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2014 Barbecue Gift Guide: 10 Indispensable Gifts for the Griller in Your Life

2014 Barbecue Gift Guide: 10 Indispensable Gifts for the Griller in Your Life

You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you can get what you need.        —Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones Sorry, Mick. I beg to differ. This holiday you can get what you want and what you need. (For we smoke and fire addicts the two are often synonymous.) Here's BarbecueBible.com's annual compilation of the tools, fuels, gadgets, and other gifts guaranteed to thrill the barbecuer in your life. Permission granted to print it out and distribute it to people who might need a cheat sheet for...

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Crash Course

How to Carve a Turkey

How to Carve a Turkey

You sourced an organic or heritage turkey, brined it with whiskey and maple syrup for a day and a night, and slow-smoked it over hardwood. You basted it conscientiously and made gravy from the smoky drippings. Now comes the fun part—or for many people the scary part—to carve it in front of an expectant hungry crowd. Well, we here at BarbecueBible.com have you covered. When you follow these six simple steps, anyone can approach the cutting board with confidence (after...

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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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Battle of the Birds: Brining vs. Injecting

Battle of the Birds: Brining vs. Injecting

The contentious mid-term elections might be over, but American households are grappling with another controversy: Should this year’s Thanksgiving turkey be brined, injected, both, or none of the above? Like skillful politicians, let’s start by trying to find common ground. I think we can all agree that a lot of turkey comes to the table dry. So dry that it takes a generous, what-the-hell pour from the gravy boat to make it palatable. The reason is anatomical: the modern turkey is a large,...

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Enter for a Chance to Win a Heritage Turkey for Thanksgiving

Enter for a Chance to Win a Heritage Turkey for Thanksgiving

Heritage turkey farmer Frank Reese. Photo by Jim Richardson. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and Heritage Foods USA is giving away one 16–18 pound USDA certified heritage turkey to make your celebration the best it can be. Enter below for a chance to win! Farmer Frank Reese's birds are pasture raised on the Kansas prairie and are never fed antibiotics. Frank and his team raise the truest example of the original heritage turkey: according to the USDA,...

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9 Must-Have Tools to Take the Labor Out of Your Labor Day Barbecue

9 Must-Have Tools to Take the Labor Out of Your Labor Day Barbecue

Photo by nicholasputz Game plan for your Labor Day cookout? Hold the heavy lifting. That means keeping it simple: an easy grilled or smoked appetizer, a big hunk o’ smoke-roasted protein for the main course, a simple side dish or two, and a big-flavor, low-labor dessert (see my Labor Day menu). And if your guests offer to bring something? Let them. Not only is it one less thing to worry about, but it invests them in the success of your party. The right gear can help ease your labors...

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Summer’s Last Hurrah: The Raichlen Labor Day

Summer’s Last Hurrah: The Raichlen Labor Day

Labor Day already? It’s hard to believe summer’s over. Most of us will go back to school or back to work. But hopefully, everyone gets a last hurrah in the form of a Labor Day barbecue. If you’re like me, after a summer of cookouts, you’re ready for a party that’s anything but labor-intensive. A feast that’s big on flavor, but light on actual work. I have the answer and it’s an icon of American barbecue: pulled pork—specifically, the South Carolina...

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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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