Fire Up The Grill & Enter to Win A Chefmaster 19-piece BBQ Tool Set

To help kick-off the summer grilling season, yesterday I spent the afternoon taste-testing myriad steak samples grilled to perfection by local chefs from across the US.

These chefs are the consumer-voted finalists from their respective hometown grill-offs as part of the nationwide Walmart Choice Steak Challenge presented by Kingsford Charcoal and Coca-Cola.

The final 8 chefs convened in NYC, fired up their grills, and prepared the best USDA Choice steaks with their own inventive methods. Who would take the best seared steak honors? The contest was judged by the ultimate pit master, Chris Lilly.  And, the press release also indicates “other food luminaries” as judges—so I feel quite honored to have been a selected “food luminary” at the event (even though I have limited knowledge of red meat).

Oh, and the winning chef gets $5,000 and another $5,000 to a charity of their choice.  Not bad?

The ultimate steak grill-off

I walked from table to table, talking to the illustrious chefs as I tasted bite-sized pieces of steak that ranged the gamut from Grilled Filet Mignon w/ Smoky Spice Rub to  Cherry Cola Smoked Rib Eye to Coffee Rubbed Steak w. Grilled Onion and Blue Cheese Dressing. My taste buds were on alert.  Not only did I enjoy every last piece of juicy steak but, I was thrilled to have received each chef’s personal best grilling tips along the way :

  • Steak should be at room temp to ensure optimum grilling.
  • Just before grilling, pat steak dry, brush with a light coating of olive oil and season as desired.
  • Add salt no more than 2 minutes before grilling to avoid drying out of meat.
  • Always wait for the grill to reach medium heat as opposed to high heat to avoid charring your meat.
  • Never cut into a steak on the grill.  Use your finger to test its doneness.
  • You should work on a clean grill grate that has been oiled with canola oil.
  • Flare ups are a big part of grilling!
  • Once off the grill, allow your steaks to rest before cutting.  That’ll keep all the juices inside.

In between all the eating, I also managed to pick up key information on the different varieties of USDA Choice steaks:

T-Bones – Good for those who want the best of both worlds in a steak—New York Strip and Tenderloin.  They’re best grilled to take on bold flavors.

NY Strip – Otherwise known as the Steak Lover’s Steak.  It’s got great flavor and tenderness and can be cooked in any manner.

Filet – Cut from the tenderloin….the most tender cut of steak.

Rib Eye – Most popular steak because it’s LOADED with flavor.  It’s best grilled and remains tender through medium to medium-well.

Top Sirloin – Best for cookouts because of its unique flavor and tenderness.  It can be grilled, broiled, sautéed or pan-fried.

As if we weren’t stuffed enough, we then entered a room boasting every type of summer grill side dish you can imagine–from Avocado Mashed Potatoes to Grilled Corn with Herbed Butter (my personal fave) to Char-grilled Vegetables w/ Arugula-Orange Pesto— there was nothing left to the imagination.

Grilled Corn on the Cob w/ Lime Chipotle Mayonnaise

Grilled Beefsteak Tomatoes

Today my family cooks on a gas grill, but the smell of the charcoal burning and the sounds of the steaks sizzling yesterday brought me back to many a sultry summer night of my youth. Mom (not Dad) would be out in the back yard manning the little round Weber grill overflowing with steaks and Silver Queen corn.  Boy do I miss those days…

So, shouldn’t everyone  kick off the summer grilling season right?  It’s time to get your grill on!  Enter to win:

Chef Master 19-Piece BBQ Tool Kit & Bobby Flay’s Grill It Giveaway!


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The Chefmaster 19 Piece BBQ Tool set puts you in a category above any other. The unique pieces including 8 corn cob holders, 4 skewers,grill cleaning brush/scraper, basting brush fork with 3 prongs, spatula with built-in bottle opener knife and tongs. The wood grain on the handles and handy hang-up feature are an added plus. All pieces fit in the special handled carrying case so you can take them with you on camping trips or wherever your grilling needs take you.

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Bobby Flay’s Grill It book contains 150 simple and delicious recipes organized by ingredient, with chapters covering juicy beef steaks and succulent shrimp, of course, as well as perhaps less traditional grill fare such as asparagus, fruit, lamb, scallops, potatoes, and squash, so you can expand your backyard repertoire. Bobby teaches you how to grill each staple perfectly while also offering an arsenal of ideas for how to transform your favorite ingredients into something inventive and satisfying.

Giveaway Details

One (1) winner will receive a Chef Master 19-Piece BBQ Tool Set & a copy of Bobby Flay’s Grill It book.

How to Enter

To enter to win, simply leave a comment in the post letting telling me what you’d like to make on the grill this summer. That’s it! You’re entered to win!

Additional (Optional) Entries

To up your chances of winning, you can receive up to FOUR additional entries to win by doing the following (these are optional, not required):

1. Subscribe to My Judy the Foodie by RSS. Come back and let me know you’ve subscribed in an additional comment.

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3. Follow My Judy the Foodie on Pinterest. Come back and let me know you’ve followed in an additional comment.

4. Follow @myjudythefoodie on Twitter. Come back and let me know you’ve followed in an additional comment.

The Fine Print

Deadline: Friday, May 25, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.

Winner: A winner will be chosen at random using and announced at the top of this post. The winner will also be notified via email and the My Judy the Foodie fan page on Facebook; if the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.



Disclaimer:  I was not compensated to write this post.  I was invited to the grill-off to taste test many many many pieces of yummy steak and to vote on my favorite steak selection.  All opinions expressed in this post are (as always) my own opinions.

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  1. amy marantino says:

    i would like to make grilled corn on the cob

  2. amy marantino says:

    i Subscribe to My Judy the Foodie by RSS

  3. amy marantino says:

    i Follow @myjudythefoodie on Twitter.

  4. brittany says:

    i recently saw a blogger post about stuffing sausage casings with cupcake and then grilling it. Odd as that is i’m curious to find out what that taste like and plan to try it myself.

  5. Michelle says:

    I would grill skirt steaks (with a teriyaki marinade) and pineapple. My family LOVES grilled pineapple – delicious!

  6. Michelle says:

    I follow My Judy the Foodie on Facebook.

  7. Jumbo shrimp with chili lime rub!
    (But I must say, Brittany’s cupcake sausages sound like a winner 🙂

  8. I follow you on FB 🙂

  9. I follow your pins 🙂

  10. I love grilling steaks to pineapples, but I would have to says grilled veggies are my favorite 🙂

  11. Grilled Vidalia onions….. Slice off top and bottom of Vidalia onion(s). Put a “pat” of butter (and I’m using that term as true Southerners do) on top of each. Place beef bouillon cube (large or two small) in the middle of the “pat.” Place in double layers of tin foil and roll up, making sort of a “boat” with a small opening at the top (one “boat” for each onion). Grill for about 40-45 minutes. Dump contents and juices into bowl. A staple of our summer grilling and entertaining…… YUM.

  12. Hi Shari – I liked you on Facebook! Feel free to like This Little Piggy went to the Farmers Market back! Thanks

  13. Also following your tweets – started on Friday after meeting you at Tech Munch!

  14. I love to grill scallops wrapped in bacon on the grill. In the summer I’m looking forward to grilling peaches for my arugula, peach and feta salad.

  15. elissapr says:

    As you know, we are BIG grillers – fish, steak, chicken…it doesn’t matter…and love using Bobby’s ancho chili powder!

  16. Toni Geisler says:

    As the stove died just days before my new electric outdoor grilled arrived, I will be doing tons of grilling. Kidlet loves brats, corn, pineapple…I love steak cooked rare. Up next week are shish kebob with chicken, potatoes, onions, peppers, pineapple, tomatoes, mushrooms…

  17. Toni Geisler says:

    Follow on FB.

  18. Toni Geisler says:

    Subscribe to RSS feed.

  19. Toni Geisler says:

    Following on twitter.

  20. We are big steak and chicken grillers here! I want to try more veggies on the grill…

  21. Joyce Chartrand says:

    Would love to make steaks, grilled vegtables on the grill every night.

  22. I would LOVE to grill corn, in the husk… it’s my FAVORITE summer time grilled treat!

  23. I’m following you on Pinterest

  24. I also follow you on FB 🙂

  25. mom2dagny says:

    Fruit! I’ve been wanting to try some grilled fruits!

  26. mom2dagny says:

    Just subsribed to your rss feed.

  27. mom2dagny says:

    following on FB now.

  28. mom2dagny says:

    see you on pinterest! thanks for all the entries

  29. I am going to make bbq’ed sausages and burgers.

  30. I subscribe to My Judy the Foodie via RSS

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  34. Monica Young says:

    I’m down for some serious steak grilling this summer! Oh, okay and can’t forgot hot dogs for the kiddos.

  35. Monica Young says:

    I like my Judy the Foodie on facebook

  36. Yolanda says:

    I never had a BBQ before and would like to start this Summer and start grilling Hamburgers, Hotdogs, and Chicken.

  37. Yolanda says:

    I’m a fan on facebook. My facebook name is Momofa Tween.

  38. Paul Barrett says:

    Love your recipes

  39. Ellen W. says:

    I would like to make pizza on the grill — especially with a new Chefmaster BBQ toolkit!

  40. peppers on the grill this weekend! Can’t wait

  41. I follow myjudythefoodie on twitter, pinterest, like the blog on facebook and often leave comments. I would use these utensils to grill salmon and our favorite churrasco with a chimichurri. sauce. I would make Judy’s mystery marinade and follow her flank steak recipe. i’m a huge fan of this blog and the talented woman behind the blog. thank you for your work, for the writing, your thoughts and your inspiration.

  42. I love a nice juicy burger on the grill and some grilled vegetables!

  43. A fan of My Judy the Foodie on Facebook

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  1. […] But, I still have charcoal on the brain from my afternoon of taste testing steak samples at the Walmart Choice Steak Challenge.  I’m chomping at the bit to get outside and GRILL (oh, and don’t forget, today is the last day to enter to win a 19-piece BB! Tool Set and a copy of Bobby Flay’s book Grill It). […]

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