Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible

Grilling with the Best Olive Oil

Grilling with the Best Olive Oil

If you’ve watched my TV shows (the latest one is Project Smoke on American Public Television), you’ve likely noticed I always emphasize that the quality of your food is at least as important as how you cook it. On the show, we use the best meat. The best produce. The best seafood. This dedication to quality extends to other ingredients as well. An example? Premium extra virgin olive oil, which you’ve likely noticed on the set, is a staple in my cooking and grilling life, a...

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The Pinnacle of Pork? Porchetta (or Porketta)

The Pinnacle of Pork? Porchetta (or Porketta)

During October, National Pork Month, we’ve featured pulled pork, 3-1-1 ribs, and shared our best recipes for pork steaks. But we saved the best for last: porchetta. Porchetta (pronounced “por-ketta”) is a spectacular roulade of pork—whole hog traditionally, or shoulder or loin—rich with crisp belly fat, blasted with garlic, herbs, salt, pepper, and citrus zest. Ancient cookbooks housed in the Vatican library suggest porchetta, which was traditionally spit-roasted...

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Fall Football Memphis Wood Fire Grills Sweepstakes

Fall Football Memphis Wood Fire Grills Sweepstakes

Football season is now in full swing—what have you been eating on game days? If you’re like many Americans, you think of chips and dip, veggie platters, and greasy takeout food as football food. Why not prepare something truly splendid on Sundays instead? Whether your team is making you proud by returning kickoffs for TDs or shaming you by missing easy field goals, your taste buds will declare the day a win with a few of these homemade dishes. You should start with chicken wings...

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Tempted by Tacos

Tempted by Tacos

Even baby boomers have a difficult time remembering when tacos—like pizza—weren’t a ubiquitous part of the culinary landscape. (Glen Bell opened the first Taco Bell restaurant in 1962 and went public with his franchise in 1970.) Now, Americans eat more than 4.5 billion tacos a year. Tacos rank among our most beloved fast foods, good for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a late-night snack after the bars close. The anglicized tacos of our youth started with a boxed kit containing fragile U-shaped taco shells, salsa, and a packet of seasoning...

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Our Best Pork Chop Recipes

Our Best Pork Chop Recipes

Last week we celebrated National Pulled Pork Day with great enthusiasm, but don’t let the fun stop there! National Pork Month lasts the full month of October, and we present for your consideration another favorite pork dish—the pork chop. Pork ribs, pulled pork, and bacon may gain more attention when it comes to pork on your grill or in your smoker, but an expertly prepared moist and tender pork chop is a thing of beauty. Here are the most popular pork chop recipes on the website viewed by...

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3-2-1 Ribs Revisited: Is It Time for New Math?

3-2-1 Ribs Revisited: Is It Time for New Math?

Most serious practitioners consider barbecue an art, the outcome of which depends on knowledge, skill, and intuition. Which is why I’m skeptical of formulaic approaches like the 3-2-1 method for cooking pork spare ribs. Last year, in what turned out to be one of my most visited blog posts to date, I wrote: And if you serve ribs cooked by the 3-2-1 method, 95 percent of the people who taste them will react with delight and will declare you a genius. ...

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Celebrate Pulled Pork Day

Celebrate Pulled Pork Day

Who says our Congress does nothing? Both sides of the aisle came together to proclaim National Pulled Pork Day. It debuts on October 12, 2016. Forgive my cynicism. I couldn’t be more supportive of pulled pork. It is one of the glories of true barbecue, a miracle of meat, smoke, and fire. Oh, and one other thing: patience. The American South, from the Carolinas to Tennessee, is known for its pulled pork. Many people believe it’s an American invention....

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Grilled Pizza Recipes and Tools

Grilled Pizza Recipes and Tools

Hurray for October. The first full month of fall brings some of our favorite holidays: Columbus Day (the explorer’s voyage introduced Europe to chilies and, indirectly, barbacoa), for example. And Halloween. (Check out our Frankensauce and Grilled Pumpkin Pie.) This is prime tailgating season, of course. And, yes, October is National Pizza Month. You know Raichlen’s philosophy: if something tastes great baked, roasted, or fried, it probably tastes even better grilled....

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