With 4th of July fast approaching many of you will be busy getting ready for a big cook. If you get some spare time we’ve pulled together some of the best barbecue content from the last month.

My favourite link this week comes from the unlikely pcmag.com. As a incredibly lazy person I’m interested in learning about any high tech BBQ gadgets which promise to make my life easier. Enjoy!

 

Besides Barbecue: NYC’s Other Smoking Traditions – New York Eater

“In the days before barbecue became ubiquitous in New York City, ‘cue lovers had to content themselves with other international traditions of smoking meat, poultry, and fish.”

Sick of always cooking the same ribs, brisket and butt? Food critic Robert Sietsema’s look at NYC’s non-barbecue smoked dishes has a ton of inspiration for those looking to branch out.

Sichuan Tea-Smoked Duck? Sounds delicious. Smoked Mozzarella, sure why not. No recipes but plenty of inspiration and if you are ever in NYC you might find somewhere new to check out.

 

Menu for a Spectacular 4th of July Barbecue – Steven Raichlen

4th of July BBQ sides

Barbecue author and chef Steven Raichlen presents a 4th of July Barbecue menu inspired by his latest book Project Smoke (available on Amazon). His suggestion of interesting sides including smoked deviled eggs, smoked oysters and smoked potato salad should give you plenty of ideas for your own 4th of July barbecue.

You can also find a handy link to each recipe.

Steven Raichlen talks barbecue, more in ‘Project Smoke’ – The Detroit News

It’s a double helping Steven Raichlen this month! Nice little article about Raichlen’s inspiration behind his new barbecue book, as well as a range of tips including a useful reminder for beginners to consider standing with Pork shoulder, which “Unlike a brisket, is intrinsically tender” and “almost impossible to overcook.”

 

The Best Gadgets for High-Tech Grilling – PC Mag

Weber Pizza Oven Kit

“The oldest form of cooking has moved well past the dark ages of kettle grills and charcoal briquettes. Here are all the gadgets you need to host the ultimate high-tech barbecue”

I bet you didn’t expect to see PCmag link on a barbecue website! If you really enjoy your BBQ gear, then this list of high tech grill and BBQ gadgets will get you writing your Christmas list early this year.

As an outdoor cooking enthusiasts I’m always interested in other methods of cooking. And if you’re sick of low and slow how about cranking the heat up to 900 degrees?

If you’ve got a Weber lying around your back yard check out the Kettle Pizza Oven kit for 18.5 and 22.5 Inch Kettle Grills.

 

Deal of the week – Akorn Kamado Grill and Smoker

Akorn Kamado Grill and Smoker

You’re running out of time to upgrade your smoking setup before July 4th. But if you’re quick you can grab this beautiful red Kamado Charcoal Barbecue currently 23% off on Amazon which works out for me as a $90.66 saving. If you use a Weber Kettle for smoking the Kamado is a great upgrade. Truely excellent temperature control out of the box.

 

That wraps up the month of June in Barbecue news. Let me know in the comments below if you’ve been reading anything interesting that I missed.

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