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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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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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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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Barbecue Made Easier with Grilling Baskets

Barbecue Made Easier with Grilling Baskets

The grill grate is a staple to our grilling experience, but it can be a challenge to grill food that is small, too numerous, or prone to sticking on the grate. That is why a grilling basket is an indispensable tool in your barbecue arsenal. The beauty of a grilling basket is that you turn the basket, not the food! Small foods that may fall through the grate such as beans or peppers can be grilled in a basket without worry or the trouble of having to turn each individual piece. Delicate...

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Grilla Grills: New Design on a Pellet Grill

Grilla Grills: New Design on a Pellet Grill

This blog post is brought to you by Grilla Grills, which provided advertising support. According to "Grilla Lore" the designers of this uniquely-constructed product sought to create a pellet grill "that stands apart, literally, from the crowd." And so they have. With the advent of the vertical Grilla Wood Pellet Grill, the team at Grilla Grills has quite literally turned smoking on its head. The grill itself functions similarly to other pellet...

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Smokin-It Smokers and Accessories

Smokin-It Smokers and Accessories

This blog post is brought to you by Smokin-It, which provided advertising support. If you’ve been reading this blog, watching the Project Smoke TV show or using the new cookbook this year, you have seen the trend toward smoking (otherwise known as “the new grilling”). Moment of truth: have you joined the Project Smoke movement and tried it at home yet? If not, you are out of excuses: come on in, the water is fine. Whether...

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The Smoked Food Log Book Sweepstakes

The Smoked Food Log Book Sweepstakes

Have you ever smoked your best pork shoulder or brisket ever, only to realize you forgot to take notes on how you made it? What were the seasonings? What wood did you use? How long did you smoke it? That’s certainly happened to me, which is why I wrote another book this year: the Smoked Food Log Book. Grilling is pretty much grilling. But when you smoke foods, dozens of variables determine how delicious your results will be: the smoker the fuel the smoker temperature...

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How to Clean Your Grill Efficiently and Safely

How to Clean Your Grill Efficiently and Safely

The reports are in and they downright scary: Cleaning your grill can leave behind wire bristles that, in rare cases, have injured consumers of meats cooked on affected grill grates. It’s tough to miss the news reports, with media like ABC News and the New York Times examining some of the potential injuries and threats from ingesting wire grill bristles. Well, don’t let the news reports get you down. There are alternatives to the risk of stray wire bristles...

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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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