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How to Smoke a Whole Pig

How to Smoke a Whole Pig

A whole pig is the apex of barbecue. As you climb the ladder of smoking enlightenment, at some point you’ll want to try one. There are too many variables (hog size, smoker design, weather, wood, and so on) to cover in a single recipe, but here are the basic guidelines. The pig: Hogs range in size from 20-pound suckling pigs to 225-pound behemoths. The first time you smoke a hog, I recommend a 50-pounder (that’s gutted weight, by the way, but with the head on). It’s small enough...

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Pork Loin Recipes You Need Now

Pork Loin Recipes You Need Now

It’s midsummer, and you’re no doubt looking for inspired dishes to wow friends and family at your next backyard party. We have three words for you: boneless pork loin. Steven likens this mild-tasting cut, often sold as pork loin roast, to a blank canvas on which you can paint masterful barbecue pictures. And we’ve been doing just that, giving this humble and misunderstood cut an extreme makeover. Boneless pork loin really is the unsung hero of the meat counter. It’s versatile, compatible...

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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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Fresh Ideas for Taco Tuesday! (No Ground Meat in Sight)

Fresh Ideas for Taco Tuesday! (No Ground Meat in Sight)

I’m not sure when themed food nights became a thing. First, it was “Meatless Mondays.” Sounds rather cheerless and reminds many of us of the meat-deprived Fridays of our youth. But “Taco Tuesdays?” Heck, ya. That’s something we can really get behind! Coincidentally, today’s Tuesday. The burden of what to have for dinner has just been lifted from your shoulders. “Taco Tuesday” would appear to be a generic coupling of words, a common...

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Seoul Food: Pork Belly Breaks Out of the Bacon Mold

Seoul Food: Pork Belly Breaks Out of the Bacon Mold

In 2004, the small food, wine, and travel publication I worked for devoted an issue to Korean-style barbecue. Little had been written about this cultural phenomenon, and we were confident our readers would share our excitement. We worked hard for weeks, our research culminating in a soju-soaked food crawl through L.A.’s Koreatown. We were guided to the best markets and barbecue restaurants by a hip young Korean-American named Jonathan Kim. (He went on to found one of the largest Asian food emporiums in the...

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Evolution of a Filipino Barbecue Cookbook

Evolution of a Filipino Barbecue Cookbook

I first learned about Steven Raichlen when I came across one of his works in a local bookstore while on break from the office. He featured recipes from what was seemingly every country in the world, except my native Philippines. I was intrigued by his research, but I decided to e-mail him to ask why he didn’t have any recipes from back home. To my surprise, he responded personally…and showed me that he actually did (Raichlen’s Indoor! Grilling, Workman, 2004). ...

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Come Out of the Cold: Recipes for Electric Smokers

Come Out of the Cold: Recipes for Electric Smokers

There are a lot of lingering stereotypes in the world of barbecue. There’s still a perception that bona fide pit masters have to have a beard, a beer belly, brawn, and a hella big offset smoker out by the woodpile pumping out clouds of blue smoke day and night. Another pervasive misconception is that barbecuing low and slow should be hard work. Which is why electric smokers are often criticized for being “too easy.” Let me tell you something:...

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Our 5 Most Popular Recipes of 2017

Our 5 Most Popular Recipes of 2017

Now is the time for reflecting upon 2017, and contemplating the milestones we've accomplished during the past year. Reflection for our team often leads us to discuss our favorite pastime: food. We ask ourselves, What was your best cook this year? Or Which new recipes were your favorite? And of course What new grilling techniques did you learn? Have you looked back on your year of grilling yet? Let us help you: With our crystal ball, we can see statistics that tell...

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Merry Christmas from Miami: Cuban Roast Pork

Merry Christmas from Miami: Cuban Roast Pork

On December 24, the air in Miami will be fragrant with the scent of roast pork as Cubans prepare for La Noche Buena—Christmas Eve. From Coconut Grove to Hialeah, intoxicating cooking smoke will waft from countless backyard barbecue grills, cinder block pits, and charcoal-fired pig roasters called Chinese boxes. It is the most important holiday on the Cuban calendar, a celebration of food, family, and faith that was outlawed by Castro’s regime from 1969 to 1997. The socializing, eating,...

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Ten Great Grilled or Smoked Appetizers for Entertaining

Ten Great Grilled or Smoked Appetizers for Entertaining

Sometimes they get the party started. Sometimes they are the party. I speak, of course, of those festive finger foods that are easy—almost too easy—to eat. Whether you’re hosting your own holiday get-together or have been asked to contribute an appetizer, you’ll want your food to be the life of the party. Let other people serve circa 1980s-style cheese balls or boiled shrimp with jarred cocktail sauce. You’re going to bring down the house by firing up your grill. My staff and I compiled a list of our...

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