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Looftlighter Charcoal Lighter Review

Looftlighter Charcoal Lighter Review

I have a lot of grilling gadgets, so for me to say that the Looftlighter electric charcoal lighter is my favorite gadget purchase in the last 2 years is saying something. Go back any further than that and I would have to count my Big Steel Keg in what would be a close race for…

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  January 6, 2016
Thermapen Mk4 Meat Thermometer Review

Thermapen Mk4 Meat Thermometer Review

  Did da Vinci feel the need to create a blonde Mona Lisa? Did Vince Gilligan think he needed to make ‘Breaking Badder’? No! They didn’t, because they knew they created masterpieces! So why would the temperature measuring gurus from Thermoworks think they needed to make the Thermapen MK4 when they already had a meat…

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  September 3, 2015
Thermoworks DOT Meat Thermometer Review

Thermoworks DOT Meat Thermometer Review

Thermoworks sent us another box of temperature measuring toys to play with this week. We have already reviewed and loved (I use the Thermapen almost daily) a few of their products, so I am always excited to see what they have coming out next. One of the products they sent this week is the new…

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  March 26, 2015
Super Bowl XLIX Party Grilling Recipes

Super Bowl XLIX Party Grilling Recipes

Down to the final game of the year. The big game. The Super Bowl. We can only hope it is as exciting as the Seattle vs GreenBay NFC championship game. If not, there are always the commercials. In honor of the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots, I’ve compiled a few recipes that you…

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  January 29, 2015
How to Make Your Own Pastrami on the Smoker

How to Make Your Own Pastrami on the Smoker

I think I just gave myself the motivation to do a whole series of “make your own lunch meat” recipes. Other than the temperature control issues I just fought all day with my aging smoker, this smoked pastrami turned out amazing. Luckily, smoking a pre-brined corned beef to make pastrami is forgiving and I can…

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  November 3, 2014
Thermoworks ChefAlarm Probe Thermometer Review

Thermoworks ChefAlarm Probe Thermometer Review

Thermoworks takes the guess work out of cooking, baking and grilling with their amazingly fast and accurate Thermapen. I have been using one for about 2 years now and I still don’t even know how to calibrate the thing because it never has failed the ice bath calibration test. So given my love for the…

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  October 17, 2014
5 Tips for Better Grilled Chicken Breasts

5 Tips for Better Grilled Chicken Breasts

I figured I better write this before the poultry boycott at my house fully propagates throughout the family. You see, I have overdone in. At least 3 in every 5 meals in this house features boneless skinless chicken breasts as the main feature. As a result, my 9 year old son has proclaimed that he…

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  October 7, 2014
Himalayan Salt Plate Grilling

Himalayan Salt Plate Grilling

Grilling on a Himalayan Salt Plate looks really cool.  And as Billy Crystal’s character on SNL used to say “It is better to look good than to feel good”.  And in cooking, how things look is important.  With the salt plate, you also get the benefit of things tasting great too.  The salt transfers to…

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  October 1, 2014
Cedar Plank Preperation Tip

Cedar Plank Preperation Tip

Fish, check! Marinade, check! Side dish, check! Pre-heated grill, check! Soaked cedar plank….uh oh. Not sure how many times you’ve done the “rapid” cedar plank soaking, where you tell your wife and kids that “the fish needs more time to marinade”. Or you short the plank soaking time and wind up with the fish engulfed…

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  September 13, 2014