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The Best Grilling Sauce on Planet Barbecue

The Best Grilling Sauce on Planet Barbecue

There must be a thousand restaurants in Tokyo like the Izakaya-Tomotsu near the train station in the Chiyoda-Ku ward: eight stools lined up at an L-shaped counter; and outdoors, two rickety tables with beer crates for chairs. This rough-and-tumble yakitori parlor serves up every imaginable cut of grilled chicken, from the leg, wing, neck, and skin to the liver, gizzard, heart—and a great deal more. All this comes from a closet-size kitchen dominated by a charcoal...

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Barbecue University™

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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Hot Stuff

Must-Have Recipes for Grilled or Smoked Prime Rib

Must-Have Recipes for Grilled or Smoked Prime Rib

The English call it roast beef, and for untold generations, a rib roast rotating on a spit in front of a wood fire has represented not just gustatory bliss, but material and spiritual comfort. So essential is roast beef to the British sense of well-being, a special breed of dog was developed in the sixteenth century to turn a treadmill attached to the rotisserie spit. (Before that, the task fell to scullery lads, and later, elaborate clockworks.) Rotisserie Prime Rib with Horseradish Cream is one of...

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Planet Barbecue

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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Barbecue University™

Grilling with Cherry Wood and Fresh Cherries

Grilling with Cherry Wood and Fresh Cherries

When it comes to flavor, nothing can beat the aroma of wood smoke. You may be familiar with using hickory, apple or oak wood, but have you tried smoking with cherry wood? Cherry can be used the same way you would other varieties: toss soaked wood chips on the coals of your charcoal grill or add them to the smoker box of your gas grill. I came to appreciate fragrant cherry wood during my sojourn to the Pacific Northwest—Cherry Wood Chips are...

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Planet Barbecue

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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Hot Stuff

5 of Our Best Barbecue and Grilling Recipes (Don’t Take Our Word For It: Readers Love These!)

5 of Our Best Barbecue and Grilling Recipes (Don’t Take Our Word For It: Readers Love These!)

Thousands of you have read our list of our 5 most popular recipes of 2017. By popular demand, we're thrilled to expand the list to the next 5 most popular, to give you (our readers!) even more recipes to try. This list is perfect as a Grilling 101 for newcomers, or a wonderful refresher for those of us who have been grilling for years. Kick off your grilling this weekend with these popular recipes: Barbecued Pork Belly Pork belly is for...

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Barbecue University™

Indoor Grilling

Indoor Grilling

Here in Miami, we break out the warm hoodies and jackets when temperatures dip into the fifties. But I realize other parts of the country, particularly the Northeast, are enduring real cold this winter. (The wind chill in Vermont last week was an unfathomable -100 degrees.) There’s certainly no shame in taking the party indoors when temperatures fall below zero. Or maybe you’re one of millions of condo or apartment dwellers who are prevented from...

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Under the Hood

Come Out of the Cold: Recipes for Electric Smokers

Come Out of the Cold: Recipes for Electric Smokers

There are a lot of lingering stereotypes in the world of barbecue. There’s still a perception that bona fide pit masters have to have a beard, a beer belly, brawn, and a hella big offset smoker out by the woodpile pumping out clouds of blue smoke day and night. Another pervasive misconception is that barbecuing low and slow should be hard work. Which is why electric smokers are often criticized for being “too easy.” Let me tell you something:...

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Barbecue University™

Grill to Thrill: Cavemanning (Cooking in the Embers)

Grill to Thrill: Cavemanning (Cooking in the Embers)

Some of the best moments in life occur when we’re not completely in control. Zip-lining. Falling in love. Live-fire cooking. As an industry, grilling and barbecuing seem to be moving toward the “set it and forget it” mentality, marketing grills and smokers that have more in common with kitchen appliances than the primal cooking fires that have sustained mankind for millennia. Don’t lose touch with that powerful, seductive, unpredictable, sometimes violent element....

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