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Created by a computer: Bengali Butternut BBQ Sauce

Did you ever think you would try (or like) a barbeque sauce created by a computer? Well, the time may have arrived! In February 2011, IBM’s Watson defeated previous champs Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings in the Jeopardy! Challenge using cognitive technology. IBM explains that “Watson is a cognitive technology that processes information more like…

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12 recipes for a memorable Memorial Day BBQ

Memorial Day is the unofficial first weekend of the summer and for most of us that means its time to really crank up those grills and smokers. Fox News starts us off with a dozen recipes for an unforgettable Memorial Day barbecue. Among the recipes is an award-winning BBQ baby back ribs recipe from Memphis…

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Cooking Demos Rock at Windy City BBQ Classic

If you didn’t make it to the Windy City BBQ Classic at Soldier Field yesterday (or if you did but were too busy eating and drinking to visit the stage area), you missed two excellent demonstrations. For starters, Chef Matthew Jost, Research & Development Chef at Weber Grill Restaurants showed the overflowing crowd how to…

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What is barbecue?

Barbecue (also barbeque and BBQ) has different meanings around the world. Here in the United States, the cooking process we call “barbecuing” is done “low and slow” over indirect heat from high-smoke fuels, away from the direct flame. This is in contrast to “grilling” which is done “hot and fast” over direct heat from low-smoke fuels, often with the flame coming in direct contact with the meat. In British usage, however, barbecuing refers to a fast cooking process directly over high heat, while grilling refers to cooking under a source of direct, high heat—known in the United States and Canada as broiling.

Barbecuing tips

Barbecue cooking tips

Barbecuing is the oldest form of cooking, dating back to when our ancestors lived in caves, but there are always new tips and techniques you can learn to make your barbecue even better. Different meats take different methods. Different equipment can also make a vast difference in how the meat should be prepared and cooked. Whether you are a beginner or a BBQ expert, we have tips on how to get the best results for your next barbecue.

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Barbecue recipes

Barbecue cooking is a very basic method, low and slow over indirect heat. However, as they say, “the secret is in the sauce.” It seems that every region in the U.S. has its own style of BBQ sauce or rub and there are hundreds of recipes for every style. Thick and sweet, thin and tangy and everything in between. We’ll share the best recipes we find for a variety of rubs and sauces. And don’t forget the side dishes!

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Barbecue equipment

While the meat and barbecue spices and sauces are the main attraction at any BBQ, they can’t be cooked without a heat source. While a pit in the ground may work, most cooks opt for a more modern approach. We have tips on choosing the right barbecue grill or smoker for your needs. We’ll also bring you information on the latest accessories, like wireless thermometers, to help you make sure your barbecue turns out perfect every time.

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Events

Barbecue competitions are held in virtually every state in the United States. Competitive barbecue event are usually hosted during the warmer months, from late spring to early fall. These events feature stiff competitions between teams of cooks and are typically divided into separate competitions for the best pork shoulder, beef brisket, ribs and poultry barbecue and for the best barbecue sauces.

Windy City Smokeout Comes to Chicago July 12-14

The first annual Windy City Smokeout is coming to Chicago July 12 through July 14. This inaugural summer festival will bring together the best of live country music, beer and BBQ to the city’s popular River North neighborhood at Rush St. and Illinois St. Throughout the weekend, guests will enjoy southern-inspired fare from premiere Chicago…