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Recipe of the Week: Planked Saffron Halibut with Avocado and Tropical Fruit Salsa

Jul 29, 2011

Makes 4–6 servings

This unusual recipe from my friend Mike the fishmonger, which I’ve adapted for the plank, pairs the intense flavor of the spiced halibut with a cool tropical salsa. Substitute snapper for halibut for a stronger flavor. Cuban-style Black Beans and Rice go very well with this, so I’ve...


Recipe of the week: Beef Burger with Herbed Butter Core and Caramelized Onions

Jul 22, 2011

Makes 4 burgers

This recipe won the burger category at the Canadian National Barbecue Championship in Whistler, British Columbia, in the summer of 2003. More than a burger, it is the Atkins equivalent of a jelly doughnut (if you forego the bun). It’s a life-shaping experience that should probably be accompanied...


Recipes of the Week: Three Great Summer Salads

Jul 15, 2011

Even though it's not much of a summer so far here in the West, and the growing season is extraordinarily late, we're getting into the best time of year for fresh fruit and veggies. Serve any or all of these great summer salads along whatever you've got coming off the grill, and even if you can't see the sun,...


Recipe of the Week: The Fire Chef's BBQ Salmon on a Plank

Jul 8, 2011

The Fire Chef’s BBQ Salmon on a Plank

Makes 4–6 servings

The late David Veljacic was the father of barbecue in Canada, founding the Canadian National Barbecue Championship in New Westminster back in 1988. David was a firefighter, hence his nickname, “The Fire Chef.” He was diagnosed with cancer several...


Recipe of the Week: Cheater Ribs

Jul 1, 2011

  Cheater Ribs

(From Barbecue Secrets DELUXE!)

Makes 4 servings 

Die-hard barbecue people don’t even like to consider this technique, which goes against all the principles and values of barbecue culture. These ribs may not be smoky, and they may not be quite as flavorful as true barbecued ribs, but they’re...