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Steven  Raichlen

Steven Raichlen

Author, Journalist, Lecturer, TV Host & Launched the Barbecue Revolution

Steven Raichlen

Author, Journalist, Lecturer, TV Host & Launched the Barbecue Revolution


Author, journalist, lecturer, and TV host, Steven Raichlen is the man who launched the barbecue revolution. His 32 books include the international blockbusters The Barbecue Bible and How to Grill and the New York Times bestselling Planet Barbecue and Project Smoke (Workman Publishing). In The Brisket Chronicles, Raichlen explores how this epic meat is prepared around the world, from Texas barbecue to Jewish pastrami to Vietnamese pho. His latest book, How to Grill Vegetables, focuses on global plant-based grilling. Raichlen’s books (more than 6 million copies in print) have won five James Beard Awards and three IACP Julia Child Awards and have been translated into 17 languages.

Steven Raichlen hosts the popular TV shows Steven Raichlen’s Project Fire and Project Smoke, Primal Grill, and Barbecue University on American Public Television. His new show, Steven Raichlen’s Planet Barbecue® launches on Memorial Day, 2023. Raichlen also stars in several French-language TV shows, including Le Maître du Grill and Les Incontournables du BBQ. His Italian TV show, Steven Raichlen Grills Italy, airs on Gambero Rosso. An award-winning journalist, Raichlen writes regularly for The New York Times. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Esquire, GQ, and all the major food magazines. In 2015, he was inducted into the KCBS Barbecue Hall of Fame.

In 2021, Raichlen launched Planet Barbecue®, a line of ready to heat and eat barbecue and grilled foods. He also created the Steven Raichlen Signature lines of grilling accessories and seasonings. His latest venture is a new restaurant concept: the Star Grill by Steven Raichlen for the Windstar cruise line. The founder of Barbecue University®, Raichlen has lectured on this history of barbecue at institutions as diverse as Harvard, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Steven Raichlen holds a degree in French literature from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and studied medieval cooking in Europe on a Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship. He was also awarded a Fulbright. When not grilling, you’ll find him at the helm of his sailboat, Barbacoa. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Miami and Martha’s Vineyard.

Speaker Videos

Steven Raichlen’s Project Fire Season Three

Planet Barbecue | Steven Raichlen

Steven Raichlen’s Project Fire Season Four

Speech Topics

Barbecue Past, Present & Future

From the discovery of fire by a distant human ancestor called Homo erectus to barbecue television and stainless steel super-grills, live fire cooking has profoundly shaped the course of human history. In this fascinating talk, PBS TV star Steven Raichlen traces 2 million years of barbecue history through stories and images. History like you never learned in school!

Travels on the World’s Barbecue Trail

In the course of researching his internationally bestselling books, like Planet Barbecue, Project Smoke, and The Barbecue Bible, Steven Raichlen has visited more than 70 countries on 6 continents. To eat barbecue! His travels come alive in a mouthwatering lecture complete with photos from his travels. Note: a hotel or caterer can serve Steven’s dishes in a post lecture cocktail party, lunch or dinner.

Confessions of a Barbecue TV Host

A TV star in three countries and languages, Steven Raichlen traces a career that embraces 32 books and more than 200 TV shows, including the popular Public Television series Project Fire, Project Smoke, and Primal Grill, and his new Steven Raichlen’s Planet Barbecue ®. With stories and images, Steven takes you behind the scenes of his shows in Italy, Quebec, and the U.S.

The Future of Barbecue

An insightful look at where the live fire cooking is today and where we’re headed tomorrow by the man who launched America’s barbecue revolution and reinvented modern grilling. What are the foods, flavors, techniques, and grills that will shape American barbecue in the next decade? Grill and food manufacturers take note: Steven’s insights will help you craft better products.

Barbecue University®

Founded by Steven Raichlen in 2001, Barbecue University® is the world’s premier school for mastering the arts of barbecuing and grilling—held at such prestigious properties as The Greenbrier in West Virginia, The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, and Montage Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina. Now Steven brings his unique school to your group or venue in lively classes in demonstration format or actual hands-on cooking for participants. The Food Network named his classes the “Number 1 Barbecue Experiences in the U.S.”