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Barbecue Tourism Is A Real Thing: Here's The 2014 Competition Calendar

From Memphis In May to the Island of Staten
Jan 6, 2014 11:00 am

A true barbecue fan is willing and eager to hit the road in search of the good stuff. Now, with competitions heating up around the country, and even across the pond, there are plenty of opportunities to see the world while tasting the smokiest, tastiest 'cue you've ever had. Here's our guide to the barbecue contests of 2014, from Kansas City to NYC, Bentonville to Belgium.

Revealed: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Top-Secret Pulled Pork Recipe And Smoking Process

Pulled pork at home, via the famed BBQ pit
Jun 26, 2013 3:01 pm
dino bbq pulled pork slider

We're excited to welcome Dinosaur Bar-B-Que to Brooklyn! We hit the opening last week (hard) and by a stroke of luck obtained chef/owner John Stage's recipe for Dino's legendary barbecue pulled pork. We would know, we had about nine of these sliders. This is the pulled pork recipe you've been waiting for. 

A Barbecue Pit Grows In Brooklyn

Meet the men behind Fletcher’s in Gowanus
Feb 6, 2013 3:02 pm

After building a successful New York City advertising agency, Bill Fletcher sold his share to a partner to focus on establishing a "better work-life balance." Apparently, work-life balance also includes mastering the art of slow-cooking various cuts of meat in the smoke of blistering maple and red oak logs. We spoke with Fletcher and his pitmaster Matt Fisher.

'Home-Schooled' BBQ Chicken Wings Recipe

Killer crispy sauced wings from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Jan 15, 2013 3:01 pm

John Stage is owner/pitmaster of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Harlem, New York, where you can regularly find us chowing down on massive platters of expertly smoked meat with all the fixins. He was kind enough to loan his recipe for barbecue chicken wings just in time for the home stretch toward the Super Bowl. 

10 Things We Learned During Our Year Of Barbecue Across America

Who does the best BBQ? Depends who you ask.
Dec 11, 2012 2:01 pm

As our southern correspondent Chris Chamberlain notes, the experience of chronicling the United States Of BBQ has been very positive for everything "except his lipid counts." As we wrap up the year-long series, here's a recap of the most interesting things that emerged from the smoke.

Mastering Whole Hog Cookery At The Southern Foodways Symposium

Alton Brown speaks, Sam Jones and Rodney Scott cook
Nov 15, 2012 1:01 pm

The theme of the 15th Annual Southern Foodways Symposium was “Barbecue: An Exploration of Pitmaster, Places, Smoke, and Sauces" so it's no surprise that whole hog was on the menu. Noted smoker chefs were in attendance to show off their pit prowess, including Rodney Scott of Scott's Pit Cook Bar-B-Que in Hemingway, SC and Sam Jones from the Skylight Inn in Ayden, NC, while Alton Brown was the featured speaker. Read on for a full recap.

What It Feels Like To Judge The Jack Daniel's Barbecue World Championship

BBQ dishes come to Lynchburg to crown world's best
Nov 13, 2012 1:01 pm

In the world of competitive barbecue, the Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitation Barbecue is one of the biggies. The event, affectionately known as “The Jack” takes place each October in the small town of Lynchburg, TN, the home of the world-famous Jack Daniel's Distillery. Over 20,000 spectators and competitors crowd into the this tiny hamlet with a regular population of about 500 residents for the two-day event. Read on for the recap!

Memphis: How To Survive A 10 Barbecue(ish) Restaurant Crawl

Ribs, burgers, pickles, more ribs, pulled pork, hen
Sep 4, 2012 5:01 pm

The mission: To test the eating endurance, culinary aptitude and passion for various forms of smoked pig during a 10-restaurant bus tour that challenged 12 chefs, farmers and journalists to eat and drink our way through some of Memphis’ most-iconic barbecue restaurants — with some twists along the way.

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