There is a certain way to eat hot dogs. Or rather, there is a preferred combination of ingredients that make for the perfect hot dog. What that particular combination may be, nobody can tell you. Sure, they can offer you suggestions; but it all comes down to enjoying hot dogs based on individual preferences. When that magical combination is found, then hot dog eaters tend to go back to it time and time again. No matter if you like them classic-style with onions, mustard, and maybe sauerkraut, or if you prefer a more pile-it-on approach and use all the condiments … Read more
It's not too late. Grilling season is still in effect. Perhaps you've been putting it off, too intimidated by last year's grit and grime. The residue left over from a season of hot dogs and hamburgers can certainly be off-putting, but it shouldn't stand in the way of a good time. There are only so many days left in grilling season; it's time you dusted off your favorite grilling utensils and joined in on the ritual searing of meat.
Before I get to the iPhone apps of the week, I want to share with you an interesting tidbit I read over at AppleInsider regarding the long-awaited Mac tablet. It's one of those cloak-and-dagger-type stories, where an unnamed, (possibly) credible source made a mysterious phone call to an editor about new hardware from Apple. It all sounds kind of fishy to me, but the source apparently described how he had been at a meeting with Apple and had handled what looked like an iPhone (touch screen, black back panel, home button, and all), except it had a 10-inch screen. … Read more
Originally created as an easy-to-use outdoor fireplace, the addition of a grill makes the Fireplate a unique way to cook meals outdoors. The Fireplate stands approximately 8 inches off the ground, and is available in options that stretch approximately 30 and 40 inches across. It's constructed from black varnished steel, allowing you to set up a fireplace anywhere that strikes your fancy. There's no worry of a fire getting out of control, even if you choose to set the Fireplate up on your deck. A metal rod extends upward from the fireplace, holding a stainless steel grill over … Read more
Grilling on the go is as good as it gets. Fresh air, (hopefully) sunshine, good times, and platters full of delicious grilled foods. Problem is, most grills aren't built for portability. While many grills are small in size, the actual transportation of them can be difficult and even messy. However, there is at least one grill out there that takes portability to a whole new level.
You don't have to keep the Margaritaville Ride-Behind Tailgating Propane Grill attached to the back of your vehicle, but you certainly could. Connecting to standard 2-inch hitch receiver, the grill goes wherever … Read more
If you've been to enough backyard cookouts, then you've probably borne witness to the unspoken competition between barbecue hosts that has them gushing about "whose grill is biggest."
The conversation generally plays out as follows:
"Hey, Jim. I see you bought the Cookout King 2000. How many dogs can you fit on it?"
"Thanks, Steve. Four packs at a time."
"Not bad, Jim. I just bought the Grill-O-Matic 3500. I can squeeze on four packs plus a roll of hamburgers and a bag of buns."
"Wow, Steve. You're … Read more
"Set it and forget it" was a popular (or at least famous) infomercial catch phrase for a Ron Popeil device, but apparently "Set & Forget" doesn't fall under Ronco umbrella of catchphrases ("Now how much would you pay?"). By removing the "it," Hamilton Beach may (or may not) have separated themselves from the original, but the fact that this indoor grill makes use of an integrated temperature probe is certainly catchy to some extent.
Growing up as the granddaughter of an old-world Italian grandmother, I developed a healthy appreciation for all Italian food. I'm also, however, the kind of American who loves a backyard barbecue, and I've found that those two worlds aren't always compatible. Although I've indulged more than once in pizza from the grill, it's rare that you find other Italian favorites like pastas or lasagna on the grill, and one staple that is regrettably absent from most outdoor grills is meatballs.
If you think about it, outside of the shape, how are meatballs all that much … Read more
One of my favorite things to grill are vegetables. The problem with grilled vegetables, however, is that they need to be sliced so large in order to rest comfortably on the grates that they sometimes don't cook properly. Onions end up with deliciously caramelized exteriors and disappointingly onion-y centers, and eggplant ends up feeling chewy and dry (at least it does when I cook it). If I were in the kitchen, I'd alleviate this problem by creating smaller slices, but thinly sliced vegetables don't play well with my backyard barbecue.
This mesh frying pan provides the perfect … Read more
Weber may be the company that perhaps more than any other makes us think of backyard grilling. Their iconic grills in classic black conjure up memories while simultaneously providing anticipation for the future; I look at one and I want to grill. Luckily, Weber has enough options to satisfy any backyard griller.
The Weber Q 300 Gas Grill aims to be a new backyard classic. With value and performance, the gas grill features a good-sized cook top built into a sturdy glass-reinforced nylon frame. The grill itself consists of a cast-aluminum lid and body, while two stainless-steel burners provide the … Read more