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The “McRob” McRib: A REAL Barbecued Rib Sandwich

The “McRob” McRib: A REAL Barbecued Rib Sandwich

All photos by Rob Baas. You know our friend and Barbecue Board member Rob Baas. A few weeks ago the Project Smoke fire wrangler, BBQ U alum, and all around master of live fire cooking had the idea to reimagine the fast food McRib as real barbecue. Challenge met and expectations surpassed. This is one guest blog I can’t wait to try out on my smoker. –Steven Like so many other American high school kids who needed gas money, my first job was at the local McDonald's. Had the McRib been on the local menu back then, I might be working there still. If ever there was a fast food item with a cult following, it is the McRib. It doesn't really make any sense,...

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Home-Smoked Pastrami, Part 1

Home-Smoked Pastrami, Part 1

Photo by Richard Dallett. If you think to eat killer pastrami you need to visit a landmark deli in Manhattan, you haven’t been to Fette Sau BBQ in Brooklyn. Or The Granary in San Antonio. Or The Local Pig in Kansas City. America is experiencing a pastrami renaissance with soulfully cured, assertively spiced smoked meat turning up at top barbecue joints across the country. Darkly crusted with crushed coriander seed and fiery with black pepper. Meat so moist it squirts when you cut into it and so flavorful, you...

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What Is Grass-Fed Beef and What’s So Great About It?

What Is Grass-Fed Beef and What’s So Great About It?

Grass-fed beef. You hear the term more and more, not just at natural foods markets, but at a new generation of barbecue joints. So what exactly is grass-fed beef and how does it differ from conventional beef? Why should you consider buying it the next time you fire up your grill or smoker? Are there any special techniques you need to cook it? We interviewed Randy Strauss, who with his brother Tim, runs one of the nation’s foremost purveyors of grass-fed beef: Strauss Meats. What is Strauss’s background, and why do you raise grass-fed beef?...

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5 Reasons (and 5 Tips) to Make Grilled Pizza Now

5 Reasons (and 5 Tips) to Make Grilled Pizza Now

Grilled pizza was created more than 30 years ago by George Germon and Johanne Killeen at their restaurant Al Forno in Providence, Rhode Island. Flame-seared pies now turn up at innovative restaurants across North America—and around the world. So why is pizza even more irresistible when cooked on the grill? A grill, whether charcoal, wood-fired, or gas, comes the closest that most home cooks can get to achieving the high temperatures (700...

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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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Better Late Than Never—Predictions for Barbecue in 2014

Better Late Than Never—Predictions for Barbecue in 2014

2013 was a sensational year for barbecue. Wildly innovative dishes. Sizzling new grills. Fantastic new restaurants—often in locations where you’d least expect them. No one can foresee the future, of course (especially not through clouds of hickory smoke), but this Barbecue! Bible pundit will hazard some predictions. The coming year will bring us even better ’que—at home, at restaurants, and on the barbecue trail. Herewith, my barbecue predictions for 2014. Tempted by tentacles: In the last month, I’ve eaten...

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So Good It Hurts

So Good It Hurts

Did you know every day, every week, and every month of the year honors a particular food or drink? Thanks to a blend of presidential proclamations and industry and trade association lobbying, the calendar for 2014 is entirely committed. (It’s reassuring to know that Congress does something…) You say you missed “National Bloody Mary Day” on January 1? No problem. You can catch one of several days this month honoring alcoholic beverages, including Hot Buttered...

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Barbecue—The New Health Food?!

Barbecue—The New Health Food?!

Photo credit: Reprinted from The Barbecue! Bible. Photo copyright © Ben Fink. Barbecue—the new health food. Sounds like an oxymoron (if not heresy). Yet, travelling Planet Barbecue as I do several months a year, I’ve seen that, in many cultures, grilled meats are some of the leanest, meanest, healthiest entrees around. A lot of us have made resolutions to shed a few pounds in the wake of New Year’s. As for the best way to do this,...

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