Esquire Weekly: 7 Things we learned making the new issue

Inside issue 41: How to be king of the barbecue, why Don Johnson is cool again and the trials and tribulations of the Hot 8. Subscribe here.

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1 | To BBQ like a pro, you need wood – lots and lots of wood.

You'll also need our, frankly, enormous guide to Bossing the BBQ, brought to you by three of Britain's leading chefs, the one and only DJ BBQ and our cousins at American Esquire. No stone has been left unturned in our quest to turn you into a grilled meat god. How to build it, how to prep it, how to cook everything from ribs to pineapple on the damn thing — it's all here. We've even found an axe you can chop your wood up with. Pray for good weather, crank up the Esquire Weekly BBQ playlist and get cooking.

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2 | There really is a man called DJ BBQ

Well, alright, his real name is Christian Stevenson. He's from the American Deep South, he's a legend in extreme sports circles and he now goes by this moniker when he's showing the world how to cook ribs, sweet potatoes and even bananas on a BBQ — something he does with unusual levels of enthusiasme. And when it comes to "totally rad grilling", this man is smokin'.

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3 | Tragedy, murder and hurricanes can't stop the Hot 8

Deep-sea fishing, logging, ice road trucking — they're all dangerous jobs. But playing in a New Orleans brass band? Surely that's a safe ticket? Not, sadly, if you're a member of the Hot 8 Brass Band. As Morris Kessler explains in a truly fascinating feature, they've had to overcome unspeakable adversity. But, bloody hell, we're glad they have, because they play the sort of music that makes you glad to be alive. Just check out their awesome cover of "Sexual Healing", as featured in the new film Chef.

4 | Don Johnson is cool again

"I can feel it, coming in the air tonight" sang Phil Collins on his seminal 1981 record, which later found its way into the Miami Vice pilot. You might currently say the same of Don Johnson's career, which is enjoying something of a renaissance, after turns in Eastbound and Down, Django Unchained and now Cold in July. In this illuminating interview, he talks to us about Tarantino's dildo, Hunter Thompson's Tourette's and regrets (he's had a few).

5 | Lars Ulrich doesn't give a toss if you like him or not

Ahead of Metallica's somewhat divisive headline slot at Glastonbury this weekend, their tennis playing, art collecting, World Cup-watching drummer tells us why they're going to conquer the West Country, and what he's going to be doing afterwards.

6 | Coats can double as bags

Massimo Osti, the design genius behind Stone Island and CP Company, was obsessed with innovation. Osti is the inspiration for a stylish new coat which doubles as a bag. Find out just how good it is in this week's issue of the Crunch List (AKA all you need to know about style and culture for the week ahead).

7 | If you want a cool haircut, best make it windswept

That's what the men behind the hair at London Collections: Men said when we asked them. Find out how to do this and three more styles that emerged from the catwalk last week. Or failing that, what to ask for at the barber.

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