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The Smokers of Project Smoke

The Smokers of Project Smoke

Playboy (or Playgirl). Maxim. Sports Illustrated. Here at BarbecueBible.com we have our own parade of pinups. They’re called grills and smokers and they inspire the same sort of lust in this community that scantily clad bodies do elsewhere. Many of you have been asking for a complete list of the grills and smokers used on the new Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke TV series on PBS. These babes are, well, hot. Bradley electric smoker: Jerky. Cheesecake. Deviled eggs. These are just a few of the dishes we smoked in this incredibly versatile electric...

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What Is It? Grill Grate Oiler

What Is It? Grill Grate Oiler

A well-oiled grill grate prevents sticking, but it’s also essential for producing the tack-sharp grill marks which are the signature of master grillsmanship. (Remember my grill masters’ mantra: Keep it hot. Keep it clean. Keep it lubricated.) Sure, you could use the traditional method of oiling the grate with a folded paper towel dipped in oil and drawn across the bars of the grate at the end of tongs. Or you could use the high-tech version: a...

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What Is It? The Potato Grilling Rack

What Is It? The Potato Grilling Rack

From Man Made Meals © 2014 (Workman Publishing). Photo by Lucy Schaeffer. Think of the perfect baked potato: the skin crisp; the interior creamy and fluffy; the hot puff of steam that rises so invitingly when you cut into it. Now think of that same potato subtly infused with wood smoke. Potato perfection just got redefined. The Potato Grilling Rack easily accommodates four large baking potatoes. Simply scrub the potatoes (preferably high-starch...

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas 2015

Father’s Day Gift Ideas 2015

Father’s Day already? You know the drill. Mom gets breakfast in bed. Dads get to cook dinner for everybody standing next to a hot smoky grill. Not that we mind, for few things bring any dad more pleasure than grilling for his family or tribe. And nothing thrills more than acquiring new gear for the grill. So here’s our annual dream Father’s Day gift list—complete with some of our best advice for grilling. Beats the hell out of bedroom slippers and neckties. Keep it clean with our New Ultimate Grill Brush: You’re more likely to win...

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Buying a Grill or Smoker? 8 Questions to Ask Yourself

Buying a Grill or Smoker? 8 Questions to Ask Yourself

May is National Barbecue Month, a perfect time to establish your barbecue bona fides. Will this be the year you master the porterhouse? Make your own home-cured bacon or pastrami? Nail a competition-quality brisket? It’s also the time of year to cast a critical eye on your grilling hardware. For some people, that means refurbishing grills that grew sclerotic over the winter. For others—and here I raise my hand—National Barbecue Month gives you license to shop for a new grill or smoker. “Which grill should I buy?”...

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The Ins and Outs of Injecting

The Ins and Outs of Injecting

Afraid of needles? Don’t let that deter you from enjoying the benefits of injecting. As many barbecue pros know, injecting is the most efficient way to add flavor and moisture to smoked, barbecued, or grilled food. Think of injecting as marinating from the inside out. Let me explain. Rubs, spice pastes, and glazes sit on the meat’s surface. Marinades penetrate only a few millimeters into the meat. Brining and curing solutions do reach the center,...

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What Is It? Marinade Turbocharger

What Is It? Marinade Turbocharger

Genghis Khan’s warriors rode with raw meat under their saddles to tenderize their steaks. You have a better option. You can use an acid-based marinade, for example. Or sever meat fibers by mechanical means using a sharp-needled tenderizer (sometimes called a Jaccard). The Best of Barbecue Marinade Turbocharger combines both techniques. Its 48 spring-loaded razor-sharp needles deeply penetrate the meat, cutting through tough muscle while creating channels...

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What Is It? Grid Lifter

What Is It? Grid Lifter

You know the scenario. Your grill is burning along, but at some point you’ll need to lift the grate to add fresh charcoal or soaked wood chips for smoking. Not only is it screaming hot—it’s also unwieldy—especially if it’s one of the handle-less grates commonly found on ceramic kamado cookers. Enter the grid lifter, a.k.a. grate grabber, which lifts the grill grate without putting your hands at risk. Depress the handle to lower the lift...

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A Guide to Vertical Gas/Propane Smokers

A Guide to Vertical Gas/Propane Smokers

A long night spent tending the fires might make you question your decision (not to mention your sanity) to go old-school—it sure seemed a good idea when you bought that wood- or charcoal-burning offset barrel smoker. Hey, what’s so wrong with the “set it and forget it” philosophy, you wonder as you grope to silence your 2 a.m. alarm? If you desire a less demanding mistress (or a good night’s sleep) and have a couple hundred dollars to spend, consider a propane-fueled vertical...

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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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