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Barbecues & Grilling: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Before You Buy a Gas Grill, Read This
Gas Grill Reviews and Buying Advice. Hundreds of Grill Reviews ranked and Rated to Find the Perfect Gas Grill for you. Impartial, expert advice on Grill Buying.
Tired of Dry, Flavorless Chicken? Check Out 10...
Have a problem with chicken drying out on the grill? A good chicken marinade will not only help prevent meats from drying out, but also protects the more delicate pieces while adding extra flavor. When marinating chicken, make sure to separate pieces, allowing the marinade to reach as much of the meat as possible.
Top 10 Gas Grills between \$250 and \$500 for...
Want the Best Gas Grill for under $500? These 10 Grills are not loaded with features but they will do some great grilling and should last you more than just a couple of years.
Top 10 Barbecue Sauce Recipes
There are many varieties of Barbecue Sauce and these 10 Best Recipes reflect every style. Do better than store bought, make your own.
Top 10 Rub Recipes
These have consistently been the most popular BBQ rub recipes on my site. They pretty much cover everything and are good enough to make ahead in large quantities and store in your cupboard. So, take a look through these fantastic rub recipes and find a few to your liking.
Top 10 Gas Grills between \$500 and \$1,000 for...
The top 10 gas grills between the prices of $500 and $1,000. If you are looking for a grill in this price range then these are the gas grills you really should be looking at. While this price range is considered to be the mid-range for gas grills you shouldn't expect to get everything even at these prices. Good quality stainless steel is very expensive and many grills in this price range can't afford it.
Barbecue Ribs on a Gas Grill
Cooking ribs with a genuine barbecue flavor by using a gas grill is often a challenge. Gas grills are great for hot and fast cooking but, not so good when you need to turn a rack of ribs into tender, smoky barbecue. However, there are some tricks you can use. To get the best possible ribs from your gas grill, all you need is this three step process.
Grilled Pork Chops: 7 Tips to Maximize Flavor...
Pork Chops have been dished up, dry and tough for many years. This is because they get pan fried, baked or broiled to death. Today's pork products are not like those of years ago.
Make Flavor-Packed Kansas City Rub in No Time
In Kansas City they know ribs. This is the barbecue rub recipe for traditional Kansas City-Style Ribs. Finish them off with a good barbecue sauce and you'll have a fantastic meal.
Steak: Grilling Perfection
Step by step instructions for grilling the perfect steak. There is an art to the perfect steak and you'll need practice and the right process to achieve it.
Brisket - Step by Step
Brisket is considered the hardest barbecue to smoke. This tough, fatty cut of beef can be a challenge to any barbecue cook, but if you plan ahead, have the right supplies, and are very, very patient you will be rewarded with a fantastic meal.
Top 10 Most Popular Grilled Shrimp Recipes
There are lots of ways to cook shrimp but there is only one right way. Call be biased but if you are not grilling shrimp you are not cooking shrimp right. These grilled shrimp recipes are the most popular of all the shrimp recipes on my site. Give these a try and I promise you won't be steaming or frying shrimp anymore.
Top 10 Gas Grills under \$250 for 2014
Don't want to spend a lot on a Gas Grill? These are the best inexpensive Grills on the Market. Save money and get grilling.
Top 10 Pork Marinade Recipes
Pork is a meat that can always benefit from a good marinade. I generally recommend reducing the salt content of marinades used with pork to prevent a curing effect that can leave some cuts with a ham like texture. When marinating pork, remember that the thickness of the meat (not the bone) determines how long to marinate.
Big Daddy’s Carolina Style Barbecue Sauce
Big Daddy says, "This is Carolina style barbecue sauce." This means that it is vinegar and mustard based,
Top 10 Most Popular Hamburger Recipes
Since the first fast food joint started turning out hamburgers for the smallest possible price this, greatest of sandwiches has taken it on the chin. We are obligated to turn up our noses at these lifeless, greasy disks and instead seek out the freshest ingredients, the best meats and make our own, greatest hamburgers. These ten burger recipes are consistently the top of the list on my site here. Consider them a guide to building your own perfect hamburger.
10 Mouthwatering Recipes for the Perfect Steak
Looking for a delicious steak for your next cookout or family meal? Try these recipes for an experience that is so much more than just a grilled steak.
Big Green Egg - Large
Is the Big Green Egg really Worth it? Read this charcoal grill/smoker review to find out. Then you decide if you want to buy it.
Top 10 Smokers under \$400 for 2014
Want to make great low and slow barbecue but don't want to spend a lot of money? These are the best smokers on the market under $400USD.
Top 10 Charcoal Grills
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 $2,000. 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.
A Carolina BBQ Rub
Chuck Ozburn sent me this fantastic, classic-style Carolina Barbecue Rub recipe. Try this rub next time you want to make a traditional Carolina Pulled Pork.
Memphis Rub
In Memphis the Rub is the most important ingredient aside from the meat. Often ribs are served with only a rub and without sauce. This means that this barbecue rub has to provide all the flavor to make Memphis Style Barbecue. This rub starts with a generous portion of paprika and then builds a slightly spicy but definitely savory profile to help you make the most of your barbecue. This Memphis Rub is particularly good on ribs but can be used on any smoked meats.
Grilling Potatoes
From the humble yet elegant baked potato to virtually any potato dish you can think of, you can grill it easily. Potatoes are amazingly forgiving and can be prepared on the grill in more ways than even I can think of, and I've grilled a lot of potatoes.
Top 10 Grilled Salmon Recipes
These easy grilled salmon recipes are my most popular. Salmon is a great fish for the grill these salmon recipes are the best.
Steak Doneness - From Rare to Well, How to Cook...
At medium rare your steak should be warm through the middle with a hint of red. Most of the center of the steak should be pink. The sides should be well browned, the top and bottom charred to a dark brown color. Page 3.
Pulled Pork: The Meat
How to make smoked pulled pork from a whole pork shoulder or a smaller Boston butt. This is the simple way to make great pork barbecue.
Common Gas Grill Problems
You'd think that your gas grill is pretty straightforward and dependable. But then something goes wrong. Most times it’s actually something that can be solved quickly and easily. Try these tips to get your grill working perfectly again and avoid a ruined cookout.
The Perfect Restaurant Steak
The best steak restaurant steak isn't grilled, it's fried. Yes, what you need is a flaming hot, heavy, cast iron skillet. You'll also need a hot grill (or oven), a good steak, butter, salt, pepper, herbs and a meat thermometer. Page 4.
Cleaning your Grill
A dirty grill produces not only bad tasting foodm but it just won't last. Simple and easy cleaning will increase its grilling potential for many years.
How to Grill: Charcoal Grill
Learn the basics of charcoal grilling and make the most of this versatile outdoor cooker. Grilling on charcoal is an art form and once mastered you will know how to grill practically anything. Page 3.
Pulled Pork: The Smoke
It's the smoke that is the real secret behind true North Carolina Barbecue. Learn how to add the right amount of the right kind of smoke to get that authentic Southern Pulled Pork flavor.
Top 10 Brisket Rub Recipes
Beef Brisket is the most challenging barbecue and the first step is getting the right rub. These are the 10 best brisket rub recipes I have and are certain to help you make the best barbecue brisket possible.
Top 10 Kamado Grills
Kamado grills are ceramic charcoal cookers that claim to have originated in Japan a thousand years ago. These days there are many models on the market from several manufacturers. This top 10 list is here to help you find the best grill for the money and make the most of your investment.
Making Hamburger Patties
There are a lot of ways to make a good hamburger patty. You can choose ground beef, pork, lamb, sausage, turkey, or more. You can stuff the patties full of garlic, cheese, spices, peppers, or virtually anything small enough to fit. You can mix into the ground meat, eggs, bread crumbs, cream, and everything but the kitchen sink. Regardless of what you put in (and simpler is usually better), you need to make the right patty.
Top 10 Portable Grills
The 10 best portable grills to take on the road whether it's a trip to the beach, a picnic or camping. These grills offer a wide variety of options from gas to charcoal with many great features. If you are in the market for a grill you can pack away until you need it, these are the units you should be looking at.
Forget Boiling: Learn How to Grill Corn on the...
Corn on the cob is the most popular vegetable to find its way onto the grill. The grill, whether charcoal or gas is a great way to cook corn on the cob and you don't have to heat gallons of water to do it. The secret is to let the husks protect the corn from the intense heat.
Steak: Grades & Cuts
Learn how to pick the right grade and cut of steak. Knowing what you are getting will help you pick out the perfect steak for any meal and help you grill a better cut of beef.
Barbecue Ribs on a Charcoal Grill
Pork ribs are among the most popular items to cook and the one that gives most people the most trouble.
St. Louis Barbecue Sauce
St. Louis Barbecue Sauce is thinner and has more of a tangy flavor than its Kansas City cousin. Being at the crossroads St. Louis style barbecue has many influences, so there are a number of ways of making this style sauce.
Smoking Chicken - Real Barbecue
Smoking chicken produces the most tender and flavorful chicken you will ever eat. The low and slow process leaves the moisture behind while adding smoke flavor and whatever you add to the mix.
Classic BBQ Rib Sauce
There is a flavor that is great BBQ Ribs. This sauce helps you get there, whether you smoked your ribs low and slow for hours, or baked them in the oven. This BBQ Rib Sauce has a touch of heat, a touch of smoke, and a lot of flavor.
Magic Dust
There's a big shaker of Magic Dust next to the salt and pepper in my own kitchen and at all my restaurants. I wish I could figure out a way to attach the bottle to the restaurant tables because, at my restaurants, it's the most frequently stolen item!
Which Grate material is best? Cast Iron,...
Which Grate material is best? Cast Iron, Stainless Steel, Porcelain, or Steel?
Top 10 Vinegar Barbecue Sauce Recipes
Vinegar based barbecue sauces come in a wide number of varieties and most people who use and love these sauces are pretty militant about how they should be prepared. Some come with tomato, others with mustard, some are spicy hot, while others are not. One thing for certain, a good vinegar barbecue sauce should give foods (particularly pork) a tangy flavor. If you like that rich flavor then these are the sauces for you.
Top 10 Grilled Potato Recipes
Potatoes are perfect for the grill and these recipes are the best and most popular I have.
Top 10 Small Grills
Some times you just don't have the space for a big grill. Whether you live in an apartment, condo, on a boat or just don't have a big patio, it doesn't mean that you can't enjoy a good cookout.
Memphis Barbecue Sauce
Traditionally Memphis Barbecue is served without a sauce, but since rules are made to be broken, many Memphis BBQ Joints have sauces available, either on the side or by special order. This sauce captures the complexity of Memphis Barbecue in a rich sauce that has a mixture or sweet and vinegar with a hint of heat.
Top 10 Chicken Wing Recipes
Chicken wings are great for any occasion. They are even better when grilled up with all that extra smoky flavor. These chicken wing recipes represent the best and most popular I have.
Fajita Marinade
This marinade is loaded with flavors perfect for making fajitas, though you can use any meat you want to. Marinate beef the longest, poultry less, and fish for only about 30 minutes.
Grilling Chicken - Step by Step
Chicken is one of the most popular foods to hit the grill and one of the ones that gives people the most trouble. What you need to get is even, complete cooking of different sized pieces, prevent burning and flare-ups and end up with chicken that is flavorful, tender, and moist. To do this, we are going to plan out a method that accomplish all this simply and with the least effort. Once you have mastered this you will be grilling chicken as frequently as you do burgers or steaks.
Spare Rib Rub
This is a sweet and savory rub works well on pork ribs. You can adjust the heat by changing the amount of cayenne.
Top 10 Pulled Pork Rub Recipes
With some kinds of barbecue, you can skip the rub and get something decent. With large cuts of pork, you really need a great rub to make the most of the pork flavor and give you that authentic barbecue flavor. These 10 barbecue rub recipes are the best I know to make the best pulled pork possible.
Top 10 Electric Smokers
Smokers are amongst the most diverse products you can buy. Partly because of the number of fuels or energy sources they use and partly because smoking can mean anything from traditional barbecue cooked around 225 degrees F to cold smoking for things like fish, cheese or jerky that are cooked lower than 60 degrees F. Most electric smokers can do it all and while this might be their strength, it can also be their weakness. However, the strength of a good electric smoker is in its automation.
Jamaican Jerk Marinade
You've heard of Jerk seasonings and Jerk rubs, well this is a jerk marinade that gets flavor deep into the meat. You can use this marinade on all kinds of meat and poultry.
Kansas City Rib Sauce
This is a rich, thick, tomato based Kansas City style barbecue sauce recipe. Adjust the heat by changing the amount of cayenne.
Grilling Chicken Breasts
The secret to a flavorful and moist chicken breast is to pound it to an even thickness, brine it and grilling hot and fast.
Top 10 Indoor Grills
When you just can't get outside to grill, try one of these excellent indoor electric grills. While you won't get the authentic flavor you can still grill. Some of these units are open grills that you cook on similar to an outdoor grill. Others are contact grills (like the George Foreman Grill) that have a lid that cooks also, so you can grill on both sides at the same time. Many of these units are prefect for grilling a fish fillet and making a great panini style sandwich.
How To Light a Charcoal Grill
A simple how to on lighting a charcoal grill
Classic Steak Marinade
A great steak doesn't need any help. A not so great steak does. If you are grilling a steak that isn't the most tender then this classic steak marinade is perfect.
Grilled Lobster Tails
This grilled lobster is perfect for any occasion. If you don't have a lot of experience grilling shellfish, then this recipe is for you.
Teriyaki Marinade
Want to get that great Teriyaki flavor into your favorite dish? This marinade is sure to add flavor to whatever you're grilling.
Pineapple Marinade
This sweet, fruity marinade works great on any cut of pork or chicken.
Fish: Grilling
Fish, more than most foods really benefits from the hot and fast cooking of the grill. The secret is to let the grill do the work and not to touch the fish any more than you have to. While fish do benefit from the flavors of a marinade, it doesn't need a long marinating time making it great for quick meals.
Lemon and Rosemary Marinade
This is a great marinade recipe for chicken. It gives you that lemon-herb flavor that you find on so many store made chickens, but this is better.
Top 10 Grilled Fish Recipes
The best way to cook fish is over an open flame. If you've ever cooked fresh trout over a campfire you know what I mean. These ten recipe represent the best and the most popular Fish Recipes on my site. From Tilapia to Snapper, these recipes will serve any purpose and satisfy and anyone.
Turkey: Smoking
Smoke your turkey for better flavor and make the most of your Holiday Meal. Smoking turkey is not only easy, but delicious.
Brisket Brown Sugar Rub
This is a good, sweet brisket rub that you will need only one measuring cup for. Of course, you can adjust the heat by using mild or hot chili powder.
Grilled Jumbo Shrimp
This is a delicious herb marinated grilled jumbo shrimp recipe. The secret to grilling shrimp is to keep a close eye on them. Shrimp cook fast enough for you to keep the lid up and an eye on them at all times. Overcooked shrimp are rubbery so take them off the second they are done.
Best Odds Brisket Rub
This traditional brisket rub is most commonly used Texas. Though simple to make, this rub contains what you need to make a delicious smoked barbecue brisket.
I'm new at grilling and love a thick juicy...
: I'm new at grilling and love a thick juicy filet mignon. What's the secret? Just how do you grill the
Top 10 Inexpensive Cuts of Meat
Expensive cuts of meat tend to be the ones that are tender and can be cooked quickly and easily. This doesn't mean that you can't create a great meal with a cut that costs less.
London Broil
What is a London Broil? Where does it come from? How do you prepare it? Get your London Broil answers.
Halibut
Readily available, easy to grill and the perfect fish for thousands of recipes, Halibut is truly the one fish you need to know how to grill.
Top 10 Pulled Pork Sauce Recipes
Pulled pork sauces can be mixed into smoked meat, used to top a barbecue sandwich, or put on the table for people add if they want. These sauces are generally mustard or vinegar based though tomato shows up occasionally. These are the 10 best barbecue sauces for pulled pork I have and I'm sure that you will find one of them perfect.
Fish: Smoking
Smoked fish is more than just a meal. It's the perfect appetizer, snack and makes a great ingredient to many recipes. While hot smoked fish isn't preserved it still has the flavor of cold smoked fish but isn't as dry.
Top 10 Rib Rub Recipes
The starting place of great barbecue ribs is the rub. These rib rub recipes give that authentic barbecue flavor while bringing out the most of the ribs. Some of these are spicy hot, some sweet, and some savory.
Top 10 Marinade Recipes
Marinades are probably the most important ingredient to any cookout. A good marinade not only keeps your grilling moist and flavorful, but they make it healthier. These ten marinade recipes are the most popular on my site.
Grilling Sausage
It might seem simple to grill sausage, but they can be truly deceiving. There's an art to grilling a sausage, getting it done and holding in the flavor. Once you master the art you won't cook sausage any other way.
Pork Ribs
Traditional barbecue at its best. Pork ribs smoked low and slow will change the way you look at food and eating forever. There are few things in life better than this.
Brisket: Smoking
Without smoke a brisket is just a tough beef roast. Low and slow with a good dose of smoke makes it barbecue. Learn how to add the right kind and amount of smoke to make a great barbecue brisket.
Top 6 Electric Grills
Sometimes you just can't have a full sized gas or charcoal grill. That's when you have to rely on an outdoor electric grill. Good news everyone! Electric grills have been getting better and better in recent years and while they may not have the flavor of charcoal, they can do a pretty good job grilling a steak. These electric grills are the best on the market and span a price range from around $100USD to over $500USD.
Top 10 Pork Chop Recipes
Pork chops are one of the easiest meats to grill. Personally I won't have one any other way. The secret is to not cook it the way Mom always did. Pork chops should be moist and tender, not cooked to a dry piece of shoe leather. These pork chops recipes do just that, add loads of flavor without overcooking them. You might also want to try stuffed pork chops for something even better.
Top 10 Kebab Recipes
Kebabs, or meat on a stick is one of the most popular grilled foods in the world. Quick and easy to grill and just as easy to eat. You can stick most anything on a skewer whether you are grilling the traditional Shish Kebabs or the very simple Beef Kebabs.
Piedmont Barbecue Sauce
This is a classic Carolina Style Barbecue Sauce. Typically, served on smoked pork (at the table), this thin, vinegar based sauce has tons of flavor.
Memphis Style Rib Rub
In Memphis, ribs are traditionally served up dry. This doesn't mean that the meat is tough and dried out, there just isn't a barbecue sauce. This traditional Memphis barbecue rub recipe is the base of a great rack of pork ribs.
Shrimp
The secret to great grilled shrimp is more than just the grilling. Prepare shrimp right, then grill to perfection, but don't overcook. The biggest mistake people make with grilling shrimp is cooking them too long.
Best Odds Pulled Pork Sauce
This is the sauce you add to a pulled pork after it has been smoked and pulled. It is best to combine it with the pork in a saucepan over a low heat.
Best Odds Brisket
There are a lot of variations in barbecue brisket, but a few general rules will help you make the best brisket you can regardless of the kind of smoker you are using. Once you have mastered these steps you'll be ready to strike out on your own and move on to competition briskets.
Barbecue Ribs on the Grill
Learn how to make real barbecue ribs on a charcoal or gas grill. You don't need a smoker to make great smoked ribs, but you'll need to be extra careful to get them right. The whole secret is temperature control so take some time and practice.
Top 10 Tri-Tip Recipes
The Tri-Tip, whether roast or steak, has grown from a little know California cut of beef to a popular piece of meat, showing up in stores across the country and more and more, around the world. Tri-Tip isn't the most tender cut, but the fine distribution of fat can make it flavorful and juicy if you cooking it (think grill) right.
BBQ Chicken Thighs
When the hardcore barbecue crowd hit the competitions they cook chicken thighs. These barbecue masterpieces are what you win with in the chicken category. This recipe is not those thighs. This is much easier to grill and nearly as good.
What is the best way to light charcoal?
What is the best way to light charcoal? - First of all the best way is not to use easy, fast or self lighting charcoal. Depending on your preferences you can use a charcoal chimney, which is best or the old tried and true lighter fluid.
Grilling versus Broiling
Broiling has always been the alternative to grilling when you just can't grill. Knowing the differences between the two will let you broil the best grilled meal.
Brining Pork
Salt-water brine will increase the water stored in pork so that it will stay moist and tender while it cooks. You can also use brines to add flavor to your pork, whether it's a large roast or just a few chops.
Making Beer Can Chicken
Beer can chicken, also know as beer in the butt chicken, is a great method for roasting a whole chicken on the grill, in a smoker or even in your oven without the chicken drying out. Basically the method requires a can of beer and a chicken. Open the beer, drink half of it, set it on an even cooking surface and then set the chicken over the can so it looks like the chicken is sitting down. The can should be inside the chicken now. Cook until done and you are ready to eat a great chicken.
Basic Pork Rub
This classic pork rub is perfect for smoked pork roasts. This rub recipe is a particular favorite for pulled pork.
The Flat Iron Steak
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Infrared
It has been called the microwave of the outdoor kitchen, but is infrared really the secret to better grilling? Dozens of companies are betting that you will pay a lot of money to get a grill that cooks hotter and faster. The problem is, will it help you grill better?
Pork Chop Marinade
This is a great Asian style marinade that works well on all cuts of pork, particularly pork chops.
Top Rib Sauce Recipes
For many people, barbecue ribs mean barbecue sauce. Whether you slow smoke your ribs or not, slathering on a rich, barbecue sauce finishes them off with flavor and gives them that stickiness we all love in a great rack of ribs.
Top 10 Beef Marinade Recipes
Virtually any cut of beef will benefit from a good marinade. Beef marinades should have some strength (Acid) to them to be effective against the density of this meat. Remember, when marinating beef, the time you marinade and the strength of the marinades needed depends on the toughness and the thickness of the cut.
Australian Shrimp on the Barbie
Wayne sent me this delicious recipe for the traditional Australian method for grilling shrimp.
Top 10 Smokers over \$400 for 2014
The 10 best smokers over $400 for making true, low and slow barbecue. These smokers offer a wide variety
How to Buy a Gas Grill
In the market for a new Gas Grill? Separate the useful from the simply flashy. Get an idea of exactly what it is you are looking for and find out about the features that will matter to you before you start shopping.
Texas-Style Brisket Rub
This southwestern-style rub is a great way to spice up brisket. Remember, when applying run to a brisket, work the rub into the meat anywhere it is exposed.
Weber Genesis E-330
Simply put the Weber Genesis line of grills are the best you can buy in this price range and beyond. The list price is $949USD but you can typically find it for around $800USD.
Grilled Salmon with Dill and Lemon
I love the combination of dill and lemon on Salmon. This Grilled Salmon Recipe is one of my favorites. If you have trouble flipping fish without it falling apart, purchase salmon steaks versus salmon fillets since they are easier to deal with on the grill.
Beer Can Chicken
This basic variation of the " beer in the butt " chicken recipe combines the flavors of a great spice
Side Dishes
All barbecues, whether traditional Southern Barbecue or a simple backyard Hamburger cookout need great side dishes. Often it is in the side dish that you can get truly creative. So plan out your sides as much as you plan out the main course. Find something of your own or pick a traditional favorite like Cole Slaw, Barbecued Beans or Potato Salad.
Top 10 Brisket Marinade Recipes
Layer flavor into your Smoked Brisket with any one of these great Brisket Marinades. The first step to the Best Barbecue Brisket.
Gas Grill Buyer's Guide for Grills Selling...
In this price range you start to get into some good gas grills, but you have to be careful because there are a lot of great looking grills out there that only look great. The first rule for gas grills between $250 and $500 is to avoid stainless steel. Stainless steel is expensive so manufacturers use cheap stainless on these grills to make them look shiny in the store. Unfortunately they don't stay that way once you get them home.
Grilled Garlic Butter Shrimp
If you enjoy shrimp scampi, then this is the grilled shrimp recipe for you. You can serve this dish as part of a main course or serve them as appetizers at your next cookout.
Smoking 101
Learn the basics of Smoking, the key to true Barbecue. Real barbecue requires three things, low, slow and smoke. Learn how to put these together to make great traditional barbecue no matter what kind of smoker you have.
Best Odds Pulled Pork Rub
This traditional pulled pork rub will give you the best odds for making a great batch of Carolina Style Pulled Pork.
Top 10 Grilled Chicken Breast Recipes
Grilled Chicken Breasts might just be the most versatile meat you can throw on your grill. Whether by themselves or in Chicken Breast Sandwiches or Grilled Chicken Salads, there isn't much this lean cut of chicken can't do. The secret is to prevent them from drying out by using a marinade and grilling them hot and fast.
Hamburgers: The Patty
A great hamburger starts with a great patty. Learn to do more than flatten ground beef for your hamburgers. A great burger has to start with fresh meat and a great combination of flavors.
Grilling Steaks - Step by Step
To get your steak cooked right you need to do this hot and fast. This sears the surface giving the steak a crisp, caramelized surface while letting you pick how well you want it done in the middle. This means that you need to get you grill as hot as it will go. If you are using charcoal you need a heavy layer of burning, white hot charcoal. If you are using a gas grill you need to let that grill heat up as hot as it will go. Page 4.
Porterhouse Steak
The Porterhouse is kind of a composite steak coming from the point where the tenderloin and top loin meet. Basically an over sized T-Bone steak the porterhouse is thicker cut and has much more of the tenderloin relative to the loin portion. If you remove the bone and cut out the two steaks that basically make up this steak you will get a tenderloin steak and a top loin (or New York Strip Steak).
Top 10 BBQ Chicken Sauce Recipes
Chicken is amazingly versatile because it can take on so many flavors. Whether you grill it hot (but not too hot) or smoke it low and slow, chicken is a great and inexpensive way to have a barbecue. Because chicken doesn't have a lot of flavor on its own, you will need a great sauce to finish it off. These 10 BBQ chicken sauces are the best I know of. Better still, these sauces come in a wide variety of flavors, so there is something here for everyone.
The 3-2-1 Method
The sure fire way to get fall of the bone pork ribs every time without a whole lot of work. This method of smoking ribs includes steaming to give you an extra tender rack while still preserving the authentic smoke flavor and keeping the ribs from getting too mushy.
Chicken Marinade with Red Wine
This red wine marinade is good on anything from chicken breast to chicken thighs. You can also use it as a basting sauce for rotisserie chicken or even on grilled turkey breasts.
North Carolina BBQ Chicken Sauce
Smoked and pulled chicken takes half the time of pulled pork and gives you the fixings for a great barbecue sandwich. This sauce finishes off barbecue chicken perfectly.
Chicken Wings
There are many ways to prepare one of the most popular appetizers or snacks. Chicken wings are as varied as the cooks who prepare them. Find out the best way to grill up everyone's favorite finger food.
Top 10 Side Dish Recipes
No great barbecue or cookout is complete without a set of great side dishes. From the traditional BBQ beans and potato salads to vegetable dishes, these side dish recipes have been the most popular on my site. So whether you want a big bowl of spicy beans or corn on the cob make up a great side dish the next time you have a big cookout.
Peruvian Roasted Chicken
This great rotisserie chicken recipe became hugely popular along the East Coast of the United States a few years back. Know as Super Chicken, El Pollo Rico, or Peruvian Chicken this is a tasty way to make a bird with enough flavor to satisfy anyone, but mild enough for everyone.
Leg of Lamb
A succulent feast for any occasion, but the perfect meal for a springtime gathering, a leg of lamb is a great way to grill up some memories for years to come.
Pork Tenderloin
Tips and techniques, plus a few recipes for the ever popular Pork Tenderloin. Learn to grill it right and you'll be making a great meal.
Beef Tri-Tip
Beef’s best kept secret is this relatively inexpensive, yet tender and tasty steak cut from the bottom half of the sirloin. You may have to search for this cut, but it is definitely worth it. Try marinating then give them a quick sear before finishing them off on a low temperature. Tender and delicious.
Baby Back Ribs (Slow Cooker)
These baby back ribs might not be bathed in smoke, but they still a lot of flavor. This slow cooked recipe will give you a great set of ribs even if can't prepare it outdoors.
Grilling Tuna
Tuna is one of the most popular and versatile fish on the market. If you buy good quality tuna you don't even need to cook it. Of course grilling adds flavor and texture to fish, so get your grill good and hot and learn how to grill tuna the best way for you tastes.
Deep Fried Sweet Potato Fries
This is a great alternative to traditional sweet potato recipes and it's really fast and easy to make. Be sure to cut the sweet potatoes into long steak fries. This gets them cooked quickly. If you are frying a turkey add these to the heated oil once the turkey is out of the way and you will get more flavor into these fries.
Before You Buy a Smoker
Smokers come in all shapes, sizes and prices. When looking to buy a smoker you need to decide on a price range and then determine the fuel you want to use. Smokers can be gas, wood, charcoal or electric. The truer the barbecue the more time you will spend tending to fires and watching temperatures. If that doesn't sound good you should move towards gas or electric smokers. Otherwise go with charcoal or wood smokers. There are a lot of units out there and I've tried to find the best.
Cleaning Stainless Steel
Keeping your stainless steel grill clean and shiny isn’t as easy as you might think. Just because they call it stainless doesn’t mean it won’t stain, discolor or rust. You need to actually take care of it and keep it clean if you want it to look good years down the road.
Smoke
Aromatic wood smoke enhances flavors and adds the necessary piece to any outdoor cooking. Choosing the right wood for the right dish is the secret to true barbecue and the best grilling. Page 2.
Building a Backyard Barbecue
Plans and ideas for building everything from a basic fire pit to a full backyard kitchen. Grills, smokers and barbecues that fit your needs because you design them yourself.
Grilling Trout
Quickly becoming one of the most popular fish, trout is perfect for the grill because of its size and because it takes so well to the flavor of smoke. Trout, whether in fillets of whole can be grilled quickly and easily by even the least experienced griller.
Making Jerky in your Smoker
Learn how to make your own Jerky in your backyard smoker. Use your smoker to add authentic smoke flavor to any kind of Jerky then finish it off in the smoker or any other appliance that dries food. Done right, you’ll get great Jerky that everyone will love.
Top 10 Rotisserie Recipes
Rotisserie cooking is a great way to extend the versatility of your grill whether you cook on charcoal or gas. Most grills have a rotisserie option and many these days are equipped with special rotisserie burners. Either way you grill rotisserie cooking is the perfect way to cook larger items source as chicken or roasts.
Going Natural Gas
With more and more gas fired outdoor products on the market you really should consider switching to natural gas. It costs less, burns cleaner and you'll never have to worry about an empty propane tank again.
Rotisserie Chicken - Step by Step
Rotisserie chicken in not only a popular fast food from your local deli counter, it is the great way to cook chicken. Two things not commonly known about rotisserie chicken is that it is best fresh and delicious 10 minutes off the grill, not spending hours under a warming lamp. Also, preparing a rotisserie chicken is quite simple. With a grill (charcoal or gas), a rotisserie kit, and a chicken, we can achieve a much tastier rotisserie chicken at home than available at most grocery stores.
Lemon Pepper Marinade
This light and easy marinade recipe uses the power of lemon juice to help tenderize and flavor meats. This marinade is particularly good on poultry like rotisserie chicken.
Painting your Grill
Renew your grill or smoker with a new coat of paint, but make sure you do it right. Painting your grill or smoker is kind of like painting your car. You have to do it right to make it look good.
Greek Lamb Marinade
This Greek-style marinade can be applied to any meat, but is particularly good on lamb. Let the meat marinate for a while so the flavors can infuse.
Top 10 Brisket Recipes
Traditional Texas smoked brisket is one of the cornerstones of barbecue. This tough, difficult cut of beef is hard muscle and can only be prepared low and slow if you actually want to eat it. Smoke brisket long enough and slow enough and you will produce one of the greatest meals you'll ever eat. These great brisket recipes take you from start to finish. Of course you can always choose to pick out your own rubs, mops, marinades and sauces to make a great brisket meal or you can choose on of these
Red Snapper
Red Snapper is a great fish for grilling. The firm texture and nutty flavor make it great for many recipes. This fish will take many flavors from hot and spicy to sweet and succulent. Grill it either in fillets or whole for a great fish meal.
Top 10 Rib Recipes
The Best Rib Recipes for Grilling or Smoking BBQ Ribs. These Rib Recipes for Pork or Beef Ribs are sure to please.
The 10 Best Gas Grills Your Money Can Buy
The top 10 gas grills over $4,000. If you are looking to purchase a new gas grill and want the best money can buy (based on manufacturer's suggested retail price) then these are the one you should be looking at.
Restaurant Steak Secrets
Aside from the grade of the beef and their own aging processes, restaurants use basic tricks to get great tasting steaks. With a small investment, you too can get steaks nearly as good as they do on your grill or in the kitchen. Learn the secrets to a great steakhouse steak and amaze your guests.
Pit Cooking
Dig a hole. Fill it with fire. Wrap up something big. Bury it all. Now you’ve got the makings for a great meal for everyone you know. Pit cooking is one of the oldest methods of cooking and the prefect solution to feeding an army.
Prime Rib Roast
This is a classic prime rib recipe cooked on the grill. The secret is to keep the temperature low enough during cooking and to remove it from the grill when done. Be sure to grill indirectly and also use a drip pan to catch the drippings.

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