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Primal Grill

Today's show takes you back. Way back. To a time when our ancestors did their grilling in the fireplace. Or on fire-heated stones around the campfire and directly on the embers. I call it PRIMAL grilling, and it's about to make you a barbecue rock star. We're talking ember-grilled bread and ember-roasted vegetable salad. Chicken grilled in midair hanging over a smoky wood fire. And amaretti-stuffed pears grilled on primordial slabs of salt. Get ready to rock your grill with primal grilling techniques as old as humankind itself.

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2021-07-30T00:00:00-07:00

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The Best Bbq You've Never Heard Of

You don't need a degree in smokeology to name the big three of barbecue: Kansas City ribs, Carolina pulled pork, and Texas smoked brisket. But what about some of the lesser-known styles of regional American barbecue? Like Cornell chicken, created by a Cornell University poultry scientist and today served in upstate New York and just about nowhere else on the planet. Or a specialty of the city where I grew up-Baltimore pit beef-crusty on the outside, rare inside, with plenty of horseradish to pump up the heat. Or the sweet, smoky barbecued salmon enjoyed in Anchorage, Alaska.

  • 2019-08-23T03:30:00-07:00
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Florida Tailgate Party

You don't need to be a diehard Gators fan to get pumped up at a tailgate party. For sports lovers of all persuasions, a good barbecue makes the perfect prelude to the game. In this show, we explore how my home state, Florida, re-imagines three tailgate classics. Get ready for pork shooters stuffed with shrimp, cheese and Andouille sausage. Miami wings blasted with fire water. And luscious, smoky hamburgers like you've never experienced. (The secret? Lace them with CHOPPED barbecued brisket.) It's game on at Project Fire.

  • 2019-08-30T03:30:00-07:00
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Shoulder On

The pork shoulder, aka Boston butt (named for the wooden barrels they were once shipped in), gives us Carolina pulled pork. The majestic beef shoulder (yes, there is such a cut) becomes a Texas barbecued beef clod. As for lamb shoulder, Moroccans cook it in a fire-heated UNDERGROUND clay oven to make their legendary mechoui. This show explores the richest, meatiest, most flavorful cut you find in the meat department: the shoulder. Today, on Project Fire we shoulder on.

  • 2019-09-06T03:30:00-07:00
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Chino-Latino

Long before there was modern fusion cuisine, people cooked Chino-Latino. It originated with Chinese laborers who immigrated to Cuba and Trinidad and elsewhere in the Caribbean to work the plantations. They developed a unique mashup of Asian and West Indian cooking-the subject of today's show on Chino-Latino grilling. Get ready for tangerine teriyaki chicken, butter rum grilled plantains, smoky baby back ribs with guava barbecue sauce, and Korean brisket tacos. And here's the shocker: the brisket grills from start to finish in less than three minutes.

  • 2019-09-13T03:30:00-07:00
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Miami Spice

Miami may be the southernmost metropolis in the United States. But often my hometown feels like living in a foreign country. English is not the predominant language here, and our food culture is firmly anchored in Latin America and the West Indies. Our Miami Spice menu begins with a Project Fire first: the grilled mojito cocktail. Next comes Florida lobster grilled with rum butter baste and mango salsa, then plate-burying island spice beef plate ribs. Our grand finale? Turkey adobo with garlicky mojo de ajo. Today on Project Fire, we're grilling WITH Miami Spice.

  • 2019-09-20T03:30:00-07:00
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