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Ready Your Charcoal Faster with FiAir

Ready Your Charcoal Faster with FiAir

This post is brought to you by FiAir, which provided advertising support. For charcoal grill owners, the necessary first step for any grill session (and on every favorite recipe) is to light the charcoal. . . and then wait. Wait for the ideal glowing coals that finish perfectly white, their delicious smoky scent wafting through the air. If you're like us, the wait time leaves you wishing for a magical instrument you could use to speed...

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Essential Tailgating Grills and Equipment for the Best Tailgate Food

Essential Tailgating Grills and Equipment for the Best Tailgate Food

The confluence of fall, food, fun, and football is here. It’s called tailgating, and as far as we can tell, it’s a uniquely American phenomenon. According to the polling organization govyou.com, some 27 million of us will attend weekend tailgate parties in the last quarter of the year with millions more entertaining at home (“homegating”). If you’re part of this glorious and fanatical culture, you know how competitive the sport of tailgating is. Anyone can wear their team colors and accessorize with foam fingers,...

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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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Kalamazoo Cabinet Smoker and Russ Faulk, the Man Who Created It

Kalamazoo Cabinet Smoker and Russ Faulk, the Man Who Created It

Most grill and smoker designs have been around for decades, even centuries. It’s not often that a manufacturer comes along with something radically new. Well, Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet has, and I got to test drive it during the taping of Project Smoke, Season 3. (We used it to smoke pastrami bacon and Korean pulled pork shoulder.) It’s the Kalamazoo Cabinet Smoker and it’s simply one of the most intriguing fusions of high design, ingenious engineering, and primal smoke and fire on Planet Barbecue. You’ve probably heard of Kalamazoo—the manufacturer of super premium grills that perform like Ferraris—and are priced like Ferraris, too. Kalamazoo’s first grill—the...

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How to Buy A Smoker, Part 2

How to Buy A Smoker, Part 2

If you own a charcoal grill with a tight-fitting lid, you already have a smoker. Simply set it up for indirect grilling, add wood chips or chunks to the coals, and you’re in business. (If you own a gas grill, you can add subtle smoke flavor to your food by using a smoking pouch or smoking box, but the grill’s rear vents will allow most of the smoke to escape.) There are some drawbacks, however. Because kettle grills are designed for grilling, it’s difficult to maintain an even heat at lower temperatures....

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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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How to Buy A Smoker, Part 1

How to Buy A Smoker, Part 1

If you’d like to take the next step toward grilling enlightenment, fall is a good time to do it. Along with back-to-school promotions, many retailers are anxious to reduce their inventories of grilling hardware, meaning potential deep discounts for you. (A few years ago, my assistant, Nancy Loseke, scored a Weber Ranch for half price.) The first step is to select the right smoker for you. There are dozens of types and hundreds of individual models. The right smoker depends on your experience, goals, budget, and how many people you usually cook for—collectively called your smoker personality. Beginner:...

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Budget Grilling: Three Barbecue Bashes on the Cheap

Budget Grilling: Three Barbecue Bashes on the Cheap

Whether you’re entertaining houseguests for a long weekend, hosting twenty of your closest friends for a cookout, or trying to stick to a family food budget, here are ideas for backyard barbecues that won’t break the bank or burn through your money. Invite the gang over for breakfast or brunch: Not every party has to start after 5 p.m. In fact, breakfast or brunch often works out better for everyone—especially families—as most of the afternoon and evening are free for other things. And it can...

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Ten Indispensable Tools for Great Grilling

Ten Indispensable Tools for Great Grilling

The first major grilling holiday of the summer—Memorial Day—is in the rearview mirror. Did you have all the tools you needed? Or were there some gaps in your tool kit? As anyone who has substituted the thin side of a dime for a proper screwdriver knows, the proper tools make all the difference. Here are ten I consider essential for grilling and smoking. Grill brush or scraper: It’s something you do every time you light your grill and get it ready for grilling. And every time when you’re finished. Scour the...

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Tips from BUSH’s BBQ Bootcamp

Tips from BUSH’s BBQ Bootcamp

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year: the time when we shed our scarves, break out the patio furniture, and gear up for some glorious summer grilling. If you’ve been avoiding your grill since the first signs of winter, or simply need a brush-up on your technique, below are a few of my favorite grilling tips to help you kick off the season the right way. (Below is Part 1 of 2, for Part 2 click here.) 1. Control the fire, don’t let it control you ...

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