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High on the Hog Holiday Dinner: The Ultimate Pork Loin Rib Roast

High on the Hog Holiday Dinner: The Ultimate Pork Loin Rib Roast

In Tuscany, they call pork loin roast arista (from the Greek aristo, literally “best”). It’s an aristocratic hunk of meat, to be sure, and it’s about to take your holiday feast over the top. I like to think of it as the pork equivalent of beef prime rib—but with an eminently friendlier price tag. Essentially, a pork loin rib roast consists of conjoined pork chops—lean, tender, moist, sweet loin meat on bones you will gnaw...

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Home(made) for the Holidays: Do-It-Yourself Barbecue Rubs

Home(made) for the Holidays: Do-It-Yourself Barbecue Rubs

Barbecuers are easy to shop for. There’s always a new accessory, grill, or smoker that’s guaranteed to delight during holiday gift-giving. What other subset of the American population would actually welcome coal in their stockings? Especially if it’s binchotan, a premium charcoal from Japan. But you don’t have to battle crowds or burden your credit card to please the grill buff on your gift list. Give him or her something you’ve made...

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Under the Hood

2014 Barbecue Gift Guide: 10 Indispensable Gifts for the Griller in Your Life

2014 Barbecue Gift Guide: 10 Indispensable Gifts for the Griller in Your Life

You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you can get what you need.        —Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones Sorry, Mick. I beg to differ. This holiday you can get what you want and what you need. (For we smoke and fire addicts the two are often synonymous.) Here's BarbecueBible.com's annual compilation of the tools, fuels, gadgets, and other gifts guaranteed to thrill the barbecuer in your life. Permission granted to print it out and distribute it to people who might need a cheat sheet for...

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Barbecuer’s Dream Gift Package Sweepstakes

Barbecuer’s Dream Gift Package Sweepstakes

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or your family or pals, these items are sure to make hearts beat faster this holiday season. And as an early gift to you, our readers, we’re giving away one package with everything on this list: Stainless Quesadilla Basket, Beer Can Chicken Roaster, Ultimate Rib Rack, Lumatong, Food Glove and Meat Claws Set, Ultimate Suede Grilling Gloves, Infrared Grill Thermometer, Grill Grid Lifter, Best of Barbecue All-Purpose, Java, and Mediterranean rubs,...

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Barbecue University

Hors d’Oeuvres Meet Grill—Finger Food for the Holidays

Hors d’Oeuvres Meet Grill—Finger Food for the Holidays

Russians call them zakuski. The French term is hors d’oeuvres. Italians ask for antipasti. In Turkey and other eastern Mediterranean countries, they’re known as meze. In America, we use the macabre expression finger food, and no self respecting holiday party would be complete without them. But if your notion of cocktail party fare runs to cheese balls and stuffed celery, you’re in need of a Barbecue! Bible makeover. Sure,...

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Barbecue University

The Ultimate Holiday Centerpiece—Prime Rib

The Ultimate Holiday Centerpiece—Prime Rib

This is it. The big kahuna. The ultimate centerpiece for a holiday dinner. The most majestic (and possibly expensive) piece of meat you will ever cook. The English know it as roast beef. Your butcher sells it as prime rib. I call it one of the best ways I know to create high drama (and possibly a little envy) when you bring this dark, crusty, sizzling, garlic- and rosemary-scented hunk o’ heaven to the table. Despite its power to shock and awe, prime rib is surprisingly easy to cook: It takes only...

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Under the Hood

2013 Barbecuers’ Holiday Gift Guide

2013 Barbecuers’ Holiday Gift Guide

We know. You haven’t even bought your Thanksgiving turkey yet. But Black Friday starts even earlier this year (one giant retailer will open its doors at 6 p.m. on Thursday evening) and that means only one thing: the holidays are here for real. Which brings us to our annual Barbecue! Bible gift guide—a compilation of cool fuels, tools, and seasonings for the favorite barbecuer or griller in your life. Permission granted to print it out and distribute it to people who might need gift ideas for you. Rib Rack: Full racks of baby backs or spare ribs...

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Hot Stuff

Labor Day BBQ — Hold the Hard Work!

Labor Day BBQ — Hold the Hard Work!

Labor Day honors American workers, but there’s no reason you should have to labor too hard preparing this, traditionally the last barbecue of summer. (Not that anyone in this barbecue community would mothball his grill.) Here are five strategies for staging a Labor Day barbecue—without the heavy lifting. Make your guests part of the grilling. One of my favorite appetizers for a Labor Day barbecue is pa amb tomaquet—also known as pan con tomate...

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Barbecuebible.com Honors World Fair Trade Day

Barbecuebible.com Honors World Fair Trade Day Normally, this blog tells you how to make and eat better barbecue. Today, we're going to tell you how to grocery shop in a way that supports farmers in countries less affluent than our own. Fair Trade is an alternative way of doing business - one that builds equitable, long-term partnerships between consumers in North America and growers in developing countries. Fair Trade means a fair wage for farmers...

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