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10 Things Every BBQ Nerd Knows

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It's not the meat, it's not the sauce, it's not the $1,000 smoker

There is only one "secret" to great barbecue, according to Chicago pitmaster and barbecue life coach Gary Wiviott: build a clean-burning fire, and control the airflow in a cooker. A true barbecue nerd knows this instinctively and can run a cooker for 12+ hours simply by catering to the fire and adjusting vents. It sounds easy, but charcoal and wood are unpredictable and fussy, and maintaining the low and slow is hard.

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