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Tips from BBQ Bootcamp

Tips from BBQ Bootcamp

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year: the time when we shed our scarves, break out the patio furniture, and gear up for some glorious summer grilling. If you’ve been avoiding your grill since the first signs of winter, or simply need a brush-up on your technique, below are a few of my favorite grilling tips to help you kick off the season the right way. (Below is Part 1 of 2, for Part 2 click here.) 1. Control the fire, don’t let it control you ...

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In Time for Father’s Day: 5 Great Recipes for Grilled Steak

In Time for Father’s Day: 5 Great Recipes for Grilled Steak

George Stephens, Sr. fabricated the first prototype of his iconic Weber kettle grill in 1952. My family didn’t get the memo until the 1970s, meaning that all the steaks that ended up on our table were cooked on a grill with a lidless shallow fire pan. I recall the grill grate could be raised or lowered via a crank-operated center stem over the coals, but only by a couple of inches. Consequently, everything was direct grilled. And my father did steaks one way and one way only—hot, fast, and well done, seasoned...

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10 Awesome Gift Ideas for Dad on Father’s Day

10 Awesome Gift Ideas for Dad on Father’s Day

Compared to moms, dads are notoriously difficult to shop for. One thing’s for sure: a bouquet of flowers won’t cut it. But if your father enjoys grilling or barbecuing (and few dads don’t), you don’t need to stress out. Which brings us to one of our most popular blogs of the year: our annual Father’s Day Gift Guide. We’re publishing it well in advance of June 18th this year, to give you a full month to shop for a gift for that most important man in your life. And if you’re a father yourself and see anything here you’d like . . . well, no one would blame you for printing out this list and...

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BBQ Festivals You Won’t Want To Miss

BBQ Festivals You Won’t Want To Miss

To celebrate National Barbecue Month, we recently invited you via social media to share with us your favorite organized barbecue festivals, contests, and cookouts. Thanks to you, we learned about events from the Carolinas to California, from Texas to Tennessee. All summer long, amateur and professional pit masters will be cooking up a storm, barbecuing ribs, brats, brisket, chicken, and more. Hopefully, a cloud of blue smoke will be settling over your town in the weeks to come. Check out the list we compiled from your suggestions. And if we missed anything important, let us know! Taste of the Carolinas Timing: April...

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Celebrate Sauces Barbecue Bible Sweepstakes

Celebrate Sauces Barbecue Bible Sweepstakes

This May, we are celebrating Steven’s new book with a sweepstakes! From now through June 5, 2017, enter below for a chance to win a copy of Steven’s new Barbecue Sauces, Rubs and Marinades book, a sleek 20" Arteflame One Series grill, plus a handy Marinade Spray Bottle & Marinade Turbocharger from Best of Barbecue! Fundamental to Steven’s big flavor approach to live-fire cooking are his sauces, rubs, spice pastes, and marinades, which endow ordinary meats and seafood...

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JUST RELEASED! Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades

JUST RELEASED! Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades

You’re likely well-acquainted with Steven Raichlen’s larger than life approach to live-fire cooking. He never misses an opportunity to add flavor using world-influenced sauces, wet and dry rubs, spice pastes, brines, slathers, marinades, glazes, cures, and singular condiments. Never has interest been keener in the components that take grilled and barbecued foods from good to great. Want to know his secrets? We are thrilled to announce the release today of Steven’s latest book, Barbecue Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades—Bastes, Butters,...

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My Favorite Rib Recipe, Plus 8 Tips for Righteous Ribs

My Favorite Rib Recipe, Plus 8 Tips for Righteous Ribs

Twelve years ago this month, I began working for Steven Raichlen, the world’s foremost authority on international grilling and barbecue. My first major project was testing recipes for Steven's book Best Ribs Ever. My brand-new Weber Performer—I didn’t own a smoker in those days—and I turned out slab after slab of ribs during the spring of 2005, which I would vacuum seal and pack with frozen gel packs and overnight to Steven’s home in Miami....

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Taco Tuesday Hits the Grill

Taco Tuesday Hits the Grill

Americans eat more than 4.5 billion tacos a year. Tacos rank among our most beloved fast foods, good for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a late-night snack after the bars close. And now, tacos have their own day! Taco Tuesdays have become a ritual in kitchens across the country. We challenge you to mix it up this week, and grill your taco ingredients! We've compiled a list of recipes below to get your started. 1. Shepherd’s Tacos (Tacos al Pastor) Like many totemic dishes on Planet Barbecue, the tacos al pastor...

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You Can Smoke What? 12 Unusual Foods You Can Smoke

You Can Smoke What? 12 Unusual Foods You Can Smoke

By now, you’ve mastered barbecued ribs and brisket. I hope you’ve smoked salmon and bacon, and maybe even applied your smoking skills to a ham or a turkey. Are you ready to expand your smoking horizons? Here are 12 foods you may never have dreamed you could smoke—but you’ll sure be glad you did. Most of the foods listed here are smoked using a cold-smoker, hot-smoker, or a handheld smoker like the Smoking Gun. In a cold smoker: Place the food in a shallow aluminum foil drip pan. (Spread or pour soft or liquid foods, like honey...

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What Is Brine? and How to Make It

What Is Brine? and How to Make It

When it comes to keeping foods moist on a smoker or grill, few techniques rival brining. A soak in a saline solution (which is what brine is) makes turkeys tender and succulent and pork chops plump and moist. Add a curing salt (like sodium nitrite) and brine gives pastrami its pinkish color and poultry or ham its umami richness. So, how does brining work? Muscles consist of long, bundled fibers. Moisture loss is inevitable when you hot-smoke or grill meat....

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