It’s 4th of July weekend, and for a lot of Bay Area cooks that means heading outdoors and firing up the grill. We’ll talk BBQ and grilling techniques, and compare notes on favorite foods prepared by fire.

Barbeque and Grilling Tips 1 July,2011forum

Eric Markoff, chef at Anchor and Hope in San Francisco and developer of the BBQ program at Town Hall Restaurant
Amanda Gold, food writer for the San Francisco Chronicle
Chris Ying, editor in chief for Lucky Peach Quarterly, a new journal of food writing published by McSweeney's
Ryan Farr, owner, chef and butcher for 4505 Meats

  • Eric

    It’s ironic that the subject of grilling comes right after clean air vehicles.  We always hear not to grill on spare the air days.  In the long term, how does the pollution produced by grilling compare to other activities such as fireplace fires, driving, or mowing the lawn?  Are there things we can do to reduce the impact of grilling without giving up this tasty tradition?

  • Neal

    My brother just cooked the whole pig, and he said it was awesome.  Where do you get a whole big in the bay area?

  • Newell_Post

    Please stop talking about St. Louis style Bar-B-Q!  I lived there for nearly 10 years.  There were very few BBQ places in St. Louis, and the ones that existed were terrible.   Most of them served BBQ with a side of spaghetti, and there was no difference between the two sauces!

    Kansas City has good BBQ.  Not St. Louis.

  • Stephen

    I’ve read that problem with cooking is that heat dries out meat because moisture evaporates. And the longer and hotter you cook, more of the moisture escapes. How long and at what intensity should meats be cooked to achieve good moisture, flavor, etc.?

  • Desi-mom

    I’m pregnant and in my third trimester, and I read about  soo many diet restrictions (no raw eggs, meat can’t be rare, I’m not even sure if charcoal is okay..). How’s a pregnant woman supposed to celebrate 4th of July ?!

  • Higberts

    Please Comment on to Gas Grill Or Charcoal Grill ?  Pros and Cons! 

    We are torn about buy a Gas Grill. 

    Many Thanks, Kim

    • Joe

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  • Jdallett

    Grass fed beef info was incorrect. Always cook same temp but 30% less time and slow finish for a nice rosy red center.

  • wotten1

    Dunno if post-program comments are seen/read/responded to, but would like to learn what Lucky Peach Quarterly is about—curious about food writing within a journal. 

    btw, is “Lucky” a rub-off term from early Chinese restaurant names?  ; )

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