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Courage! First Timer’s Brisket

Courage! First Timer’s Brisket

What? It couldn’t possibly be 5:00 a.m. already, could it? (I’d gone to bed around 1 a.m.) But my phone alarm affirmed it was time to face one of the biggest challenges of my barbecue life: cooking not one, but three whole packer briskets for the finale of a week-long family reunion. And if I’ve learned anything from being Steven Raichlen’s assistant for many years, it’s this: When smoking, allow more time than you think you’ll need. Especially if...

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Happy Anniversary to Barbecue! Bible

Happy Anniversary to Barbecue! Bible

If you happen to visit the Smithsonian Museum of American History, you’ll find an exhibit on a uniquely American institution: the backyard barbecue. And if you happen to tour that backyard barbecue exhibit, you will see, next to James Beard’s Complete Book of Barbecue & Rotisserie Cooking (published in 1954), and the Sunset Barbecue Cook Book (1958), a book near and dear to my heart: The Barbecue! Bible, written by yours truly and published by Workman in 1998. Which makes this the 20th anniversary for the book that got me into barbecue. (Yikes—two decades have passed already?!) And an unexpected but much appreciated honor for a book that wasn’t supposed...

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Outrageous and Fun: Fair Food to Grill At Home

Outrageous and Fun: Fair Food to Grill At Home

Forget cotton candy, caramel corn, and funnel cakes. If you’ve been to a fair or festival recently—the national calendar is clogged with dates in August and September—you know food offered on the midway has veered into “freak show” territory. Fried nuggets of pure butter, beer-battered dill pickles stuffed with hot dogs, and even deep-fried Kool-Aid. (Don’t ask.) With nearly everything on a stick. I couldn’t help myself: I started trolling newspapers, blogs, and the food press to find the most outrageous fair-type foods that could be replicated...

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Remembering Jonathan Gold

Remembering Jonathan Gold

 I never met Jonathan in person. But his writing was so personal and intimate and his advice generously given and spot on, I felt in some sense I knew him. Jonathan Gold was the restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times, of course, and he passed away earlier this week at the way-too-young age of 57. Actually, to identify him solely as a restaurant critic would be like calling Shakespeare a scriptwriter or Picasso a dauber of paint. Jonathan had a bloodhound’s nose for sniffing out authentic cuisine...

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Add a Kick to Your Grill – Jalapeno Cheddar Sausages from Southside Market

Add a Kick to Your Grill – Jalapeno Cheddar Sausages from Southside Market

This post is brought to you by Southside Market & Barbeque, which provided advertising support. Summer is prime grilling time for many reasons—perhaps most prevalently as a way to bring friends and family together during a backyard party. For many grilling enthusiasts, however, the main reason has been to keep your kitchen cool during the hot summer months. Remove the oven from the equation, and enjoy the sun on your face...

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Raichlen’s Top Grill and BBQ Restaurants You Must Visit

Raichlen’s Top Grill and BBQ Restaurants You Must Visit

Book tour is hard work. Eight cities in ten days? That kind of hard work. But it definitely has its perks, and one of them is discovering new restaurants where the wood fires burn bright and the food comes to the table the way I like it: slow-smoked over smoldering hickory or grilled over blazing oak or mesquite. So midway through the year seems like a great time to share some of my best finds for 2018. Do you have a great grill restaurant or barbecue find in your area? Share it on my Facebook page, via Twitter, or on the Barbecue Board. ...

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Ultimate Vegan Barbecue: The Secret to Grilling Tofu

Ultimate Vegan Barbecue: The Secret to Grilling Tofu

Shhh. Don’t tell anyone—especially not our hardcore carnivore friends—but I have been know to eat grilled tofu. Willingly. Even with gusto. So it’s with pleasure that I introduce fellow Workman Publishing authors Nadine Horn and Jörg Mayer, the writers behind VBQ—The Ultimate Vegan Barbecue Cookbook. The authors are not only vegetarians. They're vegan, which in some BBQ circles makes them heretics. But listen up, because they also have the chops when they fire up the...

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How to Grill Rope Sausage (and Why You Should Buy It Raw!)

How to Grill Rope Sausage (and Why You Should Buy It Raw!)

This post is brought to you by Southside Market & Barbeque, which provided advertising support. What is rope sausage? Some raw sausages, like Argentinian longaniza and English Cumberland, are sold in thick coils. At Southside Market & Barbeque, each fresh (raw) sausage rope measures approximately 44-48 inches long and weighs 2 lbs. Seasoned with cracked black pepper, it is all beef, coarsely ground in a natural pork...

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The Top 10 Most-Viewed Photos on Steven Raichlen’s Instagram

The Top 10 Most-Viewed Photos on Steven Raichlen’s Instagram

Over the past year, Steven Raichlen has shared photos from book tour, TV sets, and restaurants across the globe. We've pulled together his top 10 most-liked photos below. Do YOU follow Steven? Get started here. And be sure to tag @stevenraichlen when you share your grilling photos on Insta! 1. Big Bad Beef Ribs A limited number of spots are still available in the second session for Barbecue University 2018, May 27-29. Give the live-fire obsessed person in your life the...

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Barbecue Festivals You Can’t Miss This Summer

Barbecue Festivals You Can’t Miss This Summer

We’re sure the best cook-outs of the summer will be in your own backyard. But via social media, many of you shared with us your favorite organized barbecue festivals and competitions, from the Carolinas to California, from Texas to Tennessee. Check out the list we compiled from your suggestions and our experience. And if we missed an important event, please let us know! Taylor Stomp n’ Holler BBQ and Music Festival Timing: June 2 Location: Taylor, TX Holy Smoke has been perfected and the barbecue at Stomp n’ Holler is nearly a religious experience. Dish up some mouth-watering...

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