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Barbecue History: North Carolina

Barbecue History: North Carolina

East Carolina Barbecue 101 If you want to talk about Barbecue, we have to talk about history and tradition. Anyone and everyone I know who chooses to make barbecue themselves has very definite ideas about the way it ought to be done. As a human who was raised on the North Carolina border, I’m no […]

BBQ Barbecue Pitmasters

BBQ Barbecue Pitmasters

You’ve seen a million Cooking Shows but none like this. BBQ Barbecue Pitmasters is a Television Program that brings you into the Barbecue Competition World. America’s Top BBQ Barbecue Cooking Teams in Competition. In this Show, Teams from all over the U.S. compete to become the Kingsford BBQ Pitmasters Grand Champion. Professional Judges like BBQ […]

Fall Grilling: Grilled Green Tomatoes with Charred Scallion Mayonnaise

Fall Grilling: Grilled Green Tomatoes with Charred Scallion Mayonnaise

With its long, warm sunny days, summer may be the most popular grilling season.  But, don’t count out fall grilling.   When temperatures become cooler and potted mums replace hanging baskets of geraniums, the last of the summer tomatoes yet to lose their green hue make their way into kitchens.  Usually reserved for classic fried green […]

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Clean Eating and Barbecue

Clean Eating and Barbecue

As Pitmaster’s, BBQ and Grill lovers, you may think all we eat is Protein, Protein, Protein. We do speak alot about Paleo and Keto Diets, which focus on eating more Protein and Less Carbs. But we as Grillmaster’s are not eating Brisket, Steak and all Types of Red Meat Everyday. We DO Clean Eating. For […]

Five Special Sauces for Barbecue Steak

Five Special Sauces for Barbecue Steak

Admittedly, if you Barbecue on your Grill a quality piece of meat, then it should be able to stand on its own and not get smothered in sauce. The Trend in Restaurants today is to serve sauces as a side dish to the steak. With the improved quality of meat available to the pit master, […]

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BBQ Parties – Around the World Food and Décor (part 2) Greece

BBQ Parties – Around the World Food and Décor (part 2) Greece

BBQ Parties: As countries and people around the world begin to emerge from lockdown you may be looking forward to hosting your first Barbecue party of the Autumn. Continuing with our country themes which include not only delicious recipes with the BBQ particularly in mind but tips and ideas for simple but effective décor to […]

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Smoker Recipe: Chili Con Carne

There is a huge Debate in this Country over Chili. Chili Heads are divided over the ingredients put in their Chili. Some like Beans while others insist Beans don’t belong in their Chili. So, where did Chili come from and what is the right way to prepare it? Chili or Chili Con Carne is a […]

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The Fire In Us: Why Do We Love To Barbecue?

I’ve pondered this question for some time. Those I’ve questioned simply thought I had a particular fondness to the flavor of the sauce or the meat I consumed. Others have pontificated on the cooking process (this plays a major roll). But something in the back of my head told me it went a little deeper […]

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Desserts off the BBQ

Desserts off the BBQ

The summer grilling season is in full swing. When you have friends and family around for a backyard barbecue, use your grill to finish the event with delicious sweet treats that can be prepared in advance and completed on your grill. There are so many options from a sweet chocolate gooey s’ more to healthy […]

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Delicious Sauces and Glaze for Ham

Delicious Sauces and Glaze for Ham

Delicious Sauces and Glaze for Ham – choose from 6 recipes below that will compliment your dish. According to the National Retail Federation, 87% of those Americans who celebrate Easter will serve up a ham at the table. But Ham is not just a Holiday treat but can be cooked, grilled or smoked any time […]

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International Barbeque: Smokey Tandoori Chicken Recipe

International Barbeque: Smokey Tandoori Chicken Recipe

International Barbecue: BBQ Fusion They say there’s no place like home and for the most part, I agree. But I find it’s also exciting and enlightening to look outside of one’s home, neighborhood, city, and state to find something tasty and unique. Many countries don’t have what Americans would call “traditional” barbecue. But that doesn’t […]

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Shop Our Store

Shop Our Store

It’s always Barbecue time somewhere with Pitmaster’s Finest Merchandise! Cookbooks, Gourmet Food, Rubs, Spices, Grills, Smokers, Tshirts, Aprons, Sauces , Marinades and much more! We have great gifts for the barbecue and beer geek in your life, or maybe a little something for yourself! Please visit our Shop page to find everything your looking for! […]

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What do Italians know about Barbecue Anyway?

What do Italians know about Barbecue Anyway?

As with most Americans, we love to eat and taste dishes from all different regions. As a cook, you learn to reference basic recipes, test them then twist them to make it your own. Now, we’re not Italian. But we do know good flavors when we taste them. We ate this dining out one evening […]

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Extreme Weather Barbecue

Extreme Weather Barbecue

If you have a family like mine who enjoy a Barbecue at least once a week, it can become a challenge to adapt to the various extreme weather conditions that might arise. My family has Barbecued in the snow, on the beach, and even on small boats on the sea! Special conditions mean that there […]

Formula for Tasty BBQ Food

Formula for Tasty BBQ Food

If you have just settled into your new house which has a great Outdoor Barbecue or if you consider you are an experienced Pit Master, it is worthwhile to remember the formula for Tasty Barbecue Food is temperature control. Higher temperature may mean that your food cooks quicker on the outside but that will probably […]

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It’s Tailgating Time!

It’s Tailgating Time!

It’s Tailgating Time! Tailgating Grill Your grill sees a lot of action during the summer, but it’s not time to put it away yet! As every football fan knows, tailgating season is really where the grill shines! Skip the sugar-heavy sauces and nitrate filled hot dogs for clean AND flavorful food with these tailgate approved […]

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An Unspoken History of Hush Puppies

An Unspoken History of Hush Puppies

Ok y’all, it’s time to talk hushpuppies. If you’ve never had hush puppies, get to a fish fry pronto! I love hush puppies at all hours of the day. It’s essentially fried corn bread and what’s not to love about that? I try to be mindful of the fried food we eat here at home […]

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Easy Cola Ham Recipe

Easy Cola Ham Recipe

One holiday I found a recipe for cooking ham. I altered it a little bit of course. It does include a bottle of cola, Yes in fact coca-cola . I cooked the ham as directed, time per pound, but I used the cola instead of water or broth. I usually get a 18-25 pound ham […]

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Ancient Outdoor Cooking Techniques: From Primal Caveman to Modern Backyard Griller

Ancient Outdoor Cooking Techniques: From Primal Caveman to Modern Backyard Griller

In Prehistoric times, Man discovered Fire. Whether from Nature (active volcano’s or natural storms) or, as believed by many Cultures, a gift from the Gods. Just as Man discovered the Wheel, when he discovered Fire, he learned how to Cook Outdoors. According to AncientCraft there were (3) Stone Aged Peoples: Their Ingredients & Diet include: […]

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Farmer’s Casserole Recipe

Farmer’s Casserole Recipe

Plan ahead for your weekend brunch with this delicious Farmer’s Casserole recipe.  You’ll enjoy this hearty combination of meat, cheese, eggs and a little bit of spice with some jalapenos.  You can also prepare this recipe the night before and let it chill till you are ready to pop it in the oven. Farmer’s Casserole […]

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10 Tips for Entrepreneurial Success from Women, for Women

10 Tips for Entrepreneurial Success from Women, for Women

More women than ever are entrepreneurs. However, while women continue to make strides in business ownership, the path to success is still significantly more difficult for women than men. A recent study reports that female entrepreneurs receive only about 2 percent of all funding, despite owning 38 percent of the businesses in the country (Harvard […]

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Outdoor Cooking: Barbecue – An American Tradition with Roots in Slavery

Outdoor Cooking: Barbecue – An American Tradition with Roots in Slavery

If you Barbecue, you are actually Celebrating Black History. In Celebration of Black History, we bring to you An American Tradition…. Barbecue. Outdoor Cooking is a U.S. tradition that has its origins in the culinary habits of African slaves who arrived in the so-called new world in the 1600’s. Enslaved Africans made Barbecue dishes with […]

Cook Like a Top Chef this Holiday Season

Cook Like a Top Chef this Holiday Season

Collaborated Content This holiday season, you can impress your guests with these tips and recipes from award-winning chefs Seamus Mullen and John Tesar: Start with fresh, high-quality ingredients that are versatile and easy to cook, like fresh pork. Look for meats with marbling, which translates to flavor and tenderness. Let your meat rest before cutting […]

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5 Popular Regional BBQ Sauces – to make at home

5 Popular Regional BBQ Sauces – to make at home

The Southern States of America have become synonymous with Barbecue – each with its own Popular Regional BBQ Sauces. We all have our favorite BBQ sauce recipe and many different varieties can be found bottled on the supermarket shelves. Its time to take a closer look at different types of Barbecue Sauce that are prevalent […]

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Five International Barbecue Dishes to try out at Home

Five International Barbecue Dishes to try out at Home

Barbecuing is a tradition in the United States. It draws friends and families together celebrating special events or just enjoying a family meal. Internationally, people of all nations have their version of a Barbecue – all resulting in delicious healthy food occasions. Vary your Barbecue experience by trying out one of the Worldwide Barbecue interpretations […]

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Ghoulish Halloween Barbecue

Ghoulish Halloween Barbecue

The countdown to Halloween has begun. Apart from getting your costume ready for the evening, have you thought about treating your friends and family to a Ghoulish Halloween Barbecue? Here are 6 Recipes that are sure to please at your Party: Grilled Bat Wings Serve this as an appetizer whilst you are waiting for your […]

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3 Summer Smoothies for Cooling Up your Mood

3 Summer Smoothies for Cooling Up your Mood

  Smoothie is a drink which has a thicker consistency as compared to any other beverages. It is a great blend of seasonal fruits, dairy products, nuts, or vegetables. You can make healthier smoothies at home just by grabbing fruit of your choice, any dairy product or nuts, etc. For making smoothies you must have […]

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What is a Pitmaster?

What is a Pitmaster?

Search online for the definition of “Pitmaster” and all the dictionary’s will tell you the definition is: Noun  pitmaster (plural pitmasters) One who operates a barbecue pit. For most of us, we think of Pitmasters as ones who operate a Business (BBQ Joint) or are in Competition. But what about those that are backyard guru’s? […]

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Squash Recipes – Ideal for the Barbecue

Squash Recipes – Ideal for the Barbecue

Although varieties of squash are available throughout the year, Autumn lends itself to delicious squash recipes. Squash is a versatile dish, but the addition of smokiness from squash cooked over the grill raises the humble squash to a gastronomic experience. Have a look below at some Squash Recipes. After a bit of family and friends […]

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ValenQue: Date Night For The Smoking Chef – Smoked Elvis Bacon Banana Split

ValenQue: Date Night For The Smoking Chef – Smoked Elvis Bacon Banana Split

You’ve got the Grill down. You’ve mastered the Smoker. Now you are looking for Recipes that can Impress that special someone. Every Date Night should be a ValenQue. Ready for this masterpiece? The Elvis Bacon Banana Split Recipe What You will Need: 2 whole Banana’s 1 container of your favorite Ice Cream (we used Vanilla […]

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Essential Outdoor Cooking Tips

Essential Outdoor Cooking Tips

Outdoor cooking is becoming increasingly popular because it offers an escape from the daily grind. Although its Barbecue season, many people are not quite sure how to Barbecue. In the end, they often end up with cremated sausages or some of the worst steak in the neighborhood. Some make the mistake of choosing cooking methods […]

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Make Summer Sweeter with Fresh Barbecue Cherries

Make Summer Sweeter with Fresh Barbecue Cherries

Collaborated Content Summer and cherries seem to go hand-in-hand, and using fresh fruits can help boost seasonal food and drink recipes. Whether you use them as a snack, as a special ingredient in recipes or to inspire new dishes, Northwest-grown sweet cherries are one delightful way to celebrate the summer season. Many grocery store shelves […]

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Global BBQ: Singaporean Meat, Fire & Smoke

Global BBQ: Singaporean Meat, Fire & Smoke

When it comes to international twists on BBQ, most people usually think of Korean Barbecue. But you might be surprised to learn that Barbecue is huge in Singapore. Singaporean Twists on Classic BBQ Traditions   Grilling Outdoors Because most people in Singapore live in small apartments, they don’t have space to BBQ at home and […]

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Campfire Recipes: Rotisserie Stuffed Sourkraut Chicken

Campfire Recipes: Rotisserie Stuffed Sourkraut Chicken

Sauerkraut-Stuffed Rotisserie Chicken  Recently, I spent a weekend camping in a beautiful State Park. The greatest part of the trip was not only being in nature, but also the food! My husband, father-in-law and his spouse all focused on cooking amazing food out in the wilderness. There is nothing like a hot meal cooked low […]

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Sunny Summer Burger with Fries Recipe

Sunny Summer Burger with Fries Recipe

During the summer we always have loads to do, and it seems like never enough time. We want a meal that’s filling and can hold us over for more than a few hours. Enter, the sunny summer burger with fries.  First, I preheat the oven to 425, I know most see oven and think whoa, […]

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BudgetQue: 4 Money-Saving Barbecue Tips

BudgetQue: 4 Money-Saving Barbecue Tips

Barbecuing can be exciting and fun. But it can also be expensive. With that in mind, I’ve put together a short guide to helping you make delectable dishes at a great price. Let’s find out how!   1: Veggieque Not surprisingly, sticking to veggies can be very cost effective. When barbecuing, there are a plethora […]

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Simple Ways to Enjoy Warm-Weather Dining

Simple Ways to Enjoy Warm-Weather Dining

The warmer months can bring a sense of new beginnings. While you’re taking in the sights and sounds of the seasons, it’s the perfect time to give your dining routine some fresh perspective. Get ready to enjoy the refreshing bounty of the season with these tips that can make it simple to enjoy outdoor dining: […]

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Environmentally Sustainable BBQ

Environmentally Sustainable BBQ

An environmentally sustainable BBQ is possible. With a little extra effort, we can still enjoy your Outdoor Grilling whilst taking steps to ease your Carbon Footprint. Below are several tips and product ideas that will help you to do your bit to protect our environment. By using these and passing onto friends and family you […]

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Confident Grill Cooking

Confident Grill Cooking

I really realize every time we go somewhere, friends home or restaurant, how good I can cook after eating another cook’s food. Many people feel that they have this great talent for cooking but many really don’t. Food is often overcooked, lack of true flavor, or has so much sauce on it to make a […]

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Smoked Hasselback Pineapple with Spiced Turkey Chorizo and Onion

Smoked Hasselback Pineapple with Spiced Turkey Chorizo and Onion

Fire Up the Grill for Smoked Fruit Reverse Meatloaf. Want more unique smoked recipes ideas like Smoked Hasselback Pineapple with Spiced Turkey Chorizo and Onion Recipe? Subscribe! As summer grilling season sets in, Americans grab their tongs to take advantage of backyard barbecue opportunities. In addition to classic cookout fare like ribs, steak, chicken, burgers […]

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Celebrate National Hot Dog Day !

Celebrate National Hot Dog Day !

Let’s Celebrate National Hot Dog Day on 18th July!  Hot Dog parties are a fun way to get together with friends and family. Don’t underestimate the humble hot dog. A good quality Sausage with a choice of toppings in a toasted bun is difficult to beat. A hot dog party is easy to cater for […]

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Franklin’s BBQ Espresso Sauce – Copycat Recipe

Franklin’s BBQ Espresso Sauce – Copycat Recipe

Aaron Franklin is a Texas Pitmaster known for his Succulent Barbecue Smoked Brisket. He is a James Beard Award-winning owner of Franklin Barbecue. A Famous BBQ Joint in Central Texas. But it wasn’t always this way. You don’t become a Famous Pitmaster overnight! Aaron did grow up with BBQ Sauce in his blood.  He is, […]

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Well Greased – Which Oil Should it Be? 

Well Greased – Which Oil Should it Be? 

Oil is not the same oil, especially not when grilling. Because not every oil is suitable for high temperatures. Those who resort to the wrong kind, risk that carcinogenic substances are released.  Oils with polyunsaturated fatty acids are very sensitive to heat and should not be used for Barbecue’s because they oxidize quickly and then […]

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Kitchen Survival Recipe Guide

Kitchen Survival Recipe Guide

You open the cookbook and see a recipe title or a photo that tempts your tastebuds. Then you start to read the recipe, realizing the preparation is more difficult than you first thought, and put the book back on the shelf. Sound Familiar? Well here’s a simple guide to help get you started: 1. Abbreviations […]

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Brisket a Barbecue Classic

Brisket a Barbecue Classic

Brisket is a comparatively inexpensive cut of meat. It is usually slow cooked over low temperatures. The result is a tender wonderfully flavored meat….a Barbecue Classic! History shows that the brisket has long been part of Jewish cuisine served braised for special holiday fare. Smoked brisket was introduced into Barbecue Restaurants during the 1950’s. However […]

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Cool Elegant Summer Soups

Cool Elegant Summer Soups

Now that summer is in full swing its time to try out some Cool Elegant Summer Soups. We tend to associate soup with winter when warming delicious hot soups somehow just pick us up. However not only are their many health benefits in cold soups but they can be fresh and delicious! We tend to […]

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Pineapple + Pork + Smoke = BBQ Greatness

Pineapple + Pork + Smoke = BBQ Greatness

I know this may be a Southern thing, but why do people put pineapple ON their pork as well as injecting it INTO their pork? The quick and dirty answer is the enzyme bromelain, which tenderizes proteins (Hello, Ribs and Christmas Ham!) and gives them a sweet taste. But there is yet another reason… Pineapple […]

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Smoke Roast your Turkey

Smoke Roast your Turkey

Turkey Season is almost upon us. Why not Barbecue your Turkey this year! Research shows that most Americans will serve Turkey as their meat of choice at Thanksgiving. Christmas is also an important event for Turkey with it being a very popular choice around the world. There are a few reasons Barbecuing Turkey makes sense. […]

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5 Deliciously Different Avocado Toast Toppings

5 Deliciously Different Avocado Toast Toppings

Food bloggers are going above and beyond to innovate with the ever popular avocado toast.  From interesting recipes to stunning Instagram photos that will make anyone hungry, this craze isn’t going away anytime soon. It’s easy to get creative and make something delicious by simply combining a few ingredients. Whether you’re having a late-night snack […]

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BBQ Party Ideas. Around the World Food and Décor (Part 1) Indian

BBQ Party Ideas. Around the World Food and Décor (Part 1) Indian

BBQ Party Ideas: As countries and people around the world begin to emerge from lockdown you may be looking forward to hosting your first Barbecue party of the summer. Whilst a backyard BBQ is always a social affair, wouldn’t it be even more interesting and awesome to be able to host a themed BBQ party […]

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