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Revealed: My Most Popular Burger Recipes

Revealed: My Most Popular Burger Recipes

Reprinted from The Barbecue! Bible. Photo copyright © Ben Fink. Independence Day is just around the corner, meaning millions of Americans will take to their backyards for a stars-and-stripes-themed barbecue. In fact, July Fourth is the number one grilling holiday, reports the Hearth and Patio Barbecue Association (HPBA). And the most popular food for grilling—no surprise—is burgers. Eighty-five percent of the people polled by HPBA preferred burgers to hot dogs, chicken, and even steak. Booya! There is an art to grilling...

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Menu for a Spectacular 4th of July Barbecue

Menu for a Spectacular 4th of July Barbecue

Top two photos by Richard Dallett. I’ve been on tour since early May promoting my latest book, Project Smoke. It’s been exhausting, but exhilarating. Atlanta. Austin. Boston. Denver. New York. Miami. Phoenix. Philadelphia. Portland. Salt Lake City. And so on. My first thought most mornings is, “Where am I?” But on the morning of July 4, I know exactly where I’ll be—in my own bed. Because Independence Day is a command performance in the Raichlen family. (Seriously, no excuses.) Every...

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day Gift Guide

One of the most challenging gift-buying holidays of the year is on the horizon—Father’s Day (Sunday, June 19). Speaking as a guy and a father, here’s a bit of advice: Don’t give your dad a gift he would store in his dresser. If your dad is as grilling obsessed as I am, here are 10 gifts he’ll really enjoy for Father's Day. I have personal experience with all of them, and hope my recommendations inspire you. Maybe you’ll even see something you’d like, in which case, you have my permission to print out this list and leave it where it might...

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Impress Mom on Her Day with a Grilled Brunch

Impress Mom on Her Day with a Grilled Brunch

All photos by Richard Dallett. As food holidays go, Mother’s Day (celebrated this year on May 8th) is risky business. There’s that well-intentioned, but often disastrous breakfast in bed—cooked (mauled?) by Dad and the kids. Or there’s the all too often indifferent, overpriced brunch cooked by chefs who would rather be celebrating the day with their own moms. (The National Restaurant Association estimates that nearly 50 percent of American families will go out to eat on Mother’s...

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For Your Easter Table: Ham in a Hurry

For Your Easter Table: Ham in a Hurry

Ham is hog’s leap to immortality. But that leap takes time. From a few weeks for your basic cooked ham to up to a year or more for a truly great dry-cured, cold-smoked ham like Italian speck or German schwartzwelder schinken (Black Forest ham). Even the “fast” version of the Smokehouse Shoulder Ham I demonstrated on Project Smoke last season requires a week of curing and 24 hours of smoking. But what if there was a ham you could cure in...

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Pastrami Reuben

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Pastrami Reuben

Photo by Rob Baas. Call me an iconoclast, but I believe there are better ways to celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick (March 17) than by emptying a vacuum-sealed pouch of corned beef brisket into a pot of boiling water with cabbage wedges. Even if you’re a homesick Irishman, it doesn’t sound like anything to, well, write home about. What is worth writing home about is a Reuben sandwich made with home-cured, home-smoked pastrami. But don’t take my word for it. Our grill wrangler/recipe tester,...

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Game Day! A Superlative Menu for Super Bowl Sunday

Game Day! A Superlative Menu for Super Bowl Sunday

Top two photos by Richard Dallett. I’m writing from Palm Springs, California, where a very dedicated film crew and I are shooting Season 2 of Steven Raichlen's Project Smoke, the show I created to prove smoking is the new grilling. But I haven’t forgotten that this Sunday—Super Bowl Sunday—is the second biggest eating day in the U.S. next to Thanksgiving. (Can you believe this is the 50th Super Bowl?) When the Denver Broncos meet the Carolina Panthers at Levi’s Stadium...

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10 Recipe Resolutions in 2016

10 Recipe Resolutions in 2016

As we ring in the new year, tradition dictates that we create a resolution (or 12). Among tidiness, exercise, and finally meeting the neighbors, why not involve our favorite place, the grill? Trying new recipes and cooking methods will shake up your routine, enhance your meals and stimulate your mind—isn't that what New Year's resolutions should be about? I think we're onto something here. Simply bookmark this page and come back to it when you're ready to take your grilling to the next level. The 3-2-1 Method for Ribs: We...

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Perfection in 5 Steps: Reverse-Seared Prime Rib

Perfection in 5 Steps: Reverse-Seared Prime Rib

Prime rib costs more than virtually every other cut of meat at the market. It’s intimidating, too, because a roast that’s perfectly cooked or hopelessly overcooked can make or break your reputation as a grill master. I can feel the fear on social media channels this time of year. Many of you have posted photos of recently acquired hunks of meat on my Facebook page and Twitter account (my kind of pinup!), complete with the price you paid in full view (usually...

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Homemade for the Holidays: Beef Jerky

Homemade for the Holidays: Beef Jerky

I know exactly what I’ll be doing this weekend, and it won’t involve a trip to the mall. Let other people—millions of other people—desperately compete for parking and the attention of department store clerks. I’ll be home keeping quiet company with my smoker, creating a gift that will be appreciated by nearly everyone on my holiday list: homemade jerky. Want to join me? December is the month of miracles and magical thinking. And why lean meat, seasoned and...

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