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Crash Course on Grilling: The Anatomy of a Grill

Crash Course on Grilling: The Anatomy of a Grill

We’re pleased to introduce a new blog series on BarbecueBible.com: Barbecue University™. Every few weeks we’ll give you a crash course on a particular aspect of grilling, from essential gear and fuels to the indispensable techniques. Up this week: The Anatomy of a Grill. Master it and you’ll make more informed decisions when buying and using your grill. Travel Planet Barbecue with me and you’ll find grills of every size, shape, and design. Despite this incredible diversity, all grills share similar...

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Smokin’ Accessories for the Pit Barrel Cooker

Smokin’ Accessories for the Pit Barrel Cooker

The Pit Barrel Cooker keeps on smokin', gaining popularity in the months since we posted a blog story about founder Noah Glanville and his product last January. Thousands of you have viewed that post, and we’ve heard from many who have grown to love the PBC as much as we do. The product is unique because of its features (for example, it doesn’t have a drip pan), its size (30-gallon, smaller than the typical 55), and its affordability ($299 including...

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Black Magic: Cast Iron and Live Fire, Part 1

Black Magic: Cast Iron and Live Fire, Part 1

When it comes to cookware for your smoker or grill, cast iron rocks. From its tough black look to its wrist-bending heft. There’s its primal connection to past generations of live-fire hearth masters. And last but not least, its versatility. With a well-seasoned piece of cast iron, you can sear, braise, bake, fry, stew, pan-roast, and even smoke. Cast iron’s bona fides (and strong connections to food) were established more than 2,500 years ago—the Chinese may have been the first to pour...

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

The weather outside is frightful—87 degrees in Miami last week—but the fire is so delightful ... the fire in my grill, of course. As I smoke-roasted the turkey for the Raichlen family Thanksgiving, I gave some thought to what I would want on my holiday gift list. The beauty of the following list is that it works for both your favorite barbecuer and YOU. Best of all: you can shop from the comfort of home while other people duke it out on this, Black Friday. iGrill2 Bluetooth Thermometer Price: $87.98 A must-have for grilling multi-taskers...

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Our Top Picks: Tailgating Gear

Our Top Picks: Tailgating Gear

What’s so appealing about hosting a party in a parking lot before a sporting event? Everything! Americans love tailgating and take credit for inventing this unique form of entertaining, usually a triumvirate of beer, balls, and barbecue. Recently, we posted our top 10 tailgating tips. Embedded in that blog post was a promise to share with you our favorite equipment. Now we’re making good on it. You won’t see any battery-draining margarita blenders, big screen plasma TVs, or silver candelabra here. Just useful stuff that will make you look like...

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High-Tech Grilling Gadgets, Part 1

High-Tech Grilling Gadgets, Part 1

Call me a Luddite. (In the early 19th century, this militant sect of English textile workers destroyed newfangled power looms in an attempt to protect their jobs.) When it comes to barbecue, I like to manage the metrics with the tools I was born with. The palm of my hand, for example, for gauging the heat of a grill. (Remember the Mississippi Test?) Or my index finger for poking a steak or chop to check its doneness. For larger cuts of meat I’ll use an instant-read meat thermometer (see below) and I try to keep an eye on...

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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 are just a few...

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