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A Weekend of Shenanigans

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A couple of college buddies are coming into town to hang for the weekend. Lots of food and booze to consume. Just threw the pork belly on for apps tonight. 

Tonight will be a SRF Gold tomahawk with asparagus and mushrooms. Last night I applied a generous amount of kosher salt and wrapped in saran wrap and foil and left in the fridge until this evening. Will be doing a reverse sear on this big guy. More food and photos hopefully to come. 

By: saluki2007
Title: A Weekend of Shenanigans
Sourced From: eggheadforum.com/discussion/1230902/a-weekend-of-shenanigans
Published Date: 10/21/22

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Set Up and Light a Charcoal Grill?

Charcoal grills come with one or both electric and charcoal options. Electric grills are easier to operate than charcoal grills but don't produce the same amount of heat. You will also notice that electric grills tend not to be as expensive as charcoal grills.

To light a charcoal-grill, first place coals in the bottom half. Next, add wood chunks or chips to the firebox. To distribute the coals evenly over the grill's surface, heat them up with tongs. Once the coals have started to burn, take off the lid and wait for them all to go out.

How to Keep a Charcoal Grill On Fire?

You can keep a charcoal barbecue hot by placing coals in the bottom half of your grill and covering it with a lid. This method is perfect for grilling meats, chicken breasts or fish fillets.

These items should be placed directly over the fire if you plan to grill larger items, such as whole chickens, whole chickens and pork shoulders, ribs, brisket or brisket. You can also cover smaller foods like shrimp, scallops and salmon with foil.

Remember to close the lid when cooking on a charcoal barbecue. If you leave the lid off for too long, the temperature will drop and your food will be cooked unevenly.

How do I clean a charcoal grill?

You can clean your grill by taking out any food scraps and washing it thoroughly with water. To ensure that your grill is at least halfway heated before you start using it, be sure to pre-heat it. You can scrape off grease from the grates by using a metal spatula. You can wipe the grates clean with a damp cloth.

You can use a piece wire mesh to clean the grates if you don't own a grill brush. After cleaning the grate, be sure to rinse it.

How to Keep a Charcoal Grill lit?

To keep a charcoal grill lit, you need to light the coals first, then place them into the grill. The best way to do it is with a chimney opener. This device consists primarily of a metal tube that is filled with charcoal. It ignites charcoal inside the grill by creating hot air.

Statistics

  • Nearly 70 percent agree they'd prefer two extra hours of sleep over a piece of expensive jewelry. (salinitysalts.com)
  • You do this with charcoal, though, by distributing at least 75 percent of the coals to one side, creating two different temperature zones. (foodandwine.com)

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How To

Our 25 Top Tips to Help You Master Outdoor Cooking

Now that you understand why pellet smokers are the best choice for outdoor cooking, here are some tips to help you master the art of cooking outdoors.

  1. A pellet smoker is a great choice for slow cooking. Slow cooking is ideal when smoking meats, poultry or fish. You should cook these items for long periods at a low heat to preserve their flavor.
  2. Smoke foods slowly. Slowly smoking foods can cause them to dry out. Smoke food slowly until desired tenderness.
  3. Smoked foods can be spiced up during the final stages. Smoked food will have a richer flavor if you add spices in the final stages.
  4. Keep the lid closed. Keep the lid shut to stop moisture loss and keep the temperature constant.
  5. Clean regularly. Regular cleaning will help ensure your pellet smoker remains free from any dirt or unpleasant odors.
  6. Buy quality pellets. Quality pellets ensure that your pellet smoker runs smoothly and efficiently.
  7. Don't overload your pellet smoker. Overloading your smoker can cause fire hazards.
  8. Make sure the air vents work well. Smoke escapes through air vents, which prevents fires.
  9. The temperature gauge should be checked frequently. The temperature gauge can be used to track the progress of your meals.
  10. Cook small batches. Cooking large quantities of food is a waste of time and money. You can save time and money by cooking smaller batches.
  11. Properly store food. Proper storage preserves food's freshness and preserves its taste.
  12. Use a digital thermometer. A digital thermometer allows you to accurately measure the internal temperature.
  13. Use a timer. Timers allow you to monitor how long it takes cook different kinds of food.
  14. Use a weight scale. A scale can help you save time and money.
  15. Use a deep fryer. Another great way to add flavour to your meals is deep frying.
  16. Use a freezer. Freezing food is one the best methods to preserve it.
  17. Make use of a refrigerator. Refrigeration can slow down spoilage, which makes it possible for food to be stored longer.
  18. Vacuum seal your food. Vacuum sealing foods locks in their juices and nutrients.
  19. Blender is a great tool. Blending food releases its juices to enhance its flavor.
  20. A juicer is an ideal tool. Juicing food helps reduce waste and improves digestion.
  21. Use a pressure cooker. Pressure cooking eliminates most of the water content in food, resulting in faster cooking times.
  22. Use a microwave oven. Microwave cooking reduces time and saves you energy.
  23. Use a rotisserie. Rotisseries allow food to brown evenly by turning it over constantly.
  24. Use a spice rack. Spices add flavor to food.
  25. Use a slow cooker. Slow cookers take less time to prepare certain meals.

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Large Big Green Egg in Challenger Cart, Safe on Wood Deck or Not

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Hi Friends,

Big changes for the dmourati family! 

We're in the process of buying a new home and trying to figure out how to set up the back yard. The kitchen connects to a wooden deck, then down a flight of stairs to the back yard. 

See photos here.


The kitchen is on the other side of the yellow exterior wall opposite the table and chairs on the deck.

Deck appears to be regular wood. The Egg is currently in a Challenger cart.

Question to this group:

Am I safe to put the Egg on this deck?

Yay or nay?

WWYD?

Fireproof mat?

Put it at the bottom of the stairs?

Build a concrete pad at the bottom of stairs to the left?

Thanks in advance.

By: dmourati
Title: Large Big Green Egg in Challenger Cart, Safe on Wood Deck or Not
Sourced From: eggheadforum.com/discussion/1233289/large-big-green-egg-in-challenger-cart-safe-on-wood-deck-or-not
Published Date: 6/23/24

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Start an Electric Grill

You need to find reliable suppliers who offer quality equipment at reasonable prices in order to start an electric grill. First, decide which type of grill you want. The next step is to decide what type of grill you want. Finally, you should choose between charcoal and propane grills.

How do you start a Propane or Gas Grill

Propane gas grills can be one of the most simple types of grills. You just need to fill your propane tank, set the grill on high, and then wait for your food. When cooking with propane, you don't need to worry about oil splatters, grease buildup, or flare-ups.

Propane tanks can also be purchased at Home Depot or Lowes. These tanks are available in sizes ranging between 20 gallons and 60 gallons.

How to keep a charcoal barbecue ablaze?

Light the charcoal first and then place them on the grill. This will keep the charcoal grill lit. A chimney starter is the best way to do this. The chimney starter is a tube made of metal filled with charcoal briquettes. When ignited, hot air rises through the chimney to ignite the charcoal in the grill.

What is the difference in a grill and a smokehouse?

A grill is an open-flamed cooking device that uses open flames. A smoker is an appliance that uses smoke to prepare food.

Grills are used for grilling meats, vegetables and seafood. Smokers are generally used for smoking meats, cheeses, fruits, and vegetables.

There are many grills on today's market. Different grills are best suited to different foods. A pellet grill is great for large cuts of meat; a kettle grill works well for chicken breasts and steaks.

Statistics

  • You do this with charcoal, though, by distributing at least 75 percent of the coals to one side, creating two different temperature zones. (foodandwine.com)
  • That's why America's Original Butcher can give a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and the grocery store can't. (omahasteaks.com)

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5 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid When Grilling Over Charcoal

When you're grilling over charcoal, there are some mistakes that you should avoid. The following list includes five rookie mistakes to avoid while grilling over charcoal.

1) Don't use excessive charcoal

If you don't know the proper way to grill, it is easy to burn food. To cook food properly, you need to ensure the charcoal is evenly distributed. Too many charcoal pieces can cause the fire to burn quickly. This could result in the fire not producing heat. This will mean that your food may lose its flavor.

2) Keep the lid tightly closed.

Smoke can easily be lost from your food if you leave it open during cooking. You should always close the lid to ensure smoke doesn't escape the grill. Be sure to not cover the entire grill. Instead, cover half the grill to allow you to see what's happening.

3) Remember to turn off the gas.

It is important to remember to shut off natural gas before closing the lid. If you do not, you could end up with a lot more carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is one the most common causes to death for people who grill.

4) Don't leave the grill unattended.

Take care of your grill whenever you are using it. For any problems, be sure to have someone with you. Keep the lid shut while you're gone.

5) Never use lighter fluid.

Fluids that are lighter in color can be highly flammable. Lighter fluid is not recommended for grilling. Instead, use a spray bottle filled with water. This way, you can easily extinguish any flames that may occur.

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Brisket: How to Master the Ultimate BBQ Challenge

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Brisket. Few words have the power to make you palpitate, salivate, and levitate. Whether smoked in a pit, braised by a grandmother, or simmered for half a day by a Vietnamese pho master, brisket ranks among the world’s most revered meats.

Brisket’s been part of my life almost from the moment I started eating solid food. For decades, it was the centerpiece of the holiday dinners that took place at my grandparents’ home. My aunt Annette’s brisket was always the highlight of the meal. (Find her recipe on page 132 of my book, The Brisket Chronicles.)

Holiday Brisket - Brisket Cooking Tips

My immersion in the most famous brisket culture of all—Texas barbecue—came relatively late. I had just started working on the book that would change my life (and I hope many of yours). The year was 1994. The book was The Barbecue! Bible. I crisscrossed Texas, feasting on briskets the color of coal, cooked in metal and masonry pits that looked like relics of the Industrial Revolution. Said brisket not only smelled of smoke—they were the essence of wood smoke, just as the meat was the quintessence of beef.

Brisket Cooking Tips

Brisket is easy. Texas barbecue, for example, requires only three flavorings: salt, pepper, and wood smoke. But myriad are the ways you can cook it. Each involves insider knowledge and techniques.

WHAT IS BRISKET?

It’s a flat, rectangular muscle nestled against the steer’s breastbone (there are two per animal). Like most well-exercised muscles (the animal uses the muscle to get up or down), it can be tough if not cooked properly. Because it is a hard-working muscle, the collagen in it makes it a poor candidate for quick cooking.

Daniel Vaughn, the food critic for Texas Monthly, one of the attendees of Barbecue University®, says the first written mention of smoked brisket occurred in 1910. It wasn’t until the late 1950s that Black’s BBQ in Lockhart, Texas, became the first barbecue joint to offer barbecued brisket as a specialty in its own right.

Boat Mode Brisket - Done

If there’s one person responsible for the modern brisket craze, it’s Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue is Austin, Texas. This once poor-man’s beef earned him highbrow acclaim in the New York Times.

HOW TO BUY:

In all likelihood, you’ll only be able to find Choice meat at your local grocery store. (Restaurants typically have dibs on Prime or Wagyu meat. Do try to buy grass-fed meat. Know, though, that it might be learner than grain-fed beef. (For more information, check out my book, The Brisket Chronicles.)

HOW TO TRIM:

There are many opinions on this. I always divide the flat from the deckle. (The top from the bottom.) I also trim off excess fat, but leave about 1/4 inch of fat on the top of the brisket. Use the trimmings to grease the grill grate. Chill before trimming.

SEASONING:

Keep it simple. Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, and (optional) a few red pepper flakes are all you need.

Dalmatian Rub - Brisket Cooking Tips

HOW TO COOK:

Fire up your grill or smoker, and set for 225 to 275 degrees. Plan on 12 to 14 hours. Wrap the brisket in peach-colored butcher paper about 2/3 through the cook. Rest in an insulated cooler for 1 to 2 hours before carving. This makes a HUGE difference. Factor it into your timing.

Wrapping the Brisket in butcher paper

CARVING:

Using a sharp carving knife, always carve the meat across the grain. Shorter meat fibers will make the meat more tender.

Slicing brisket at competition - Brisket Cooking Tips

 

Brisket Recipes

  • BBQ Titans’ Brisket
  • East-West Brisket
  • Slam Dunk Brisket

Also Read:

  • Back to Basics: A Crash Course on How to Barbecue Brisket.
  • 10 Steps to Barbecued Brisket Nirvana.
  • Beef Brisket Made Easy.

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Published Date: 5/29/24

Frequently Asked Questions

How long can I leave my charcoal grill on?

A charcoal grill can remain on for many hours before you are done cooking. You should not leave your charcoal grill on unattended as it can get too hot.

It is best to wait for 30 minutes before you turn your grill on. The coals will be sufficiently charred by this time that there won't need to be flare-ups.

An hour is the second best time to remove your charcoal grill. After an hour, the majority of the coals have been consumed.

After three hours, it is best to dispose of your charcoal. The majority of your coals will turn black at this point and be rendered useless. In addition, charcoal will no longer provide much heat.

How to Keep a Charcoal Grill Hot?

The bottom half of a charcoal grill should be filled with coals. Once the lid is on, heat the top. This method is perfect for grilling meats, chicken breasts or fish fillets.

You should put these items directly over the coals if you want to grill more oversized items like whole chickens, pork shoulders, ribs, brisket, etc. For smaller items like salmon, shrimp, scallops, or other delicate foods you can use foil to cover them.

When cooking with a charcoal grill, it's important to remember not to leave the lid off too long. If you leave the lid off for too long, the temperature will drop and your food will be cooked unevenly.

How to Keep a Charcoal Grill lit?

You need to first light the charcoal grill and then place the coals on the grill. The easiest way is to use a chimney starter. This device consists of a metal tube filled with charcoal briquettes, which, when ignited, creates hot air that rises through the chimney and ignites the charcoal inside the grill.

What is the distinction between a charcoal grill and a smoker, you ask?

Grills use open flames to cook food. A smoker is a device that cooks food using smoke.

Grills are frequently used to grill meat, fish, seafood and poultry. Smokers are generally used for smoking meats, cheeses, fruits, and vegetables.

There are many grills on today's market. Different grills are best suited to different foods. For example, a pellet grill is good for cooking large cuts of meat, while a kettle grill is better for cooking steaks and chicken breasts.

Statistics

  • You do this with charcoal, though, by distributing at least 75 percent of the coals to one side, creating two different temperature zones. (foodandwine.com)
  • Flip the steak over at about 60% of the cooking time. (omahasteaks.com)

External Links

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How To

Find the best outdoor barbecue methods and recipes for Pellet Grills.

You might be thinking, “Hey, it's impossible to cook outdoors!”

You can try again!

There are many ways to grill outside.

To learn the best outdoor barbecue methods, you need a pellet smoking device. A pellet smoker uses pellets instead of wood chips as its fuel. Pellets are made out of compressed sawdust as well as other organic materials. They are ideal for smoking meats and can burn at a steady temperature.

There are two basic types of pellet smokers, the electric and manual. The convenience of electric pellet smokers is that they do not require much effort. However, electric pellet smokers can be expensive and noisy. Manual pellet smokers have quiet operation and are affordable. They are however very labor-intensive to operate.

You will need a pellet smoker if you are interested in outdoor cooking techniques. Here's why.

First, pellet smokers can be used in a variety of ways. You can smoke virtually any meat, seafood or vegetable, as well as fruits and desserts.

Pellet smokers are second-of all, safe. Unlike regular barbecues, pellet smokers don't produce harmful fumes. A pellet smoker allows you to safely eat food that has been cooked in it.

Third, pellet smoking is environmentally friendly. Pellet smokers emit fewer pollutants because they use natural ingredients such sawdust.

Fourth, pellet smokers can be very economical. A pellet smoker is cheaper than a regular barbecue. A pellet smoker uses natural fuels and doesn't require expensive charcoal briquettes.

Fifth, pellet smokers can be cleaned easily. Since pellet smokers use natural materials, they are easy to maintain. Pellet smokers are as easy to clean as regular barbecues.

Sixth, pellet smoking provides excellent heat control. A pellet smoker allows you to easily control the temperature of the cooker. This allows for fast and even cooking.

Finally, pellet smokers can last for years. Many models can last several years. Pellet smokers can withstand extreme temperatures, heavy usage if properly maintained.

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Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

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I thought this might be good. Seasoned, wrapped in bacon and low and slow with cherry chunks.  Roasted potatoes and some (frozen) peas (sorry, no fresh veggies today)

By: GlennM
Title: Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
Sourced From: eggheadforum.com/discussion/1233211/bacon-wrapped-pork-tenderloin
Published Date: 5/28/24

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Clean a Charcoal Grill?

Take out all food and debris from the grill and wash it well with water. It is important to heat the grill before you use it. If grease builds up on the grates, you can scrape it off with a metal spatula. Once cleaned, wipe down the grates with a damp cloth.

A piece of wire mesh can be used to scrub the grates. After cleaning, rinse the grates.

How long can I leave my charcoal grill on?

To finish cooking an item, you can leave the charcoal grill on for several hours. You should not leave your charcoal grill on unattended as it can get too hot.

After 30 minutes, the best time to turn off your grill is. This is when the coals have sufficiently burned to stop any flare-ups.

After one hour, the charcoal grill is best. By this point, most of the coals will have been consumed by the food.

Three hours is the worst time to get your charcoal out. Your charcoal will be mostly black by this time and have become unusable. Charcoal won't be able to generate much heat.

How to keep a charcoal barbecue ablaze?

Light the charcoal first and then place them on the grill. This will keep the charcoal grill lit. This is easiest to do with a chimney starter. This device consists of a metal tube filled with charcoal briquettes, which, when ignited, creates hot air that rises through the chimney and ignites the charcoal inside the grill.

How to Start an Electric Grill

To start an electric grill, you need to find a reliable supplier who sells quality equipment at affordable prices. The first step in buying an electric grill is to choose what type you want. Then, you should consider how much space you have for the grill, where you plan to place it, and whether you want to use gas or electricity. Next, choose between charcoal or propane grills.

Statistics

  • Flip the steak over at about 60% of the cooking time. (omahasteaks.com)
  • That's why America's Original Butcher can give a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and the grocery store can't. (omahasteaks.com)

External Links

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Gas Grilling Tips for Beginners

How can I get started grilling with gas?

Gas grills have become a very popular cooking appliance. They are easy-to-use and provide an excellent way to quickly cook your food. If they aren't used properly, however, they can prove to be extremely dangerous. This guide will provide tips for beginners who wish to learn how grill safely.

Before you start your gas grill, you need to know what fuel you intend to use. Natural gas is the safest option because it burns cleanly without producing harmful emissions. Propane tanks are safer than natural gas ones, but propane is less efficient at heating up food. You can choose to use propane or natural gas, depending on the best fit for your kitchen.

Next, ensure you are familiar with how your gas grill operates. If you don't understand the basics of gas grilling, you may end up causing severe harm to yourself and others. Some models use electric heat elements while others burn hot coals. To work properly, some models require charcoal briquettes. To ensure that your model works properly, make sure you carefully read the instructions.

When using any appliance, keep safety in your mind. You should never leave your children alone near a gas barbecue. Also, never allow anyone else to use your gas grill unless you are certain that they know how to operate it correctly.

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