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Go Wild on Fat Tuesday with Wings, Shrimp, and Much More!

Go Wild on Fat Tuesday with Wings, Shrimp, and Much More!

Today is Mardi Gras, better known as “Fat Tuesday.” It’s the last hurrah for observant Christians, who beginning tomorrow, will start a 46-day period of fasting leading up to Easter Sunday. (Loosely translated, Carnival, from the Latin carne vale, means “farewell to meat.”) There was once a practical as well as a liturgical purpose behind Lent. Peasants couldn’t afford to overwinter their animals, so there was generally an ample supply of...

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4 Great Grilling Recipes to Use For a Small Group

4 Great Grilling Recipes to Use For a Small Group

When planning a party that involves cooking for a large group, grilling is often the solution to producing a large number of meals in an efficient (and delicious!) manner. But what about the opposite situation? When preparing for a more intimate setting with fewer guests—or maybe a romantic date with only ONE guest!—grilling may be perceived as more effort than it's worth. We're here to tell you not to overlook grilling for anniversaries, first dates, entertaining your boss, or even...

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Enter the Start 2018 Off Right Sweepstakes!

Enter the Start 2018 Off Right Sweepstakes!

Each new year dawns with a chance to learn new techniques, and expand your knowledge of this hobby (obsession?) we all share in grilling and smoking. As Steven writes every January, there are new trends appearing each year that allow even the most experienced griller to develop new skills. Whether you are planning to attempt your first cold smoking experiment in 2018, or enjoy the 2018 trend of salt slab desserts, or perhaps grill your first homemade jalapeño poppers for Super Bowl LII, we want to...

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Super Bowl Sunday: Battle of the Jalapeno Poppers

Super Bowl Sunday: Battle of the Jalapeno Poppers

The second biggest eating day of the year in America after Thanksgiving—Super Bowl Sunday—is almost upon us. And unless you’re one of the few sports fans who are shelling out over $5000 a ticket to watch the contest in Minneapolis, you’ll likely be viewing the game from the comfort of your own living room. Whether you’re rooting for the New England Patriots or the Philadelphia Eagles, you’ll want plenty of finger food on hand to stave off the munchies. In past years, we’ve shared...

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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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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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Raichlen Predicts: Eight BBQ Trends for 2018

Raichlen Predicts: Eight BBQ Trends for 2018

Another New Year already?! It seems like just yesterday I was writing my blog on BBQ Trends for 2017.  It’s time to dust off my crystal ball for the trends that will shape barbecue in 2018. But first, a quick review of my 2017 predictions. Some came to pass and some didn’t. Consider Trend #1: How (or more precisely HHOW) our food is raised matters as much as how we grill it. (The acronym, by the way, stands for Heritage, Heirloom, Organic, and Wild.) This one certainly shaped the way we shopped, barbecued, and grilled in 2017 and it will continue to do so this year. ...

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Epic Smoked Bloody Marys For Your New Year’s Brunch

Epic Smoked Bloody Marys For Your New Year’s Brunch

 Many of you know Glenn Tiede, an active poster on Steven’s Facebook fan page,“Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke & Primal Grill,” and an avid barbecuer from Central Illinois. But you may not know that Glenn is well known locally and beyond for his hand-crafted Bloody Marys. He makes them nearly every weekend and teases the rest of us with photographs of the cocktails. When Steven and I decided to put Bloody Marys on the editorial calendar, Glenn was our go-to guy. Thanks, Glenn! ...

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Use Your Christmas Tree on the Grill: Spruce-Grilled Steaks

Use Your Christmas Tree on the Grill: Spruce-Grilled Steaks

Though I am constantly thinking about various cuts of beef and new ways to cook them, the busy month of December traditionally brings Spruce-Grilled Steak to mind over and over again. Why might I focus on this recipe each year, you ask? The answer is simple: the scent of freshly cut Christmas trees brings me back to the aroma of spruce smoke and a sizzling rib eye steak. Created by my friend and the editor of my French-Canadian books, Pierre Bourdon,...

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