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The Campaign for Real Barbecue

The Campaign for Real Barbecue

A spectre is haunting the South—the spectre of smokeless “barbecue.” Consider the case of North Carolina, where the situation is particularly grave. Ever since early colonial days “barbecuing” has meant cooking meat over hardwood coals, and in North Carolina “barbecue,” as a noun, eventually came to mean whole hogs or pork shoulders cooked that way. By the middle of the twentieth century North Carolina was recognized as the center of one of the nation’s...

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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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Our 5 Most Popular Recipes of 2017

Our 5 Most Popular Recipes of 2017

Now is the time for reflecting upon 2017, and contemplating the milestones we've accomplished during the past year. Reflection for our team often leads us to discuss our favorite pastime: food. We ask ourselves, What was your best cook this year? Or Which new recipes were your favorite? And of course What new grilling techniques did you learn? Have you looked back on your year of grilling yet? Let us help you: With our crystal ball, we can see statistics that tell...

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Our Top 5 Trending BBQ Recipes of 2017 (So Far)

Our Top 5 Trending BBQ Recipes of 2017 (So Far)

Right photo by Rob Baas. It may still be winter, but it seems many of you have kept on smoking and grilling right through the chilly temps. Good barbecue doesn’t need a reason or a season. Here are some recipes that were especially popular on BarbecueBible.com during January and February. Enjoy! [caption id="attachment_15707" align="alignnone" width="500"] Photo by Richard Dallett[/caption] Chinatown Ribs If you think the sweet-salty-umami flavors of Chinese ribs are...

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Steven Raichlen Predicts Barbecue Trends for 2017, Part 2

Steven Raichlen Predicts Barbecue Trends for 2017, Part 2

Last week we posted seven of Raichlen’s predictions for barbecue trends in 2017. Here are six more exciting trends. New steaks: This one pops up on my list every year, but the truth is, in our insatiable appetite for beef, we keep discovering (or rediscovering) new steaks. Had your fill of T-bones and rib-eyes? Make way for baseball steaks, Vegas strips, and spinalis dorsi, aka rib-eye cap, and more. Big flavor and an even bigger break on the price. Check out our two-part series here and here. Tomahawk everything:...

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Steven Raichlen Predicts Barbecue Trends for 2017

Steven Raichlen Predicts Barbecue Trends for 2017

Beer-can breakfast burgers. Photo by Richard Dallett. A new year already? You know what that means: It’s time for Raichlen’s predictions for barbecue trends in 2017. The good news? More people are cooking a wider range of foods on a more diverse selection of grills and smokers, using more interesting fuels and flavorings than ever before. The bad news? There is no bad news. Just more great grilling and smoking for the year to come. And now, some of those trends: [caption id="attachment_15336" align="alignnone" width="480"] Left...

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Raichlen Predicts: BBQ Trends for 2016

Raichlen Predicts: BBQ Trends for 2016

Happy New Year, everyone! 2015 was an incredible year for barbecuing and grilling. 2016 promises to be even better. Here are 10 trends I believe will shape the world of live fire cooking in the next 12 months. Smoking is the new grilling. It used to be that most backyard smoking took place in the American barbecue belt. This year, thanks to the proliferation of affordable, easy-to-use smokers, smoking will go mainstream. After two decades of transforming our backyards into outdoor kitchens, we’ll install smokers in their rightful place—next to the grills owned by more than...

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How to Cook with Wood

How to Cook with Wood

The wood burning oven at Hartwood. Photo by Gentl & Hyers. For years I’ve heard reports of a remarkable restaurant in Tulum, Mexico—run by American expats—where all the cooking is done over wood fires, and the flavors explode in your mouth like fireworks in a 4th of July sky. Well, now you can experience the restaurant Hartwood and the timeless wisdom of wood fire cooking from founder-chef Eric Werner in a stunning new book called Hartwood, published by our sister publisher Artisan....

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What’s New? Smoked Beer-Can Burgers, Plus 3 Variations

What’s New? Smoked Beer-Can Burgers, Plus 3 Variations

Photo by Rob Baas. “Every few years, a dish or two comes along that captures the fancy and taste of a generation. Typically, it’s a dish that most people had never heard of one year, then couldn’t seem to live without the next.” Steven wrote these words in the preface to Beer-Can Chicken (Workman, 2002), and they still hold true today. The Bacon Explosion, which went viral in December, 2013, is a great example. This year, the nominees are Onion Bombs and an...

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