Using Barbecue Smokers For Added Flavor And Tenderness

Barbecue smokers add a delectable smokey flavor that at the same time makes food moist and tender every time. The slow cooking process of using barbecue smokers is perfect for fish, meat, vegetable or sausages. However most barbecue smokers are intended for small barbecues only. 1. Basics Of Barbecue Smokers The construction of a barbecue smoker is basically the same as a standard barbecue grill. However with a barbecue smoker the closeable lid is designed to trap in smoke to cook the food. Barbecue smokers are either direct or in direct. The direct barbecue smoker is basically a unit with a closeable lid and aromatic wood chips are combined with the charcoal. The smoke produced by the chips and charcoal …

Types Of Cookware: Pots And Pans

Pots and pans make the most essential part of your cookware. There are lots of various types available for each particular cooking method or a few different methods. Skillet/frying pan has a flat bottom with short sides that are flared or sloped, which makes it easier to toss and turn food with a spatula. The pan is usually made of a responsive to heat material such as lined copper, stainless steel with a copper or aluminum core, anodized aluminum or cast iron. Non-stick surface is also popular in such pans. They are available in different sizes and generally come with a cover. Roasting pan is usually of a rectangular shape with low sides allowing the heat from the oven to …

Gas Grills – 9 How Tos for Safety and Maintenance

How do I prepare my grill for spring? Be sure to clean spider webs out of the venturi tubes as described below. You may open your grill in the spring and find remnants of the meal you cooked on it last season. Don’t worry. According to Howtocleananything.com, cleaning the grill is actually easier than most people realize, and you can usually forego the brushes, dirty sink and elbow grease if you start the day before you need the grill. However, use the following method only after checking with your owner’s manual. Some manufacturers warn against using oven cleaner on any part of their grill. Lay a plastic bag on the ground, followed by a newspaper, then lay your grill on …

Turkey the Old-Fashioned Way

There are many delicious ways to prepare and serve turkey. It might be deep-fried, brined, poached, grilled…to mention just a few methods of preparation. This article, however, will focus strictly on tips and techniques for preparing perfect turkey the old-fashioned way –- oven roasted. Basic Technique for Roasting a Turkey… 1. The safest method for thawing a frozen turkey is by allowing the turkey to thaw in the refrigerator. Be certain to plan ahead…it will take approximately 3 days for a 20 pound turkey to defrost. 2. Everyone wants to prepare enough turkey for the number of guests they serve, and generally desire to have some turkey left over. To determine the correct turkey size that will be needed, see …

The Principles of Scientific Cooking.

Proper cookery renders good food material more digestible. When scientifically done, cooking changes each of the food elements, with the exception of fats, in much the same manner as do the digestive juices, and at the same time it breaks up the food by dissolving the soluble portions, so that its elements are more readily acted upon by the digestive fluids. Cookery, however, often fails to attain the desired end; and the best material is rendered useless and unwholesome by a improper preparation. It is rare to find a table, some portion of the food upon which is not rendered unwholesome either by improper preparatory treatment, or by the addition of some deleterious substance. This is doubtless due to the …

Outdoor Kitchen Barbeque

It is no secret that most of the people who are interested in an outdoor kitchen are in fact thinking mostly about an outdoor kitchen barbeque, it makes perfect sense that the main use for an outdoor kitchen would be to host as many barbeque parties as possible. An outdoor kitchen is perfect for a barbeque, once you have seen an barbeque party held in a place that had an outdoor kitchen you would probably never want to go back to that messy, unorganized and completely uncool option of the old, more classic barbeque. The new era is here, and it is definitely growing in popularity which is absolutely natural. Why bother with the old style barbeque, when you can …

Outdoor Grills, Ovens and Stoves for Cooking Turkey

There are a lot of ways to cook turkey. One of the cooking processes is known as grilling. Grilling is becoming the most popular methods of cooking turkey and one of the healthiest as well. The grilling process allows fat to drip away from the turkey as it cooks, keeping the meat nutritious and full of flavor. Aside from that, turkey has numerous ways and methods to be cooked, utilizing different cooking equipment such as the oven and the ever popular microwave. Here we offer you different methods that can be used for cooking turkey. Here are some varieties of grills available in the market, as well as the basic instructions to properly use them.. Covered Charcoal Grill First, you …

Once a Month Cooking

If you are like most moms around the world, there never seems to be enough time or energy at the end of most days to prepare the nice home cooked meal you would love to have ready made for your family. Unfortunately, cooking a good family meal requires both time and energy. A few wise moms have discovered a concept that has become known as once a month or freezer cooking to assist in those nights when time, energy, or both are in short supply. The thought behind once a month cooking is that for one or two days (if you prefer to spread the process out over a couple of shorter days rather than one long day of cooking) …

Microwave Cooking is the Wave of the Future

When it comes to cooking there are few tools that are more versatile in the kitchen than the microwave. This device offers so many functions when it comes to cooking that most people never bother to utilize. It’s sad really. In most homes, the microwave has been relegated to doing duty as a meat defroster, popcorn popper, and coffee warmer rather than using is as the fabulous device for actual food preparation that it really is capable of being. Before you set up to change your ways, you need to understand that when it comes to microwave cooking, not all microwaves were created equal. Wattage is vitally important as is the quality of your microwave. The average el cheapo microwave …

Kitchen Survival Recipe Guide

You open the cookbook and see a recipe title or a photo that tempts your tastebuds. Then you start to read the recipe, realize the preparation is more difficult than you first thought, and put the book back on the shelf. Sound Familiar? Well here’s a simple guide to help get you started: 1. Abbreviations for Measuring Tsp. = teaspoon Tbsp. = tablespoon, which equals 3 teaspoons C = cup. Tip: Get a set of measuring spoons. The set will usually have 1/4 tsp., 1/3 tsp., 1/2 tsp., 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon. Dry measure cups look like little saucepans and can be leveled off with a knife or other straight-edged tool. They come in sets like the measuring spoons. …

Recipe For A Successful Barbecue

Take the barbecue itself – if it’s seen better days then maybe it’s due for an upgrade? Do you want the precision, efficiency and convenience of a gas barbecue or would you prefer the hands-on theater of a traditional charcoal-burner? Gas can be a real time-saver, assuming you remember to check the level of the gas bottle and don’t have to make a dash to the local garden center to re-stock in the middle of the party. But charcoal fans will tell you that nothing imparts the smoky barbecue flavor like the real thing – even if you do set your hair and the neighbor’s fence on fire in the process. It’s all down to personal taste, but with dozens …

How to cook a turkey

The most important thing to keep in mind is that a turkey takes a long while to cook through to the bone…and keeps on cooking once you remove it from the oven. Make sure to bake, braise or roast the bird at a high enough temperature to keep it safe to eat and don’t overcook it. Don’t leave your turkey in the oven to keep it warm while you get the rest of the dinner ready to serve. Take it out as soon as it’s done, let it cool outside the oven for about 20 minutes and then carve away. You’ll see the difference immediately when a turkey is prepared properly: the dark meat soft enough to break apart with …

Grilling Hamburgers and Sittin’ on an Old Ice Cream Freezer

Grilling hamburgers, one of my earliest backyard grilling memories. Our Family would get together, usually on the weekends, and have a hamburger and ice cream supper as we say here in Texas. I can fondly remember sitting on top of the old ice cream freezer while my Dad, Uncles and Granddad took turns at spinning the old hand crank attached to the water soaked wooden ice bucket. Today, the hoodless grill would resemble a throw away variety you would take to the beach, but then we were in tall cotton and in for some delicious eating. The ice cream would be flavored most of the time with a can of crushed pineapple. Or, just maybe, someone would have given us …

Gas Grill Buying Tips For Barbecue Enthusiasts

Gas grills are a popular choice among barbecue enthusiasts. Mainly because compared to charcoal grills, gas grills are easier to clean. In addition, there are lesser accidents related to the use of gas grills and in ten minutes it is ready to barbecue. For those thinking of buying a gas grill or upgrading to a gas grill for grilling, there are a number of things to consider before purchasing one. Taking these few tips into consideration will make the search faster and easier, and in the end the grill you purchase will be more satisfying for you to use. 1. Three Levels Of Gas Grills Entry-level Thesegas grills are the most basic gas grills available in the market today. They …

Gas Grill Burners: Getting to Know You

The cast brass and cast stainless steel burners have the smallest burrs — by far. This will mean less chaos in the gas flow, fewer trapped particulate matter in the burner and a cleaner burning grill. The following comparison shows how the ports are formed. Why is port formation important? Several reasons. If the hole is punched into a sheet metal burner, it leaves a large tab inside the burner that will cause more chaos while burning. It is more apt to hold trapped food particles and grease, and is therefore more likely to burn through. (Note the Alfresco burner photo below.) Molded ports in cast burners seem like they would be a good idea, but there is considerable difficulty …

Fun, Grill & Sizzle

Beach party, picnic or just a simple get-together at home will never feel complete unless you mount gas grills on one side and start grilling your favorite fish or meat. Just the aroma of smoked fish can confer you a festive mood. In fact, it can afterwards drag you to a luscious and appetizing meal. The festive mood will be contagious and the fun will linger. Isn’t it amazing how a simple grilling session on your front yard can trigger delightful bond and overwhelming fun? People, by nature, longs for fun and excitement. Nobody wants to sulk in one corner all the time. He sure wants to take a break and enjoy. Every person deserves to be happy. Moreover, if …