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Barbecue Made Easier with Grilling Baskets

Barbecue Made Easier with Grilling Baskets

The grill grate is a staple to our grilling experience, but it can be a challenge to grill food that is small, too numerous, or prone to sticking on the grate. That is why a grilling basket is an indispensable tool in your barbecue arsenal. The beauty of a grilling basket is that you turn the basket, not the food! Small foods that may fall through the grate such as beans or peppers can be grilled in a basket without worry or the trouble of having to turn each individual piece. Delicate...

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The Smoked Food Log Book Sweepstakes

The Smoked Food Log Book Sweepstakes

Have you ever smoked your best pork shoulder or brisket ever, only to realize you forgot to take notes on how you made it? What were the seasonings? What wood did you use? How long did you smoke it? That’s certainly happened to me, which is why I wrote another book this year: the Smoked Food Log Book. Grilling is pretty much grilling. But when you smoke foods, dozens of variables determine how delicious your results will be: the smoker the fuel the smoker temperature...

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New Grilling and Smoking Accessories from Best of Barbecue

New Grilling and Smoking Accessories from Best of Barbecue

Many of you know my Best of Barbecue products—over the years we have released more than 100 grilling tools, fuels, and accessories designed to help you grill your way across Planet Barbecue. The newest additions to my line are available online now—from fuels to generate fragrant wood smoke to new silicone gloves that protect your digits from the flames to a notebook that helps you log your successes in taking your barbecue to the next level. Read below for what I hope are the most useful and durable BBQ...

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The Best Accessory for Barbecue: Grill Baskets

The Best Accessory for Barbecue: Grill Baskets

Travel the world’s barbecue trail and you’ll make a surprising discovery. Roughly a quarter of the grills on Planet Barbecue lack the one feature most of us North Americans consider indispensible: a grate. On vast swaths of Planet Barbecue—from Morocco to Greece, from Israel to Azerbaijan, from Russia to India—people grill on a mangal—a rectangular metal box with blazing embers at the bottom, but without a grill grate. Instead, they place the food to be grilled in a wire basket straddling the top of the mangal to be...

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What Is It? The Rib Rack

What Is It? The Rib Rack

It’s a challenge that frustrates rib fanatics everywhere. Vertical grills and smokers, like the kettle grill, Weber Smokey Mountain, and Big Green Egg, turn out excellent moist smoky ribs. But a 22-inch diameter grill grate accommodates two, maybe three racks of baby backs. (Even fewer if you’re smoking spareribs or beef long ribs.) And two racks of ribs do not a party make. There’s a simple solution: cook the ribs upright in a rib...

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What Is It? Grill Grate Oiler

What Is It? Grill Grate Oiler

A well-oiled grill grate prevents sticking, but it’s also essential for producing the tack-sharp grill marks which are the signature of master grillsmanship. (Remember my grill masters’ mantra: Keep it hot. Keep it clean. Keep it lubricated.) Sure, you could use the traditional method of oiling the grate with a folded paper towel dipped in oil and drawn across the bars of the grate at the end of tongs. Or you could use the high-tech version: a...

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What Is It? The Potato Grilling Rack

What Is It? The Potato Grilling Rack

From Man Made Meals © 2014 (Workman Publishing). Photo by Lucy Schaeffer. Think of the perfect baked potato: the skin crisp; the interior creamy and fluffy; the hot puff of steam that rises so invitingly when you cut into it. Now think of that same potato subtly infused with wood smoke. Potato perfection just got redefined. The Potato Grilling Rack easily accommodates four large baking potatoes. Simply scrub the potatoes (preferably high-starch...

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What Is It? Marinade Turbocharger

What Is It? Marinade Turbocharger

Genghis Khan’s warriors rode with raw meat under their saddles to tenderize their steaks. You have a better option. You can use an acid-based marinade, for example. Or sever meat fibers by mechanical means using a sharp-needled tenderizer (sometimes called a Jaccard). The Best of Barbecue Marinade Turbocharger combines both techniques. Its 48 spring-loaded razor-sharp needles deeply penetrate the meat, cutting through tough muscle while creating channels...

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What Is It? Grid Lifter

What Is It? Grid Lifter

You know the scenario. Your grill is burning along, but at some point you’ll need to lift the grate to add fresh charcoal or soaked wood chips for smoking. Not only is it screaming hot—it’s also unwieldy—especially if it’s one of the handle-less grates commonly found on ceramic kamado cookers. Enter the grid lifter, a.k.a. grate grabber, which lifts the grill grate without putting your hands at risk. Depress the handle to lower the lift...

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Under the Hood

Grilling Gear: Protect Your Hands While in the Hot Zone

Grilling Gear: Protect Your Hands While in the Hot Zone

Grilling exposes your hands to shooting sparks, scorching metal, and of course, smoking hot food. Whether you’re handling a chimney starter, cleaning or lifting a grill grate, moving a hot beer-can chicken, or pulling a pork shoulder, you need to protect your hands. We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about your hands and forearms and how to keep them in the comfort zone when you’re in the hot zone. Here’s what you need: Best of Barbecue Ultimate Suede Grilling Gloves: Voted tops...

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