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Making an Easter Ham in Your Outdoor Smoker

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Apr 18, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Easter is just a few days away and, if you’re in charge of providing the main meal, things can get stressful really quickly.

The best way to avoid stress and create a culinary masterpiece? Having a plan. A delicious, juicy ham has traditionally been the main dish of choice for most families that celebrate Easter. Today we’re going to put a spin on the traditional baked ham and give you some recipes that you can use in your outdoor kitchen’s smoker. Keep on reading to get some of the best recipes on the internet for smoked ham!

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Topics: Cooking Tips

St. Patty's Day and Your Smoker: Let's make something!

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Mar 7, 2019 10:42:48 AM

Just because you're celebrating St. Patricks Day doesn't mean corned beef and boiled potatoes have to be your meal of choice.

There are a variety of Irish-inspired dishes you can make in your outdoor kitchen that transcend the norm and still have plenty of St. Patty's Day flair. We hope you'll try one (or all) of these winning recipes that can be deliciously prepared in your outdoor kitchen's smoker.

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Topics: Grills, Cooking Tips

6 Pro Tips for Cooking Outdoors

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Feb 21, 2019 8:03:00 AM

Cooking is one thing. Cooking outside is another.

Not that it's difficult to cook outside; it's just that the outdoors provides a unique environment with unique challenges and options for cooks at all levels. If you do not take these challenges and opportunities into account, then you're missing out on the chance to make your food that much better. 

Here are our best cooking tips for creating an above-average outdoor dining experience for your hungry friends and family.

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Topics: Cooking Tips

Make a Simple Romantic Dinner That Tastes Like You've Been Prepping All Day

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Feb 14, 2019 8:05:00 AM

It's Valentine's Day. Yay! An excuse to eat chocolate and buy flowers and eat out at your favorite fancy restaurant!

Unless you forgot to make reservations at your favorite fancy restaurant... In that case, you're in desperate need of a Plan B. 

All is not lost because you forgot to reserve your favorite table at your favorite dining spot on February 14th. In fact, we'd venture to say that you'll be better off savoring a romantic dinner at home with your sweetheart in your very own backyard.

We know you weren't planning to whip up a romantic dinner in your outdoor kitchen this evening, which is exactly why we found three easy dinner recipes that will still taste like you've been planning for weeks! 

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Topics: Outdoor Lifestyle, Cooking Tips

A Chocolate Lover's Kitchen

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Feb 7, 2019 9:54:48 AM

It's February, and regardless of how you feel about Valentines Day, if you're a chocolate lover, this just might be your month. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and white chocolate is everywhere, taking on the shape of hearts, making its way into packages shaped like hearts, and coating sweet strawberries resembling hearts. It's all about love — love for that special someone expressed through a common love for chocolate.

But why wait for someone to gift you with a decadent chocolate heart on February 14th? Why not create your own chocolate heaven in your own outdoor kitchen? Try these delicious treats:

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Topics: Cooking Tips

Tips for Teaching Kids to Cook

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Jan 24, 2019 8:00:00 AM

The kitchen can turn into a pretty messy place — with or without a child's help. If you are cooking with a kid, though, you can expect it to get even messier much faster.

In this article, we'll talk about the best ways to teach kids to cook, not so much with the goal of helping you avoid a mess, but instead with the intent of making memories and instilling in them an invaluable skill.

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Topics: Cooking Tips

30 Meals to Help You Maintain Your New Years Resolutions (for at least another month)

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Jan 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM

It's about that time when people start giving up on their new year's resolutions to cook healthier and eat better. If you're one of those people who are falling off the bandwagon, we're here to help you hold on for at least one more month! 

We have some incredible recipes for every day of the week. Try them out!

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Topics: Cooking Tips

6 Sins of Grilling a Steak

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Jan 10, 2019 8:00:00 AM

If you think that the perfect steak is determined solely by the precision of grill marks, there's a strong possibility that you may be falling into one of the 6 sins of grilling steaks. 

There are certainly many different ways to prepare a delicious steak, but there are several foundational rules that should be followed every time you grill.

Unfortunately, the outdoor kitchen owners and grillers who are not aware of these "rules" end up committing some serious steak sins. Let's look at those 6 sins so that you can avoid them the next time you're tempted to grill. 

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Topics: Cooking Tips

Holiday Recipes That Won't Pack on the Pounds

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Dec 20, 2018 8:09:00 AM

There's no getting around it. This time of year is the season for sweets. From sugar cookies to eggnog, it seems like everything we put in our mouths from Thanksgiving to New Years is packed with sugar, carbs and fat. 

This sugar overload presents a major challenge for those who are trying to lose weight, or at the very least, maintain the weight they're at. But who wants to fill up on celery sticks while everyone else is indulging in cheese boards and chocolate-covered Oreos? Not us!

That's why we found some delicious holiday recipes that are a lot healthier and just as tasty as the traditional options. We're confident that when you taste these recipes, you won't even miss the calories!

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Topics: Cooking Tips

3 Ways to Cook a Turkey in Your Outdoor Kitchen

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Nov 15, 2018 8:00:00 AM

While popping a turkey in the oven or dropping it in a crockpot may be two of the most obvious and traditional ways to prepare Thanksgiving dinner, they are certainly not the only ways.

There are many ways to cook a turkey that don't require a conventional oven or crockpot, and if you have an outdoor kitchen, these additional cooking options are literally in your backyard.

Let's look at three...

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Topics: Cooking Tips