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Another nod for chimney starters

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

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Another nod for chimney starters

Awhile ago I wrote about the benefits of using a chimney starter instead of lighter fluid for starting your fire. Over at the BBQ Junkie you’ll find another vote for this method. Seems like they agree. It’s fast, easy, and convenient. It also uses no chemicals, and when paired with lump charcoal creates about as [...]

Double decker trash can turkey

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

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Double decker trash can turkey

Previously, I’d written about building a smoker from a trash can for about $50. Here’s a follow on article explaining how to modify the setup to smoke a turkey and a couple of briskets. In this modification, they’ve used a second trash can to double the height of the smoker in order to make the [...]

Making your own sausage

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

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Making your own sausage

Sure, you can grill up a mean bratwurst or smoke up some juicy hot links. But have you ever considered making your own sausage at home? That’s certainly the true test. Follow the link on this article to view a photo tutorial how-to on the fine art of stuffing your own sausage. I’ve made my [...]

The WienerStick stops roll away wieners

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

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The WienerStick stops roll away wieners

Bet you don’t have one of these in your arsenal! This new product is the brainchild of the aptly named Wiener Tec, who are masters of wiener technology. Inventor Reg Wall came up with the idea when, and I’m not making this up, a cat ate his wiener. It rolled off the grill where it [...]

Building a real trash can barbecue

Monday, August 29, 2005

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Building a real trash can barbecue

Too cheap to buy one of them fancy store bought Weber smokers? Got a trash can (or a neighbor with a trash can?) and a hot plate? You are all set buddy boy. Following the plans on this link you can build your own trash can barbecue for less than $50. A few tips for [...]

A regional barbecue cheat sheet

Monday, August 29, 2005

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A regional barbecue cheat sheet

I found this great quick reference guide to the different regional barbecue styles you’ll find in the United States. It’s a one page cheat sheet that lists the type of meat, sauce, and preparation associated with each style of barbecue, including: North Carolina Texas Kansas City Memphis South Carolina Alabama Kentucky An example is in [...]

The hot sauce festival was hot

Sunday, August 28, 2005

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The hot sauce festival was hot

As if there was any doubt, the hot sauce festival was pretty dang hot. As I mentioned in a previous post, this weekend was the 15th annual Hot Sauce Festival in downtown Austin. Very crowded and hot, but definitely Austin. Good music, reasonable beer prices, free hot sauce, quite the bargain. I tried a lot [...]

Freezing your barbecue for a rainy day

Saturday, August 27, 2005

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Freezing your barbecue for a rainy day

Every time I barbecue I have left overs. No, it’s not because it tastes bad, my guests never go home hungry. Rather, its because I always make some extra, generally as much as my pit will hold. The extras go first into next day’s lunchbox, (and sometimes the next, and the next…) then into the [...]

Comments have been restored

Saturday, August 27, 2005

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I’ve fixed the comments section, so you should be able to post responses and comments now. Thanks for your patience.

Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival is tommorow

Saturday, August 27, 2005

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Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival is tommorow

The 15th annual Austin Chronicle Host Sauce Festival is tomorrow, Sunday August 28th at Waterloo Park in downtown Austin from 11:00 to 5:00. Best of all, entry is free. Plenty of hot sauce, hot music, and well hot people since its topping 100 degrees here right now. Entry to the competition is available at the [...]

Removing barbecue stains

Friday, August 26, 2005

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Some more useful advice for labor day weekend festivities. How to remove barbecue sauce stains. Who doesn’t enjoy a good messy barbecue, except for the person doing the laundery. Here’s a tip on removing your favorite sauce from your favorite shirt. First, rinse the stain with cool water. Apply a liquid enzyme detergent and let [...]

Rooster adds kick to white barbecue sauce

Friday, August 26, 2005

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Rooster adds kick to white barbecue sauce

In Northern Alabama, locals enjoy a regional specialty you won’t find most anywhere else — white barbecue sauce. Along with a history lesson on where this sauce came from, I’ve included my favorite version of the recipe. There are many variations to be sure, but in this one I’ve used a spicy Asian ‘Rooster’ sauce [...]

Grilled Pizza

Thursday, August 25, 2005

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Nothing’s better than home made pizza, and pizza off the grill is better than that. If you want to try this at home, assuming you don’t have your own brick pizza oven, look no farther than this Grilled Pizza article on the Italian Chef website. From dough (the key, IMHO), to sauce, to cheese and [...]

End your rib worries!

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

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End your rib worries!

Labor day is coming, time for first-time rib cookers to try their luck. But do you know a spare rib from a baby back? What about country-style? How about beef ribs, ever tempted to cook those? Here’s an article full of good information about selecting and cooking barbecue ribs. It includes recipes for several rubs, [...]

Recipe: Flat Iron Steak Martini

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

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Recipe: Flat Iron Steak Martini

Cooking.com and The Texas Beef Council bring us this unusual recipe. I’m not sure what to make of it. It’s a cocktail, no wait its an appetizer. Kinda scary. Somehow I don’t see cowboys sipping, er chewing, these around the campfire. It looks kinda foo-foo, yet strangely compelling. It starts with a medium-rare flat iron [...]

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