BBQ Tips and a Toolset Giveaway


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Memorial Day weekend is upon us!  Hopefully you’ll be able to enjoy some fresh-grilled meats or veggies at some point over the weekend.

If you find yourself working the grill, don’t forget these helpful tips for cooking your best meat:

  • Steak should be at room temp to ensure optimum grilling (approximately 15 minutes).
  • Just before grilling, pat steak dry, brush with a light coating of olive oil and season with Kosher salt and pepper 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 – avoid the sprays.
  • Flare ups are a big part of grilling caused by the fat dripping on the coals!  It’s OK and provides desired smokiness.
  • Once off the grill, allow your steaks to rest before cutting (approx. 5 minutes).  That’ll keep all the juices inside.

And, here’s some helpful information on 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.

Today my family cooks outside on a gas grill, but the smell of the charcoal burning and the sounds of the steaks sizzling definitely bring back memories of Mom (not Dad) cooking steaks during those hot summer nights.  She 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…

It’s time for you to get your grill on!

Let’s kick off the summer grilling season right…

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Enter to win:

A Deluxe Cuisinart 10-Piece Grilling Set ($60 value):

  • Set includes Chef’s Spatula, Grill Tongs, Chef’s Fork, Set of 4 Skewers, Grill Brush, 2 Replacement Heads
  • Leather carry case included perfect for storage and travel
  • Forged stainless steel construction
  • Handcrafted Pakka Wood Handles
  • Classic Cuisinart Quality
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Bobby Flay’s Grill it Cook Book:

The 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 Deluxe Cuisinart 10-Piece Grill 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!

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Deadline: Monday, May 27th 2012 at 11:59pm EST.

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  1. Barbara Ann O'Dell says:

    I would love to be grilling my own freshly caught striped bass..if I ever hook one this year.. Just wishful thinking, mind you..:)

  2. Ellen W. says:

    Would be perfect for my grilling husband!

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  5. michelle says:

    I can’t wait to grill both fish & meats this summer – love to get my grill on!

  6. Steak. Steak. Then some marinated chicken. Then more steak!

  7. We made steak at a friend’s house a few weeks ago and I can’t wait to make more!

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  12. Sherry Lykins says:

    Love chicken on the grill!!

  13. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    Our all time favorite from the grill is hamburgers. A tip I got last year was to make slider sized burgers rather than full size—this gives everyone a chance to have as much as they want, maybe have another later, and to try a variety of toppings 🙂

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  18. Judy, your tips are definitely going to make this weekend’s grilling easier for someone.

    There are plenty of us who think that all you need to do when cooking on the grill is to throw it on there.

    There really is a need for some advanced prep as with any other time of cooking.

    I can’t even imagine how many steaks are going to be cooked on various grills this weekend.

    I hope a lot of people are going to be grilling vegetables as well. What a great addition to any meal those make!

    Happy grilling and have a great weekend!

  19. Samantha C. says:

    We would love to make some burgers and hot dogs!

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  22. I love all kinds of foods on the grill, but am most looking forward to having chicken and veggie kabobs. Yummy!

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  26. Emily Kaufman says:

    I’d love to grill shrimp, corn, veggies and tenderloin thus summer!

  27. Shelly J says:

    My 3 boys and hubby always want grilled steak & corn!

  28. Sarah R says:

    I have a delicious recipe for grilled flank steak with a lime marinade.

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  31. Samtcam says:

    Today is Memorial Day and we honor those who gave so much.
    We plan on grilling Pork Tenderloin with a fig reduction, asparagus and vegetable skewers. For dessert, grilled peaches with fresh whipped cream. Enjoy! Have a great day

  32. Samtcam says:

    Happy Memorial Day! Perfect weather for grilling! We will grill veggie skewers and peaches with fresh whipped cream! Yummy

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  34. Susan Christy says:

    I love to grill Salmon. And I often grill pineapple or bananas to put over ice cream for dessert.

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