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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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Perform a Smoky Miracle: Pulled Pork Perfection

Perform a Smoky Miracle: Pulled Pork Perfection

Pulled pork is one of the glories of American barbecue, a tender tangle of shredded meat that’s infused with fragrant wood smoke, deftly but restrainedly seasoned and sauced, and piled on soft white buns. And it couldn’t be easier. You don’t have to be a competition-level barbecuer (or even a son of the South) to perform this smoky, porky miracle. You do need the ability to indirect grill—this means a wood- or charcoal-burning grill or smoker with a...

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Tips from BBQ Bootcamp Part 2

Tips from BBQ Bootcamp Part 2

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 is Part 2 of my favorite grilling tips to help you kick off the season the right way. (For Part 1 click here.) 7. Boiling ribs is a rookie mistake Never, EVER boil...

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Hot Stuff

Join the Grill Masters Club

Join the Grill Masters Club

This post is brought to you by Grill Masters Club, which provided advertising support. Are you a budding barbecue and grilling enthusiast looking to improve your skills on the grill? Or a veteran grillmaster stuck in a rut using the same recipes every week? Or maybe you’re just someone searching for the perfect Father’s Day gift for the barbecue and grilling-obsessed dad in your life. Enter Grill Masters Club. Grill Masters Club offers...

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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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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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Project Smoke Quiz: Know Your BBQ Techniques

Project Smoke Quiz: Know Your BBQ Techniques

Which of these barbecue techniques are in your repertoire? Test your knowledge of barbecue and grilling techniques with this short quiz. Click here to learn more BBQ techniques. Take another quiz on barbecue dishes from around the world.

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Smoking on a Gas Grill: Is It Possible?

Smoking on a Gas Grill: Is It Possible?

Best of Barbecue Cast Iron Smoking Grate/Platform How do you smoke on a gas grill? My normal advice: don’t. Gas grills work well for direct grilling, indirect grilling, and spit-roasting, but most do a poor job with smoking. The problem is the wide venting in the back of most gas grills, which allows the smoke to escape before it has a chance to flavor the food. Gas grills simply don’t give you the crusty bark, crimson smoke ring, and rich smoke flavor characteristic of meats smoked on a wood- or charcoal-burning...

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Techniques

Smart Smoking: Build a Long-Lasting Charcoal Fire

Smart Smoking: Build a Long-Lasting Charcoal Fire

Planet Barbecue’s most accomplished pit masters are what Steven calls “process-oriented.” In other words, the convenient push-button ignition and regulated fuel flow of gas and pellet grills and smokers hold little allure for them. They take immense pride in building a noble fire with wood and/or charcoal and maintaining it for the duration of the smoke session, sometimes dusk to dawn (or until the beer runs out). But the other night—as in the middle of the night—it occurred to me, as I pulled...

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Salt Brick Chicken and More

Salt Brick Chicken and More

Pollo al mattone (chicken under a brick) is one of the glories of Italian grilling. It’s so revered by Italian grill masters, that two food-obsessed cities claim its parentage: Florence and Rome. The theory is simple: you grill a spatchcocked chicken under a foiled brick. The weight of the brick compresses the meat, producing a firm, pleasing texture and crackling crisp skin. And the technique keeps delicate meats, like chicken breasts, from drying out on the grill....

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