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The Best New Gear for July 4th

The Best New Gear for July 4th

Photo by aaroncorey It’s almost July 4th—traditionally the busiest grilling date of the year. Not that this community hasn’t been firing it up for months now. Hell, a lot of us (even in the Frost Belt) 24/7/365. If you’re like me, you’re always doing recon for new gear that can help you up your game at the grill. Here are 10 accessories that have caught my eye recently: great just got a lot better. A-maze-n Tube Smoker: This steel mesh tube looks deceptively simple, but when you load it with wood pellets...

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A Red, White, and Blue BBQ for a New England-Style July 4th

A Red, White, and Blue BBQ for a New England-Style July 4th

Happy July 4th! After nearly three months on the road (book tour and new book research), I’ll be home with my family. That means Martha’s Vineyard—just in time for our fantastic small town (but very big-hearted) Independence Day parade up Main Street in Edgartown, followed by fireworks over the harbor viewed from the beach. For dinner this year, we’re planning a twist on a New England classic: grill-top clambake. Traditional clambake is cooked...

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What Dad Really Wants for Father’s Day: 9 Inspired Gift Ideas

What Dad Really Wants for Father’s Day: 9 Inspired Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is approaching fast (it’s Sunday, June 15), and you know what that means: Desperate Saturday trips to menswear departments, pro shops, and even hardware stores to find a gift for Dad that won’t totally … well, you know. Speaking as a guy and a father, here’s a bit of advice: Don’t give Dad a gift he would store in a top dresser drawer. In other words, no socks, neckties, cufflinks, and monogrammed anything. We want toys. And time with you and yours. Gear for your grills satisfies both criteria. Any of the...

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The 6 Indispensable Tools You Need to Rock This Grilling Season Now

The 6 Indispensable Tools You Need to Rock This Grilling Season Now

Tradition holds that Memorial Day marks the start of America’s barbecue season. Tradition hasn’t logged into BarbecueBible.com. In our tribe, everyday is barbecue day, and most of us have been grilling for months (if not nonstop since last Memorial Day). Two months ago, we told you how to spring clean your grill and get it in top working order. Today, we’ll review the essential tools you need for grilling. Relax. Of the literally hundreds of accessories and gadgets on the market,...

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A Memorial Day Menu Straight From the Grill

A Memorial Day Menu Straight From the Grill

Photo by Flickr/curtis.kennington Memorial Day already? Believe it or not, many people consider this holiday the start of grilling season. But not this community. Most of us here at BarbecueBible.com have been grilling for months already—if not all year long. And given this winter—with its record snows and polar vortexes—that’s no small accomplishment. This Memorial Day, I’m building my family’s menu around dishes that have become near and dear...

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What My Mom Taught Me About BBQ—And About Life

What My Mom Taught Me About BBQ—And About Life

Photo (clockwise): Roasted Chicken + Bacon Sundaes from Man Made Meals; Roasted Tomatoes by simpleprovisions; Roasted Potatoes by emmadiscovery My mother was a ballet dancer. She was also a lousy cook. While other moms were baking cookies for classroom parties, her life was a frenzied sequence of classes, practicing, rehearsals, and performances. This simple truth, as much as any subsequent culinary training, shaped my career as a food writer. Even if my mother had enjoyed cooking, her devotion to...

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Fire It Up for Passover

Fire It Up for Passover

At sundown on April 14, Jews all over the world will celebrate the start of Passover. I’ll be one of them. This eight-day holiday—my favorite in the Jewish calendar—commemorates the escape of the ancient Hebrews from slavery in Egypt and the settling of what would become Israel. It’s a bigger-than-life holiday full of cinematic events: building the pyramids, Pharaoh’s daughters finding baby Moses floating on the Nile, Moses transforming his staff into a serpent, the ten...

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Steven Raichlen’s Barbecue Birthday Menu

Steven Raichlen’s Barbecue Birthday Menu

Call it a busman’s holiday. When my birthday rolls around in this blustery month of March (don’t try to guess when or how old), I’ll celebrate with, what else, a barbecue. And being the hands-on, DIY, control freak kind of guy I am, I’ll probably cook it myself. Oh, I’ll have help from son-in-law Gabriel, the master mixologist of the family. I’m thinking something smoky, like an Oaxacan Manhattan—made with mezcal. (Gabriel also grills...

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Just in Time for Mardi Gras—Gumbo Gets Smoked

Just in Time for Mardi Gras—Gumbo Gets Smoked

Little known fact about me: Long before I wrote Planet Barbecue or taped Primal Grill; long before I founded Barbecue University and launched the Best of Barbecue line of grilling accessories; long before I reviewed restaurants for Boston Magazine and penned a wine and spirits column for GQ, I majored in French literature and studied medieval cooking in Europe. One of my favorite paintings then—and now—was The Fight Between Carnival and Lent...

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Valentine’s Day with Heart

Valentine’s Day with Heart

Today is Valentine’s Day. I’m giving my wife a heart-shaped card (or at least a card decorated with hearts). If I’m smart, I’ll throw in a heart-shaped box of chocolates. The one thing I won’t do is serve her a dish that’s a barbecue icon in Peru and Bolivia, and that’s turning up grilled, or otherwise, served at an increasing number of cutting-edge restaurants in North America. I’m referring to beef, veal, lamb, and chicken hearts. Exhibit #1. The grilled lamb heart salad served at Portland, Oregon’s new temple...

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