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Outdoor Kitchenettes for Small Backyards

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Sep 21, 2017 7:15:33 AM

Do you dream of having an outdoor kitchen, but are afraid your backyard is too small? You can still have a beautiful and functional kitchenette in your small yard if you plan carefully!

Pick what matters most

If you’re limited on space, focus in on only those appliances and tools that you really want. For most people, a high-quality grill is a must. (And keep in mind good doesn’t necessarily mean large—you can get a great grill that doesn’t take up all of your available space.)

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Topics: Outdoor Lifestyle, Kitchens

What appliances do I need for my outside kitchen?

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Sep 7, 2017 7:21:25 AM

Are you at the early stages of planning your outside kitchen? One of the questions you’ll need to ask yourself as you plan is which appliances you’ll want to include. Your outside kitchen should reflect your needs, so be sure to choose the appliances that fit your lifestyle and your cooking habits best.

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Topics: Outdoor Lifestyle, Kitchens

How to Check How Much Propane is Left in Your Grill Tank

Posted by Emily Park on Aug 24, 2017 8:30:22 AM

When you’re hosting a party in your outdoor kitchen, the last thing you want is for your gas grill to run out of propane halfway through cooking your steaks or while the chicken on your kebabs is still raw!

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Topics: Grills

Tips for Cooking Fish Fillets on the Grill

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Aug 10, 2017 7:45:20 AM

Maybe you’ve already mastered the perfect hamburger, the expertly prepared steak, and even gotten creative with your kebabs.

Ready for the next challenge? This week we’re talking about the process of grilling fish fillets.

Not only does fish have a distinctive and highly desired flavor, but it’s also one of the healthiest animal-based proteins available. Plus, fish is packed with essential nutritsn like vitamin D and omega-3s.

Let's get grilling!

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Topics: Grills, Cooking Tips

Kebab Recipes that Go Beyond the Ordinary

Posted by Emily Park on Jul 27, 2017 8:12:00 AM

Once you’ve mastered the perfect hamburger or the precisely done steak, consider getting creative with one of the other staples of the summer cookout: the humble kebab.

This simple dish—consisting of skewered meat and vegetables—has origins that go back to ancient Greece and the Middle East, when cooks would roast meat over hot coals or an open fire. So it’s no surprise that kebabs are so well suited for the backyard grill.

Once you’ve enjoyed the more traditional combination of chicken, bell peppers, red onion, and maybe cherry tomatoes over the flame, you might be ready to expand your horizons. Here are five creative kebab recipes to get you started:

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Topics: Grills, Cooking Tips

How to Choose the Right Grill For You

Posted by Emily Park on Jul 13, 2017 9:01:00 AM

The season for outdoor living is here, and your backyard is calling.

If you’re dreaming of inviting your friends and family over for perfectly juicy hamburgers or mouthwatering steaks, it may be time for you to invest in your own backyard grill.

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Topics: Grills

Serve up these cool treats for hot summer days

Posted by Emily Park on Jul 6, 2017 8:03:00 AM

Sun’s out and summer’s in full swing! We know you’ll want to take advantage of your outdoor living area during the long, carefree days of summer. After enjoying perfectly grilled hamburgers or a juicy steak that’s cooked to perfection, something cold and sweet is sure to hit the spot!

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Topics: Cooking Tips

Avoid charring your burgers this 4th of July with these grilling tips

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Jun 29, 2017 8:11:00 AM

Independence Day cookouts are a time-honored American tradition and often the high point of the summer. But unfortunately for some people, another part of the holiday tradition is burnt-to-a-crisp burgers.

Don’t let that be you this summer—follow these tips for keeping your burgers juicy and evenly cooked:

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Topics: Grills, Cooking Tips

Proactive Fire Pit Maintenance Tips

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Jun 22, 2017 5:59:53 AM

Now that you have a beautiful new fire pit, you can look forward to many happy evenings relaxing with friends and family. And with a little proactive care, you can extend the life and looks of your fire pit for many years.

Here are a few easy maintenance tips that will keep your fire pit in top shape:

Clean up ash regularly

Clearing away old ashes is important for two reasons:

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Topics: Fire Pits, Fire Tables, & Fireplaces

Gadgets for the Dad Who Loves to Grill

Posted by Emily Park on Jun 15, 2017 7:17:00 AM
Still not sure what to get your dad for Father’s Day? If he’s the kind of man who loves spending time outside crafting the perfect hamburger or grilling a steak to perfection, consider one of these gift ideas for grillmasters:

Wireless meat thermometer

It seems like everything runs on wireless these days, so why not your kitchen tools, too? A wireless digital thermometer allows you to get precise readings on the temperature of your meat, without having to open the grill and let the heat out. Some versions even send push notifications to your phone when it’s reached the right temperature. 

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