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  • How to Make BBQ Ribs on a Charcoal Grill

    How to Make BBQ Ribs on a Charcoal Grill

    Our comprehensive recipe guide will walk you through the steps of how to make BBQ ribs on a charcoal grill. We discuss everything from choosing the right rack ribs to setting up a charcoal grill, adding the right flavor combinations to use, and more. Are not using aIs you are not using a Charcoal Grill, […]

  • How to Make BBQ Ribs on a Gas Grill

    How to Make BBQ Ribs on a Gas Grill

    Want great BBQ Ribs but only have a Gas Grill? This is the best method for making the most of the equipment you have. Not using a Gas Grill? See below for more informative recipe guides. Barbecue is the process of cooking meats at low temperatures for long periods of time in a smoky environment. […]

  • How to Cook Steak in a Cast Iron Skillet

    How to Cook Steak in a Cast Iron Skillet

    Learn how to cook a steak in a cast iron skillet. Easy, delicious, and perfect for all occasions.

  • Plank Grilling

    Plank Grilling

    Learn all the basics of plank grilling, and expand your grilling repertoire in no time! Grilling fish. It’s hard. I mean that. I always say that grilling is easy and it is, but a flaky fish fillet just doesn’t sit well on the standard grill grate. It goes on easy enough, but when it comes […]

  • Kansas City Barbecue

    Kansas City Barbecue

    In 1908, an ex-steamboat cook named Henry Perry settled in Kansas City and started selling smoked meats out of an alley to workers downtown looking for a quick and cheap lunch. In the earliest days, the Perry restaurant was a street-side stand with an open fire pit where common ‘meats of the day,’ like beef […]

  • Santa Maria Barbecue

    Santa Maria Barbecue

    In the mid-19th century, ranchers throughout the Santa Maria Valley gathered together to help each other brand their calves. The host of this event would put together a Spanish-style feast. This meal typically included grilled beef roasts, beans, bread, salsa, and salads. Over time, this tradition has evolved. Even though Sunset magazine declared this dinner […]

  • Barbecue and Politics

    Barbecue and Politics

    Barbecue is coined a truly unique American culinary tradition. It is said that barbecue is to food what Jazz is to music, an American creation. While I don’t intend to debate this here, there is one thing about barbecue that is irrefutable, its connection to politics. Older than the Republic itself, barbecue has been an […]

  • Seeking a Definition of Barbecue

    Seeking a Definition of Barbecue

    As barbecue continues to evolve from a rural southern cooking tradition into a global cuisine, more attention has and needs to be paid to its origin and definition. Purists seeking authenticity find themselves hampered by a confused and often false history of the development of barbecue linking its roots to the early colonial Americas. As […]

  • In Defense of Marinades

    In Defense of Marinades

    You should be using marinades and here’s why.

  • In Defense of Lighter Fluid

    In Defense of Lighter Fluid

    Charcoal lighter fluid is the big no-no of barbecue. It offers convenience and a bad aftertaste, and yet remains the most popular way to start your cookouts. The people at Kingsford Charcoal tell you not to use it and then sell it by the tanker full. It has warning labels that talk of birth defects, […]

  • Judging the Jack

    Judging the Jack

    When I tell people that I am going to be judging a barbecue competition, I always get that smile and a wink. Few casual observers of the strange world of competition barbecue think that judging is difficult or merits serious consideration. Try explaining that to the competitors, particularly those who make a living on the […]

  • Packet Grilling

    Packet Grilling

    So, tonight’s menu calls for grilled fish with summer squash and asparagus. Now, you could cook those items separately on a grill, but why not streamline the process by cooking them in a packet? This process is much easier than you’d think, and the best part is that you cook these meals using your grill […]