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Grilling with Cherry Wood and Fresh Cherries

Grilling with Cherry Wood and Fresh Cherries

When it comes to flavor, nothing can beat the aroma of wood smoke. You may be familiar with using hickory, apple or oak wood, but have you tried smoking with cherry wood? Cherry can be used the same way you would other varieties: toss soaked wood chips on the coals of your charcoal grill or add them to the smoker box of your gas grill. I came to appreciate fragrant cherry wood during my sojourn to the Pacific Northwest—Cherry Wood Chips are...

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Celebrate Chinese New Year with Five-Spice Powder Ribs

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Five-Spice Powder Ribs

Have you celebrated the Chinese New Year yet this winter? Why not use what time is left of the 15-day annual celebration, and start a new tradition for your family. As I've written in the past, Chinese culture generally shies away from grilling as a cooking method. But the dishes that are grilled will bring you new flavors that will delight your taste buds and have you marking your calendar for this season every year. Traditionally, we may think of duck...

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Go Wild on Fat Tuesday with Wings, Shrimp, and Much More!

Go Wild on Fat Tuesday with Wings, Shrimp, and Much More!

Today is Mardi Gras, better known as “Fat Tuesday.” It’s the last hurrah for observant Christians, who beginning tomorrow, will start a 46-day period of fasting leading up to Easter Sunday. (Loosely translated, Carnival, from the Latin carne vale, means “farewell to meat.”) There was once a practical as well as a liturgical purpose behind Lent. Peasants couldn’t afford to overwinter their animals, so there was generally an ample supply of...

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4 Great Grilling Recipes to Use For a Small Group

4 Great Grilling Recipes to Use For a Small Group

When planning a party that involves cooking for a large group, grilling is often the solution to producing a large number of meals in an efficient (and delicious!) manner. But what about the opposite situation? When preparing for a more intimate setting with fewer guests—or maybe a romantic date with only ONE guest!—grilling may be perceived as more effort than it's worth. We're here to tell you not to overlook grilling for anniversaries, first dates, entertaining your boss, or even...

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Escape Winter: Jamaican Jerk Pork

Escape Winter: Jamaican Jerk Pork

Already, this winter seems interminably long. Everyone I know is yearning for a respite from grey skies and single digit temperatures. But an escape to the Caribbean isn’t always in the cards. The next best thing? Recreating the spirit and flavors of the islands at home. No dish is more iconic than Jamaica’s fiery, lip-tingling, explosively flavorful jerk. Like many island cuisines, jerk is wholly dependent on ingredients found right there on Jamaica—primarily,...

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Enter the Start 2018 Off Right Sweepstakes!

Enter the Start 2018 Off Right Sweepstakes!

Each new year dawns with a chance to learn new techniques, and expand your knowledge of this hobby (obsession?) we all share in grilling and smoking. As Steven writes every January, there are new trends appearing each year that allow even the most experienced griller to develop new skills. Whether you are planning to attempt your first cold smoking experiment in 2018, or enjoy the 2018 trend of salt slab desserts, or perhaps grill your first homemade jalapeño poppers for Super Bowl LII, we want to...

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Super Bowl Sunday: Battle of the Jalapeno Poppers

Super Bowl Sunday: Battle of the Jalapeno Poppers

The second biggest eating day of the year in America after Thanksgiving—Super Bowl Sunday—is almost upon us. And unless you’re one of the few sports fans who are shelling out over $5000 a ticket to watch the contest in Minneapolis, you’ll likely be viewing the game from the comfort of your own living room. Whether you’re rooting for the New England Patriots or the Philadelphia Eagles, you’ll want plenty of finger food on hand to stave off the munchies. In past years, we’ve shared...

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Make 2018 Your Best Year With 12 New BBQ Products

Make 2018 Your Best Year With 12 New BBQ Products

Did you know that one of the best barbecue stores on the planet resides quietly on my website, barbecuebible.com? It’s true. For several years, my staff and I have vetted the many hundreds of products that come our way and placed the worthy ones on our virtual shelves. You’ll find everything from the latest barbecue accessories (including grills and smokers) to hard-to-find provisions and specialty foods: the Alaskan spruce salt that’s incredible on beef; Vermont Maple Sriracha Hot Sauce; authentic bomba rice for grilled paella; and much, much more. To celebrate the new year and its possibilities,...

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