Grilling Tips

How to Open a Wine Bottle With A Shoe

I’m only including this on a grilling site because it has happened to me more than once.  I can recall many a tailgate and cookout where we were scrambling to find a screw to open the bottle.  The old screw and pliers trick has nothing on this technique!  Can’t be too hard either, because this…

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  November 4, 2009

How to Properly Eat a Chicken Wing

This is probably going to be one of the best things I learn all week!  I have eaten my weight in chicken wings over the years and I can’t believe I never had a single person in a sports bar show me this technique.  I actually started ordering all drums recently, just because I was…

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  November 2, 2009

Finally Smokin’!

I’m learning a lot of BBQ vocabulary as I build my new smoker.  I am a firm believer in “fake it til you make it”.  So the other day when a BBQ aficionado asked “you seasoned that new smoker of yours, right”, I said “of course!” and then quickly pulled out my phone and jumped…

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  October 29, 2009

Make Your Own Meat Thermometer

We have a love/hate relationship with meat thermometers around my house.  I hate that none of the ones I own can agree on a temperature and my wife loves to ruin them by submerging them in the sink while she’s doing the dishes (told you I’d write about it!).  It’s time to quit complaining and…

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  October 22, 2009

How to Build a BBQ Smoker, An Ugly Drum

It’s a manly urge that none of us can control.  The urge to create, to build, to justify buying tools…it runs deep within our manly souls.  Pair that urge with our deeply rooted desire to play with fire and you’ve got enough motivation to build a cooking vessel such as a smoker.  As you can…

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  October 20, 2009

Put Down the Brush and Use Soap to Help Prevent Flare Ups

Do you find yourself trying to convince people that “a little char never hurt anybody”?  Or maybe you stick to grilling meats with removable skins, so that you can peal off the burnt and fossilized skin and reveal the perfectly grilled meat?  If this sounds like you, you probably have a problem with grill flare…

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  September 29, 2009

Wine Recommendations for Labor Day Grilling

I’ll admit, when shopping for a cook-out, my instinctual path takes me from the meat section down the cold beer aisle.  I love wine, but the Florida heat doesn’t make me really want to drink it while standing over a hot grill.  For these reasons, I often neglect some of my guests and my wife…

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  September 3, 2009

Outdoor Kitchen cost-reducing suggestions

This Old House adds This New Outdoor Kitchen.  Well, they give some advice on how to add that outdoor kitchen without breaking the bank.,,20278247,00.html I agree with most of this advice.  I could live without a sink in my outdoor kitchen (not so sure about using a “hose sink”).  But the idea of building…

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  September 2, 2009