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Planet Barbecue

Sizzling and Sexy: Grilling with a Plancha

Sizzling and Sexy: Grilling with a Plancha

What do South Carolina’s oyster roasts have in common with Colombia’s arepas and Japan’s teppan yaki feasts? All are cooked on a flat piece of metal analogous to a griddle, often over an open fire. In fact, nearly every cooking culture on Planet Barbecue has a historical relationship with this simple form of food preparation, none more than Spain. In Spain, the term plancha (literally, “plate”) refers both to the device itself and...

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Barbecue University™

Perform a Smoky Miracle: Pulled Pork Perfection

Perform a Smoky Miracle: Pulled Pork Perfection

Pulled pork is one of the glories of American barbecue, a tender tangle of shredded meat that’s infused with fragrant wood smoke, deftly but restrainedly seasoned and sauced, and piled on soft white buns. And it couldn’t be easier. You don’t have to be a competition-level barbecuer (or even a son of the South) to perform this smoky, porky miracle. You do need the ability to indirect grill—this means a wood- or charcoal-burning grill or smoker with a...

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Barbecue University™

Tips from BBQ Bootcamp Part 2

Tips from BBQ Bootcamp Part 2

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year: the time when we shed our scarves, break out the patio furniture, and gear up for some glorious summer grilling. If you’ve been avoiding your grill since the first signs of winter, or simply need a brush-up on your technique, below is Part 2 of my favorite grilling tips to help you kick off the season the right way. (For Part 1 click here.) 7. Boiling ribs is a rookie mistake Never, EVER boil...

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Eat Your Words

Enhance Your Barbecue Library

Enhance Your Barbecue Library

The introductions to recipes featured on Project Smoke, Season 3 were filmed in my office in Miami. In the background is a portion of my embarrassingly large collection of cookbooks and culinary references, proving I am an incorrigible bibliophile. Each spring, there is more temptation to add to my library of grilling, smoking, and barbecue books. Here are my top picks from the new crop. They make for perfect reading as you sip a cold one and wait for that brisket or pork butt to cook to perfection. Pitmaster: Recipes,...

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Hot Stuff

Join the Grill Masters Club

Join the Grill Masters Club

This post is brought to you by Grill Masters Club, which provided advertising support. Are you a budding barbecue and grilling enthusiast looking to improve your skills on the grill? Or a veteran grillmaster stuck in a rut using the same recipes every week? Or maybe you’re just someone searching for the perfect Father’s Day gift for the barbecue and grilling-obsessed dad in your life. Enter Grill Masters Club. Grill Masters Club offers...

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Barbecue University™

Tips from BBQ Bootcamp

Tips from BBQ Bootcamp

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year: the time when we shed our scarves, break out the patio furniture, and gear up for some glorious summer grilling. If you’ve been avoiding your grill since the first signs of winter, or simply need a brush-up on your technique, below are a few of my favorite grilling tips to help you kick off the season the right way. (Below is Part 1 of 2, for Part 2 click here.) 1. Control the fire, don’t let it control you ...

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10 Barbecue Hacks: Simple Tricks to Take Your Grilling to the Next Level

10 Barbecue Hacks: Simple Tricks to Take Your Grilling to the Next Level

Last week, two new groups of graduates left Barbecue University with diplomas in hand. I’m proud to have helped them ascend the ladder of barbecue enlightenment. Here are some of the “secret” techniques from the school to help you up your game at the grill. Keep it hot: Of course you light your charcoal in a chimney starter. When you pour out the coals, leave one or two burning embers in the starter, then add a fresh batch of charcoal. The embers will light the coals—no newspaper or fire...

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Crash Course

Back to School: The Raichlen Crash Course on Barbecuing and Grilling

Back to School: The Raichlen Crash Course on Barbecuing and Grilling

Say it’s not true! Is it back to school time already? Maybe you’re college bound and want to show off your grill skills for your dorm mates. Maybe this is the year you aspire to smoke the competition on the tailgating circuit. Maybe you survived you first grill season and you want to take your skills to the next level. Or maybe you just can’t wait until the next session of Barbecue University in June. Well, here’s the official Raichlen crash course on barbecuing and grilling—the essentials you need to rock the grill every time you fire it up. Master the lesson, then practice, practice, practice! There’s still plenty of beautiful...

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Barbecue University™

The 10 Commandments of Perfect Grilling

The 10 Commandments of Perfect Grilling

BE ORGANIZED. Have everything you need at grillside—the food, marinade, basting sauce, seasonings, and equipment—before you start grilling. GAUGE YOUR FUEL. There’s nothing worse than running out of charcoal or gas in the middle of grilling. When using charcoal, light enough to form a bed of glowing coals three inches larger on all sides than the surface area of the food you’re planning to cook. (A 22 1/2-inch grill needs one chimney starter’s worth of coals.) When...

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Barbecue University™

22 Rib Tips! Up Your Game with Slabs & Bones

22 Rib Tips! Up Your Game with Slabs & Bones

The rib is the most perfect morsel of meat known to man, and these 22 tips will deliver perfect ribs again and again! Choose the right rib. Baby backs make great starter ribs -- they’re tender, well-marbled, and quick and easy to cook. When buying ribs, look for plump meaty racks. Avoid “shiners” -- ribs with so much meat removed you see the shiny bones. Pedigree counts: Sure, you can make tasty racks with supermarket ribs, but for really extraordinary bones, use a heritage breed,...

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