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Do You Know the Difference? BBQ Terms to Master

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When you become a griller or barbecuermaybe youre on your way to becoming a true pit masteryou have to learn a whole new vocabulary. Almost a different language. And from your email or your posts on social media, we sense there are some barbecue terms you are confused about. One of them is pork tenderloin versus pork loin, a distinction that can make a huge difference in a recipe. In this, the first of a series, were going to help clear up any confusion and suggest recipes to illustrate all. Please feel free to suggest other bbq terms to us (anonymously, if you want) for explanation.

Whats the Difference Between Baby Back Ribs and Spare Ribs?

Huli-Huli Spare Ribs

Baby Back Ribs

Cut from high on the hog, these flattish ribs are attached to the backbone and are perceived to be more tender and less fatty than spare ribs. Usually weighing about 2 pounds per slab, baby backs are often favored by home and competition barbecuers alike.

Spare Ribs

Closer to the belly, spare ribs are larger and more curved as they approach the breastbone. A rack typically weighs 3 pounds or more and is meatier and fattier than a rack of baby backs. Theyre often sold as St. Louis-style ribs, which means the butcher has accentuated their rectangular shape by trimming the tips and cartilage. Preferred by in the know pit masters.

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Whats the Difference Between Shrimp and Prawns?

Grill-Top Shrimp Boil

Shrimp

In North America, these succulent crustaceans are commonly called shrimp, unless they are larger. (Shrimp sold as U-10s, for example10 pieces per poundare sometimes labeled prawns to increase their appeal on restaurant menus or justify a higher price.)

Prawns

Confusingly, the term prawns is preferred to shrimp in Ireland, India, and South Africa as well as Commonwealth countries like the UK, New Zealand, and Australia. Scientifically, however, prawns differ from shrimp in structure, reproductive habits, and environmental preferences: Most shrimp are harvested from salt water, while prawns come from fresh water. Happily, prawns and shrimp are interchangeable in the kitchen or on the grill or smoker.

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Whats the Difference Between Pork Loin and Pork Tenderloin?

Pork Loin Reuben

Pork Loin

This lean, boneless cylinder of meat is not only one of the most economical cuts at the butcher counter, but is very versatile. Its attached to the top of the ribs at the backbone. Weighing up to 5 pounds or more (smaller portions are often sold as center-cut pork roasts), it can be indirect grilled, spit-roasted, stuffed, or even cut into individual steaks and grilled directly. It is most tender when cooked to 145 degrees (pink) or slightly beyond. Do not use this cut to make pulled pork as cooking it to 195 will make the meat impossibly dry.

Pork Tenderloin

Visually, size distinguishes pork tenderloin from pork loin. The former weighs about a pound and is often vacuum-sealed in packages of two. (One tenderloin feeds two average appetites or one large one.) Its a small, little-exercised muscleits used for posture, not locomotionnear the pigs lower back, extending into the ham. Very tender and flavorful when not overcooked. It is a great candidate for marinating. Be sure to trim off any visible silverskin before direct grilling.

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Whats the Difference Between Pork Shoulder and Picnic Ham?

St. Louis Pork Steaks

Pork Shoulder

Often called pork butt or Boston butt, pork shoulder is the preferred cut for barbecuing low and slow, especially for pulled pork. Well-marbled, it can also be cross-cut into pork shoulder steaks, which is a specialty of St. Louis (see a link to the recipe below). Usually sold bone-in in 3 to 5 pound portions.

Picnic Ham

The lower part of the pork shoulder (see above) is called the picnic ham. The bone to meat ratio is higher and it requires longer smoking times to break down the fat, muscle, and tendons. Less expensive than pork butt but very flavorful, its a great cut to smoke when you need ham-like smoked meat to flavor soups, collard greens, etc.

Pork Shoulder Recipes:

Whats the Difference Between Direct Grilling and Indirect Grilling?

How to Grill A Safe But Juicy Burger

Direct Grilling

This is the simplest, most straightforward, and widely practiced method of grilling on Planet Barbecue. Its the method used to cook thinnish, tender, quick-cooking foods over a hot fire. They might include chicken breasts or thighs, thinner steaks or chops, burgers, hot dogs, shrimp, fish fillets, kebabs, sliced vegetables, sliced bread, etc. Set up a small kettle grill, hibachi, or even a Tuscan grill in your fireplace or over a campfire, and youre in business!

Indirect Grilling

Indirect grilling refers to a cooking method in which you cook food next tonot directly overthe fire. (Steven prefers to indirect grill between two fires.) It is also the method used for true barbecue. Use it when cooking whole or thicker foodswhole chickens or turkeys, prime rib, beef tenderloin, pork loin roasts, pulled pork, beef or veal brisket, dense vegetables or fruits (like whole onions, cabbages, or apples), whole fish, whole hams, leg of lamb, planked foods, and more.

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By: Cialina TH
Title: Do You Know the Difference? BBQ Terms to Master
Sourced From: barbecuebible.com/2020/02/21/beginner-bbq-terms-to-master/
Published Date: 02/21/20

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Jalapeño-Lime Chicken Skewers

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When I'm devising a marinade, I always taste it to ensure the flavor and seasoning are all in line with expectations. It's not uncommon for a marinade to get pushed in a directions that makes it taste a bit overboard on its own, but that's often needed because flavors will get diminished when the marinade is adorning its subject and has been cooked. There have been some marinades though that I try and think, “I'd eat that with a spoon.” I don't think I've actually developed a recipe though where the marinade purposefully did double duty as a meat seasoning and dip, so I figured I might as well give that shot and see how it works out. In the case of these jalapeño-lime chicken skewers, the answer was, surprisingly well.

The trickiest part of this recipe was finding the right balance to the sauce so it would taste good as a dip, but also have enough flavor to work as a marinade. To achieve that, I started with tangy Greek yogurt as a base since that seemed like a good direction for a dual purpose sauce. I pureed the yogurt in a blender with cilantro, cumin, jalapeño, garlic, and lime juice and zest. The result was a sauce that had a good hit of heat, hefty tang, and appealing green hue. The cumin and garlic also gave it some extra depth and nuance that I may have dialed up if this would have been used a marinade alone, but I knew would come out in the final dish after the chicken was dipped in the sauce.

Jalapeño-lime Chicken Skewers

Once I had the sauce settled, I took to the task of cubing up chicken for the skewers. I advocate for chicken thighs for this use in most instance because the added flavor and fat in the dark meat adds insurance to ending with juicy results. The only place breasts actually do better than thighs in this application is they cube up more nicely—for the thighs, I sometimes have to cut longer strips that I then fold over on the skewer to arrive at a more cube-like shape.

Jalapeño-lime Chicken Skewers

After the chicken was prepped, I moved it into a medium bowl and poured in roughly half the sauce. I tossed that to ensure the chicken was all well coated, then covered, and set it in the fridge. While the marinade had a fair amount of lime juice, the citric acid doesn't have such a drastic effect on the texture of the meat that it can't be left to marinate overnight. The marinade doesn't need that long though to do its work and I only let mine rest in the fridge for about six hours—prepping it in the morning and then cooking it in the mid-afternoon.

Jalapeño-lime Chicken Skewers

When the time came to grill, I skewered up the chicken and then lit a full chimney of coals. After letting the grill preheat, I placed the skewers over direct, high heat and let them cook. At the start, they stuck to the grates with might, but as they seared, the meat began to release and I was able to begin flipping.

Jalapeño-lime Chicken Skewers

I had to deal with some sticking still here and there, but nothing that a little extra scrape with the tongs couldn't handle. As each side was more evenly seared, I was able to move the chicken around easier, at which point I flipped and turned them more regularly so they would be well browned and cooked through all over. You can always test doneness with an instant-read thermometer—you're looking for between 160 to 165°F—but I found for this recipe, once everything was well browned, the chicken was definitely done, which took about ten minutes of grilling time total.

Jalapeño-lime Chicken Skewers

Following the glamour shots, I verified chicken itself had a very nice flavor. The marinade definitely was on the lighter side, but the brightness of the lime and cilantro came through along with a bit of earthiness from the cumin and fruitiness from the jalapeño, but with very little heat. That mellow, yet effective, flavor got a big boost after a dip in the reserved sauce, which brought in a lot of what was already happening, but in a more pronounced way that also delivered a nice spiciness which was balanced by the cooling yogurt. It definitely made a good case that a sauce can do dual work as a marinade and dip given the right attention to detail.

Published on Thu Sep 9, 2021 by Joshua Bousel

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  • Yield 4 servings
  • Prep 15 Minutes
  • Inactive 4 Hours
  • Cook 10 Minutes
  • Total 4 Hours 25 Minutes

Ingredients

  • For the Sauce
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup packed roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 medium jalapeño, stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 2 medium cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • Kosher salt, to taste
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  • 2lbs chicken thighs, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • Metal or bamboo skewers
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped cilantro, for garnish

Procedure

  1. To make the marinade: Place yogurt, cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, jalapeño, garlic, lime zest, soy sauce, cumin, and brown sugar in the jar of a blender. Puree until all ingredients are very finely chopped and sauce is green and smooth. Transfer 1/2 of sauce to a medium bowl, add in cubed chicken, and to evenly coat. Cover bowl and place in refrigerator and marinate for 4 hours to overnight. Transfer remaining sauce to an airtight container and place in refrigerator.
  2. Thread chicken onto skewers so each piece is touching the next.
  3. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over entire surface of coal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Grill chicken, turning occasionally, until well browned on all sides and center of meat registers between 160-165°F on an instant read thermometer, about 10 minutes total. Transfer skewers to platter and let rest for 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve immediately with reserved sauce for dipping.

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Title: Jalapeño-Lime Chicken Skewers
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Published Date: 09/09/21

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Hot Link Stuffed Tri-tip

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I used a long slender knife to make a cut all the way from the wide end of the tri-tip to the narrow end. I stopped just short of cutting through the narrow end.

The best way to do this is to make a cut all the way through then turn your knife about 45°F and make another cut all the way through.

Insert about a teaspoon of butter in the entryway..

Push the kielbasa, hotlink, etc. all the way in. If it's having too much trouble, try making the cavity just a little wider with your knife.

I used a link of all beef kielbasa with jalapeños in my stuffed tri-tip.

Sprinkle about 1.5 to 2 teaspoons of course kosher salt on the top side of the tri-tip. I use Morton's in the blue box since it is flaked and dissolves much faster and easier than most other kosher salt. Feel free to use another brand/kind but the amount may need to be modified slightly depending on its granule shape and size.

Please see my article on wet brining vs. dry brining for an in-depth look at this subject.

I also sprinkled it real good with my Texas style rub (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled rub)

Place the tri-tip in the fridge overnight if possible or at least 4 hours to give the salt plenty of time to react with the meat.

Here it is after 10 hours.. ready to go in the smoker.

Setup your smoker for cooking at about 225°F using indirect heat. If your smoker uses a water pan, fill it up.

Once your smoker is heated up and producing smoke, place the tri-tip directly on the grate or you can use a pan/rack to ensure the smoke is able to get to all sides.

I used the Hasty Bake Legacy for this cook.. you can use any smoker or even the grill for this as long as you maintain the correct temperature and remove it when it reaches it's perfect finish temperature.

Let the tri-tip cook for 2 hours or until it reaches an internal temperature of 130°F. If you run at 275°F, it will get done in about an hour or less.

If you want to finish the tri-tip with a sear (recommended), remove it from the smoker when it reaches 110°F and place it on a very hot grill, griddle or iron pan. Sear all sides of the tri-tip and don't forget the sides/edges.

On the Hasty Bake you simply need to remove the deflector over the charcoal pan and raise the pan so that it sits right below the grates in the “sear” position.

Watch the meat carefully and turn as required to sear evenly.

Once the tri-tip is finished cooking, set it on a cutting board and slice it according to the diagram on THIS PAGE.

Just beautiful!!

All sliced up!

Great recipe, Rob! It was really cool having a piece of sausage/hot link nestled into each slice and the flavor was out of this world!

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By: Jeff Phillips
Title: Hot Link Stuffed Tri-tip
Sourced From: www.smoking-meat.com/april-29-2021-hot-link-stuffed-tri-tip
Published Date: 04/29/21

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Mad Scientist BBQ Spare Ribs v2.0

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Smoked another slab or ribs and this time I started up the XL slowly to better control the temp. Rubbed with a little Kosher Salt and Oakridge Dominator Sweet Rib Rub. Smoked for 4 hours at 225. Ramped temp up to 275 gradually for an hour. Then wrapped in foil for 30 minutes. Unwrapped and glazed with Rufus Teague Honey Sweet for 30 minutes. This time each rib was moist compared to my last attempt. I believe this is because I was able to control the temp better by not opening the dome several times to spritz. Next time I may go back to Salt and Pepper for the rub and apply 2 hours prior to the cook. My thermapen was probing tender after the short wrap and the temp was 190 internal.

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Title: Mad Scientist BBQ Spare Ribs v2.0
Sourced From: eggheadforum.com/discussion/1227749/mad-scientist-bbq-spare-ribs-v2-0
Published Date: 04/26/21

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