Grilling Tips

Grilling tips, DIYs and How tos!

3 Options for Lighting Charcoal

I love my Looftlighter but I’m not always close to an electrical outlet when I am grilling with charcoal. This video shows 3 other techniques for lighting your charcoal. Although the torch looks fun, my go-to is a balled up paper towel soaked in cooking oil. Any cooking oil will do and paper towels are…

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  May 8, 2019

Key and Peele: Kobe Beef Burgers

I really miss the Key and Peele show, they are hilarious. In this skit, we see what happens when a guy manning the grill throws the $39/pound Kobe burgers on right next to the frozen patties. I about lost it when he smacked the ketchup out of his hand and ran around steeling back his…

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  May 3, 2019

Catch and Grill Your Own Shrimp; Taiwan’s Shrimp Bars

I could really get into this, a marriage of my two obsessions of fishing and grilling (looks like they serve beer too, so that’s a trifecta). There are bars in Taiwan that allow you to catch and cook your own shrimp. As the video says, “pool to table” seafood. Of course, I would probably get…

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  May 2, 2019

Seafood Vendor Grills Tuna Steaks with a Blow Torch

We catch blackfin tuna here in Florida and we will often take some soy sauce to the cleaning table and have a few pieces while filleting the fish. Nothing beats fresh tuna and nothing ruins it like over-cooking. The video below shows a Japanese seafood vendor who has come up with a pretty low tech…

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  April 26, 2019

Video: 5 Steak Grilling Tips

Did you know cows outnumber humans 4 to 1 in Uruguay? I’ll have to find a way to drop that new knowledge in a random conversation today. This new video from USA Today features 5 steak grilling tips from Uruguayan chef Lucia Soria. Some of these tips are controversial. For example, I don’t personally think…

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  April 24, 2019

Smoking Lunch in a Hollow Tree

I thought I was doing a good job with “reduce, reuse, recycle” by building my own BBQ smoker out of an old drum. These guys take that concept to a whole new level by roasting and smoking their lunch in an old, hollow tree. The tree is hollow throughout so they were even able to…

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  April 23, 2019

How a Grill Flavors a Steak

I got halfway through this video from Saveur Magazine before I realized there were subtitles with big words explaining how various grill fuels flavor your meat. Something about the sizzling fat, even at 6:30AM, had me mesmerized. If I were to nitpick, I’d say the gas grill does add a little flavor through the same…

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  April 23, 2019

Street Vendor Machine Grilling Lots of Lamb Skewers

I just recently surfaced from exactly 4 minutes and 23 seconds of daydreaming thanks to this video from Italy Street Food. I don’t know about you, but I can almost smell that beautiful fat as it melts onto the coals below, producing a magical aroma. I’m also now obsessing about what else I could grill…

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  April 22, 2019

Thermoworks Smoke Review

I had the chance to review the Thermoworks ThermaQ WIFI a few weeks back. I forgot to mention that buried deeper in my box of goodies was a Thermoworks Smoke remote meat thermometer as well! Two remote thermometers? What’s the difference and why do I need two? I have now run both through a few…

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  May 20, 2018

Grilling the Beyond Meat Beast Burger

I like meat, delicious animal protein. I’m immediately skeptical when someone tries to sell me on a substitute with “you can’t even tell the difference”. I’m not a big fan of veggie burgers at all. I greeted the Beyond Meat Beast Burger with the same healthy does of “whatever” that I have given all of…

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  May 1, 2018
How to Open a Bag of Charcoal

How to Open a Bag of Charcoal

I was at a cookout recently and watched as a friend assaulted a charcoal bag with a knife. It was a tense few minutes while we watched him stab, slice and cuss the bag into submission, ultimately (and messily) freeing the charcoal held within the paper straight jacket. I was tempted to stepping in, but…

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  March 7, 2018

Smoking Lunch in a Hollow Tree

I thought I was doing a good job with “reduce, reuse, recycle” by building my own BBQ smoker out of an old drum. These guys take that concept to a whole new level by roasting and smoking their lunch in an old, hollow tree. The tree is hollow throughout so they were even able to…

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  April 23, 2019

Grilling the Beyond Meat Beast Burger

I like meat, delicious animal protein. I’m immediately skeptical when someone tries to sell me on a substitute with “you can’t even tell the difference”. I’m not a big fan of veggie burgers at all. I greeted the Beyond Meat Beast Burger with the same healthy does of “whatever” that I have given all of…

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  May 1, 2018
How to Open a Bag of Charcoal

How to Open a Bag of Charcoal

I was at a cookout recently and watched as a friend assaulted a charcoal bag with a knife. It was a tense few minutes while we watched him stab, slice and cuss the bag into submission, ultimately (and messily) freeing the charcoal held within the paper straight jacket. I was tempted to stepping in, but…

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  March 7, 2018
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

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…

  Continue Reading
  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…

  Continue Reading
  October 7, 2014
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
Altoids DIY Grill

Altoids DIY Grill

Ever since I built my own smoker, I have been obsessed with DIY cooking projects.  Here’s another cool project from Instructables.  Technically, it isn’t one of their documented projects, it was just included in comments on their page.  The body, lid and coal (fits one briquette) holder are made from an Altoid tin.  The grate…

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  December 13, 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