The Texas Crutch – When and Why to Wrap in Foil

pastrami brisket before being wrapped in foil

The infamous “Texas Crutch,” or wrapping meat in foil for part of its smoking time, is a simple method for keeping meat moist and speeding up the cooking time. While the Crutch is most commonly used for brisket, it’s also useful for pork shoulder, ribs, and other cuts of meat. It can come in very … Read moreThe Texas Crutch – When and Why to Wrap in Foil

17 Grilling Recipes for Your Next Tailgate

alabama white sauce chicken

Football season is rapidly approaching, and with it my favorite part of fall: tailgating. Sure, I love grilling year-round, but there’s something special about the challenge and the camaraderie of a tailgate.  And while everyone loves burgers and hot dogs, I like to branch out a bit and bring something a little less predictable to … Read more17 Grilling Recipes for Your Next Tailgate

Brisket Stall – What Is It and How to Beat It

pastrami brisket smoking on Weber grill

Brisket is a notoriously intimidating cut to cook – not least because of the dreaded “stall.” But with a little planning and a lot of patience, brisket is nothing to be afraid of, and well worth the wait. We’re here to demystify the stall so you know what’s really happening, what to expect, and what … Read moreBrisket Stall – What Is It and How to Beat It

Best Propane Smoker of 2019 [Gas Smoker Buyer’s Guide]

gas smoker loaded with food

Gas smokers, which use your everyday propane tanks for fuel, are a common choice for beginners. They aren’t overly complex and don’t require constant attention. Additionally, a typical propane smoker can hold a lot of food relative to its small footprint. In this guide, not only will we go over the best propane smoker for … Read moreBest Propane Smoker of 2019 [Gas Smoker Buyer’s Guide]

What is Picanha? All About Brazil’s Favorite Steak

Picanha sliced into steaks

If you’ve ever visited a Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, you’ve likely been offered a cut of succulent, melt-in-your-mouth tender, skewered steak called picanha. I’ve had a lot of steaks, but the first time I tried picanha, it was a totally new experience for me. It was easily one of the best cuts I had ever … Read moreWhat is Picanha? All About Brazil’s Favorite Steak

Smoked Jalapeno Poppers – A Game Day Favorite

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If you’ve ordered jalapeño poppers from your local sports bar, you’re probably familiar with the typical breaded variety. And while those can be yummy in their own way, they often just taste like chunks of fried cream cheese. I promise you can do so much better at home! With these smoked jalapeño poppers, you’ll really … Read moreSmoked Jalapeno Poppers – A Game Day Favorite