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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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Chocolate Meets Grill

Chocolate Meets Grill

If the way to someone’s proverbial heart is through the stomach, an even faster route is with chocolate. As a spouse, partner, or parent, you probably know this already. If not, learn it fast. When I was growing up, chocolate was, well chocolate. Today, you have to choose between dark chocolate and milk, bar chocolate and cocoa, single estate chocolate and 90 percent. And what the heck are cocoa nibs? All chocolate derives from the seedpod of a tropical fruit appropriately named Theobroma...

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Grilling in the Chinese New Year

Grilling in the Chinese New Year

Two men celebrating with bak kua (grilled pork jerky) While many of us were preparing for Super Bowl parties last weekend, the Chinese welcomed a bronco of a different sort: the Year of the Horse. Fortunately, it’s not too late to celebrate the Chinese New Year: Festivities last for 15 days, making this the longest holiday on the Chinese calendar. Perfect for guys like me, who despite the best intentions, don’t always post holiday cards on time. My first impulse is to celebrate...

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Super Bowl Showdown: Seattle Planked Salmon vs. Denver Bison Burgers

Super Bowl Showdown: Seattle Planked Salmon vs. Denver Bison Burgers

Sometimes it helps not to have skin in the game. When the crowds converge on MetLife Stadium in New Jersey this Sunday, neither of my “home” teams (the Miami Dolphins or the New England Patriots) will be playing. That leaves me free to focus on what really matters on Super Bowl Sunday—without nail-biting partisanship—the food. But I’m rooting for both contenders with my menu, which features two dishes inspired by the Seahawks and the...

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Grilled Dips for the Super Bowl

Grilled Dips for the Super Bowl

Hunger Game? That would be Super Bowl Sunday. Apparently, it involves football and no shortage of statistics (like carries and passing yards). But the stat that matters most to me is 62 percent. That’s the number of American grill owners who will fire them up on Super Bowl Sunday, making this the busiest grilling day of the winter. (Yes, there’s actually an organization that keeps track of our grill usage. Not the NSA, but the HPBA—Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue...

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Winging It on Super Bowl Sunday

Winging It on Super Bowl Sunday

Quick: What’s the second biggest eating holiday after Thanksgiving? Memorial Day? July 4th? Labor Day? Actually, it’s Super Bowl Sunday, which is coming at us faster (February 2) than a Peyton Manning pass. According to the National Restaurant Association, 63 percent of Americans consider chicken wings a “must-have” in their annual mash-up of food and football. We ate nearly 1.23 billion wings during last year’s game—enough to encircle the earth twice. Chicken wings make the perfect Super Bowl food. Infinitely customizable. Easily...

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Hors d’Oeuvres Meet Grill—Finger Food for the Holidays

Hors d’Oeuvres Meet Grill—Finger Food for the Holidays

Russians call them zakuski. The French term is hors d’oeuvres. Italians ask for antipasti. In Turkey and other eastern Mediterranean countries, they’re known as meze. In America, we use the macabre expression finger food, and no self respecting holiday party would be complete without them. But if your notion of cocktail party fare runs to cheese balls and stuffed celery, you’re in need of a Barbecue! Bible makeover. Sure,...

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Under the Hood

The Coolest Grills of 2013

The Coolest Grills of 2013

It’s a rough job, as the saying goes, but someone has to do it: Traveling Planet Barbecue on the lookout for amazing new grills, heart-stoppingly delectable dishes, and restaurants worth making a special trip for. In the next two weeks, I’ll be blogging here on Barbecue! Bible and writing for the Huffington Post about some the most memorable barbecue experiences I had in 2013. So spread the word, and as always, tell us about your best barbecue experiences in the year we’re about to say goodbye to. And now, Raichlen’s Coolest Grills of 2013. First, let...

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New Year’s Resolutions for Die-Hard Grill Fanatics

New Year’s Resolutions for Die-Hard Grill Fanatics

Mid-December already? In addition to holiday madness, that means one thing: a new batch of New Year’s resolutions. Everyone makes them. Everyone breaks them. Well, here at Barbecue Bible, we want to help you up your grill skills in 2014. So here are five resolutions I can almost guarantee you’ll keep in 2014, plus 2 of the personal barbecue resolutions I plan to make for the coming year. Resolve, finances permitting, to become a two-grill (or smoker) family. This one’s...

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Homemade for the Holidays—Barbecue Rubs

Homemade for the Holidays—Barbecue Rubs

Sure, you could buy that grilling fanatic on your holiday gift list a new smoker or cutting-edge grill accessory. (For some suggestions, check out our barbecuers’ gift guide.) But sometimes, the most meaningful gifts are the ones you make yourself. Homemade gifts help you stretch your holiday shopping dollars, and in inclement weather, they’re a great way to channel your inner pit master without having to don your parka or fight for a parking spot. Which...

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