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Biggest Baddest Beef Recipes: Beef Shoulder Clod

Biggest Baddest Beef Recipes: Beef Shoulder Clod

Barbecuers seem to give pork shoulder (a.k.a. Boston butt) all the love, ignoring its beef counterpart, shoulder clod. That’s a shame, because it’s easy to cook, drop-dead gorgeous to serve, and if you love beef, a slice of this tender, crusty, smoky meat will make you feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven. Get the recipe for Texas Clod (Barbecued Beef Shoulder). Haven’t heard of it? Clod is one of the sacred meats...

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Raichlen’s Top 10 Smoke and Fire Restaurants of 2014

Raichlen’s Top 10 Smoke and Fire Restaurants of 2014

Smoked steak at Miller's Guild in Seattle Ah, the good old days. When legendary masters like Arthur Bryant and Sonny Bryan manned the barbecue pits. A lot of people complain that barbecue just isn’t what it used to be, and they’re right. It’s better. It’s better in traditional barbecue hotspots, like Kansas City and Dallas. It’s better in places where you’d never expect to find killer ’que, from Brooklyn to Minneapolis to L.A. A new generation of pit masters and grill masters has applied time-honored smoking and grilling techniques to the kind of meat most of us want to eat today: humanely and locally raised animals...

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Raichlen’s Top 10 Meat Cities in the U.S.

Raichlen’s Top 10 Meat Cities in the U.S.

Ribs at Q39 in Kansas City, Missouri What are the best cities in North America in which to eat meat? A reporter from a major American newspaper asked me this in an interview recently, and it got me to thinking. Where should the unrepentant carnivore go to eat his/her fill of red meat? Herewith, Raichlen’s Top 10 Meat Cities in the U.S.: Austin, Texas: Where else do people start lining up at 8 a.m. at Franklin, La Barbecue, Micklethwait Craft Meats and other great barbecue joints that won't open until 11 a.m.? Doesn't...

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Planet Barbecue

Raichlen’s 10 Best BBQ and Grill Restaurants of 2013

Raichlen’s 10 Best BBQ and Grill Restaurants of 2013

Barbecue’s golden age? That would be when such barbecue legends as Charlie Vergos grilled ribs in Memphis, Arthur Bryant smoked burnt edges in Kansas City, and Big Bob Gibson slathered chicken with white barbecue sauce in Decatur, Alabama. But if you’re waiting for me to complain that barbecue just isn’t what it used to be, guess again. It’s better. A new generation of pit masters, like Tim Rattray in San Antonio or Hugh Mangum in Manhattan, has taken over. Only now, they’re cooking with heritage pork, grass-fed beef, and organic or natural chicken. They respect tradition to a point (consider Aaron Franklin’s textbook brisket). But they’re also broadening our notion...

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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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The Best Brisket in Texas? Franklin BBQ

The Best Brisket in Texas? Franklin BBQ

If you want to experience the best brisket in Austin and possibly all of Texas, eat at Franklin BBQ. It won’t be easy. You’ll line up at 8:30 in the morning outside a turquoise cinderblock building on a nondescript street corner. If you come in summertime, you may endure triple digit heat. Regardless of the time of the year, you’ll stand in line with 400 other barbecue addicts (doesn’t anyone in Austin work?) for 2 1/2 hours until the restaurant opens at 11 a.m. And...

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Raichlen on Regional-Style Ribs!

Raichlen on Regional-Style Ribs!

You might think that a rib is a rib is a rib -- throw enough spice and wood smoke in its general direction, and you'll wind up with respectable bones. The fact is that, while cooking ribs is not complicated, there's an enormous amount of technique, tradition, lore, and yes, science behind preparing the perfect bones. (And with these 22 rib tips, you too can up your game with slabs and bones!) Ribs possess many advantages. They offer gnawable bones that provide structure and flavor, presenting...

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La Barbecue Cuisine Texicana in Austin

La Barbecue Cuisine Texicana in Austin

Move over Texas Hill Country. Austin has become the new epicenter of the Lone Star State's brisket wars, with a thrilling new wave of barbecue restaurants. (New ones seem to open each month.) The latest to enter the fray: La Barbecue Cuisine Texicana. Well, "restaurant" may be overstating it. Pit master John Lewis (in red shirt) set up his custom designed smoker (originally a 1000 gallon propane tank) in a trailer on a lot in Austin's Southside....

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TEX-MEX GRILL

TEX-MEX FOR THE GRILL "From the mesquite fires of the Spanish vaqueros to the taco trucks of modern taqueros, no American regional cuisine has contributed more to the nation's grilling style than Tex-Mex." So reads the first line of The Tex-Mex Grill and Backyard Barbacoa Cookbook by Robb Walsh (Broadway Books, 2010), a book Steven recommends to students of grilling. Walsh, food critic for the Houston Press, chronicles the evolution of border...

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STEVEN DOES AMARILLO

STEVEN DOES AMARILLO, TEXAS   Cadillac Stonehenge Here are a couple of snapshots from Steven's book tour, where he did a fund-raiser for PBS station KAVC. It was a terrific event with a steak grill-off and a luncheon for 300 in an airplane hangar. Please support your local PBS station: They make shows like Primal Grill possible. A Texas-size steer at a local steakhouse.

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