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Raichlen’s (Mostly New) Best Barbecue and Grilling Restaurants of 2016

Raichlen’s (Mostly New) Best Barbecue and Grilling Restaurants of 2016

It’s tough work, as the cliche goes, but someone has to do it. Part of my job—one of the best parts—is keeping tabs on the best new barbecue and grill restaurants. 2016 has been a banner year for live-fire cooking. The Grillworks wood burner has become the new stove in restaurants from New York to California. Elsewhere, chefs have taken a giant step backwards, installing wood-burning hearths that would have been at home in colonial kitchens. Here are a dozen of my favorite new restaurants for 2016. Boston/Cambridge: The Smoke Shop It’s about time. Boston chef Andy Husbands has had a...

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Reverse-Seared Smoked Beef Tenderloin for New Year’s

Reverse-Seared Smoked Beef Tenderloin for New Year’s

Whether you’re planning to ring in the New Year by hosting a festive sit-down dinner or an over-the-top buffet, there’s nothing more celebratory than a whole beef tenderloin. Yes, it’s extravagant. And, no, it’s not inexpensive. But it’s guaranteed to delight the carnivores in your circle—especially when smoke-roasted to sanguine perfection. An added bonus? It’s ridiculously easy to prepare—you can even do it ahead—and can be served...

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Smoked Eggnog for the Holidays

Smoked Eggnog for the Holidays

Here’s something to get your holiday party rolling—a brimming punchbowl of eggnog. Not the cloying, additive-laced stuff sold in cardboard containers in your supermarket dairy section. No, we’re talking real eggnog, made with real eggs heavy cream, fortified with not one, but three spirits (a practice favored by no less than George Washington, who spiked his eggnog with sherry, rum, and rye whisky). The sort of eggnog that’s as thick...

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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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