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Planet Barbecue

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 mouth-watering...

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Eat Your Words

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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Hot Stuff

Smoked Dessert at a BBQ Competition: First Place Recipe

Smoked Dessert at a BBQ Competition: First Place Recipe

I am thrilled to be part of a BBQ team from The Minuteman Smokehouse & Grill (Morristown, NJ). On September 17th, we participated in the Champion of Grill competition in Sussex County, NJ competing in multiple meat categories, and for the first time . . . dessert. I’m a lifelong home baker, but had never really thought about smoking or grilling dessert beyond throwing some halved pit-fruit on the Weber with some sugar or honey. So I turned to Barbecuebible.com...

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Under the Hood

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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Planet Barbecue

BBQ Festivals You Won’t Want To Miss

BBQ Festivals You Won’t Want To Miss

To celebrate National Barbecue Month, we recently invited you via social media to share with us your favorite organized barbecue festivals, contests, and cookouts. Thanks to you, we learned about events from the Carolinas to California, from Texas to Tennessee. All summer long, amateur and professional pit masters will be cooking up a storm, barbecuing ribs, brats, brisket, chicken, and more. Hopefully, a cloud of blue smoke will be settling over your town in the weeks to come. Check out the list we compiled from your suggestions. And if we missed anything important, let us know! Taste of the Carolinas Timing: April...

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PitmasterIQ BBQ’s 2014 World Food Championship Experience

PitmasterIQ BBQ’s 2014 World Food Championship Experience

It’s one thing to perfect your smoking and grilling skills at home. There comes a time when you want to see how you rank in the world of live fire cooking. Enter competition barbecue—where camaraderie meets cutthroat. We asked John Kennington of PitmasterIQ BBQ to describe his efforts to bring home the bacon (literally) at the World Food Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada. At stake? Bragging rights, not to mention a grand prize of $100,000! Do YOU...

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