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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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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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The Impossible Burger: Coming to a Grill Near You?

The Impossible Burger: Coming to a Grill Near You?

I cheated on Fat Doug yesterday. Instead of my usual all-beef burger topped with griddled pastrami, Swiss cheese, and coleslaw (the “Fat Doug), I ordered the “Impossible Burger,” the new vegetarian patty that’s been getting a lot of attention in the food press lately. It was recently added to the menu at B Spot, a local gastropub owned by Iron Chef Michael Symon. If the famously carnivorous Symon thinks the faux meat patty is worthy, I reasoned,...

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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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Sizzling and Sexy: Grilling with a Plancha

Sizzling and Sexy: Grilling with a Plancha

What do South Carolina’s oyster roasts have in common with Colombia’s arepas and Japan’s teppan yaki feasts? All are cooked on a flat piece of metal analogous to a griddle, often over an open fire. In fact, nearly every cooking culture on Planet Barbecue has a historical relationship with this simple form of food preparation, none more than Spain. In Spain, the term plancha (literally, “plate”) refers both to the device itself and...

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The Matter of Meat: Responsibly Raised Steak and Brisket

The Matter of Meat: Responsibly Raised Steak and Brisket

This post is brought to you by Nebraska Star Beef, which provided advertising support. As Steven has said time and time again, where your food comes from and how it was raised matters as much as how you grill it. Nebraska Star Beef shares this belief, and has tailored their business to follow this tenet. With a focus on traditional methods of raising, aging, and butchering cattle, the result is a high quality meat with a trustworthy...

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Like It Hot—Grill It Hot

Like It Hot—Grill It Hot

As the summer kicks into high gear and temperatures soar, the best way to beat the heat is . . . to join it. Fiery foods make you sweat, and perspiration is the body’s natural cooling mechanism. Fiery foods are enjoyed in hundreds of the world’s top food cultures. Indeed, people in some of the warmest climates across Planet Barbecue eat some of the spiciest food. Here, to challenge your inner fire-eater, are some of the most fiery dishes on the world’s barbecue trail. Just be sure to keep a glass of cold beer (or better...

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