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Retrospective

My Favorite Year

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Big Picture-wise this year was actually a mixed bag for me. Personally there were some very sad events. On the Grilling front it was my best year grilling ever. Since this is a Grilling/BBQ based blog I will confine my remarks to my favorite year grilling ever and why I call it that. It was truly a remarkable year! I will admit when it started out, it didn’t look like anything out of the ordinary. It looked to be a continuation of the things I was learning & doing in years past. I should also put a qualification on this too, in terms of the time frame I am speaking about. I define my serious grilling period as starting in October of 2003 when I got my Kenmore Elite 6-Burner gas grill and bought a copy of Steven Raichlen’s HOW TO GRILL to help me learn how to take advantage of the features of this new gas grill. Up until this point I was a weekend warrior, grilling the same 5 or 6 items from Memorial Day to Labor Day. So from October 2003 and beyond is when I became serious about grilling, and later smoking. In those 9 years, this has been my best year ever and I will explore it here in this blog entry. For those who are interested in reading more about certain topics, I will post links to related blog entries written this year. Read More...
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Looking Back, Looking Ahead - 2012

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THE YEAR IN REVIEW
This marks the 7th year where I am writing a blog near the end of the year summing up the past year. It contains several “Top 5” barbecue related lists from prior years: “Top 5 Cooks”, “Top 5 Things I’ve Learned”, “The Top 5 Mistakes Made”, and a list of “Top 5 Goals for the New Year”. In 2009 I made a change to the format and added a new list. As I have gotten better at this hobby, I was lucky enough to have made some of the best meals I’ve ever eaten. Since these items were also some of my favorite foods, they would automatically have to be listed as the Top 5 cooks this year. There were a lot of other great meals I made that deserved so acknowledgment. So the category I added in 2009 for “Top 5 New Items Cooked” is now a permanent item. It is intended for recipes using new foods or new techniques that turned out great. In 2010I added the category: “Top 5 Grilling/Smoking Related Events”. I think it will also be a permanent category but it will have a slightly different focus once again in 2012. I was not able to get out and attend and festivals, but I will list some items that were important to my pursuit of this hobby. Since I’ve been doing many more multi-item cooks where I grilled or smoked the entire meal, including dessert. the new 2011 category for “Top 5 Sides & Desserts” is also permanent. This year I got an iPad and between my iPad and iPhone I’ve become quite reliant of several apps to help with my cooking. So this year I am adding a new category for “Top 5 iPad/iPhone apps. Read More...
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Big Green Egg - Pt 19 - It Will Change Your Life

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A bold statement, I know-but I plan to prove it. Those of you who already own a Big Green Egg, well most of you already know what I am talking about and probably agree with that statement. Those of you who own other Kamado style cookers probably have an idea of what I am talking about. Those of you who don’t own a Big Green Egg are probably rolling your eyes and shaking your heads. That is if you even bothered to open this blog up and read it. Believe me I had no inkling what a profound change the Big Green Egg would make in not just my grilling life, but my life in general until 4 months ago when I purchased my Large BGE. Read More...
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Big Green Egg - Pt. 14 - Impressions after 90 Days

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I have now owned my Big Green Egg for three months and I've cooked over 80 meals on it. When I bought it I was blown away by just how great it was. With this blog entry I'm taking a look at my initial impressions of the Big Green Egg to see if my opinion of it has improved or gone down over my first three months of heavy usage. And when I say heavy usage I don’t think I used my gas grill 80 times in the whole first year I owned it, let alone 3 months. Read More...
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Happy Father's Day Dad!

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This year my nephew's graduation party has taken precedence over Father's Day. Normally on Father's Day I make my dad a meal on the grill of his choosing, and the pictures often appeared here on the site. This year where I won't have pictures of the Father's Day meal, I thought I might do a blog where I reminisce about my memories of me and my dad as it relates to grilling. Now it may be of zero interest to anybody but me, and possibly other members of my immediate family. But there's always a chance that some others will get a kick out of memories of the "bad" old days of grilling. The days where lighter fluid was king and the brazier style charcoal grill was a household staple. Read More...
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