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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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Hot Stuff

14 Father’s Day Lessons About Barbecue & Life

14 Father’s Day Lessons About Barbecue & Life

My dad was not the grill master in my family. That honor went to my mother. When it came time to grill steak, she’d light Kingsford briquettes with gasoline (!) and char the meat black as charcoal on the outside and just long enough to take off the chill in the still raw center. “Pittsburgh rare” is what my mom called it -- in her eyes you couldn’t serve beef too rare. When it comes to what I learned about grilling from my father, I draw a blank. So in honor of Father’s Day, I asked three barbecue masters what they plan to teach their kids about live fire cooking. Happy Fathers Day! AARON FRANKLIN...

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Hot Stuff

10 Essential Tips to Take Your Grilling to the Next Level This Summer

10 Essential Tips to Take Your Grilling to the Next Level This Summer

Photo credit: Photo copyright © Greg Schneider. OK, you’ve tuned up your grill. You’ve sourced your grass-fed beef or heritage pork shoulder. You’re chilling the Veuve Cliquot or your favorite local micro-brew. You’ve donned your “Danger: Men Cooking” apron. (Just kidding -- you’re way to cool to wear a silly apron.) Here are 10 essential tips for taking your grilling to the next level. Make sure you have enough fuel. An extra propane canister if you use a gas grill. An extra bag of natural lump...

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Barbecue University

12 Surefire Ways to Build the Best Burger!

12 Surefire Ways to Build the Best Burger!

Photo reprinted from The Barbecue! Bible. Photo copyright © Ben Fink.   Let’s face it: There are a lot of bad -- even scary -- burgers out there. Overcooked. Undercooked. Sahara dry. Still bleeding. Burgers that offend your palate and burgers that quite literally can make you sick. Do your burgers proud with our Great American Hamburger recipe and these 12 burger-making tips! Find your grind: Buy your meat at a top-notch butcher shop where it is ground in-house daily. I use equal parts of ground chuck and sirloin with...

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Under the Hood

10 Tips to Tune Up Your Grill Now

10 Tips to Tune Up Your Grill Now

If you’re like most of the members in our barbecue community, chances are you grill all year long. Neither rain nor sleet nor snow nor gloom of night deter you from your appointed rounds at the fire. Even if you live in the Frost Belt. (You know my motto: when it snows, the first thing you shovel is the path to your grill, not your car.) But in the event you hibernated your grill this winter -- or even if you didn’t didn’t -- it’s time for a spring tune-up. Here are 10 things you need to do now to get your charcoal and gas grills ready for action....

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Member Spotlight

BBQ Board Moderator: Brad Olson

BBQ Board Moderator: Brad Olson

He joined the community back in 2004 and has written more than 6,000 posts since then. That's an average of about 2 posts daily! He's none other than Brad Olson, aka "ScreamingChicken," one of our dedicated board moderators, so I thought it was about time we grilled him with a few questions to get to know him better. Q: What's your favorite Steven Raichlen book? Recipe? Or grilling tip? ScreamingChicken: The favorite book is a tough one, because they range from introductory (How To Grill) to barbecue and grilling in the US (BBQ USA) to worldwide (The Barbecue! Bible, Planet Barbecue). The one I reach for first, though, is usually BBQ USA. My two...

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STEVEN TWEETS

STEVEN'S TOP BARBECUE TIPS, NOW ONLINE  So, what do you need to know to take your barbecuing and grilling to the next level? In honor of Labor Day and tailgating season, Steven will "Tweet" his cardinal rules of barbecue, and essential tips for master grillmanship. One tip a day (with occasional breaks for news and views, as the need arises). Follow Steven's Top BBQ Tips on Twitter and Facebook. Please share these links with anyone you know...

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Grill Talk

Grill Talk  You heard it here first: "Grill Talk," a 90-second package of some of Steven's best grilling tips, will launch this weekend on the Kansas City Chiefs' Radio Network, a popular network in the NFL. In the time it takes to grab a cold Game Day beer from the fridge, you can learn how to build a better burger or develop a reputation as the "Wing Man." (Chicken wings, that is.) Steven's collaborator in "Grill Talk" is Mitch Baker,...

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