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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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Inspiring the Next Generation of Pit Masters

Inspiring the Next Generation of Pit Masters

The following is an interview with Allen Frecker, a social studies teacher at Cincinnati’s Hughes STEM High School. (The acronym stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.) Twice a year, the school suspends regular classes and gives students the opportunity to spend a week immersed in special interest programs organized by the faculty to teach students real-life lessons and even inspire career choices. Three years ago, Allen recruited our help in motivating his students with educational materials—videos of...

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Win Tickets to the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival in Richmond, VA

Win Tickets to the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival in Richmond, VA

I will be doing a cooking demo and signing my new book, Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys, at the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival in Richmond, VA on June 14th. Want to go? Enter below for a chance to win two tickets. Your ticket will get you a free sampling glass to taste all the beer and bourbon you can handle. The festival includes 60 beers, 40 bourbons, and a ton of barbecue to enjoy! Catch my demo at 1 p.m. in the...

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Big Bad Beef Ribs: A Crash Course

Big Bad Beef Ribs: A Crash Course

Have you ever experienced the “brontosaurus” rib at Mighty Quinn's in Manhattan? How about the 8-inch long beef plate ribs at La Barbecue Cuisine Texicana in Austin? Or the pastrami beef ribs elucidated in the amazing five-volume Modernist Cuisine cookbook by Nathan Myhrvold. I hope so—you should. After decades of playing backup to the omnipresent, uber-popular pork baby back and sparerib, the beef rib has finally achieved star status of its own. It’s about time. In the hands of a skilled pit master or mistress, beef ribs have no equal. (Triangulate brisket, tri-tip, and flank steak and you get an...

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The 6 Indispensable Tools You Need to Rock This Grilling Season Now

The 6 Indispensable Tools You Need to Rock This Grilling Season Now

Tradition holds that Memorial Day marks the start of America’s barbecue season. Tradition hasn’t logged into BarbecueBible.com. In our tribe, everyday is barbecue day, and most of us have been grilling for months (if not nonstop since last Memorial Day). Two months ago, we told you how to spring clean your grill and get it in top working order. Today, we’ll review the essential tools you need for grilling. Relax. Of the literally hundreds of accessories and gadgets on the market,...

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CBS Came for a Visit

Jamie Wax and crew from CBS paid a visit to my home in Miami to find out about the skills and tools that every guy needs to hold his own in the kitchen. We talked about my new book, Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys, and I told him the single most important thing for being a successful home cook. Can you guess what it is? Find out in the video above.

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A Memorial Day Menu Straight From the Grill

A Memorial Day Menu Straight From the Grill

Photo by Flickr/curtis.kennington Memorial Day already? Believe it or not, many people consider this holiday the start of grilling season. But not this community. Most of us here at BarbecueBible.com have been grilling for months already—if not all year long. And given this winter—with its record snows and polar vortexes—that’s no small accomplishment. This Memorial Day, I’m building my family’s menu around dishes that have become near and dear...

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