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In Praise of Pork Shoulder, Part 3: How to Cook It

In Praise of Pork Shoulder, Part 3: How to Cook It

The pork shoulder may be the world’s simplest cut of meat to cook. Simpler than steak. Simpler than brisket. Simpler than ribs. In a nutshell, you season the hell out of it (for tips on buying and seasoning pork shoulder, see Parts 1 and 2 of this series) and cook it at a low to moderate heat for 3 to 6 hours (2-1/2 to 3 hours at 350 degrees; 5 to 6 hours at 250 degrees.) What emerges from your smoker or grill gives you a bodacious blend of crisp crust, luscious fat, and meltingly tender meat. But simple doesn’t mean simple-minded....

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5 Reasons (and 5 Tips) to Make Grilled Pizza Now

5 Reasons (and 5 Tips) to Make Grilled Pizza Now

Grilled pizza was created more than 30 years ago by George Germon and Johanne Killeen at their restaurant Al Forno in Providence, Rhode Island. Flame-seared pies now turn up at innovative restaurants across North America—and around the world. Enter here for a chance to win a Pizzacraft outdoor pizza oven. So why is pizza even more irresistible when cooked on the grill? A grill, whether charcoal, wood-fired, or gas, comes the...

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The Feast: Porchetta Goes Whole Hog

The Feast: Porchetta Goes Whole Hog

Every once in a while, you come across an idea so original, so insanely mouthwatering, and just so darn cool, you shelve whatever else is on your grill or smoker to try it. Such is Michael Garcia’s porchetta, a whole hog skillfully boned, stuffed with fennel, garlic, herbs, and other seasonings, tied into a compact cylinder, spit-roasted, and served skin crackling crisp off the fire. Hey, if you do try it (I mean when you try it), send photos to the Barbecue Board. Thanks, Mike. –Steven...

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The 3-2-1 Method for Ribs

The 3-2-1 Method for Ribs

In a field as disorderly as barbecue, numbers bring a certain comfort. Perhaps that explains the popularity of the 3-2-1 method for cooking ribs. Not familiar with it? I first encountered the technique researching my book Ribs, Ribs, Outrageous Ribs. (Competition barbecuers sometimes call it the “Texas Crutch.”) In a nutshell, you break cooking ribs into 3 time blocks: • 3 hours of smoking unwrapped at 225 degrees, followed by • 2 hours...

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Iron Meets Smoke: Grilling on a Plancha

Iron Meets Smoke: Grilling on a Plancha

The Spanish call it plancha. Argentineans call it champa. I call it one of the best ways to marry the searing and crusting capabilities of a cast iron skillet with the intense heat and smoke flavor produced by your grill. A plancha is a sort of griddle—a thick, flat slab of cast iron you place on your grill for searing small or delicate foods like asparagus stalks, bay scallops, shrimp, fragile fish fillets, chicken livers, and yes, even diced poultry...

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How to Grill and Smoke Sausages: Contain Flare-Ups

How to Grill and Smoke Sausages: Contain Flare-Ups

In our last blog post we told you about 10 sausages from around Planet Barbecue you need to know about now. In this post we’ll tell you how to cook any sausage—fresh (raw), cooked, cured, or smoked, using a revolutionary new method pioneered by yours truly. Read on. The traditional way to grill sausages is directly over the fire. The traditional way to cook sausage often leads to colossal conflagrations and flare-ups. If you choose to direct grill your sausages (as most...

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Crash Course

Talking Turkey: The Raichlen 12-Step Program for Taking Your Holiday Bird Over the Top

Talking Turkey: The Raichlen 12-Step Program for Taking Your Holiday Bird Over the Top

There’s a big difference in texture and taste between ice-hard frozen supermarket turkeys and fresh organic birds from your natural foods store or farmers’ market. The organic bird may seem a little tougher, but you can’t beat the flavor—or the knowledge that it’s free of hormones and chemical additives. You’ll need to order it ahead, so don’t wait until the last minute. So how big a turkey should you buy? Figure on 1 1/2 pounds per person. This will make you feel properly overfed...

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Cooking Anytime, Anywhere with Francis Mallmann

Cooking Anytime, Anywhere with Francis Mallmann

He's a French-trained chef who returned to the rustic wood fire and cast iron cooking of his Argentinean forebears. He's the author of one of the most influential books on wood fire cooking, Seven Fires (Artisan). If you've done any serious grill hopping in Argentina or Uruguay, you've probably heard of him, and if you haven't, you should run, not walk, to your nearest bookstore to buy his latest book, Mallmann on Fire. We asked South America's premier grill master to write this month's...

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A Guide to Charcoal Water Smokers

A Guide to Charcoal Water Smokers

“Stick burners” (offset barrel smokers) may give you the bragging rights, not to mention smoker envy. But if you’re just starting out with smoking, you’d do well to consider a water smoker—sometimes called a bullet smoker. Shaped like an upright bullet (hence the nickname), the water smoker is simple to operate, but serious enough for competition cooks, who often employ these hard-working cookers in multiple units. The water smoker has a small footprint (about the size of a kettle grill)—an...

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Crash Course

Back to School: The Raichlen Crash Course on Barbecuing and Grilling

Back to School: The Raichlen Crash Course on Barbecuing and Grilling

Say it’s not true! Is it back to school time already? Maybe you’re college bound and want to show off your grill skills for your dorm mates. Maybe this is the year you aspire to smoke the competition on the tailgating circuit. Maybe you survived you first grill season and you want to take your skills to the next level. Or maybe you just can’t wait until the next session of Barbecue University in June. Well, here’s the official Raichlen crash course on barbecuing and grilling—the essentials you need to rock the grill every time you fire it up. Master the lesson, then practice, practice, practice! There’s still plenty of beautiful...

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