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Judgment Day(s)

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“What about becoming a bbq judge? I want that job!” My best friend said that while we were watching the first season of Barbecue Pit Masters. To the uninitiated, judging a barbecue competition seems like a simple matter of sampling all the food at an event, deciding which tasted the best, and succumbing to a food coma. Not really. The …

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Pretty in Pink: The USDA’s Revised Temp for Pork

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by Mark Masker and the USDA website Oh, happy day! Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) changed its bureaucratic mind on the recommended safe temperature for cooking pork. Swine joins the ranks of beef with a new safe temp of 145 degrees F. for all whole cuts of meat. Or, as we commonly know them, steaks, roasts, and …