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Year in Review

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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