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The Best Accessory for Barbecue: Grill Baskets

The Best Accessory for Barbecue: Grill Baskets

Travel the world’s barbecue trail and you’ll make a surprising discovery. Roughly a quarter of the grills on Planet Barbecue lack the one feature most of us North Americans consider indispensible: a grate. On vast swaths of Planet Barbecue—from Morocco to Greece, from Israel to Azerbaijan, from Russia to India—people grill on a mangal—a rectangular metal box with blazing embers at the bottom, but without a grill grate. Instead, they place the food to be grilled in a wire basket straddling the top of the mangal to be...

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Where Did Kamado Grills Come From?

Where Did Kamado Grills Come From?

Illustration on the left by Trudy Michels, Studio Michels. I met Jeroen Hazebroek ten years ago at a trade fair in Cologne. He impressed me by both his knowledge of kamado cookers and the lusciousness of the food he cooked on them. He’s just written a terrific new book on kamados, Hot Coals, available in his native Dutch and English. I asked Jeroen to share a blog post with us on the history of this singular and eminently versatile cooker. –Steven The use of ceramic grills or kamados is exploding...

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What Is It? The Rib Rack

What Is It? The Rib Rack

It’s a challenge that frustrates rib fanatics everywhere. Vertical grills and smokers, like the kettle grill, Weber Smokey Mountain, and Big Green Egg, turn out excellent moist smoky ribs. But a 22-inch diameter grill grate accommodates two, maybe three racks of baby backs. (Even fewer if you’re smoking spareribs or beef long ribs.) And two racks of ribs do not a party make. There’s a simple solution: cook the ribs upright in a rib...

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The Smokers of Project Smoke

The Smokers of Project Smoke

Playboy (or Playgirl). Maxim. Sports Illustrated. Here at BarbecueBible.com we have our own parade of pinups. They’re called grills and smokers and they inspire the same sort of lust in this community that scantily clad bodies do elsewhere. Many of you have been asking for a complete list of the grills and smokers used on the new Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke TV series on public television. (Click here to see where it's airing near you.) These babes are, well, hot. Bradley electric smoker: Jerky. Cheesecake. Deviled eggs. These...

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What Is It? Grill Grate Oiler

What Is It? Grill Grate Oiler

A well-oiled grill grate prevents sticking, but it’s also essential for producing the tack-sharp grill marks which are the signature of master grillsmanship. (Remember my grill masters’ mantra: Keep it hot. Keep it clean. Keep it lubricated.) Sure, you could use the traditional method of oiling the grate with a folded paper towel dipped in oil and drawn across the bars of the grate at the end of tongs. Or you could use the high-tech version: a...

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What Is It? The Potato Grilling Rack

What Is It? The Potato Grilling Rack

From Man Made Meals © 2014 (Workman Publishing). Photo by Lucy Schaeffer. Think of the perfect baked potato: the skin crisp; the interior creamy and fluffy; the hot puff of steam that rises so invitingly when you cut into it. Now think of that same potato subtly infused with wood smoke. Potato perfection just got redefined. The Potato Grilling Rack easily accommodates four large baking potatoes. Simply scrub the potatoes (preferably high-starch...

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas 2015

Father’s Day Gift Ideas 2015

Father’s Day already? You know the drill. Mom gets breakfast in bed. Dads get to cook dinner for everybody standing next to a hot smoky grill. Not that we mind, for few things bring any dad more pleasure than grilling for his family or tribe. And nothing thrills more than acquiring new gear for the grill. So here’s our annual dream Father’s Day gift list—complete with some of our best advice for grilling. Beats the hell out of bedroom slippers and neckties. Keep it clean with our New Ultimate Grill Brush: You’re more likely to win...

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Buying a Grill or Smoker? 8 Questions to Ask Yourself

Buying a Grill or Smoker? 8 Questions to Ask Yourself

May is National Barbecue Month, a perfect time to establish your barbecue bona fides. Will this be the year you master the porterhouse? Make your own home-cured bacon or pastrami? Nail a competition-quality brisket? It’s also the time of year to cast a critical eye on your grilling hardware. For some people, that means refurbishing grills that grew sclerotic over the winter. For others—and here I raise my hand—National Barbecue Month gives you license to shop for a new grill or smoker. “Which grill should I buy?”...

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The Ins and Outs of Injecting

The Ins and Outs of Injecting

Afraid of needles? Don’t let that deter you from enjoying the benefits of injecting. As many barbecue pros know, injecting is the most efficient way to add flavor and moisture to smoked, barbecued, or grilled food. Think of injecting as marinating from the inside out. Let me explain. Rubs, spice pastes, and glazes sit on the meat’s surface. Marinades penetrate only a few millimeters into the meat. Brining and curing solutions do reach the center,...

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What Is It? Marinade Turbocharger

What Is It? Marinade Turbocharger

Genghis Khan’s warriors rode with raw meat under their saddles to tenderize their steaks. You have a better option. You can use an acid-based marinade, for example. Or sever meat fibers by mechanical means using a sharp-needled tenderizer (sometimes called a Jaccard). The Best of Barbecue Marinade Turbocharger combines both techniques. Its 48 spring-loaded razor-sharp needles deeply penetrate the meat, cutting through tough muscle while creating channels...

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