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The 6 Indispensable Tools You Need to Rock This Grilling Season Now

The 6 Indispensable Tools You Need to Rock This Grilling Season Now

Tradition holds that Memorial Day marks the start of America’s barbecue season. Tradition hasn’t logged into BarbecueBible.com. In our tribe, everyday is barbecue day, and most of us have been grilling for months (if not nonstop since last Memorial Day). Two months ago, we told you how to spring clean your grill and get it in top working order. Today, we’ll review the essential tools you need for grilling. Relax. Of the literally hundreds of accessories and gadgets on the market,...

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CBS Came for a Visit

Jamie Wax and crew from CBS paid a visit to my home in Miami to find out about the skills and tools that every guy needs to hold his own in the kitchen. We talked about my new book, Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys, and I told him the single most important thing for being a successful home cook. Can you guess what it is? Find out in the video above.

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A Memorial Day Menu Straight From the Grill

A Memorial Day Menu Straight From the Grill

Photo by Flickr/curtis.kennington Memorial Day already? Believe it or not, many people consider this holiday the start of grilling season. But not this community. Most of us here at BarbecueBible.com have been grilling for months already—if not all year long. And given this winter—with its record snows and polar vortexes—that’s no small accomplishment. This Memorial Day, I’m building my family’s menu around dishes that have become near and dear...

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Win Tickets to the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival

Win Tickets to the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival

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 National Harbor, MD on June 7th. Want to go? Enter below for a chance to win two tickets. 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 my demo at 1 p.m. in...

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Umami—This Ancient Asian Taste Can Help You Up Your Game at the Grill

Umami—This Ancient Asian Taste Can Help You Up Your Game at the Grill

Welcome to the second installment of The Grill Lab, where we explore the science behind skillful grilling and barbecuing. The topic today: umami. Umami (pronounced “oo-mah-me”) has been grabbing a lot of attention in the food world recently (consider the national expansion of the Los Angeles-based Umami Burger chain and the recent launch of Umami Barbecue). Closer to home, a growing number of grill and pit masters are talking umami in the context of barbecue and using the concept to score big at competitions. So what exactly is...

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Eat Your Words

Grilling to Perfection: Master the Basics

Grilling to Perfection: Master the Basics

Our barbecue community is growing. I'm pleased to announce a new series of guest blogs written by some of the top experts in the field—many of them my friends and colleagues—who will weigh in on topics of, er, burning interest. Up first: Andy Husband, Boston restaurateur, multi-barbecue competition champion, and author of several terrific books, who will share his advice on cleaning and lighting your grill and other fundamental techniques. -Steven When it comes to cooking over fire, my...

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Five Essential Barbecue Tips from John Stage of New York’s Legendary Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Five Essential Barbecue Tips from John Stage of New York’s Legendary Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Photo by Brent Herrig Photography John Stage never set out to launch a barbecue empire. Thirty years ago, the biker turned pit master took a makeshift smoker/grill—made from a halved 55-gallon drum—on the road to motorcycle fairs and festivals, because he believed that bikers deserved a great plate of barbecue, too. You’ll still find Harleys lined up outside Dinosaur Bar-B-Que’s original location in Syracuse, NY, but, travel to any of the other seven restaurants in the Northeast—including the...

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My New Book, Man Made Meals, is Here

My New Book, Man Made Meals, is Here

You may have heard a rumor that I’m writing a book that is not about barbecue. Yes, it’s true. It’s called Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook For Guys, and it’s about everything a man should know how to do in the kitchen—from shucking oysters to cooking up kick-ass chili to flambéing a dessert—because cooking well is the best way to eat well and bring pleasure to your family, friends, and most importantly, to yourself. This being a book for guys, of course...

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