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The Onion Bomb Goes Global

The Onion Bomb Goes Global

Photo by Rob Baas. The onion bomb exploded on the internet a few weeks ago. It was love at first sight and first bite. What? You haven’t heard of it? Imagine the outer layers of an onion, split, stuffed with a meatloaf-like mixture, wrapped in bacon, and smoke-roasted into an orb of meaty awesomeness. [caption id="attachment_10962" align="alignnone" width="480"] Photo by Rob Baas.[/caption] Whoever invented it merits a medal—they’re right...

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Grill One for Mom: Our Mother’s Day Brunch Menu

Grill One for Mom: Our Mother’s Day Brunch Menu

Little known fact about Steven Raichlen (or at least about his childhood). My mother, Frances Raichlen, wore the barbecue pants in my family. Back in a day when most women wouldn’t go near a grill, my mother loaded ours with charcoal briquettes, lit it with gasoline! (do not try this at home), and charred T-bones anthracite black on the outside, leaving the center so rare it still mooed. So as Mother’s Day rolls around, I always think of the role she played in inspiring my own career as a food writer specializing...

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Grilled Feast

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Grilled Feast

Today is Cinco de Mayo—May 5—and tonight, Mexican-themed restaurants and bars will be crowded with American revelers who are not quite sure what they are celebrating. If queried, many would say they’re honoring Mexico’s Independence Day. (Sorry, but that’s actually September 16.) For the record, Cinco de Mayo marks the anniversary of a battle for Puebla fought in 1862. A barefoot and under-equipped Mexican army miraculously defeated the French in a fight reminiscent of David and Goliath. But why let the facts get between...

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The Best Cheeses for Grilling

The Best Cheeses for Grilling

Photo by Richard Dallett. Congress has designated April “Grilled Cheese Month.” (Good to know our elected representatives are doing something useful.) So there’s no better time to point out that there’s grilled cheese, and then there’s grilled cheese. What our elected representatives probably had in mind was the classic white bread-processed orange American cheese sandwich crisped on a griddle or in a skillet. You can do better. Build the sandwich with focaccia and smoked mozzarella, for example,...

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What I’m Grilling Now: Smoke-Roasted Chicken

What I’m Grilling Now: Smoke-Roasted Chicken

This is the second in a series I recently introduced on Barbecuebible.com called What I’m Grilling Now. No exotic dishes from my travels around Planet Barbecue. No icons of barbecue, with the attendant disputes: charcoal versus wood; dry rub versus wet; mustard versus vinegar sauce, etc. Just what I, Steven Raichlen, am grilling now—at home, for my family, without a special trip to the market. In other words, what Raichlen cooks on a normal weeknight using ingredients from the pantry or fridge. “The...

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What I’m Grilling Now: Chicken Parmesan

What I’m Grilling Now: Chicken Parmesan

Hi, everyone. I’m pleased to introduce a new column on Barbecuebible.com: What I’m Grilling Now. No exotic dishes from my travels around Planet Barbecue. No icons of barbecue, with the attendant disputes: charcoal versus wood; dry rub versus wet; mustard versus vinegar sauce, etc. No, in this column I’ll tell you what I, Steven Raichlen, am grilling now—at home, for my family, without a special trip to the market. The kind of food my wife and I prepare when I’m not...

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Raichlen’s Super Bowl Menu, 2015

Raichlen’s Super Bowl Menu, 2015

The second biggest eating day of the year (second only to Thanksgiving) is approaching fast. I speak of Super Bowl Sunday, of course, that can’t-not-watch slugfest between America’s top pro footballers. Sunday’s game pits the Seattle Seahawks against the New England Patriots. As usual, we take perverse pleasure in researching ticket prices. At this writing, $5,000 will buy you nosebleed seats in the stadium at the University of Phoenix in Glendale, while...

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Showstoppers to Heart-Stoppers: 12 Killer Steak Recipes from Around the World

Showstoppers to Heart-Stoppers: 12 Killer Steak Recipes from Around the World

If eating meat is a crime, then vegetarians have a high rate of recidivism. According to a new study by the Humane Research Council, 84 percent of American vegetarians eventually return to eating meat, a third within three months. Five out of six “find their way back to a nice juicy steak,” reports the New York Daily News. No surprise here. Steak is the emblem of carnivores everywhere. And I do mean everywhere. Below are 12 of the best grilled steaks you’ll find across Planet Barbecue (with links to recipes). “Caveman” T-Bone Steak with Hellfire Hot Sauce (USA)...

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New Year’s Blast Off: A Cocktail Party Hot Off the Grill

New Year’s Blast Off: A Cocktail Party Hot Off the Grill

New Year’s Eve is fast approaching. With any luck you’ll be hosting or attending a party. (Or do as my wife and I sometimes do: plan a romantic New Year’s Eve party for two.) That means iced vodka or champagne, and that requires finger food, a.k.a. tapas, hors d’oeuvres, or zakuski (a spread of Russian hors d’oeuvres) . Whatever you call them, as 2014 rolls into 2015, a lot of us will chow down on an array of small savory bite-size dishes. (For not a few...

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Home(made) for the Holidays: Do-It-Yourself Barbecue Rubs

Home(made) for the Holidays: Do-It-Yourself Barbecue Rubs

Barbecuers are easy to shop for. There’s always a new accessory, grill, or smoker that’s guaranteed to delight during holiday gift-giving. What other subset of the American population would actually welcome coal in their stockings? Especially if it’s binchotan, a premium charcoal from Japan. But you don’t have to battle crowds or burden your credit card to please the grill buff on your gift list. Give him or her something you’ve made...

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