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7 Telltale Signs of a Grill Master

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Jul 26, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Everyone wants to appear impressive to their friends. Having a backyard barbecue and grilling out is one way to do that -- as long as you know what you're doing, that is.

If you don't know your way around a gas or charcoal grill, the last thing you'll be doing is impressing your guests. That's why we've collected 7 telltale signs of a grill master.

Even if you don't do everything right when you're grilling out, at least focus on these seven things, and everyone will consider you a grilling pro!

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Topics: Cooking Tips, Grills

8 Must-Have Grill Gadgets for Father's Day 2018

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Jun 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Picking out the perfect Father's Day gift is both an art and a science. The gift needs elements of both form and function, should be from the heart without necessarily being sappy, and needs to speak to his personality while also helping him be the best man he can be (no pressure or anything).

So when another specialty-themed tie or "Kiss the Cook" apron just won't do, where do you turn? With a few shopping days to go, we've got 8 ideas for the charcoal-loving, burger-flipping grillmaster in your life:

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Topics: Grills

How to Use a Ceramic Kamado Grill

Posted by Michael Dougherty on May 17, 2018 7:05:00 AM

You may have seen one of those unusual ceramic grills at a friend’s house—the kind that looks like a little spaceship or a giant egg on a tripod. (One brand name is even called the Big Green Egg.)

This backyard appliance is called a kamado grill, and it can function as a grill, smoker, and pizza oven all in one. It’s slightly different to work with than your typical grill, but the results can be amazing.

If you’re thinking about adding a kamado to your outdoor kitchen, here’s a general overview of what it can do.

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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: Cooking Tips, Grills

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: Cooking Tips, Grills

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

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: Cooking Tips, Grills

Beyond BBQ: What Else Can I Cook in My Outdoor Smoker?

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Jun 6, 2017 4:04:00 PM

In our opinion, nothing beats tender pork barbecue fresh from your own outdoor smoker (well, except maybe a quality steak grilled to perfection). There’s something about slow-cooked pork slathered with your favorite sauce or a savory dry rub that makes it a perennial favorite.

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Topics: Cooking Tips, Grills

Upgrade Your Next Cookout with These Fresh Grill Ideas

Posted by Emily Park on May 25, 2017 7:21:00 AM

Taking your dinner prep into the great outdoors and cooking out on the grill is just more fun than being stuck in a summer kitchen indoors all sumer!

Sometimes it’s easy to fall into that same old hamburgers-and-hot-dogs routine. Your grill is capable of far more than that!

Whether you’re gearing up for a special Memorial Day cookout or just want fresh ideas for a weeknight dinner, here are a few ideas for how to shake things up:

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Topics: Cooking Tips, Grills