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Introducing The Grill Lab

Introducing The Grill Lab

Over the years, I've fielded literally thousands of questions about grilling and barbecuing. Everything from "What are BTUs and do they really matter when buying a grill)? to "Why is my brisket still tough—I cooked it to 190 degrees?" And do you know what I've noticed consistently? People from all over the country (and possibly the rest of Planet Barbecue) are challenged by the same foods, like whole birds, ribs, briskets, pork shoulders, and steaks. Well, I'm...

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Chicken Trumps Beef

Chicken Trumps Beef

Photo by BBQ Board member Dyal_SC Brace yourself for some shocking news. For the first time in a century—maybe in our nation’s history—Americans eat more chicken than beef. According to the USDA and reported by National Public Radio, in 2012 (the most recent year for which we have data), we consumed a per capita 57.5 pounds of beef. For you history buffs out there, that’s about the same consumption level we had in 1909. Beef-eating peaked in America in the 1970s, when we managed...

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Introducing Ziplist

Introducing Ziplist

Once in awhile (actually a lot more than once in a while), I get emails asking for help finding one of my recipes. Some of you rely on these recipes so much that your book pages are stained beyond recognition or completely falling out altogether (thank you for that). For once, technology is about to make your life simpler. The solution? Ziplist. Now you’ll be able to save all your favorite recipes from BarbecueBible.com (and any other site) in one convenient...

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Barbecue University

8 Tips for Gold Plate Tailgating

8 Tips for Gold Plate Tailgating

Wherever you host your tailgating party, the food must impress. Gone are the days when burgers and dogs made the cut. To bring your “A” game to this contest, practice what I like to call GPT, “Gold Plate Tailgating." No, this doesn’t necessarily mean bringing your best table linens or a margarita machine powered by a car battery to the stadium. You can if you want to, but here’s a glimpse of my playbook: Build your GPT menu around a large hunk...

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Planet Barbecue

Down the Hatch! Celebrate New Mexico’s Flame-Roasted Chiles

Down the Hatch! Celebrate New Mexico’s Flame-Roasted Chiles

On Saturday and Sunday, August 31 and September 1 -- Labor Day weekend -- 30,000 heat seekers will converge on tiny Hatch, New Mexico, for the 42nd annual Hatch Chile Festival. The town of Hatch, population 1680, is the self-proclaimed “Chile Capital of the World” -- and who are we to argue? A few years ago, I visited New Mexico during chile season, which lasts only a few weeks during August and September. As I noted in BBQ USA, “Every barbecue region...

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Hot Stuff

A Handful of Smoke & Pickles

A Handful of Smoke & Pickles

Everyone has a story and a recipe. We cherish them because they are our reinventions. Our recipes convey who we were, are, and want to be. And this is reflected in the food of the best cooks across America, in homes, restaurants, and backyards and at county fairs and tailgates. We are redefining the landscape of how we grow, harvest, name, and eat our very own sustenance. There is a rich diversity in our cuisine — this thing that, for lack of a better term, we call American Cuisine...

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Eat Your Words

High on the Hog — Make that Sheep!

High on the Hog — Make that Sheep!

“Memphis, Tennessee” evokes visions of dry rub baby backs. North Carolina makes mouths water for its pulled pork (whole hog in the eastern part of the state; pork shoulder in the west). Texas is ground zero for barbecued brisket, while the Pacific Northwest gave us the salmon roast. But Kentucky? If you’re like most Americans, you suspect they serve barbecue in Kentucky, but you’d probably be hard pressed to name a single Kentuckian barbecue specialty. This...

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Hot Stuff

The $100,000 Hamburger

The $100,000 Hamburger

They came from Macomb, Michigan, to Artesia, New Mexico; from Troy, Alabama to Brooklyn, New York. They shaped patties from hand-chopped salmon, home-made pork sausage, grass-fed ground beef, and Indian-spiced ground lamb. They grilled on Weber gas grills and charcoal kettle grills and served their burgers on sesame buns, biscuits, and pretzel rolls. And when the smoke cleared, one of the 10 contestants walked away with a check for $100,000. That...

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Eat Your Words

The Philosopher of Barbecue: Michael Pollan & His New Book Cooked

The Philosopher of Barbecue: Michael Pollan & His New Book Cooked

Every once in a while, you encounter a book that gives you a radical new perspective on a familiar subject. Case in point: Michael Pollan’s brilliant new Cooked: A Story of Transformation (Penguin Press)—especially the first 121 pages, which are devoted to a topic near and dear to this community’s hearts: barbecue. Spoiler alert: This is not a cookbook (although it does conclude with four iconic recipes). It’s a profound meditation on what cooking means—technologically,...

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Planet Barbecue

The Best Brisket in Texas? Franklin BBQ

The Best Brisket in Texas? Franklin BBQ

If you want to experience the best brisket in Austin and possibly all of Texas, eat at Franklin BBQ. It won’t be easy. You’ll line up at 8:30 in the morning outside a turquoise cinderblock building on a nondescript street corner. If you come in summertime, you may endure triple digit heat. Regardless of the time of the year, you’ll stand in line with 400 other barbecue addicts (doesn’t anyone in Austin work?) for 2 1/2 hours until the restaurant opens at 11 a.m. And...

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