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The Impossible Burger: Coming to a Grill Near You?

The Impossible Burger: Coming to a Grill Near You?

I cheated on Fat Doug yesterday. Instead of my usual all-beef burger topped with griddled pastrami, Swiss cheese, and coleslaw (the “Fat Doug), I ordered the “Impossible Burger,” the new vegetarian patty that’s been getting a lot of attention in the food press lately. It was recently added to the menu at B Spot, a local gastropub owned by Iron Chef Michael Symon. If the famously carnivorous Symon thinks the faux meat patty is worthy, I reasoned,...

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Barbecue University™

How to Grill the Perfect Steak

How to Grill the Perfect Steak

Thousands of students have graduated from Barbecue University, the intense hands-on course in live-fire cooking I’ve been teaching since 2001. And nearly all have a common goal: to learn how to grill the perfect steak—crusty on the outside, juicy and sanguine on the inside, and deftly seasoned. Even among intrepid grillers, the fear factor is high with beefsteak. Miscalculate the cooking time by mere minutes, and you’ve potentially devalued your investment—which is usually substantial—and...

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Hot Stuff

Just in Time for Tailgating Season: Wings

Just in Time for Tailgating Season: Wings

A mom, working out of a small Buffalo, New York, tavern she owned with her husband, single handedly created a market in the U.S. for what was then an overlooked piece of the chicken: the wing. Attempting to satisfy the appetite of her college-age son and his buddies late one night at the family’s Anchor Bar, Teressa Bellissimo remembered the box of chicken wings her meat salesman had given her—yes, they were free—for making stock. She deep-fried the wings, then doused them with butter and hot sauce before serving them with...

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The New Veal

The New Veal

After decades of pariah status, veal is making a comeback. Outrage in the 1980s at the cruel conditions under which young calves were raised made Americans lose their appetite for veal. It all but disappeared from restaurant menus and meat counters. Annual per capita consumption dropped from four pounds to about a third of a pound, the equivalent of one measly dinner of wienerschnitzel or veal Parmigiana or osso buco—literally too little to graph. ...

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Discovering Your Grilling Alter Ego at BUSH’S Barbecue Boot Camp

Discovering Your Grilling Alter Ego at BUSH’S Barbecue Boot Camp

I’ve taught a lot of grilling classes over the years—at Barbecue University at the Broadmoor and at venues all over the world. But earlier this year, I led a course based on a very different premise than my usual classes. Sponsored by BUSH’S (of baked bean fame), Barbecue Boot Camp had two simple missions: transform four students from grilling neophytes to live-fire pros, and help them discover their “grilling alter egos” along the way....

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Under the Hood

Kalamazoo Cabinet Smoker and Russ Faulk, the Man Who Created It

Kalamazoo Cabinet Smoker and Russ Faulk, the Man Who Created It

Most grill and smoker designs have been around for decades, even centuries. It’s not often that a manufacturer comes along with something radically new. Well, Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet has, and I got to test drive it during the taping of Project Smoke, Season 3. (We used it to smoke pastrami bacon and Korean pulled pork shoulder.) It’s the Kalamazoo Cabinet Smoker and it’s simply one of the most intriguing fusions of high design, ingenious engineering, and primal smoke and fire on Planet Barbecue. You’ve probably heard of Kalamazoo—the manufacturer of super premium grills that perform like Ferraris—and are priced like Ferraris, too. Kalamazoo’s first grill—the...

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Planet Barbecue

Sandwiches Hit the Grill

Sandwiches Hit the Grill

It’s been called Britain’s greatest contribution to gastronomy. I speak, of course, of the sandwich, invented in the 18th century when the 4th Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu, commanded his valet to bring him roast beef pinioned between two slabs of bread so he could eat while gambling. Whether completely true or not, you have to concede sandwiches are one of the best things since … well … sliced bread. And there’s no better time to pay homage them to them than the present, because...

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Celebrate National Bratwurst Day!

Celebrate National Bratwurst Day!

Bratwurst have become a staple of American cuisine, with grilled brats topping the list of favorite summer foods for many. So much have brats made their impression in this country, we now have a National Bratwurst Day dedicated to this tube-shaped food. August 16th is the official day - our friends at Johnsonville have even created a storybook character dedicated to this celebration and titled the day Bratsgiving. How will YOU be celebrating? Here are some facts about the...

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Under the Hood

How to Buy A Smoker, Part 1

How to Buy A Smoker, Part 1

If you’d like to take the next step toward grilling enlightenment, fall is a good time to do it. Along with back-to-school promotions, many retailers are anxious to reduce their inventories of grilling hardware, meaning potential deep discounts for you. (A few years ago, my assistant, Nancy Loseke, scored a Weber Ranch for half price.) The first step is to select the right smoker for you. There are dozens of types and hundreds of individual models. The right smoker depends on your experience, goals, budget, and how many people you usually cook for—collectively called your smoker personality. Beginner:...

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Breakfast Moves to the Grill

Breakfast Moves to the Grill

One of the great pleasures in life for an early riser like myself is to watch the sun rise with a cup of coffee in my hand and a gentle curl of smoke rising from my grill or smoker. A peaceful grill session free from distraction is a wonderful way to start your day. I urge you to try it for yourself. What can you grill for breakfast? Here are some of my favorite recipes: Grilled Eggs A variation on “shirred” (baked) eggs, just crack eggs into...

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