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It’s Better with Bourbon

It’s Better with Bourbon

We interrupt our normal barbecue programming to focus on a beverage that's indispensable to barbecue: bourbon. We add it to our sauces and marinades and spray it on ribs and pork shoulders. We certainly drink it at barbecues in the form of Manhattans, Old Fashioneds, Mint Juleps, Whiskey Smashes, and of course, straight up. Did you know September is National Bourbon Heritage Month? To celebrate we asked our colleague, Amy Stewart, author of one of our favorite new books, The Drunken...

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A Guide to Offset Barrel Smokers

A Guide to Offset Barrel Smokers

Water smokers, box, barrel, and pellet smokers do a fine job smoking meats and seafood. But nothing establishes your street cred as pit master who means business like an offset smoker. For years, these hunka-hunka smokers—a.k.a., offset barrel smokers, horizontal smokers, pipe smokers, or “stick-burners”—have dominated the competition barbecue circuit. Now, thanks to mass-market models available at stores like Home Depot and Lowes, they’re bringing their own particular aura of machismo to American and European backyards. The first offset smokers were likely built by oilfield workers in Texas and Oklahoma. Far from home and restaurants, it didn’t take much for barbecue-starved welders...

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WEBER HISTORY

BARBECUE BIBLE MAKES HISTORY - LITERALLY! Visit the "Food: Transforming the American Table 1950 to 2000" exhibit at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., and you'll see a familiar book. The Barbecue Bible is included in a display with a Weber kettle grill, hibachi, and outdoor cookbook by James Beard. How cool is that? For more information, cut and paste this link into your browser: http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/food...

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BARBACOA

DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HISTORY So where does the term "barbecue" come from? In 1516, a Spanish explorer named Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo y Valdes encountered a band of Taino Indians cooking in this manner on the island of Hispanola--today, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Asked what they called the grill, they responded, "Barbacoa". So the original meaning of the term barbacoa was, indeed, a grill. Note a couple of interesting things: 1. When...

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FIRST BARBECUE

WHO MADE THE FIRST BARBECUE? Scientific evidence suggests a distant human ancestor called Homo erectus staged the first barbecue. The discovery of live fire cooking 1.8 million years ago profoundly affected hominid behavior, nutrition, brain development, and even the look of the modern human face. The oldest fire pit that's been discovered to date is in the famous Wonderwerk cave in Langeban, South Africa. There, researchers discovered traces...

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Man Food Fire: The Evolution of Barbecue

Tune in here to watch Steven at the Peabody Muesuem of Archaelogy and Ethnology (http://peabody.harvard.edu/node/788) at Harvard University live at 6:15 P.M. EST!   <iframe src="http://video.isites.harvard.edu/liveVideo/liveEmbed.do?name=Man_Foo d_Fire&width=auto&height=auto" width="640" height="360" style='border: 0px;'>   If you are having trouble viewing the video from our site, please try this link....

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Steven at Harvard

STEVEN TO LECTURE AT HARVARD TUESDAY! On Tuesday, April 24, at 6 p.m., Steven will speak on the history and culture of barbecue at Harvard. (The lecture is open to the public: for details, click here.) Can't attend? Watch the lecture live on streaming video at www.barbecuebible.com. Did barbecue beget civilization? Did grilling make us human? Tune in and find out!

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SR AT SMITHSONIAN

STEVEN SPEAKS AT THE SMITHSONIAN  In May, Steven made a quick stop at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., to give a talk on the History of Barbecue. Planet Barbecue is pictured above in all its fiery glory. Here's Steven with a slide of "Lucy," an australopithecus, and the first human ancestor to walk upright. Homo erectus circa 1.8 million years BCE. The first human to use fire to cook meat--in other words, the inventor...

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Planet Barbecue

IT'S OFFICIAL: PLANET BARBECUE</> HAS ARRIVED! Friday, April 2, 2010, was a landmark day for Steven, Workman Publishing, and www.barbecuebible.com. The first copy of Planet Barbecue rolled off the press. Weighing in at 668 pages with over 600 photographs, 300 recipes, 60 grill master profiles, and a 2-million year history of live-fire cooking, this is simply the most ambitious book Steven has ever written--the product of five years of research,...

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Before Barbecue

Before Barbecue Many you have asked how Steven got his start in barbecue. Well, the story goes back much further than that. Believe it or not, Steven has a classical French culinary background. And it all began with this woman--Anne Willan--in 1975. Anne was the founder of the La Varenne cooking school in Paris, where Steven both studied and worked in the 1970s. Anne has written dozens of amazing books, including Great Chefs (a history of cooking)...

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