smoker

6 Homemade Holiday Gifts from Your Grill or Smoker

Bumping up against December’s “order by” deadlines? Running low on funds? Or just tired of the mall scene? Find respite by using your grill and/or smoker to make homemade gifts for the important people on your list. In the process, you might even recapture some of that old-fashioned holiday spirit. Here are six worthy projects, most of which not only require very little hands-on time, but that travel well, too. So relax: We’ve got you covered. Bacon Bourbon: What happens when bourbon...

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Barbecue, Tiki Torches, and Trader Vic

Barbecue, Tiki Torches, and Trader Vic

Char siu pork. Photo by Richard Dallett. Don Draper from the TV series Mad Men defined nostalgia as “a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone.” Perhaps that explains the soft spot I have in my heart for Polynesian-themed bars and restaurants. I remember accompanying my parents to these establishments as a child in the 1960s. Tiki totems flanked the entrance to a cavernous tropical paradise where dugout canoes hung from the thatched ceiling and beverages—even...

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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 places...

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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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