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Ruminations From AmazingRibs.com’s BBQ Whisperer

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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Meathead

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

Let’s Fight Back Against The War On Thanksgiving

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Meathead

The war is not on Christmas, the war is on Thanksgiving. Fight back!

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.

2008-07-07 Ending the Email Lies

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Meathead

I don't know why otherwise intelligent people are duped by email hoaxes and why they broadcast them to everyone they know.

Published On: 7/1/2019 Last Modified: 12/29/2021

 

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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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Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

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With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.
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The Efficiency Of A Kamado Plus The Flexibility Of The Slow ‘N Sear Insert

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Built around SnS Grill’s patented Slow ‘N Sear charcoal kettle accessory, this 22-inch kamado is a premium ceramic grill that brings true 2-zone cooking to a kamado.

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The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy


The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers because temperature control is so much easier.

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Comprehensive Temperature Magnet With 80+ Important Temps

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Winner of the National BBQ Association’s product of the year award. This 8.5″ x 11″ magnet contains more that 80 benchmark temperatures for meats (both USDA recommended temps as well as the temps chefs recommend), fats and oils, sugars, sous vide, eggs, collagens, wood combustion, breads, and more. Although it is not certified as all-weather, we have tested it outdoors in Chicago weather and it has not delaminated in three years, but there is minor fading.

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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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Grilla Pellet Smoker proves good things come in small packages

We always liked Grilla. The small 31.5″ x 29.5″ footprint makes it ideal for use where BBQ space is limited, as on a condo patio.
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