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Dry Turkey? Never Again. My Strategy for a Succulent Bird

Dry Turkey? Never Again. My Strategy for a Succulent Bird

As you may know from my recent postings on Facebook and Twitter, I just returned from Italy where I spent several weeks shooting a grilling show for Gambero Rosso (“Red Prawn”), a food and wine magazine and publishing group founded in 1986. It was an over-the-top experience, exploring the Italian boot with a small crew, meeting grilling and smoking impresarios from Piedmont to Tuscany to Venice. But it was important to me to be home with family and friends...

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The Best Potato Ever? Smoke-Roasted Hasselback Potatoes

The Best Potato Ever? Smoke-Roasted Hasselback Potatoes

Steven calls them “potato chips on a bone.” That’s as accurate a description as I’ve heard for these accordion-cut potatoes, delectably crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside with an alluring hint of wood smoke. Invented by a chef at Stockholm’s venerable Hasselbacken restaurant in Sweden (founded in the 1700's and still in business), hasselback potatoes are one of the trendiest spuds to come down the pike in years. And they only take a few minutes more...

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How to Grill or Smoke the Perfect Roast Chicken

How to Grill or Smoke the Perfect Roast Chicken

There’s something supremely satisfying about a whole roast chicken—beautifully browned with crisp skin and juicy, succulent meat. Most of us have a mental photo gallery of the roast chickens we’ve eaten in our lifetimes, especially if they were standouts. For me, there are the homegrown birds (free-range before it was cool) that starred in my mother’s Sunday dinners, emerging at 6 o’clock sharp fresh from the oven and a speckled enamelware roaster. There was a humble chicken that cooked, suspended from a spinning string, near the glowing embers of a campfire....

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Planet Barbecue

Perfect for Parties: Yakitori, A Hot Grilling Trend

Perfect for Parties: Yakitori, A Hot Grilling Trend

Trolling for new menu ideas for fall and winter parties? Look no further than the grill masters of Japan. Trending now among American chefs is yakitori. The word literally means “grilled chicken,” but the simple name doesn’t begin to describe the variety, complexity, and deep cultural significance of Japan’s favorite grilled meat. These small but elegant skewers (chicken, usually, but other meats and vegetables, too) are the epitome of Japanese barbecue, and...

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Revisiting Beer Can Chicken

Revisiting Beer Can Chicken

Recently, friends and I met up at a neighborhood eatery for an early dinner. Perusing the menu, I was delighted to see beer can chicken—this one served with carrot top chimichurri sauce. Sold. For me, beer can chicken is a sentimental favorite. I actually owe my long working relationship with Steven to the dish. Back in the summer of 2002, he was on tour promoting his latest book, Beer-Can Chicken. Steven’s publisher, Workman, hired me the afternoon before his Ohio...

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The Best Chicken Wings to Make For Fall

The Best Chicken Wings to Make For Fall

From time to time we offer guest blogs on Barbecuebible.com. This one comes from a chef that we at BarbecueBible.com admire greatly, Matt Jennings, author of Homegrown: Cooking from My New England Roots.  His restaurant Townsman in Boston garners significant acclaim for its bold, New England-inspired flavors. We think you’ll see why when you try his recipe below for Grilled Chicken Wings with Cider Barbecue Sauce. Matt, an avid football fan, knows from experience that...

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Barbecue University™

Greatest Hits: 10 Recipes from Barbecue University™

Greatest Hits: 10 Recipes from Barbecue University™

Barbecue University™—still going strong after 17 years! The professor, yours truly, has lost track of how many students he’s personally escorted up the ladder of grilling enlightenment. Suffice it to say, the answer is “thousands.” And I can’t say how many recipes have been featured over the years, because while each student receives a leather-bound notebook that includes that session’s menu and recipes—always 8 to 10 a day—I often go off script and give them extras. During the first...

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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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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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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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