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New Grilling and Smoking Accessories from Best of Barbecue

New Grilling and Smoking Accessories from Best of Barbecue

Many of you know my Best of Barbecue products—over the years we have released more than 100 grilling tools, fuels, and accessories designed to help you grill your way across Planet Barbecue. The newest additions to my line are available online now—from fuels to generate fragrant wood smoke to new silicone gloves that protect your digits from the flames to a notebook that helps you log your successes in taking your barbecue to the next level. Read below for what I hope are the most useful and durable BBQ...

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Improve Your Grilling with Raised Rail Grill Grates

Improve Your Grilling with Raised Rail Grill Grates

I’ve often cruised the aisles of the annual Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association trade show, marveling at the ingenuity of products displayed there. As a product developer myself for my eponymous Best of Barbecue line, I appreciate how difficult it is to bring a game-changer to the marketplace. But entrepreneur Brad Barrett has done just that with GrillGrate, a unique “raised rail” grill grate system of interlocking panels that can improve the functionality...

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Camp Chef Pellet Grills and Smokers

Camp Chef Pellet Grills and Smokers

This blog post is brought to you by Camp Chef, which provided advertising support. We have not covered gas smokers on the blog in depth, but when we have canvased the topic, Camp Chef’s 24-inch Smoke Vault has continually proven to be a popular item among our readers. And we would be remiss in attempting to list the various types of smokers without discussing the advantages of gas smokers and the Smoke Vault. All this to say, if you are a fan...

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Grilling with REC TEC Pellet Grills

Grilling with REC TEC Pellet Grills

This blog post is brought to you by REC TEC Grills, who provided advertising support. As the grilling industry continues to evolve, we see more and more control and accuracy from temperature gauges. The Smart Grill Technology controller on the REC TEC Wood Pellet Grill can help you maintain precise temperature from 180ºF to 500ºF in 5º increments. This flexibility allows you to carefully choose the temperature you want to use on various cuts of meat and vegetables....

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Pellet Grills: Convenience, Control, and WiFi

Pellet Grills: Convenience, Control, and WiFi

This blog post is brought to you with support from our sponsor, Green Mountain Grills, who provided advertising support. When I wrote the Barbecue Bible in the mid-1990s, there was no such thing as a pellet grill. There were charcoal grills, wood-burning grills, and gas grills. And when pellet grills finally appeared on my radar, I admit I was a bit dismissive of them. “Too easy,” I thought to myself. Barbecue is supposed to be hard work....

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The Smokers and Grills of Project Smoke, Season 2

The Smokers and Grills of Project Smoke, Season 2

Since Season 2 of Steven Raichlen's Project Smoke began airing in late May on American Public Television, we’ve been inundated with requests for information about the smokers and grills we used on the show. We’re very proud of this gallery, folks. Yeah, it’s sort of like going to barbecue heaven. Bradley Electric Smoker: Smoked Chocolate Bread Pudding. Shrimp and Corn Chowder. Tangerine Flans. These are just a few of the dishes we smoked in this incredibly versatile electric smoker designed and manufactured by the Bradley family...

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day Gift Guide

One of the most challenging gift-buying holidays of the year is on the horizon—Father’s Day (Sunday, June 19). Speaking as a guy and a father, here’s a bit of advice: Don’t give your dad a gift he would store in his dresser. If your dad is as grilling obsessed as I am, here are 10 gifts he’ll really enjoy for Father's Day. I have personal experience with all of them, and hope my recommendations inspire you. Maybe you’ll even see something you’d like, in which case, you have my permission to print out this list and leave it where it might...

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Buying a Smoker: What’s Your Type?

Buying a Smoker: What’s Your Type?

May is National Barbecue Month, a prelude to the annual frenzy of outdoor cooking that officially kicks off Memorial Day weekend. Nearly half of American adults surveyed by the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA) plan to acquire a new grill or smoker in 2016. (That’s all?) If you’re one of them, read on: Starting with smokers, here’s Part 1 of a multi-part series on how to make an informed—not impulsive—purchase that will give you years of great grilling and eating and great times. There are more than a...

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Spring Cleaning Your Smoker

Spring Cleaning Your Smoker

There are people on Planet Barbecue who wouldn’t dream of cooking in an oven crusted with carbonized grease and spills, but who persist in calling the same detritus “seasoning” when cooking outdoors on their smokers or grills. No. Just say no. By-products of the smoking process—tar, creosote, soot, and so on—can accumulate to the point where they flake off on your food. Annual maintenance needn’t be a chore if you have the right equipment, not to mention some tunes and an adult beverage....

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Barbecue University™

Crash Course: The 6 Major Types of Grills

Crash Course: The 6 Major Types of Grills

There are many ways you could categorize the world’s dozens, perhaps hundreds, of different grills. You could group them by fuel, for example: charcoal grills, wood-burning grills, gas grills. You could organize them by region of origin—the grills of South America, for example, or Southeast Asia. But the most useful way, from a griller’s point of view, is by the configuration of the fire and where to place the food for cooking. This is what determines at what temperature and how quickly the food will grill. Understanding and controlling these variables goes a long way toward determining your success as a grill master. Open Grill The simplest of all grills: a metal or stone box with the burning charcoal, wood,...

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