How to Cook Brats

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Q:  Dear Dr. BBQ,   What is the best way to prepare brats for outdoor cooking?   –Ted in Cincinnati   A:  Hi Ted,   I have spent many afternoons in Wisconsin researching this subject over a few Old Style beers. My technique isn’t exactly the common one but it is similar and involves the same ingredients:  brats, beer, onions …

Lump? Briquettes? What’s the Difference?

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Q:  Dr. BBQ,   I’ve read a lot about charcoal being made out of wood and plywood scraps.  Is this true?  What is the best kind of charcoal to use?    –Cheryl   Oakland.   A:  Hi Cheryl,   There are two main types of charcoal, lump and the more common briquettes. Lump charcoal is partially burned wood and briquettes …

Sauce Can’t Replace a Good Rub

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Q:  Dr. BBQ,   How much of an impact on flavor do you think a rub has, considering the fact that I am saucing the meat at the end?   Lee Fraser   Malden, Mass.   A:  Hi Lee,   I think it has a big impact because of the caramelization that occurs during the cooking process. Think of it …

Tips for Using Wood Chips

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Q: Hi Doc:   For convenience and time saving I sometimes resort to using a gas-fired BBQ and have been unable to successfully generate smoke using wood chips. Any helpful hints on processes, equipment and materials would really be appreciated.   Thanks,    Smitty     A: Hi Smitty,   A gas grill will never work quite the same as a …