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Cooking Habits to Protect You from Food Poisoning

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Jul 18, 2019 10:53:17 AM

Your outdoor kitchen is your cooking haven, but nothing can change that faster than a run-in with food poisoning. One evening you're having a relaxing dinner on the patio with your family, and the next morning you're suffering the effects of food poisoning. Or imagine how horrified you would be if you hosted a dinner party and served a meal that caused food poisoning.

No one ever plans for food poisoning, but neither do people consistently take the proper precautions to avoid it. Every ounce of effort you put into keeping your food sanitary is worth it. This blog will help!

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Topics: Cooking Tips

5-Star Hot Dogs Inspired by the Land of the Free

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Jun 27, 2019 8:00:00 AM

If you're like the majority of the American population, you're probably grilling burgers for the 4th of July. You'll also toss some hot dogs on the smoker just incase you run out of burgers or to give the kids another option, but burgers are usually the main event.

What if you did something different this year? What if you made hot dogs the highlight of your 4th of July cookout? Grilling them is easy; it's the toppings that make them truly spectacular! Since we're celebrating America's Birthday in just a few days, let's look at some truly American dogs that are inspired by different parts of the country.

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Topics: Cooking Tips

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