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Digital Thermometers:
Stop Guessing!

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Gold BBQ AwardA good digital thermometer keeps me from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. You can get a professional grade, fast and precise splashproof thermometer like the Thermopop (above) for about $24. The Thermapen (below), the Ferrari of instant reads, is about $96. It's is the one you see all the TV chefs and all the top competition pitmasters using. Click here to read more about types of thermometer and our ratings and reviews.

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GrillGrates Take You To
The Infrared Zone

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Gold BBQ AwardGrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, produce great grill marks, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, smolder wood right below the meat, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. Every gas grill and pellet smoker needs them.

Click here to read more about what makes these grates so special and how they compare to other cooking surfaces.

The Smokenator:
A Necessity For All Weber Kettles

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Gold BBQ Award If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the amazing Smokenator and Hovergrill. The Smokenator turns your grill into a first class smoker, and the Hovergrill can add capacity or be used to create steakhouse steaks.

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The Pit Barrel Cooker

pit barrel c ooker bbqAbsolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world.

This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier (and that's because smoke and heat go up, not sideways).

Gold BBQ AwardBest of all, it is only $269 delivered to your door!

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them.

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Best. Tongs. Ever.

Gold BBQ AwardMade of rugged 1/8" thick aluminum, 20" long, with four serious rivets, mine show zero signs of weakness after years of abuse. I use them on meats, hot charcoal, burning logs, and with the mechanical advantage that the scissor design creates, I can easily pick up a whole packer brisket. Click here to read more.

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The Best Steakhouse Knives

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Guy Fieri's Cuban Mojo Sauce

By Meathead Goldwyn

Guy Fieri has his mojo working. Bigtime and off the hook. The culinary career of the quick witted badboy/rock star of the Food Network began as a 10-year-old selling homemade pretzels. He went to the University of Las Vegas (where else) and got a degree in Hospitality Managment (actually, UNLV is highly regarded for this school). He was busy running modest restaurants in California when he entered and won the second "Next Food Network Star" reality cooking competition in 2006. Shortly thereafter his "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" show debuted and Fieri went over the top, tooling across the nation in his convertible Camaro fist bumping chefs and eaters in half the downscale joints in the Nation.

But Fieri is a respectable cook and restaurateur. He didn't win that reality cooking contest on his personality alone, although it is his spikey hair and signature catch phrases that have propelled him to crossover stardom, even hosting the prime time non-food game show "Minute to Win It" on NBC. Fieri also has some fun cookbooks including Guy Fieri Food.

Mojo sauce is a catchall for a wide range of big flavored sauces and marinades from the Caribbean. Some are red, some are green. They are especially popular in Cuba and Puerto Rico where every mother has her own recipe, usually relying heavily on garlic, olive oil, citrus. Here Fieri has paired his mojo with my favorite food, pork ribs, and in the Caribbean it most frequently used on pork, but it is also wonderful on chicken, fish, and beef.

Recipe: Cuban Mojo Sauce

Recipe Courtesy of Guy Fieri on behalf of the National Pork Board only modified slightly by Meathead

Prep time. 30 minutes
Cooking time. 3 hours
Makes. enough sauce for about 8 pounds of pork spare ribs, enough for about 6 servings

Ingredients

Rub
2 tablespoons granulated garlic
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

Mojo Sauce
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 tablespoons finely chopped chives or green onion tops
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and ground black pepper to taste

About the ribs. Fieri recommends spare ribs, but baby backs will work fine.

About the lemon and lime juices. Fresh juice is noticeably different that bottled, but bottled will work in a pinch.

Method
1) Setup your cooker for 2-zone or Indirect cooking with water pans and peg the temp at around 225°F.

2) Make the rub by mixing the granulated garlic, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl. Season ribs all over, rubbing the seasoning into the ribs well.

3) Place the ribs on the cooker and roast with the lid down following the procedures for Last Meal Ribs. Add wood for smoke if you wish.

4) While the meat is cooking, make mojo sauce. Process ingredients in a blender into a smooth sauce, and season with salt and pepper to your taste. Refrigerate to blend flavors, at least 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning once more just before serving. Makes about 1 1/3 cups.

5) Wrap each slab in two layers of aluminum foil, meaty side down, trying not to tear the foil on the bones. Crimp foil edges to seal packet. Return the ribs to indirect heat, close the lid, and cook for 1 hour.

6) Carefully unwrap ribs, they will be very steamy and hot. Return unwrapped ribs to the grill and place them on the hot side and close the lid. Grill for 3 to 4 minutes per side, lid up, watching so they don't burn.

7) Transfer ribs to a carving board, cut into individual ribs, and place on a clean platter. Serve ribs with mojo sauce on the side, allowing each guest to spoon sauce over ribs to their taste.

This page was revised 7/1/2011


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