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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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10 Essential Tips to Take Your Grilling to the Next Level This Summer

10 Essential Tips to Take Your Grilling to the Next Level This Summer

Photo credit: Photo copyright © Greg Schneider. OK, you’ve tuned up your grill. You’ve sourced your grass-fed beef or heritage pork shoulder. You’re chilling the Veuve Cliquot or your favorite local micro-brew. You’ve donned your “Danger: Men Cooking” apron. (Just kidding -- you’re way to cool to wear a silly apron.) Here are 10 essential tips for taking your grilling to the next level. Make sure you have enough fuel. An extra propane canister if you use a gas grill. An extra bag of natural lump...

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Operation BBQ Relief

Operation BBQ Relief

On May 20th, a monster F-4 tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, destroying homes, schools, and businesses in seconds, killing 24 people, and devastating the lives of tens of thousands more. Within 24 hours, Operation BBQ Relief (OBR) was serving hot meals to the survivors and the first responders on hand to help. Founded in May, 2011, OBR has served slow-smoked, made-from-scratch barbecue to hundreds of thousands survivors of hurricane Sandy in New York (see photo, above), wildfires in Colorado Springs,...

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Get Ready for Memorial Day!

Get Ready for Memorial Day!

Memorial Day weekend is almost here! You may not be surprised to learn that this is the second biggest grilling day of the year (eclipsed only by the Fourth of July). According to the HPBA (Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association), 56 percent of Americans will fire up their grills. As for the other 44 percent, well, someone has to bring the beer. What may surprise you is that for some Americans, Memorial Day marks the start of barbecue season. Not for this barbecue community,...

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The Sound of Barbecue

The Sound of Barbecue

And you thought I have the dream job! Corporate team builder by day, guitarist-song writer in his spare time, Chris Cassone has turned his twin obsessions for smoked meat and music into a song that has people all over the barbecue circuit stomping their feet: My Baby Loves Barbecue. “I wrote it for my girlfriend, a Los Angeles TV producer who thought 'barbecue' meant grilled hamburgers,” recalls the 62-year-old musician, who lives in Patterson, New York. “I took her to a real...

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