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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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Hot Stuff

Summer 2017 Sweepstakes: Barbecue Essentials You Need Now

Summer 2017 Sweepstakes: Barbecue Essentials You Need Now

This summer we are bringing you the ultimate grilling essentials sweepstakes—whether you are a beginner looking to launch your grilling career in style or an experienced griller keen on expanding your summer entertaining repertoire, these tools will get you there. These convenient tools will make you look like a pro, from ultra-sharp knives from Shun Cutlery to the hassle-free ChicWrap Foil Dispenser, and expand the ways you can use your grill, from the genius raised...

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Barbecue University™

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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How to Clean Your Grill Efficiently and Safely

How to Clean Your Grill Efficiently and Safely

The reports are in and they downright scary: Cleaning your grill can leave behind wire bristles that, in rare cases, have injured consumers of meats cooked on affected grill grates. It’s tough to miss the news reports, with media like ABC News and the New York Times examining some of the potential injuries and threats from ingesting wire grill bristles. Well, don’t let the news reports get you down. There are alternatives to the risk of stray wire bristles...

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Spring Cleaning Your Smoker

Spring Cleaning Your Smoker

There are people on Planet Barbecue who wouldn’t dream of cooking in an oven crusted with carbonized grease and spills, but who persist in calling the same detritus “seasoning” when cooking outdoors on their smokers or grills. No. Just say no. By-products of the smoking process—tar, creosote, soot, and so on—can accumulate to the point where they flake off on your food. Annual maintenance needn’t be a chore if you have the right equipment, not to mention some tunes and an adult beverage....

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Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

After the winter much of the country has experienced, it’s hard to believe spring will ever arrive. But on March 20, spring does officially return, and with it the promise of grilling in your shirtsleeves, not in a parka. Which brings us to spring cleaning your grill—a good practice even if you’ve been grilling all winter. Last year we told you how to prep your charcoal grill or smoker for the grilling season. This time, the focus is on gas grills. Spring cleaning:...

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Under the Hood

Spring Returns—And Not a Minute Too Soon

Spring Returns—And Not a Minute Too Soon

Polar vortexes. Texas hookers. Thunder sleet. If nothing else, this winter added new words to the nation’s weather vocabulary as it spread inconvenience and misery from Bozeman to Boston, from International Falls to Atlanta. But spring officially arrived Thursday, March 20—not a moment too soon. Many of you shoveled the path to your grill and kept smoking and grilling this winter. We salute you. And if you're just now waking your charcoal grill or smoker out of its winter hibernation, here’s what you...

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Under the Hood

10 Tips to Tune Up Your Grill Now

10 Tips to Tune Up Your Grill Now

If you’re like most of the members in our barbecue community, chances are you grill all year long. Neither rain nor sleet nor snow nor gloom of night deter you from your appointed rounds at the fire. Even if you live in the Frost Belt. (You know my motto: when it snows, the first thing you shovel is the path to your grill, not your car.) But in the event you hibernated your grill this winter -- or even if you didn’t didn’t -- it’s time for a spring tune-up. Here are 10 things you need to do now to get your charcoal and gas grills ready for action....

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