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Innovative Memphis Wood Fire Grills Change the Pellet Game

Innovative Memphis Wood Fire Grills Change the Pellet Game

Steven’s latest show, Project Fire, is made possible, in part, by the sponsorship of several grill and smoker manufacturers. We receive many emails inquiring about the equipment showcased on the series and want to acquaint you with their individual features. First up is Memphis Wood Fire Grills. This multi-year sponsor of Project Fire and its predecessor, Project Smoke, produces its high-end line of pellet grills/smokers in the U.S....

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Barbecue University™

Grilling with Cherry Wood and Fresh Cherries

Grilling with Cherry Wood and Fresh Cherries

When it comes to flavor, nothing can beat the aroma of wood smoke. You may be familiar with using hickory, apple or oak wood, but have you tried smoking with cherry wood? Cherry can be used the same way you would other varieties: toss soaked wood chips on the coals of your charcoal grill or add them to the smoker box of your gas grill. I came to appreciate fragrant cherry wood during my sojourn to the Pacific Northwest—Cherry Wood Chips are...

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Barbecue University™

Smoke-Roasted Goose for Christmas

Smoke-Roasted Goose for Christmas

When I was a child, goose was the centerpiece of the Christmas Day table. Ordered in advance by my grandmother from a local farmer, the freshly plucked bird was liberally seasoned with salt and Watkins-brand pepper, packed with bread stuffing, and roasted slowly in her largest speckleware roasting pan. It always reminded me of my favorite scene from A Christmas Carol: There never was such a goose. Bob said he didn't believe there ever...

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Under the Hood

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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Grills We Love

Grills We Love: Arteflame

Grills We Love: Arteflame

If the mythic gods of fire had an earthly temple, the Arteflame grill could serve as its baptismal font. Its design, at once primeval and modern, symbolizes mankind’s relationship with the awesome power of fire. Company founder Michiel Schuitemaker, a charismatic, self-described “serial entrepreneur,” developed this singular grill to fill a need: When hosting barbecues, he longed for a stylish but functional grill that didn’t force him to turn his back...

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Barbecue University™

Grilling in the Embers

Grilling in the Embers

This form of grilling is as old as humankind itself. Back before man invented grill grates or gridirons or even sharpened sticks for making shish kebabs, people cooked foods in the fire. Literally in the fire. Precisely, right in the coals. They laid root vegetables or meat directly on the embers and let the radiant heat of the coals do the cooking. When the food was ready, the ashes were brushed off. Barbecue was born. I like to call this primitive kind of grilling...

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Steven Raichlen Predicts Barbecue Trends for 2017, Part 2

Steven Raichlen Predicts Barbecue Trends for 2017, Part 2

Last week we posted seven of Raichlen’s predictions for barbecue trends in 2017. Here are six more exciting trends. New steaks: This one pops up on my list every year, but the truth is, in our insatiable appetite for beef, we keep discovering (or rediscovering) new steaks. Had your fill of T-bones and rib-eyes? Make way for baseball steaks, Vegas strips, and spinalis dorsi, aka rib-eye cap, and more. Big flavor and an even bigger break on the price. Check out our two-part series here and here. Tomahawk everything:...

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Barbecue University™

Crash Course: How to Light a Charcoal or Wood Grill

Crash Course: How to Light a Charcoal or Wood Grill

Photo by Rob Baas. 3 Ways to Light a Charcoal Grill In the United States, you often hear the complaint that a charcoal grill takes too long to light. The truth is that if you have the right tools, charcoal is quick and easy to light, requiring little—if any—more time than it takes to preheat a gas grill. Here are three tried-and-true methods. A chimney starter: A chimney starter looks like a large coffee can or an upright metal box with a perforated partition inside. The charcoal goes in top; a crumpled...

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Barbecue University™

Crash Course on Grilling and Smoking with Wood

Crash Course on Grilling and Smoking with Wood

Here’s the third “class” in our ongoing Barbecue University™ blog series—a crash course on wood. Wood is the original and, to my mind, still the best fuel for grilling, and grill masters from Montevideo to Munich back me up on this. Charcoal and propane or natural gas produce heat, but only wood gives you both heat and flavor. That flavor is, of course, smoke—made up of carbon compounds like guaiacol, also found in roasted coffee, and syringol, the active...

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Raichlen Predicts: BBQ Trends for 2016

Raichlen Predicts: BBQ Trends for 2016

Happy New Year, everyone! 2015 was an incredible year for barbecuing and grilling. 2016 promises to be even better. Here are 10 trends I believe will shape the world of live fire cooking in the next 12 months. Smoking is the new grilling. It used to be that most backyard smoking took place in the American barbecue belt. This year, thanks to the proliferation of affordable, easy-to-use smokers, smoking will go mainstream. After two decades of transforming our backyards into outdoor kitchens, we’ll install smokers in their rightful place—next to the grills owned by more than...

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