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In Time for Father’s Day: 5 Great Recipes for Grilled Steak

In Time for Father’s Day: 5 Great Recipes for Grilled Steak

George Stephens, Sr. fabricated the first prototype of his iconic Weber kettle grill in 1952. My family didn’t get the memo until the 1970s, meaning that all the steaks that ended up on our table were cooked on a grill with a lidless shallow fire pan. I recall the grill grate could be raised or lowered via a crank-operated center stem over the coals, but only by a couple of inches. Consequently, everything was direct grilled. And my father did steaks one way and one way only—hot, fast, and well done, seasoned...

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Barbecue University™

My Favorite Rib Recipe, Plus 8 Tips for Righteous Ribs

My Favorite Rib Recipe, Plus 8 Tips for Righteous Ribs

Twelve years ago this month, I began working for Steven Raichlen, the world’s foremost authority on international grilling and barbecue. My first major project was testing recipes for Steven's book Best Ribs Ever. My brand-new Weber Performer—I didn’t own a smoker in those days—and I turned out slab after slab of ribs during the spring of 2005, which I would vacuum seal and pack with frozen gel packs and overnight to Steven’s home in Miami....

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Planet Barbecue

Taco Tuesday Hits the Grill

Taco Tuesday Hits the Grill

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. And now, tacos have their own day! Taco Tuesdays have become a ritual in kitchens across the country. We challenge you to mix it up this week, and grill your taco ingredients! We've compiled a list of recipes below to get your started. 1. Shepherd’s Tacos (Tacos al Pastor) Like many totemic dishes on Planet Barbecue, the tacos al pastor...

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Project Smoke Quiz: Test Your Beef Knowledge

Project Smoke Quiz: Test Your Beef Knowledge

Test your BBQ IQ: OK, you know how to smoke beef ribs and brisket. But how far does your beef knowledge extend? Test your knowledge with this short quiz. Take another quiz on barbecue and grilling techniques.

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Buying Beef: Prime vs. Choice, Wet-Aged vs. Dry-Aged

Buying Beef: Prime vs. Choice, Wet-Aged vs. Dry-Aged

As a member of this barbecue community, you probably buy a lot of meat. And when you do, you may have lots of questions: Should you buy Prime or Choice? Wet-aged or dry-aged? Here’s how to speak with your butcher so you sound like you know what you’re talking about. PRIME VERSUS CHOICE The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) grades beef according to tenderness, texture, and “marbling”—the distribution of intramuscular fat. (Remember this equation: Fat equals flavor.) There are eight USDA grades, but...

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Reverse-Seared Smoked Beef Tenderloin for New Year’s

Reverse-Seared Smoked Beef Tenderloin for New Year’s

Whether you’re planning to ring in the New Year by hosting a festive sit-down dinner or an over-the-top buffet, there’s nothing more celebratory than a whole beef tenderloin. Yes, it’s extravagant. And, no, it’s not inexpensive. But it’s guaranteed to delight the carnivores in your circle—especially when smoke-roasted to sanguine perfection. An added bonus? It’s ridiculously easy to prepare—you can even do it ahead—and can be served...

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The Ultimate Holiday Prime Rib

The Ultimate Holiday Prime Rib

All photos by Rob Baas. Prime rib. No other hunk of meat has such wow power. And no other cut strikes more fear in the hearts of home grill masters. With the holidays just a few days away, I feel the anxiety level rising. My inbox is inundated with questions, while search engines thrum with the words “prime rib recipe.” For the record, Google returns 1,430,000 results. Your search is over, however. My two-step method, which I debuted on Project Smoke, is simply the...

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The New Cuts of Steak: Big Flavor, Merciful Price, Part 2

The New Cuts of Steak: Big Flavor, Merciful Price, Part 2

"Carne asada" by Flickr user Daniel R. Blume via Creative Commons. For more than two decades, the slogan of the beef industry was, “Beef. It’s what’s for dinner.” Except that in some American households, it wasn’t. And it it’s not hard to guess one cause of the downward drift in consumption: According to the USDA, the average price of a pound of beef nearly doubled between 2002 and 2015 ($3.32 versus $6.29). One industry spokesperson dubbed hamburger “the new steak” and steak “the new Maserati.” Enter the Beef Checkoff program,...

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Butchery Basics: Know Where Your Steak Comes From

Butchery Basics: Know Where Your Steak Comes From

From our friends at Strauss Brands who provided the tasty beef for Project Smoke and masterfully answered What Is Grass-Fed Beef and What’s So Great About It? comes a helpful video on breaking down cuts of beef: https://youtu.be/3wC_4DR_A74 Porterhouse. And T-bone. Two of the most revered cuts among steak fanatics everywhere. Check out this video from Mark Goessl and Lori Dunn of Strauss Brands to learn the difference and how to cut...

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The New Cuts of Steak: Big Flavor, Merciful Price

The New Cuts of Steak: Big Flavor, Merciful Price

Photo by Rob Baas. "The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook."       —Julia Child Flat iron? Calotte? Teres major? Meet the new steaks, and don’t feel badly if you haven’t heard of them. A few years ago, the Beef Checkoff program teamed up with meat scientists from the University of Florida and the University of Nebraska to identify value cuts for consumers while minimizing “trim”—the bits that are ground into hamburger. They focused most of their efforts on the chuck...

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