Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible

Chefs, Pitmasters, and Personalities

The Smoked Salmon Whisperer

The Smoked Salmon Whisperer

Smoke masters go to extraordinary lengths to perfect their craft, chopping and seasoning their own wood, butchering their own meats, spending sleepless nights tending pits or smokehouses. But as far as I know, only one serenades his smoked salmon with piano music. His name is Ole Hansen of Hansen & Lydersen in London. At six foot three, with long blond hair and piercing blue eyes, he looks more like one of his Viking ancestors than the bespoke salmon master to star chefs and...

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My Year in Barbecue

My Year in Barbecue

2016 already? It seems like the past year went up in smoke. Which it did for me quite literally. Books. TV shows. Barbecue University. And lots of travel. All perfumed by the intoxicating scent of wood smoke. January: In November 2014, the phrase “smoking is the new grilling” popped into my head. And with that, the concept for my new public television series, Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke, came into being. For a nation obsessed with grilling—as we’ve been for the last decade—smoking is the next frontier. Project Smoke’s mission would be to bring smoking from America’s barbecue belt to everyman’s backyard. January was a whirlwind of preparing...

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Francis Mallmann Grills a Cowboy Rib Eye

Francis Mallmann Grills a Cowboy Rib Eye

Photographs by Santiago Soto Monllor, from Mallmann on Fire by Francis Mallmann (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2014. Here’s another of our ongoing guest recipe series featuring some of the world’s top grill and smoker masters—this one by Francis Mallmann. Argentina’s most celebrated chef can sauce and sauté with the best of them (after all, he trained with Alain Senderens and Raymond Oliver in Paris). But Mallmann staked his reputation on a venture so outlandish, only a fire-obsessed South American...

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How to Cook with Wood

How to Cook with Wood

The wood burning oven at Hartwood. Photo by Gentl & Hyers. For years I’ve heard reports of a remarkable restaurant in Tulum, Mexico—run by American expats—where all the cooking is done over wood fires, and the flavors explode in your mouth like fireworks in a 4th of July sky. Well, now you can experience the restaurant Hartwood and the timeless wisdom of wood fire cooking from founder-chef Eric Werner in a stunning new book called Hartwood, published by our sister publisher Artisan....

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10 Indispensable Tips from Brooklyn Sausage Master (and New York Times Rave) Jake Klein

10 Indispensable Tips from Brooklyn Sausage Master (and New York Times Rave) Jake Klein

“The Tokyo chicken number (juicy, salty and spicy from shishito peppers) is the most appealing chicken sausage I can remember,” wrote restaurant critic Pete Wells in a recent New York Times story. He went on to describe the double smoked brisket sausage as a “phenomenal piece of barbecue, packing more smoke into a sausage than I’d thought possible.” You got that right, Mr. Wells. Jake Klein, owner of Jake’s Handcrafted in South Slope, Brooklyn,...

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The Sauce Doctor—May He Rest in Peace

The Sauce Doctor—May He Rest in Peace

Rich Davis died earlier this week. Not familiar with the name? You should be. Dr. Davis (he preferred to be called Rich) was one of the guiding lights of 20th century American barbecue, and his sauce—KC Masterpiece—came to define the quintessential American barbecue sauce. He was a gentle soul, a generous humanitarian and a great friend to Steven Raichlen. I first met Rich when I was writing BBQ USA. I interviewed him about the origin of KC Masterpiece...

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Barbecue Hall of Fame: Acceptance Speech

Barbecue Hall of Fame: Acceptance Speech

On October 3, the American Royal Association announced the 2015 class of inductees to the Barbecue Hall of Fame. And I was lucky enough to be one of them. The formal induction ceremony took place on the main stage of the American Royal World Series of Barbecue® event at Arrowhead Stadium. I certainly was in good company. My fellow inductees were Big Green Egg founder, Ed Fisher, and Kansas City Baron of Barbecue, Paul Kirk. So many of you shared your...

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Masters of Smoke: Ed Mitchell

Masters of Smoke: Ed Mitchell

Always wanted to open a barbecue restaurant? Talk to Ed Mitchell first. Mitchell has opened—and closed—some of the most celebrated barbecue joints in North Carolina. His latest venture was a slick neon and glass restaurant with a designer bar next to Bull Durham Stadium—about as different as his previous establishment—a cinderblock joint called The Pit. But whatever the vicissitudes of the business, one taste of Mitchell’s pulled pork—the meat moist, the smoke scent subtle but unmistakable, the vinegar sauce...

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Ready, Set, Smoke! Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke Coming to a PBS Station Near You

Ready, Set, Smoke! Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke Coming to a PBS Station Near You

Excited? That doesn’t begin to express the emotion. After years of planning and months of shooting and editing, my new TV show, Project Smoke, launches on Saturday, June 27 (and in some cities July 4th weekend or later this summer). Our mission: to do for smoking what Primal Grill did for grilling. The 13-week series focuses on traditional and cutting-edge smoking techniques. New twists on the iconic smoked foods, such as Texas brisket, Carolina pulled pork, and Scandinavian smoked salmon. Dishes you would never dream you could smoke, from cocktails to dessert. ...

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Feeding the Fire: Barbecue Lessons from Joe Carroll

Feeding the Fire: Barbecue Lessons from Joe Carroll

Check out these espresso-crusted St. Louis cut spares. Then imagine yourself at Fette Sau BBQ, home to some of the spiciest, smokiest, soulful-est ’que in America’s newest barbecue capital: Brooklyn. Now Joe Carroll, the mastermind behind Fette Sau, has written a barbecue book that’s not just full of irresistible recipes, but is structured around 20 essential lessons for anyone who wants to cook with fire at home. Carroll delves into hot subjects...

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