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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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Chicken Labels Demystified

Chicken Labels Demystified

September is National Chicken Month. We’re taking the opportunity to celebrate grilled chicken in all its polymorphous glory. In the coming weeks you’ll learn how to grill whole chicken, chicken breasts, thighs, and of course, how to spatchcock a chicken. We’ll revisit the subject of Steven’s book Beer Can Chicken and other outrageous ways to grill and smoke chicken. Today we start with chicken speak. What do free-range, hormone free, cage free, certified organic, all-natural, and other chicken terms mean (if anything)? Do...

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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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Free Ebook Download with Newsletter Signup

Free Ebook Download with Newsletter Signup

We're taking a break from manning the grill to let you know about a new opportunity you have to get a free ebook from Steven Raichlen! New subscribers to the Barbecue! Bible Up in Smoke Newsletter will receive Raichlen's Burgers, exclusively available through the MailChimp signup form on our site. Plain old burgers? No such thing. With Raichlen’s Burgers, the doors to burger mastery are flung wide open. There’s the...

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How to Buy A Smoker, Part 2

How to Buy A Smoker, Part 2

If you own a charcoal grill with a tight-fitting lid, you already have a smoker. Simply set it up for indirect grilling, add wood chips or chunks to the coals, and you’re in business. (If you own a gas grill, you can add subtle smoke flavor to your food by using a smoking pouch or smoking box, but the grill’s rear vents will allow most of the smoke to escape.) There are some drawbacks, however. Because kettle grills are designed for grilling, it’s difficult to maintain an even heat at lower temperatures....

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Summer 2017 Sweepstakes: Barbecue Essentials You Need Now

Summer 2017 Sweepstakes: Barbecue Essentials You Need Now

This summer we are bringing you the ultimate grilling essentials sweepstakes—whether you are a beginner looking to launch your grilling career in style or an experienced griller keen on expanding your summer entertaining repertoire, these tools will get you there. These convenient tools will make you look like a pro, from ultra-sharp knives from Shun Cutlery to the hassle-free ChicWrap Foil Dispenser, and expand the ways you can use your grill, from the genius raised...

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Healthy Grilling: A Dietician’s Menu

Healthy Grilling: A Dietician’s Menu

I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again: Barbecue (more specifically grilling) is the ultimate health food. Grilling adds flavor through smoke and searing, while simultaneously melting out fat. Historically speaking, the discovery of cooking food with fire was mankind’s single greatest discovery and it gave us a competitive evolutionary edge that sustains us to this day. It gives me great pleasure to introduce today’s blog, written by my step-daughter, Betsy Klein. Betsy...

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Tips from BUSH’s BBQ Bootcamp Part 2

Tips from BUSH’s BBQ Bootcamp Part 2

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year: the time when we shed our scarves, break out the patio furniture, and gear up for some glorious summer grilling. If you’ve been avoiding your grill since the first signs of winter, or simply need a brush-up on your technique, below is Part 2 of my favorite grilling tips to help you kick off the season the right way. (For Part 1 click here.) 7. Boiling ribs is a rookie mistake Never, EVER boil...

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What It’s Like On A Barbecue Book Tour

What It’s Like On A Barbecue Book Tour

Taking his newest book (Barbecue Sauces, Rub and Marinades—Bastes, Butter, and Glazes, Too) on the road, Steven Raichlen gives an inside look into what it's like to catch 4 am flights and grill hop from one city to the next, meet with wonderful fans like you and take recommendations on must-try food spots and new recipes. Q: How do you choose where you eat in a city you're visiting? Recommendations, random choice, or reviews on the Internet? SR: Often I call the local restaurant...

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Join the Grill Masters Club

Join the Grill Masters Club

This post is brought to you by Grill Masters Club, which provided advertising support. Are you a budding barbecue and grilling enthusiast looking to improve your skills on the grill? Or a veteran grillmaster stuck in a rut using the same recipes every week? Or maybe you’re just someone searching for the perfect Father’s Day gift for the barbecue and grilling-obsessed dad in your life. Enter Grill Masters Club. Grill Masters Club offers...

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