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Remembering Jonathan Gold

Remembering Jonathan Gold

 I never met Jonathan in person. But his writing was so personal and intimate and his advice generously given and spot on, I felt in some sense I knew him. Jonathan Gold was the restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times, of course, and he passed away earlier this week at the way-too-young age of 57. Actually, to identify him solely as a restaurant critic would be like calling Shakespeare a scriptwriter or Picasso a dauber of paint. Jonathan had a bloodhound’s nose for sniffing out authentic cuisine...

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Planet Barbecue

Escape Winter: Jamaican Jerk Pork

Escape Winter: Jamaican Jerk Pork

Already, this winter seems interminably long. Everyone I know is yearning for a respite from grey skies and single digit temperatures. But an escape to the Caribbean isn’t always in the cards. The next best thing? Recreating the spirit and flavors of the islands at home. No dish is more iconic than Jamaica’s fiery, lip-tingling, explosively flavorful jerk. Like many island cuisines, jerk is wholly dependent on ingredients found right there on Jamaica—primarily,...

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Indoor Grilling

Indoor Grilling

Here in Miami, we break out the warm hoodies and jackets when temperatures dip into the fifties. But I realize other parts of the country, particularly the Northeast, are enduring real cold this winter. (The wind chill in Vermont last week was an unfathomable -100 degrees.) There’s certainly no shame in taking the party indoors when temperatures fall below zero. Or maybe you’re one of millions of condo or apartment dwellers who are prevented from...

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Hot Stuff

The New Veal

The New Veal

After decades of pariah status, veal is making a comeback. Outrage in the 1980s at the cruel conditions under which young calves were raised made Americans lose their appetite for veal. It all but disappeared from restaurant menus and meat counters. Annual per capita consumption dropped from four pounds to about a third of a pound, the equivalent of one measly dinner of wienerschnitzel or veal Parmigiana or osso buco—literally too little to graph. ...

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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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Planet Barbecue

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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The History of Worcestershire Sauce

The History of Worcestershire Sauce

What’s the ingredient most frequently used in barbecue sauces? Ketchup is a no brainer. But I’d put my money on a condiment that comes in a paper–wrapped bottle: Worcestershire sauce. (And according to Nielsen, it is one of the fastest growing sauces in sales dollars.) This thin, brown, sweet-sour condiment turns up in barbecue sauces of all stripes and types—from the tomato-based sauces of Kansas City to the butter sauces of New Orleans to the black dips of...

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To Eat Before You Die: Barbecue

To Eat Before You Die: Barbecue

Keith Allen of Allen & Son From time to time, we ask our food authority friends and fellow Workman Publishing authors to write guest blog posts or share excerpts from their books for BarbecueBible.com. Today's comes from one of the legends of American food writing: Mimi Sheraton. Author of the new 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die, Mimi has written the most comprehensive book ever on the great foods of the world. Gargantuan in its appetite and encyclopedic in scope, this is the book...

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It’s Better with Bourbon

It’s Better with Bourbon

We interrupt our normal barbecue programming to focus on a beverage that's indispensable to barbecue: bourbon. We add it to our sauces and marinades and spray it on ribs and pork shoulders. We certainly drink it at barbecues in the form of Manhattans, Old Fashioneds, Mint Juleps, Whiskey Smashes, and of course, straight up. Did you know September is National Bourbon Heritage Month? To celebrate we asked our colleague, Amy Stewart, author of one of our favorite new books, The...

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A Guide to Offset Barrel Smokers

A Guide to Offset Barrel Smokers

Water smokers, box, barrel, and pellet smokers do a fine job smoking meats and seafood. But nothing establishes your street cred as pit master who means business like an offset smoker. For years, these hunka-hunka smokers—a.k.a., offset barrel smokers, horizontal smokers, pipe smokers, or “stick-burners”—have dominated the competition barbecue circuit. Now, thanks to mass-market models available at stores like Home Depot and Lowes, they’re bringing their own particular aura of machismo to American and European backyards. The first offset smokers were likely built by oilfield workers in Texas and Oklahoma. Far from home and restaurants, it didn’t take much for barbecue-starved welders...

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