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New Kid on the Block: Pellet Grills

New Kid on the Block: Pellet Grills

“It’s easy—maybe a little too easy,” I told the crowd of Barbecue University students gathered around the first wood pellet grill many had seen. People nodded—we had an understanding, right? Smoking and barbecuing are supposed to be hard work. If not chopping wood, then at least breathing in charcoal dust and smoke and laboring to maintain a steady temperature during a barbecue session that could last the better part of a day. Or night. Certainly no self-respecting pit master would subscribe to a “set...

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Grills and Smokers We Love: The Pit Barrel Cooker

Grills and Smokers We Love: The Pit Barrel Cooker

At Barbecue University we have a world-class collection of grills, smokers, and wood-burning ovens. Some units, like the monster Kalamazoo tri-fuel grill, cost as much as a new car. So why have our students gathered around what looks like a black metal trashcan? Why has the Pit Barrel Cooker (for that’s the name of the device) become one of the most popular and best-selling grills at Barbecue University? By what mysterious law of thermodynamics can you suspend racks of ribs from the metal rod across the top of the cooker so the rib tips hover 2 inches above...

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Barbecue University

My Home-Built Smokehouse

My Home-Built Smokehouse

It gives me especially great pleasure to introduce this week's guest blogger. His name is Paul Kuconis and he's a recent graduate of Barbecue University™. And I like to think his time at the Broadmoor inspired him to delve deeper into the arts of smoking and grilling. So deep that he built his own smoker. I asked Paul to share his home-made smoker with our barbecue community. Just think what Barbecue University™ could do for your passion. –Steven...

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A Guide to Charcoal Water Smokers

A Guide to Charcoal Water Smokers

“Stick burners” (offset barrel smokers) may give you the bragging rights, not to mention smoker envy. But if you’re just starting out with smoking, you’d do well to consider a water smoker—sometimes called a bullet smoker. Shaped like an upright bullet (hence the nickname), the water smoker is simple to operate, but serious enough for competition cooks, who often employ these hard-working cookers in multiple units. The water smoker has a small footprint (about the size of a kettle grill)—an...

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Under the Hood

Raichlen Drinks the Kool-Aid: A Visit to the Big Green Egg Headquarters

Raichlen Drinks the Kool-Aid: A Visit to the Big Green Egg Headquarters

For years I’ve called them the “Moonies” of barbecue—that growing evangelical army of Big Green Egg enthusiasts who have a cult-like attachment to their green ovoid charcoal burning cookers and a messianic drive to spread the gospel of kamado cooking to every corner of Planet Barbecue. Yes, we have several Eggs at Barbecue University™ and I own one in my personal grill collection at home. But while I use my Egg from time to time (it makes an awesome turkey for Thanksgiving),...

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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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