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2014 Barbecue Gift Guide: 10 Indispensable Gifts for the Griller in Your Life

2014 Barbecue Gift Guide: 10 Indispensable Gifts for the Griller in Your Life

You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you can get what you need.        —Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones Sorry, Mick. I beg to differ. This holiday you can get what you want and what you need. (For we smoke and fire addicts the two are often synonymous.) Here's BarbecueBible.com's annual compilation of the tools, fuels, gadgets, and other gifts guaranteed to thrill the barbecuer in your life. Permission granted to print it out and distribute it to people who might need a cheat sheet for...

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Raichlen Drinks the Kool-Aid: A Visit to the Big Green Egg Headquarters

Raichlen Drinks the Kool-Aid: A Visit to the Big Green Egg Headquarters

For years I’ve called them the “Moonies” of barbecue—that growing evangelical army of Big Green Egg enthusiasts who have a cult-like attachment to their green ovoid charcoal burning cookers and a messianic drive to spread the gospel of kamado cooking to every corner of Planet Barbecue. Yes, we have several Eggs at Barbecue University™ and I own one in my personal grill collection at home. But while I use my Egg from time to time (it makes an awesome turkey for Thanksgiving),...

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Spring Returns—And Not a Minute Too Soon

Spring Returns—And Not a Minute Too Soon

Polar vortexes. Texas hookers. Thunder sleet. If nothing else, this winter added new words to the nation’s weather vocabulary as it spread inconvenience and misery from Bozeman to Boston, from International Falls to Atlanta. But spring officially arrived Thursday, March 20—not a moment too soon. Many of you shoveled the path to your grill and kept smoking and grilling this winter. We salute you. And if you're just now waking your charcoal grill or smoker out of its winter hibernation, here’s what you...

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The Coolest Grills of 2013

The Coolest Grills of 2013

It’s a rough job, as the saying goes, but someone has to do it: Traveling Planet Barbecue on the lookout for amazing new grills, heart-stoppingly delectable dishes, and restaurants worth making a special trip for. In the next two weeks, I’ll be blogging here on Barbecue! Bible and writing for the Huffington Post about some the most memorable barbecue experiences I had in 2013. So spread the word, and as always, tell us about your best barbecue experiences in the year we’re about to say goodbye to. And now, Raichlen’s Coolest Grills of 2013. First, let...

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2013 Barbecuers’ Holiday Gift Guide

2013 Barbecuers’ Holiday Gift Guide

We know. You haven’t even bought your Thanksgiving turkey yet. But Black Friday starts even earlier this year (one giant retailer will open its doors at 6 p.m. on Thursday evening) and that means only one thing: the holidays are here for real. Which brings us to our annual Barbecue! Bible gift guide—a compilation of cool fuels, tools, and seasonings for the favorite barbecuer or griller in your life. Permission granted to print it out and distribute it to people who might need gift ideas for you. Rib Rack: Full racks of baby backs or spare ribs...

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The Grills of Barbecue University

The Grills of Barbecue University

It’s grills gone wild at Barbecue University, the intense hands-on workshop I teach every year at the Broadmoor resort in Colorado. Our students often get weak-kneed when surveying our scorching collection of more three dozen grills and smokers for the first time. Hell, even I get excited when I see the new collection of grills and smokers reunited on the impossibly scenic terrace that serves as our outdoor classroom/burn area. (And I’ve been running BBQ U for 15 years!) This must be what Jay Leno feels like when he’s alone with his...

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9 Must-Have Tailgating Accessories

9 Must-Have Tailgating Accessories

On any given Sunday…or Saturday…or Monday in autumn, millions of Americans flock to stadium parking lots to eat, drink, and pray for their favorite college and pro teams. Meanwhile, the swallows, departing Capistrano at the height of tailgating season, must look down at the rollicking parties and telegraph to each other, “WTH?” To the rest of the world, America’s obsession with tailgating must seem a bit over-the-top. After all, more than 20,000,000 of us consider ourselves bona fide tailgaters, with millions more...

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10 Tips to Tune Up Your Grill Now

10 Tips to Tune Up Your Grill Now

If you’re like most of the members in our barbecue community, chances are you grill all year long. Neither rain nor sleet nor snow nor gloom of night deter you from your appointed rounds at the fire. Even if you live in the Frost Belt. (You know my motto: when it snows, the first thing you shovel is the path to your grill, not your car.) But in the event you hibernated your grill this winter -- or even if you didn’t didn’t -- it’s time for a spring tune-up. Here are 10 things you need to do now to get your charcoal and gas grills ready for action....

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Tools of the Trade: Hasty-Bake

Tools of the Trade: Hasty-Bake

We’re starting a new series in which we look at American and international barbecue grills and smokers. In the annals of American barbecue grills, the Oklahoma-built Hasty-Bake is one of the most singular cookers ever built. The design has changed little from the days when Grant Hastings first founded the company in 1948: an adjustable charcoal shelf beneath a glass-fronted firebox. This enables you to cook at high heat, low heat, and everywhere...

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