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The Best New Gear for July 4th

The Best New Gear for July 4th

Photo by aaroncorey It’s almost July 4th—traditionally the busiest grilling date of the year. Not that this community hasn’t been firing it up for months now. Hell, a lot of us (even in the Frost Belt) 24/7/365. If you’re like me, you’re always doing recon for new gear that can help you up your game at the grill. Here are 10 accessories that have caught my eye recently: great just got a lot better. A-maze-n Tube Smoker: This steel mesh tube looks deceptively simple, but when you load it with wood pellets...

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Win a Lodge Sportman’s Grill

Win a Lodge Sportman’s Grill

Enter to win a Lodge Pre-Seasoned Sportsman’s Charcoal Grill! This rugged hibachi-style grill is perfect for picnics, tailgating, and car camping. The draft door regulates heat and the coals are accessible behind a flip-down door. The cast iron grill grate provides superior heat retention. THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. Congrats to the winner, Carey Parsons! a Rafflecopter giveaway

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How to Talk to Your Butcher

How to Talk to Your Butcher

Anyone who is serious about BBQ also needs to be serious about meat. That means skipping the mega-mart and heading to a good old-fashioned butcher shop to find the highest quality meats and the best cuts for your recipes. Need a special cut? Have a weird request? Want a suggestion of what to buy and how to cook it? Your butcher is, quite literally, there to help you. Tom Mylan, co-owner of The Meat Hook in Brooklyn, New York, and author of The Meat Hook Meat Book (Artisan, 2014), offers some expert know-how on...

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A Red, White, and Blue BBQ for a New England-Style July 4th

A Red, White, and Blue BBQ for a New England-Style July 4th

Happy July 4th! After nearly three months on the road (book tour and new book research), I’ll be home with my family. That means Martha’s Vineyard—just in time for our fantastic small town (but very big-hearted) Independence Day parade up Main Street in Edgartown, followed by fireworks over the harbor viewed from the beach. For dinner this year, we’re planning a twist on a New England classic: grill-top clambake. Traditional clambake is cooked...

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Wounded Warriors at BBQ U

Wounded Warriors at BBQ U

Baghdad. Fallujah. Kandahar. Kabul. American soldiers saw action in all of them, taking fire and giving it back. So when the Colorado Springs chapter of Wounded Warriors contacted me about visiting with some of the vets while I was in town, the Broadmoor and I thought we could do better. We decided to host a special session of Barbecue University just for them. I’ve taught literally thousands of classes around Planet Barbecue, but I can tell you this:...

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Grill the Ultimate Quesadilla

Grill the Ultimate Quesadilla

The quesadilla burst onto America’s culinary landscape in the 1990s. It was love at first bite. We loved the earthy-flavored, chewy-crisp tortillas, the gooey filling of melted cheese, the sting of the jalapeños. In true American fashion, we made Mexico’s “grilled cheese sandwich” our own, piling on chicken, duck, shrimp, even lobster. Makes you wonder if some of the more extravagant versions still contain cheese. In much of Mexico, quesadillas are actually cooked on a comal...

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Win The Smoking Gun

Win The Smoking Gun

What could be better than a cool new tool just ahead of 4th of July? Enter to win your own portable smoker, The Smoking Gun. This handy gadget can help you quickly finish food with natural, cool smoke. Use it to surprise your guests by smoking ingredients that seem impossible to smoke, like butter, oysters, cocktails, or salads. THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. Try these smoky recipes: Smoked Cocktails Smoky Mary Smoky Martini...

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12 Things You Need to Know About Tri-Tip

12 Things You Need to Know About Tri-Tip

Tri-Tip Dinner Photo by Jim Bob Barnett What grills like steak, but slices like brisket? Offers the beefy flavor of sirloin, but is mercifully forgiving when it comes to grilling time? If you answered tri-tip, you probably come from southern California, and if not, follow us to Santa Maria, where you’ll experience some of the best beef barbecue half the country has never experienced. The year was 1952. The scene of the crime? An old Safeway store, long since razed, in this agricultural town...

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