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12 Dos and Don’ts to Cook the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

12 Dos and Don’ts to Cook the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

Is it just me, or does America seem even more Thanksgiving-obsessed than ever? Practice turkeys. Turchettas. Turduckens. Brining kits. We just can’t seem to wait for this festival (make that orgy) of food, football, and family (not necessarily in that order). T-day may be the country’s favorite secular holiday, but it’s a bad time for Meleagris gallopavo. According to the National Turkey Federation, 88 percent of Americans will eat turkey on Thanksgiving. That statistic is even more remarkable when you factor in our foreign-born population and vegetarians....

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6 Tips (Plus Recipes) for a Project Smoke™ Labor Day Barbecue Feast

6 Tips (Plus Recipes) for a Project Smoke™ Labor Day Barbecue Feast

Labor Day is one of our most popular grilling holidays (just after Independence Day and Memorial Day). According to the HPBA (Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association)—they should know—55 percent of us will fire up our grills and smokers this weekend. Everyone else will line up with a big appetite and an empty plate. If it’s your turn to host this final salute to summer, I have three words for you: keep it simple. Labor Day pays homage to the American workforce, but there’s no reason you should have to spend the whole day laboring behind the...

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The Raichlen 4th of July Menu

The Raichlen 4th of July Menu

They get me when the first veterans march by. World War II vets, white-haired but proud, followed by the men and women who served in Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf, and now Afghanistan and Iraq. It’s the Independence Day parade in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, and I can’t seem to keep my eyes dry. I’ve celebrated July 4th in a lot of places (including overseas), but there’s nothing like a small town parade to make you feel proud and American. Independence Day barbecues are a venerable American tradition. When a triumphant George Washington...

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas 2015

Father’s Day Gift Ideas 2015

Father’s Day already? You know the drill. Mom gets breakfast in bed. Dads get to cook dinner for everybody standing next to a hot smoky grill. Not that we mind, for few things bring any dad more pleasure than grilling for his family or tribe. And nothing thrills more than acquiring new gear for the grill. So here’s our annual dream Father’s Day gift list—complete with some of our best advice for grilling. Beats the hell out of bedroom slippers and neckties. Keep it clean with our New Ultimate Grill Brush: You’re more likely to win...

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10 Steps to the Perfect Burger

10 Steps to the Perfect Burger

May 28 is coming fast and you know what that means: National Hamburger Day. Not that anyone in this community needs inducement to put America’s favorite ground meat to the fire. The stats are in and not steak, not bratwurst, not ribs, but burgers top the list of our favorite foods on the grill for Memorial Day. So here’s the question: What constitutes the perfect burger? For me, it starts with a live fire (preferably wood) to produce a perfectly charred, deftly seasoned crust and a juicy interior that contrasts perfectly with a soft,...

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Grill One for Mom: Our Mother’s Day Brunch Menu

Grill One for Mom: Our Mother’s Day Brunch Menu

Little known fact about Steven Raichlen (or at least about his childhood). My mother, Frances Raichlen, wore the barbecue pants in my family. Back in a day when most women wouldn’t go near a grill, my mother loaded ours with charcoal briquettes, lit it with gasoline! (do not try this at home), and charred T-bones anthracite black on the outside, leaving the center so rare it still mooed. So as Mother’s Day rolls around, I always think of the role she played in inspiring my own career as a food writer specializing...

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Grilled Feast

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Grilled Feast

Today is Cinco de Mayo—May 5—and tonight, Mexican-themed restaurants and bars will be crowded with American revelers who are not quite sure what they are celebrating. If queried, many would say they’re honoring Mexico’s Independence Day. (Sorry, but that’s actually September 16.) For the record, Cinco de Mayo marks the anniversary of a battle for Puebla fought in 1862. A barefoot and under-equipped Mexican army miraculously defeated the French in a fight reminiscent of David and Goliath. But why let the facts get between...

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Smoked Eggs for Easter and Passover

Smoked Eggs for Easter and Passover

Photo by Richard Dallett. “Eggs are meant for smoking,” observes Rene Redzepi. Yes, that Redzepi—chef-owner of Denmark’s celebrated Noma—named World’s Best Restaurant three out of the past four years by San Pellegrino. The accomplishment is all the more remarkable for the fact that the kitchen uses only ingredients found within a 50 kilometer (a little over 30 miles) radius of Copenhagen. On a visit to Noma last April, I enjoyed quail eggs smoked with birch wood and hay and lightly pickled with rosehip...

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Wishing You a Smokin’ Valentine’s Day

Wishing You a Smokin’ Valentine’s Day

“If music be the food of love, play on,” wrote Shakespeare in Twelfth Night. We can’t help you with the music (we trust you do your own mixing), but in the romance food department we have you covered. No stressed out servers. No long wait for cocktails. And the best table in the house is yours. Speaking of cocktails, get things started with a fired up Old-Fashioned: For each drink, crust a slice of orange with sugar and grill over a hot...

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Raichlen’s Super Bowl Menu, 2015

Raichlen’s Super Bowl Menu, 2015

The second biggest eating day of the year (second only to Thanksgiving) is approaching fast. I speak of Super Bowl Sunday, of course, that can’t-not-watch slugfest between America’s top pro footballers. Sunday’s game pits the Seattle Seahawks against the New England Patriots. As usual, we take perverse pleasure in researching ticket prices. At this writing, $5,000 will buy you nosebleed seats in the stadium at the University of Phoenix in Glendale, while...

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