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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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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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You Can Smoke What?! Steven Raichlen’s Secret to Grilling Ice Cream

You Can Smoke What?! Steven Raichlen’s Secret to Grilling Ice Cream

He wouldn’t. He couldn’t. Accompanying these sentiments are a chorus of gasps when I perform one of my favorite party tricks at Barbecue University. I fire up a kettle grill and grab a pint of Haagan Dazs and proceed to smoke the one food you probably never dreamed you could grill: ice cream. I wish I could say I invented grilled ice cream (I did invent this particular technique), but I stand on the shoulders of giants. I got the idea from Spain’s mad scientist of the grill: Victor Arguizoniz. To look...

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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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Barbecue University™

Perform a Smoky Miracle: Pulled Pork Perfection

Perform a Smoky Miracle: Pulled Pork Perfection

Pulled pork is one of the glories of American barbecue, a tender tangle of shredded meat that’s infused with fragrant wood smoke, deftly but restrainedly seasoned and sauced, and piled on soft white buns. And it couldn’t be easier. You don’t have to be a competition-level barbecuer (or even a son of the South) to perform this smoky, porky miracle. You do need the ability to indirect grill—this means a wood- or charcoal-burning grill or smoker with a...

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Barbecue University™

Tips from BUSH’s BBQ Bootcamp Part 2

Tips from BUSH’s BBQ Bootcamp Part 2

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 is Part 2 of my favorite grilling tips to help you kick off the season the right way. (For Part 1 click here.) 7. Boiling ribs is a rookie mistake Never, EVER boil...

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New Season of Project Smoke to Premiere

New Season of Project Smoke to Premiere

Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke, the first how-to series to focus on smoking virtually every type of food, will premiere its third season on public television starting Memorial Day weekend. Project Smoke stars live-fire cooking expert and author Steven Raichlen and is presented by Maryland Public Television. Project Smoke brings the art of smoking and grilling from the competitive barbecue circuit to the American backyard. The new season was...

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NEW! Steven Raichlen’s World-Influenced Barbecue Rubs

NEW! Steven Raichlen’s World-Influenced Barbecue Rubs

Just in time for grilling season, we proudly announce Steven’s new line of innovative spice rubs: Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke World-Influenced Barbecue Rubs. We know that’s a mouthful, but just wait until you taste them. Inspired by regional grilling cultures here and abroad, these six unique blends debuted last month at the International Home and Housewares Show to rave reviews. Created by Steven in partnership with Camerons Products of Colorado Springs, Colorado, these vibrant...

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Project Smoke Quiz: Know Your BBQ Techniques

Project Smoke Quiz: Know Your BBQ Techniques

Which of these barbecue techniques are in your repertoire? Test your knowledge of barbecue and grilling techniques with this short quiz. Click here to learn more BBQ techniques. Take another quiz on barbecue dishes from around the world.

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Smoking on a Gas Grill: Is It Possible?

Smoking on a Gas Grill: Is It Possible?

Best of Barbecue Cast Iron Smoking Grate/Platform How do you smoke on a gas grill? My normal advice: don’t. Gas grills work well for direct grilling, indirect grilling, and spit-roasting, but most do a poor job with smoking. The problem is the wide venting in the back of most gas grills, which allows the smoke to escape before it has a chance to flavor the food. Gas grills simply don’t give you the crusty bark, crimson smoke ring, and rich smoke flavor characteristic of meats smoked on a wood- or charcoal-burning...

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