Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible

Grill the Ultimate Quesadilla

Grill the Ultimate Quesadilla

The quesadilla burst onto America’s culinary landscape in the 1990s. It was love at first bite. We loved the earthy-flavored, chewy-crisp tortillas, the gooey filling of melted cheese, the sting of the jalapeños. In true American fashion, we made Mexico’s “grilled cheese sandwich” our own, piling on chicken, duck, shrimp, even lobster. Makes you wonder if some of the more extravagant versions still contain cheese. In much of Mexico, quesadillas are actually cooked on a comal...

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Win The Smoking Gun

Win The Smoking Gun

What could be better than a cool new tool just ahead of 4th of July? Enter to win your own portable smoker, The Smoking Gun. This handy gadget can help you quickly finish food with natural, cool smoke. Use it to surprise your guests by smoking ingredients that seem impossible to smoke, like butter, oysters, cocktails, or salads. THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. Try these smoky recipes: Smoked Cocktails Smoky Mary Smoky Martini...

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12 Things You Need to Know About Tri-Tip

12 Things You Need to Know About Tri-Tip

Tri-Tip Dinner Photo by Jim Bob Barnett What grills like steak, but slices like brisket? Offers the beefy flavor of sirloin, but is mercifully forgiving when it comes to grilling time? If you answered tri-tip, you probably come from southern California, and if not, follow us to Santa Maria, where you’ll experience some of the best beef barbecue half the country has never experienced. The year was 1952. The scene of the crime? An old Safeway store, long since razed, in this agricultural town...

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See My New iBooks Room

See My New iBooks Room

First, a Reddit AMA, and now a place where you can find all the digital versions of my best books. I’m certainly embracing the 21st century! I’m pleased to announce that you can now visit the new Steven Raichlen room on iBooks. The room is full of all my eBook titles, including my new book, Man Made Meals, and this site’s namesake, The Barbecue! Bible. If the dad in your life is a grilling- and barbecue-obsessed technophile, then...

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What Dad Really Wants for Father’s Day: 9 Inspired Gift Ideas

What Dad Really Wants for Father’s Day: 9 Inspired Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is approaching fast (it’s Sunday, June 15), and you know what that means: Desperate Saturday trips to menswear departments, pro shops, and even hardware stores to find a gift for Dad that won’t totally … well, you know. Speaking as a guy and a father, here’s a bit of advice: Don’t give Dad a gift he would store in a top dresser drawer. In other words, no socks, neckties, cufflinks, and monogrammed anything. We want toys. And time with you and yours. Gear for your grills satisfies both criteria. Any of the...

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Win a Package of Grilling Gear

Win a Package of Grilling Gear

We're kicking off a whole summer filled with giveaways. First up, enter to win a package of my Best of Barbecue grilling tools. This is your chance to give Dad an extra gift for Father's Day. All the products have the Raichlen stamp of approval, so I'm sure you'll consider these tools essential to your grilling arsenal by the end of the summer. The set of tools includes my 4-Compartment Grilling Basket, Ultimate Rib Rack, Ultimate Fish Grilling Basket, and Infrared Thermometer. THIS...

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Is It Done Yet? Five Failproof Tests to Check for Doneness

Is It Done Yet? Five Failproof Tests to Check for Doneness

Is it done yet? When it comes to grilling or smoking, that’s the, er, burning question. Even the most seasoned grillers and smokers sometimes experience a twinge of uncertainty when it comes to gauging the doneness of a particular meat or seafood. One of our missions here at Barbecue! Bible is to help you take the guesswork out of grilling. Here are five tests you can use now to tell exactly when the food on your grill is ready. The visual test: Look at the food and smell it....

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6 Things You Need to Know About Buying Shrimp

6 Things You Need to Know About Buying Shrimp

Shrimp on the barbie? You bet. This small crustacean looms large on Planet Barbecue. It’s universally available, relatively affordable, quick cooking, and sizzled on the grill in virtually every corner of the world. We Americans consume more shrimp per person per year than salmon, cod, or tilapia combined. When shrimp is good (sweet, fresh, and firm), few crustaceans can rival it. It’s a succulent, snappy crescent of pure protein—18 grams per 3 ounce serving. Shrimp is so accommodating, it even tells you when...

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