BBQ Nuts

American Royal Barbecue

The American Royal Barbecue (aka American Royal or The Royal) is the world’s largest BBQ Competition. The event takes place in Kansas City’s historic Stockyards District.  Over 500 BBQ teams participate in The Royal. The American Royal is actually two competitions… the Invitational and the Open.  Grand Champions from qualifying BBQ contests in the previous […]

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Atomic Buffalo Turd (ABT)

An Atomic Buffalo Turd  or as they are commonly known, ABT, is a stuffed jalapeno pepper that is wrapped in bacon then smoked until delicious.  These smoked treats are always a popular appetizer while waiting for the main BBQ course. The basic Atomic Buffalo Turd is a jalapeno pepper sliced in half, filled with cream cheese,

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Au Jus

What is Au Jus? JUS is French for the natural juices given off by meat when cooking. AU is French for… “Awww, this stuff is good!” To most Americans Au Jus is the sauce put on meat or served in a bowl for dipping.  The sauce is made from the meat juices and often enhances with

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BBQ, Barbecue, Barbeque, Bar-B-Q, or just simply Q… It’s called many things. Means different things to different people.  Is used as a noun, verb, or adjective.  And has a language all its own. Our basic definition of BBQ is… Meat that is slow cooked over wood or charcoal for a long period of time. To

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Bear Paws

Bear Paw meat handler forks are used for shredding BBQ meat. They are often used for shredding Boston Butt or Pork Shoulder to make pulled pork sandwiches.  The Bear Paws are also useful for lifting hot food to move from the cooking pan.  They are made from hard plastic. Bear Paws help by making it

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A brine is a mixture of water, salt and seasonings used to enhance a piece of meat prior to cooking. The brine adds moisture to the meat as well as flavor depending on the seasonings used.

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Bullet Smoker

A Bullet Smoker is as the name suggests a smoker that is shaped like a bullet. The basic concept is that the heat source (usually charcoal) is in a pan near the bottom on the bullet smoker.  A water pan typically sits above the heat source.  And then 1 or 2 grates sit above the

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Burnt Ends

Burnt Ends are the tasty treat you get as a bonus for cooking a whole packer brisket. The packer brisket is made up of two parts: the flat and the point.  After the brisket has reached its final temperature the flat and the point are separated.  The burnt ends are made from the point. To

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Cadillac Cut

The Cadillac Cut is a technique for cutting ribs.  It is also known as the Hollywood Cut. Instead of cutting the ribs by slicing the middle of the meat between the bones the meat is cut all the way to the adjacent bone on either side. The result is a rib with a lot of

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Charcoal Chimney

A charcoal chimney is a quick and easy way to get the charcoal (lump or briquette) started. The charcoal is put in the chimney and settles on a grate near the bottom.  Wadded up newspaper is placed in the bottom and lit.  The flames rise up through the chimney and light the charcoal.  Once the

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