Grill-Smoked Pork Shoulder with Spice Rub

Although many recipes instruct you to soak wood chips before grilling, cookbook author Brigit Binns says she’s never found that this enhances the smoking process. Here, the steam rising from the water in the drip pan keeps the meat from drying out during the long cooking.

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Grilled Beef with Salsa Verde

Italy is known for some memorable beef dishes, including bollito misto, a Piedmontese classic of boiled meat served with a sharply flavored salsa verde (green sauce). Here, the salsa verde is perfect with thin slices of grilled flank steak. Green olives add a pleasant savory note. Flank steak is one of the cuts of beef that is lowest in fat. Because it is ...

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Crab and Jalapeño Burgers with Grilled Mango Salsa

These tropical-inspired burgers use crab as a lean protein base. Crab is bursting in vitamin B-12, which helps form healthy blood cells. Bright mango and red onion provide a big dose of vitamins A and C. The salsa imparts a smoky flavor to the patties, thanks to a quick stint on a grill pan before dicing and mixing.

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Planked Miso-Glazed Salmon with Bok Choy

A member of the Chinese cabbage family, bok choy is a popular vegetable in Asian cooking. Be sure to use baby bok choy for this recipe; it is about half the size and more tender. Steamed white rice is the perfect accompaniment.

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Breaded Chicken Cutlets with Green Olive-Lemon Relish

Plump, fleshy green olives have a salty, meaty, well-rounded flavor and hints of fruitiness. They are the backbone of this rustic Mediterranean-inspired relish. Tangy lemon juice and zest, briny capers, fresh parsley and fruity olive oil each add their character to this savory accompaniment for crisp breaded chicken breasts.

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Corn Cakes with Smoked Salmon and Crème Fraîche

The crisp acidity of many dry sparkling wines is a refreshing counterpoint to the saltiness of smoked salmon. It also cuts through the richness that comes from frying these corn cakes and then serving them with crème fraîche. The accent of the corn adds an implied toastiness, which is a hallmark of many French Champagnes. Dependable: nonvintage French ...

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Tea-Smoked Duck Breasts

Look for bone-in, skin-on duck breasts for smoking. During the long, slow cooking, the bone adds flavor while the skin protects the meat from drying out and burning. Here, the duck receives a double infusion of tea, in a paste smeared onto the breasts, and mixed in with the wood chips. Choose the tea according to your preference, but be sure it is of good ...

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Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom Ragout

Tenderloin, a tender, special-occasion cut, is quite mild—not as beefy as rib roast—so this recipe includes an earthy contrast of sherry-flavored woodsy mushrooms to serve alongside the meat. If you don’t ask your butcher to trim the roast of silverskin, just make sure to snip through the sinewy layer every 3 to 4 inches to prevent the roast from curling. ...

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Grilled Salmon Fillets with Mango-Cucumber Salsa

Fresh fruit salsa is a refreshing accompaniment to grilled fish, especially salmon. This salty, sweet and tangy mango mixture, spiked with cumin and cayenne, gets an added crunch from diced cucumber and bell pepper. So the flavors can develop, make the salsa 1 to 2 hours in advance, but not much more, as the mango will become too soft.

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Tuscan-Style Steak with Crispy Potatoes

The pairing of simply seasoned steak and potatoes never goes out of style. Here, thick bone-in steaks benefit from a brief stint over high heat on the grill, then being moved to a cooler area of the grill to finish cooking.

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