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27 Barbecue Recipes and Tricks From Celebrity Chefs

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Flame and Fortune
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Flame and Fortune

If you need recipes filled with flavor for barbecue season, and expert tips on how to pull them off, look no further. Our grill-themed culinary tour of entrees, sides, and desserts is led by super chefs from Bobby Flay and Katie Lee to both Paula and Jamie Deen.


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Guy Fieri's Grilled Shrimp Tacos
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Bobby Flay's Perfectly Grilled Steak
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Wolfgang Puck's Pork Back Ribs with Spicy Dipping Sauce
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Wolfgang Puck's Pork Back Ribs With Spicy Dipping Sauce

One of the original celebrity chefs, Puck hasn't slowed down — and his fall-off-the-bone ribs show he remains dedicated to unique flavors. This tour-de-force recipe features more than 10 spices, but has a delicious payoff.


Recipe:  People


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Rachael Ray's Nacho Burgers
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Martha Stewart's Barbecued Pork-and-apple Kebab
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Tyler Florence's Pulled Pork Barbecue
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Tyler Florence's Pulled Pork Barbecue

Florence shares a full-meal deal: An elaborate pulled-pork recipe featuring cider-vinegar barbecue sauce, a slaw recipe to top the sandwich (onions, red chile and lemon juice zip it up), and a suggested drink pairing: dark beer.


Recipe:  Food Network


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Florence Henderson's New York Deli Dogs
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Florence Henderson's New York Deli Dogs

Taking a spin in the kitchen during an episode of "Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off," Mrs. Brady drew deep on creativity — with Russian dressing and pastrami, no less — for her attempt at the summertime staple.


Recipe:  Food Network


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Pastrami Burger
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Katie Lee's Best Barbecue Ribs Ever
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Katie Lee's Best Barbecue Ribs Ever

Unexpected ingredients from low-sodium chicken broth to dried oregano and apple cider vinegar — and baking the ribs before grilling — give baby-back ribs some punch. As Katie Lee says, "These ribs are insanity."


Recipe:  The Rachael Ray Show


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Robert Irvine's Grilled Chicken Breast
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Robert Irvine's Grilled Chicken Breast

If you think grilled chicken is all about drumsticks dripping in sauce, Irvine's spin offers a light approach courtesy of basil, grapeseed oil and bell peppers.


Recipe:  Robert Irvine


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Paula Deen's Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Garlic
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Paula Deen's Grilled Asparagus With Lemon and Garlic

Forget the heavy sauces — and Paula Deen's typically butter-drenched recipes — this straight-ahead recipe shows that a quick prep of vegetables, with just a bit of seasoning, can take center stage in a healthy barbecue.


Recipe: Paula Deen


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Carla Hall's Barbecue Baked Beans
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Carla Hall's Barbecue Baked Beans

"The Chew" may be gone, but the recipes shared by its hosts live on. Hall's spin on a classic barbecue side comes to life with yellow mustard, chicken sausage (instead of the usual ham/pork), and green bell pepper.


Recipe: FoodUS


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Cola Ribs
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The Neelys' Sweet Cola Ribs

You can marinate meat in almost anything, and using the sweetness of cola isn't a new trick — but it's also not well-known. This recipe from the Neelys also makes sure to take off ribs' fatty membrane before they hit the grill.


Recipe: Food Network


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Emeril Lagasse's Grilled Sweet Corn, Vidalias, and Tomatoes
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Emeril Lagasse's Grilled Sweet Corn, Vidalias, and Tomatoes

Lagasse's secret to this dish? Soaking the corn in water for 24 hours. You won't ask why once you taste this deceptively simple offering that lets each ingredient's flavor shine through.


Recipe:  Emeril Lagasse


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Rocco Dispirito's Barbecue Sauce
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Ina Garten's Grilled Panzanella
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Ree Drummond's Special Sliders
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Ree Drummond's Special Sliders

This one took us totally by surprise: Ree Drummond, better known as The Pioneer Woman, uses heavy cream in her sliders' meat. It's an easy recipe that lends itself to countless topping interpretations to give them further distinction.


Recipe:  Food Network


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Giada De Laurentiis' Grilled Strawberry Shortcake
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Giada De Laurentiis' Grilled Strawberry Shortcake

Giadzy, De Laurentiis' new website, is a trove of unusual takes on grilling, from Grilled Guacamole to Grilled Clams with Herbed Butter to Grilled Plum Salad. For this dessert, she suggests a vegetable grill pan to stop berries from dropping into the coals.


Recipe:  Giada De Laurentiis


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Jamie Deen's Molasses Grilled London Broil
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Tomato Pesto Sandwich
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Curtis Stone's Barbecued Cheese Sandwich With Pesto and Tomato

Aussie Stone predictably devotes an entire section of his website to recipes "On the Barbie," from grilled T-bone steaks with chimichurri sauce to barbecued prawns and mixed vegetables with lemon zest, garlic, and fresh herbs. But this sophisticated take on grilled cheese brings barbecue to a new level.


Recipe:  Curtis Stone


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Aaron Sanchez's Tamarind-glazed Ribs
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Aaron Sanchez's Tamarind-Glazed Ribs

Embrace the unexpected. Sanchez has said he sees grilling as an opportunity to experiment with ingredients — and that's clear in a recipe suggestive of the Texas childhood treat of Mexican chili-coated candies.


Recipe:  Aaron Sanchez


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Tomato Salad Pizza
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Ming Tsai's Grilled New Zealand Lamb Rack
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Ming Tsai's Grilled New Zealand Lamb Rack

An intense marinating adds deep flavors to a main course, none more unexpected than this lamb from Tsai that has complex flavors of red wine, thyme, and black peppercorns.


Recipe:  Food Network


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Cat Cora's Grilled Artichokes with Caper Aioli
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Alex Guarnaschelli's Grilled Romaine Salad with Blue Cheese
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Alton Brown's Vanilla Lime Pineapple Skewers
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Grilled Stuffed Eggplant
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Clint Cantwell's Grilled Stuffed Eggplant

Not for vegetarians! Clint Cantwell, winner of Travel Channel's "American Grilled" and founder of Grillocracy.com, has a lot of barbecue recipes to offer, but this one stands out in its uniqueness. Red apples, bacon, brown sugar, and bourbon are the delicious basis for this sophisticated treat for the grill, with charcoal providing a powerful, smoky complement.


Recipe: Kingsford