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The Only Recipe You Need for Whole Beef Tenderloin

The Only Recipe You Need for Whole Beef Tenderloin

When you want to make a gesture of generosity or opulence this holiday season, nothing beats the long cylindrical, supernaturally tender muscle cut from the inside of the steer’s ribcage, beef tenderloin. Yes, it’s an extravagance. And yes, tenderloin may lack some of the rich flavor of prime rib or brisket, but it’s guaranteed to delight the carnivores in your family or circle of friends. I’ve published many recipes for this luxurious cut of meat over the years,...

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The Ultimate Gift? Barbecue University 2018!

The Ultimate Gift? Barbecue University 2018!

Sure, you could give that live-fire cooking-obsessed special person in your life another piece of grill gear. Or a cookbook or barbecue seasonings or a gift certificate to a favorite barbecue joint. But this year, how about a gift that keeps on giving and the barbecue experience of a lifetime? We speak, of course, about Steven Raichlen’s Barbecue University™—ranked the #1 barbecue experience by the Food Network. Imagine a summer camp for adults who love barbecuing and grilling, set at a Forbes 5-Star, AAA 5-Diamond resort—the luxurious...

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Homemade Gifts for Barbecue Enthusiasts

Homemade Gifts for Barbecue Enthusiasts

Before Black Friday and Cyber Monday, before the average American began budgeting $1000 for holiday shopping (up from $289 in 1985), there were homemade gifts. Resurrect the tradition—or start a new one—by spending some time in your kitchen making one or more barbecue-related gifts for the deserving people on your list. Below are just a few of your options. All come from Steven’s latest book, Barbecue Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades (Workman, 2017). Hey, come to think...

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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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Ten Great Grilled or Smoked Appetizers for Entertaining

Ten Great Grilled or Smoked Appetizers for Entertaining

Sometimes they get the party started. Sometimes they are the party. I speak, of course, of those festive finger foods that are easy—almost too easy—to eat. Whether you’re hosting your own holiday get-together or have been asked to contribute an appetizer, you’ll want your food to be the life of the party. Let other people serve circa 1980s-style cheese balls or boiled shrimp with jarred cocktail sauce. You’re going to bring down the house by firing up your grill. My staff and I compiled a list of our...

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Your Secret Ingredient for the Best Thanksgiving Yet: Maple Syrup

Your Secret Ingredient for the Best Thanksgiving Yet: Maple Syrup

Here’s a little-known fact about Steven Raichlen: The guy loves maple syrup. So much so, that I gave him a trio of premium infused syrups for his birthday this past year. (Don’t judge me: He’s hard to buy for.) According to the University of Vermont, where they know a thing or two about maple syrup, the first written account of “sugaring” of maple sap in North America dates back to 1557. So it’s entirely possible that maple syrup made an appearance...

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Barbecue University™

How to Grill Fruit and Intensify Flavor

How to Grill Fruit and Intensify Flavor

Grilling can bring out the best in many fruits, intensifying the flavors and caramelizing the natural sugars. And they’re not just for dessert: fruit can be incorporated into drinks (Grilled Sangria), appetizers (Bacon-Grilled Dates), and even condiments (Pineapple Salsa). Grilled fruit can play all the roles. Here are some of my favorite ways to expand your grilling repertoire by bringing fruit to smoke and fire. These recipes will challenge your taste buds and “wow” your party guests...

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Barbecue University™

Tongue-In-Cheek Meatballs: Blue(berry) Balls

Tongue-In-Cheek Meatballs: Blue(berry) Balls

I bet this is one recipe that began (wink, wink) with a name. But whoever had the idea to wrap sweet blueberry muffin in smoky spicy sausage deserves a star on the barbecue walk of fame. The counterpoint of sweet and salty, of smoke and fruit, of meaty and soft is as unexpected as it is brilliant. They were a big hit with students at Barbecue University this past summer. As near as I can tell, these sausage balls debuted at the Wildwood BBQ Bash in Wildwood, Missouri. [After posting, we received word from Shawn...

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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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Smoked Dessert at a BBQ Competition: First Place Recipe

Smoked Dessert at a BBQ Competition: First Place Recipe

I am thrilled to be part of a BBQ team from The Minuteman Smokehouse & Grill (Morristown, NJ). On September 17th, we participated in the Champion of Grill competition in Sussex County, NJ competing in multiple meat categories, and for the first time . . . dessert. I’m a lifelong home baker, but had never really thought about smoking or grilling dessert beyond throwing some halved pit-fruit on the Weber with some sugar or honey. So I turned to Barbecuebible.com...

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