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Grilling in the Chinese New Year

Grilling in the Chinese New Year

Two men celebrating with bak kua (grilled pork jerky) While many of us were preparing for Super Bowl parties last weekend, the Chinese welcomed a bronco of a different sort: the Year of the Horse. Fortunately, it’s not too late to celebrate the Chinese New Year: Festivities last for 15 days, making this the longest holiday on the Chinese calendar. Perfect for guys like me, who despite the best intentions, don’t always post holiday cards on time. My first impulse is to celebrate...

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Embrace the Cold-Weather Griller in You

Embrace the Cold-Weather Griller in You

Quick, when it snows, what do you shovel first: the path to your car or the path to your grill? Believe it or not, when I was growing up, people routinely retired their grills after Labor Day. Times have changed. Whether it’s due to a protracted appetite for the smoky flavors of summer or the continued need for barbecue bragging rights all year long, live-fire cooking outdoors has become a four-season obsession. You might wonder why you’d take winter...

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Super Bowl Showdown: Seattle Planked Salmon vs. Denver Bison Burgers

Super Bowl Showdown: Seattle Planked Salmon vs. Denver Bison Burgers

Sometimes it helps not to have skin in the game. When the crowds converge on MetLife Stadium in New Jersey this Sunday, neither of my “home” teams (the Miami Dolphins or the New England Patriots) will be playing. That leaves me free to focus on what really matters on Super Bowl Sunday—without nail-biting partisanship—the food. But I’m rooting for both contenders with my menu, which features two dishes inspired by the Seahawks and the...

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Grilled Dips for the Super Bowl

Grilled Dips for the Super Bowl

Hunger Game? That would be Super Bowl Sunday. Apparently, it involves football and no shortage of statistics (like carries and passing yards). But the stat that matters most to me is 62 percent. That’s the number of American grill owners who will fire them up on Super Bowl Sunday, making this the busiest grilling day of the winter. (Yes, there’s actually an organization that keeps track of our grill usage. Not the NSA, but the HPBA—Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue...

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The Ultimate Indoor Grill—Your Fireplace

The Ultimate Indoor Grill—Your Fireplace

This winter is one for the record books, with weather so cold in the Northeast, it even stopped Niagara Falls in its tracks. An unexpected reminder of how dependent we are on the grid for warmth, water, and, of course, the ability to produce hot food. While I’d normally advocate shoveling a path to the grill to cook when the power’s out—easy for a Miami-based guy to say, right?—no one should be outdoors in dangerously cold conditions. But you don’t have to forsake the satisfying flavors of smoke and...

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Winging It on Super Bowl Sunday

Winging It on Super Bowl Sunday

Quick: What’s the second biggest eating holiday after Thanksgiving? Memorial Day? July 4th? Labor Day? Actually, it’s Super Bowl Sunday, which is coming at us faster (February 2) than a Peyton Manning pass. According to the National Restaurant Association, 63 percent of Americans consider chicken wings a “must-have” in their annual mash-up of food and football. We ate nearly 1.23 billion wings during last year’s game—enough to encircle the earth twice. Chicken wings make the perfect Super Bowl food. Infinitely customizable. Easily...

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Better Late Than Never—Predictions for Barbecue in 2014

Better Late Than Never—Predictions for Barbecue in 2014

2013 was a sensational year for barbecue. Wildly innovative dishes. Sizzling new grills. Fantastic new restaurants—often in locations where you’d least expect them. No one can foresee the future, of course (especially not through clouds of hickory smoke), but this Barbecue! Bible pundit will hazard some predictions. The coming year will bring us even better ’que—at home, at restaurants, and on the barbecue trail. Herewith, my barbecue predictions for 2014. Tempted by tentacles: In the last month, I’ve eaten...

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So Good It Hurts

So Good It Hurts

Did you know every day, every week, and every month of the year honors a particular food or drink? Thanks to a blend of presidential proclamations and industry and trade association lobbying, the calendar for 2014 is entirely committed. (It’s reassuring to know that Congress does something…) You say you missed “National Bloody Mary Day” on January 1? No problem. You can catch one of several days this month honoring alcoholic beverages, including Hot Buttered...

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