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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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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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Not Your Same Old Burger: 3 New Burger Recipes for the Grill

Not Your Same Old Burger: 3 New Burger Recipes for the Grill

We all have our own version of the perfect burger. And we’ve probably grilled it more than we care to admit over the past few months. Now it’s time to step out of your burger comfort zone and graduate to some burgers that stretch not just your jaws, but your imagination. We give you: an American inside-out cheeseburger, a Greek-style ground lamb burger, and a Thai flavor ground veal burger. You can make these burgers with me while watching Project Smoke Season 3!...

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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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Celebrate National Bratwurst Day!

Celebrate National Bratwurst Day!

Bratwurst have become a staple of American cuisine, with grilled brats topping the list of favorite summer foods for many. So much have brats made their impression in this country, we now have a National Bratwurst Day dedicated to this tube-shaped food. August 16th is the official day - our friends at Johnsonville have even created a storybook character dedicated to this celebration and titled the day Bratsgiving. How will YOU be celebrating? Here are some facts about the...

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A New Kind of Barbecue Food Truck

A New Kind of Barbecue Food Truck

Many of you dream of turning your passion for barbecue into a business. Mark Van Blaricum from Kansas City did it. His Pita for Good food truck has become a mecca for KC grilled food lovers, and I’m personally gratified to have played my small part. Do you have a foodie success story? Share it on the Barbecue Board. –Steven It happened fast. I got Steven’s Planet Barbecue as a gift; found a lamb purveyor at my local farmer’s market; and tried the Moroccan...

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Project Smoke Quiz: Barbecue Dishes from Around the World

Project Smoke Quiz: Barbecue Dishes from Around the World

What do you know about grilling/smoking specialties on Planet Barbecue? Test your knowledge of barbecue dishes from around the world with this short quiz. Learn more about world grilling in Planet Barbecue! Take another quiz on barbecue and grilling techniques.

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Your Next BBQ Secret Weapon: Coconut

Your Next BBQ Secret Weapon: Coconut

Coconut may not play a big role in your grilling, but in Asia it is a staple. Malaysians, Cambodians, and Indonesians all use coconut shell charcoal for grilling. Coconut milk goes into marinades and basting mixtures in these countries: try the Cambodian coconut grilled corn in Planet Barbecue. In Guam, freshly grated coconut is added to grilled chicken salad. So as you ascend the ladder of barbecue enlightenment, you need to know more about the amazing coconut....

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Celebrate Grilled Cheese: Halloumi

Celebrate Grilled Cheese: Halloumi

Here’s something to go with the presidential inauguration: According to Foodimentary, today has been declared National Cheese Lover’s Day. It’s an easy holiday to love, granting permission to American cheese beasts to indulge in one or more of their favorite cheeses. Perhaps your cravings are satisfied by the processed cellophane-wrapped singles of your youth. Or maybe you’ve graduated to runny and pungent washed rind cheeses such as Italy’s Taleggio or Red Hawk from...

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