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Nov 2016

21 Great BBQ Gifts for the Holidays - 2016

By Bob McCarthy

BBQ isn’t something people usually associate with the holidays. Grills and grilling accessories aren’t the first thing that come to mind when making gift lists. However, as grilling and smoking increasingly become all-season activities, BBQ gifts have become high demand at the holidays.

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Nov 2016

What Works Better, Brining or Injecting?

By Bob McCarthy

It’s the age-old question: Is it better to brine or inject? It’s a question that’s posed every year, right around the second week of November, and is hotly debated straight through to the New Year. Why? Because there’s nothing more disappointing than a dry Thanksgiving turkey or as depressing as a flavorless Christmas roast. Everyone wants to serve an unforgettable holiday dinner, so this time of year, more than any other, you’re bound to hear endless opinions on the best way to ensure your big meal is moist and bursting with flavor.

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Nov 2016

8 Great BBQ Sauces You Absolutely Must Try

By Bob McCarthy

It’s a fact: When you say “BBQ,” most people think of BBQ sauce. Not rub or smoke or that oh-so-delicious bark. Even respectable restaurants and foodies fall prey to the notion that almost anything can be made BBQ by simply adding BBQ sauce. Need proof? Look no further than the glut of recipes for “BBQ Pulled Pork” that are made in crock pots. Or BBQ ribs baked in the oven. The only thing remotely BBQ about either is the addition of sauce before serving.

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Nov 2016

Pitmaster Profiles: Chris Marks

By Bob McCarthy

This is the first in our Pitmaster Profiles, a Q&A series with some of the biggest names in BBQ.

Maybe it’s the no-nonsense demeanor—the stout frame and no frills mustache that portray a certain seriousness. Or maybe it’s his willingness to tell it like he sees it. Either way, you’d be forgiven for pegging Chris Marks as a staunch traditionalist; the type of purist that believes BBQ begins and ends with the proteins turned in at competitions. Such assumptions, however, would be a mistake.

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Nov 2016

The 3 Best Smoker Grills

By Bob McCarthy

When it comes to outdoor cooking, versatility is more desirable than ever. People want to be able to use the same grill to smoke authentic BBQ ribs and sear the perfect steak. A quality smoker-grill combo should do both exceptionally well.

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Oct 2016

3 Reasons to Grill Your Thanksgiving Turkey

By Bob McCarthy

Not so long ago, had someone told you they were cooking their Thanksgiving turkey on the grill, you'd have either thought a) they were crazy or b) their oven had died at the worst possible time. Now, grilling or smoking the holiday turkey is all the rage, as are creative recipes that highlight the unique flavors you can only get from grilling....like, say, this recipe for Maple Bourbon Brined Turkey.

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Oct 2016

Celebrate Halloween Like an Adult with Stuffed Jack-o-Lantern Peppers

By Bob McCarthy

When you're a kid, Halloween parties are fun—it's another chance to wear your costume, another opportunity to add to your cache of candy. But as great as Halloween parties are when you're a kid, they might be even better when you're an adult. It's your one chance a year to dust off that Power Ranger costume, put on a diaper and dress up like an over-sized Baby, or do a really bad impersonation of a presidential candidate. Even better, unlike every other day, you'll get laughs rather than get laughed at.

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