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Homemade Gifts for Barbecue Enthusiasts

Homemade Gifts for Barbecue Enthusiasts

Before Black Friday and Cyber Monday, before the average American began budgeting $1000 for holiday shopping (up from $289 in 1985), there were homemade gifts. Resurrect the tradition—or start a new one—by spending some time in your kitchen making one or more barbecue-related gifts for the deserving people on your list. Below are just a few of your options. All come from Steven’s latest book, Barbecue Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades (Workman, 2017). Hey, come to think...

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Merry Christmas from Miami: Cuban Roast Pork

Merry Christmas from Miami: Cuban Roast Pork

On December 24, the air in Miami will be fragrant with the scent of roast pork as Cubans prepare for La Noche Buena—Christmas Eve. From Coconut Grove to Hialeah, intoxicating cooking smoke will waft from countless backyard barbecue grills, cinder block pits, and charcoal-fired pig roasters called Chinese boxes. It is the most important holiday on the Cuban calendar, a celebration of food, family, and faith that was outlawed by Castro’s regime from 1969 to 1997. The socializing, eating,...

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Ten Great Grilled or Smoked Appetizers for Entertaining

Ten Great Grilled or Smoked Appetizers for Entertaining

Sometimes they get the party started. Sometimes they are the party. I speak, of course, of those festive finger foods that are easy—almost too easy—to eat. Whether you’re hosting your own holiday get-together or have been asked to contribute an appetizer, you’ll want your food to be the life of the party. Let other people serve circa 1980s-style cheese balls or boiled shrimp with jarred cocktail sauce. You’re going to bring down the house by firing up your grill. My staff and I compiled a list of our...

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Barbecue University™

Smoke-Roasted Goose for Christmas

Smoke-Roasted Goose for Christmas

When I was a child, goose was the centerpiece of the Christmas Day table. Ordered in advance by my grandmother from a local farmer, the freshly plucked bird was liberally seasoned with salt and Watkins-brand pepper, packed with bread stuffing, and roasted slowly in her largest speckleware roasting pan. It always reminded me of my favorite scene from A Christmas Carol: There never was such a goose. Bob said he didn't believe there ever...

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Ready Your Charcoal Faster with FiAir

Ready Your Charcoal Faster with FiAir

This post is brought to you by FiAir, which provided advertising support. For charcoal grill owners, the necessary first step for any grill session (and on every favorite recipe) is to light the charcoal. . . and then wait. Wait for the ideal glowing coals that finish perfectly white, their delicious smoky scent wafting through the air. If you're like us, the wait time leaves you wishing for a magical instrument you could use to speed...

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You Can Smoke What?! Steven Raichlen’s Secret to Grilling Ice Cream

You Can Smoke What?! Steven Raichlen’s Secret to Grilling Ice Cream

He wouldn’t. He couldn’t. Accompanying these sentiments are a chorus of gasps when I perform one of my favorite party tricks at Barbecue University. I fire up a kettle grill and grab a pint of Haagan Dazs and proceed to smoke the one food you probably never dreamed you could grill: ice cream. I wish I could say I invented grilled ice cream (I did invent this particular technique), but I stand on the shoulders of giants. I got the idea from Spain’s mad scientist of the grill: Victor Arguizoniz. To look...

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Great Gift Ideas for Grillers: Our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Great Gift Ideas for Grillers: Our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Here it is, our popular annual gift guide—a timely compilation of cool fuels, tools, and seasonings for the favorite barbecuer or griller in your life. Naughty or nice, permission granted to print it out and distribute it to people who might need gift ideas for you. Happy Holidays! Pit Barrel Cooker Junior: Like its popular big brother, the new Pit Barrel Cooker Junior is one of the simplest, most reliable, and reasonably-priced smokers on the market. With a drum diameter of 14 inches, the “PBJ” is perfect for tailgating, car or RV camping, or even a patio with...

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Barbecue University™

Dry Turkey? Never Again. My Strategy for a Succulent Bird

Dry Turkey? Never Again. My Strategy for a Succulent Bird

As you may know from my recent postings on Facebook and Twitter, I just returned from Italy where I spent several weeks shooting a grilling show for Gambero Rosso (“Red Prawn”), a food and wine magazine and publishing group founded in 1986. It was an over-the-top experience, exploring the Italian boot with a small crew, meeting grilling and smoking impresarios from Piedmont to Tuscany to Venice. But it was important to me to be home with family and friends...

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