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How to Buy A Smoker, Part 2

How to Buy A Smoker, Part 2

If you own a charcoal grill with a tight-fitting lid, you already have a smoker. Simply set it up for indirect grilling, add wood chips or chunks to the coals, and you’re in business. (If you own a gas grill, you can add subtle smoke flavor to your food by using a smoking pouch or smoking box, but the grill’s rear vents will allow most of the smoke to escape.) There are some drawbacks, however. Because kettle grills are designed for grilling, it’s difficult to maintain an even heat at lower temperatures....

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Under the Hood

How to Buy A Smoker, Part 1

How to Buy A Smoker, Part 1

If you’d like to take the next step toward grilling enlightenment, fall is a good time to do it. Along with back-to-school promotions, many retailers are anxious to reduce their inventories of grilling hardware, meaning potential deep discounts for you. (A few years ago, my assistant, Nancy Loseke, scored a Weber Ranch for half price.) The first step is to select the right smoker for you. There are dozens of types and hundreds of individual models. The right smoker depends on your experience, goals, budget, and how many people you usually cook for—collectively called your smoker personality. Beginner:...

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Planet Barbecue

Sizzling and Sexy: Grilling with a Plancha

Sizzling and Sexy: Grilling with a Plancha

What do South Carolina’s oyster roasts have in common with Colombia’s arepas and Japan’s teppan yaki feasts? All are cooked on a flat piece of metal analogous to a griddle, often over an open fire. In fact, nearly every cooking culture on Planet Barbecue has a historical relationship with this simple form of food preparation, none more than Spain. In Spain, the term plancha (literally, “plate”) refers both to the device itself and...

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Under the Hood

The Smokers and Grills of Project Smoke Season 3

The Smokers and Grills of Project Smoke Season 3

Oh my God, I’ve died and gone to grilling heaven. That’s a common reaction when people step on the set of Project Smoke (this year taped at the stunning Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort in Solvang, California). If you’re a grilling or smoking enthusiast, our selection of grills and smokers is inspiring and not a little overwhelming. A religious experience the be sure. Perhaps you’ve wondered what sort of grill or smoker I’m using in a particular show, what I cooked on it, and what’s fired up in the background. Here's a guide...

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Hot Stuff

Summer 2017 Sweepstakes: Barbecue Essentials You Need Now

Summer 2017 Sweepstakes: Barbecue Essentials You Need Now

This summer we are bringing you the ultimate grilling essentials sweepstakes—whether you are a beginner looking to launch your grilling career in style or an experienced griller keen on expanding your summer entertaining repertoire, these tools will get you there. These convenient tools will make you look like a pro, from ultra-sharp knives from Shun Cutlery to the hassle-free ChicWrap Foil Dispenser, and expand the ways you can use your grill, from the genius raised...

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Under the Hood

New to BBQ: Grilling Tools You Should Check Out Now

New to BBQ: Grilling Tools You Should Check Out Now

We try to keep tabs on what is new in the world of grilling and BBQ, and bring you updates when we find new products hitting the market. Below you will see a list of new gadgets and tools that are worth a look. If you have suggestions for things to add, please get in touch on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and we can add to the list! Adrenaline Slow 'N Sear Grill Convert your kettle grill into a smoker and blistering hot sear machine with this all-in-one accessory....

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Under the Hood

Make Shun Cutlery Part of Your BBQ Arsenal

Make Shun Cutlery Part of Your BBQ Arsenal

This post is brought to you by Shun Cutlery, which provided advertising support. If you’ve ever prepared our Slam Dunk Brisket, you know what it really takes to prepare this relatively simple recipe: the right tools and the patience to wait during a long, slow cooking period over low heat. With hours invested in preparation, the serving process is likely to be the last thing on your mind. But we urge you to prepare for the carving stage—next...

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Barbecue University™

Grilling in the Embers

Grilling in the Embers

This form of grilling is as old as humankind itself. Back before man invented grill grates or gridirons or even sharpened sticks for making shish kebabs, people cooked foods in the fire. Literally in the fire. Precisely, right in the coals. They laid root vegetables or meat directly on the embers and let the radiant heat of the coals do the cooking. When the food was ready, the ashes were brushed off. Barbecue was born. I like to call this primitive kind of grilling...

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Grills We Love

Lodge Sportsman’s Charcoal Grill

Lodge Sportsman’s Charcoal Grill

A stalwart on the set of Project Smoke is the rugged Lodge Sportsman’s charcoal grill. Constructed entirely of cast iron, this hibachi-style grill is a workhorse, deserving of a place in any serious barbecuer’s stable of equipment. (Lodge, headquartered in South Pittsburgh, Tennessee, has been making high-quality cast iron cookware since 1896. You’re likely familiar with its skillets and Dutch ovens.) Here are a few of the Sportsman’s design features:...

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Grills We Love

The Pit Barrel Cooker: Barbecue’s Cinderella Story

The Pit Barrel Cooker: Barbecue’s Cinderella Story

The BarbecueBible.com rating: Ease of use: A Performance: A Value: A Our recommendation: A great combination grill/smoker/charcoal-fired oven guaranteed to deliver great results to the rawest beginner, but high performance enough for a serious griller or smoker. You know you’ve “arrived” when the barbecue community assigns an affectionate acronym to your grill...

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