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The Sound of Barbecue

The Sound of Barbecue

And you thought I have the dream job! Corporate team builder by day, guitarist-song writer in his spare time, Chris Cassone has turned his twin obsessions for smoked meat and music into a song that has people all over the barbecue circuit stomping their feet: My Baby Loves Barbecue. “I wrote it for my girlfriend, a Los Angeles TV producer who thought 'barbecue' meant grilled hamburgers,” recalls the 62-year-old musician, who lives in Patterson, New York. “I took her to a real...

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Brand New BarbecueBible.com Heating Up!

Brand New BarbecueBible.com Heating Up!

Dear friends, It’s about time! Things have been heating up behind the scenes at BarbecueBible.com. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our totally redesigned, radically-improved, completely awesome, new Barbecue Bible web site. We’ve worked hard to deliver a complete update of this website. We'll now be able to offer you more eye-opening barbecue news, more indispensable tips and techniques, and more irresistible grilling and smoking recipes. At the same time, we want to shine the spotlight even more on our fantastic...

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Big Red Barbeque Starting ‘Em Young

Big Red Barbeque Starting ‘Em Young

We love hearing from teachers (in my mind the important profession) who use barbecue to teach life lessons to their students. The following comes from our teacher-friend Allen Frecker, who augments the academic curriculum at Cincinatti's Hughes STEM High School with a week-long course called Big Red Barbeque. Mr. Frecker shows episodes of Primal Grill and Barbecue University by way of orientation, then takes the students to a...

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La Barbecue Cuisine Texicana in Austin

La Barbecue Cuisine Texicana in Austin

Move over Texas Hill Country. Austin has become the new epicenter of the Lone Star State's brisket wars, with a thrilling new wave of barbecue restaurants. (New ones seem to open each month.) The latest to enter the fray: La Barbecue Cuisine Texicana. Well, "restaurant" may be overstating it. Pit master John Lewis (in red shirt) set up his custom designed smoker (originally a 1000 gallon propane tank) in a trailer on a lot in Austin's Southside....

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Sneak Peek of Steven’s Kitchen

Sneak Peek of Steven’s Kitchen

Photo Credit: Charles Miller/Fine Cooking magazine You've probably seen pictures of my "burn zone" (the outdoor area where I do my smoking and grilling). But what about my indoor kitchen? A few months ago, we invited a photographer from Fine Cooking magazine to our home in Miami for a photo profile of our kitchen. (Believe it or not, on rare occasions, I do cook indoors.) You can read about our kitchen -- and how it relates to...

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BBQ Board Moderator: Brad Olson

BBQ Board Moderator: Brad Olson

He joined the community back in 2004 and has written more than 6,000 posts since then. That's an average of about 2 posts daily! He's none other than Brad Olson, aka "ScreamingChicken," one of our dedicated board moderators, so I thought it was about time we grilled him with a few questions to get to know him better. Q: What's your favorite Steven Raichlen book? Recipe? Or grilling tip? ScreamingChicken: The favorite book is a tough one, because they range from introductory (How To Grill) to barbecue and grilling in the US (BBQ USA) to worldwide (The Barbecue! Bible, Planet Barbecue). The one I reach for first, though, is usually BBQ USA. My two...

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Green Meets Grill

Green Meets Grill

No, I haven't gone over to the dark side. But I did recently publish a vegetarian barbecue book -- in French in Quebec, where believe it or not, I have a French language TV show on barbecuing and grilling called Le Maitre du Grill. The book may be for the French-speaking visitors to BarbecueBible.com, but vegetarian grilling is for all of us. According to a recent New York Times story, while only 5 percent of Americans embrace a vegetarian diet...

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No Barbecue Today …

No Barbecue Today …

Just heartache for our friends in Boston, where I lived for 20 years. The marathon was a community celebration and rite of spring. I’d ride my bike in from Cambridge to watch the race finale on Boylston Street. On Monday, Bostonians did what they always do in the face of disaster: They rushed in to help their fellow Bostonians. My friend, novelist William Martin, summed up their sentiments. Please take a moment to read his blog.

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Sad News: Remembering Peter Workman

Sad News: Remembering Peter Workman

The literary and publishing world, and our own Barbecue Bible community, lost a great friend yesterday with the death of Workman Publishing founder Peter Workman. Peter is the man responsible for such amazing international blockbusters as What to Expect When You’re Expecting, A Thousand Places to Visit Before You Die, The Silver Palate Cookbook, The New Basics, the French Laundry Cookbook—and closer to home, The...

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Rotisserie Chicken

Rotisserie Chicken

GUESS WHAT'S UNDER THE HOOD? French King Henri IV promised a chicken in every pot. I prefer my bird in a kettle grill--preferably on the rotisserie amid swirling clouds of cherry smoke. I call the technique spit-smoking, and it gives you a double bang for the buck: the slow, gentle rotation required for a supernaturally moist chicken and the intense wood flavor you'd get in a smoker. I keep the seasonings simple--three of my favorite rubs are below. It's all about...

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