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Meet the All New Ultimate Grill Brush

Meet the All New Ultimate Grill Brush

You’re more likely to win the lottery or get struck by lightning. However, the small but much publicized risk of swallowing a stray metal bristle from a grill brush set us thinking. Could we design a grill brush that’s virtually guaranteed not to shed bristles? We have—it’s our new Ultimate Grill Brush—and it’s about to make it even easier to practice good grill hygiene safely and without fear. A bit of engineering. In conventional grill brushes,...

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Under the Hood

2014 Barbecue Gift Guide: 10 Indispensable Gifts for the Griller in Your Life

2014 Barbecue Gift Guide: 10 Indispensable Gifts for the Griller in Your Life

You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you can get what you need.        —Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones Sorry, Mick. I beg to differ. This holiday you can get what you want and what you need. (For we smoke and fire addicts the two are often synonymous.) Here's BarbecueBible.com's annual compilation of the tools, fuels, gadgets, and other gifts guaranteed to thrill the barbecuer in your life. Permission granted to print it out and distribute it to people who might need a cheat sheet for...

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Barbecuer’s Dream Gift Package Sweepstakes

Barbecuer’s Dream Gift Package Sweepstakes

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or your family or pals, these items are sure to make hearts beat faster this holiday season. And as an early gift to you, our readers, we’re giving away one package with everything on this list: Stainless Quesadilla Basket, Beer Can Chicken Roaster, Ultimate Rib Rack, Lumatong, Food Glove and Meat Claws Set, Ultimate Suede Grilling Gloves, Infrared Grill Thermometer, Grill Grid Lifter, Best of Barbecue All-Purpose, Java, and Mediterranean rubs,...

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In Praise of Pork Shoulder, Part 2: Season It Like You Mean It

In Praise of Pork Shoulder, Part 2: Season It Like You Mean It

Photo by David McSpadden. In Part 1 of this series, we gave you tips on buying pork shoulder, sometimes called pork butt, even though it has nothing to do with a hog’s hindquarters. Now you’ll learn how to coax the most flavor from this indispensable hunk of meat. When it comes to seasoning pork shoulder, remember that a faint heart never won a poker—err, porker—game. You have options: Rub: We Americans use rubs with greater imagination and with a freer...

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Getting the Flavor into the Meat

Getting the Flavor into the Meat

Rubs and spice mixes work great for building flavor on the exterior of the meat. Marinades take the taste deeper, especially if you score the surface with a sharp knife. But to drive the flavor even deeper into the heart of the meat, nothing beats injecting—a process similar to the shot your doctor delivers with a hypodermic needle. Flavor. It’s the thing that separates the pros from the amateurs. So the next time your turkey or pork shoulder needs a shot of flavor and moistness, invest in one of these Best of Barbecue injecting...

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How to Survive Black Friday: 10 e-Cookbooks for Your Favorite Barbecue Fanatic

How to Survive Black Friday: 10 e-Cookbooks for Your Favorite Barbecue Fanatic

Black Friday? Not for me. I’d rather sit for a root canal (at least they anesthetize you) than fight the crowds at the mall parking lot. And that was before Black Friday elbowed in on what should be sacred family tradition: Thanksgiving dinner. If you want to shop on Black Friday, why not do the heavy lifting on your keyboard or touchpad? First, a shout out to our colleagues at Workman Publishing—in particular their functional and fun Page-A-Day calendars that make terrific gifts for grilling fanatics: For fish lovers: Trout of North America For the farm-to-table crowd: Seasons:...

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Crash Course

How to Carve a Turkey

How to Carve a Turkey

You sourced an organic or heritage turkey, brined it with whiskey and maple syrup for a day and a night, and slow-smoked it over hardwood. You basted it conscientiously and made gravy from the smoky drippings. Now comes the fun part—or for many people the scary part—to carve it in front of an expectant hungry crowd. Well, we here at BarbecueBible.com have you covered. When you follow these six simple steps, anyone can approach the cutting board with confidence (after...

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Crash Course

Talking Turkey: The Raichlen 12-Step Program for Taking Your Holiday Bird Over the Top

Talking Turkey: The Raichlen 12-Step Program for Taking Your Holiday Bird Over the Top

There’s a big difference in texture and taste between ice-hard frozen supermarket turkeys and fresh organic birds from your natural foods store or farmers’ market. The organic bird may seem a little tougher, but you can’t beat the flavor—or the knowledge that it’s free of hormones and chemical additives. You’ll need to order it ahead, so don’t wait until the last minute. So how big a turkey should you buy? Figure on 1 1/2 pounds per person. This will make you feel properly overfed...

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