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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 …

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Smoke on the Water… In Vegas?!

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Just when I thought Vegas couldn’t get any cooler, this happens. Smoke on the Water Productions has two barbecue competitions rolling into Sin City this weekend. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned pro or a weekend griller, one or the other has you covered. High Stakes: USA Barbecue Championship Making its first appearance at The Orleans Hotel & Casino …

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Dave’s Chile Podcasts To Begin

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Sunbelt Shows, Inc., owner of Burn! Magazine and the Fiery Foods & Barbecue SuperSite, has announced the launch of Dave DeWitt’s Chile Podcasts, a weekly audio show that features interviews with the top leaders and characters in the fiery foods and barbecue industries.  The theme of the first series of three podcasts is “SuperHot” and features interviews with James Beck …

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Now Available: The New Issue of Burn!

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Hey all you lovers of peppers, smoke, and sauce, the new issue of Burn! Magazine is on the virtual newsstand and ready for reading. I hope you’ll enjoy the newest issue. It’s chock full of great information like a how-to for making your own pastrami, an article all about salsa, recipes for Cinco de Mayo, a recap of the 2011 …

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New Issue of Burn! Magazine Out May 1!

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Don’t miss a single fiery issue of Burn! Magazine The next issue of Burn! will be released May 1st. In it, we’ll explore Australia’s Barbecue Heritage, travel to the Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ festival, and take a look at the seductive qualities of salsa, plus much more! Burn! is your antidote for all the look-alike “food porn” mags. Sassy, sharp, …

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Be the Next Garlic-Cooking Superstar!

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“So You Think You Can Cook With Garlic” is a culinary call-to-arms to the garlic geeks who overtake the small town of Gilroy, California every July. Gilroy Garlic Festival organizers threw down the gauntlet April 4 on Facebook. “For over three decades Festival guests have attended the Great Garlic Cook-Off or the Garlic Showdown and left muttering under their garlicky …

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Smoke Chasing: The Ultimate Ridin’ & BBQ Eatin’ Grand Tour

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Oh, happy day! Finally, an event that fulfills my dream of eating ribs while riding a motorcycle…almost. From March 25 to October 1, 2011 competition ‘cue in Georgia means eating the smoky goodness instead of making it. Smoke Chasing is a self-paced BBQ Grand Tour, combining riding and BBQ while supporting a great cause: Eddie’s Road, a charitable foundation helping …