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Authentic Spit-Roasted Peruvian Chicken with Green Sauce

Authentic Spit-Roasted Peruvian Chicken with Green Sauce

Have you ever gone out to eat only to be ambushed by a dish so memorable that it haunts your dreams, daring you to try to replicate it at home? My obsession (not counting a dalliance with Korean tacos) is Peruvian chicken, aka pollo a la brasa, or simply “charcoal chicken.” I adore its crisp, flavorful, smoke-kissed skin, its juicy flesh and the herbaceous, positively addictive green sauce that accompanies it. I first encountered this version of spit-roasted chicken in the Washington D.C. exurb of McLean,...

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Eat Steak Like a Brazilian: Picanha, Part 2

Eat Steak Like a Brazilian: Picanha, Part 2

If Blake Carson has his way (make that when, not if), picanha—spit-roasted beef top sirloin, crusted with coarse salt and cooked over live fire—will become a household word in the U.S. The Memphis, Tennessee, native is evangelical when it comes to Brazilian barbecue. In fact, a lot of words beginning with the letter “e” apply to Blake. Enthusiastic. Entrepreneurial. Exuberant. Particularly when he talks about his from-scratch invention, the Carson Rodizio. He’s...

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Eat Steak Like a Brazilian: Picanha, Part 1

Eat Steak Like a Brazilian: Picanha, Part 1

While the world’s eyes are trained on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, I thought I’d acquaint you with one of Brazil’s most delectable grilled meats: picanha. Pronounced “pee-KHA-nyah” in Portuguese, this tender cut of beef is indisputably a carnivorous heaven on earth. Picanha (not “piranha,” Spellcheck, despite the Brazilian connection) is beef top sirloin with a thick cap of fat. It is sometimes called rump, rump cover, or coulotte. Not surprisingly,...

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Filipino Barbecue: It’s in the Stuffing

Filipino Barbecue: It’s in the Stuffing

It gives me great pleasure to introduce this month’s guest blogger, Alex Paman. You may recognize his name from the Barbecue Board (and from my book Planet Barbecue). Alex is my go to guy when I want to know more about Filipino barbecue. And Filipino barbecue is one of the world’s best-kept food secrets. The following makes me hungry just to read about and I bet it will you, too. –Steven Lechon baboy (roast pig). The very words make a Filipino’s...

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In Defense of Poblano Peppers: Floyd Cardoz’s Flavorwalla

In Defense of Poblano Peppers: Floyd Cardoz’s Flavorwalla

Photograph copyright © 2016 by Lauren Volo. From time to time we run guest blog posts from my fellow authors at Workman Publishing. If you love skirt steak as much as I do, you’ll go crazy for this fire-seared beef with poblano chiles and horseradish from Indian-born chef Floyd Cardoz’s fantastic new book Flavorwalla. –Steven Mexican food is a lot like Indian food: generally easy to prepare and based on very appealing flavors. Mexican cooking also...

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Tonight: Fabulous Fish Tacos

Tonight: Fabulous Fish Tacos

Whether you’re observing the last Friday of Lent by abstaining from meat or simply looking for lighter dining options now that spring’s officially launched, take a cue from south-of-the-border: serve grilled fish tacos tonight. (The community fish fry will get along just fine without you.) In coastal Mexico, from the Baja peninsula to the Yucatán, fish tacos are not so much a recipe as an appetizing equation: fish + wrappers + condiments = fish tacos. Consequently, they’re infinitely customizable. There’s the protein: impeccably fresh fish, minimally...

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Planet Barbecue

Jamaica: Where Smoke and Fire Meet the Caribbean

Jamaica: Where Smoke and Fire Meet the Caribbean

As spring slowly approaches, imagine yourself in sunny Jamaica, where spicy jerk is the star of the barbecue scene. We're continuing with our series of grilling destinations around the world (see what Argentina and Singapore have to offer) as featured in my book, Planet Barbecue! When it comes to barbecue, Jamaica has only one trick up its sleeve. But, oh, what a trick. I’m talking, of course, about Jamaica’s national dish—and cultural icon—jerk. Once you’ve tasted this fiery smoke-roasted...

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Try This: Smoked Mexican Barbacoa

Try This: Smoked Mexican Barbacoa

You could call it Mexico’s version of soup and a sandwich. But you would be seriously understating barbacoa’s charms. Few Americans—with the exception of some who hail from South Texas—have ever tried barbacoa (Or even heard of it.) And those who have can’t be sure if they’ve had an authentic experience or not. Because like so many dishes in the barbecue pantheon, barbacoa has been reinterpreted by contemporary cultures—in Mexico alone, from Puebla to the Yucatán, it has morphed into something...

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Planet Barbecue

Singapore: Crossroads of Asian Grilling

Singapore: Crossroads of Asian Grilling

Next week and beyond, Chinese and many other Asian cultures will celebrate Lunar New Year (more commonly known as Chinese New Year), and Singapore—one of the biggest multicultural foodie destinations in the world despite it being such a tiny island—will join in on the festivities. Here’s an excerpt from my cookbook Planet Barbecue! that’ll make you want to try grilled food from all over Asia. What would you call a place where you could breakfast on grilled bread with...

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Planet Barbecue

Argentina: World’s Champion Beef Eaters

Argentina: World’s Champion Beef Eaters

This year we’re introducing a mouth-watering new series on the blog: smoke-and-fire hotspots all around the world, as featured in my cookbook Planet Barbecue! Today we’ll focus on Argentina, arguably the biggest steak culture in the world. Next up will be Singapore, just in time for the Lunar New Year. The stats are in and the winner is ... Argentina. No other country consumes more beef. Last year, Argentineans consumed an average of 154 pounds per person—compared to 89.8 pounds...

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