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Project Fire Season 2 is Coming to a TV Near You!


Fourth of July is one of America’s most cherished holidays, commemorating our Declaration of Independence in 1776. It’s a celebration of our freedom and what it means to be American—and for most of us, that usually means a day full of barbecue, family, friends, fireworks, and fun. Because there’s nothing more all-American than a backyard cookout featuring delicious grilled grub.

Fourth of July is also one of the biggest grilling holidays of the year, so it’s the perfect time to launch Season 2 of Steven’s latest show, Project Fire. Cook alongside Steven this holiday and recreate his recipes for your friends and family. Steven kicks off the new season with the episode, Grilling with Wood, diving into recipes using the world’s most ancient cooking method. Start off with Wood-Grilled Blistered Tomato and Ricotta Bruschetta, an effortless appetizer that will make the most of the delicious tomatoes of the season. For the main course, impress your guests with Sear and Slide Beef Tomahawks with Bearnaise Butter.

Sear and Slide Rib Steaks with Bearnaise Butter

If you’re excited to learn more about the show, Maryland Public Television, the producer of Project Fire, released this statement:

Following the success in 2018 of Steven Raichlen’s Project Fire, the man who reinvented world barbecue, Steven Raichlen, is back with the second season of his popular public television series.  The new 13-episode season launches in July, featuring more creative projects, more fire, and more easy-to-follow instructions to help viewers take their grilling to the next level.

Filmed in historic Steinhatchee, Florida, a fishing mecca on the north shore of the scenic Steinhatchee River where it joins the Gulf of Mexico, Season 2 of Steven Raichlen’s Project Fire showcases new grills, fuels, dishes, and jaw-dropping new techniques – from flatbread grilled directly on the embers to spit-roasted whole beef shoulder clod, along with salt slab amaretti pears, hearth-roasted chicken, and sear and slide tomahawk steaks.

Steven Raichlen on set of Project Fire Season 2

Through use of cutting-edge recipes, Steven Raichlen’s Project Fire takes viewers on a journey across the United States and beyond with episodes such as Gulf Coast Grill, featuring Florida oysters, clams, and shrimp, along with redfish on the half shell; Miami Spice, which gets things started with a grilled mojito cocktail; Tex Meets Mex, an exploration of how American barbecue techniques can enhance Mexican dishes; and Chino-Latino, a mashup of Asian and West Indian cooking. 

This season’s opening 30-minute episode, Grilling with Wood, is inspired by a front-page story Raichlen wrote for the New York Times food section. It’s followed by Brisket 24/7, featuring four brisket-inspired recipes including brisket breakfast tacos. Later in the season, the episode Shoulder On explores the meatiest, most flavorful cut in the meat department, with pork, lamb, and beef shoulder recipes. During Secret Steaks, Raichlen takes viewers beyond familiar T-bones and filet mignons to introduce such meaty up-and-comers as spinalis and secreto

In the episode Green Meets Grill, Raichlen celebrates meatless grilling in all its glory. His twist on egg salad is lavished with grilled vegetables, including hearts of palm. There’s also a roasted squash and black bean pizza with queso fresco, and a cognac flambéed grilled cheese.

For Raichlen fans wondering what else is new in the world of barbecue, there’s the episode The Best Barbecue You’ve Never Heard Of, which places the spotlight on barbecue enjoyed in Alaska, Maryland, and upstate New York.

Steven Raichlen’s Project Fire comes from the same production team that brought viewers Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke and Primal Grill. The series is a co-production of Maryland Public Television, Barbacoa, Inc., and Resolution Pictures.

Viewers interested in watching Steven Raichlen’s Project Fire are encouraged to contact their local public television station to find out when it will be available in their area.  Local stations can be located here.

How are you celebrating your Fourth of July? Do you plan on watching Project Fire Season 2? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or the Barbecue Board!

Our thanks to the sponsors of Project Fire Season 2:

Big Green Egg Kalamazoo Green Mountain Grills FireMagic Creekstone Farms Weber Maverick Shun Basques Bonfire Workman Publishing Smoke n Fire

Steven Raichlen’s Project Fire is a production of Maryland Public Television, Barbacoa, Inc., and Resolution Pictures. © 2019 Barbacoa, Inc.

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