Barbecue is a far cry from the days past when you were simply handed a platter of meat and sent outside to a grill. I mean, you don’t see leg of lamb braising contests at every turn, or weekend-long fish sautéing competitions — at least not yet — and while you won’t see men look longingly at a stock pot, they will ogle a smoker or a grill like it’s the centerfold of a men’s magazine.
Here is the thing: sadly, we have made BBQ complicated, as though it can only be great if you have a huge smoker attached to a trailer and pulled by a souped-up, four-wheel drive (I call it over compensating for something). We’ve taken BBQ to the extreme and made it feel out of reach for the ordinary average Joe or Jane.
It doesn’t have to be. There are the fundamental BBQ rules, and once…
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