Aluminum foil is your friend

If done correctly, grilling can be the most pleasant and relaxing time of the day. Choosing your meats and veggies at the market, prepping the food for grilling and then actually getting the grill up and running are really the only work needed to be done. The grilling portion of the day involves flipping food…

Barbecue in April: Getting ready for the season

The weather here in Michigan is unusually warm for this time of year. The backyard is greening up rather nicely and can only mean one thing: Time to get the grill ready. Barbecue season is normally a year round ritual but the cold temperatures of the Northeast have a tendency to keep folks inside. Venture…

INSPIRATION – Barbecue Sauce

Half the battle of creating your own wonderful barbecue sauce is just getting your ass off the couch. If you actually do some research and get in the kitchen, you will find all the inspiration you need is within you. Your apron may become spotty, your pots will definitely get dirty, but the aroma will…

Rub-a-dub-dub

Need a good rub down? Who doesn’t? Just take a walk through your local grocery store and you’ll find a plethora, that’s right – a plethora, of pre-mixed barbecue style dry rubs on the shelves. These lengthy aisles offer many average flavored dry rubs with weirdly odd names and in brightly colored packages. Each seem…

Winter Grilling

Reminiscing back to that perfect summer day when the sun was shining, the pool was full of kids and that slab of ribs was slow smoking on the grill? Of course you are my friend because winter has arrived here in South Eastern Michigan. Your grill is probably near the front door of the garage…

2016 Christmas BBQ Gifts

Here is the Annual Edition of the Christmas Barbecue Gift Giving Extravaganza. The following hyperlinks will take you to places only a true Barbecue aficionado could enjoy: Sharper Image lights charcoal briquettes in just 60 seconds using a Rapid Electric Firestarter. Brookstone solves that grilling at night problem with their Handle Mount Grill Light. Gear…

$20 barbecued dinners

The economy has bitten each of us in the butt the last few years and chewed up any extra pennies we’ve tried to save. Finding economical meals and stretching them to feed the entire family has become a challenge. Even barbecue or grilling meals rather than going out to eat seems a little pricey these…

Beef grilling season

“Do not eat any of it raw or boiled at all with water, but rather roasted with fire.” – Exodus 12-9   If the good Lord says that’s what needs to be done, who am I to argue? But it seems there may be too many cuts of meat at the butcher to decide? Ribeye…

Another local beer pairing article

Chicken, fish, beef, vegetables or desert all require a chaser of liquid to help the food go down. It must be of good quality, have awesome flavor and one that matches the food would be best. Alcoholic in nature is not required but is strongly encouraged especially during the upcoming hot summer months. The winter…

A smoker and a midnight toker

A slab of Salmon, some  Applewood chips, a six pack and a cigar makes for a wonderful Friday night. The newly acquired Little Chief Smoker has a job to do and the sooner the better. Smoked Salmon is an excellent appetizer and making it out back near the mancave garage creates an aroma that drives…

5 beer chicken drummies

It’s five o’clock on a Saturday, the sun is still blazing hot. The pool has been opened for nearly four weeks now and has been full of friends and family ever since. The fridge in the mancave garage is stuffed full of beverages, tubs of salsa, potato salad, coleslaw and the bowl of tuna smelling…

Eating with Republicans and Democrats

Over the years, the United States has been divided up in many different ways; North, South, East and West or East Coast and West Coast or Yankees and Hillbillies or the ever taunting Republicans and Democrats. The idea that being a country means we are all the same is ridiculous. Some are old, some are…