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Essential Tailgating Grills and Equipment for the Best Tailgate Food

Essential Tailgating Grills and Equipment for the Best Tailgate Food

The confluence of fall, food, fun, and football is here. It’s called tailgating, and as far as we can tell, it’s a uniquely American phenomenon. According to the polling organization govyou.com, some 27 million of us will attend weekend tailgate parties in the last quarter of the year with millions more entertaining at home (“homegating”). If you’re part of this glorious and fanatical culture, you know how competitive the sport of tailgating is. Anyone can wear their team colors and accessorize with foam fingers,...

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Kalamazoo Cabinet Smoker and Russ Faulk, the Man Who Created It

Kalamazoo Cabinet Smoker and Russ Faulk, the Man Who Created It

Most grill and smoker designs have been around for decades, even centuries. It’s not often that a manufacturer comes along with something radically new. Well, Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet has, and I got to test drive it during the taping of Project Smoke, Season 3. (We used it to smoke pastrami bacon and Korean pulled pork shoulder.) It’s the Kalamazoo Cabinet Smoker and it’s simply one of the most intriguing fusions of high design, ingenious engineering, and primal smoke and fire on Planet Barbecue. You’ve probably heard of Kalamazoo—the manufacturer of super premium grills that perform like Ferraris—and are priced like Ferraris, too. Kalamazoo’s first grill—the...

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How to Buy A Smoker, Part 2

How to Buy A Smoker, Part 2

If you own a charcoal grill with a tight-fitting lid, you already have a smoker. Simply set it up for indirect grilling, add wood chips or chunks to the coals, and you’re in business. (If you own a gas grill, you can add subtle smoke flavor to your food by using a smoking pouch or smoking box, but the grill’s rear vents will allow most of the smoke to escape.) There are some drawbacks, however. Because kettle grills are designed for grilling, it’s difficult to maintain an even heat at lower temperatures....

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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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The Smokers and Grills of Project Smoke Season 3

The Smokers and Grills of Project Smoke Season 3

Oh my God, I’ve died and gone to grilling heaven. That’s a common reaction when people step on the set of Project Smoke (this year taped at the stunning Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort in Solvang, California). If you’re a grilling or smoking enthusiast, our selection of grills and smokers is inspiring and not a little overwhelming. A religious experience the be sure. Perhaps you’ve wondered what sort of grill or smoker I’m using in a particular show, what I cooked on it, and what’s fired up in the background. Here's a guide...

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Hot Stuff

10 Awesome Gift Ideas for Dad on Father’s Day

10 Awesome Gift Ideas for Dad on Father’s Day

Compared to moms, dads are notoriously difficult to shop for. One thing’s for sure: a bouquet of flowers won’t cut it. But if your father enjoys grilling or barbecuing (and few dads don’t), you don’t need to stress out. Which brings us to one of our most popular blogs of the year: our annual Father’s Day Gift Guide. We’re publishing it well in advance of June 18th this year, to give you a full month to shop for a gift for that most important man in your life. And if you’re a father yourself and see anything here you’d like . . . well, no one would blame you for printing out this list and...

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Smokin-It Smokers and Accessories

Smokin-It Smokers and Accessories

This blog post is brought to you by Smokin-It, which provided advertising support. If you’ve been reading this blog, watching the Project Smoke TV show or using the new cookbook this year, you have seen the trend toward smoking (otherwise known as “the new grilling”). Moment of truth: have you joined the Project Smoke movement and tried it at home yet? If not, you are out of excuses: come on in, the water is fine. Whether...

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Camp Chef Pellet Grills and Smokers

Camp Chef Pellet Grills and Smokers

This blog post is brought to you by Camp Chef, which provided advertising support. We have not covered gas smokers on the blog in depth, but when we have canvased the topic, Camp Chef’s 24-inch Smoke Vault has continually proven to be a popular item among our readers. And we would be remiss in attempting to list the various types of smokers without discussing the advantages of gas smokers and the Smoke Vault. All this to say, if you are a fan...

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The Smokers and Grills of Project Smoke, Season 2

The Smokers and Grills of Project Smoke, Season 2

Since Season 2 of Steven Raichlen's Project Smoke began airing in late May on American Public Television, we’ve been inundated with requests for information about the smokers and grills we used on the show. We’re very proud of this gallery, folks. Yeah, it’s sort of like going to barbecue heaven. Bradley Electric Smoker: Smoked Chocolate Bread Pudding. Shrimp and Corn Chowder. Tangerine Flans. These are just a few of the dishes we smoked in this incredibly versatile electric smoker designed and manufactured by the Bradley family...

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Buying a Smoker: What’s Your Type?

Buying a Smoker: What’s Your Type?

May is National Barbecue Month, a prelude to the annual frenzy of outdoor cooking that officially kicks off Memorial Day weekend. Nearly half of American adults surveyed by the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA) plan to acquire a new grill or smoker in 2016. (That’s all?) If you’re one of them, read on: Starting with smokers, here’s Part 1 of a multi-part series on how to make an informed—not impulsive—purchase that will give you years of great grilling and eating and great times. There are more than a...

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