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The Great Grilled Corn Debate

The Great Grilled Corn Debate

The world of barbecue is rife with “grate” debates. Gas versus charcoal. Dry ribs versus wet. Then there’s the “corntroversy” over the best way to grill sweet corn, which is in peak season in August: Does it taste better grilled with the husk on or off? Advocates of the husk-on school maintain that grilling corn with the protective green sheath intact protects the tender kernels from the harsh dry heat of the grill. Husk-offers—of which I’m a partisan—point out...

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Win a Bacon Freak Sampler

Win a Bacon Freak Sampler

Are you totally crazy about bacon? Enter to win a "Bacon Is Meat Candy" 3-Pack Bacon Sampler from Bacon Freak. One lucky winner will get a pack of three gourmet bacons that Bacon Freak features in its Bacon of the Month Club shipments. It comes with the ever-popular "Bacon Is Meat Candy" black t-shirt and a playfully designed Bacon Freak Gift Box. THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Drinks for Summer: Agua de Sandia

Drinks for Summer: Agua de Sandia

Excerpted from One Good Dish by David Tanis (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2013. Photographs by Gentl & Hyers. Agua fresca is a traditional Mexican drink that can be made from ripe fruit, like pineapple or mango, or from hibiscus blossoms or even tamarind pods, to name just a few variations. At the market, it is typically sold ladled from giant glass jars. The concept translates perfectly to an outdoor barbecue setting. For guests who are refraining from beer...

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How to Make Bacon from Scratch

How to Make Bacon from Scratch

If you live in Miami’s Little Havana, you may remember a day last summer when you awoke to an aroma decidedly different than the cumin, garlic, and sour orange scents that normally emanate from the lechón asado (roast pork) parlors in this Cuban neighborhood. It was a pork smell, alright, but mingled with the smoke of slow smoldering hickory and apple wood. It was a smell you’d associate with a smokehouse in backwoods Tennessee. Which was no accident, because when James...

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Planet Barbecue

The Barbecue Sauces of Europe

The Barbecue Sauces of Europe

A sauce has the power to transform the simplest grilled seafood or chicken into an event. You now know about regional American barbecue sauces and the sauces of South America. Today, we look at some of the best grilling condiments you may have never heard of: the barbecue sauces of Europe. Salsa Verde (Italy): Don’t confuse this one with Mexico’s tomatillo-based sauce of the same name. Italy’s venerable salsa verde (“green sauce”) includes all the components of a good vinaigrette, and more: freshly chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley; olive oil (the best and freshest...

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Win Tickets to the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival in Cary, NC

Win Tickets to the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival in Cary, NC

I will be doing a cooking demo and signing my new book, Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys, at the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival in Cary, NC on August 2nd. Want to go? Enter below for a chance to be one of TWO lucky winners to receive two tickets each! Your ticket will get you a free sampling glass to taste all the beer and bourbon you can handle. The festival includes 60 beers, 40 bourbons, and a ton of barbecue to enjoy! Catch...

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Food Dude: Thomas Keller

Food Dude: Thomas Keller

Welcome to our latest series on BarbecueBible.com—Food Dudes—featuring interviews with the movers and shakers of the food world, excerpted from Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys. Up first: überchef Thomas Keller. He is the author of five cookbooks, most recently the #1 New York Times bestseller Bouchon Bakery. The full text can be found in Man Made Meals on page 92. Thomas Keller presides over an empire that includes restaurants, bistros, bakeries, and food products. He remains as notorious for his dry...

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A Guide to Offset Barrel Smokers

A Guide to Offset Barrel Smokers

Water smokers, box, barrel, and pellet smokers do a fine job smoking meats and seafood. But nothing establishes your street cred as pit master who means business like an offset smoker. For years, these hunka-hunka smokers—a.k.a., offset barrel smokers, horizontal smokers, pipe smokers, or “stick-burners”—have dominated the competition barbecue circuit. Now, thanks to mass-market models available at stores like Home Depot and Lowes, they’re bringing their own particular aura of machismo to American and European backyards. The first offset smokers were likely built by oilfield workers in Texas and Oklahoma. Far from home and restaurants, it didn’t take much for barbecue-starved welders...

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