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Barbecue University

Boston Butt Basics, Part 2

Boston Butt Basics, Part 2

In the last blog, Boston Butt Basics, Part 1, we discussed the anatomy of pork shoulder. So now you know the difference between a Boston butt and a picnic. You know what to look for when buying pork shoulder and you read how to season it with a mustard rub, smoke it, and serve it, South Carolina-style with Mustard Sauce. So it’s time to, er, bone up on pork shoulder grilling and smoking techniques and some basic prep before you fire up the grill. Prepping a pork shoulder:...

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Planet Barbecue

8 Must-Try Regional Barbecue Sauces

8 Must-Try Regional Barbecue Sauces

A few years ago, I was discussing barbecue with uber chef Thomas Keller of French Laundry and Per Se fame. “Where I come from,” he said, “the sauce is the barbecue.” Sorry, Chef, but in this barbecue community a lot of folks would beg to differ. For most smoke fanatics, barbecue is the long, slow, smoky cooking of meat in a pit and the sauce is a supporting player. But supporting actors play a major roll, too. (Just watch the Oscars.) As you travel America’s barbecue trail, you’ll find some pretty formidable sauces. This lip-licking...

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LEGENDS OF BARBECUE NC

LEGENDS OF BARBECUE: NORTH CAROLINA When it comes to pulled pork, restaurants that still burn wood in their pits are becoming an endangered species. So imagine my delight recently when I met pit masters Vernon Carver and Donald Cozart at Backyard BBQ Pit in Durham, North Carolina. Here's the first thing you see when you park behind Backyard BBQ. And here's the second thing--meats smoked low and slow in pits darkened with age and wood...

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DUELING PENS

Dueling Pens  When Steven gave a grilling demonstration at the Charlotte Shout last month, he was in righteous company. Here Steven and Martin Yan autograph a copy of Indoor Grilling at the Johnson & Wales Bookstore in Charlotte, North Carolina. Steven prepared rum glazed shrimp grilled on sugar cane (How to Grill), dry rub ribs (Barbecue Bible), and Cinnamon Grilled Peaches (BBQ USA), while Martin sent flames leaping high into the...

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update

August 21 Steven will do a book-signing at Barbeques Galore: 8046 Provice Road Charlotte, North Carolina August 20 Cooking class and wine dinner at Phillips Place Courtyard in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. For tickets call (704) 556-7730. August 14 Meet Steven at his first appearance in Indiana. The Woodbridge Winery presents: Marsh Supermarket 14450 Mundy Drive, Noblesville, IN 11 a.m., Demo with Samples 12-12:45...

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Strangers

In barbecue, there's no such thing as strangers--just friends you haven't met. When Steven pulled into Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to teach a class at A Southern Season, he got to meet two prominent personages from the Barbecue Bible BBQ Board. In the center is web mistress, Amy Lewis (a.k.a., info@workman.com). And on the right is Mike Jones (a.k.a. Airfoil). Amy holds a beer can chicken and Mike scored honors points by bringing some terrific smoked...

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Allen & Sons

Here's Steven hard at work at Allen & Son Barbecue in Chapel Hill. As any journalist knows, there's no substitute for field research! Every day I give thanks that I live in a country and time and history when a guy can actually make a living eating barbecue, cooking barbecue, and writing about barbecue. Amen! By the way, the pork sandwich here is the very exemplar of the species--the perfect blend of soft, rich, tender shoulder meat and crisp...

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Allen & Son

If the BBQ bus tour is a pilgrimage, this is one of the Meccas. Allen & Son Barbecue in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Pork shoulders roasted fall-off-the-bone tender over slow smoldering hickory, chopped fine as confetti, doused with vinegar sauce, crowned with vinegar slaw, and served on a bun. This is one of the finest pulled pork sandwiches in all of North Carolina--worth a stop if you're in the area and worth a special trip if you're not. Got...

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On The Road Again

On the road again! This week Steven heads out on tour again with the Barbecue Bus. Our first stop was the lakeside home of Charlotte Observer columnist, Dan Huntley. (Sure beats grilling in an asphalt parking lot!) Over the next few weeks, we'll visit Raleigh, Atlanta, Nashville, Louisville, Lexington, and Memphis. Watch for picture postcards on the blog and check the tour schedule on this site.

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Honk if you love barbecue

Honk if you love barbecue! That's our motto--even in winter. Our handsome Honk if You Love Barbecue bumper sticker has turned up on the tractor of Bob Bass in western North Carolina. Bob hails from Miami (it takes a tough man to prefer the snows of North Carolina to the sandy beaches of Miami in February) and he's married to our friend, Jo Ann Bass, third generation of the legendary Joe's Stone Crab restaurant on Miami Beach. (You'll find recipes...

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