How to Grill and Smoke Everything

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As the coronavirus continues to keep people home, more and more home cooks are asking us: How do I smoke a brisket? What's the best way to clean my grill grates? How do I mail-order a gas grill? What's the best way to build a wood fire?

These questions are music to our ears. It means people are cooking outdoors more! If there's one good thing about this unsettling pandemic, it's this: sheltering at home is the perfect time to get outside and give your grill or smoker some love. This could be the year that you make your best brisket ever. Or maybe it's time to sharpen your knives on a whetstone. Then you can use them to break down a whole beef tenderloin to fill your freezer with steaks and roasts for the coming months. Or maybe this is the time to build that hog pit you've been dreaming of. Or just smoke-roast some nuts to snack on. You could even smoke some ice to make a killer cocktail to go with tonight's dinner. Or maybe you just want to know the best way to stay safe when handling food in this nerve-wracking COVID-19 era.

No matter what you want to know about outdoor cooking, or why you should know about it, you'll likely find an answer here. Type your questions into the search bar on this page. If you don't find an answer, send us a note telling us what you want to know. Our experts will do the research, dig deep, consult with as many sources as we can, and give you the best possible answer. In the meantime, here are answers to your most burning questions about barbecue and grilling. Just click the links!

 

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Equipment

How to buy a basic charcoal grilling starter kit

How to buy the best grill

How to buy the best smoker

How to buy the best kamado

How to buy the best griddle grill

How to buy the best portable grill

How to buy the best pellet smoker

How to buy the best outdoor pizza oven

How to buy the best grill grates

How to buy the best grill tools

How to buy the best grill gloves

How to buy the best cut resistant gloves

How to buy the best charcoal starter

How to buy the best indoor grill

How to buy the best stovetop smoker

How to buy the best thermometer

How to buy the best cooler

How to buy the best knife

How to buy the best knife sharpener

How to sharpen a knife

How to buy the best pots and pans

How to buy the best cast iron

How to season cast iron

How to clean cast iron

How to clean grill grates

How to maintain a grill or smoker

How to troubleshoot a grill or smoker

How to calibrate a grill or oven

How to design an outdoor kitchen

How to build a hog pit

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Ingredients

How to buy the best meat

How to thaw meat safely

How to grind meat

How to understand food safety in the age of coronavirus

How to break down a whole hog (scroll down to "whole hog" for a video)

How to break down a whole beef tenderloin

How to remove the membrane from ribs

How to pound chicken breasts

How to spatchcock turkey and butterfly chicken

How to dice onions

How to caramelize onions

How to clarify butter

How to do mise en place

 

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Techniques

How to make a brine for juicier meat

How long to brine meat

How to make the best marinade

How to make the best spice rub

How to make the best herb paste

How to cure meat

How to make the best bacon

How to make the best sausage

How to dry age steaks

How to make the best jerky

How to make the best pickles

How to build a wood fire

How to get started with charcoal grilling

How to make a 2-zone setup

How to set up a charcoal grill for smoking

How to set up and modify an offset or barrel smoker

How to smoke the best brisket

How to make the best burnt ends

How to make the best pastrami

How to roast the best beef prime rib

How to grill the best London broil

How to roast the best tri-tip

How to grill the best steak

How to make the best hamburger

How to smoke the best ham

How to smoke the best ribs

How to smoke the best pork shoulder

How to make the best porchetta

How to grill the best pork belly

How to grill the best pork chops

How to grill the best pork loin and pork tenderloin

How to smoke the best pork crown roast

How to roast a whole hog or suckling pig

How to make the best pulled pork on a gas grill or in a smoker

How to grill the best chicken wings

How to grill the best chicken breast

How to grill the best whole chicken

How to grill and smoke the best whole turkey

How to smoke the best Peking duck

How to make the best duck confit

How to make the best leg of lamb

How to make the best grilled lamb chops

How to make the best grilled gyros

How to make the best smoked salmon

How to make the best grilled salmon

How to make the best grilled catfish

How to make the best grilled oysters

How to make the best grilled shrimp

How to make the best grilled lobster

How to make the best grilled corn

How to make the best grilled vegetables

How to make the best smoked vegetables

How to make the best barbecued mushrooms

How to make the best caramelized onions

How to grill potatoes

How to make the best cole slaw

How to make the best grilled pizza

How to make the best French toast on the grill

How to make the best biscuits

How to make the best garlic bread

How to make the best grilled sandwiches

How to make the best smoked nuts

How to make the best baked beans

How to make the best roasted garlic

How to make the best grilled watermelon

How to make the best mac and cheese

How to make the best ketchup

How to smoke on a kettle grill

How to cook sous vide and barbecue

How to use a drip pan

How to keep food from sticking to the grill grate

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How to baste, mop, and spritz

How to do a reverse sear

How to get a killer sear

How to cook on a salt block

How fry on a grill

How to get the best bark on ribs, brisket, and pork shoulder

How to get past the stall when smoking meat

How to use the Texas crutch

How to make the best BBQ sauce

How to make the best burger sauce

How to make the best steak sauce

How to make the best board sauce

How to make the best hot sauce

How to apply BBQ sauce

How to keep meat warm

How to carve a turkey or chicken

How to slice brisket

How to win a competition BBQ

How to tailgate like a pro

How to cook for a crowd

How to judge cooking time

How to make smoked ice

How to make the best cocktails to go with BBQ

How to grill dessert

How to freeze leftovers

How to reheat leftovers

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Dave Joachim

AmazingRibs.com Editor David Joachim has authored, edited, or collaborated on more than 45 cookbooks including four on barbecue and grilling, making him a perfect match for a website dedicated to the “Science of Barbecue and Grilling.” His Food Science column has appeared in "Fine Cooking" magazine since 2011. 

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