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BBQ & Grilling In Depth: Tested Recipes, Science-Based Technique, Equipment Reviews, Myth Busting

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Now that the weather has turned we offer some of our favorite holiday recipes, plus soul-warming comfort foods, tailgating recipes and tips, and our latest BBQ and grilling gear reviews!

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Host An Epic Super Bowl Bash With Our BBQ And Grilling Recipes

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

Hosting a Super Bowl bash? Here are the best BBQ and grilling recipes for wowing your crowd during the big game.

Couchgating And The Food Stadium: The Ultimate Super Bowl Spread

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

Wow guests at your Super Bowl party by welcoming them with a food stadium (a.k.a. the Snackadium) packed with AmazingRibs.com's favorite BBQ and grilling recipes. Football snack stadiums are also the perfect centerpiece for couchgating or tailgating parties throughout the football season!

Cook Up Some Love this Valentine’s Day

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Dave Joachim

Wondering what to cook on Valentine's Day? Answer: whatever your loved one wants most! On this romantic holiday, that often includes certain aphrodisiac foods like chocolate, bananas, cherries or whipped cream. Check out our favorite recipes to make your Valentine's Day meal the most memorable yet.

Your Favorite Comfort Foods, Now With A Smokey Twist

When life gets stressful, one of my favorite ways to hit reset is to prepare one of these BBQ and grilling comfort food recipes, including meatloaf, grilled cheese, spaghetti, or others.

The Best New BBQ And Grilling Products Of 2022

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

In the market for new BBQ and grilling gear? The AmazingRibs.com staff has published its picks for the best products of 2022.

Traeger Timberline and Timberline XL Reviewed And Rated

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Max Good, Full time grill tester

When we first saw the 2022 Traeger Timberlines we were struck by three things; the substantial construction, the rustic elegance, and the price tags. Since then we have conducted a thorough test of this cooker and have created this extensive review.

Sneak Peek: Weber SmokeFire Sear+ Review

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Max Good, Full time grill tester

The new Weber SmokeFire Sear+ continues to improve upon the many impressive features of Weber’s innovative, one-of-a-kind pellet grill design. Sear+ will not be available until sometime this spring, but we were treated to a sneak peek at Weber's test kitchen. We’ll test Sear+ and publish our full, detailed review soon. Stay tuned.

Sneak Peek: Weber Griddle Review

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Max Good, Full time grill tester

Weber aims to capitalize on the rising popularity of backyard griddling with their new, stand-alone griddles, griddle inserts and suite of griddle accessories. At the time of this writing, these new griddle products were not yet available. Weber expects to roll them out sometime this spring. We were treated to a sneak peek at Weber's test kitchen. We'll test Weber's Griddle and publish our full, detailed review soon. Stay tuned.

Sneak Peek: Weber Lumin Electric Grill Review

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Max Good, Full time grill tester

Weber introduces Lumin electric grills “designed for those with limited outdoor space and electric-first people who crave barbecue's authentic, delicious flavors...” Although electric grills aren’t new, interest in all things electric are trending and grill manufacturers view this trend as an emerging new opportunity.
Chili con carne in a bowl with cheese and sour cream

Award Worthy Texas-Style Chili Con Carne Recipe

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Create the ultimate bowl of chili with this recipe for Texas-style chili con carne. Starting on the grill for a touch of BBQ flavor, this chili recipe is built from numerous layers of flavor, including such unexpected additions as chocolate and tortilla chips to create mouthwatering results.
Homemade chili

The All Purpose Chili Recipe You’ve Been Searching For

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Dive into a bowl of red or the the chili dog of your dreams with this recipe for an amazing all-purpose chili and chili sauce. Packed with flavor, you'll be cooking up this chili for classic Coney dogs, chili cheese fries, or just a bowl full, Cinci style. Add some BBQ sauce and you'll even have sloppy joes!
Sauced rack of ribs on a tray

The Best Smoked BBQ Ribs You’ve Ever Tasted: Last Meal Ribs Recipe

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Mastering smoked ribs -- whether they are St. Louis style ribs, spare ribs, or baby back ribs -- with our comprehensive tutorial and recipe will make you a backyard all star.
Sliced brisket

Authentic Texas Style Smoked Brisket Recipe

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Behold the best smoked brisket recipe ever! Texas style brisket is more than a recipe, it is a concept and a goal. It all begins by selecting the right meat, trimming it, seasoning it, smoking it, slicing it, and more. Follow this easy BBQ brisket guide for mouthwatering results!
Smoked pork butt on the grill

An Easy BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe With Mouthwatering Results

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

This easy pulled pork recipe skips the slow cooker to create authentic low-and-slow smoked pulled pork on a smoker or grill. With smoke woven through the moist meat, bits of seasoned crust, and a gentle splash of BBQ sauce, pulled pork is perfect for your next backyard cookout.
Asian flank steak tacos

Make Tacos Pop With Asian-Style Sous-Vide-Que Flank Steak

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Chef Stef

Sous vide and live fire grilling come together in this delicious twist on tacos featuring sous-vide-que flank steak.

Why You Need To Start Griddle Grilling

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Paul Sidoriak

Cooking on a hot griddle, flattop, or plancha is a great way to get an all-over flavorful sear. And it is fun! Here's a guide to everything you need to know for griddle grilling!

BBQ And Grilling 101: A Guide To Better Live Fire Cooking

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

If you are new to BBQ and grilling, start here. These articles will give you a solid foundation on BBQ and grilling equipment, recipes, and techniques. You'll learn about thermodynamics, how to control temperature, meat science, smoke science, top recipes, product buying guides, and more.

Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

With 400 pages and more than 400 of my photographs plus color illustrations, there is new material and new recipes not on this website, and the whole thing is organized so that you can sit down in an easy chair and flow from start to finish.
Philly cheesesteak sandwich

John Markus’ World Famous Philly Cheesesteak

If you are a fan of authentic Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, there is no reason to travel to the city of brotherly love thanks to this delicious recipe.
Baguette, split and filled with meat, red and green jalapenos, and garnished with cilantro

Mouthwatering Smoked Pork Belly Bacon Burnt Ends Banh Mi

This rich and flavor packed tested recipe for our smoked pork belly version of the classic Vietnamese banh mì sandwich is sure to make your knees buckle. The recipe hits all the right notes for a perfect banh mì, including succulent BBQ pork belly burnt ends, spicy jalapeños, savory mayo, and tangy pickled veggies.
fried ribs

Deep Fried Ribs: The BBQ Equivalent Of A Mic Drop

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

Slow smoked pork ribs are taken to a whole new level of flavor with this recipe for crispy panko breaded deep-fried ribs.
armadillo eggs

Armadillo Eggs: Bacon, Sausage, And Cheese In One Perfect Bite

These cheese and jalapeno stuffed, bacon-wrapped sausage appetizers are perfect for tailgating, backyard cookouts, and more.
praline bacon in a mason jar

Grilled Pecan Praline Bacon: A Pork-tacular Appetizer Or Snack

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

There is something magical about the merger of sweet and salty in this recipe for pecan praline-crusted thick-cut bacon.
Pulled pork baked potato

Pulled Pork Baked Potatoes: A Cook Once, Eat Twice Recipe

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

Weeknight meals don't get much easier than this baked potato recipe that utilizes leftover pulled pork.
BBQ sauce drizzlied bacon wrapped sausage bites

Smoked Pig Balls: An Appetizer Recipe As Easy As It Is Delicious

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

As easy to make as they are delicious, these smoked bacon-wrapped kielbasa bites (a.k.a. pig balls) are the perfect appetizer for any event.

Steak Locker Home Dry Age Fridge SL150 Reviewed And Rated

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Rick Gresh

Commercial steakhouses use specialized equipment for dry aging large quantities of meat and now there are several home options. Here's award-winning Chicago chef Rick Gresh's review of The Steak Locker.

Slow ‘N Sear Travel Kettle Grill Reviewed And Rated

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Max Good, Full time grill tester

Slow 'N Sear, continues to expand their catalog with a portable 18" charcoal grill called the Travel Kettle. Whether stationed on a small patio, cruising in your RV, or on the go to a weekend cabin rental, this platinum medal grill deserves consideration.

Weber 70th Anniversary Edition Kettle Charcoal Grill 22″ Review

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Max Good, Full time grill tester

In celebration of the 70th anniversary of Weber's iconic kettle grill, the manufacturer has introduced a limited edition version of their 22" charcoal grill! Learn more about what makes it so unique by reading our full platinum medal review of the anniversary kettle grill.

Killer Tested Barbecue And Grilling Recipes

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Our philosophy of food is simple. First of all, it must taste great. We try to create recipes that are easy to make and that use plenty of fresh seasonal ingredients with a minimum of processed stuff. But most important, we test all our recipes. We know these recipes work if you follow the directions precisely. Dig in!
award winning smokers and grills

BBQ Gear Guide: The Best Smokers And Grills To Buy Today

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

Picking the right smoker or grill for your personal needs can be a difficult task, with countless brands, styles, and prices to sort through. To help you find the best smoker grill to buy, we have compiled an elite list of top rated AmazingRibs.com gold and platinum medal winners.
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Charcoal Grills And Wood Burning Grills: Buying Guide, Reviews, And Ratings

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

A comprehensive review and buyer's guide of almost all the wood burning and charcoal grills available from experts, with ratings.

Gas Grills: Buying Guide, Reviews, And Ratings

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Here's how gas grills work and what to look for when you go shopping.

Pellet Smokers And Grills: Buying Guide, Ratings, And Reviews

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Ratings, reviews, and recommendations on what to look for and what to buy when shopping for pellet barbecue smokers and grills.
komodo kamado

Buying Guide To Kamado, Ceramic, Egg Smokers And Grills

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

The kamado, ceramic, egg grill, smoker, and oven is a fast growing category with more and more choices every year. Here are reviews and ratings of them all.
Gas Smoker

Gas Smokers: Buying Guide, Reviews, Ratings, and Recommendations

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Ratings, reviews, and recommendations on how to shop for gas fired barbecue smokers. These are simple smokers that produce good flavor, on a modest budget.

Published On: 3/16/2021 Last Modified: 2/4/2023

 

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