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A Pit, A Pig, A Party

A Pit, A Pig, A Party

The following blog was written by Mike Fox, a New Yorker and longtime fan of Steven’s. We were intrigued by the photos he sent and invited him to contribute a story chronicling his first experience barbecuing a whole pig.  Back when the cold winds were blowing in February or March, it seemed like a fun idea to try to barbecue a whole pig. Many "learning experiences" (translation: mistakes) later, it turns out we were right. On June 30th we had a great...

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Pork Loin Recipes You Need Now

Pork Loin Recipes You Need Now

It’s midsummer, and you’re no doubt looking for inspired dishes to wow friends and family at your next backyard party. We have three words for you: boneless pork loin. Steven likens this mild-tasting cut, often sold as pork loin roast, to a blank canvas on which you can paint masterful barbecue pictures. And we’ve been doing just that, giving this humble and misunderstood cut an extreme makeover. Boneless pork loin really is the unsung hero of the meat counter. It’s versatile, compatible...

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Teach a (Hot) Dog a New Trick

Teach a (Hot) Dog a New Trick

There were no picnics when I was a child. Just what we called wienie roasts—impromptu affairs that required only a quick stop at the market to buy an 8-pack of hot dogs and buns and miscellaneous accoutrements. Once at our favorite riverside park—usually deserted as our outings were almost always on weekdays—we’d gather dry wood so Dad could build a fire in one of several WPA-built stone fireplaces, hard evidence of Roosevelt’s “New Deal.” The hot dogs...

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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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You’ll Never Look at Sausages the Same Way Again – Sausage Slammers from Southside Market

You’ll Never Look at Sausages the Same Way Again – Sausage Slammers from Southside Market

This post is brought to you by Southside Market & Barbeque, which provided advertising support. With humble beginnings dating back to 1882, Southside Market & Barbeque has had many years to develop trusted products like sauces, smoked meats, and sausage for a loyal fan base. Another thing these years of experience have given them? The courage to innovate with sensational new takes on their traditional offerings. Their...

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Seoul Food: Pork Belly Breaks Out of the Bacon Mold

Seoul Food: Pork Belly Breaks Out of the Bacon Mold

In 2004, the small food, wine, and travel publication I worked for devoted an issue to Korean-style barbecue. Little had been written about this cultural phenomenon, and we were confident our readers would share our excitement. We worked hard for weeks, our research culminating in a soju-soaked food crawl through L.A.’s Koreatown. We were guided to the best markets and barbecue restaurants by a hip young Korean-American named Jonathan Kim. (He went on to found one of the largest Asian food emporiums in the...

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Evolution of a Filipino Barbecue Cookbook

Evolution of a Filipino Barbecue Cookbook

I first learned about Steven Raichlen when I came across one of his works in a local bookstore while on break from the office. He featured recipes from what was seemingly every country in the world, except my native Philippines. I was intrigued by his research, but I decided to e-mail him to ask why he didn’t have any recipes from back home. To my surprise, he responded personally…and showed me that he actually did (Raichlen’s Indoor! Grilling, Workman, 2004). ...

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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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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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Pulled Pork in a Hurry: Introducing 3-2-1 Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork in a Hurry: Introducing 3-2-1 Pulled Pork

If you have six hours of daylight, you can barbecue a pork shoulder and sit down to an incredible meal before the sun slips below the horizon. Tough, now that we’ve gone off Daylight Savings Time. But doable. This was all Steven’s idea. Buoyed by the success of 3-2-1 ribs, one of our most popular blogs, Steven wondered what would happen if we treated a pork butt (aka, shoulder) to 3 hours of smoke, 2 hours wrapped in butcher paper, foil, or...

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