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Barbe Yukon Columnist Rob Millar shows Yukoners how to BBQ most anything!

Barbecued Buffalo Burgers

BBQ season is upon us and Buffalo Burgers are a great way to get started. Looking for something different to throw on the grill, a friend of mine suggested a switch from the “same old – same old” ground beef to a local favourite, bison meat. Bison meat is high in protein and contains less …

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Grab It and Grill It

Paraguay is home of the largest one-day open-air barbecue in the world. That’s right folks, don’t touch that dial. On October 26, 2008, in the township of Mariano Roque Alonso, on the outskirts of Asunción, there was a real shaker. They fired up the barbecue (in this case, open fires over an area 60 by …

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Be Careful What You Heat

“Never use suntan lotion on the meat to prevent it from burning on your barbecue.” Now that is solid advice any barbecue chef should observe religiously. Like the Chinese rice noodle, the history of mulled wine is long and will make you sick if you overindulge. As with sangria, mulled wine recipes differ wherever you …

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Barbecue Almost Anything … But No Tails, Please

Barbecue Almost Anything … But No Tails, Please The primeval need to flash-up the grill is totally irresistible … an innate, desperate need passed down through time.am led to believe it is possible to create a time-honoured delicacy, which may or may not include some type of chocolate sauce. I’ll keep you posted on that. …

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‘Last one to leave the country, turn the lights out.’

New Zealanders are outnumbered by sheep by about 15 to 1. They also love to travel, hence the “lights out” line. Rotorua, on the north island of New Zealand, is not only the home of the “boiling mud”, but also an unparalleled sheep demonstration. In the demonstration, the host of the show stands on a …

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Get It and Grill It

Hunting can be a good-news, bad-news scenario, depending on whether you are the hunter or the huntee. Take, for example, the 21-foot-long South African crocodile that hunted and caught a young springbok that was drinking at the river. (Good news for the croc.) If my buddy Steve had been along on this hunt, the croc …

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A Taste of Morocco

After tiring myself out by completing my myriad husbandly duties the other day, my better half recognized my depleted energy level and took over the job of feeding the troops. It is good to know that in this day and age someone still keeps the home fires burning – literally. Instead of tossing the Chipotle …

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Dining a la Mexicana

Every respectable barbecue chef knows that you may have a difficult time barbecuing Mexican dishes. The beans continually fall through the grill. Maybe it has something to do with all of the Coronas during the food-preparation process. Mexico is a great place to eat if you like to eat alfresco. Eating from the food carts …

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How to Grill a Bean Sprout

Imagine having the ability to create a small active volcano using only onion rings, vegetable oil and a very special secret sauce. I have seen it myself. This little gem, created by master chefs, comes from the country that also gave us origami. When I was a young lad, growing up, the ice cream truck …

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Barbecued Pizza?… Why not?

The National Association of Professional Organizers, a group without a single solitary male in it, sounds like an unnecessarily belligerent organization to me. I wonder if they might be the same group responsible for giving men directions in the car while the men are driving. The members of this venerable association have grabbed some great …

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Is there a ‘Barbecue God’?

Possibly the most important question facing the cooking community as a whole today: “Is there a ‘Barbecue God’?” I have recently been impressed by the Indian Elephant God, Ganesha. Ganesha is often seen portrayed riding a mouse, and is the Hindu god of success and remover of all obstacles. The current insurmountable obstacles for me …

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“Don’t come the raw prawn with me mate!”

A tribal counsel in Borneo has fined a man and his lover four buffalo and a pig as punishment for having an extramarital affair, seemingly a rather excessive judgement as they were probably related. This tribal council’s judgement has by no means gone unnoticed by Australia’s Ambassador for People Smuggling. Up to this point, I …

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Remember This Before You Wrestle a Pig

If you think pig wrestling is difficult, you have probably never tried cheese rolling. Last year, 19 SPECTATORS were injured at the Cooper’s Hill cheese rolling contest, apparently injured due to overcrowding. This gripping event has held visitors to Gloucestershire, England spellbound since 1826, and consists of a gaggle of earnest competitors that pursue rolling …

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Barbecued Baked Alaska

Just the mention of Organic Aloha Lu’au BBQ Seasoning and Rub, and you can imagine the gentle evening breeze as it whispers through the swaying fronds of the coconut palms. Alluring bronzed Hawaiian island girls, dancing on the sand, wearing coconut bras, swishing their hips under grass skirts … I know I can picture it …

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When I Married Miss Wright

In retrospect, I was quite fortunate Miss Wright accepted my humble hand in marriage. At the time I met her I was gleefully stumbling along through the valley of the shadow of death, fearing – with the outside exception of wedlock – no evil. Genghis Khan himself would have been proud of me, even though …

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Deserted Island Fare

We were dropped off on the beautiful deserted Tongan island of Kenutu by Steve and Leslie, piloting the 38-foot Mutiny, which they had only recently sailed across the Pacific. During the voyage, Leslie fed us a fabulous lunch of sliced eggplant, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes lightly fried in double virgin olive oil, accompanied by creamy …

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Barbecue in the Winter! Are You Nuts?

The primeval need to flash-up the grill is totally irresistible … an innate, desperate need passed down through time. The outside temperature will never deter the intrepid grillmeister from accomplishing his task (it will just freeze the barbecue knobs. And I don’t mean his buddies). “Intelligence is something we are born with. Barbecuing is a …

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Good Ribs Start With a Boil

“We want Mojo pork butt in a bag,” is an unlikely dinner request to emanate from your regular backyard barbecue clientèle. I won’t even mention “pulled chicken”. “We want ribs,” is more likely to be the cry you may hear from your great-unwashed rabble around dinnertime. The art of smokology may never face as fierce …

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Where There is Smoke, There is Flavour

Cedar plank barbecuing is becoming all the rage … for some very tasty reasons. This is an ancient method of cooking used along the Pacific North-West Coast among First Nations for some time. During a recent pre-ride cookout at Yukon Horsepacking Adventures, our expert chef, Naomi, demonstrated how it is properly done. As when smoking …

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The Greeks Know Barbecue

On a trip to Greece, we set up camp just off the beach at the bottom of a huge cliff; to reach this location we walked down a steep path through an ancient olive grove. The next day we headed back up the path to gather wood for the cooking fire, returning to camp for …

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Hamburgers

The Basic, Perfect Hamburger

  “Bob, stop pouring beer on the meat; the kids have to eat that,” my mother would yell to my Dad in the backyard, scolding him from the porch. One of my earliest memories of a backyard family barbecue is the huge fireball that was sure to rise from the old, red, globe-shaped barbecue that …

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Chicken on a Stick on Ceramic

Discussing which features you might want in a barbecue, a friend of mine stated a ceramic grill is the only way to go. This friend must have spent as much money on barbecues as the total gross domestic product of a small emerging nation, so you have to believe him. Side burners are OK, a …

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