'Barbecue' on Serious Eats

The Best Smokers Under $500, 2015 Edition

While you can smoke well on a grill if you know the tricks, nothing beats a dedicated smoker for succulent low-and-slow smoked ribs, pork, and brisket. You don't have to spend $10,000 on a big black submarine as seen on TV. Whether you want to go with wood, charcoal, gas, pellet, or electric, you can choose from a wide variety of smokers that are easy to use and get great results for under $500. Here are our picks. More

Buffalo Barbecue Sauce

Why relegate Buffalo sauce to chicken wings? Here, we've borrowed those flavors—namely, Frank's Red Hot Sauce and butter—and worked them into a slightly thicker ketchup base. A pinch of celery salt adds a subtle reminder of the carrot and celery sticks typically served with Buffalo wings, while a splash of cider vinegar helps keep the sauce more firmly in the tart zone where it belongs. Not totally unlike Lexington Dip, this is a slightly thinner, vinegary sauce that's meant as more of a topping than a glaze. More

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