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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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Two “Must Have” Books for Your Barbecue Library

Two “Must Have” Books for Your Barbecue Library

Pitmaster: Recipes, Techniques & Barbecue Wisdom (Voyageur Press, 2017) Most winning competition-level pitmasters keep their cards close to their vests, seldom revealing the secret strategies that consistently propel them to center stage (a “walk”) once the scoring’s complete. Not these guys. They seem determined to spill the beans (barbecued, of course). I first met the co-authors of Pitmaster, restaurateurs Andy Husbands and Chris Hall, in 2010 when they...

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Smoked Eggnog for the Holidays

Smoked Eggnog for the Holidays

Here’s something to get your holiday party rolling—a brimming punchbowl of eggnog. Not the cloying, additive-laced stuff sold in cardboard containers in your supermarket dairy section. No, we’re talking real eggnog, made with real eggs heavy cream, fortified with not one, but three spirits (a practice favored by no less than George Washington, who spiked his eggnog with sherry, rum, and rye whisky). The sort of eggnog that’s as thick...

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Impress Mom on Her Day with a Grilled Brunch

Impress Mom on Her Day with a Grilled Brunch

All photos by Richard Dallett. As food holidays go, Mother’s Day (celebrated this year on May 8th) is risky business. There’s that well-intentioned, but often disastrous breakfast in bed—cooked (mauled?) by Dad and the kids. Or there’s the all too often indifferent, overpriced brunch cooked by chefs who would rather be celebrating the day with their own moms. (The National Restaurant Association estimates that nearly 50 percent of American families will go out to eat on Mother’s...

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Grilled Feast

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Grilled Feast

Today is Cinco de Mayo—May 5—and tonight, Mexican-themed restaurants and bars will be crowded with American revelers who are not quite sure what they are celebrating. If queried, many would say they’re honoring Mexico’s Independence Day. (Sorry, but that’s actually September 16.) For the record, Cinco de Mayo marks the anniversary of a battle for Puebla fought in 1862. A barefoot and under-equipped Mexican army miraculously defeated the French in a fight reminiscent of David and Goliath. But why let the facts get between...

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Wishing You a Smokin’ Valentine’s Day

Wishing You a Smokin’ Valentine’s Day

“If music be the food of love, play on,” wrote Shakespeare in Twelfth Night. We can’t help you with the music (we trust you do your own mixing), but in the romance food department we have you covered. No stressed out servers. No long wait for cocktails. And the best table in the house is yours. Speaking of cocktails, get things started with a fired up Old-Fashioned: For each drink, crust a slice of orange with sugar and grill over a hot...

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Barbecue Flavor You Can Drink

Barbecue Flavor You Can Drink

How well equipped is your home bar? Jigger? Check. Shaker? Check. Hawthorne strainer? Check. Smoking gun? Huh? Yes, a handheld smoker is the latest weapon in a barman’s (not to mention barbecue fanatic’s) arsenal, and smoked cocktails are turning up at cutting edge bars from Brooklyn to San Francisco. According to master mixologist, Dale DeGroff (if you don’t own his book The Essential Cocktail, run—don’t walk—to your local bookstore), smoke adds a...

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Cocktails for Smoke Lovers

Cocktails for Smoke Lovers

By now, you know Raichlen’s rule: If a food tastes great baked, fried, or sautéed, it tastes even better grilled. Here’s the corollary: If a cocktail hits the spot shaken or stirred, it surely sips better smoked. Which brings us one of the hottest trends in American mixology these days: smoked cocktails. Smoke has been called the “umami of barbecue,” and it adds a character and complexity that can turn a cocktail you’ve drunk a thousand times into a drink...

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