How to BBQ

How to Get Grill Grease Off Concrete? Solutions For You

You can use baking soda and dish soap, white vinegar mixed with soap and washing soda, acetone, or cat litter and cola mixed with laundry detergent. TSP and concrete cleaner/degreaser also work. Use hot tap water when removing grease stains. Start with mild solutions before using harsher chemicals. Grease happens! I grill several nights a […]

How to Know When Brats Are Done? A Simple Guide

Brats are done when their internal temperature reads 160°F. Use a good instant-read thermometer to check their temp. If you’re cooking a batch of brats on the grill, it’s a good idea to temp each brat individually - grills have hot spots, and cooking rates can vary. I’m from the Midwest, so I know a […]

Quit Stalling! How to Overcome the BBQ Stall

The BBQ stall can put a crimp in your outdoor cooking event each and every time by delaying how long it takes to prepare your meat. Fortunately for you, I have had years of barbecuing and smoking and can show you everything that you need to know about this phenomenon. Let's begin! What is the […]

The Silver Lining: Freezer Paper vs Parchment Paper

They can differ in terms of thickness, use, and more. I use these paper products on a daily basis and have learned what they can and can't do over the years. In this post, you will discover the various elements of freezer paper vs. parchment paper and how to use each option. Let's begin! What […]

A Burning Question: How Long Does Charcoal Last?

Stored charcoal can last indefinitely if stored properly. As for burning, it can last for two to five hours, depending on the type. When people ask me how long does charcoal last, they usually mean one of two things. Either they are curious about how long coals can be stored for or how long coals […]

All Fired Up! How to Light a Gas Grill

Lighting a gas grill involves checking the fuel supply, working the ignition, and getting each burner ready. There was a learning curve in figuring out how to get my gas grill started for the first time, but I figure it out and now I'm here to help you. In this post you will find how […]

Shaking Off the Chill: How to Grill Frozen Burgers

You can grill frozen burgers straight from the freezer or allow them to defrost first. I know that frozen burgers are often looked down upon by pit masters, but even I can admit that I have resorted to these on occasion. They are quick and easy way to whip up hamburgers and if you find […]

Spick and Span: How to Clean Cast Iron Grill Grates

You can clean cast iron grill grates with commercial grade cleaner, aluminum foil, vinegar and baking soda, dishing washing soap, and more! I'll be honest, cleaning my grill after using it is probably one of my least favorite jobs, but it has to be done. Fortunately, I've managed to perfect my options over the years. […]

Flame On! How to Light Charcoal without Lighter Fluid?

There are four alternatives you can use - a chimney starter, paper, kindling, and charcoal method, electric starter, and firestarters. Coming from a barbecue obsessed family, I learned at a young age that lighter fuel was a no-no. It is effective but the chemical taste it adds to the food is inexcusable. Fortunately, I managed […]

Butcher Paper vs. Parchment Paper: Comprehensive Guide

Butcher paper is primarily used for wrapping raw meat and sandwiches. It is also used in BBQ for smoking brisket, where it is known as the “Texas Crutch” (more on that in a bit), Parchment paper boasts a non-stick surface and has a wide variety of uses, particularly when baking. As the only chef in […]

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