Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible

Chefs, Pitmasters, and Personalities

Food Dude: Michael Pollan

Food Dude: Michael Pollan

Welcome back to our latest series on BarbecueBible.com—Food Dudes—featuring interviews with the movers and shakers of the food world, excerpted from Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys. Today we bring you Michael Pollan, a food activist, journalist, and bestselling author whose books, like The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, and In Defense of Food, have revolutionized the way Americans think about food. What you may not realize...

Read more →

Food Dude: Stanley Tucci

Food Dude: Stanley Tucci

Welcome back to our latest series on BarbecueBible.com—Food Dudes—featuring interviews with the movers and shakers of the food world, excerpted from Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys. Today we bring you Stanley Tucci, who is not only an award-winning actor, screenwriter, and director, but also author of The Tucci Cookbook and host of the PBS wine tasting show Vine Talk. “I’m completely food-obsessed,” says Tucci, who attributes his passion for cooking and eating...

Read more →

Food Dude: Andrew Zimmern

Food Dude: Andrew Zimmern

Welcome back to our latest series on BarbecueBible.com—Food Dudes—featuring interviews with the movers and shakers of the food world, excerpted from Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys. Today we bring you food traveler/journalist and strange food wildman Andrew Zimmern, whom you probably know best as the host of Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel. He has great advice on grilling and cooking, so listen up: He’s the guy who eats weird stuff—very weird stuff, like rotten shark in Reykjavik...

Read more →

Food Dude: Thomas Keller

Food Dude: Thomas Keller

Welcome to our latest series on BarbecueBible.com—Food Dudes—featuring interviews with the movers and shakers of the food world, excerpted from Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys. Up first: überchef Thomas Keller. He is the author of five cookbooks, most recently the #1 New York Times bestseller Bouchon Bakery. The full text can be found in Man Made Meals on page 92. Thomas Keller presides over an empire that includes restaurants, bistros, bakeries, and food products. He remains as notorious for his dry...

Read more →

Inspiring the Next Generation of Pit Masters

Inspiring the Next Generation of Pit Masters

The following is an interview with Allen Frecker, a social studies teacher at Cincinnati’s Hughes STEM High School. (The acronym stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.) Twice a year, the school suspends regular classes and gives students the opportunity to spend a week immersed in special interest programs organized by the faculty to teach students real-life lessons and even inspire career choices. Three years ago, Allen recruited our help in motivating his students with educational materials—videos of...

Read more →

CBS Came for a Visit

Jamie Wax and crew from CBS paid a visit to my home in Miami to find out about the skills and tools that every guy needs to hold his own in the kitchen. We talked about my new book, Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys, and I told him the single most important thing for being a successful home cook. Can you guess what it is? Find out in the video above.

Read more →

Five Essential Barbecue Tips from John Stage of New York’s Legendary Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Five Essential Barbecue Tips from John Stage of New York’s Legendary Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Photo by Brent Herrig Photography John Stage never set out to launch a barbecue empire. Thirty years ago, the biker turned pit master took a makeshift smoker/grill—made from a halved 55-gallon drum—on the road to motorcycle fairs and festivals, because he believed that bikers deserved a great plate of barbecue, too. You’ll still find Harleys lined up outside Dinosaur Bar-B-Que’s original location in Syracuse, NY, but, travel to any of the other seven restaurants in the Northeast—including the...

Read more →

BBQ Joints

6 Questions for Hugh Mangum, Chef-Owner of Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque

6 Questions for Hugh Mangum, Chef-Owner of Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque

To hear Hugh Mangum tell it, he never set out to become a Brooklyn brisket mogul, nor did he aspire to serve the biggest, baddest beef rib in Manhattan. No, the musician was happy in a career that most guys would kill for: earning a living as a drummer touring with Jacob Dylan and the Wallflowers. The owner of Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque in the East Village comes by his passion naturally. Although he grew up in Santa Monica, his Houston-born father always kept an assortment of Texas-style barbecue pits fired up...

Read more →

Barbecue University

10 Questions with Derrick Riches, the Barbecue Expert of About.com

10 Questions with Derrick Riches, the Barbecue Expert of About.com

Each month, millions of visitors (literally) come to About.com with questions about barbecuing and grilling. And each month, a lanky blond man with a penchant for wearing black answers those questions: Derrick Riches from Salt Lake City. Riches grew up hunting, fishing, and camp cooking in mountains of the western U.S., and caught barbecue fever during a summer in central Texas. He has grilled over everything from a hole in the ground to a $20,000 stainless steel gas super grill, and has been quoted by media outlets from the Wall Street Journal to the BBC. Of his current position with About.com (held since 1997),...

Read more →

Hot Stuff

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...

Read more →