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Bacon-Wrapped Onion Rings

Bacon-Wrapped Onion Rings

This blog post is brought to you with support from our sponsor. First came bacon-wrapped prunes. Then jalapeño poppers, then bacon-wrapped chicken wings. The latest manifestation of America’s bacon mania is onions—thick rings of Vidalias or other sweet onions dipped in hot sauce, swaddled in hickory-smoked bacon strips, and indirect grilled until the bacon is as crisp as the onion is meltingly tender. Is your mouth watering yet? It will...

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Taking the Cure: Of Nitrites, Prague Powder, and Other Curing Salts

Taking the Cure: Of Nitrites, Prague Powder, and Other Curing Salts

Picture the incarnadine color of corned beef and pastrami. The shimmering translucence and satin texture of Spanish lomo (cured pork loin) and bresaola and bündnerfleisch (respectively, Italian and Swiss air-dried beef). The rich hammy flavor of bacon, prosciutto, and jamon serrano. The complex umami flavors, not to mention the remarkable shelf life of dry-cured sausage and salami. All owe these hunger-inducing attributes to substances steeped in ancient tradition and modern controversy—sodium nitrate (NaNO3) and sodium nitrite (NaNO2)—the active ingredients in curing...

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Wrap Session: 8 Foods to Grill Wrapped in Bacon

Wrap Session: 8 Foods to Grill Wrapped in Bacon

A few weeks ago, a photo of onion rings wrapped and grilled in strips of bacon went viral. A gentle reminder that just about everything tastes better with bacon—a philosophy espoused by most of the members of this barbecue community. Especially when you use a home-cured, hardwood-smoked bacon, which I taught you how to make in a blog post earlier this month. The onion rings set me thinking about other foods that taste seriously awesome grilled wrapped in bacon. The usual suspects, like shrimp, scallops,...

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Win a Bacon Freak Sampler

Win a Bacon Freak Sampler

Are you totally crazy about bacon? Enter to win a "Bacon Is Meat Candy" 3-Pack Bacon Sampler from Bacon Freak. One lucky winner will get a pack of three gourmet bacons that Bacon Freak features in its Bacon of the Month Club shipments. It comes with the ever-popular "Bacon Is Meat Candy" black t-shirt and a playfully designed Bacon Freak Gift Box. THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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How to Make Bacon from Scratch

How to Make Bacon from Scratch

If you live in Miami’s Little Havana, you may remember a day last summer when you awoke to an aroma decidedly different than the cumin, garlic, and sour orange scents that normally emanate from the lechón asado (roast pork) parlors in this Cuban neighborhood. It was a pork smell, alright, but mingled with the smoke of slow smoldering hickory and apple wood. It was a smell you’d associate with a smokehouse in backwoods Tennessee. Which was no accident, because when James...

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How to Talk to Your Butcher

How to Talk to Your Butcher

Anyone who is serious about BBQ also needs to be serious about meat. That means skipping the mega-mart and heading to a good old-fashioned butcher shop to find the highest quality meats and the best cuts for your recipes. Need a special cut? Have a weird request? Want a suggestion of what to buy and how to cook it? Your butcher is, quite literally, there to help you. Tom Mylan, co-owner of The Meat Hook in Brooklyn, New York, and author of The Meat Hook Meat Book (Artisan, 2014), offers some expert know-how on...

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Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions

"Barbecue -- it's not just for breakfast any more." That's one of the mottos of the KCBS (Kansas City Barbecue Society), and it serves to remind us that breakfast does too belong on the grill. I don't know about you, but I love firing up one of my grills early in the morning -- enjoying the peace and calm before everyone else awakes. So what's for breakfast? How about steak and eggs Grillworks style -- cooked on this Argentinean style grill over...

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FATTIE

YOU CAN GRILL WHAT?!!! Here's a little piece of heaven from The Burn Co. in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Meet the infamous "fattie", a porcine extravaganza featuring pork sausage, spicy sausage, and smoked sausage swaddled in a bacon blanket and smoked on a Hasty Bake. Yes, take an extra Lipitor, and no, I bet you can't eat just one slice.

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BACON EXPLOSION

BOOK TOUR CHRONICLES - KANSAS CITY So I'm at the Smoke and Fire Fundraiser in Kansas City, and who should show up? Jason Day, that's who. In case you've been hibernating a few years, Jason is the dude who rocked the internet and barbecue worlds with a diabolical creation called "Bacon Explosion". Basically, you stuff pork sausage with fried bacon, then cover it with a basket weave of raw bacon, then cook it on a smoker. What results is perhaps...

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Scallop Time on Martha’s Vineyard

Scallop Time on Martha's Vineyard It's that time of year again--bay scallop season--Steven was initiated into the art of scalloping by his foraging pal, Lionel Spiro. The tools of the trade are simple: a peep box (a wooden box with a glass bottom that lets you see the scallops on the sea bottom) and a dip net for scooping up the scallops. Our prey: the bay scallop, whose crenelated shell contains the sweetest nugget of meat in all of...

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