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Month: January 2017 (Page 1 of 4)

Grilling Tips – Firing Up the Charcoal Grill

Lighter Fluid – Used for Charcoal Grills

Made with liquid butane, lighter fluid ignites easily and speeds the combustion of charcoal. Some charcoal is impregnated with a form of lighter fluid so that you don’t have to squirt it on. We prefer not to use lighter fluid or impregnated charcoal because petroleum products can lend an off flavor to foods. But the truth is that if you use lighter fluid carefully, squirting it only onto your fuel source, the petroleum will burn off by the time the coals are ready. We resort to lighter fluid only for large mounds of coals in big grills. If you use it, be careful not to squirt any on the sides of your grill because petroleum fumes will burn off more slowly there and may give your food a distasteful aroma.

Long Stem Lighter

Another form of contained butane, long stem butane lighters make it easy to light wood fires and chimney starters full of coals. Keep at least one on hand for easy fire-starting.

Chimney Starter

Resembling a big, perforated coffee can, a chimney starter makes charcoal grilling incredibly easy without the need to resort to lighter fluid. The starter allows the coals to ignite quickly (15 to 20 minutes) due to the upward draft of oxygen.

Paraffin Lighter Cubes

Resembling white ice cubes or big white dice with no dots, these fire starters can be used instead of paper to light a wood fire, pyramid of coals, or chimney starter full of coals. They leave no aftertaste.

Sawdust Starter

Like paraffin cubes, compressed blocks of sawdust make convenient fire starters for wood and charcoal fires. They look somewhat like small blocks of particle board.

Electric Coal Starter

Plug this fire starter into an outlet (with an extension cord if necessary), and then plunge it into the center of a mound of coals. The electric heating coil will ignite the coals in about the same time it takes to use a chimney starter.

Heat Diffuser

These don’t ignite a fire, but they do spread out the heat and reduce hot and cold spots so that food cooks more evenly. Heat diffusers are used mostly in gas grills above the burner tubes, and they typically come in the form of lava stones, ceramic briquettes, or metal bars. Ceramic briquettes are available with small bits of wood infused into the ceramic to impart a wood smoke flavor to foods cooked on a gas grill.

Gas Grills – Important Information to know

All gas grills work a little differently, so follow the manufacturer’s
instructions for safe setup and use. If your grill catches fire, turn off the burner valves and the gas supply. If the fire is anywhere near the fuel source (propane or natural gas), evacuate the area and call the fire department. For other grill safety information, check the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The Weber Portable Gas Grill Q 100 – A First-Hand Review

After having moved from a house with a backyard to an apartment building, I had to find a grill I could use in my new living space. So, I started my research for an alternative to my charcoal grill. I found online some great reviews for the Weber Q 100 Portable Gas Grill and decided to give it a try.

I had my doubts whether my food was going to be as tasty as the one grilled on charcoal but, as it turned out to be, my concerns were out of place.

First of all it’s very well made and sturdy. The grill has a heavy cast iron grate unlike some cheaper grills you can find on the market, that have thin grates. The grill surface is not that big but it’s enough for a family of four.

The grill heats up wonderfully and the heat is even. Every food we have made on the grill tasted great and you get a nice sear after some 6-8 minutes of preheat. The food gets done quite quickly so get a stop watch to monitor the grilling time.

I was a little concerned about the gas tanks that this grill operates on (I never used one in my life) but it’s really a no-brainer. I hooked my grill up to a 5 lb propane tank (and it lasted for quite a while), but I have read that some people use larger gas tanks with an adapter hose.

The grill is so much easier to operate than a charcoal grill. It ignites at the push of a button and has a regulator to control the heat.

Since I hate cleaning my grill, I found it to be very helpful (and later read the same thing from other grill users) using the aluminum foil on the inside of the grill. So I clean the grill in no time. Furthermore you can use a foil tray for the drip pan as well.

I use another trick that saves me some cleanup: I brush the grill or the meat with oil so the food doesn’t stick so much. I found the book you get with the grill to be most helpful. It had some great instructions and tips, especially the grilling time charts. Since I’m using this grill so much I bought the folding cart for this model too. It’s such a great accessory to the grill. I recommend you get a grill brush as well.

I have to say I’m absolutely enthusiastic about this grill. It’s really worth every penny I paid (the price is not that high though). I forgot my old charcoal grill one of the reasons being the fact that the Weber Q 100 is so much easier to use. You can prepare your food in no time and, what’s important to me, you don’t have to have a backyard at your disposal. Of course if you are planning a barbecue party then you should get a larger one. The Q 100 is ideal for a family of four (like mine) or if you’re single, and if you don’t have a couple of hours to grill. Most of the times, when I get from work, I just light my grill and have a great meal in 20 minutes.

Great Reasons to Use Grill Covers

People often forget to buy grill covers when they purchase their portable grill, these covers are an important part of protecting your grill and keeping it in good working order.

If your grill is situated outdoors permanently then purchasing some sort of cover is a must, adverse weather conditions can have a dramatic effect on metal when left unprotected from the elements. Most grill manufactures supply a cover specially designed for the type of grill you buy, but there are companies that solely make grill covers just for the BBQ market so finding one to fit your grill should not be an issue.

There is a wide choice available these days to fit any type of portable grill, doing some research online is a great way of finding out about the different types on offer. Make sure the cover you invest in has the straps and attachments to fasten the cover securely to the grill, the last thing you need is to pay for covers only to see them take off in the wind never to be seen again.

You can acquire these protective covers in a few different types of materials, polyester seems to be a big favourite with outdoor cooking enthusiasts. This is a good all round cover that can stand up to the worst weather conditions all year round, you will discover that most polyester covers when first purchased are not really that waterproof.

You will need to buy a waterproofing agent and treat the cover yourself if you want it to be totally waterproof, this type of waterproofing agent can be found on line easily and only costs a few bucks and is well worth the money.

Over the years vinyl has been a very popular material to use when manufacturing these protective covers, although it has been found to crack when subjected to the colder winter months. Weber, a popular BBQ grill manufacturer supply vinyl covers with most of there grills, but the general opinion is that if you want a durable long lasting cover then polyester is the best choice.

You can expect to pay from $30 up to around $150 for grill covers these days depending on which style of cover you want and which manufacturer you buy from, I bought one from Weber a couple of years ago and treated it with waterproof agent and it still looks as good today as it did then.

So if you keep your outdoor grill permanently outside then you should look at purchasing the protective grill covers available today, it definitely works out cheaper to buy a grill cover for $30 than having to buy a new portable grill.

BBQ in the Winters? With an Indoor Grill, Yes You Can!

Grilling and sunshine is a match made in heaven. Nothing quite like a warm, gentle breeze of a summer afternoon slowly fanning the flames of your BBQ. But with winter’s icy grip controlling much of the country, what is a BBQ lover to do?

Fortunately, grills today aren’t the hulking, smoke spewing monstrosities they used to be in ye olden days. Smaller (but equally capable) grills, working on gas or infra-red, can bring the outdoor grilling experience inside. This means you can enjoy steaks, sausages, and ribs even on the coldest of January evenings with six inches of snow outside.

I can vouch for this from personal experience: grilling on a warm afternoon is fun, but nothing quite beats the joys of standing before an open flame in the kitchen even as a snowstorm rages outside.

For this, of course, you need an indoor grill.

When buying an indoor grill, you should pay particular attention to the size and power of the grill. Get a grill too large and it’ll be scarcely manouverable, should you decide to tug it outside in better weather. Get something too small and you’ll be stuck with an underpowered, puny grill with hardly enough grilling space to feed a family of four. A combination of adequate size with evenly matched power makes finding an indoor grill a particularly tedious exercise.

For obvious reasons, you will have to choose from an infra-red or gas grill (charcoal spews far too much smoke to be worthwhile indoors). Weber has a strong line-up of low-end, indoor grills that combine power, aeshetics and portability in a potent mix. The Weber Q-140 and Q-240 are moderately priced, good looking grills that bear the Weber hallmark of superior quality and durability. The Weber Q-140 will set you back by around $140, while its older cousin will be a little short of $300.

Another non-Weber indoor grill that is topping the charts these days is Cuisinart’s All Foods Indoor Grill. It’s small and lightweight enough to sit on a table, yet packs enough punch to feed a large family with a serious appetite. Best of all, it costs less than $150 – a great deal for a grill that can do so much.

At the lower end of the spectrum, we have the Chefmaster Stovetop BBQ Grill retailing for less than $15, and of course, everyone’s favorite, the George Foreman Grill. As a purist, I can’t really approve of these puny grills, but if all you want is to grill some hotdogs, then by all means, *splurge* on one of these cheap grills. But if you want steaks and some serious cooking, you won’t find anything worth keeping below $150.

Electric grills are a popular option for indoor grills, though honestly, their quality leaves much to be desired. I won’t touch an electric indoor grill with a beanpole. Stick to gas or infra-red and you’ll avoid many a woes.

The Benefits of Owning a Propane Grill

A propane grill can be an excellent addition to your household. While the debate continues regarding preferences of propane versus charcoal grills, it’s generally agreed that propane is cleaner and more convenient for the everyday user.

Save Time

Propane grills do not require much prep time. Most propane grills require less than ten minutes to heat. While you’re heating the grill, you can prep your meat by adding additional marinade and placing the meat on tin foil (if that is your preference). Propane is ideal for both weekend summer barbecues and quick weeknight meals. Ditch the weekday drive-through routine-there’s time to grill if you’re using propane.

Cooks Evenly

Noted for their even heating, propane grills allow you to cook meat thoroughly without much expertise. Aside from resulting in a uniform taste and flavor, even cooking and evenly-distributed grill heat decrease the chances of infection from bacteria such as salmonella and e-coli.

Easy to Clean

Propane cooking makes cleanup a snap. After you cook, turn the heat up. When smoke fails to linger, turn off the heat and use a grill brush to clean off any excess buildup. To keep the grill clean and germ-free, simply close it. If your grill has a side tray for meat preparation, clean it with anti-bacterial kitchen spray to avoid future contamination.

Better for Non-Beef

Are you hoping to grill items other than beef? Propane grills are perfect for grilling vegetables like corn and more tender meats such as fish or chicken. This is especially true in comparison to charcoal grills-the revered smoky charcoal flavor can be a bit overwhelming on non-beef goods.

Teaching Tool

Many families pass on the tradition of grilling to their children. One of the first duties of adulthood sometimes involves cooking the meat and manning the grill. Propane powered grills are excellent for this duty. Because the heat is extremely controllable (most grills are also outfitted with temperature gauges), it’s relatively easy to teach safe and delicious grilling practices.

Cook Safely

Propane gas actually adds an element of safety to outdoor cooking. Because the heat is controllable and the grill cooks evenly, there is less of a chance of food poisoning. Propane is also healthier than charcoal grill briquettes due to the lack of harmful chemicals. The propane is tempered with water, allowing for a steam effect to cook the meat with natural elements.

Propane grills are also excellent for fair evenings, summer barbecues and unexpected guests. After the initial purchase, the upkeep and propane refills are relatively inexpensive, costing about one dollar per one hour cooking session in propane. If you’re ready to vary your meals and invest in a grill, consider a propane grill.

Meat Smokers For Sale – Why the Cheapest Price May Not Be the Best Deal!

Are you searching for cheap meat smokers for sale? If you are a barbeque aficionado, then chances are that you are wanting to try your hand at smoking your own meats right at home. And it may seem like that BBQ will taste even sweeter if prepared in a smoker that you are able to procure for next to nothing.

But be careful; a bargain-basement priced smoker may not set you on the path to barbeque heaven after all. When you read through this article, you will learn a bit about what to watch out for when shopping for cheap meat smokers for sale, as well as how to get a great smoker at a price that you will be happy with.

First, Why the Cheapest Smoker May Not Be Your Best Deal!

There is something to the old adage, “You get what you pay for.” Unless you get lucky and stumble upon a high quality smoker at a “everything is priced to go” yard or estate sale, a super-low priced BBQ smoker will usually prove to be a bad deal.

Here are 3 common reasons why:

    1. It will cost more to keep it fueled up. Cheaply constructed smokers use flimsy materials and thin metals, with gaps and chinks often evident where pieces do not fit together smoothly. This allows for heat loss, and you will have to use more fuel than normal to keep the consistent temperature that outstanding barbeque calls for.
    1. When gaps and chinks are present between ill-fitting metal plates, smoke escapes too – from all the wrong places. Really inexpensive smokers have a short shelf life.
  1. Your smoker will wear out or rust through more quickly, and may have to be replaced sooner than you would like.

However, You Can Find a Really Cheap Price on a Really Great Smoker When You Search Online.

How good a smoker you really need is an individual matter that will depend on what you want to smoke and how deeply you want to get into the art of BBQ’ing. Regardless, you can certainly find a solid smoker in your price range when you shop online.

Internet stores serve huge markets and have low overhead, putting them in a great position to be able to offer sales and discounts and even lower base prices than physical stores can afford to. They deal in volume, and can often offer perks like free shipping as this barely makes a dent in their bottom line. Finally, the biggest sites may have easy and quick access to additional stock – and when supply is high, prices are lower.

But even so, not all online stores offer the same deals. Some are better than others.

OK, So How Do You Find the Best Deal?

If you really want to find a cheap price on a great smoker, you will need to spend some time researching your options online. To do this, start by running a search using the words “cheap price” as part of your search term. Then sift through the results, and narrow them down to big online stores that feature lots of customer reviews and who offer a good variety of meat smokers for sale.

Online stores like this usually do a large volume of business and will offer some great deals. Once you have found them, you can compare sites and select the very best.

Of course, you will have to review a lot of web pages and weed out all of the lessor deals to find the ones that are really great, and that can take a lot of time, but if you want a quality smoker cheap, this is one way to find one!

10 Barbeque Essentials You Need Today

If you’re getting ready for the summer, and thinking about barbeques and spending time outside with your friends and family, then perhaps now is the time to make sure that you’ve got the barbeque essentials you’ll need.

Here’s what you’ll want.

1. You probably won’t want to use your best crockery in the garden, so buying some disposable or plastic plates and cups is a good idea. If you’re going to be eating outside quite often, then it’s worth choosing something that will last, and isn’t likely to break if it gets dropped, or the dog knocks it over.

2. Having the right tools for the job is important, and so you’ll want to make sure that you have plenty of forks, skewers, tongs, and spatulas so that you can flip burgers, pick up sausages, and check to see when you’re steak’s done too. Don’t forget that you’ll also need a brush for cleaning you BBQ afterwards.

3. A mitt will prevent you burning your hand when you’re cooking, and picking up hot things, whilst an apron will mean that you don’t get your clothes dirty.

4. A cover for your BBQ will mean that it’s not going to be exposed to the weather, and so won’t get rained on or be blown about. As you will be cooking your food on your BBQ, you’ll want to keep it looking clean and hygienic.

5. You’ll definitely need a table for putting your accessories on when you’re not using them. They’ll need to be close to hand, and you can also use your table for putting sauces, plates, serviettes and everything else that you and your fellow diners will need. Make sure it’s about the same height too. You won’t want to get a bad back from having to bend down to pick up or put down things.

6. The barbeque itself is obviously essential, and perhaps if yours has seen better days, or you’ve never bought one before, then now may be the time to invest. You might already know what you need, or perhaps you’ll need all the help you can get.

7. Using decent charcoal is recommended too. Although you might be tempted to buy your charcoal from a garage or supermarket, you’ll get better value and much better quality charcoal when you buy from a reputable supplier. You’ll also have plenty of charcoal when you suddenly decide to have a barbeque at the last minute too.

8. Cooking pellets can give your food an even more delicious BBQ flavour and aroma. Depending on what you like, and what you’re eating, there are different ones to choose from. Why not try several, and see which ones you like best?

9. You’ll want to make sure that you’ve got plenty of food, and that it’s good quality. You’ll need to make sure that you cook it properly to avoid the risk of causing food poisoning. Don’t forget salad and veg too, so that there is lots for everyone.

10. Don’t forget to enjoy your BBQ. No matter whether it’s planned well in advance or on spur of the moment, you’ll want to get as much preparation done in advance so that you’re not spending all the time cooking.

Now you know more about what you need, you’ll be able to host the perfect barbeque each and every time.

Choosing The Perfect Charcoal Grill

Everyone loves good, old fashioned charcoal grilling. Aside from being cheaper than other grilling methods, it adds a raw, distinctive taste to your sausages, burgers, ribs, and other grilled items. Some people prefer charcoal grills over gas grills because they are easier to transport and are safer to use than gas. While there are differences in opinion and preference among grillers, it still remains that charcoal grills are here to stay. So be it an picnic, or an outdoor grill, charcoal grills will more that make up their worth in usefulness and reliability. When choosing charcoal grills, however, it pays to know what your needs are and to know the pros and cons of having such a grill over the other available grills around.

1. Cooking Space

First of all, you have to determine how much space you need for grilling. If you are grilling for a small family of three, you will do well enough with a 75 square-inch grill. You will have to consider larger grills if you are cooking for more people. It doesn’t make sense if you bring a puny sub-75 inch grill to a large picnic. Remember that the size of your grill increases the amount of items you can grill exponentially. Just looking at the grill won’t give you a clear idea on how big the grilling area is. Some grills have a warming rack that increases the perceived size of your grill.

2. Portability

– Get grills that have wheels

– Try choosing grills whose parts are ergonomic and efficient

– Lessen the risk of damaging your grill when transporting

– Your grill also has to withstand the rigors of outdoor use

– It does not pay to purchase a flimsy looking grill – go for those that are durable and lasting

3. Convenience

Some charcoal grills come with their own igniters. Try choosing grills that have this option. Other grills need lighter fluid to fire up. With the built-in igniter, you will not need lighter fluid anymore. On the other hand, you may want to avoid lighter fluid altogether. Some people dislike the taste and smell this fluid adds to the grill. If you must, use alcohol instead. It burns odorless and does not ruin the flavor of your food. Choose grills that allow you to easily access the ash pan. This makes cleaning the grill a lot easier. It also lessens the amount of ash flakes that may settle in your food. Also, lids are a very important part of the grill. Choose a grill that has a lid to keep the heat trapped within the grill. This allows for faster and smokeless grilling.

4. Quality

The materials used in making the grill are also very important. Some grills are made of material that easily corrodes or does not stand up well against the elements. Stainless steel grills hold up remarkably well to both the weather and the heat of the grill. Try avoiding painted grills as the paint may easily flake of. Although lightweight, durable materials are hard to come by among grills, you would do best to look for such. Remember, though, that first and foremost, the most important built characteristic you are looking for in a grill is durability.

Indoor Grilling at Its Best

It seems that even though we all have good intentions about getting outside as much as we can during the summer months, sometimes it just doesn’t happen. Do you ever feel that you don’t have the time to really enjoy all, or any of the wonderful summer activities that you experienced in your youth? One of the most cherished memories I have from the summers of my youth is grilling outside and enjoying a nice burnt hot dog. That’s right, I said, “BURNT”. That is the fun of a grilled hot dog, chomping into something that is charred, a little dry and full of that grilling flavor. In the house, sure, you can burn your hot dogs in a frying pan if you choose to, or stick it in the microwave and eat a rubberized hot dog, or the other alternative is that you can buy an indoor grill. Although, with an indoor grill you won’t get the authentic flavor of an outdoor grill, at least you are still able to grill. There are many electric grills out there in the marketplace to choose from. I myself have a George Foreman Grill and I just absolutely love it!

Cooking with an indoor grill may not replace the outdoor fun of barbecuing on a big grill, but it sure comes in handy when you have no other alternative. You can grill just about any type of meat on an indoor grill that you can on an outdoor one. You can grill steaks, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, kabobs, fish, vegetables; you name it! You can even cook up a Panini or other grilled sandwiches in no time at all!

When purchasing an indoor grill, here are some tips on what to look for. Some of these units are open grills that will allow you to cook in a similar way as an outdoor grill. Sanyo makes a nonstick smokeless, open grill that has a large cooking surface, which sells for around $40.00 (depending on the size of the grill). Others are called contact grills (like the George Foreman Grill) that have a lid that heats up and cooks as well as the bottom plate, so that you are able to grill on both sides at the same time. Before making your purchase, think about how many people you will be cooking for. If you are just cooking for yourself, you can purchase one of the smaller grills, but if you have a medium to large size family, you might want to consider finding a grill that has a larger cooking surface. Keep in mind though, that these grills heat up fast, cook the food very quickly, so that you are able to continuously reload the cooking surface in a minimal amount of time. Another thing to watch for is that the cooking plates on the grill are easy to remove for cleaning. All grills should come with a drip pan to catch the grease and prevent a mess on your counter top.

Just remember that you don’t always have to do things the traditional way in order to get enjoyment out of a grilled meal. Besides, cooking on an indoor grill is an easier, faster and healthier way to grill your food!

How To Choose The Right Barbeque

If you’re looking to spend more time outside, and want to buy a barbeque, then you’ll want to make sure that you choose the right one that best meets your needs.

Here’s what you need to think about.

1. Portable

You’ll need to decide whether a portable barbeque will meet your needs, or whether you’ll want to have a permanent structure will be appropriate. Remember that a permanent barbeque built made from brick or stone won’t be able to be moved into or out of the sun.

2. How often

If you’re only planning to eat out in your garden a few times a year, then perhaps you won’t want to build up a BBQ, and will prefer a smaller portable type instead. If you’re going to eat out as often as you can, then it makes sense to get the right sort first time.

3. Size

You’ll have to consider what sort of food you will be cooking outside. Maybe you’ll just be cooking a few burgers and sausages for your family, or maybe you’ll be more adventurous and cook extravagant meals outside for lots of friends. You’ll want your BBQ to be big enough so that you can cook for

4. Budget

Your budget will be an important consideration, but it shouldn’t be the deciding factor. You’ll want to make sure that you get what you need, rather than settle for something that doesn’t meet your requirements, just because it’s a bit cheaper.

5. Space

Whilst a large BBQ might seem a tempting proposition in the shop, you’ll want to make sure that you have enough room in your garden for it. You probably don’t want your barbeque to take up too much of your garden, especially if you have children or pets.

6. Storage

Another consideration is where your BBQ will live when it’s not in use. Portable barbeques can be stored in a shed or garage, whereas larger models will need to live outside permanently.

7. Accessories

Some barbecues come with hot plates, griddles, and other accessories which will help you to keep your food warm. Depending on what you cook, how many people you cook for, and how often you use your BBQ, they might be a vital addition, or a waste of money.

8. Sturdy construction

You’ll need to make sure that your new barbecue is well made, especially if it’s going to spend its life outside in all weathers. It will also need to be easy to clean and maintain, so that you don’t have to spend ages cleaning it, or putting it back together when you have a fine afternoon or evening.

9. Value for money

Getting value for money is essential, and so you’ll want to make sure that you enjoy using your new barbeque. If the one you bought was cheap, of poor quality, and not very sturdy, you’re less likely to want to use it to eat outdoors. If you choose a better BBQ, and like using it, then you’ll want to cook outdoors on it as often as you can.

10. Accessories

Getting the right accessories and plenty of charcoal at the same time as your barbeque, will mean that you can cook outside whenever you want. You won’t want to postpone your eagerly awaited BBQ because you forgot to buy some charcoal, or you can’t find your basting brush or have run out of fire-lighters.

Now you know what to look for, you’ll be able to choose the right barbeque, and enjoy cooking and eating outside, and impressing your family and friends.

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