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Cocktails for Smoke Lovers

Cocktails for Smoke Lovers

By now, you know Raichlen’s rule: If a food tastes great baked, fried, or sautéed, it tastes even better grilled. Here’s the corollary: If a cocktail hits the spot shaken or stirred, it surely sips better smoked. Which brings us one of the hottest trends in American mixology these days: smoked cocktails. Smoke has been called the “umami of barbecue,” and it adds a character and complexity that can turn a cocktail you’ve drunk a thousand times into a drink...

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Planet Barbecue

Raichlen’s 10 Best BBQ and Grill Restaurants of 2013

Raichlen’s 10 Best BBQ and Grill Restaurants of 2013

Barbecue’s golden age? That would be when such barbecue legends as Charlie Vergos grilled ribs in Memphis, Arthur Bryant smoked burnt edges in Kansas City, and Big Bob Gibson slathered chicken with white barbecue sauce in Decatur, Alabama. But if you’re waiting for me to complain that barbecue just isn’t what it used to be, guess again. It’s better. A new generation of pit masters, like Tim Rattray in San Antonio or Hugh Mangum in Manhattan, has taken over. Only now, they’re cooking with heritage pork, grass-fed beef, and organic or natural chicken. They respect tradition to a point (consider Aaron Franklin’s textbook brisket). But they’re also broadening our notion...

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Barbecue University

Hors d’Oeuvres Meet Grill—Finger Food for the Holidays

Hors d’Oeuvres Meet Grill—Finger Food for the Holidays

Russians call them zakuski. The French term is hors d’oeuvres. Italians ask for antipasti. In Turkey and other eastern Mediterranean countries, they’re known as meze. In America, we use the macabre expression finger food, and no self respecting holiday party would be complete without them. But if your notion of cocktail party fare runs to cheese balls and stuffed celery, you’re in need of a Barbecue! Bible makeover. Sure,...

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Under the Hood

The Coolest Grills 2013

The Coolest Grills 2013

It’s a rough job, as the saying goes, but someone has to do it: Traveling Planet Barbecue on the lookout for amazing new grills, heart-stoppingly delectable dishes, and restaurants worth making a special trip for. In the next two weeks, I’ll be blogging here on Barbecue! Bible and writing for the Huffington Post about some the most memorable barbecue experiences I had in 2013. So spread the word, and as always, tell us about your best barbecue experiences in the year we’re about to say goodbye to. And now, Raichlen’s Coolest Grills of 2013. First, let...

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Barbecue University

Prime Rib Meets Grill—The Conclusion

Prime Rib Meets Grill—The Conclusion

So now you know how to shop for a prime rib and how to French it, tie it, and season it. There are at least three ways to cook this hunka-hunka roast on the grill or in the smoker—all of them excellent. Spit-roasting: Spit-roasting is my hands-down favorite method for cooking prime rib. Thanks to the slow gentle rotation, the meat cooks evenly and bastes in its own melting fat. Extra points if you spit-roast on a charcoal grill because you can toss wood chips on the coals, giving the you...

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Barbecue University

New Year’s Resolutions for Die-Hard Grill Fanatics

New Year’s Resolutions for Die-Hard Grill Fanatics

Mid-December already? In addition to holiday madness, that means one thing: a new batch of New Year’s resolutions. Everyone makes them. Everyone breaks them. Well, here at Barbecue Bible, we want to help you up your grill skills in 2014. So here are five resolutions I can almost guarantee you’ll keep in 2014, plus 2 of the personal barbecue resolutions I plan to make for the coming year. Resolve, finances permitting, to become a two-grill (or smoker) family. This one’s...

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Prime Rib Meets the Grill—Part Two

Prime Rib Meets the Grill—Part Two

In our last blog, I told you how to shop for my hands-down favorite holiday meat centerpiece—the hulking, glistening, spice-blasted, smoke-scented, crusty-on-the- outside, moist-meaty-rare-on-the-inside, bone-in, carnivorous nirvana known as prime rib. This week, we’ll focus on how to prep and cook a prime rib. It’s easy, but as with so much in life, perfection lies in the details. As always, the action takes place on your grill or in your smoker outdoors. No oven allowed. So put on your...

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Barbecue University

Homemade for the Holidays—Barbecue Rubs

Homemade for the Holidays—Barbecue Rubs

Sure, you could buy that grilling fanatic on your holiday gift list a new smoker or cutting-edge grill accessory. (For some suggestions, check out our barbecuers’ gift guide.) But sometimes, the most meaningful gifts are the ones you make yourself. Homemade gifts help you stretch your holiday shopping dollars, and in inclement weather, they’re a great way to channel your inner pit master without having to don your parka or fight for a parking spot. Which...

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