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Thu Aug 21, 2014

Meat Tips: How to Control Flare-ups

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Meat-a-thon

For the final installment of this summer's "basic grilling knowledge I should have imparted many years ago," it's time to handle the flare-up. You know the score—you're rolling along, bringing some steaks to a perfect medium-rare with a beautiful crusty sear, then, without a moment's notice, those grilled beauties are engulfed in fire, bringing on the possibility of burning them beyond recognition. Will you let all your hard work up go up in flames? With a little understanding of the problem at hand, the answer is most certainty a "no."

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Thu Jul 24, 2014

Meat Tips: Gauging the Heat

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Grilling Guide

Continuing on the trend of dispersing some grilling basics over this summer, after finding the best coal arrangement for your cook, the next biggest thing is getting to know how hot your fire is and how to control it. Different foods like different heats—while a steak will appreciate a nice searing heat, over the same fire a chicken will quickly burn to a crisp before it ever has the chance to cook—so gauging your fire's temperature is a crucial step before slamming down some food.

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Thu Jun 12, 2014

Meat Tips: Coal Arrangments

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A Filimeato Feast

I get so wrapped up in my endless supply of recipes ideas, that I forget that I still have a lot of ground to cover here on the basics of grilling. So over this summer, I'm tasking myself to put up some long overdue guides on fundamental grilling know-how to make sure we're all the best grillers we can be.

To start things off, a primer on coal arrangements is needed. In almost every post, I mention either direct or in-direct heat, and mastering this difference, and all the in-betweens, is essential to becoming an excellent griller.

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Thu Sep 5, 2013

Meat Tips: Lump vs. Briquette Charcoal

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Charcoal Test

It's a common occurrence that I'm poised with the question of which form of charcoal—briquette or lump—do I use an why. It's a fiercely debated topic in the grilling world with die-hard loyalists who will go to all lengths to defend their fire source. It's much more of a gray area for me, as I see the ups and downs of both and have reasons to pick one or the other based on the application. After receiving a bag of lump charcoal from Cowboy Brand, I decided to take this edition of Meat Tips to go through the different qualities of charcoal and pit briquette against lump and see how each fair within each category.

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Thu May 16, 2013

Meat Tips: How to Smoke on a Charcoal Kettle Grill

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Smoking on a Kettle

There's equal comfort in both smoking and grilling at home for me—whether it be a 16-hour slow smoked pork shoulder or quickly fired skirt steak, both are easily achievable. I often forget that the recipes I post for smoked ribs, brisket, and turkey may seem daunting or unachievable to the standard backyard chef with only one kettle grill. This isn't the case though, and nobody should be denied the satisfaction of taking a large, tough piece of meat and transforming it into something of sheer ecstasy by smoking it low-and-slow—and yes, this can be accomplished on the grill.

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