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Buttermilk stick biscuits

Time 30 minutes
Yields Makes 6 biscuits
Buttermilk stick biscuits
1

Prepare coals in a fire pit or grill. The coals will be ready when they have all caught fire and are glowing a rich red.

2

While the coals are heating, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. With a fork, cut in the bacon fat until the mixture resembles small peas. Stir in the buttermilk until thoroughly combined, and knead for 1 minute.

3

Using floured hands, divide the dough into six pieces. Mound dough over the tip of each of six sturdy sticks, and spread the dough over the tip (resembling a cattail), so that it is about 4 to 5 inches in length and 1-inch in diameter.

4

When the coals are glowing red, spread them in the pit or grill. Place the prepared sticks 4 to 5 inches over a hot fire, turning for even cooking, and cooking until the outside of each biscuit turns golden-brown and the inside is fluffy, 8 to 10 minutes. The biscuits should slide easily off the sticks when done. If the outside is browning too quickly, move the stick a little farther from the heat; if the biscuits are taking too long to cook, move them a little closer. Serve with butter, maple syrup, jam or honey.

The dry ingredients can be combined ahead of time and stored in a plastic bag. Use green sticks at least one-fourth-inch thick and 3 feet long, or similar-sized bare wooden dowels that are free of paint or stain and have been soaked in water for 30 minutes to prevent burning.

Noelle Carter is the former Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director. She left in January 2019.
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