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Our Most Popular Grilled or Smoked Recipes of 2022

Barbecue Baked Beans

We were curious: With more than a thousand to choose from, which recipes did visitors to Steven’s website view, share, or download the most during 2022? There were some clear winners—pork and salmon led the pack—but there are other gems, too. Several that could make a spectacular appearance on your New Year’s Eve or other holiday party menus.

Our Most Popular Grilled or Smoked Recipes of 2022

1. Salmon Candy

Tradition calls for cold- or cool-smoking the salmon candy, producing a chewy texture reminiscent of jerky. I opt for a higher temperature, which gives you crusty edges and a moist flaky texture. It’s damn near irresistible, even for people who don’t generally like smoked fish. Serve it with vodka or aquavit (it can stand up to the strongest spirits).

Salmon Candy

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2. Cold-Smoked Salmon

Salmon — cured in salt and brown sugar and cold-smoked at temperatures below 100 degrees — is a staple in the Raichlen household. It will become a favorite in your household, too.

Cold Smoked Salmon - Favorite Grilled Recipes of the Year

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3. Barbecued Pork Belly

What is most remarkable about this sizzling, spice-crusted barbecued belly is how it retains the sweet, meaty taste of fresh pork. You’d never mistake it for bacon.

Barbecued Pork Belly

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4. New Orleans-Style Barbecued Shrimp

Traditionally, N’awlins-style shrimp never sees a lick of live fire: It’s cooked in a saucepan. Steven couldn’t resist making a grilled version, which we’re sure you’ll want to add to your repertoire.

Emeril BBQ Shrimp

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5. Nashville Hot Wings

Nashville hot chicken meets the buffalo wing. Smoked chicken wings with a fiery hot pepper sauce. Spicy, smoky, with a little touch of sweetness from the brown sugar. Great for tailgating and casual parties!

Nashville Hot Wings - Favorite Grilled or Smoked Recipes of the Year

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6. Made-From-Scratch Bacon

Few home-smoked foods can beat bacon. And by smoking your own, you get to control the quality of the pork belly, the seasonings in the cure, the flavor profile of the wood smoke, and even the thickness of the slice. When you pull your first homemade bacon off the smoker—and this is a common sentiment—your heart will swell with pride.

Made-from-Scratch Bacon

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7. Dragon’s Breath Cocktail

Here’s a cocktail that smokes—literally—thanks to an inverted brandy snifter filled with mesquite smoke. It comes from a Moldovan bartender named Aleks Karavay who Steven met in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Dragon's Breath Cocktail

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8. Bourbon Brown Sugar Smoked Pork Loin

This recipe has been in the winner’s circle for years. It plays pinball on your taste buds, offering the sweetness of brown sugar, the tang of mustard, and the rich smoke flavor of bacon (the bacon also helps keep the meat moist). And just for polish, there’s a Tennessee whiskey glaze.

Bourbon Brown Sugar Smoked Pork Loin

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9. 3-2-1 Pork Shoulder

Beautiful smoke ring, beautiful bark, this 3-2-1 Pork Shoulder may be the most tender pork shoulder we’ve ever smoked. Pile this high on a grilled brioche bun, topped with a Horseradish Poppy Seed Slaw and Chipotle Molasses Barbecue Sauce.

3-2-1 Pork Shoulder

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10. Best Barbecued Beans on the Planet

The title says it all. Inventor, restaurateur, rub manufacturer, and winner of barbecue contests too numerous to mention, “Oklahoma” Joe Davidson isn’t given to false modesty. So when the Oklahoma pit master proclaims these to be the “best barbecued beans on the planet,” you’d best sit up and take notice.

Barbecue Baked Beans

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