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Grilled and Smoked: Super Bowl LI, Part 2

Grilled and Smoked: Super Bowl LI, Part 2

Left two photos by Richard Dallett; bottom right by Lucy Schaeffer. Last week, we gave you a preview of our Super Bowl playbook—strategies for feeding ravenous sports fans who’ve been invited to your house for Sunday’s big game. Today, we’re making good on our promise to share more amazing Raichlen recipes for what is now the second biggest eating holiday after Thanksgiving. Truth be told, there were so many contenders for this year’s Super Bowl menu that it was difficult to narrow the field. Like a parent of multiple children,...

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Grilled and Smoked: Super Bowl LI

Grilled and Smoked: Super Bowl LI

Top left photo by Richard Dallett; top right and bottom left by Lucy Schaeffer. The suspense is over: The New England Patriots will face the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI (that’s 51 if your recall of Roman numerals is rusty) on Sunday, February 5, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. If you’re among the estimated 45 million Americans who will be hosting game day festivities at your house, the party planning can now begin in earnest. Super Bowl Sunday is, after all, one of the biggest eating days of the year, second only to Thanksgiving....

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Reverse-Seared Smoked Beef Tenderloin for New Year’s

Reverse-Seared Smoked Beef Tenderloin for New Year’s

Whether you’re planning to ring in the New Year by hosting a festive sit-down dinner or an over-the-top buffet, there’s nothing more celebratory than a whole beef tenderloin. Yes, it’s extravagant. And, no, it’s not inexpensive. But it’s guaranteed to delight the carnivores in your circle—especially when smoke-roasted to sanguine perfection. An added bonus? It’s ridiculously easy to prepare—you can even do it ahead—and can be served...

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Smoked Eggnog for the Holidays

Smoked Eggnog for the Holidays

Here’s something to get your holiday party rolling—a brimming punchbowl of eggnog. Not the cloying, additive-laced stuff sold in cardboard containers in your supermarket dairy section. No, we’re talking real eggnog, made with real eggs heavy cream, fortified with not one, but three spirits (a practice favored by no less than George Washington, who spiked his eggnog with sherry, rum, and rye whisky). The sort of eggnog that’s as thick...

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The Ultimate Holiday Prime Rib

The Ultimate Holiday Prime Rib

All photos by Rob Baas. Prime rib. No other hunk of meat has such wow power. And no other cut strikes more fear in the hearts of home grill masters. With the holidays just a few days away, I feel the anxiety level rising. My inbox is inundated with questions, while search engines thrum with the words “prime rib recipe.” For the record, Google returns 1,430,000 results. Your search is over, however. My two-step method, which I debuted on Project Smoke, is simply the...

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6 Homemade Holiday Gifts from Your Grill or Smoker

6 Homemade Holiday Gifts from Your Grill or Smoker

Bumping up against December’s “order by” deadlines? Running low on funds? Or just tired of the mall scene? Find respite by using your grill and/or smoker to make homemade gifts for the important people on your list. In the process, you might even recapture some of that old-fashioned holiday spirit. Here are six worthy projects, most of which not only require very little hands-on time, but that travel well, too. So relax: We’ve got you covered. Bacon Bourbon: What happens when bourbon...

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies

2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies

Some people are just plain difficult to buy for. But everyone loves to eat. Especially when it’s food that’s thoughtfully sourced, humanely handled, and hand-crafted following time-honored traditions. Extra points if it’s smoked. If you’re having trouble shopping, or you just love great food, consider the terrific ideas my staff put together for your holiday gift list. And check out the gift suggestions we posted last week, everything from nifty smoking pucks to a trip to Barbecue University. But don’t delay! The holidays are just around...

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Grillers and Barbecuers

2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Grillers and Barbecuers

Black Friday already?! Don’t worry: we’ve got you covered. The BarbecueBible.com staff has assembled a dozen recommendations for delighting the griller or barbecuer on your gift list this holiday season. Remember: if they grill better, you eat better. Win–win for all. iChef ET-736 Wi-Fi Thermometer: The ability to gauge doneness is key to great grilling or smoking. This Wi-Fi-compatible digital thermometer with dual probes, the latest from Maverick, syncs with your phone or tablet to monitor the internal temperature of meat. Program your target temperature and receive...

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12 Simple Tips for Making This Your Best Thanksgiving Ever

12 Simple Tips for Making This Your Best Thanksgiving Ever

Photo by John Livingston. The most popular food holiday of the year is nearly upon us. And that means high anxiety or gustatory bliss. Here in Raichlandia, we practice a 12-step program—12 simple tips to boost your T-Day performance. From our barbecue family to yours, we wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! —Steven, Barbara, Nancy, Joanna, Moira, Molly Kay, and Rob Start with the best bird you can find, one that is labeled organic or “all...

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Our Best Thanksgiving Turkey Yet: Butter Under the Skin

Our Best Thanksgiving Turkey Yet: Butter Under the Skin

The last three years, I have brined my Thanksgiving turkey with bourbon and aromatics and smoke-roasted it on a kettle grill, the lid raised by resting it on a rotisserie ring. (Notice I said smoke-roasted—not smoked. The former is done at a higher temperature to ensure crisp skin.) It’s simply the best turkey I know how to make. But what if there was a different way to cook, a better way? I searched my memory for the turkey I learned to make half a lifetime ago...

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