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Tender Is the Steak

Tender Is the Steak

It was a two-line email—the kind that makes you sit up and think—because it addressed an issue faced daily by millions of grill masters around Planet Barbecue: “Sometimes we buy cheap beef because we are on a budget,” wrote Diane Q. “These steaks are often tough. We have tried salt, meat tenderizer, and marinades. Could you please tell me the best way to tenderize the steaks?” I immediately thought of my last trip to Southeast Asia, and in particular, to steaks I ate hot off the grill in Siem...

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12 Things You Need to Know About Tri-Tip

12 Things You Need to Know About Tri-Tip

Tri-Tip Dinner Photo by Jim Bob Barnett What grills like steak, but slices like brisket? Offers the beefy flavor of sirloin, but is mercifully forgiving when it comes to grilling time? If you answered tri-tip, you probably come from southern California, and if not, follow us to Santa Maria, where you’ll experience some of the best beef barbecue half the country has never experienced. The year was 1952. The scene of the crime? An old Safeway store, long since razed, in this agricultural town...

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Not Your Mom’s Meatballs

Not Your Mom’s Meatballs

Italians call them polpetti. The French name is boulettes. For Swedes they’re known as frikadeller, while Mexicans enjoy them as albondigas. Whatever you call them, you know a great meatball when you taste it: ground meat, bread, and seasonings combined into flavorful spheres that are substantial enough to satisfy you but not so dense they give you heartburn. So what makes a great meatball? Well, first there’s the...

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Chicken Trumps Beef

Chicken Trumps Beef

Photo by BBQ Board member Dyal_SC Brace yourself for some shocking news. For the first time in a century—maybe in our nation’s history—Americans eat more chicken than beef. According to the USDA and reported by National Public Radio, in 2012 (the most recent year for which we have data), we consumed a per capita 57.5 pounds of beef. For you history buffs out there, that’s about the same consumption level we had in 1909. Beef-eating peaked in America in the 1970s, when we managed...

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Prime Rib Meets Grill—The Conclusion

Prime Rib Meets Grill—The Conclusion

So now you know how to shop for a prime rib and how to French it, tie it, and season it. There are at least three ways to cook this hunka-hunka roast on the grill or in the smoker—all of them excellent. Spit-roasting: Spit-roasting is my hands-down favorite method for cooking prime rib. Thanks to the slow gentle rotation, the meat cooks evenly and bastes in its own melting fat. Extra points if you spit-roast on a charcoal grill because you can toss wood chips on the coals, giving the you...

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The Ultimate Holiday Centerpiece—Prime Rib

The Ultimate Holiday Centerpiece—Prime Rib

This is it. The big kahuna. The ultimate centerpiece for a holiday dinner. The most majestic (and possibly expensive) piece of meat you will ever cook. The English know it as roast beef. Your butcher sells it as prime rib. I call it one of the best ways I know to create high drama (and possibly a little envy) when you bring this dark, crusty, sizzling, garlic- and rosemary-scented hunk o’ heaven to the table. Despite its power to shock and awe, prime rib is surprisingly easy to cook: It takes only...

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The Year of the Brisket

The Year of the Brisket

When I started in this business, barbecue mythology held that it took decades to master how to smoke a brisket properly, transforming this tough ornery muscle from the chest of the steer into meat so juicy it oozes when you press it and so tender you can cut it with the side of a fork. Today, some of America’s foremost brisket masters are still in their twenties (so much for decades of experience), and no, they did not grow up as scions of generations-old barbecue dynasties. Billy Durney of Hometown Bar-B-Que in Red Hook, Brooklyn, for example, ran a bodyguard agency before he became a pit master. Austin’s legendary Aaron...

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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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CONSIDER THE FORK

TASTING HISTORY Every once-in-awhile, you read a book that gives you a whole new perspective on a seemingly familiar subject. Such a work is Consider the Fork by British food writer Bea Wilson, a fascinating history of how we cook and eat and the implements we have used over the centuries to do so. Must reading for this crowd is Chapter Three: Fire--a history of live-fire cooking. Above is Wilson with a rotisserie roast beef, cooked Victorian...

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STUFFED RIB ROAST

THE ULTIMATE RIB ROAST In the world of grilled meats, barbecued boneless prime rib roast comes pretty close to nirvana. Especially when stuffed with chorizo, carrots, and tangy provolone cheese. Set up your grill for direct grilling, get the temperature just right (about 400 degrees F) and you'll wind up with a roast that's crusty brown on the outside and succulent, tender, and pink on the inside. Keep the seasonings simple (salt and pepper) so...

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