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New Kid on the Block: Pellet Grills

New Kid on the Block: Pellet Grills

“It’s easy—maybe a little too easy,” I told the crowd of Barbecue University students gathered around the first wood pellet grill many had seen. People nodded—we had an understanding, right? Smoking and barbecuing are supposed to be hard work. If not chopping wood, then at least breathing in charcoal dust and smoke and laboring to maintain a steady temperature during a barbecue session that could last the better part of a day. Or night. Certainly no self-respecting pit master would subscribe to a “set...

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9 Silicone Uses for Barbecuers and Grillers

9 Silicone Uses for Barbecuers and Grillers

This blog post is brought to you with support from our sponsor. I am reassured all’s right with the world—the barbecue world, anyway—when I meet pit masters determined to do things the traditional way. To whit, tending pits that have burned for decades and stoking the fires with local hardwoods. And of course, pulling pork when screaming hot out of the smoker with their bare hands. Suggest that such masters might be more comfortable...

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Try This at Home: Brazilian-Style Rodizio

Let the Turks have their shish kebab and Indonesians their sate. I raise my fork for churrasco (pronounced shoe-HRA-skoo), Brazil’s spit-roasted version of barbecue. So when a young Memphis, Tennessee entrepreneur, Blake Carson, offered to send one of his rodizio grills to Barbecue University, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. Eyes popped and jaws dropped when students realized they could reproduce the Brazilian steakhouse experience in their own backyards. Blake has designed a new...

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Grills and Smokers We Love: The Pit Barrel Cooker

Grills and Smokers We Love: The Pit Barrel Cooker

At Barbecue University we have a world-class collection of grills, smokers, and wood-burning ovens. Some units, like the monster Kalamazoo tri-fuel grill, cost as much as a new car. So why have our students gathered around what looks like a black metal trashcan? Why has the Pit Barrel Cooker (for that’s the name of the device) become one of the most popular and best-selling grills at Barbecue University? By what mysterious law of thermodynamics can you suspend racks of ribs from the metal rod across the top of the cooker so the rib tips hover 2 inches above...

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Iron Meets Smoke: Grilling on a Plancha

Iron Meets Smoke: Grilling on a Plancha

The Spanish call it plancha. Argentineans call it champa. I call it one of the best ways to marry the searing and crusting capabilities of a cast iron skillet with the intense heat and smoke flavor produced by your grill. A plancha is a sort of griddle—a thick, flat slab of cast iron you place on your grill for searing small or delicate foods like asparagus stalks, bay scallops, shrimp, fragile fish fillets, chicken livers, and yes, even diced poultry...

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Under the Hood

Grilling Gear: Protect Your Hands While in the Hot Zone

Grilling Gear: Protect Your Hands While in the Hot Zone

Grilling exposes your hands to shooting sparks, scorching metal, and of course, smoking hot food. Whether you’re handling a chimney starter, cleaning or lifting a grill grate, moving a hot beer-can chicken, or pulling a pork shoulder, you need to protect your hands. We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about your hands and forearms and how to keep them in the comfort zone when you’re in the hot zone. Here’s what you need: Best of Barbecue Ultimate Suede Grilling Gloves: Voted tops...

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Meet the All New Ultimate Grill Brush

Meet the All New Ultimate Grill Brush

You’re more likely to win the lottery or get struck by lightning. However, the small but much publicized risk of swallowing a stray metal bristle from a grill brush set us thinking. Could we design a grill brush that’s virtually guaranteed not to shed bristles? We have—it’s our new Ultimate Grill Brush—and it’s about to make it even easier to practice good grill hygiene safely and without fear. A bit of engineering. In conventional grill brushes,...

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Under the Hood

2014 Barbecue Gift Guide: 10 Indispensable Gifts for the Griller in Your Life

2014 Barbecue Gift Guide: 10 Indispensable Gifts for the Griller in Your Life

You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you can get what you need.        —Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones Sorry, Mick. I beg to differ. This holiday you can get what you want and what you need. (For we smoke and fire addicts the two are often synonymous.) Here's BarbecueBible.com's annual compilation of the tools, fuels, gadgets, and other gifts guaranteed to thrill the barbecuer in your life. Permission granted to print it out and distribute it to people who might need a cheat sheet for...

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Getting the Flavor into the Meat

Getting the Flavor into the Meat

Rubs and spice mixes work great for building flavor on the exterior of the meat. Marinades take the taste deeper, especially if you score the surface with a sharp knife. But to drive the flavor even deeper into the heart of the meat, nothing beats injecting—a process similar to the shot your doctor delivers with a hypodermic needle. Flavor. It’s the thing that separates the pros from the amateurs. So the next time your turkey or pork shoulder needs a shot of flavor and moistness, invest in one of these Best of Barbecue injecting...

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Barbecue University

My Home-Built Smokehouse

My Home-Built Smokehouse

It gives me especially great pleasure to introduce this week's guest blogger. His name is Paul Kuconis and he's a recent graduate of Barbecue University™. And I like to think his time at the Broadmoor inspired him to delve deeper into the arts of smoking and grilling. So deep that he built his own smoker. I asked Paul to share his home-made smoker with our barbecue community. Just think what Barbecue University™ could do for your passion. –Steven...

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