More Technique And Science

Good cooking needs more than good recipes. The best chefs understand "why" as well as "how" and they have developed tricks and techniques that can make major differences in the outcome. Here is more of the science behing cooking and some of our favorite tips and tricks that make cooking easier, and the outcome better.

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2-zone setup
It all starts with how you set up your grill and smoker. The secret is to have temperature control, and for grills, that almost always means using a 2-zone setup. For smokers, the secret is to get a small hot fire that makes clean "blue" smoke rather that billowy white smoke read more
Sprouts have been identified as potentially dangerous
Hundreds of thousands of Americans alone are sickened every year by their food, and some even die. Thousands more are hurt by knives, wire brush bristles stuck to meat, burns and other hazards around the grill. Here's an overview of the hazards and how to reduce the risk read more
ingredients prepared in advance of cooking is the sign of a professional
Garbage in, garbage out. So true of cooking. The qualityof ingredients is paramount to quality dining. And there are subtle but important differences among salts, vinegars, oils, flours, and so on. In this section we will try to explain the differences. read more
You may have thought you left chemistry and physics behind in school, but everytime you set foot into the kitchen, you launch chemical and physical reactions. Understanding what happens when heat hits meat is what will allow you to become a better cook. If you are the type who asks "why" this section is for you. read more


Split bone rib steak
January is National Meat Month and Americans are eating more meat, looking to get more protein and fewer carbs in their diets. Here are our top 5 meat cooking tips from our own bbq whisperer, Meathead Goldwyn. read more
Super Bowl Food Stadium
Wow guests at your Super Bowl party by welcoming them with a food stadium (a.k.a. the Snackadium) packed with's favorite BBQ and grilling recipes. Football snack stadiums are also the perfect centerpiece for couchgating or tailgating parties throughout the football season! read more
cocoa beans and nibs
Here's what you need to know about cacao pods, cocoa powder, cocoa butter, chocolate liquor, and how chocolate is made, including the different types of chocolate, how to melt chocolate, and how to cook with it. read more
barbecue tailgating party
Here's a handy checklist for your next tailgating, camping or other offsite, outdoor barbecue party. read more
beer cooler faux cambro
For large meats that are hard to predict when they will be done, a holding box, a faux cambro, is necessary. read more
A barbecue emitting smoke in the middle of winter
Getting ready to fire up for BBQ season? Check out our must-have checklist of tips to kick things off right. You'll find out how to get rid of built-up grease, clean the grill grates, and improve your cooker's overall performance so you're barbecued food will taste its best all season long. read more
illustration of how a gas valve works
Keep your barbecue grill clean. Greasy grill grates make food taste bad and gunk on the inside of a grill can reduce heat transference. Here's how to clean and maintain your grill. read more
2 zone setup on a gas grill
Improve your recipes and make the best BBQ possible with this one essential concept: temperature control. This article teaches you the ins and outs of controlling temperature by using a 2-zone setup for indirect cooking. read more
mold on grill grates
Mold in your BBQ grill is a common problem. Learn how to quickly and safely remove mold that has built up on your grill grates or elsewhere in your grill or smoker. We also show you how to prevent mold from building up in your cooker in the first place. read more
reverse flow offset
Find out how to setup and modify inexpensive offset smokers such as the Brinkmann Pitmaster, Brinkmann Smoke'N Pit Professional (a.k.a. SNPP), and Char-Broil Silver Smoker to get the best possible BBQ with the least possible expense. read more


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