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Your Guide to Heritage Meats

Your Guide to Heritage Meats

Left two photos by Edsel Little via Creative Commons. Right photo by Jim Richardson. If you’re a fan of the TV show Portlandia, you’ll remember the first episode where Peter and Nance pepper a restaurant server with questions about the chicken they are about to order. The waitress obliges them with the chicken’s photo and curriculum vitae—the fowl’s name is “Colin”—and he was raised, we learn, on a farm just south of Portland. Peter and Nance put a hold on the table and excuse themselves to check...

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Not Your Usual Barbecue: 10 Offbeat Foods You Should Grill Right Now

Not Your Usual Barbecue: 10 Offbeat Foods You Should Grill Right Now

Guilty as charged. Of grilling the same familiar foods over and over—you know, steak, salmon, bratwurst. We all do it (even me), when the wide wondrous Planet Barbecue beacons. It’s time to break out of your comfort zone: to try some different foods on your grill and new techniques for grilling them. To get you started, here's my top 10 list of offbeat foods to fire up your grill for right now. Halloumi: This snappy salty white cheese from Cyprus is designed not to melt at high temperature. Which...

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Wishing You a Smokin’ Valentine’s Day

Wishing You a Smokin’ Valentine’s Day

“If music be the food of love, play on,” wrote Shakespeare in Twelfth Night. We can’t help you with the music (we trust you do your own mixing), but in the romance food department we have you covered. No stressed out servers. No long wait for cocktails. And the best table in the house is yours. Speaking of cocktails, get things started with a fired up Old-Fashioned: For each drink, crust a slice of orange with sugar and grill over a hot...

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New Technique: Extreme Grilling on a Shovel

New Technique: Extreme Grilling on a Shovel

Call me Spademan. From the moment I heard about this extreme grilling technique from the Australian outback, I was hooked. It requires only two things: a clean steel shovel and a hot fire, and it’s about to boost your reputation as an out-of-the-box grill master. Beach barbecues, camping trips, and even backyard cookouts are about to get a lot more interesting. Shovel grilling began, so legend goes, with a rancher in the outback who had lamb (no shortage of that in Australia) and a...

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Embrace the Popularity of Lamb

Embrace the Popularity of Lamb

Quick: What’s the world’s most popular grilled/barbecued meat? If you named beef or pork, guess again. On any given evening, probably more fires  around Planet Barbecue are lit to cook lamb (or mutton) than any other animal protein. You could start eating grilled lamb in Mauritania and Morocco and feast your way east through North Africa, southern Europe, the Greek Islands, Turkey, the Middle and Near East, and Central Asia, continuing on to the Indian subcontinent to Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand. ...

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Holy Roller: Spit-Roasted Leg of Lamb

Holy Roller: Spit-Roasted Leg of Lamb

Countless wars have been fought over religion, but on one point, major religions agree: Nothing beats roast lamb when it comes time to end the religious fast. Above is the boned, spit-roasted leg of lamb we made recently for Passover Seder. The stuffing/seasoning? Tapenade, a fragrant paste of black and green olives and capers. Bone the lamb through the side, or have your butcher do it. Spread the lamb with tapanade: 8 ounces pitted green...

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LAMB RIBS

ON THE LAMB Pork and beef ribs grab most of the attention--and barbecue sauce!--but lamb ribs are fantastic smoked and grilled. Above, they are prepared Chinatown style, smoked over tea and apple wood, glazed with a hoisin-sesame oil-five spice barbecue sauce (recipe in Best Ribs Ever, page 78; the recipes mentioned below are in the same book). See more ideas below. How do YOU cook lamb ribs? Tandoori-style (India): yogurt marinade with...

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LAMB

ON THE LAMB We Americans think we're pretty committed carnivores, but when it comes to lamb, we fall far short of most of the world, consuming a meager 2 pounds per person per year. When Steven was on his French tour, the dish he chose to demonstrate for a group of French journalists was mechoui, Moroccan-style leg of lamb with cilantro, coriander, and cumin. (Find the recipe on page 272 of Planet Barbecue.) In a nutshell, you stud the lamb...

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YOU CAN GRILL WHAT 1

YOU CAN GRILL WHAT?! We never cease to marvel at the diversity of Planet Barbecue--in particular, the remarkable things people cook on the grill. (I was about to say "strange," but one man's "strange"--eggs, seaweed, chicken feet, and lamb spleen, just to name a few--is another man's weeknight dinner. Pictured are a few unusual (to us) things we found on a research trip to the Philippines. The names of the dishes are pure poetry! From left to...

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LAMB ON A SHOVEL

LAMB ON A SHOVEL, AUSSIE-STYLE  Long before there were gas--or even charcoal grills--in Australia's Outback, there was barbecue. More precisely, there was Lamb on a Shovel, demonstrated here on the set of Steven's French show, Le Maitre du Grill. The recipe is on page 283 of his book, Planet Barbecue. The beauty of this method is that the chops not only grill, but sizzle in lamb fat. And of course, it looks cool as all get out. The...

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