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STEVEN RAICHLEN’S PROJECT FIRE: Season 3

Stream now or tune in Saturdays, May 8 - May 29 and June 26, 2021 at 1 p.m. on KPBS TV

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STEVEN RAICHLEN'S PROJECT FIRE returns with more projects, more fire, and even more instruction on ways viewers can take their grilling to the next level. This season, Steven explores topics that are of interest to today's grillers, including health and sustainability. Season 3 includes on set-guests and innovators of live fire cooking techniques.

Episodes from Seasons 1 -3 are currently available to stream on demand.

STEVEN RAICHLEN'S PROJECT FIRE: Season 3: Preview

This season of PROJECT FIRE, Steven returns to his roots - Baltimore, Maryland - where he grew up. From the rolling countryside right outside of the city he’ll salute the food of his hometown, from a jaw-stretching triple decker pit beef sandwich to chocolate top cookie s’mores and steamed blue crabs from the Chesapeake Bay. We also look at grilled fare from around the world that’s not only good to eat, but good for you, and introduce an “Ask Steven” segment, in which viewers ask their grilling questions and Steven answers with a grilling demonstration, as well as a series of "Mystery Boxes," in which Steven receives some surprise ingredients.

EPISODE GUIDE:

Episode 1: “Barbecue Health Food” airs Saturday, May 8 at 1 p.m. on KPBS TV - Here's a little-known fact about Steven Raichlen. His first James Beard Award-winning book wasn't about barbecue: it was a book on healthy eating. In today's show, we harness the flavor-boosting, fat-melting power of live fire to produce grilled fare that not only tastes good, but is good for you. From the paellas of Spain to the grilled beef salads of Southeast Asia, this show explores barbecue health food.

PROJECT FIRE: Barbecue Health Food

A little-known fact-Steven Raichlen’s first James Beard Award-winning book wasn’t about barbecue, but a book on healthy eating. This show harnesses the flavor- boosting, fat-melting power of live fire to produce grilled fare that not only tastes good but is good for you. From the paellas of Spain to the grilled beef salads of Southeast Asia.

Episode 2: “Planet Steak” airs Saturday, May 15 at 1 p.m. on KPBS TV - Steak. Few other words in the English language have such power to make our hearts beat faster and our mouths water than sizzling slabs of beef seared over live fire. In this show we embark on some meaty globe hopping, exploring over-the-top steaks from France, Cambodia, and the American Southwest. Hot fire. Sizzling meat. It's a carnivore's dream come true.

PROJECT FIRE: Planet Steak

Steak. Few other words in the English language have such power to make our hearts beat faster and our mouths water than sizzling slabs of beef seared over live fire. In this show we embark on some meaty globe hopping, exploring over-the-top steaks from France, Cambodia, and the American Southwest. Hot fire. Sizzling meat. It’s a carnivore’s dream come true.

Episode 3: “Best Ribs Ever” airs Saturday, May 22 at 1 p.m. on KPBS TV - Let Texans brag about brisket and Carolinians praise pulled pork shoulder. For the rest of us, the ultimate symbol of barbecue-and test of a grill master's mettle-is ribs. But just which rack you relish depends on where you fire up your smoker or grill. In the American Midwest, ribs generally mean baby backs or other pork ribs, while in Korea, the bone of choice is the beef short rib. In the eastern Mediterranean, lamb ribs reign supreme. In this show we give you three of the best ribs ever.

PROJECT FIRE: Best Ribs Ever

Let Texans brag about brisket and Carolinians praise pulled pork shoulder. For the rest of us, the ultimate symbol of barbecue is ribs. In the American Midwest, ribs mean baby backs or other pork ribs, while in Korea, the bone of choice is the beef short rib. In the eastern Mediterranean, lamb ribs reign supreme. In this show we give you three of the best ribs ever.

Episode 4: “Killer Barbecue-Hold The Meat” airs Saturday, May 29 at 1 p.m. on KPBS TV - You don't need a degree in barbecue to know that vegetables have hit the grill big time. Veggies for hardcore carnivores who crave killer accompaniments to their favorite grilled meats. Veggies for health-conscious grillers who want to incorporate more grilled vegetables into their diet. Vegetables for everyone-omnivore, flexivore, vegetarian, vegan-who delights in the smokiness and supernatural sweetness live fire imparts to plant and dairy foods. This show is all about barbecue-hold the meat.

Episode 304: Killer Barbecue - Hold the Meat

You don’t need a degree in barbecue to know that vegetables have hit the grill big time. Veggies for hardcore carnivores who crave killer accompaniments to their meats, for health-conscious grillers, and for everyone who delights in the smokiness and supernatural sweetness live fire imparts to plant and dairy foods.

Episode 5: “Charm City 'que” airs Saturday, June 26 at 1 p.m. on KPBS TV - Baltimore may lack the barbecue bona fides of Houston or Kansas City. But the town where I grew up boasts plenty of awesome foods for grilling. Pit beef was born here, and this jaw-stretching sandwich of grilled top round sliced tissue-thin and piled high on a kaiser roll with fiery tiger sauce, remains some of the best barbecue on a bun. In the seafood department you find a sweet white-fleshed fish the rest of the world calls striped bass and we Baltimoreans still know, love, and grill by the name of rockfish. And speaking of Charm City specialties, no meal would be complete without local chocolate top cookies-today reimagined as s'mores. Because sometimes, the food you grew up with remains the food nearest and dearest to your heart.

PROJECT FIRE: Episode 305: Charm City ‘Que

Baltimore, the town where I grew up, boasts plenty of awesome foods for grilling. Pit beef was born here. In the seafood department you find a sweet white-fleshed fish the rest of the world calls striped bass and Baltimoreans know as rockfish. And no Charm City meal would be complete without chocolate top cookies.

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Episode 6: “Barbecue on a Budget” - A lot of American barbecue began with inexpensive meat cuts, like spareribs, beef shoulder, and pork belly. It took low, slow cooking over smoldering hardwood to make these tough cuts tender and palatable. With the economic insecurities brought on by Covid- 19, we’re all feeling the pinch, and budget grilling has taken on new urgency. Besides, why should Kobe beef and tomahawk steaks get all the love? This is barbecue on a budget.

PROJECT FIRE: Episode 306: Barbecue on a Budget

A lot of American barbecue began with inexpensive meat cuts, like spareribs, beef shoulder, and pork belly. With the economic insecurities brought on by COVID- 9, we’re all feeling the pinch, and budget grilling has taken on new urgency. Besides, why should Kobe beef and tomahawk steaks get all the love? This is barbecue on a budget.

Episode 7: “Sustainable Seafood” - Pollution. Overfishing. Abusive labor practices. There’s a lot of negative news coming out about the seafood industry lately, and much of it breaks your heart. Today’s show celebrates seafood we can eat because it’s fished in a way that’s humane and environmentally sound. Activists call it sustainable seafood. I call it three great reasons for firing up your grill.

  • Grilled Oysters With Prosciutto And Parmigiano
  • Grilled Shrimp Tacos
  • Sicilian Grilled Swordfish With Salsa Verde

Episode 8: “Social Distance Tailgating” - From its humble origins as a picnic served from the back of a buckboard wagon to today’s high-tech, high-octane outdoor foodie extravaganzas, tailgating continues to enthrall—make that obsess—American sports fans. As for barbecuing, we’ve been doing it since before there was even a United States. The two come together in this show—our annual celebration of tailgating. The socializing may be distant this year—all the more reason to up your game at the grill.

  • Buffaque Broccoli With Blue Cheese Drizzle
  • Cajun Hobo Packs
  • Mystery Box Challenge - Mushrooms

Episode 9: “Little Italy” - When I was growing up, a trip to Baltimore’s Little Italy always meant culinary adventure. Today we celebrate Italian grilling and the food of Little Italys around North America, honoring the Italian reverence for simplicity and fresh seasonal ingredients, and the American passion for big flavors and ingenious grilling techniques. On the menu a North American twist on three Italian grilled classics.

  • Shrimp Spiedini With Salmoriglio
  • Pizza Puttanesca
  • Salt Slab Chicken With Pepperoncini Vinaigrette

Episode 10: “Cured and Smoked” - In humankind’s long march to food security, two ancient preserving techniques have stood out over the millennia: curing and smoking. The first involves preserving foods with salt, soy sauce, or sodium nitrite—ingredients that add flavor while they inhibit bacterial activity. The second technique involves blasting foods with flavorful clouds of wood smoke. This, too, impedes, spoilage, but even more importantly, both techniques build distinctive flavors. Today, we’re pushing the envelope on traditional curing and smoking.

  • Smoked Lettuce Salad With Japanese Cured Eggs
  • Maple-cured Bacon
  • Smoked Corned Beef With Caveman Cabbage

Episode 11: “The Improbable Grill”

Episode 12: “Raichlen’s Rules”

Episode 13: “Maryland Crab Feast”

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