When I was young I always had a craving for barbecue. Meat cooked outside on a grill or smoker always tasted better than anything cooked in an oven or on a cooktop. As I tried to understand what I realized is the following. The combination of smoke, low and slow cooking and the unique texture that an open flame has on the outside of the meat actually changes the flavor and texture of the meat. That is what we call the sear. If you look at the steps of how a pitmaster cooks ribs versus how someone in a kitchen does it here are the Continue reading “Smoking, Sous Vide and Searing for the Ultimate Barbecue Experience”
Why do I need to know?
So you got that new grill and the wife wants you to cook a couple of whole chickens. As you put the chickens on the grill you find yourself asking when am I going to know when they’re done? Well, that’s why you need to know your Continue reading “Know Your Meat Temperature and be Happy”
So you have that new gas grill and you want to cook ribs or a whole chicken. Well before you turn on that grill here is the golden rule of grilling.
If you are cooking something longer than 20 minutes then you need to use indirect cooking.
So, what is indirect cooking? Best way to explain it is to understand direct cooking. Direct cooking is making a fire and then putting the food directly over the fire. A good example is cooking on top of your range. Turn on the burner and then put a Continue reading “Indirect Cooking on a Gas Grill”
Well, you would not surf without a surfboard or sky-drive without a parachute so it is going to be hard to Barbecue without the right equipment. Many start off with a cheap grill from Walmart (nothing against Walmart, I shop there weekly) and then wonder why their food comes out either raw, burnt to a crisp or both. Some of my first chicken thighs I cooked had skin that was so burnt it Continue reading “BBQ Basics”
Books about Barbecue
Here are barbecue books we recommend if you want to master barbecue. If you want to make the perfect brisket, cupcake chicken thighs or just want to have a better understanding of barbecue basis these will get you there.
If you want to master Texas Barbecue, especially the brisket then Aaron Franklins meat smoking manifesto is a must have. You also cannot go wrong with any of the Myron Mixon books. If you are looking for an overall book to get started I highly recommend Steven Raichlen The Barbecue! Bible.
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In the United States, there are four styles of BBQ. OK before you start sending me evil messages there are many others but most of the experts (and I am not one of them) talk about the four styles. Two are named after cities and two are named after states but all four represent a good portion of the Continue reading “The Four Styles of BBQ in the United States”