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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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Labor Day BBQ — Hold the Hard Work!

Labor Day BBQ — Hold the Hard Work!

Labor Day honors American workers, but there’s no reason you should have to labor too hard preparing this, traditionally the last barbecue of summer. (Not that anyone in this barbecue community would mothball his grill.) Here are five strategies for staging a Labor Day barbecue—without the heavy lifting. Make your guests part of the grilling. One of my favorite appetizers for a Labor Day barbecue is pa amb tomaquet—also known as pan con tomate...

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Planet Barbecue

Lord of the Chicken Wings! Fire-Eating Recipes

Lord of the Chicken Wings! Fire-Eating Recipes

Across Planet Barbecue you’ll find “fire eaters” -- people for whom no chicken wing or any dish for that matter can be too fiery. (You may even be one of them!) They’re easy to spot—even at breakfast: They douse their eggs with Sriracha or other hot sauce, then slice fresh jalapenos on top for good measure. Talk at their table often turns to Scovilles—the unit of measure for a chile pepper’s relative heat. Of course, one-ups-manship enters the conversation -- i.e., have you tried India’s bhut jolokia...

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Barbecue University

The Pull of Pork & Its Sauces: 12 Must-Read Tips

The Pull of Pork & Its Sauces: 12 Must-Read Tips

It’s an icon of American barbecue -- spice-blasted, hickory-smoked pork shoulder, torn or chopped into meaty shreds, electrified with peppery vinegar sauce (or elevated with a unique white barbecue sauce, as with Big Bob Gibson’s pulled pork sandwich, pictured above), topped with crunchy coleslaw, and piled on a butter-grilled bun. Of the “big three” of American barbecue (the other two being brisket and ribs), pork shoulder is the easiest to get right. You can indirect grill it. You can smoke it. You can even cook it on a rotisserie. It requires no split-second timing. It’s nearly impossible...

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Planet Barbecue

Man Bites Dog! Plus, 10 Top American Hot Dogs

Man Bites Dog! Plus, 10 Top American Hot Dogs

Americans love their dogs -- their hot dogs, that is -- consuming 7 billion of them each summer, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. Some people will eat more than their share: Last year, the winner in the men's division of Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest on Coney Island dispatched 68 at a single sitting. Frankfurters became part of the American diet in the late 19th century, introduced by German immigrants. They were traditionally precooked sausages made from finely ground or emulsified pork and/or veal, or beef;...

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The Ultimate Father’s Day Menu

The Ultimate Father’s Day Menu

Ignore the obvious irony. On Mothers Day, a guy and his kids jump through hoops to make sure mom doesn’t have to set foot in the kitchen. On Fathers Day, the same guy is expected not only to cook for his family, but stage an awesome feast. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Father’s Day takes place during one of the best months of the year for grilling, and that most men welcome any occasion to fire up the grill -- even if it’s in the service of their own celebration....

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10 Tools You Need for Father’s Day

10 Tools You Need for Father’s Day

No, you don’t need a self-turning hotdog rack. No, you don’t need a barbecue fork meat thermometer. (You don’t need a barbecue fork period—avoid the temptation of stabbing your steaks.) No, you don’t need all of the 50 or 60 different grilling utensils you’ll find your local barbecue shop. (Of course, if you want to own 60 utensils, more power to you. I do!) But you do need a basic tool kit to help you build and manage your fire, handle your food, and tell when it’s...

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14 Father’s Day Lessons About Barbecue & Life

14 Father’s Day Lessons About Barbecue & Life

My dad was not the grill master in my family. That honor went to my mother. When it came time to grill steak, she’d light Kingsford briquettes with gasoline (!) and char the meat black as charcoal on the outside and just long enough to take off the chill in the still raw center. “Pittsburgh rare” is what my mom called it -- in her eyes you couldn’t serve beef too rare. When it comes to what I learned about grilling from my father, I draw a blank. So in honor of Father’s Day, I asked three barbecue masters what they plan to teach their kids about live fire cooking. Happy Fathers Day! AARON FRANKLIN...

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Get Ready for Memorial Day!

Get Ready for Memorial Day!

Memorial Day weekend is almost here! You may not be surprised to learn that this is the second biggest grilling day of the year (eclipsed only by the Fourth of July). According to the HPBA (Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association), 56 percent of Americans will fire up their grills. As for the other 44 percent, well, someone has to bring the beer. What may surprise you is that for some Americans, Memorial Day marks the start of barbecue season. Not for this barbecue community,...

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