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One Good Turn

One of the oldest methods of live-fire cooking, rotisserie grilling (aka spit-roasting) combines the smoky sear of direct grilling with the gentle, moisture-preserving heat of roasting. And that's before you add three other benefits: internal and external basting, no flare-ups, and the hunger-inducing fragrance of wood smoke. Other meals include Game hens scented with garlic, cumin, and fiery Peruvian chiles acquire golden, crackling-crisp skin while turning on the spit. Meaty spare ribs take a cue from Hawaii's huli-huli chicken (huli means "to turn"). A sweet-salty, lacquer-like glaze of pineapple juice, soy sauce, and honey makes them irresistible. Finally, a spectacular whole spinning cinnamon-and sugar-crusted pineapple direct from Brazil. Los Angeles sommelier Kristine Bocchino recommends three wines to make the meal taste even better. Peruvian game hens with creamy salsa verde; Huli-huli spare ribs; Brazilian rotisserie pineapple.

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Extreme Grilling

Long before there were gas grills and charcoal, before rotisseries and planchas, there was fire. Today's show is all about primal ways to use it. Los Angeles's meat-centric Italian chop house, chi SPACCA, sets the stage with a monster pork tomahawk dusted with fennel pollen and pepper and grilled over almond wood by chef Ryan DeNicola. Next, salmon steaks come-talk about primal-smokily grilled on a shovel over a blazing campfire. Double-thick pork chops are grilled caveman-style: directly on blazing embers, to be finished with a sizzling poblano pan-fry.

  • 2018-08-22T04:00:00-07:00
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Wrangler Tailgate

The first tailgating party took place in 1869 at a Princeton-Rutgers football game. Picnickers grazed from food arranged on the buckboards of horse-drawn wagons-the precursor of one of America's most favorite pastimes: tailgating. Today the party goes global, starting with lettuce-wrapped, smoked pulled lamb from the wood-burning smoker at Odys + Penelope in Los Angeles. Next, honey soy chicken wings ingeniously smoked on skewers-eat them like lollipops. Brisket tacos, served with avocadoes and wood-grilled salsa, make a magisterial main dish.

  • 2018-08-29T04:00:00-07:00
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So-Cal Grill

Health-conscious Southern California boasts some of the most vibrant grilling in North America. Start with hyper-local ingredients. Add clean bold California flavors and plenty of hot fire and wood smoke. Up first, the classic California fish taco, reimagined with wood fire-grilled, sushi-quality tuna and ember-roasted salsa. Next: char-grilled Santa Barbara lobsters sauced with Caribbean-inspired orange mojo.

  • 2018-09-05T04:00:00-07:00
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Raichlen's Rules

In this episode, Steven looks at fundamental techniques that he has used over the years.

  • 2018-09-12T04:00:00-07:00
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Wine Country Grill

The deep connection between wine and barbecue dates back millennia and still runs deep as ever. In the rustic wine country of the Santa Ynez Valley where we tape Project Fire, grape vines are used as fuel and wine for marinades and sauces. Here's how the fruit of the vine meets the power of fire. First up: special Jidori-breed chicken breasts stuffed with country ham and dry-aged Sonoma Jack cheese grilled over a grape vine fire. Next, flank steak with Pinot Noir mushroom sauce grilled over charcoal and oak.

  • 2018-09-19T04:00:00-07:00
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