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Chiles Rellenos Hit the Grill

Chiles Rellenos Hit the Grill

Warning to all you carnivores out there. The following blog and recipe are vegetarian. But I promise you won’t miss the meat. Raichlen’s rule holds that if something tastes good boiled, baked, sauteed, or fried, it surely tastes better grilled. Case in point: chiles rellenos. This traditional Oaxacan dish—poblano chiles stuffed with cheese (and sometimes ground beef) and deep-fried in egg batter—puts 450 calories on your waistline and 37 grams of...

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The Best Grilling Sauce on Planet Barbecue

The Best Grilling Sauce on Planet Barbecue

There must be a thousand restaurants in Tokyo like the Izakaya-Tomotsu near the train station in the Chiyoda-Ku ward: eight stools lined up at an L-shaped counter; and outdoors, two rickety tables with beer crates for chairs. This rough-and-tumble yakitori parlor serves up every imaginable cut of grilled chicken, from the leg, wing, neck, and skin to the liver, gizzard, heart—and a great deal more. All this comes from a closet-size kitchen dominated by a charcoal...

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Raichlen’s Top Grill and BBQ Restaurants You Must Visit

Raichlen’s Top Grill and BBQ Restaurants You Must Visit

Book tour is hard work. Eight cities in ten days? That kind of hard work. But it definitely has its perks, and one of them is discovering new restaurants where the wood fires burn bright and the food comes to the table the way I like it: slow-smoked over smoldering hickory or grilled over blazing oak or mesquite. So midway through the year seems like a great time to share some of my best finds for 2018. Do you have a great grill restaurant or barbecue find in your area? Share it on my Facebook page, via Twitter, or on the Barbecue Board. ...

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Barbecue Festivals You Can’t Miss This Summer

Barbecue Festivals You Can’t Miss This Summer

We’re sure the best cook-outs of the summer will be in your own backyard. But via social media, many of you shared with us your favorite organized barbecue festivals and competitions, from the Carolinas to California, from Texas to Tennessee. Check out the list we compiled from your suggestions and our experience. And if we missed an important event, please let us know! Taylor Stomp n’ Holler BBQ and Music Festival Timing: June 2 Location: Taylor, TX Holy Smoke has been perfected and the barbecue at Stomp n’ Holler is nearly a religious experience. Dish up some...

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Seoul Food: Pork Belly Breaks Out of the Bacon Mold

Seoul Food: Pork Belly Breaks Out of the Bacon Mold

In 2004, the small food, wine, and travel publication I worked for devoted an issue to Korean-style barbecue. Little had been written about this cultural phenomenon, and we were confident our readers would share our excitement. We worked hard for weeks, our research culminating in a soju-soaked food crawl through L.A.’s Koreatown. We were guided to the best markets and barbecue restaurants by a hip young Korean-American named Jonathan Kim. (He went on to found one of the largest Asian food emporiums in the...

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A Toast to Grilling and St. Patrick

A Toast to Grilling and St. Patrick

Perhaps you’re neither Irish nor Catholic. Maybe you hate Notre Dame football. There’s still no harm in celebrating on Saturday, March 17, the name day of St. Patrick, the 5th century British cleric who was enslaved as a teen by Irish pirates and returned to the island as an adult. Perhaps you’ve heard that he single-handedly drove Ireland’s snakes into the sea. Not true. Ireland does not now, nor has it ever hosted native species of snakes. Not...

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Evolution of a Filipino Barbecue Cookbook

Evolution of a Filipino Barbecue Cookbook

I first learned about Steven Raichlen when I came across one of his works in a local bookstore while on break from the office. He featured recipes from what was seemingly every country in the world, except my native Philippines. I was intrigued by his research, but I decided to e-mail him to ask why he didn’t have any recipes from back home. To my surprise, he responded personally…and showed me that he actually did (Raichlen’s Indoor! Grilling, Workman, 2004). ...

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“Steven Raichlen Grills Italy” To Debut This Month

“Steven Raichlen Grills Italy” To Debut This Month

Underscoring his reputation as an authority on the world’s grilling cultures, Steven was invited last year to host a new show on the Gambero Rosso (“Red Shrimp”) food channel in Italy. The premise of the show is a simple but intriguing one: Steven visits fishermen, butchers, farmers, chefs, and other people deeply involved in Italy’s food world, learns their favorite preparations, then reinterprets them through the lens of American barbecue traditions. The show, which was filmed in English but will feature Italian subtitles, begins airing this month in Italy. Below is an interview Gambero Rosso conducted with Steven when filming concluded late last fall. Food critic, TV personality, lover of great food, and a passionate cook, Steven Raichlen has found in grilling...

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Celebrate Chinese New Year with Five-Spice Powder Ribs

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Five-Spice Powder Ribs

Have you celebrated the Chinese New Year yet this winter? Why not use what time is left of the 15-day annual celebration, and start a new tradition for your family. As I've written in the past, Chinese culture generally shies away from grilling as a cooking method. But the dishes that are grilled will bring you new flavors that will delight your taste buds and have you marking your calendar for this season every year. Traditionally, we may think of duck...

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Escape Winter: Jamaican Jerk Pork

Escape Winter: Jamaican Jerk Pork

Already, this winter seems interminably long. Everyone I know is yearning for a respite from grey skies and single digit temperatures. But an escape to the Caribbean isn’t always in the cards. The next best thing? Recreating the spirit and flavors of the islands at home. No dish is more iconic than Jamaica’s fiery, lip-tingling, explosively flavorful jerk. Like many island cuisines, jerk is wholly dependent on ingredients found right there on Jamaica—primarily,...

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