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Dry Turkey? Never Again. My Strategy for a Succulent Bird

Dry Turkey? Never Again. My Strategy for a Succulent Bird

As you may know from my recent postings on Facebook and Twitter, I just returned from Italy where I spent several weeks shooting a grilling show for Gambero Rosso (“Red Prawn”), a food and wine magazine and publishing group founded in 1986. It was an over-the-top experience, exploring the Italian boot with a small crew, meeting grilling and smoking impresarios from Piedmont to Tuscany to Venice. But it was important to me to be home with family and friends...

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Your Secret Ingredient for the Best Thanksgiving Yet: Maple Syrup

Your Secret Ingredient for the Best Thanksgiving Yet: Maple Syrup

Here’s a little-known fact about Steven Raichlen: The guy loves maple syrup. So much so, that I gave him a trio of premium infused syrups for his birthday this past year. (Don’t judge me: He’s hard to buy for.) According to the University of Vermont, where they know a thing or two about maple syrup, the first written account of “sugaring” of maple sap in North America dates back to 1557. So it’s entirely possible that maple syrup made an appearance...

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The Barbecue Bible 2017 Grill Your Thanksgiving Sweepstakes

The Barbecue Bible 2017 Grill Your Thanksgiving Sweepstakes

Each November, we post new articles about our favorite food holiday: Thanksgiving. From the best Thanksgiving side dishes on the grill to beer can turkey tips (and even recipes for reusing the much-anticipated leftovers), we’re proud to be a source of Thanksgiving inspiration for readers like you. This November, we are bringing you an exciting sweepstakes as a THANK YOU! for following our posts, and celebrating with us year after year. Below, you will find an opportunity to enter for a chance...

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12 Simple Tips for Making This Your Best Thanksgiving Ever

12 Simple Tips for Making This Your Best Thanksgiving Ever

Photo by John Livingston. The most popular food holiday of the year is nearly upon us. And that means high anxiety or gustatory bliss. Here in Raichlandia, we practice a 12-step program—12 simple tips to boost your T-Day performance. From our barbecue family to yours, we wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! —Steven, Barbara, Nancy, Joanna, Moira, Molly Kay, and Rob Start with the best bird you can find, one that is labeled organic or “all...

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Our Best Thanksgiving Turkey Yet: Butter Under the Skin

Our Best Thanksgiving Turkey Yet: Butter Under the Skin

The last three years, I have brined my Thanksgiving turkey with bourbon and aromatics and smoke-roasted it on a kettle grill, the lid raised by resting it on a rotisserie ring. (Notice I said smoke-roasted—not smoked. The former is done at a higher temperature to ensure crisp skin.) It’s simply the best turkey I know how to make. But what if there was a different way to cook, a better way? I searched my memory for the turkey I learned to make half a lifetime ago...

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A Star Is Born: Grilled “Turketta” for Thanksgiving

A Star Is Born: Grilled “Turketta” for Thanksgiving

People get cranky when you mess with Thanksgiving. As a newlywed, I once misguidedly served lobster on the most popular food holiday of the year. We were a small group, and I rationalized that the Pilgrims may have eaten lobster that first Thanksgiving. I had to keep a low profile for a while after that. We Americans do love our Thanksgiving food traditions: the mountains of buttery mashed potatoes; the boatloads of gravy; the pie; the stuffing; and...

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Thanksgiving: You Gotta Take Sides

Thanksgiving: You Gotta Take Sides

America’s favorite food holiday is barreling towards us. Will YOU be ready? We at BarbecueBible.com have created a Thanksgiving menu that will not only thrill your family and friends, but give you an excuse to take the party outdoors to your grill or smoker. Added advantage: this relieves some of the inevitable congestion in the kitchen. Turkey normally grabs the spotlight, but we focus on the side dishes—those beloved supporting players that make your bird look even better. (Don’t...

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Grilled or Smoked: Our Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Grilled or Smoked: Our Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

In most households, turkey is the rock star of Thanksgiving dinner. Smoke-roasted whole and brought to the table with fanfare, it is the enduring symbol of this uniquely American holiday. But have you noticed, once plates are piled high, our forks tend to go to one of the side dishes? We can’t get enough of our herbed stuffing/dressing, candied yams, corn pudding, smashed potatoes, and inexplicably, old-school green bean casserole. Without straying too far from the prescribed path, may I suggest that...

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Applying Lessons Learned at BBQ U: Pumpkin Pie Hits the Grill

Applying Lessons Learned at BBQ U: Pumpkin Pie Hits the Grill

If barbecue is a religion, most of the time I find myself preaching to the choir. But last year at Barbecue University I had the opportunity to make a convert. Her name was Toni Dash and she came to BBQ U with terrific writing skills (from her blog, BoulderLocavore.com) but little experience grilling. Well, to judge from this innovative dessert—grilled pumpkin pie with a smoked gingersnap crust—she caught the holy fire. She’s also a mind reader, because...

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12 Dos and Don’ts to Cook the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

12 Dos and Don’ts to Cook the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

Is it just me, or does America seem even more Thanksgiving-obsessed than ever? Practice turkeys. Turchettas. Turduckens. Brining kits. We just can’t seem to wait for this festival (make that orgy) of food, football, and family (not necessarily in that order). T-day may be the country’s favorite secular holiday, but it’s a bad time for Meleagris gallopavo. According to the National Turkey Federation, 88 percent of Americans will eat turkey on Thanksgiving. That statistic is even more remarkable when you factor in our foreign-born population and vegetarians....

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