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See My New iBooks Room

See My New iBooks Room

First, a Reddit AMA, and now a place where you can find all the digital versions of my best books. I’m certainly embracing the 21st century! I’m pleased to announce that you can now visit the new Steven Raichlen room on iBooks. The room is full of all my eBook titles, including my new book, Man Made Meals, and this site’s namesake, The Barbecue! Bible. If the dad in your life is a grilling- and barbecue-obsessed technophile, then...

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Barbecue University™ Gold Plate Tailgating Live Video Event

Barbecue University™ Gold Plate Tailgating Live Video Event

The Barbecue University ™ Gold Plate Tailgating live interactive video event with Steven Raichlen, powered by Shindig, is TODAY at 4 p.m. EST / 1 p.m. PST. Steven will demonstrate four tailgating recipes over the course of about 30 minutes, which will be followed by a 30-minute live question-and-answer period where you and the other participants can speak to Steven directly. IMPORTANT: DO THIS RIGHT BEFORE THE VIDEO BEGINS! A few minutes before the video event...

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Labor Day BBQ — Hold the Hard Work!

Labor Day BBQ — Hold the Hard Work!

Labor Day honors American workers, but there’s no reason you should have to labor too hard preparing this, traditionally the last barbecue of summer. (Not that anyone in this barbecue community would mothball his grill.) Here are five strategies for staging a Labor Day barbecue—without the heavy lifting. Make your guests part of the grilling. One of my favorite appetizers for a Labor Day barbecue is pa amb tomaquet—also known as pan con tomate...

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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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A Handful of Smoke & Pickles

A Handful of Smoke & Pickles

Everyone has a story and a recipe. We cherish them because they are our reinventions. Our recipes convey who we were, are, and want to be. And this is reflected in the food of the best cooks across America, in homes, restaurants, and backyards and at county fairs and tailgates. We are redefining the landscape of how we grow, harvest, name, and eat our very own sustenance. There is a rich diversity in our cuisine — this thing that, for lack of a better term, we call American Cuisine...

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Meatball Meets Grill

Meatball Meets Grill

Confession time. I've never been a big fan of meatballs. At least not of the traditional Italian-American style -- you know: Those leaden orbs of ground beef simmered in tomato sauce until they're as soggy and heavy as wet newsprint. But cook the same meatball on the grill and you sizzle out the fat, crisp the meat, and acquire all those crusty browned caramelized protein flavors known scientifically as the Maillard reaction. In my book Planet...

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The $100,000 Hamburger

The $100,000 Hamburger

They came from Macomb, Michigan, to Artesia, New Mexico; from Troy, Alabama to Brooklyn, New York. They shaped patties from hand-chopped salmon, home-made pork sausage, grass-fed ground beef, and Indian-spiced ground lamb. They grilled on Weber gas grills and charcoal kettle grills and served their burgers on sesame buns, biscuits, and pretzel rolls. And when the smoke cleared, one of the 10 contestants walked away with a check for $100,000. That...

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Barbecue Bible July 4th Sweepstakes!

Barbecue Bible July 4th Sweepstakes!

Thanks for all who have participated in the July 4th Sweepstakes! It has now ended, but we will be running additional sweepstakes on BarbecueBible.com in the future.

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The Ultimate Father’s Day Menu

The Ultimate Father’s Day Menu

Ignore the obvious irony. On Mothers Day, a guy and his kids jump through hoops to make sure mom doesn’t have to set foot in the kitchen. On Fathers Day, the same guy is expected not only to cook for his family, but stage an awesome feast. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Father’s Day takes place during one of the best months of the year for grilling, and that most men welcome any occasion to fire up the grill -- even if it’s in the service of their own celebration....

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14 Father’s Day Lessons About Barbecue & Life

14 Father’s Day Lessons About Barbecue & Life

My dad was not the grill master in my family. That honor went to my mother. When it came time to grill steak, she’d light Kingsford briquettes with gasoline (!) and char the meat black as charcoal on the outside and just long enough to take off the chill in the still raw center. “Pittsburgh rare” is what my mom called it -- in her eyes you couldn’t serve beef too rare. When it comes to what I learned about grilling from my father, I draw a blank. So in honor of Father’s Day, I asked three barbecue masters what they plan to teach their kids about live fire cooking. Happy Fathers Day! AARON FRANKLIN...

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