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... read more
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... read more
Garbage in, garbage out. So true of cooking. The qualityof ingredients is paramount to quality dining. And there are subtle but important differences... read more
You may have thought you left chemistry and physics behind in school, but everytime you set foot into the kitchen or out into the yard, you launch... read more

Articles

Split bone rib steak
With all the hoopla over juice cleanses and New Year’s resolutions, you’d never know that January is National Meat Month. Well, it’s true. And... read more
beer cooler faux cambro
There is no bigger blow to one's manhood than standing in the dining room and announcing that the pork butt is still not ready while the wife's... read more
2 zone setup on a gas grill
The most essential concepts an outdoor cook needs to understand are the importance of temperature control, the differences between direct heat and... read more
mold on grill grates
It's pretty shocking when you rip off the cover of your cooker in spring to discover the interior is covered in white fuzz. Weber Smokey Mountain (... read more
different types of barbecue and grill smoke
Smoke is the essence of barbecue. It is what differentiates barbecue from other types of cooking. Originally all barbecue and grilling was done with... read more
reverse flow offset
I know you want to buy an offset. It looks so macho. It says "I'm serious about barbecue". Slow down, Dale Earnhardt. Yes, offsets look cool, but... read more
thanksgiving dinner table
I get this one a lot: "I made the mistake of having the preacher over on July 4 and he loved my pulled pork. Now he wants to cook for the church... read more
brisket smoke ring
Smoked meats often have a pink layer directly below the surface, nestled neatly under the bark. Called the smoke ring, it has long been an emblem of... read more
Remember, when you close the lid, your grill or smoker is just an oven. The main difference between an outdoor oven and an indoor oven is that most... read more
Pit Barrel Cooker open
The Pit Barrel Cooker (PBC) is beloved and has a cult following. Not surprising. For $299, delivered to your door (in the continental US), ready to... read more

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