There are a lot of different kinds of charcoal grills that offer many different features. I've picked the best charcoal grills from the simple kettle grill to large full functional charcoal grills that can cost well over $2,500. Pick the grill that is right for you and right for your pocket book. These grills represent the diversity of charcoal grills on the market whether you are looking for one that can smoke, one that can grill like no ones business or just let you cook up a simple meal. Updated for 2014.
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A clean grill cooks better. That's a fact. You don't get as many flare-ups with a clean grill. A clean grill doesn't add bad flavors to foods. And a clean grill is just better to work with. Amazingly enough though I know people who haven't cleaned their grills in years. Some people scratch their heads and look in wonder when I ask then the last time they cleaned their grill. So anyway, I thought I would bite the bullet and ask this weeks questions:
POLL: Do You Clean Your Grill?
1) Every time I Cook
4) Once in a While
5) Why Do I Need to Clean It?
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There are many different types of smokers on the market. To find the one that is right for you, we need to sort them all out first. Barbecue smokers come in a wide range of prices, fuels, sizes, and construction. This can be very confusing, but with a little help, you should be able to find the one that is meets all your needs.
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Four years ago, The New York Times published their "Essential Cookbook" to critical acclaim, a few awards, and big sales numbers. Now they have released a sequel in the form of a grilling book. The Essential New York Times Grilling Book collects articles from the news paper dating back to the end of the nineteenth century, but primarily focused on the last 20 years.
Granted, much of this "cookbook" looks through the rather myopic lens that is New York City, but the collection of articles, recipes, and sometimes humorous antidotes covers a lot of ground. This is not a general cookbook. The section on hamburgers has few classic recipes that would be a home in most backyards, but the uniqueness of the offerings more than makes up for the fact that there is a recipe for a veggie burger that relies on a slice of watermelon for a patty (better than it sounds).
As a slice of the years that the New York Times has been published there is a pretty interesting dose of history here, though not so much of the narrative of barbecue that one might expect. The combination of recipes has been put together to cover all the bases but also to show the breadth of thousands of issues of this newspaper. If you are a fan of the New York Times and love to grill, then this is a must have book. If you like a slice of history with your recipes, then this is certainly a good cookbook to consider. If you are looking for an instructional and basic book to help out on the patio, then you should probably look somewhere else. Either way, I am certain that this book will sell very well.
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