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Fred Thompson

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    Alabama-Style Smoke-Roasted Chicken Legs

    Only in northern Alabama will you see anything like this recipe, whose defining characteristic is mayonnaise. Most all of the barbecue joints in this part of Alabama have a take on…

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    Slow-Cooked Memphis-Style Barbecue Sauce

    Memphis's location allows the barbecue meisters to pull inspiration from three different directions—the vinegar of the Carolinas, the sweet of Kansas City, and the spice of Texas. This sauce incorporates…

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    That Horse Race Pie

    "That horse race" is the Kentucky Derby, and this pie is a tradition for Derby Day parties. Can't call it a Derby Pie, though, because a bakery in Louisville gets…

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    The Old Fashioned

    The Pendennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky, lays claim to being the birthplace of the Old Fashioned. It was first mixed either by or in honor of Colonel James E. Pepper,…

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    The Greenbrier's Mint Julep

    The mint julep's history is about as muddled as the mint in this drink. Some say it was the Virginians who first took this drink, while others believe it originated…

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    Grilled Scallops with Rémoulade Sauce

    This is a take on the more-familiar shrimp rémoulade. However, in this case we want the bold grilled flavor to come through, so we use the rémoulade sauce as a…

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    Classic Ultimate Hamburgers

    Grilling up a burger—one your guests will rave about—isn't exactly rocket science, but there are a few tricks to elevating your burgers to ultimate status. To prevent burgers from falling…

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    Baconized Tuna with Lemon Butter

    There’s some perverse pleasure in taking a low-in-fat, good-for-you protein like tuna and surrounding it with bacon fat and butter. You’re still going to get the health benefits of eating…

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    Whole Smoke-Grilled Mountain Trout

    The students in my fish-cooking classes rave over this dish. It will transport you to a mountain stream at sunset. The smoky, herbaceous flavors really make the trout jump, but…

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    Buttermilk Brined Chicken Breasts

    This just could become your new go-to barbecue chicken recipe. The chicken stays in the buttermilk brine overnight, so plan accordingly. Glaze the breasts generously with your favorite sauce and prepare…