Questions tagged [barbecue]

Questions related to equipment, technique, tools, or other aspects of cooking on a barbecue. Questions can cover outdoor cooking with wood or charcoal barbecues or smokers, and about preparing "barbecue" style food. If you have a question about improving or adapting a particular recipe, please cross-tag with the relevant other topic(s), such as pork, ribs, or smoking.

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What qualities to look for in a cut of beef destined for “well done”?

The major cooking advice is to buy a certain cut (sirloin, etc..) and cook it to rare-degrees. However, my guests don't like beef that has any pink inside or "blood" (I know it isn't blood) oozing ...
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What is the value of the “Texas Crutch”?

In US barbecue tradition, the so-called Texas Crutch is the act of wrapping large cuts of meat like beef brisket or pork shoulder in aluminum foil or butchers' paper during the smoking process. What ...
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What can be done with accidentaly oversalted beef?

I mistakenly marinated some thin beef with regular salt for one day before barbecuing it, turns out you're not supposed to do that! Even after washing it, it is unbearable to eat it by itself. I'm ...
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Why can I have an indoor pizza/wood oven, but not a BBQ or smoker? (or can I…?)

I know people have indoor wood-fired pizza ovens. I also know that in general people cannot have barbecues or smokers indoors, presumably because of the potential for leakage of dangerous or deadly ...
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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 it,...
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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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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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How do I prevent salmon sticking to the BBQ grill?

I love a good BBQ and cooking steaks & sausages etc are no problem. However, whenever I put the salmon fillets on the BBQ (skin side down), no amount of oil seems to prevent them from sticking to ...
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How can I light charcoal faster?

I'm terribly impatient but I love cooking on a charcoal grill. How can I get the charcoal ready faster? Currently I have a chimney starter, I use lump charcoal and light some kind of paper under the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why do BBQ sauce recipes specify that you must cook the sauce?

Most BBQ sauce recipes specify that you cook them, why is this? Would it not suffice to just mix the ingredients together as they will be cooked when you use the sauce on the grill anyway?
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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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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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What is this grilling utensil with two wire mesh panels?

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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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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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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Is wood a good alternative to charcoal for bbq fuel?

Instead of buying lump or briquette charcoal every time, can I just burn some birch and use that as the heat for my charcoal bbq?
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What is the source of smoky flavor for barbecued foods?

What exactly gives charcoal barbecued food the smoky flavor? Does smoky flavor happen if you burn wood to make coals and then use the coals to cook? Or does it only happen when you use store bought ...
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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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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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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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How do you prepare a rabbit? [closed]

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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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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Low-salt Cooking on a Barbecue

TL;DR: Looking for evidenced based methods for low-sodium food prep. to be cooked on a barbecue. My wife has recently confessed that she doesn't like BBQ food as it is too salty! Normally, I use the ...
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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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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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Is there any advantage of applying dry rub overnight for baby back ribs for smoking?

Is there any advantage of adding dry rubs to ribs overnight? I'm looking to improve the texture and moistness of the ribs. Some forums are saying that applying a rub overnight may risk removing ...
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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 smoke ...
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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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How long to cook a 150 lb. pig in the ground?

I am cooking a 150 lb pig in the ground for Cinco de Mayo. I am using a Kalua Hawaiian method but using taco Al pastor flavoring. Feeding over 100 people street tacos. I have researched and have ...
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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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Dry and Tough Rumproast

Me and my friends have been cooking a 2kg=4.5 pounds piece of rumproast in a bbq smoker. We cooked it at about 250°F for about 3 hours. After that we, wrapped it in tin foil, raised the ...
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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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How do I control the smoke from a chimney starter?

I'm seasoning my new Weber Smoky Mountain smoker according to the excellent instructions, given for free, on Amazon, by a 20x BBQ grand champion. (What an amazing thing for this guy to do!) Anyway, I'...
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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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Smoked a brisket that was edible but not great. What would you do differently?

I smoked my first brisket last weekend and even though it wasn't terrible it was a little dryer and rougher than I would have liked. Here is the smoker I used: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...
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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 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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Chicken didn't retain flavour from marinade

Last night I made some lovely chicken. However the flavour from the marinade was lacking and spotty. Some parts of the chicken (drumsticks) were quite flavourful, while in others the flavour was more ...
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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 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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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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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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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 ...