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Valentine’s Day with Heart

Valentine’s Day with Heart

Today is Valentine’s Day. I’m giving my wife a heart-shaped card (or at least a card decorated with hearts). If I’m smart, I’ll throw in a heart-shaped box of chocolates. The one thing I won’t do is serve her a dish that’s a barbecue icon in Peru and Bolivia, and that’s turning up grilled, or otherwise, served at an increasing number of cutting-edge restaurants in North America. I’m referring to beef, veal, lamb, and chicken hearts. Exhibit #1. The grilled lamb heart salad served at Portland, Oregon’s new temple...

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Planet Barbecue

The Raichlen Thanksgiving Menu

The Raichlen Thanksgiving Menu

Talk about irony. Ever wondered how turkey, that centerpiece of the American Thanksgiving feast, came to be named for a Muslim country in the Near East? Turkey was, indeed, native to the Americas—hunted in the wild by Massachusetts Indian tribes and domesticated on the Yucatan Peninsula by the Mayans. But when it came to marketing this New World food in Europe, the 17th century explorers and merchants named it for what had been a source of exotic foods and luxury goods for centuries:...

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Raichlen on Regional-Style Ribs!

Raichlen on Regional-Style Ribs!

You might think that a rib is a rib is a rib -- throw enough spice and wood smoke in its general direction, and you'll wind up with respectable bones. The fact is that, while cooking ribs is not complicated, there's an enormous amount of technique, tradition, lore, and yes, science behind preparing the perfect bones. (And with these 22 rib tips, you too can up your game with slabs and bones!) Ribs possess many advantages. They offer gnawable bones that provide structure and flavor, presenting...

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Filipino Satti

Filipino Satti

The following guest blog is from our friend Alex Paman, an avid griller and aspiring cookbook author who is currently working on a book on iconic dishes of the Philippines. The above photo is courtesy of his fiance, Aira Baning. Below are three of my own satay tips. The word “satay,” used to describe meats skewered on bamboo sticks, is a regional term that is specific to Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. That term is generally not used in the Philippines,...

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Under the Hood

Tools of the Trade: Hasty-Bake

Tools of the Trade: Hasty-Bake

We’re starting a new series in which we look at American and international barbecue grills and smokers. In the annals of American barbecue grills, the Oklahoma-built Hasty-Bake is one of the most singular cookers ever built. The design has changed little from the days when Grant Hastings first founded the company in 1948: an adjustable charcoal shelf beneath a glass-fronted firebox. This enables you to cook at high heat, low heat, and everywhere...

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FIRST BARBECUE

WHO MADE THE FIRST BARBECUE? Scientific evidence suggests a distant human ancestor called Homo erectus staged the first barbecue. The discovery of live fire cooking 1.8 million years ago profoundly affected hominid behavior, nutrition, brain development, and even the look of the modern human face. The oldest fire pit that's been discovered to date is in the famous Wonderwerk cave in Langeban, South Africa. There, researchers discovered traces...

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