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Top 10 Charcoal Grills for 2014

Thursday April 24, 2014

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.

Take a look at the Top 10 Charcoal Grills for 2013.

Photo: Weber Stephen Products Company

Do You Clean Your Grill?

Wednesday April 23, 2014

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
2) Frequently
3) Occasionally
4) Once in a While
5) Why Do I Need to Clean It?

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Smokers - By Type

Tuesday April 22, 2014

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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First Look: The Essential New York Times Grilling Cookbook

Monday April 21, 2014
The Essential New York Times Grilling CookbookFour 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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Top 10 Rotisserie Chicken Recipes

Sunday April 20, 2014
Everyone knows how great rotisserie chicken is. The problem is, everyone buys it at the store, when it is so much better made at home. Don't worry, it is also amazingly easy. Of course, a rotisserie kit is necessary, but it is a fantastic way to add versatility to virtually any grill. I know that grilling a whole chicken doesn't require a rotisserie, but the as the bird turns, is self bastes making a moisture, more tender meal. Do yourself a favor, get a rotisserie kit for your grill and try one or all of these great recipes.

Try one or all of the Top 10 Rotisserie Chicken Recipes

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Top 10 Smokers over $400 for 2014

Saturday April 19, 2014

The 10 best smokers over $400 for making true, low and slow barbecue. These smokers offer a wide variety of options from electric to charcoal with many great features. If you are serious about smoking, these are the units you should be looking at. This list includes smokers that run off of a variety of fuels and offer everything from true pitmaster smoking to the best "lazy-Q" smokers around.

See all of the Top 10 Smokers over $400 for 2014

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Top 10 Easter Recipes

Friday April 18, 2014

Spiral Cut HamEaster is traditionally the beginning of Spring for many people and therefore the first good cookout weekend of the year. This is also a big weekend filled with ham, lamb, turkey and prime rib, so this is the perfect time to fire up your grill.

 

Try on or all of the Top 10 Easter Recipes

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First Look: Myron Mixon Pitmaster Q3

Thursday April 17, 2014

Myron Mixon Pitmaster Q3Bright and red with Myron Mixon's logo on the hood, this $550USD (buy it at Sears for this price) pellet grill is one of the least expensive on the market. While it is advertised as loaded with features, the reality is that this is a simple pellet grill with a simple pellet feeder. For those of you who don't know anything about pellet grills, there is a motor that feeds pellets into a small combustion chamber where those pellets burn, producing heat and smoke. This process is controlled mechanically. On a pellet grill like this one there is a knob that is turned to adjust the heat. On my sophisticated pellet grills there is a computer controller that regulates the temperature inside the grill.

My point is that there are moving parts, a motor, an auger (which moves the pellets), plus all that typical grill stuff like grates (porcelain coated cast iron on this grill) and a lid and such. This little pellet grill has all these parts and yet weighs in at a little over 100 pounds, making it one of the lightest pellet grills on the market. The truth is, this isn't a great grill. It is inexpensive and inexpensively made. Myron Mixon's name on the top is simply a licensing deal and shouldn't be seen as any kind of implication of performance or quality.

It is my belief that this pellet grill is built for the person who doesn't know a lot about them but has heard that they are good. Pellet grills can be very good, producing a good smoke supply while being able to grill or smoke, but for a pellet grill to be good, it needs solid construction, the ability to hold in heat, and quality engineering. This model comes with a one year warranty and that only covers it for defects of manufacturing. Think about what that means. And for the claim that you too can cook like Myron Mixon, he doesn't cook on pellet grills.

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What is your favorite steak?

Wednesday April 16, 2014

There are few things I love more than a good steak. I eat more than my share of them and almost always order a steak in restaurants. Now I am rather particular about my steaks and certainly have my favorites. This means that I have to force myself once in a while to try some different cuts, but I can suffer through. Anyway, this week's question is about steaks. From Filet Mignon to Hanger steaks, which is your favorite steak?

POLL: What is your favorite steak?
1) Filet Mignon
2) Flank Steak
3) Hanger Steak
4) New York Strip
5) Porterhouse
6) Rib Eye
7) T bone
8) Tenderloin
9) Tri-Tip Steak
10) Something Else (please specify in the comments)

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New Recipe: Raspberry-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Raspberry-Chipotle Barbecue SauceThis is a quick and easy way to prepare a nice, fruit-based barbecue sauce. This sauce works well on pork and chicken.

Try Raspberry-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

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