steven raichlen

Mexican Smoke

Its bright but complex flavors and affinity for smoke and fire have fueled the obsession with Mexican food and drink north of the border. Tomatoes, onions, and chiles are roasted directly in the coals to make an unforgettable salsa served with chive-grilled tortilla chips. Quesadillas conceal a perfectly cooked egg (if you do it right, the yolks remain runny) in a nest of bacon, beans, and cheese. An unusual grilled nopalitos corn salad and smoky chipotle-marinated pork tenderloin make the most of the high, dry heat of the grill. To finish, an irresistible combination of spiced and sugared fresh pineapple slices flambeed with mezcal (tequila's smoky cousin) and topped with whipped cream. Also prepared is an ember-roasted salsa with grilled tortillas; Bacon, bean, and egg quesadillas; Chipotle-marinated pork tenderloin with grilled nopalitos corn salad; Spice-grilled pineapple with mezcal and whipped cream.

Available until
2019-05-24T00:00:00-07:00

Full Episodes

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Much at Steak

A show devoted to the most awesome cut of meat to grill: steak. Unleash your inner carnivore and build your confidence whenever you step up to the grill to cook the perfect slab of meat. Up first, a magisterial wood-grilled beef tomahawk steak topped with Pt. Reyes blue cheese butter. Followed by a four-finger thick cherry-smoked New York strip steak, whose juices become part of an intensely flavorful sauce you build right on the cutting board. Then a plancha-seared "steak" from the sea: bacon-wrapped albacore tuna "filet mignons" sauced with peppercorn cream sauce.

  • 2018-12-19T03:00:00-08:00
    KCET-HD

Hot Stuff

A show to stoke our insatiable appetite for fiery foods, starting with smoky Nashville hot wings. From rural Kentucky comes smoky grilled pork shoulder steaks dunked as often as you dare in an incendiary vinegar cayenne pepper sauce. For more pain, we present piri piri Pprawns from South Africa grilled in the shell and ignited with a distinctive hot sauce introduced by Portuguese explorers, followed by spice-blasted Indian tandoori lamb served with Hell's Fury Hot Sauce and a cooling cucumber yogurt raita.

  • 2018-12-26T03:00:00-08:00
    KCET-HD

Fire Meets Water

Impeccably fresh local fish hits the grill in this show, which is devoted to the art of grilling seafood. Local Channel Island rockfish roasts on a Himalayan salt slab, served with a colorful melon mint relish. Tuna steaks come spice-rubbed and grill-blackened, sauced with spicy Cajun remoulade. Next, fire-roasted shrimp seasoned with deconstructed pesto. And for smoked fish lovers, gorgeous Alaskan king salmon cured with maple syrup and smoked over maple wood.

  • 2019-01-02T03:00:00-08:00
    KCET-HD