Steven Raichlen is an award-winning author, journalist, cooking teacher and TV host. His best-selling The Barbecue Bible cookbook series and Barbecue University and Primal Grill TV programs have virtually reinvented American barbecue.
Kebabs of the World Unite
Meat on a stick represented the first technological leap forward in the evolution of barbecue. The popularity of kebabs and sates around the world attests to the universal appeal of skewered foods. So why do so many kebabs come on bamboo skewers with burnt ends or on metal skewers with raw onions, overcooked meat, and tomatoes that fall into the embers? If you've ever had trouble nailing the perfect shish kebab, or you want to expand your repertoire, this show is for you. Persian Quick Beef Kebabs - beef tenderloin, red-ripe plum tomatoes, Bermuda onions and Anaheim chili peppers - individually skewered and grilled to perfection. Swordfish Souvlaki - Cubed swordfish steak marinated in white wine and herbs and delicately threaded on skewers with onion and bay leaves. Savory Thai Chicken Sate - thinly sliced chicken breast woven onto bamboo skewers, quickly grilled and served on a fresh lettuce leaf with diced cucumber and a warm peanut sauce. Desert Kebabs: Asian Pear, fresh Fig, miniature Pineapple and buttery pound cake threaded on oversized cinnamon sticks, lightly grilled, and basted with Raichlen's mouth-watering butter rum glaze.
Make No Mis-Steak
People may dream of smoking whole hogs and briskets, but admit it: what you really want to know for everyday use on a practical basis is how to grill the perfect steak. This show reveals all the secrets, from selecting the right steak to setting up the grill to the perfect seasoning and sauces. You'll learn how to achieve perfect doneness every time using the "four-finger" poke test. Tubac T-bone: A classic T-bone steak topped with pan-fried jalapenos, thinly sliced garlic and fragrant cilantro. Rib Eye Steaks with a Korean-influence of sesame, grilled and served with garlic, scallions, romaine lettuce and chili paste for heat. Juicy, Argentinean Filet Mignon, with a gaucho rub and chimichurri sauce --served with grilled peppers and eggplant.
Bird Meets Grill
When I was growing up," barbecue" meant chicken marinated in sweet barbecue sauce, burnt charcoal-black on the outside, still raw inside, and reeking of lighter fluid. Sound familiar? This show will teach you the right way to grill America's favorite bird: on a charcoal grill, in a smoker, and on a gas grill. Indonesian Java Chicken prepared in a delightful espresso barbeque sauce. Chipoltle Cinnamon-brined Chicken - grilled to a golden brown, mouth-watering perfection. Spatchcocked Game Hens, in a sweet basil marinade and grilled under a brick! and garnished with cherry tomatoes and lemon wedges.
Fish Without Fear
A lot of people are intimidated by the idea of grilling fish. With good reason! When you grill fish, does it A) stick to the grill grate; B) break into pieces; C) come out raw in the center; D) come out hopelessly overcooked; or E) all of the above? This show will give you three great ways to grill fish without fear-or tears. Cedar-planked Sockeye Salmon with a delicate miso glaze, served with a fresh fennel and orange slaw. Prosciutto-wrapped whole fresh Brook Trout stuffed with lemon wedges and dill. Trinidadian Grilled Swordfish served on a grilled warm flatbread with cool Caribbean mango salsa.
Vegetarians at the Grill
When I was growing up, the options for a vegetarian at a typical barbecue were limited to hamburger buns or potato salad. In many parts of the world...in India and Japan, for example...meatless grilling produces some of the most interesting food to come off the fire. So whether you're grilling for vegetarians, or you just want to cut back on the meat sometimes, this sizzling show has you covered. Big-on-taste Grilled Pepper Salad topped with currants, capers, and feta cheese crumbles. Paella Primavera: A Not-So-Traditional Paella with a colorful blend of garden fresh grilled vegetables. Fire-roasted Apples stuffed with cream cheese, apricot preserves, and lightly sprinkled with brown sugar.
Shoulders and Butts
In Memphis, Tennessee, and the Carolinas, "barbecue" means just one thing: pork shoulder smoke-roasted until it's so tender you can pull it apart with your fingers. But pit masters all over the world love this crusty, meaty, well-marbled cut, and today, I'm going to show you how to grill the perfect pork shoulder-American, Caribbean, and even Balinese style. No ifs, ands, or pork butts, about it. Tender, South Carolina Smoked Pork shoulder with mustard sauce and creamy coleslaw. Balinese Roast Pork (babi guling) infused with fragrant spices and served with Grilled Green Beans and Saffron rice. Cochinita pibil Succulent Pit-roasted Pork served with pickled onions and "Dog's Snout Salsa" from the Yucatan.
Raichlen On Ribs
Every self-respecting grill master should have at least one infallible rib recipe under his or her belt. Here are three that are guaranteed to make you look like a pro. Master grillmanship requires more than great recipes: this show will teach you all the techniques and technical know-how you need to nail the perfect rib. Racks of smoky Baby Back Ribs, mopped for moistness and glazed with a lemon-brown sugar sauce. Five-spice Shanghai Beef Short Ribs and served with Shanghai Hoisin barbecue sauce. Countryside Ribs served with a colorful, tasty Chilean pebre salsa.
Shellfish come from the water, but deliver their ultimate flavor through fire. Grill masters from California to the Mediterranean to Australia back me up on this. In this show you'll learn to grill "drunken sailors" (tequila marinated oysters), ginger-mint buttered lobster, and a spectacular grilled shrimp cocktail. Drunken sailors: Oysters on the half-shell, soaked in an irresistible tequila marinade. Kicked-up Shrimp Cocktail with fresh Mediterranean salsa. Morton Bay Bugs - lobster tails grilled and served with a ginger-mint butter sauce.
One Good Turn (Rotisserie Grilling)
Are we listening when you write in to the Barbecue Board? You bet! And one question you ask a lot is how to improve your rotisserie skills. Spit-roasting is one of the world's most ancient and universal forms of grilling, and there's nothing like it for producing exceptionally moist meat with a crackling crisp crust. Here's the lowdown on spit-roasting duck, prime rib, and even baby back ribs. Sweet, Pineapple-glazed Baby Back Ribs in a ginger-orange barbecue sauce. Spit-roasted Prime Rib seasoned with garlic cloves and herbs and served with horseradish cream sauce. Spit-roasted Peking Duck - an outdoor version of the classic - with Hoisin-plum sauce.
Learning to Love Lamb
The statistics are in and the winner is...definitely not lamb. Americans consume less than 1 pound per person per year. But on any given night, more pit masters around the world are grilling lamb than probably any other meat. The lamb zone begins in Morocco and extends east all the way to New Zealand. You cannot consider yourself a well-rounded grill master until you've mastered lamb. Fall-off-the-bone-tender lamb Barbacoa marinated in a smoky adobo sauce. Succulent yogurt-marinated Lamb Chops served over saffron rice. Lamb Burgers seasoned to perfection and served on grilled pita with a yogurt-cucumber sauce.
Tailgating: Games On!
Why do you want to learn how to grill? To expand your personal knowledge? To impress your family and friends? Admit it: the real reason you want to boost your barbecue skills is to show off at your next tailgate party. We've got you covered with three great dishes that are easy to grill in a parking lot and that will help you smoke the competition. Lemon-soy Sirloin served with refreshing cucumber salsa and sesame garlic bread. Buffa-que Shrimp served with a blue cheese crumble dressing and crunchy celery sticks. The tailgater's ultimate - Chili Beer Chicken Wings with sweet chili glaze.
Really Big Beef
In barbecue, as in life, bigger is often better. Especially when it comes to beef. Every aspiring grill master should know how to tackle the big cuts-brisket, prime rib, and whole beef tenderloin. Big beef, like big game, will impress the hell out of your guests. Are you up to the challenge? Bacon-crusted Texas-style Brisket with BBQ beer mop sauce. Fragrant Rosemary Rib Roast studded with minced garlic and melted asiago cheese. The ultimate cheesesteak-a spectacular beef tenderloin stuffed with grilled poblano chilies, onions, and provolone cheese - and served on garlic bread.
On The Bone
When it comes to flavor, you can't beat meat that's still attached to the bone. This simple truth is appreciated by anyone who has ever barbecued a rack of ribs, grilled a long-bone veal chop, or roasted a whole leg of lamb. Grilling and, more importantly, serving meat on the bone, transports us to a time back before the invention of knives and forks when barbecue buffs ate with their hands, chewing the fire-roasted meat right off the bone. Discover your inner caveman.Marinated veal chops with Catalan viniagrette; Smoke-Roasted leg of lamb Provencale; Kalbi qui, butterflied Korean short ribs.
In A Hurry
More taste than time? There's no excuse not to fire up your grill. Travel the world's barbecue trail and you'll discover that in many countries, grilling is the original fast food. Here are three grilled masterpieces that let you assuage your hunger without making you break a sweat-basil-grilled tuna steaks, chicken breasts grilled under a brick, and coconut-grilled pineapple for dessert. Because there's simply no reason not to fire up the grill when you get home from work.Basil-grilled Tuna steaks with arugula salad; Chicken grilled under bricks Grilled zucchini and yellow squash with Greek spices Coconut-grilled pineapple.
In The Wild
Back before there were supermarkets (or barbecue grills), grill masters hunted, fished, gathered, and grilled in the wild. This show celebrates the primal pleasures of cooking wild foods with live fire. It starts with-what else? Wwild salmon from the Pacific Northwest grilled on cedar planks with a juniper and wild berry glaze. Our next course is grilled elk loin, marinated in wine and wrapped in bacon, and grilled wild mushrooms foraged in the forests of Washington State. Steven will even show you a wild dessert-a smoke-roasted wild fruit crumble.Cedar-planked wild salmon with a juniper and wild berry glaze; Wine-marinated Elk loin, with grilled mushrooms Smoke-roasted wild fruit crumble.
By The Sea
Seafood may come from the water, but nothing brings out its briny succulence like the high, dry, smoky heat of the grill. This truth is readily apparent on the beaches of Brazil, at the waterfront grill stalls in Asia, and the seaside communities of the Yucatan. Here are three great grilled seafood dishes that solve the age-old problems of fish sticking to the grill grate or breaking apart when you go to turn it: Brazilian coconut grilled shrimp, Asian garlic grilled halibut, and snapper grilled in banana leaves, Yucatan-style. And grilled asparagus rafts make an appropriately nautical accompaniment.Brazilian coconut shrimp kebabs; Garlic-sesame halibut; Asparagus rafts; Snapper grilled in banana leaves.
On The Range
Grilling brings out the cowboy in all of us. After all, smoked brisket originated in Texas cattle country and barbecue was brought to Missouri with the great cattle drives along the Chisholm Trail from Fort Worth to the meat-packing houses in Kansas City. This show will make you at home on the range, or at least at home with some of the smoked and grilled foods traditionally associated with America's cattle country: Hellfire T-bone steaks (with grilled jalapeno poppers to keep them company), smoked brisket, and, the newest addition to the "range"-free-range chicken grilled with herbed butter under the skin.Beef brisket with coffee rub and red-eye barbecue sauce; Hellfire T-bone steaks with tarragon butter; Jalapeno Poppers stuffed with ham and pepper jack cheese; Free-range Chicken stuffed under the skin with flavored butter.
From The Garden.
Barbecue means meat to millions of grill masters, of course, but it's also about vegetables. Just ask one of India's 300 million vegetarians, who love tandoori (Indian barbecue pit cooking) every bit as much as a carnivore does. When it comes to bringing out the caramelized sweetness of a vegetable, nothing beats the searing heat of a grill. In this Episode, Steven will show you a barbecue where vegetarians will not feel like second-class citizens. On the menu? Grilled eggplant "caprese" salad; Indian pepper, tomato, and paneer cheese kebabs (served with Indian grilled puff pastry); and a "carb-haters" sandwich-grilled portabello mushrooms cheeseburgers.Grilled eggplant "caprese"; Indian pepper, tomato, and paneer cheese kebabs with mint chutney Side dish: Indian grilled "puff pastry"; Portobello mushroom cheeseburgers.
On The Vine
Beer may be the beverage served at a lot of American cook-outs, but much of the world's barbecue trail runs directly through regions famed for their wine. This show will focus on the important role vines and wines play in barbecue-the former as a wrapping and fuel; the latter as an ingredient in marinades and sauces. Trout grilled in grape leaves; red-wine marinated filet mignon; and an interesting twist on "beer can" chicken, made with cabernet sauvignon. So the next time you fire up your grill, don't forget your corkscrew.Trout grilled in grape leaves stuffed with Pesto and lemon slices; Red wine chicken with cabernet barbecue sauce; Wine- marinated filet mignons.
In The Fire
The first "grills" possessed neither grates nor burners. The grilling was done right in the embers. The march towards barbecue enlightenment hasn't completely eliminated this primal method of grilling. In this show, you'll learn how to roast eggplants in the embers to make Middle Eastern baba ghanouj and see how a caveman might have cooked sweet potatoes. Our main dish routinely makes eyes pop and jaws drop in Bogota, Colombia: beef tenderloin wrapped in salt and cloth and roasted in the embers. And for dessert, an ingenious twist on that campfire classic, the S'more.The real baba ghanouj, fire-roasted; Eggplant Lomo al trappo, whole beef tenderloin roasted in cloth; Roasted Sweet potatoes; Shortbread s'mores.
On The Rotisserie
Many of the world's great grill cultures cook their best barbecue on the rotisserie. Consider Brazil's rodizio, Greek souvlaki and gyro, and Morocco's majestic mechoui. To judge from your many e-mails, spit-roasting is a live fire cooking method our viewers would like to know more about. In this show, you'll learn how to grill a sausage -and cheese-stuffed rib roast, how to grill a Greek-style whole hog over a wood fire, and how to make Moroccan-style lamb ribs-cooked to a turn on a gas-fired rotisserie.Brazilian-style rib roast stuffed with sausage and cheese; Greek-style whole hog, with Greek Isle herbs; Mechoui lamb ribs with harissa sauce.
In A Pickle
Brining may seem like a relatively modern technique, but it's centuries, if not millennia, old. In fact, that's the origin of the English word pickle-pockel was the Old English word for brine. Brining has the dual advantages of keeping intrinsically dry foods, like pork chops and chicken breasts, moist on the grill, and it also adds an extra layer of flavor. In this show you'll learn all about brining and marinating, including a wine-brined butterflied leg of lamb, bourbon-brined pork chops, and a "brine" you actually inject into a turkey with a hypodermic needle.Butterflied leg of lamb, Korean-style; Bourbon-brined pork chops; Fireman's corn, soaked in sugar and salt water and grilled Cajun-style smoked turkey.
Up In Smoke
Spice may give barbecue its personality, but smoke is its heart and soul. This truth is obvious to anyone who has spent time in American barbecue country (in Texas or Kansas City, for example). What you may not realize is how universal smoking really is. In this show, you'll learn how to smoke Cousin Dave's chocolate chile ribs in an offset barrel smoker, Chinese-style duck in a water smoker, and ginger-stuffed smoked pears in a kettle grill. And because, as Raichlen's rule states: If something tastes good baked, fried, or sauteed, it probably tastes even better grilled.Smoked duck with Chinese seasonings; Cousin Dave's chocolate chile ribs; Smoke-roasted pears with lemon and ginger.
On The Wing
When we were growing up, barbecue meant chicken that was burned black as coal on the outside (the result of applying the sweet barbecue sauce too early), served half-raw inside, and perfumed with the scent of lighter fluid. If this sounds familiar, listen up. Here are three great fail-proof ways to grill chicken-yakitori-style, herb-scented game hens on the rotisserie, and Malaysian-style spatchcocked chicken.Yakitori chicken kebabs; Game hens flavored with herbs and mustard Malaysian Spatchcocked chicken.
At The Game
A football game would be a sorry experience without tailgating. And tailgating revolves around grilling. Of course, just as the meaning of "football" varies around the world, so does what you grill. Whether the ball is oval or round, whether the game is football or soccer, this show will help you smoke the competition. Next up: grilled quesadillas; burgers two ways; and grilled pork chop "calzones."Grilled quesadillas; Burgers 2 ways: hamburgers with herb butter and Inside/out cheeseburgers; Grilled pork chop "calzones"- with pepperoni and cheese.
Think back. Way back. To that momentous occasion more than a million years ago, when our prehistoric ancestors learned how to master fire-and cook. This show focuses on some of the world's most primal grilling. Mussels grilled on a bed of flaming pine needles, as they do on the west coast of France. Salmon roasted on redwood sticks in front of an open fire in the style of the Yurok Indians of northern California. T-bone steaks grilled directly on the embers, and fire-grilled Garlic Bread. Awaken your inner caveman. It's primal grilling on Primal Grill.Mussels on Pine Needles; Salmon on a Stick; Caveman T-Bones with Garlic and Peppers; Fire-Grilled Garlic Bread.
In 1516, a Spanish explorer encountered a band of Taino Indians roasting game and seafood on a wooden frame over a smoky fire. They called the cooking device a barbacoa-the origin of modern barbecue. This show takes us to the birthplace of barbecue-the Caribbean-where you'll learn to make Jamaican jerk chicken, buccaneer baby back ribs with pineapple barbecue sauce, and a Raichlen classic: shrimp grilled on sugarcane.Jamaican Jerk Chicken; Buccaneer Baby Back Ribs with Pineapple Barbecue Sauce; Shrimp Grilled on Sugarcane.
Gaucho describes the cowboys of northern Argentina and southern Brazil. These rustic cattle herders developed a simple yet powerful style of grilling over an open wood fire, a tradition still celebrated around Planet Barbecue today. Here are three indispensible gaucho favorites: Chicken roasted in a salt crust, from Uruguay's celebrity grill master, Francis Mallmann; the monster beef ribs that made the reputation of Brazil's famous grill house, Fogo de Chao; and a dessert from Brazil's cattle country, a pineapple you roast on the rotisserie.Chicken in a Salt Crust; Gaucho Beef Ribs; Brazilian Rotisserie Pineapple.
Since Roman times, the Italian focus-hearth-has made monumental contributions to the world of live fire cooking. A new addition to the Primal Grill equipment collection, an authentic Italian-style wood-burning oven, inspired this show's menu: two versions of Italy's iconic food, pizza, cooked on the floor of the oven but easily adapted to a conventional grill; wood oven-roasted sweet and sour duck; and monster bone-in pork chops glazed with a reduction of red wine, honey, and balsamic vinegar. Benissimo.Wood Oven Pizzas (Margherita and Bacon Potato); Sweet and Sour Duck; Grilled Pork Chops with Cipollini Onion Sauce; Grilled Cipollini Onions on Skewers.
Burn in the USA
The whole world grills, and a few countries smoke. But only one place on Planet Barbecue has highly evolved traditions of both-the U.S.A. (Of course, in the South, Midwest, and Texas, smoked meats are better known as barbecue.) In previous seasons of Primal Grill, we've shown you how to barbecue the familiar-chicken, ribs, and brisket. So here's a look at some less well-known regional live fire cooking: lobster the way we do it on Martha's Vineyard (my summer home); Texas beef clod-a massive cut from the shoulder that handily feeds a carnivorous horde; and Puerto Rican pork shoulder, seasoned with oregano and garlic, basted with annatto oil, and spit-roasted until the skin is shatteringly crisp and the meat fork-tender.Lobster Martha's Vineyard-Style; Texas Clod; Puerto Rican Pork Shoulder.