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Smokin’ Accessories for the Pit Barrel Cooker

Smokin’ Accessories for the Pit Barrel Cooker

The Pit Barrel Cooker keeps on smokin', gaining popularity in the months since we posted a blog story about founder Noah Glanville and his product last January. Thousands of you have viewed that post, and we’ve heard from many who have grown to love the PBC as much as we do. The product is unique because of its features (for example, it doesn’t have a drip pan), its size (30-gallon, smaller than the typical 55), and its affordability ($299 including...

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Black Magic: Cast Iron and Live Fire, Part 1

Black Magic: Cast Iron and Live Fire, Part 1

When it comes to cookware for your smoker or grill, cast iron rocks. From its tough black look to its wrist-bending heft. There’s its primal connection to past generations of live-fire hearth masters. And last but not least, its versatility. With a well-seasoned piece of cast iron, you can sear, braise, bake, fry, stew, pan-roast, and even smoke. Cast iron’s bona fides (and strong connections to food) were established more than 2,500 years ago—the Chinese may have been the first to pour...

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

The weather outside is frightful—87 degrees in Miami last week—but the fire is so delightful ... the fire in my grill, of course. As I smoke-roasted the turkey for the Raichlen family Thanksgiving, I gave some thought to what I would want on my holiday gift list. The beauty of the following list is that it works for both your favorite barbecuer and YOU. Best of all: you can shop from the comfort of home while other people duke it out on this, Black Friday. iGrill2 Bluetooth Thermometer Price: $87.98 A must-have for grilling multi-taskers...

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Our Top Picks: Tailgating Gear

Our Top Picks: Tailgating Gear

What’s so appealing about hosting a party in a parking lot before a sporting event? Everything! Americans love tailgating and take credit for inventing this unique form of entertaining, usually a triumvirate of beer, balls, and barbecue. Recently, we posted our top 10 tailgating tips. Embedded in that blog post was a promise to share with you our favorite equipment. Now we’re making good on it. You won’t see any battery-draining margarita blenders, big screen plasma TVs, or silver candelabra here. Just useful stuff that will make you look like...

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High-Tech Grilling Gadgets, Part 1

High-Tech Grilling Gadgets, Part 1

Call me a Luddite. (In the early 19th century, this militant sect of English textile workers destroyed newfangled power looms in an attempt to protect their jobs.) When it comes to barbecue, I like to manage the metrics with the tools I was born with. The palm of my hand, for example, for gauging the heat of a grill. (Remember the Mississippi Test?) Or my index finger for poking a steak or chop to check its doneness. For larger cuts of meat I’ll use an instant-read meat thermometer (see below) and I try to keep an eye on...

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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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The Ins and Outs of Injecting

The Ins and Outs of Injecting

Afraid of needles? Don’t let that deter you from enjoying the benefits of injecting. As many barbecue pros know, injecting is the most efficient way to add flavor and moisture to smoked, barbecued, or grilled food. Think of injecting as marinating from the inside out. Let me explain. Rubs, spice pastes, and glazes sit on the meat’s surface. Marinades penetrate only a few millimeters into the meat. Brining and curing solutions do reach the center,...

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