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Review

Laser Sighted Grill and Oven Thermometer

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This blog will be a review of the Laser-Sighted Grill and Oven Thermometer. It is available from scores of sources and in several different colors. I will lay out a use case for using an infrared thermometer for both your indoor and outdoor cooking activities. I had no idea how useful they can be, but now I can’t imagine not having one of these thermometers in my arsenal. I have had a less than successful history with the first two models I’e owned, which I will touch on below. But this model has lasted me 3 years and seems quite robust. Read More...
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The Art of Stir Frying - Online Course

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A few blog entries ago I wrote two blog entires about an online video class from Crafsy called Low & Slow BBQ at Home (PART 1 and PART 2). I received some email from Craftsy announcing their courses were on sale for up to 50 percent off. When I went to their site to check it out I was THRILLED to see a course called the The Art of Stir Frying. What was even more exciting is the course was taught by Grace Young. Two of her cookbooks came highly recommended to me when I was learning how to stir fry on my Big Green Egg. To me her teaching this class was like having an outdoor photography course taught by Ansel Adams. I immediately added the class to my shopping cart and watched it the first time in one sitting. Read More...
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Low & Slow BBQ at Home - Pt. 2

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Part 1 of this blog: LOW & SLOW BBQ AT HOME - Part 1 discussed Craftsy. the service that provided the class and the user experience viewing their courses via the iPad App. As I mentioned before it can also be viewed on a Mac or Windows PC or an iPhone. Part 2, which you are reading now will discuss the class itself and what I thought of it. I must also add that this is a beginners level class. It assumes you know little to nothing about low and slow BBQ and are looking to get headed down the right path. Read More...
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Low & Slow BBQ at Home - Pt. 1

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Just before the 4th of July weekend I heard Dr. BBQ (Ray Lampe) being interviewed on a podcast. He mentioned he had just finished a video tutorial series for the folks at Crafsty, who offer online video tutorial classes. The class was called Low and Slow BBQ at Home and it was being offered at a reduced introductory price. The timing was perfect, because with the upcoming 4th of July weekend I was in the mood for all things BBQ. I have watched the classes several times now and this blog will discuss both the class itself and the Craftsy experience in general. The first part will cover the Craftsy user experience. Read More...
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AOK Outdoor Cabinets - Hands On

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Part 1 of this blog focussed on some general details about the American Outdoor Kitchen cabinets that I bought for use in my grill gazebo to use with my Big Green Eggs. It covers the sizes and types of cabinets available, the construction and materials used and some ballpark pricing information. This part will discuss some what I’ve learned installing and using these cabinets. Read More...
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AOK Outdoor Cabinets - Big Picture

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The two topics I get asked about the most via the Contact Form for this site both have to do with the grill gazebo I designed and had built in September of 2012. People have questions about the grill gazebo itself or the outdoor cabinets within it that are holding my two Big Green Eggs. There has been enough interest in the cabinets that I thought I might write a blog entry about them that answers some of the typical questions I am asked. For length reasons I split this into a two part blog. The first part will be an overview of the cabinets themselves and the second part will cover topics related to the installation and use of the cabinets for my grills. Read More...
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Getting to Know the Adjustable Rig

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A few months ago I wrote a blog entry about my initial impressions of the Adjustable Rig (AR) for the Large Big Green Egg (and other similar sized Kamado grills). The AR is a modular shelf system for the BGE, which gives you more grilling real estate and more flexibility. It is made by the Ceramic Grill Store. I will supply links to both the Ceramic Grill Store and my initial blog about the AR at the bottom of this blog. This blog will describe my impressions of the AR after using it for about four months. I still have quite a bit to learn, but I already have come to rely on the AR for well over half of my cooks. If I have both of my Big Green Eggs in use, one of them will have the AR on it 99 times out of 100. The other interesting thing about my experience with the AR, is some of the things I've come to love about it are things I never expected or knew about when I bought it. Read More...
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Maverick ET-733 - Foul Up

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This brief blog entry shall serve as a Follow Up to a problem (Foul Up) I encountered with my new Maverick ET-733 remote read thermometer which I REVIEWED in a Blog Entry earlier this year. I encountered a problem, which it seems like others are having, where the receiver unit runs down batteries even though it is turned off. Maverick took care of repairing it under warrantee so all is good there. But where the warrantee is 90 days I thought I would bring it up for folks who may not use the unit much. Maybe you are waiting for better weather, I don’t know. Bottom line: If you have one of these units, you might want to use it a few times to make sure you don’t have the problem. And if you do it will still be under warrantee when you discover it. Read More...
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Wicked Good Charcoal-2014

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The title of this review also sums up my review of this charcoal and is the short name used for this charcoal. The long name is Wicked Good Weekend Warrior Hardwoode Lump Charcoal. It is often referred to on barbecue related message boards as WGWW It is my lump of choice for use on my Big Green Eggs. He tends to be more costly than some of the other widely available on charcoal. But it has several virtues that cause me to not even think of the price difference. I just tend to feel when you're dealing with food, you very often get what you pay for. So I don't like to scrimp on things that contribute to a meal I'm making. Read More...
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Thermapen Instant Read Thermometer

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This blog discusses my first impressions and what I have learned so far about the Splash-Proof ThermoWorks Super-Fast Thermapen instant read thermometer. This is the thermometer of choice for many chefs and others in the food service industry and serious non-professional cooks. I was always a bit skeptical due to the high price of this model ($96.00), but even after a short time using it I am a convert. I will attempt to explain why this thermometer is worth every penny, in a way that a skeptic like myself will understand. Read More...
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The Adjustable Rig - First Impressions

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Work has kept me very busy lately and it has been a double edged sword for sure. Things have been too slow for too long. The extra hours have meant some extra income which has allowed me to Eggcessorize some more. But they have also kept me away from the Egg. This blog will be about a purchase I made back in October that took me two months to get around to using: The Adjustable Rig by the Ceramic Grill Store. This is a modular system capable of giving you multi-level grill grids and/or your choice of grilling heights. Read More...
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Flame On - The Looftlighter

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Saturday was truly a mix of highs and lows, bitter and sweet. As I recorded in my blog Kenmore Elite-2003-2014, I said goodbye to my first serious gas grill and the best gas grill I ever owned. On the positive side I felt a sense of true weather independence while easily lighting my Big Green Egg. This despite air temperatures in the single digits and winds gusting over 20 mph. I was easily able to light my Egg and cook up some Breakfast Panini's just like it was the middle of the summer. The device I used to accomplish this task was called the Looftlighter. It essentially looks like an oversized curling iron and allows you to get the charcoal on the Egg lit up and running in a matter of minutes. Read More...
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Maverick ET-733 First Impressions

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This blog comes as a bit of a surprise to me. It is a review of the new Maverick ET-733 a new and improved version of the ET-732. It is the third generation model of a line which started with the ET-73, which was followed up by the second generation ET-732 several years ago. I bought my ET-72 in 2005 and my ET-732 in 2012. This model is the third generation model. I had been thinking of getting a second ET-732 for use with my second Big Green Egg, when I start seeing hints online of a new Maverick unit coming out soon. I decided to wait a while and sure enough the ET-733 was announced in late November. I just received my new unit in the mail and what follows are my initial impressions of the new unit and a description of the changes. Read More...
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Fail & Qualified Success

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This is a blog I've thought about writing for several years now and have put off. It is about products I may have initially written an enthusiastic review about in this barbecue blog, only to find out they don't live up to expectations. In other cases they aren't a total failure, but are not a total success either. Or perhaps they aren’t suited to my needs. I will also go back and add a new item to the original blogs where I refer the reader of those initial reviews to this blog entry. This was a decision can be made based on all of the facts. Read More...
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