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A Char is Born: Oscar-Worthy Grilled Appetizers

A Char is Born: Oscar-Worthy Grilled Appetizers

The 91st annual Academy Awards (also known as the Oscars) will air Sunday night, February 24, at 8 p.m. ET. Like Super Bowl Sunday, it’s a great excuse to throw an intimate little get-together at home. While you stream one or two of the top contenders in the “Best Picture” category (the red carpet interviews begin hours earlier), you can whip up some Oscar-worthy appetizers on your grill. Get the party started with smoke- and fire-kissed cocktails,...

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How to Cold Smoke Cheese at Home

How to Cold Smoke Cheese at Home

If you’re looking for an easy project to expand your grilling and smoking repertoire, there’s nothing more gratifying than cold smoking cheese. It’s easy, requires very little in the way of equipment, is relatively inexpensive, and is a fantastic addition your pantry. (Not to mention, it makes a great gift.) Wintertime is the perfect time to try your hand at cold-smoking; you should have no trouble maintaining temperatures below 90 degrees in your smoker or grill, especially if you live in a northern state. If you’re...

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Add a Kick to Your Grill – Jalapeno Cheddar Sausages from Southside Market

Add a Kick to Your Grill – Jalapeno Cheddar Sausages from Southside Market

This post is brought to you by Southside Market & Barbeque, which provided advertising support. Summer is prime grilling time for many reasons—perhaps most prevalently as a way to bring friends and family together during a backyard party. For many grilling enthusiasts, however, the main reason has been to keep your kitchen cool during the hot summer months. Remove the oven from the equation, and enjoy the sun on your face...

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You Can Smoke What? 12 Unusual Foods You Can Smoke

You Can Smoke What? 12 Unusual Foods You Can Smoke

By now, you’ve mastered barbecued ribs and brisket. I hope you’ve smoked salmon and bacon, and maybe even applied your smoking skills to a ham or a turkey. Are you ready to expand your smoking horizons? Here are 12 foods you may never have dreamed you could smoke—but you’ll sure be glad you did. Most of the foods listed here are smoked using a cold-smoker, hot-smoker, or a handheld smoker like the Smoking Gun. In a cold smoker: Place the food in a shallow aluminum foil drip pan. (Spread or pour soft or liquid foods, like honey...

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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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Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger!

Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger!

Reprinted from The Barbecue! Bible. Photo copyright © Ben Fink. In the U.S., 175 days on the calendar have been designated as food holidays by presidential proclamation or trade/industry groups. Somehow we missed National Acorn Squash Day (September 7) and National Date-Nut Bread Day (September 8). But National Cheeseburger Day? Now that’s a holiday we can really get behind. It would be almost un-American not to eat a cheeseburger on Friday, September 18. The practice...

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National S’mores Day Is Coming Up: Here Are 10 New Ways to Celebrate

National S’mores Day Is Coming Up: Here Are 10 New Ways to Celebrate

You heard it here first: Monday, August 10, is National S’mores Day. The origins of this campfire treat are unclear. We do know that the recipe for s’mores first appeared in a 1927 scouting handbook called Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. Yes, this portmanteau word—a combination of “some” and “more”—has been on the lips of North American outdoor cooks for nearly a century. (As have dabs of gooey fire-roasted marshmallows, smears of chocolate, and graham...

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Not Your Usual Barbecue: 10 Offbeat Foods You Should Grill Right Now

Not Your Usual Barbecue: 10 Offbeat Foods You Should Grill Right Now

Guilty as charged. Of grilling the same familiar foods over and over—you know, steak, salmon, bratwurst. We all do it (even me), when the wide wondrous Planet Barbecue beacons. It’s time to break out of your comfort zone: to try some different foods on your grill and new techniques for grilling them. To get you started, here's my top 10 list of offbeat foods to fire up your grill for right now. Halloumi: This snappy salty white cheese from Cyprus is designed not to melt at high temperature. Which...

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The Best Cheeses for Grilling

The Best Cheeses for Grilling

Photo by Richard Dallett. Congress has designated April “Grilled Cheese Month.” (Good to know our elected representatives are doing something useful.) So there’s no better time to point out that there’s grilled cheese, and then there’s grilled cheese. What our elected representatives probably had in mind was the classic white bread-processed orange American cheese sandwich crisped on a griddle or in a skillet. You can do better. Build the sandwich with focaccia and smoked mozzarella, for example,...

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Mac and Cheese Hits the Grill

Mac and Cheese Hits the Grill

You can’t overstate the popularity of mac and cheese. Lest you’re tempted, consider this: In any given twelve-week period, one-third of the population of the U.S. will eat macaroni and cheese at least once. And half of all American kids will eat mac and cheese during that time. More cheese goes into mac and cheese than into any other recipe in the U.S.—including grilled cheese. Kraft introduced its famous (infamous?) boxed mac and...

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