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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
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
How To Smoke Brisket

How To Smoke Brisket

“You have a grill big enough to cook this thing?”. The cashier is grunting as she turns this huge hunk of cow over and over, searching for the barcode. “Yes, as a matter of fact, I do”. I say with a wink. The guy in the next lane with the bag of charcoal notices the…

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  February 7, 2013
How To Build a Mini BBQ Smoker

How To Build a Mini BBQ Smoker

So there I was, having lunch with champion BBQ chef Harry Soo, in the hospitality tent of what is pretty much the Super Bowl of BBQ (the Kingsford Invitational). You know, just another day of sampling world class BBQ, no big whoop. Just kidding, it was a big whoop, it was an awesome weekend of…

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  January 28, 2013
Pan Seared Steak

Pan Seared Steak

Pan searing a steak before finishing it on the grill add extra flavor, a great crusty texture, and wonderful golden brown color. This article shows you how to pan sear a steak on the grill.

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  February 9, 2012
How To Sear Steak

How To Sear Steak

We show how to sear steaks on a gas or charcoal grill. Searing adds amazing flavor, improved texture and beautiful color to your steaks.

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  February 9, 2012
How to Test Your Meat Thermometer Calibration

How to Test Your Meat Thermometer Calibration

We love the Thermapen instant read digital thermometer to check our meat.  This thing is the Cadillac (or whatever you consider the top of the line these days) of the meat thermometer world as far as we are concerned.  Even a Cadillac needs a tune-up every now and then though, right?  Well, the folks at Thermapen…

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  January 7, 2012
How to Light a Charcoal Grill

How to Light a Charcoal Grill

Ford versus Chevy has nothing on the charcoal versus gas debate.  You’ve noticed the folks on one side of the extreme.  They are the ones looking at you with a mix of pity and disgust while you check out the latest gas grills in the big box stores.  They would rather walk on their hot…

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  December 30, 2011
How to Slice Meat Against the Grain

How to Slice Meat Against the Grain

Ah, the delicious flank steak. This cut of steak comes from one of the toughest muscles on the cow, but it has some of the best flavor on the animal. Flank steaks are also great candidates for a long bath in a delicious marinade. Marinade them in some lime, garlic, cilantro and jalapeno and I…

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  March 5, 2010
Quick Guide to Spices

Quick Guide to Spices

My goal this year is to experiment a lot more with flavors I haven’t really used in recipes.  I feel like I am kind of in a rut and tend to stick with the flavors I am most comfortable with.  We’ll see if my little experiment results in a coup attempt in my family at…

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  February 23, 2010