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The Great Grilled Corn Debate

The Great Grilled Corn Debate

The world of barbecue is rife with “grate” debates. Gas versus charcoal. Dry ribs versus wet. Then there’s the “corntroversy” over the best way to grill sweet corn, which is in peak season in August: Does it taste better grilled with the husk on or off? Advocates of the husk-on school maintain that grilling corn with the protective green sheath intact protects the tender kernels from the harsh dry heat of the grill. Husk-offers—of which I’m a partisan—point out...

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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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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 in America...

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Planet Barbecue

Corn Meets Grill

Corn Meets Grill

Travel the world’s barbecue trail and you’ll find a number of constants. Every culture has its version of grilled ground meat, for example, from Middle Eastern kofta to Pakistani chapli kebab to the classic American hamburger. Meat on a stick is another constant, morphing from Peruvian anticuchos to French brochettes to Azeri lula, Indonesian sate, and Turkish shish kebab. Summertime, with its farmers markets and roadside produce stands,...

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Hot Stuff

Turn Up the Heat with Chile Peppers! 15 Hot Facts & Grilling Tips

Turn Up the Heat with Chile Peppers! 15 Hot Facts & Grilling Tips

The iconic movie character Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks) famously observed life “was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” The same is true for any capsicum that’s not the mild-mannered bell pepper. Even a single chile plant can produce fruit of varying potency, from mild to tongue blistering. So eating chiles is akin to Russian roulette. On YouTube we watched in horror as one culinary thrill-seeker, Jamie Kocher, ate a bhut jolokia, more commonly known as the...

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Crash Course

Yam Sessions

Yam Sessions

Travel the world’s barbecue trail and you’ll find lots of grilled sweet potatoes. In Korea, where sliced grilled yams come with a garlicky soy dipping sauce. (Find the recipe on page 421 of Barbecue Bible.) At Barbecue University in Colorado Springs, where we cook them caveman-style—roasted directly in the embers. Normally, when it comes to starchy tubers like sweet potatoes, you set up your grill for indirect grilling. But lately, we’ve...

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