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Ruminations

Check out the random thoughts and musing of the BBQ whisperer.

Anthony Bourdain, A Tribute

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Meathead

A fan's remembrance of and tribute to Anthony Bourdain.
BBQ Legend Mike Mills

Remembering BBQ Legend Mike Mills

By:

Meathead

Barbecue Hall of Famer Mike Mills died Tuesday morning December 29, 2020 due to issues unrelated to COVID. I first met Mike and his daughter Amy in October 2005 at the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue. He was introduced to me as “The Legend.” And he truly is.
audience at the theatre

2008-07-22 Just Stay Home

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Meathead

So the City of Chicago has demanded that the actors in hit musical Jersey Boys stop smoking on stage.

Meathead To Serve As Chief Judge At College Football Hall Of Fame Cookoff

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Meathead

In which we learn about Meathead's unmatched record in the University of Florida Swamp, and why he should be in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Temperature Guide

Temperature Guide

Meat Temperature Guide

2011-05-28 New USDA Cooking Temps Oversimplify, Change Little, and Mindboggle Chefs

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Meathead

The new USDA cooking temperature regulations change little other than pork and they are still out of touch with reality.
new labels

2013-04-04 Analysis: Easier meat labels? My butt.

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Meathead

In April 2013 the meat industry renamed scores of beef and pork products and introduced new labels "to make meat buying easier". And to make more money.

2009-10-20 Who Killed Gourmet Magazine?

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Meathead

The cause of death of Gourmet magazine was complex. It died from many wounds.

2016-10-11 Trends In Cooking

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Meathead

Trends In Cooking And Food

2014-01-23 An Open Letter To Brian Palmer Of Slate: You Got It Very Wrong

By:

Meathead

Brian Palmer's article in Slate on research about grilling and cancer is wrong on many counts.

Remembering BBQ Legend Mike Mills

By:

Meathead

Barbecue Hall of Famer Mike Mills died Tuesday morning December 29, 2020 due to issues unrelated to COVID. I first met Mike and his daughter Amy in October 2005 at the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue. He was introduced to me as “The Legend.” And he truly is.

2008-07-22 Just Stay Home

By:

Meathead

So the City of Chicago has demanded that the actors in hit musical Jersey Boys stop smoking on stage.

Farm to Table

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Christopher Kimball

Farm to table is a buzzword phrase these days. Check out food writer Christopher Kimball's unique take on the term, with the emphasis on farm.

Hypocrisy By Epicurious

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Meathead

The cooking website Epicurious.com, is not publishing any new recipes using beef out of concern for sustainability. This is bullpoop. Find out why.

Turketta Recipe: Stuffed And Smoked Turkey Breast

By:

Meathead

This flavor rich and visually stunning smoked turketta recipe is a fun holiday twist on traditional Italian porchetta. Turkey breast makes it much easier and faster than boning out a whole pig or even just the belly and loin. A stuffing of port soaked cranberries elevates the turkey breast to epic heights.

Temperature Guide

Meat Temperature Guide

Anthony Bourdain, A Tribute

By:

Meathead

A fan's remembrance of and tribute to Anthony Bourdain.

Sun Wah Chinese Barbecue Wins Beard Award

By:

Meathead

Sun Wah Bar-B-Q Restaurant has been an Uptown Chicago destination since 1987 and in 2018 was given an America's Classic Award by the James Beard Foundation.

2017-05-06 Remembering Josh Ozersky

By:

Meathead

Josh Ozersky and I were good friends, not surprising considering out mutual love of meat and Liebling.

2008-11-15 Culinary Trends In Italy

Trends in Italian Cooking

2011-05-28 New USDA Cooking Temps Oversimplify, Change Little, and Mindboggle Chefs

By:

Meathead

The new USDA cooking temperature regulations change little other than pork and they are still out of touch with reality.

2016-10-11 Trends In Cooking

By:

Meathead

Trends In Cooking And Food

2009-03-25 My Ride In The Wienermobile

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Meathead

Meathead's ride in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile with pictures.

2009-03-24 Thirty years after Three Mile Island, a lesson for today’s economists

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Meathead

Three Mile Island should have taught us about Too Big To Fail.

Published On: 7/1/2019 Last Modified: 3/23/2021


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Blackstone Rangetop Combo: Griddle And Deep Fryer In One


The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, grilled cheese, and so much more. And why deep fry indoors when you can avoid the smell and mess by doing it outside!

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GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone


GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, kill hotspots, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke.

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Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater


Char-Broil’s Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you’re off to the party! Char-Broil’s TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

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The Undisputed Champion!

Thermapen One Instant Read Thermometer

ThermoWorks’ Thermapen ONE provides an accurate reading in one second or less. The ONE also includes features that are common on high-end instruments: automatic backlight, rotating display, and water resistant seals. Don’t accept cheap substitutes.
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The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted


Napoleon’s 22″ Pro Cart Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It’s hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the 22″ Pro Cart a viable alternative.

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Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker


Green Mountain’s portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it’s also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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