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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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What’s New in Best of Barbecue

What’s New in Best of Barbecue

Some of you (actually, I hope most of you) know my Best of Barbecue products. In the last ten years we’ve developed more than 100 grilling tools, fuels, and flavors. Tools like the Lumatong (lighted tongs so you can see what you’re grilling at night); Grill Hoe (for configuring your charcoal); and the Ultimate Grill Brush (yeah, the super macho long-handled brush you see me use on Primal Grill.) Grilling fuels, ranging from fragrant Olive Wood Chunks to cabernet-scented Wine Barrel Staves. Big flavored rubs and barbecue sauces that run the gamut from coffee-flavored Java Rub (awesome on brisket)...

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A Guide to Charcoal Water Smokers

A Guide to Charcoal Water Smokers

“Stick burners” (offset barrel smokers) may give you the bragging rights, not to mention smoker envy. But if you’re just starting out with smoking, you’d do well to consider a water smoker—sometimes called a bullet smoker. Shaped like an upright bullet (hence the nickname), the water smoker is simple to operate, but serious enough for competition cooks, who often employ these hard-working cookers in multiple units. The water smoker has a small footprint (about the size of a kettle grill)—an...

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Raichlen Drinks the Kool-Aid: A Visit to the Big Green Egg Headquarters

Raichlen Drinks the Kool-Aid: A Visit to the Big Green Egg Headquarters

For years I’ve called them the “Moonies” of barbecue—that growing evangelical army of Big Green Egg enthusiasts who have a cult-like attachment to their green ovoid charcoal burning cookers and a messianic drive to spread the gospel of kamado cooking to every corner of Planet Barbecue. Yes, we have several Eggs at Barbecue University™ and I own one in my personal grill collection at home. But while I use my Egg from time to time (it makes an awesome turkey for Thanksgiving),...

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9 Must-Have Tools to Take the Labor Out of Your Labor Day Barbecue

9 Must-Have Tools to Take the Labor Out of Your Labor Day Barbecue

Photo by nicholasputz Game plan for your Labor Day cookout? Hold the heavy lifting. That means keeping it simple: an easy grilled or smoked appetizer, a big hunk o’ smoke-roasted protein for the main course, a simple side dish or two, and a big-flavor, low-labor dessert (see my Labor Day menu). And if your guests offer to bring something? Let them. Not only is it one less thing to worry about, but it invests them in the success of your party. The right gear can help ease your labors...

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A Guide to Offset Barrel Smokers

A Guide to Offset Barrel Smokers

Water smokers, box, barrel, and pellet smokers do a fine job smoking meats and seafood. But nothing establishes your street cred as pit master who means business like an offset smoker. For years, these hunka-hunka smokers—a.k.a., offset barrel smokers, horizontal smokers, pipe smokers, or “stick-burners”—have dominated the competition barbecue circuit. Now, thanks to mass-market models available at stores like Home Depot and Lowes, they’re bringing their own particular aura of machismo to American and European backyards. The first offset smokers were likely built by oilfield workers in Texas and Oklahoma. Far from home and restaurants, it didn’t take much for barbecue-starved welders...

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Battle of the Hibachis

Battle of the Hibachis

It’s the antithesis of the modern North American stainless steel super grill (you know, that propane-fired monster with multiple heat zones, infrared sear station and industrial strength rotisserie). But when it comes to providing maximum grilling efficiency in minimal space, few grills can beat its direct, concentrated, blast-furnace heat. It’s the compact Japanese-style tabletop grill known in the West as the hibachi. Without it there would be no yakitori or robatayaki. Get the Yakitori Like They Make It in Japan recipe....

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What Dad Really Wants for Father’s Day: 9 Inspired Gift Ideas

What Dad Really Wants for Father’s Day: 9 Inspired Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is approaching fast (it’s Sunday, June 15), and you know what that means: Desperate Saturday trips to menswear departments, pro shops, and even hardware stores to find a gift for Dad that won’t totally … well, you know. Speaking as a guy and a father, here’s a bit of advice: Don’t give Dad a gift he would store in a top dresser drawer. In other words, no socks, neckties, cufflinks, and monogrammed anything. We want toys. And time with you and yours. Gear for your grills satisfies both criteria. Any of the...

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Win a Package of Grilling Gear

Win a Package of Grilling Gear

We're kicking off a whole summer filled with giveaways. First up, enter to win a package of my Best of Barbecue grilling tools. This is your chance to give Dad an extra gift for Father's Day. All the products have the Raichlen stamp of approval, so I'm sure you'll consider these tools essential to your grilling arsenal by the end of the summer. The set of tools includes my 4-Compartment Grilling Basket, Ultimate Rib Rack, Ultimate Fish Grilling Basket, and Infrared Thermometer. THIS...

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Spring Returns—And Not a Minute Too Soon

Spring Returns—And Not a Minute Too Soon

Polar vortexes. Texas hookers. Thunder sleet. If nothing else, this winter added new words to the nation’s weather vocabulary as it spread inconvenience and misery from Bozeman to Boston, from International Falls to Atlanta. But spring officially arrived Thursday, March 20—not a moment too soon. Many of you shoveled the path to your grill and kept smoking and grilling this winter. We salute you. And if you're just now waking your charcoal grill or smoker out of its winter hibernation, here’s what you...

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