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Should I prick sausages during cooking?

Whenever I go to a BBQ and sausages are cooking, the chef will always prick the sausages while they are cooking. I have no idea what this does, I assume it's to get the fat out, however I recently ...
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How do you clean a pizza stone?

I have a charcoal grill (Big Green Egg) that has a ceramic insert that can be used as a heat shield or as a pizza stone. My stone is black from drippings and smoke. I'd like to cook some pizza on ...
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Is dry rub necessary in making bbq ribs?

Normally when I make bbq ribs in the oven at home, I have to prepare the ribs approximately a day ahead. I usually cover the ribs with a dry rub mixture (made of garlic powder, paprika, sugar, salt, ...
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How can I improve my barbecue sauce recipe?

I've been trying to refine my BBQ sauce lately and I'm really curious if I can improve it, or if I'm mixing a sauce for a wrong purpose. The times I've made it, it have been used as a marinade for ...
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How do you cook corn on the cob on BBQ?

Do you remove peel and wrap it in tin foil ? Do you put it directly on gril (with peel) ? How much time ?
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What changes should I make to accomodate vegan naked fatties?

I would like to make naked fatties on the barbeque this weekend, but want to accomodate some vegan friends (and my on/off lacto-ovo wife). I can easily swap regular pork breakfast sausage for Gimme ...
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What styles of barbeque exist in American cuisine?

I'm originally from the Michigan thus i don't know much about barbeque due to the lack of barbeque establishments. From my understanding (correct me if i'm wrong), there are several regional ...
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Is it safe to overcook beef or other meat?

When making hamburgers, I prefer to grill the beef until it is very dark and the outside is entirely black. I know that it is dangerous to eat beef that not cooked enough, but is there any hazard in ...
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Why throw salt over a barbecue before cooking?

At a recent barbecue in Chile, I watched the chef throw large handfuls of salt over the charcoal a few minutes before placing on the meat. What would be the reason for this?
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How can I barbecue salmon steak?

I have two Salmon steaks that I would like to Barbeque. What are some effective techniques for barbecuing salmon?
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What kind of fish would you recommend on barbeque? [closed]

On my seasoned barbecue, I usually cook pork ribs or chicken wings or other delicious kind of meats but i have never cooked fish and i would like to try. What types of fish are suitable for cooking ...
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what is this utensil, where can i buy it?

I want to buy this cooking utensil but have no idea what it is called and where i can buy one from. I think it is mainly used on barbeques. Ive tried googling and had no luck. I'll try describing it ...
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Ways to bar-b-que and smoke Kangaroo

Kangaroo is an unusual meat for most of the world. From reputation, it's quite hard to cook right as it tends to dry out: Kangaroo meat is very low in fat, usually less than 2%. This is lower than ...
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Smoking in Kettle Grill

I recently smoked a pork shoulder in a weber charcoal kettle grill and I had a lot of trouble maintaining the temperature. Are there any tricks to using a mix of charcoal briquettes and wood chunks ...
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Is it possible to oversoak wood chips for smoking?

I wanted to prepare for a long day of cooking and get the wood chip soak out of the way. My barbequed brisket recipe calls for soaking the (hickory) wood chips for 30 minutes. If I soak the wood ...
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How to cook fall-off-the-bone beef spare ribs in oven or on stove top?

All, I would like to cook spare ribs to a fall-off-the-bone consistency. I don't have access to a grill. I know how to do that with pork shoulders (dry rubbed, then uncovered in the oven at low ...
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How to create kebabs that taste Greek

I'm planning to do a Barbeque at the end of the month and I'd like to serve a variety of different 'Greek' style kebabs. I'm not looking for recipies, but what is the essence of creating grilled / ...
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What's the best way to cook fall-off-the-bone baby-back ribs

What's the best way to cook fall-off-the-bone baby-back ribs?
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How do you prepare a Rabbit?

A family member gave me a couple rabbits to cook and I'm not sure how to prepare them. I'd prefer something on the smoker or grill. Do I marinate, rub, brine? I'm just not sure how to prepare it.
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When is best to apply sauce on to BBQ chicken?

I'm cooking a full chicken divided into 8 pieces... When is the best time to put sauce on chicken cooked on a BBQ? Is it better to do it after it sits for a while on the BBQ? Is it better to let it ...
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How do you handle the fires caused by adding wood chips to coal?

I've been using wood chips in my BBQ (adding them to the coal) and I enjoy the flavor they add but I have a tough time cooking with them because: They cause flare ups I have to close the lid to ...
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How do you cook corn kernels on BBQ?

I recently had some BBQ corn where the corn was in individual kernels. I'm wondering how this would be done on a BBQ... would you grill the corn on the cob, then cut the kernels off? Or would you do ...
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Lump Charcoal vs Briquettes and variations in brands

I've been experimenting with BBQ on a variety of smokers for the past few years. Originally I tried some Kingsford Briquettes and had a hard time managing the temperature. There was an excessive ...
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What fuel (burning material) gives the best flavor to meat when barbequing?

I normally barbecue with charcoal, but I've seen wood chips in shops, so I started wondering... I assume the material you use gives a different flavor to the meat. What is your experience on this ...
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Is it OK to marinate chicken and pork together?

I just want to minimize dishes taken to a BBQ--marinating pork chops in a lemon/herb/olive-oil baste along with some chicken skewers. Is there anything to worry about with trichonosis when preparing ...
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Using my own wood for smoking?

I have some apple and fig wood from trees that were pruned yesterday. The pieces range from sticks the diameter of your finger to about 3" in diameter. How can I use these? Do they need to dry? For ...
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How much time do I need to achieve a smokey flavor in bbq?

What is the minimum amount of time that I need to smoke food (in particular meat) in a smoker to achieve a noticeable smokey taste (assuming I have plenty of smoke)? Is there a maximum time after ...
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How long to cook asparagus on a BBQ?

I'm going to be grilling some asparagus which I have never done before. How long should I be having them on the grill so that they're not all mushy and soft? Is there something I should be doing to ...
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How important is humidity when smoking a brisket?

Recipes for smoking brisket typically recommend a temperature of 225 F. My weber smokey mountain has a water pan to help regulate the temperature. But what if I am able to maintain that temperature ...
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How do I make sure that the meat cooks well and yet stays juicy on a bbq?

I am a bbq rookie and learning to cook various kinds of meat on the grill. I usually cook chicken, lamb, pork, beef and fish. However, I am struggling to get any of the meats I cook to be well-cooked ...
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Why do brisket recipes move to the oven to finish?

In the Cooks Illustrated BBQ brisket recipe and many others I've seen, they call for moving the brisket from the grill where they are being smoked to the oven to finish. I'm wondering why the recipes ...
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Keep chicken with skin from catching on fire on the barbeque

Short: Is there a proper technique for cooking chicken (with skin) on the barbecue, without little chicken-fireballs? Long: My previous landlord loved to cook on the barbecue, much to the ...
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What kind of wood puts the most flavor in the meat?

I want to smoke a few boston butts, but I want to know what wood has the strongest flavor, and I will be smoking them for 12+ hours, very slow and low cook.
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How can I prevent cross-contamination when applying a dry or wet rub to meat?

In either wet or dry rub prep, if you use both hands, you will have likely contaminated the rub by the end. How can I prevent this from occurring?
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Using charcoal in kettle grill

I learned that in kettle grill the coal should be placed on one side of the grill and meat on the other side. What is the advantage of this method against grilling on direct fire? Adding a water ...
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BBQ Beef Brisket on a Propane Grill?

Is it possible to make really good beef brisket, with a smoke ring and everything, on a Propane Grill? A good charcoal grill/smoker is on our list of things to get, but it's probably not going to ...
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How long should it take to bbq half a chicken?

I know how to tell if a chicken is cooked, but has anyone got any idea of approximately how long it would take to bbq half a chicken in an uncovered barbecue? To clarify: I'm thinking of cleaving a ...
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Is there a way to adjust hot spots in a horizontal smoker setup?

I have a combo gas/charcoal grill: I have an offset firebox that attaches to the right side that I use to convert the charcoal grill to an offset horizontal smoker. However, when using the offset ...
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What's the best way to cook BBQ ribs in the oven and grill?

I have some pork ribs that I want to barbecue, but being relatively inexperienced with BBQ and lacking a decent grill thermometer, I want to simplify things by cooking them partly in the oven and ...
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Which BBQ grill is better: cast iron or steel

I am going to buy a BBQ and I am torn between a cast iron BBQ and a stainless steel BBQ. What are the advantages and downsides of each?
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How can I make a BBQ sauce from my dry rub?

I would like to use my dry rub to make a BBQ sauce but don't know how.
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Should I BBQ chicken on foil?

My wife tells me I should be putting aluminum foil on the grill and BBQing the chicken kebob on that and not the naked flame. She cites that it won't get burnt, easy to clean the grill and the ...
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cooking beef roast on a spit

I will be having a graduation party for my twin daughters in june and i want to cook some large beef roasts on the spit. Although i have cooked plenty of beef briskets, prime rib, and sirloin roasts, ...
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What are the advantages of a lid on a barbeque?

I have just bought a new half drum barbeque which can with a fold down lid. I have heard that these lids are good for creating a smokey flavour, or for keeping food moist whilst it cooks. A lot of ...
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Artificial Wood Chips/Smoke for smoking meat

I am looking for alternatives to using wood chips for smoking meats. I would like the process to actually smoke the meat. Liquid smoke/marinades are not what I'm looking for. Has anyone heard of ...
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Barbecue on wood fire

Normally we use charcoal in the BBQ I want to use wood for BBQ and this may generate a lot of smoke. One way to handle it, is to first make charcoal from wood, and then use this charcoal to BBQ. ...
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Vertical Smoker Cooking Times

I have a gas vertical water smoker that I got from Cabela's earlier this year. I've had some success smoking a few different things: whole chickens, baby-back ribs, salmon, pork shoulder and a pork ...
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Tips for grilling duck legs?

I recently attempted to grill duck legs on my propane Webber. I was afraid of flare-ups due to the high fat content in the duck meat so I grilled with somewhat low and indirect heat. It took a long ...
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How to avoid ridiculously salty results when brining?

Last time I brined, the ribs came out ridiculously salty. Can someone provide me with a good brining method?
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What precautions should be taken while cooking a thin steak?

I went to the Halal butcher the other day and asked for steak, except what I received was more like thinly sliced beef. What can I do with this on a barbeque? Will it cook the same? How can rescue ...