For years, I smoked on a cheap, portable, charcoal grill that was a hand-me-down from my father-in-law. When I moved to my new house in 2014, I treated myself to new Weber propane and charcoal grills. Despite the new gear, I clung to my old method of building a simpleRead more
One of the annoying things about cooking news and entertainment is the tendency for self-styled trend setters to equate food with fashion. Over time, good foods fall out of fashion even though they still taste great, and other foods come into fashion even though they’re not so good. It’s allRead more
I grew up in the southeast where all BBQ is presumed to be pork, so beef BBQ is largely alien to me. I’ll go so far as to admit that I think smoked brisket is the most overrated BBQ in the USA. And don’t even get me started on thatRead more
For everyone who’s planning on firing up the grill and/or barbecue this weekend, here are some recipes that you might want to look over. Thanks to Google search and Pinterest, these already get pretty heavy traffic around Memorial Day and the 4th of July. I just thought I’d put themRead more
The Basics Let’s get one thing straight; the words “grilling” and “barbecuing” are not interchangeable. In the south, if you invite people to a “barbecue,” they expect to be served BBQ pork. If you invite them to come over and “grill out” at your house, then they expect toRead more
Like most guys, I used to think I was inherently good at grilling. I was proud to show off how I could test the doneness of meat by poking it with my fingers. I used to get excited when flames leapt up through the grates and baptized my meal withRead more
In my old age, I’ve become a huge fan of vinegar. I don’t know how it happened, but I love anything with that unique sour taste. As a result, I’ve grown to really like the vinegar-based barbecue sauces that are so prevalent in the Carolinas.
I’ve been experimenting with ribs for the past few months. I’ve been trying to recreate the ribs they serve at Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous in Memphis, and I think I’ve pretty much nailed it.
UPDATE: How To Make Perfect Pulled Pork BBQ It’s time that I wrote down my barbecued pulled pork recipe so I can systematically improve it, kind of like I did with my no-knead bread recipe.
In the South, you can’t help but eat baked beans once a week between April and December. The dish is at every event from ballgames to baby showers. Everyone has a different family recipe and the flavors can range from extremely sweet to extra spicy. I’ve developed a recipe thatRead more