Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible

A Guide to Charcoal Water Smokers

A Guide to Charcoal Water Smokers

“Stick burners” (offset barrel smokers) may give you the bragging rights, not to mention smoker envy. But if you’re just starting out with smoking, you’d do well to consider a water smoker—sometimes called a bullet smoker. Shaped like an upright bullet (hence the nickname), the water smoker is simple to operate, but serious enough for competition cooks, who often employ these hard-working cookers in multiple units. The water smoker has a small footprint (about the size of a kettle grill)—an...

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Crash Course

Back to School: The Raichlen Crash Course on Barbecuing and Grilling

Back to School: The Raichlen Crash Course on Barbecuing and Grilling

Say it’s not true! Is it back to school time already? Maybe you’re college bound and want to show off your grill skills for your dorm mates. Maybe this is the year you aspire to smoke the competition on the tailgating circuit. Maybe you survived you first grill season and you want to take your skills to the next level. Or maybe you just can’t wait until the next session of Barbecue University in June. Well, here’s the official Raichlen crash course on barbecuing and grilling—the essentials you need to rock the grill every time you fire it up. Master the lesson, then practice, practice, practice! There’s still plenty of beautiful...

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Under the Hood

Raichlen Drinks the Kool-Aid: A Visit to the Big Green Egg Headquarters

Raichlen Drinks the Kool-Aid: A Visit to the Big Green Egg Headquarters

For years I’ve called them the “Moonies” of barbecue—that growing evangelical army of Big Green Egg enthusiasts who have a cult-like attachment to their green ovoid charcoal burning cookers and a messianic drive to spread the gospel of kamado cooking to every corner of Planet Barbecue. Yes, we have several Eggs at Barbecue University™ and I own one in my personal grill collection at home. But while I use my Egg from time to time (it makes an awesome turkey for Thanksgiving),...

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Bacon-Wrapped Onion Rings

Bacon-Wrapped Onion Rings

This blog post is brought to you with support from our sponsor. First came bacon-wrapped prunes. Then jalapeño poppers, then bacon-wrapped chicken wings. The latest manifestation of America’s bacon mania is onions—thick rings of Vidalias or other sweet onions dipped in hot sauce, swaddled in hickory-smoked bacon strips, and indirect grilled until the bacon is as crisp as the onion is meltingly tender. Is your mouth watering yet? It will...

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Win a Big Green Egg

Win a Big Green Egg

To celebrate the end of summer and to go out with a bang, BarbecueBible.com is giving away a Large Big Green Egg in a Nest—that unique and insanely popular cooking vessel that works as a grill, smoker, and outdoor oven. Enter for a chance to win below, and check out Big Green Egg's website for links to local dealers. THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. a Rafflecopter giveaway Join us for a LIVE Facebook chat...

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Taking the Cure: Of Nitrites, Prague Powder, and Other Curing Salts

Taking the Cure: Of Nitrites, Prague Powder, and Other Curing Salts

Picture the incarnadine color of corned beef and pastrami. The shimmering translucence and satin texture of Spanish lomo (cured pork loin) and bresaola and bündnerfleisch (respectively, Italian and Swiss air-dried beef). The rich hammy flavor of bacon, prosciutto, and jamon serrano. The complex umami flavors, not to mention the remarkable shelf life of dry-cured sausage and salami. All owe these hunger-inducing attributes to substances steeped in ancient tradition and modern controversy—sodium nitrate (NaNO3) and sodium nitrite (NaNO2)—the active ingredients in curing...

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Win a Chile Pepper Assortment and Cookbook

Win a Chile Pepper Assortment and Cookbook

It’s chile season! During Labor Day weekend, tens of thousands of people will heat things up in tiny Hatch, New Mexico, the self-proclaimed “Chile Capital of the World”, for the annual Hatch Chile Festival. Specialty produce distributor Melissa’s is on top of the hot Hatch chile phenomenon, and is ready to give away its Great Chile Pepper Assortment and Cookbook to two lucky winners. Each package includes a jar of Melissa’s famous ground hatch chile...

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9 Must-Have Tools to Take the Labor Out of Your Labor Day Barbecue

9 Must-Have Tools to Take the Labor Out of Your Labor Day Barbecue

Photo by nicholasputz Game plan for your Labor Day cookout? Hold the heavy lifting. That means keeping it simple: an easy grilled or smoked appetizer, a big hunk o’ smoke-roasted protein for the main course, a simple side dish or two, and a big-flavor, low-labor dessert (see my Labor Day menu). And if your guests offer to bring something? Let them. Not only is it one less thing to worry about, but it invests them in the success of your party. The right gear can help ease your labors...

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