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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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A Star Is Born: Grilled “Turketta” for Thanksgiving

A Star Is Born: Grilled “Turketta” for Thanksgiving

People get cranky when you mess with Thanksgiving. As a newlywed, I once misguidedly served lobster on the most popular food holiday of the year. We were a small group, and I rationalized that the Pilgrims may have eaten lobster that first Thanksgiving. I had to keep a low profile for a while after that. We Americans do love our Thanksgiving food traditions: the mountains of buttery mashed potatoes; the boatloads of gravy; the pie; the stuffing; and...

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Thanksgiving: You Gotta Take Sides

Thanksgiving: You Gotta Take Sides

America’s favorite food holiday is barreling towards us. Will YOU be ready? We at BarbecueBible.com have created a Thanksgiving menu that will not only thrill your family and friends, but give you an excuse to take the party outdoors to your grill or smoker. Added advantage: this relieves some of the inevitable congestion in the kitchen. Turkey normally grabs the spotlight, but we focus on the side dishes—those beloved supporting players that make your bird look even better. (Don’t...

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Ham for the Holidays: Smoke a Ham at Home

Ham for the Holidays: Smoke a Ham at Home

Are you ready for the holidays? It’s a slippery slope after Halloween. First up, of course, is Thanksgiving. And we’ll be your resource for that as we’ll be posting a couple of options for turkey. (Spoiler alert: One speaks Italian.) But what would be more traditional, more welcome than a house-cured, house-smoked ham to sustain the household through the coming days? The seasonality of food, a given for our ancestors, mandated that meat be preserved through a variety of...

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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, Patio and 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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