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. From rooter to tooter. Everything but the squeal is delicious. And it is all better on the grill or smoker.
Our ribs recipes show you how to combine the best techniques known to make the kind of ribs that will have your families and friends worshipping you. In Memphis, traditionalists swear that all you need is a dry rub. Is there any food more fun? More delicious?
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.
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 recipes showing you how to make bacon at home and how to use it.
This easy BBQ pulled pork recipe skips the slow cooker to create authentic low and slow smoked pulled pork on a smoker or grill. With smoke woven through the moist meat, bits of seasoned crust, and a gentle splash of BBQ sauce, BBQ pulled pork is a foolproof low and slow smoked food, perfect for feeding large crowds.
Ensure moist and flavorful pork chops every time with this recipe for brined and smoked chops. While the lack of fat can often result in dry pork chops, a simple brine will keep them extra juicy. They are then smoked and seared on the grill for a deep smoky flavor before being finished with a tangy mustard bbq sauce.
Homemade bacon is easy and the results are much better than grocery store smoked bacon. Once you have the basic homemade smoked bacon recipe down, you can vary the ingredients to make countless flavor variations.
Create the best ham you've ever tasted with this ultimate double smoked ham recipe. Ordinary store bought whole or spiral ham is taken over the top by slowly smoking it on the grill. The true star of the show, however, is the sweet and savory glaze!
Create a smoked ham at home that will put any store-bought ham to shame thanks to this simple, yet flavor packed recipe. The key to creating a ham like the ones you normally purchase during the holidays is the curing process. Without curing a fresh ham, you won't achieve the same flavor or deep red color of the traditional type.
Despite what the name implies, country-style ribs are actually pork chops that are cut from the front end of the baby backs near the shoulder. Ensure moist and flavorful country ribs every time with this recipe that calls for dry brining before smoking and searing on the grill for a deep smoky flavor before saucing.
Whether you are new to the competition BBQ game or are a seasoned pro, this recipe for competition pork butt from top pitmaster Tuffy Stone is certain to better your results. This award winning pork butt is one of the many mouthwatering recipes in Tuffy's first cookbook, Cool Smoke: The Art of Great Barbecue.
Looking to wow your guests this holiday season? Cut from a 10 or 12 bone rack of pork that is trimmed (Frenched) to expose the ends of the bones, a pork crown roast is the ultimate edible centerpiece. It is also perfect for filling with a flavorful stuffing as done in this recipe for smoked pork crown roast.
Just because you don't have time to fire up the smoker or grill doesn't mean that you can't enjoy full flavored BBQ pulled pork thanks to this simple set-and-forget recipe for a Crockpot or other slow cooker. Cooked indoors over low heat for several hours, the seasoned pork butt emerges moist, flavorful, and fall apart tender.
Ham and Redeye Gravy is a hearty Southern breakfast traditionally made in a cast iron pan designed to charge Mom and Dad for a hard day of work. Ham and coffee are the core ingredients, but there are variations on the theme.
Take breakfast or brunch to new heights by hitting the grill with this simple recipe for grilled balsamic and brown sugar glazed ham steak. This delicious glazed grilled ham recipe is perfect with eggs, served alongside French toast, or even cooked for dinner.
Slow smoked pork loin provides a unique twist on a Florida favorite in this grilled Cuban sandwich recipe. Thinly sliced smoked pork loin joins sliced ham, mustard, pickles, and Swiss cheese on Cuban style bread before being wrapped in foil, pressed, and grilled to crunchy perfection.
The quintessential taste of Italy is not pasta, not pizza, not Barolo, and not olive oil. It is porchetta, a rich, fatty, herby, crazy fragrant, crazy good, boneless pork roast swaddled in incredibly crunchy pork cracklins, sliced, and served on a rustic bun.
Grilled pork tenderloin comes together fast and takes on classic French flavors in the hands of Georgia's Top Chef Kevin Gillespie. Like classic Steak Diane, the sliced tenderloin is served with a flavorful green peppercorn sauce.
If your Chinese food go-to is sweet and sour pork then you'll love this grilled version. Best of all: No oil, no frying. Not only is it simple to make, the grill amplifies this dish by adding a deep smoky flavor. In addition to grilling the cubed pork tenderloin, the signature pineapple in this recipe also hits the grill.
Create perfect pork loins every time with this recipe for sous vide and smoked (sous-vide-que) pork loin. Lean pork loin is cooked to perfection in a sous vide water bath until moist and tender before being finished with indirect heat on the grill until smoky and golden brown. You'll never look at pork loin the same.
Smoky, tender, and spectacular looking, this recipe for a smoked stuffed pork loin is a surefire hit at your next cookout. Because pork loin is so lean, it is a great cut for stuffing with something moist. Butterflied, stuffed, and rolled before smoking, this dish has special occasion written all over it.
The saltiness of bacon is a perfect foil and contrast to sweetness. Here are a variety of methods for creating mouthwatering candied bacon, including brown sugar bacon, toffee bacon, and chocolate bacon. There are several ways to put the concept to work, and of course it is best with homemade bacon.
Make breakfast even better with this recipe for grilled breakfast bread bowls with candied bacon, egg, and cheese. Crusty rolls are hollowed out then filled with a slice of candied bacon, an egg, and grated cheese. The bowls are then smoked on the BBQ grill for an out-of-this-world breakfast bowl.
You seriously need to make this bacon. It's not hard. And it is so worth it. It's one of those processes that mostly just takes time. And for your patience you are rewarded with some the most delicious, homemade smoky bacon you'll ever taste.
Salty and sweet is the magic combo for bacon. Using honey for the sweet and adding spicy Sriracha takes it over the top, especially when you amp up the savory, meaty, umami flavors with hoisin and soy sauce. Ginger, garlic, and five-spice powder round out the Chinese flavor profile here.
Fans of Canadian bacon will rejoice this recipe for making flavorful smoked pork loin at home. Making Canadian bacon or back bacon is more like curing a ham than making American bacon. Order boneless loin (not tenderloin) if you want to make this. Irish bacon is made like Canadian bacon but without the smoking step.
If you like bacon then you'll love pork belly. Fall apart tender and full of smoky goodness, this recipe for sous-vide-que pork belly is sure to be a crowd favorite. Starting with a low and slow sous vide water bath, the moist and tender pork belly is then smoked and grilled to create a truly amazing dish.
Korean grilled pork belly tastes fantastic. The key is to braise it first to render out some fat. That avoids a blazing inferno of melted fat in your grill. It also gets you a nice crisp exterior on the meat. We love the spicy-sweet Korean ssam jang glaze in this recipe too!
If you like bacon, you'll love this recipe including both pork belly and bacon. They are suspended over new potatoes as they cook, infusing the potatoes with savory richness. A simple white sauce enhanced with lemon and parsley complete this traditional dish from Denmark.
This rich and flavor packed tested recipe for our smoked pork belly version of the classic Vietnamese banh mì sandwich is sure to make your knees buckle. The recipe hits all the right notes for a perfect banh mì, including succulent BBQ pork belly burnt ends, spicy jalapeños, savory mayo, and tangy pickled veggies.
Salsa verde, a.k.a. green enchilada sauce, makes a great soup base. Add some smoked and cubed pork butt, and you've got a fantastic salsa verde pork chili. Taste all the smoky, spicy goodness in this simple tested chili recipe.
Here's the craziest "hot dog" ever, made of pure bacon spiced with jalapeño jelly and topped with crisp, sweet and sour slaw. This mouthful of joy could only come from the creative mind of the world's best traveled chef, Andrew Zimmern. It's perfect any time you want to wow the crowd at your BBQ and grilling cookout.
Stuffed with cheese then wrapped in bacon, this grilled hot dog recipe is a sure fire hit at any backyard bash. Inspired by Chicago's famed francheesie, our recipe skips the traditional deep frying in favor of the grill for a crisp bacon shell and deep smoky flavor.
Months of experiments produced a superb grilled meatloaf recipe, a meatloaf that may be just as good cold on a sandwich as hot from the grill. Meatloaf is perhaps the ultimate comfort food, but can often miss the mark when it comes to flavor, texture, moisture, and/or crust. This recipe hits every mark exactly.
Step up your burger game with this recipe for Thai-style pork satay sliders with Asian slaw and spicy peanut sauce. Ground pork patties are seared to perfection then topped with a flavorful Asian inspired coleslaw and served with a homemade Thai peanut sauce similar to that served with satay meat skewers.
These flavorful and juicy burgers contain most of the same ingredients found in the Chinese restaurant classic, Mu Shu Pork (also spelled Moo Shu Pork). In this recipe, this dish is deconstructed and reconfigured as an Asian-inspired Mu Shu Pork Burger that is sure to wow your guests.
Top Chef Fan Favorite Kevin Gillespie says that barbecue is always served with Brunswick stew in his native Georgia. Squirrel is the traditional meat, but Kevin likes to use beef and pork or even scraps of barbecued pork. His recipe also includes a secret ingredient that amplifies the flavors of everything else.
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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.