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Like It Hot—Grill It Hot

Like It Hot—Grill It Hot

As the summer kicks into high gear and temperatures soar, the best way to beat the heat is . . . to join it. Fiery foods make you sweat, and perspiration is the body’s natural cooling mechanism. Fiery foods are enjoyed in hundreds of the world’s top food cultures. Indeed, people in some of the warmest climates across Planet Barbecue eat some of the spiciest food. Here, to challenge your inner fire-eater, are some of the most fiery dishes on the world’s barbecue trail. Just be sure to keep a glass of cold beer (or better...

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Tips from BBQ Bootcamp

Tips from BBQ Bootcamp

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year: the time when we shed our scarves, break out the patio furniture, and gear up for some glorious summer grilling. If you’ve been avoiding your grill since the first signs of winter, or simply need a brush-up on your technique, below are a few of my favorite grilling tips to help you kick off the season the right way. 1. Control the fire, don’t let it control you Create a “3-zone” fire...

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Game On: Grilling Minnesota Venison

Game On: Grilling Minnesota Venison

I love it when I get questions and requests from readers and viewers. And one thing you ask a lot is to see more wild game dishes on Project Smoke and in my books. I hear you loud and clear. So when I came across this grilled venison loin with honey, juniper, and black pepper glaze in Dishing Up® Minnesota by Teresa Marrone (published by Storey Publishing—a subsidiary of Workman Publishing), I knew that both our prayers had been answered....

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Game On! Your Guide to Grilling Game Meats

Game On! Your Guide to Grilling Game Meats

’Tis the season. I speak not of Christmas, but to a topic of burning interest to many members of this barbecue community: game meats. Because hunting season has commenced in many states for certain species of wild game (check with your state’s Department of Natural Resources for specifics), we thought this would be a great time to address the many grilling, smoking, and barbecue questions we receive from people who appreciate game. To get the low-down on special techniques for cooking game, which has considerably less fat than...

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Raichlen Predicts: BBQ Trends for 2015

Raichlen Predicts: BBQ Trends for 2015

2015 already? Seems like I just sat down to write last year’s predictions. Many came true, like really big steaks and cocktails get smoked. So here’s a look at my crystal ball for Planet Barbecue 2015. I write these words on a flight from Los Angeles to Miami. Which brings me to my first trend, for California often sets the agenda for grilling and American gastronomy in general. Wood-burning grills invade high-end restaurants: It used to be that grill restaurants were destinations in their own right. Now highfalutin Spanish, Italian, and even French restaurants are installing...

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Battle of the Birds: Brining vs. Injecting

Battle of the Birds: Brining vs. Injecting

The contentious mid-term elections might be over, but American households are grappling with another controversy: Should this year’s Thanksgiving turkey be brined, injected, both, or none of the above? Like skillful politicians, let’s start by trying to find common ground. I think we can all agree that a lot of turkey comes to the table dry. So dry that it takes a generous, what-the-hell pour from the gravy boat to make it palatable. The reason is anatomical: the modern turkey is a large,...

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Cooking Anytime, Anywhere with Francis Mallmann

Cooking Anytime, Anywhere with Francis Mallmann

He's a French-trained chef who returned to the rustic wood fire and cast iron cooking of his Argentinean forebears. He's the author of one of the most influential books on wood fire cooking, Seven Fires (Artisan). If you've done any serious grill hopping in Argentina or Uruguay, you've probably heard of him, and if you haven't, you should run, not walk, to your nearest bookstore to buy his latest book, Mallmann on Fire. We asked South America's premier grill master to write this month's...

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Behold the Bacon Weave

Behold the Bacon Weave

If I did my job well during Bacon Month (August), you’ve been motivated to make your own home-cured and smoked bacon from scratch (see my easy-to-follow directions here). You’re up to speed on how to grill bacon-wrapped foods, from onion rings to chicken drumsticks. Now—just in time for National Pork Month—it’s time to tackle the bacon weave, that magnificent mat of pork meat and fat that’s taken the blogosphere—and our barbecue community—by...

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Fiery Enough for You? Introducing the “Frankensauce”

Fiery Enough for You? Introducing the “Frankensauce”

If you’ve spent any time on this website (or just hanging around the grill), you’ll know the deep reverence for and alarmingly heavy-handedness we grilling fanatics have with hot sauce. Bottled hot sauce is good. Homemade hot sauce is better. But when you introduce fermentation to hot sauce (you know, the process that transforms cabbage into sauerkraut and fresh sausage into salami), you produce a hot sauce with complex umami flavors—a condiment worthy of your best grilling. Which brings me to Chicago barbecue fanatic...

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Bacon-Wrapped Onion Rings

Bacon-Wrapped Onion Rings

This blog post is brought to you with support from our sponsor. First came bacon-wrapped prunes. Then jalapeño poppers, then bacon-wrapped chicken wings. The latest manifestation of America’s bacon mania is onions—thick rings of Vidalias or other sweet onions dipped in hot sauce, swaddled in hickory-smoked bacon strips, and indirect grilled until the bacon is as crisp as the onion is meltingly tender. Is your mouth watering yet? It will...

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