Killer Tested Barbecue And Grilling Recipes

"The discovery of a new dish confers more happiness on humanity, than the discovery of a new star."Anthelme Brillat Savarin from The Physiology of Taste 1825

Our philosophy about food is simple. First of all it must taste great. We try to create recipes that are easy to make and that take advantage of fresh seasonal products with a minimum of processed ingredients. We try to avoid really hard to find ingredients. If you have any ingredient questions, check out Meat Cuts, Ingredients, and Glossaries. Sometimes we recommend specific brands, and we choose them for flavor, availability, or price, not because we are paid. To duplicate our recipes, try to use the ingredients called for. But that doesn't mean that other brands won't work as well or maybe even better.

If a recipe calls for sugar, we are referring to white table sugar. Salt is Morton's Kosher Salt unless otherwise specified. This is important because the salinity of table salt and kosher salt is different, and there is even a difference between brands of kosher salt. The Science Of Salt. Flour is all-purpose flour (APF), milk is whole milk, eggs are large, and butter is unsalted unless specified. We prefer unsalted butter because you can always add salt but you can't take it away.

We know you like to play with your food, but we strongly recommend that the you follow our recipes closely the first time. You will then know what it is supposed to taste like. You may want to substitute honey for molasses, but the sulfur in molasses can interact with beans differently, making the dish less, shall we say, noisy? We have worked hard to get it right and there is a good reason for everything our recipes and all have been well tested. Try it our way the first time, please. Then, on your second go round, you can customize it. 

One of the most important keys to success is mise en place, a technique practiced by all professional chefs. It means get all the ingredients and tools out and trim the meat, chop the onions, peel the carrots before you start cooking. Scurrying to chop an onion at the last minute can mean a burned sauce. We help you by listing the ingredients in the order they will be used. Prep and cooking times are based on our experience but your mileage may vary. As we have tried to make clear, you must cook with a thermometer, not with a clock. Click here to read about what influences cooking time.

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Our recipes show you how to combine the best techniques known to make the ribs that will have your families and friends worshiping you. In Memphis, traditionalists swear that all you need is a dry rub. Is there any food more fun? More delicious? read more
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It is said that the pig should be sainted because it is so reviled in life and revered in death. Certainly no other animal is so well used as a foodstuff. Chefs talk about cooking "everything but the squeal". There are sooooo many recipes for pork around the world. And it is all better on the grill or smoker. read more
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Bacon is among the world's most beloved foods. Its incredible flavor can convert vegetarians into meat eaters. Global cultures have developed all kinds of bacon from British rashers to Italian guanciale to Spanish tocino. Learn about them all, including how to make bacon at home and our favorite recipes using bacon. read more
Kreuz Sausage
We need to change the way we think of sausages. Yes, most are tubes of seasoned and flavored ground meats and veggies in a casing, but many are patties. So if you broaden your horizons, this section gives you a lot of freedom. Take these recipes and have fun. read more
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The word sausage covers a wide range of foods, typically they are ground meats with spices and seasonings, often stuffed into a casing and shaped like a cylinder. Make the sausage and shape it any way you like, with or without the casings! No matter what shape it takes, the taste will be amazing! read more
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Our growing section on hamburgers will help you understand all the angles in making big fat juicy steakburgers or thin crispy diner burgers, and the techniques are very different! We'll take you on a tour of the regional styles of hamburgers, and even give you the secret sauce recipe. read more
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Meathead Goldwyn

Meathead is the founder and publisher of AmazingRibs.com, and is also known as the site's Hedonism Evangelist and BBQ Whisperer. He is also the author of "Meathead, The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", a New York Times Best Seller and named one of the "100 Best Cookbooks of All Time" by Southern Living.

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"I had two ribs and my boyfriend ate the other 3 1/2 pounds. He couldn't stop to talk. He had to bring a box of tissues to the table because these ribs are so good they make him weep. He tells me that my ribs have deepened his love for me. Well, fine, but I know that just means he wants more ribs." Nancy J. Mostad, Minnesota


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