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Fred Thompson

  • Recipe

    Fred’s Ultimate Smoked Pork Shoulder

    This started out as strictly a North Carolina-style barbecue, but over the years it has evolved. The rub is more Memphis, and it helps produce a better "outside brown," those…

  • Recipe

    Fred’s Finest Baby Back Ribs

    No offense to those chicken folks but here's the real "finger lickin' good" meal. These ribs are mouth-happy perfection. The key is slow-roasting heat combined with moisture to create steam…

  • Recipe

    New York Strip Steaks with Blue Cheese Butter

    The stout flavor and aroma of blue cheese have always been a steakhouse staple as a salad dressing. But in recent years the blue cheese has moved from the iceberg…

  • Recipe

    Grilled Oysters Rockefeller

    “Hollywood,” as everybody in New Orleans knows him, is the master of the oyster bar at the Acme restaurant in the French Quarter. He is passionate about Gulf Coast oysters…

  • Recipe

    Grilled Fish Tacos

    A grilled fish taco is a beautiful thing to eat. San Diego and Baja California are where they originated. Although the classic Baja fish tacos are fried, the grilled ones…

  • Recipe

    Katrina’s Seattle Salmon Burger

    Katrina Moore is a friend of mine who lives in Seattle. We worked out this salmon burger recipe together. The biggest thing we had to overcome was keeping the burger…

  • Recipe

    Cheesehead Brats

    Inspired by Green Bay Packers fans, these bratwursts are simmered in beer and onions, then grilled and served with sauerkraut and mustard. 

  • Recipe

    Grilled Sliders

    It seems as if mini burgers have taken America by storm. They’re everywhere—at cocktail parties and on restaurant menus. Of course, the fun thing about mini burgers is that if…

  • How-To

    Fred Thompson: Barbecue Nation

    Collecting barbecue recipes from across the country.

  • Recipe

    Sour Mash & Lime Tea

    This is my variation on a Southern Sour. Find more iced-teas for grown-ups on our Drinks & Entertaining page.