Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible

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Crash Course

How to Carve a Turkey

How to Carve a Turkey

You sourced an organic or heritage turkey, brined it with whiskey and maple syrup for a day and a night, and slow-smoked it over hardwood. You basted it conscientiously and made gravy from the smoky drippings. Now comes the fun part—or for many people the scary part—to carve it in front of an expectant hungry crowd. Well, we here at BarbecueBible.com have you covered. When you follow these six simple steps, anyone can approach the cutting board with confidence (after...

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Talking Turkey: The Raichlen 12-Step Program for Taking Your Holiday Bird Over the Top

Talking Turkey: The Raichlen 12-Step Program for Taking Your Holiday Bird Over the Top

There’s a big difference in texture and taste between ice-hard frozen supermarket turkeys and fresh organic birds from your natural foods store or farmers’ market. The organic bird may seem a little tougher, but you can’t beat the flavor—or the knowledge that it’s free of hormones and chemical additives. You’ll need to order it ahead, so don’t wait until the last minute. So how big a turkey should you buy? Figure on 1 1/2 pounds per person. This will make you feel properly overfed...

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Back to School: The Raichlen Crash Course on Barbecuing and Grilling

Back to School: The Raichlen Crash Course on Barbecuing and Grilling

Say it’s not true! Is it back to school time already? Maybe you’re college bound and want to show off your grill skills for your dorm mates. Maybe this is the year you aspire to smoke the competition on the tailgating circuit. Maybe you survived you first grill season and you want to take your skills to the next level. Or maybe you just can’t wait until the next session of Barbecue University in June. Well, here’s the official Raichlen crash course on barbecuing and grilling—the essentials you need to rock the grill every time you fire it up. Master the lesson, then practice, practice, practice! There’s still plenty of beautiful...

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Spit-Roasting Stands on Its Head

Spit-Roasting Stands on Its Head

Gyro. Doner. Shawarma. All are variations on a theme of spit-roasting—more precisely, on a rotisserie turned on its head. Gyro (as in our term “gyroscope”) refers to a popular Greek “fast” food: thin slices of spiced lamb (or lamb meatloaf) packed onto a spit and roasted on a vertical rotisserie to be thinly shaved by hand (a hand wielding a very large sharp knife) and piled onto a pita bread with yogurt and vegetables. The Turks call the preparation doner, adding their own unique Turkish seasonings and condiments. Shawarma...

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What to Grill for Unexpected Dinner Guests

What to Grill for Unexpected Dinner Guests

Unexpected dinner for your boss or in-laws? Of course you want to serve something guaranteed to make eyes pop, jaws drop, and send your equity soaring. We've got you covered with a spectacular blackened, smoke-roasted whole beef tenderloin you can grill from start to finish in 30 minutes. Step 1: Crust a trimmed beef tenderloin with your favorite blackening spice. Step 2: Set up your grill for modified direct grilling: coals raked...

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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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