Grilling out at picnics, camp-outs and other locations far from home often requires carting along heavy bags of charcoal or searching for an electrical outlet. The O Portable Gas Grill relies on standard propane cylinders for heat, making for a lightweight solution that is self-contained. The design makes for easy transport: the clamshell-shaped grill folds up and has a carry handle. The legs fold in so that you don't have to worry about them catching on something as you're carrying the grill. It's light enough that you'll likely be able to manage this grill with just … Read more
Indoor grills have a way of showing up in the most unexpected of places. They are convenient and versatile in their own right, but when they are integrated with another countertop appliance, they can suddenly become must-have gadgets. However, sometimes a grill comes combines with another appliance that is surprising and unexpected, and doesn't appear to be necessary--until it is needed, that is.
Even as far as specialty appliances go, the E-ware 8K103 buffet style two-in-one grill is still somewhat out of the blue. After all, a combined buffet server/indoor grill probably isn't on the top of … Read more
Summer is in full swing, and not surprisingly, we all are spending more time outside. While parks and beaches will always be popular destinations during the hot weather months, sometimes we need travel no further than the backyard for fun in the sun. One of the more enjoyable aspects of a backyard cookout is the anticipation of the meal to come--and more and more that meal can rival anything the kitchen inside can produce.
The Capital Precision Series 30-Inch propane gas grill on cart is a workhorse for the backyard. The versatile grill combines convenience and features, supplying the power … Read more
There is no doubt some appliances try a little harder than others. While having kitchen gear that does one thing really well is always appreciated, having that same piece of equipment do double duty is always worth so much more. Considering that counterpace is always in demand, versatile kitchen appliances will always be popular--and if said appliance can also make bacon, then all the better.
The $90 Wolfgang Puck 1,800-watt reversible grill and griddle is versatile enough to be used morning, noon, or night. The 1,800-watt device has a reversible cooking plate; one side comes ribbed for ever-popular … Read more
Backyard grillers, to a certain degree, enjoy showing off. That's not to say there isn't a fair amount of one-upmanship going on in the kitchen, but for whatever reason, the outdoors seems to enhance the friendly competitive spirit. Who has the best rub or who makes the tenderiest pork isn't the only thing up for debate when cooking outside. There is at least one more thing to consider, and that would be the grill itself.
The Bond GSF20JDS Pedestal Stainless Steel LP Gas Grill ($342) makes for a striking sight. Looking like its design cues were … Read more
Without question, enjoying a nice, hot summer day is made more enjoyable with food. Specifically, grilled food. But even that is only half the story. Needing something to wash down all the delectables, grillers look to parch their thirst with an ice-cold beverage. Be it soda or juice, beer or wine, the colder the beverage, the better. Which, of course, raises the question of how to chill the drinks. If grilling anywhere removed from the kitchen (and the refrigerator), a little convenience in portability goes a long way. Literally.
Combining not only the grill in a portable package, but also … Read more
Grilling is a communal affair. Not in the sense that there are altruistic reasons for such behavior, but it is a matter of simply wanting to keep an eye on what's yours. After scoping out the perfect steak, burger, chicken thigh, or what-have-you, the worst thing that could happen is when one of your so-called friends makes a grab for it when you are not looking. The best way to fight this unwelcome intrusion of grill space, naturally, is to keep an eye on your goods, but that's not always easy to do--especially with gas grills, which tend … Read more
The La Plancha Cast-Iron Griddle offers up 14 inches of cooking surface--and you can take it anywhere. This heavy duty cast iron griddle can be used on the stovetop, on the outdoor grill and even in the oven for frying. If you've got veggies you're worried about falling into the grill, the griddle's got it taken care of; not only does it have a flat surface but also a high back that keeps food from getting away from you and falling over the edge. If you're craving cookout flavors but the grill isn't an option, … Read more
In a perfect world, etiquette may dictate that when attending a potluck with a dish that requires heating (or reheating), it would be advisable to bring whatever is necessary to prepare it for serving. However, beyond most slow-cooker recipes this simply isn't feasible, so it is often overlooked, and etiquette becomes a phone call to the host beforehand to inquire about cooking logistics. This forethought is usually enough to satisfy for any cooking style that may need to be done on-site, but it never hurts to play it safe.
Home grilling enthusiasts tend to be hands-on types. Just playing with fire is enough to warrant constant attention, but the additional fact that food is involved necessitates a level of commitment not always required in the kitchen.
While ovens tend to be consistent (one would hope), the same cannot be said about grilling over an open flame; results are dependent on several variables, which in turn means one can be standing over the grill longer than expected--often even after the sun goes down.
While common sense might dictate that when the lights go out, its time to move the cooking … Read more