BBQs

Barbequing: An American Tradition

No matter if it is the 4th of July, or just another day in the summer, chances
are someone in your area is barbequing. Barbequing has become a standard
American tradition for families. The reason as clear as to why, not only does
the food that comes from barbequing have a taste that is unmatched by other
cooking methods, but barbequing presents a reason for families to gather
together. Some on my most memorial experiences happened outdoors at one of my
families many get-togethers.

Planning A Barbeque

First, no barbeque would be complete without guests and proper outdoors
weather. Plan ahead of time, checking with your potential guests for scheduling
conflicts and issues. Finding a date and time that is suitable for everyone
should not be to hard as long as you everyone enough advanced notice.
Alternatively, be sure to check the weather for that type of year. If you live
in a climate that cannot be predicted, then you may want to have a backup plan
just incase unusual weather comes. You cannot predict things like rain and
thunderstorms ahead of time, but you can make sure that you hold you barbeque
during the time of year that will be pleasant to your guests. A barbeque in
cold weather may hold more negative memories of trying to keep warm rather then
good memories of family and friends.

Barbequing has been around since early cavemen figured out that food tasted
great after being cooked on an open fire. Perhaps one of the main memories
attached to a family barbeque is what was on the menu that day. Barbequing
opens a whole array of types of foods available. The type of foods you serve
should largely depend on your crowd and the event in which you are celebrating.
With the wide range of possibilities, you are sure to find at least a few items
that will please your crowd.

Make sure that you prepare ahead for your barbeque. 12 to 24 hours before you
plan on beginning the party, make sure to thaw, prepare, and marinate the meat
you will be cooking. Once you have the meat stored away, soaking up the
marinate, then you must start thinking about what types of side dishes you will
be having. If you want a completely tradition barbeque, you may want to stick
with traditional sizes. Traditional barbeque sides include potatoes and potato
salad, baked beans, and coleslaw. Your traditional condiment bar should include
pickles, relish, and onions. These foods are typically severed at barbeques
because they are easy to prepare and store until the event happens. You may
want to cook other items, but any barbeque is complete with just the items
listed above.

A themed barbeque may present more opportunities to hold a festive event. With
a themed event, you can splurge on the atmosphere and decorations. Matching
tablecloths, napkins, and plates can be found at any local store. You can also
match your decor to the party. For example, a luau could simply be creative
colored utensils, leis, and Tiki torches, all of which are extremely cheap. You
can even reuse the Tiki torches later!

Your party area should be set up before guest arrive. It only takes a few
minutes to get everything ready, but the reaction you get from your arriving
guests may make you feel like you were preparing and decorating all day.
Depending on the situation, you may or may not want to have the food already
cooking on the grill. The smell will surely be inviting if you start cooking
ahead!

Different Types of Barbeque Grills

Summer is here, which means that it is time to begin grilling and preparing
awesome barbeque parties. The only problem is, you have not bought your
barbeque grill yet. When purchasing your first grill, you will find that you
have a large array of options available to you. It may seem overwhelming at
first due to the almost endless amount of possibilities and options available.
The best way to decide on what type of grill is right for you is by educating
yourself about them.

Cost

Barbeque grills can range from extremely cheap to very expensive depending on
the type and features available on it.

If you are looking for a cheaper grill, then you should probably consider a
charcoal grill. While larger charcoal grills are available, smaller grills can
be purchased for as little as $10 to $15 at your local department store.
Fancier, large charcoal grills can be purchased for about $60 to $75. Charcoal
requires purchasing charcoal and lighter fluid each time you, so you must
remember this when considering the cost.

Propane grills are slightly more expensive, starting around $100 dollars.

A smoker grill is slightly more expensive then a propane grill at about $130
each.

Natural gas grills on the higher end of cost. The mechanical part of this grill
make it larger and more complex. The Natural gas grills are meant to be hooked
up to your home line. Typically these types of grills start at about $300.

Multiple fuel grills are the most expensive at about $450 and up. Multiple fuel
grills allow you to grill using one or a combination of fuels.

Ease of Use

The easiest grill to use is by far the natural gas grill. Natural gas grills
are designed to hook directly into your home's natural gas line, eliminating
the need to provide the fuel source. Natural gas grills are also one of the
easiest grills to clean since you do not have to worry about cleaning out the
charcoal or wood.

The next in line would be the propane grills, as they have similar features of
the natural gas grills. The only issue keeping Propane grills from being equal
to natural gas grills is the fact that you must provide the propane somehow.
This usually means hauling and handling propane tanks.

The hardest grills to use are charcoal and smoker grills. Both types of grills
require additional purchases of supplies, and then requires extra cleaning once
grilling is complete.

Remember that bigger grills require more space to store and more time to clean.
Bigger is not always better when it comes to grills. If you want a grill that is
easy to clean, you will want to think about a smaller grill.

Flavor

If you are concerned with flavor, you first choice should be a charcoal or
smoker grill. Both of these grills allow you to replicate a true "smoked"
flavor. Smokers are especially nice because you can also control the flavor by
changing the type of wood or wood chips you use. This is good if you are
wanting to slow cook your meat.

If you are wanting to cook something a little quicker, you may want to stick
with the charcoal grill. A Charcoal grill will cook quickly if you want it too,
and it will still provide a good "smoked" taste.

Space

Finally, the space you have available should be a consideration. When you grill
is not in use, you must have a proper place to store it. Charcoal and Propane
grills are ideal for smaller areas such as apartments and city homes. If you
have a large amount of space available, then you may want to consider the
larger options.

Using Gas Grills

The act of Barbequing or Grilling has been around as long as humans. Cavemen
quickly realized that food tasted good after it was cooked over an open fire.
Barbequing has become a standard American tradition for families. The reasons
as clear as to why, not only does the food that comes from barbequing have a
taste that is unmatched by other cooking methods, but barbequing presents a
reason for families to gather together.

Gas grills work by a spark igniting the gas within the grill. Gas grills
typically have a knob or button in which you push, which in turn activates a
small hammer. The hammer hit's the top of an ignition crystal. Then the burner
mixes the gas with oxygen and spreads it all over the cooking surface.

Gas grills come in all shapes and sizes, which makes then ideal for just about
any type of barbequing party. Smaller gas grills give you the portability
needed to plan barbeque parties away from home. Larger gas grills are handy and
efficient for cooking larger amounts of food quickly, and without the mess of
other types of grills.

So after deciding that you indeed are in the market for a barbeque grill, there
are several factors that you must consider when you purchase your first gas
grill.

Weight

Gas grills literally come in all shapes and sizes. The type of grill you get
should really depend on what you plan on using the grill for. If you foresee
camping trips, barbeques at the beach or tailgate parties, you may want to
consider getting a smaller gas grill. Smaller gas grills can range from
anywhere from 10 to 40 pounds. Portable gas containers are also available for
these types of grills.

If your plans are move focused on home cooking, then larger grills should suit
you fine.

Cooking Surfaces

Gas grills, unlike some of the other grills types, have the ability to come
with many different types of cooking surfaces. These different cooking surfaces
include a BBQ surface, a flat grill, and a ribbed grill. Some grills even offer
these types of surfaces as none stick, which allow you to cook a whole array of
foods that you would not be able to cook on a grill otherwise. You will be able
to cook your whole meal, including side dishes if you plan correctly.

Some gas grills even contain a Wok type surface for cooking pasta and rise
dishes, or a full rotisserie set that allows you to cook rotisserie chicken.

Surface Area

Similar to weight, you should consider the amount of cooking surface area you
will need, depending on the situations you will be in. If you will only be
cooking for yourself or you and one other, you will want a gas grill with a
smaller surface area, as it will be easier to clean. If you plan on holding
parties or cooking for a larger family, then you will want to consider a gas
grill with a larger surface area.

This surface area may also include different types of cooking surfaces. Look
for the type that suits you best, or is interchangeable.

Cost

Gas grills are typically on the higher end of the cost scale, as they require
more mechanical parts then other grills. You can expect to spend anywhere from
$50 for a smaller grill up to $400+ for a large stationary grill.

You also have to remember that you must also purchase the gas for your grill.

Eliminate Outdoor Cooking Mistakes

As humans, we all make mistakes. It is human nature to do so, and cannot be
prevented each and every time. When it comes to barbequing, this rule is no
different. We often make mistakes that we do not even realize until we taste
our food, or something potentially dangerous happens.

Some mistakes just mean that the food you cook is not going to taste very good,
while others could potentially mean a trip to the hospital, or a visit from your
claims representative on your home insurance policy. No matter the severity of
the mistake, you should do your best to try to avoid them whenever possible.

Cooking Mistakes

You must properly prepare the meat you are cooking, before cooking it. You
should never attempt to cook meat on a grill when it is still frozen, or even
partially frozen. Thaw your meat by sitting it out about 12 to 24 hours before
you plan on cooking it, or by thawing it in a microwave.

Once meat is cooked, never put it back in on the same plate you had it on when
it was raw. This could cause the spread of many unwanted illnesses.

Cooking with charcoal lighter fluid can be good or bad. The lighter fluid will
cause the food you are cooking to taste different then with other types of
grills. Alternatively, attempting to not use lighter fluid may cause a lot of
frustration due to the fact that charcoal can be difficult if not impossible to
light without lighter fluid.

Never poke you meat while it is cooking. Poking holes in meat will cause the
juice inside to leak out into the bottom of the grill. Not only will this make
your food dry and unappealing in the end, but it also could potentially ruin
your barbeque grill. At the very least, it will cause a buildup of unwanted
grease and juices on your grill, which will make cleanup harder.

Once the meat is on the grill, try not to open the lid to many times. Each time
you open the lid, you change the temperature in the grill. The constant change
in temperature and the air flow will cause your meat to dry up quickly.

Remember that the higher the heat is not always the better. While it is ok to
quickly cook food, turning the heat up will just cause the meat to dry up and
potentially burn.

While using tin foil or aluminum foil will make cleaning easier, it will cause
your food to have more of a fried taste then a grilled taste.

Dangerous Mistakes

Never, under any circumstance, should you leave a grill alone when it is in
use. Grilling does have fire involved, and accidents can happen. Fire spreads
quickly, so being aware of your grill could mean the difference between a small
fire that is quickly extinguished, and a visit from the fire department.

Never place a hot grill against a wall, even if the fire is already completely
out. A hot grill can heat up an exterior wall to the point of combustion. Also,
do not put the grill cover back on until you are sure that the grill is
completely cool.

You grill should be cleaned after each and every use, no exceptions. While no
one likes cleaning the grill, it is essential for the life and safety of your
grill. If you allow your grill to sit dirty, not only are you causing a
potential fire and health hazard, but you are ultimately making it harder on
yourself when it does come time to clean your grill.

Make sure that your grill is completely cold before cleaning it. Spraying oil
and cleaning agents on a hot surface could cause it to ignite. Be careful,
because the grill may seem cool, but may still be hot in certain areas. You do
not want to sustain a burn.

Grill Features

When looking into different grills features, you may be faced with what seems
like a foreign language. How are you suppose to pick the grill that is best for
you if you do not understand what you are reading? While the language used when
describing grills will not get any easier to read, understanding what the
majority if what it means will help you make an informed decision.

BTU is the measure of the amount of cooking power the barbeque grill as. Simple
math will be needed in determining the amount of heat that your grill produces.
Take the amount of space available for cooking (typically measured by square
inch) and divide it by the total amount of BTU's. Ideally you will want at
least 95 to 100 BTU's per square inch of cooking space. So for example, if you
have a grill with 50,000 BTU's and 450 square inches of cooking space, then you
will be receiving about 111 BTU's of cooking power per square inch. Anything
less, and you may want to consider a different grill.

The next thing you will want to consider is the cooking surfaces. How much
space does it have? Will you be able to cook for just yourself, or you entire
family? Depending on your situation, you may want to consider a larger or
smaller grill.

Grills come in a wide array of surface types. These different cooking surfaces
can include a BBQ surface, a flat grill, and a ribbed grill. Some grills even
offer these types of surfaces as none stick, which allow you to cook a whole
array of foods that you would not be able to cook on a grill otherwise. Some
gas grills even contain a Wok type surface for cooking pasta and rise dishes,
or a full rotisserie set that allows you to cook rotisserie chicken. Weigh your
options, and remember that some grills even come with the ability to interchange
the surfaces. This way, if you decide that you want to start cooking Rotisserie
chicken, all you will have to do is buy the accessory kit for it.

Perhaps one of the most important things you should consider is the fuel type.
Charcoal grills are one of the most used types of grills. Charcoal grills
utilize charcoal and lighter fluid to heat up and cook your food. Charcoal
grills come in all shapes and sizes, and vary in cost. Charcoal requires you to
buy charcoal and lighter fluid each time you cook with it. It must also be
cleaned out each time. Charcoal grills come in small sizes, which are ideal for
apartment dwellers or people with small homes. Once you have used your charcoal
grill, you can clean it, and store it away. Propane grills are also useful for
someone in small areas, since they can come in smaller sizes. Propane grills
use propane gas to cook your food. If you want to quickly cook foods while
still maintaining a grilled flavor, you may want to consider Propane grills.
Natural gas grills are a little more complicated then smaller grills, so they
require more room. Natural gas grills are meant to hook up directly to your
home's natural gas line, and can cook meat in record time. Smoker Grills are
used when flavor is the number one priority. Smoker grills use wood to slow
cook your meat. Flavor can be controlled by using different types of woods.

If you still do not understand the basic information provided about the grill,
it may be a good idea to talk with a professional. There are stores designed
specifically for barbeque grills and barbeque grill accessories. Other stores,
such as your larger department stores may not have professionals trained
specifically in barbeques, but chances are at least one employee in the store
likes to barbeque, and can aid you, if on nothing else by personal opinion.

The Benefits of Barbeque Gas Grills

Gas grills work by a spark igniting the gas within the grill. Gas grills
typically have a knob or button in which you push, which in turn activates a
small hammer. The hammer hit's the top of an ignition crystal. Then the burner
mixes the gas with oxygen and spreads it all over the cooking surface.

Barbequing is typically thought of as a summer event, but some diehard fans of
barbeque will not think twice about breaking out their barbeque grills right in
the middle of winter. Grillers in the southern states may not face the problem,
but if you live past the lower states, then chances are your Winter includes a
large amount of snow. Smokers and charcoal grills present a problem as you must
set the grill up properly, and then wait for the grill to get ready. This can
take hours, so the idea of standing outside waiting on the grill may not
sound appealing in 3 foot of snow. Gas grills give you the opportunity of
quickly cooking barbeque.

Another issue found with out types of grills is the cleanup involved. Once you
are done grilling with a smoker or charcoal grill, you are then required to
clean out the burned remains. In 3 feet of snow, chances are that you do not
have a place readily available for disposal. Fire hazards come with the burnt
coals and wood chips. Gas grills will simply need a wipe down before it can be
stored away for the next time.

Gas grills, unlike some of the other grills types, have the ability to come
with many different types of cooking surfaces. These different cooking surfaces
include a BBQ surface, a flat grill, and a ribbed grill. Some grills even offer
these types of surfaces as none stick, which allow you to cook a whole array of
foods that you would not be able to cook on a grill otherwise. You will be able
to cook your whole meal, including side dishes if you plan correctly. Some gas
grills even contain a Wok type surface for cooking pasta and rise dishes, or a
full rotisserie set that allows you to cook rotisserie chicken.

A feature that comes with different cooking surfaces is the ability to cook
different foods, at different temperatures, at the same time. This feature is
available if your gas grill have separate burners. This allows you to cook your
meals much more quickly. Some gas grills even come with a warming feature, which
will keep your food warm while the rest of it finishes cooking.

Gas grills usually contain a built in thermometer, which will aide you in
cooking. You will know the exact temperature you are cooking at. Charcoal and
Smoker grills do not typically contain this feature, which either leaves you
guessing what temperatures you are cooking at, or requires you to buy extra
equipment in order to find out what temperature your food is.

Gas grills have safely concerns all of its own, but they are unmatched by other
types of grills. Propane gas is extremely flammable if not used correctly. Other
grills however, present higher opportunities for fire as they cook with an open
flame. Gas grills are typical built much sturdier then their more simpler
counterparts.

If you are considering traveling with your barbeque grill, a gas grill may be
the best option. Gas grills come in small sizes which are perfect for
traveling. Small size gas containers are available at your local grocery store
or department store, which allows you to easily transport the fuel source as
well.

Properly Cleaning Your Grill

When purchasing your barbeque grill, think of it as an investment rather then
just another item for your outdoor entertainment. You should expect this item
to become a large part of your outdoor activities for many years to come. But
like any other investments, proper maintenance and care is needed to ensure
that your barbeque grill will work for you for many years to come.

Leaving you grill messy after each use will not only make it harder on you when
you finally do clean the grill, but it will also drastically decrease the
lifespan of your grill. If you grill sits dirty, you increase the risk of rust.

While some maintenance and cleaning is specific to the type of barbeque grill
your own (gas, electric, charcoal or smoke barbecue grill), the majority of
maintenance that should be carried on does not change from grill to grill.

Step 1- Gathering The Necessary Items

You will need some common household items on hand when it comes time to clean
your barbeque grill.

Brass wire grill brush Steel wool pads, preferably that contains soap already.
Mild dish soap Sponge or dishcloth Spray cooking oil Dry baking soda Aluminum
foil

Step 2- Brushing Your Grill Off

The first thing that should always be done to your grill is a routine brushing.
Using your brass wire grill brush (or other brush suitable to your type of
grill) you should brush off all the surfaces. By routinely brushing your
barbeque grill, you will prevent any type of buildup. If buildup from food is
left to long, it can become increasingly difficult to remove, and can end up
causing problems such as rust.

Step 3- Spray Cooking Oil

Once you are sure that your grill is free of all buildup and debris, and that
your grill is completely cooled off, you will want to spray it down with a
light layer of cooking oil. Spraying it down with cooking oil will prevent your
barbeque grill from rusting. It is especially important to make sure you
barbeque grill is completely cold, as spraying cooking oil on a hot surface may
cause the oil to heat up and ignite, which could be potentially dangerous to you
and your barbeque grill.

Step 4- Use Baking Soda and Aluminum Foil on Your Grill Baking soda is a very
nice cleaning and polishing agent. Once you have removed any extra debris and
buildup, lightly scrubbing your barbeque grill with baking soda will give it
that extra shine, similar to the day that you brought it home from the store.
This can also be used on handles and knobs to remove any extra buildup tat
cannot be taken off with a wire brush.

Aluminum foil can also be used to keep your grill looking nice. Gently rub the
aluminum foil on your grill, and you will notice that it removes grim and
buildup. This is a cheap and inexpensive way to clean your grill.

Step 5- Clean Your Racks

The racks in your grill are especially important as this is where the food
touches when it is cooking. You will have to use the wire brush to remove as
much buildup as possible. Once you remove as much as possible, start washing
the racks with dish soap. If the racks are really dirty, you may also want to
use the steel wool pads. Be sure to completely rinse off all soap and residue
before cooking on these racks again.

Your First Charcoal Grill

Perhaps you have just moved into your first place, or you decided that you
wanted to broaden your horizons and try new things. Maybe you went to a Fourth
of July barbeque party and tasted the beautiful smoked flavor, and decided you
wanted to try to replicate it. After doing your research, you decided that a
charcoal grill is right for you. Now what?

Now that you have decided you want a charcoal grill, you have to decide what
type of charcoal grill will suit your needs. Are you planning on traveling and
using your charcoal grill? If so, you will need a charcoal grill that is small
enough to travel with you. Smaller charcoal grills are ideal for cookouts,
camping, and tail gate parties, but would not be useful if you were cooking for
a larger amount of people. If you plan on feeding a larger amount of people, a
larger charcoal grill will better suit your needs. If you are having issues
deciding on which type you should get, you may consider getting both. Smaller
charcoals grills can cost as little as $10 to $15 dollars, and will give you
the ability to travel.

Charcoal grills contain hot embers and fire when it is in use. Safety should
also be a major concern when you are picking out your first Charcoal grill.
Look for a charcoal grill with a sturdy structure and sturdy legs. If you grill
does now have sturdy legs, it's chances of falling over is much greater. When a
charcoal grill falls over, it will send the hot coals flying. Many charcoal
grills also have built in safety features such as a water reservoir and
smothering valves. Undoubtedly, when you are cooking with fire, accidents can
happen. In the case that your grill gets out of control or become to hot, these
safety features will prevent potentially dangerous fires. The fire department
has much better things to do then help you cook.

One of the most noticeable features when using charcoal is the flavor of the
food you cook. To cook with a charcoal grill, you must buy charcoal briquettes
and lighter fluid. Charcoal is a one use item, and will need to be discarded
after each use. Charcoal can be picked up at your local superstore, gas
station, or grocery store, and is typically pretty inexpensive. Charcoal must
be light and allowed to burn until the charcoal is no longer on fire, but is
red embers. The best way to get the pile to burn is by stacking it in a pyramid.

While no one likes to clean their grill, it is necessary to maintain your grill
if you want it to last it's intended lifetime. One problem you will face is the
fact that Charcoal grills stay hot for a long period of time. You can remedy
this situation 2 ways. First you can leave your grill open, allowing it to burn
out. This method typically burns a lot of the grease off, but can potentially
cause problems if you are not near your barbeque grill. You do not want to
start a fire. Another way is to completely close off your grill and deny the
fire oxygen. As soon as the grill is cold, or cold enough not to burn you, you
will want to clean the grill. Leaving the grill dirty for any amount of time
will cause the buildup to become hard, and may make it harder to remove. Use a
wire brush to clean off the surface areas of your grill, and then spray cooking
oil on the surface. Take the racks off and clean them with dishwashing soap.
Dawn or other brands that have degreasers work best. Rinse the racks off, and
replace them in the grill.

Natural Gas Grills

Summertime would not be complete without at least one outdoor barbeque. Once
upon a time, there was a very limited array of foods that you could cook on
your grill Today, modern conveniences allow you to cook pretty much any type of
food on your grill.

The easiest grill to use is by far the natural gas grill. Natural gas grills
are designed to hook directly into your home's natural gas line, eliminating
the need to provide the fuel source. This cuts out all trips to the grocery
store for more charcoal or propane.

Another advantage when using a natural gas grills is the ability to control the
temperature in which you are cooking. Natural gas grills have burner controls
which allow you to produce different temperatures for the different cooking
areas on your grill. This allows you to cook your meat on one side while
keeping your side dished warm on the other.

Natural gas grills have the ability to come with many different types of
cooking surfaces. These different cooking surfaces include a BBQ surface, a
flat grill, and a ribbed grill. Some grills even offer these types of surfaces
as none stick, which allow you to cook a whole array of foods that you would
not be able to cook on a grill otherwise. Some gas grills even contain a Wok
type surface for cooking pasta and rise dishes, or a full rotisserie set that
allows you to cook rotisserie chicken.

Natural gas grills are by far the easiest type of grill to clean. With other
grills such as charcoal and smoker grills, you have to remove the wood and
charcoal briquettes each time. Natural grills only have to be wiped down. Some
natural gas grills even have a none stick feature.

Natural gas grills are not portable as you will need to be able to hook them up
to your natural gas line, so weight should not be that big of an issue when you
go to purchase your first grill. Instead, you should look at the surface area
available. Will you be able to cook for just yourself and one other? How about
a family of 5?

Natural Gas Grill Brands

Broilmaster- One of the most popular brands of natural gas grills is the
Broilmasters. This company has been around for a long time and prides itself on
creating great grills, even in its companies early years. If you are looking for
a reliable name, Broilmaster would be the way to go. One of the most popular
Broilmaster grills is the Super Premium Series, which puts out 40,000 BTU's of
cooking power, and has a cooking surface area of over 695 square inches.

Brinkman- These simple natural gas grills put out a lot of power, and can be
purchased for much less then it's competition. The Brinkmans, like the
Broilmasters, are built of solid construction and meant to last a long time.
Typical power output is around 45,000 BTU's. Smaller units can range from
12,000 to 15,00 BTU's.

Lynx- Lynx natural gas grills were specially designed for cooking higher end
meats such as steaks and ribs. This grill have a patent design that is suppose
to lock in flavor and juices. The Lynx run on the higher end of the price
range, anywhere from $500 to $3000. The typical cooking power is about 50,000
BTU and has a cooking surface area of 840 square inches.

Planning a BBQ Clambake Party

Barbeques are popular for events such as the 4th of July, birthday parties,
receptions, and going away parties. No matter why you have decided to plan a
barbeque party, the memories that will come from it are sure to stick with your
guests for many years to come, provided that you plan ahead. Alternatively, a
new popular type of barbeque is a barbeque clambake. Clambakes are typically
held in a pit on the beach, but if a beach is not available, you may want to
consider holding your clambake right from your grill.

1) First, no barbeque would be complete without guests. Plan ahead of time,
checking with your potential guest for scheduling conflicts and issues. Finding
a date and time that is suitable for everyone should not be to far as long as
you everyone enough advanced notice. Remember that not everyone will be able to
come, no matter how much notice you give them, so do not get discouraged if you
do not get as many RSVPs as your originally hoped for.

2) Be sure to check the weather for that type of year. If you live in a climate
that cannot be predicted, then you may want to have a backup plan just incase
unusual weather comes. You cannot predict things like rain and thunderstorms
ahead of time, but you can make sure that you hold you barbeque during the time
of year that will be pleasant to your guests. A barbeque in cold weather may
hold more negative memories of trying to keep warm rather then good memories of
family and friends.

3) You will need to purchase the items for your clambake. The traditional items
you will need is Clams still in the shell, seawater(if available), corn still in
the husk, and potatoes.

Side dishes can also be bought, but are not necessary since the potatoes and
corn can act as such. If you feel that you need other side dishes, the simplest
approach to side dishes is chips and dip. Chips and dip do not require any
cooking on your part, and will still be loved by the majority of your guests.

4) Depending on the theme of your party, you may or may not want to purchase
decorations. Festive decorations can be found at any local party or general
store. You may also consider purchasing decorations that can be stored and
reused at a different time, such as reusable tablecloths and Tiki torches. Give
your clambake a beach theme by adding tropical music and you may even consider
adding some sand.

5) The day before you party, you will want to make sure to thaw, prepare, and
marinate the meat you will be cooking. Store the meat stored away, soaking up
the marinate until it is time for it to go on the grill. Prepare any side
dishes that you can ahead of time.

6) The day of the party, get up early and start preparing for it. You do not
want your guest arriving while you are still cooking or hanging decorations. It
should only take you a few hours at most to prepare the area in which you will
be having the party, but the reactions from your guest will probably seem as if
you have been planning this for weeks.

Place your clambake on the grill, layering your already cooked potatoes, corn
still in the husk, and your clams on the grill. Then grill these until the corn
and clams are complete.

Depending on the time in which your guests arrive, you may want to include you
guests in the actual cooking of the clambake. Enjoying a few drinks around the
pit or stove will not only give you time to gather and converse, but will also
make your guests hungry, as they smell the wonderful aroma coming from the
steaming or boiling vegetables and clams.

Why is Barbequing So Popular?

Barbequing is an American tradition. Each year, statistics show that at least
90% of families attend at least one barbeque party or celebration. About 40% of
families delight in throwing parties that center around the idea of barbequing.
With statistics like that, one must wonder why barbequing is such a popular
event and tradition.

First, barbequing or grilling allows you to create a meal that is unmatched by
any other type of cooking. The grilled smell and taste will perk up even the
pickiest meat eater.

A variety of meats and side dishes are used when barbequing. Traditionally,
families cook pork, beef, and fish on their grills. When visiting your local
grocery store, look for meats that are specifically cut and packaged for
barbequing. If you do not find pre packaged meats, then chances are spices,
marinates, and kits for grilling are somewhere near by.

Traditional side dishes include potato salad, beans, and coleslaw. These sides
work well with the variety of meats available and are easy to prepare and store
until it is time to eat.

Your traditional condiment bar should include pickles, relish, and onions.

Different types of grills will present different types of flavors. Charcoal and
smoker grills present a natural "smoked" flavor which is one of the most known
tastes of barbequing. Smokers even allow you to control slight changes in the
favor of the meat by using different types of woods. Alternatively, propane
grills allow grillers to cook their meals faster, but still have a grilled
flavor.

Some grills have the ability to come with many different types of cooking
surfaces. These different cooking surfaces include a BBQ surface, a flat grill,
and a ribbed grill. Some grills even offer these types of surfaces as none
stick, which allow you to cook a whole array of foods that you would not be
able to cook on a grill otherwise. You will be able to cook your whole meal,
including side dishes if you plan correctly. Some gas grills even contain a Wok
type surface for cooking pasta and rise dishes, or a full rotisserie set that
allows you to cook rotisserie chicken.

Another reason barbequing is so popular is the fact that it gives you a reason
to hold a party or celebration.

Outdoor parties not only allow your guests to be present during the cooking of
the meal, but also give them the opportunity to be with friends.

Themed parties are always fun for your family and guests. Festive decorations
can be found at any local party or general store. You may also consider
purchasing decorations that can be stored and reused at a different time, such
as reusable tablecloths and Tiki torches. Give your clambake a beach theme by
adding tropical music and you may even consider adding some sand.

Finally, barbequing is popular because it can be considered a hobby as well.
Barbequing, like anything else in life, takes time and practice. It can be fun
to play and experiment with different techniques and recipes. Once you have
developed a like for barbequing, then you can focus on creating your own
variations on traditional recipes and ideas.

Barbequing is typically thought of as a summer event, but some diehard fans of
barbeque will not think twice about breaking out their barbeque grills right in
the middle of winter.

Picking the Right Grill

Charcoal Grills

Charcoal grills are one of the most used types of grills. Charcoal grills
utilize charcoal and lighter fluid to heat up and cook your food. Charcoal
grills come in all shapes and sizes, and vary in cost.

Charcoal grills come in small sizes, which are ideal for apartment dwellers or
people with small homes. Once you have used your charcoal grill, you can clean
it, and store it away.

One of the most noticeable features when using charcoal is the flavor of the
food you cook. To cook with a charcoal grill, you must buy charcoal briquettes
and lighter fluid. Charcoal is a one use item, and will need to be discarded
after each use. Charcoal can be picked up at your local superstore, gas
station, or grocery store, and is typically pretty inexpensive. Charcoal must
be light and allowed to burn until the charcoal is no longer on fire, but is
red embers. The best way to get the pile to burn is by stacking it in a pyramid.

Propane Grills

Propane grills are also useful for someone in small areas, since they can come
in smaller sizes.

Gas grills work by a spark igniting the gas within the grill. Gas grills
typically have a knob or button in which you push, which in turn activates a
small hammer. The hammer hits the top of an ignition crystal. Then the burner
mixes the gas with oxygen and spreads it all over the cooking surface.

Propane grills use propane gas to cook your food. If you want to quickly cook
foods while still maintaining a grilled flavor, you may want to consider
Propane grills.

Gas grills, unlike some of the other grills types, have the ability to come
with many different types of cooking surfaces. These different cooking surfaces
include a BBQ surface, a flat grill, and a ribbed grill. Some grills even offer
these types of surfaces as none stick, which allow you to cook a whole array of
foods that you would not be able to cook on a grill otherwise. You will be able
to cook your whole meal, including side dishes if you plan correctly. Some gas
grills even contain a Wok type surface for cooking pasta and rise dishes, or a
full rotisserie set that allows you to cook rotisserie chicken.

Natural Gas Grills

The easiest grill to use is by far the natural gas grill. Natural gas grills
are designed to hook directly into your home's natural gas line, eliminating
the need to provide the fuel source. Natural gas grills are also one of the
easiest grills to clean since you do not have to worry about cleaning out the
charcoal or wood.

Natural gas grills are a little more complicated then smaller grills, so they
require more room.

Smoker Grills

Smoker Grills are used when flavor is the number one priority. Smoker grills
use wood to slow cook your meat. Flavor can be controlled by using different
types of woods.

Some of the common types of wood used is:

Cherry -- Similar to apple, but slightly bitter because most Cherry wood comes
from chokecherry trees. / Use on Poultry-turns skin dark brown. Sugar Maple -
Smoky, mellow and lightly sweet. / Use on Fish & Beef. Hickory -- The most
highly used wood, both commercially and for home use. Has a strong, heavy,
bacon Flavor. / Use on Pork, Ham, and Beef. Mesquite -- One of the hottest
burning woods. Predominately Honey, earthy flavor with a slightly bitter
aftertaste. / Use on Beef, Fish, Poultry. Oak -- A lighter version of mesquite.
Red oak is quite Similar to mesquite; white oak is milder. / Use on Beef & Fish.

Gas Barbeque Grills

The act of Barbequing or Grilling has been around as long as humans. Cavemen
quickly realized that food tasted good after it was cooked over an open fire.
Barbequing has become a standard American tradition for families. The reasons
as clear as to why, not only does the food that comes from barbequing have a
taste that is unmatched by other cooking methods, but it also gives a family a
reason to gather outdoors. Today, over 90% of families in the united states
hold or attend barbeque at least once a year. About 70% of all of the barbeques
are held on a gas grill.

Gas grills work by a spark igniting the gas within the grill. Gas grills
typically have a knob or button in which you push, which in turn activates a
small hammer. The hammer hits the top of an ignition crystal. Then the burner
mixes the gas with oxygen and spreads it all over the cooking surface. This
makes the gas grill one of the easiest, and fastest grills to use.

Gas grills come in all shapes and sizes, which makes then ideal for just about
any type of barbequing party. Smaller gas grills give you the portability
needed to plan barbeque parties away from home. Larger gas grills are handy and
efficient for cooking larger amounts of food quickly, and without the mess of
other types of grills.

So after deciding that you indeed are in the market for a barbeque grill, there
are several factors that you must consider when you purchase your first gas
grill.

Weight

Gas grills literally come in all shapes and sizes. The type of grill you get
should really depend on what you plan on using the grill for. If you foresee
camping trips, barbeques at the beach, or tailgate parties, you may want to
consider getting a smaller gas grill. Smaller gas grills can range from
anywhere from 10 to 40 pounds. Portable gas containers are also available for
these types of grills.

If your plans are move focused on home cooking, then larger grills should suit
you fine.

Cooking Surfaces

Gas grills, unlike some of the other grills types, have the ability to come
with many different types of cooking surfaces. These different cooking surfaces
include a BBQ surface, a flat grill, and a ribbed grill. Some grills even offer
these types of surfaces as none stick, which allow you to cook a whole array of
foods that you would not be able to cook on a grill otherwise. You will be able
to cook your whole meal, including side dishes if you plan correctly.

Some gas grills even contain a Wok type surface for cooking pasta and rise
dishes, or a full rotisserie set that allows you to cook rotisserie chicken.

Surface Area

Similar to weight, you should consider the amount of cooking surface area you
will need, depending on the situations you will be in. If you will only be
cooking for yourself or you and one other, you will want a gas grill with a
smaller surface area, as it will be easier to clean. If you plan on holding
parties or cooking for a larger family, then you will want to consider a gas
grill with a larger surface area.

This surface area may also include different types of cooking surfaces. Look
for the type that suits you best, or is interchangeable.

Cost

Gas grills are typically on the higher end of the cost scale, as they require
more mechanical parts then other grills. You can expect to spend anywhere from
$50 for a smaller grill up to $400+ for a large stationary grill.

You also have to remember that you must also purchase the gas for your grill.
Propane can be purchased at your local grocery store, superstore, or from a
dealer. Bottoms come in all sizes, including miniature versions for portable
gas grills.





Planning The Perfect Barbeque Party No barbeque would be complete without guests and proper outdoors weather. Plan ahead of time, checking with your potential guest for scheduling conflicts and issues. Finding a date and time that is suitable for everyone should not be to far as long as you everyone enough advanced notice. Alternatively, be sure to check the weather for that type of year. If you live in a climate that cannot be predicted, then you may want to have a backup plan just incase unusual weather comes. You cannot predict things like rain and thunderstorms ahead of time, but you can make sure that you hold you barbeque during the time of year that will be pleasant to your guests. A barbeque in cold weather may hold more negative memories of trying to keep warm rather then good memories of family and friends. Barbequing has been around since early cavemen figured out that food tasted great after being cooked on an open fire. Perhaps one of the main memories attached to a family barbeque is what was on the menu that day. Barbequing opens a whole array of types of foods available. The type of foods you serve should largely depend on your crowd and the event in which you are celebrating. With the wide range of possibilities, you are sure to find at least a few items that will please your crowd. Make sure that you prepare ahead for your barbeque. 12 to 24 hours before you plan on beginning the party, make sure to thaw, prepare, and marinate the meat you will be cooking. Once you have the meat stored away, soaking up the marinate, then you must start thinking about what types of side dishes you will be having. If you want a completely tradition barbeque, you may want to stick with traditions sizes. Traditional barbeque sides include potatoes and potato salad, baked beans, and coleslaw. Your traditional condiment bar should include pickles, relish, and onions. These foods are typically severed at barbeques because they are easy to prepare and store until the event happens. You may want to cook other items, but any barbeque is complete with just the items listed above. A themed barbeque may present more opportunities to hold a festive event. With a themed event, you can splurge on the atmosphere and decorations. Matching tablecloths, napkins, and plates can be found at any local store. You can also match your decor to the party. For example, a luau could simply be creative colored utensils, leis, and Tiki torches, all of which are extremely cheap. You can even reuse the Tiki torches later! Your party area should be set up before guest arrive. It only takes a few minutes to get everything ready, but the reaction you get from your arriving guests may make you feel like you were preparing and decorating all day. Depending on the situation, you may or may not want to have the food already cooking on the grill. The smell will surely be inviting if you start cooking ahead! Barbeque Recipe Ingredients: 5 pounds pork spareribs 1 cup water 1/3 cup butter or margarine 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup dry mustard 1/4 cup chili powder 1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon paprika 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspon cayenne pepper Instructions: Place spareribs on broiler pan. Cover with foil. Roast at 400 degrees F. for 1 1/2 hours. Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients in medium saucepan; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 30 minutes. Brush sauce on ribs. Broil 5 inches from heat for 7-10 minutes on each side. Serve ribs with additional sauce. Using a Charcoal Grill So you have decided that you want to start barbequing. What more, you have done your research and decided that a charcoal grill is the right type of grill for you. So now you have to pick out the charcoal grill that suits you best. One of the first things to consider when purchasing your first charcoal grill is what you will be using it for. If you plan on traveling and using your charcoal grill, you will want something small enough to travel with you. Smaller charcoal grills are ideal for cookouts, camping, and tail gate parties, but would not be useful if you were cooking for a larger amount of people. Smaller grills that are easy to transport usually cost under 20 dollars, so you may want to consider purchasing a separate grill for smaller occasions. Safety should also be a major concern when you are picking out your first charcoal grill. Since you grill will contain hot coals, the number one concern should be whether or not your grill is sturdy. Look for a charcoal grill with a sturdy structure and sturdy legs. If you grill does now have sturdy legs, it's chances of falling over is much greater. When a charcoal grill falls over, it send hot coals flying. Many charcoal grills also have built in safety features such as a water reservoir and smothering valves. Undoubtedly, when you are cooking with fire, accidents can happen. In the case that your grill gets out of control or becomes to hot, these safety features will prevent potentially dangerous fires. One of the most noticeable features when using charcoal is the flavor of the food you cook. To cook with a charcoal grill, you must buy charcoal briquettes and lighter fluid. Charcoal is a one use item, and will need to be discarded after each use. Charcoal can be picked up at your local superstore, gas station, or grocery store, and is typically pretty inexpensive. Charcoal must be light and allowed to burn until the charcoal is no longer on fire, but is red embers. The best way to get the pile to burn is by stacking it in a pyramid. While no one likes to clean their grill, it is necessary to maintain your grill if you want it to last it's intended lifetime. One problem you will face is the fact that Charcoal grills stay hot for a long period of time. You can remedy this situation 2 ways. First you can leave your grill open, allowing it to burn out. This method typically burns a lot of the grease off, but can potentially cause problems if you are not near your barbeque grill. You do not want to start a fire. Another way is to completely close off your grill and deny the fire oxygen. As soon as the grill is cold, or cold enough not to burn you, you will want to clean the grill. Leaving the grill dirty for any amount of time will cause the buildup to become hard, and may make it harder to remove. Use a wire brush to clean off the surface areas of your grill, and then spray cooking oil on the surface. Take the racks off and clean them with dishwashing soap. Dawn or other brands that have degreasers work best. Rinse the racks off, and replace them in the grill. Barbeque Maintenance Tips When purchasing your barbeque grill, think of it as an investment rather then just another item for your outdoor entertainment. You should expect this item to become a large part of your outdoor activities for many years to come. But like any other investments, proper maintenance and care is needed to ensure that your barbeque grill will work for you for many years to come. While some maintenance and cleaning is specific to the type of barbeque grill your own (gas, electric, charcoal or smoke barbecue grill), the majority of maintenance that should be carried on does not change from grill to grill. Step 1- Gathering The Necessary Items You will need some common household items on hand when it comes time to clean your barbeque grill. Brass wire grill brush Steel wool pads, preferably that contains soap already. Mild dish soap Sponge or dishcloth Spray cooking oil Dry baking soda Aluminum foil Step 2- Brushing Your Grill Off The first thing that should always be done to your grill is a routine brushing. Using your brass wire grill brush (or other brush suitable to your type of grill) you should brush off all the surfaces. By routinely brushing your barbeque grill, you will prevent any type of buildup. If buildup from food is left to long, it can become increasingly difficult to remove. Step 3- Spray Cooking Oil Once you are sure that your grill is free of all buildup and debris, and that your grill is completely cooled off, you will want to spray it down with a light layer of cooking oil. Spraying it down with cooking oil will prevent your barbeque grill from rusting. It is especially important to make sure your barbeque grill is completely cold, as spraying cooking oil on a hot surface may cause the oil to heat up and ignite, which could be potentially dangerous to you and your barbeque grill. Step 4- Use Baking Soda and Aluminum Foil on Your Grill Baking soda is a very nice cleaning and polishing agent. Once you have removed any extra debris and buildup, lightly scrubbing your barbeque grill with baking soda will give it that extra shine, similar to the day that you brought it home from the store. This can also be used on handles and knobs to remove any extra buildup that cannot be taken off with a wire brush. Aluminum foil can also be used to keep your grill looking nice. Gently rub the aluminum foil on your grill, and you will notice that it removes grim and buildup. Step 5- Clean Your Racks The racks in your grill are especially important as this is where the food touches when it is cooking. You will have to use the wire brush to remove as much buildup as possible. Once you remove as much as possible, start washing the racks with dish soap. If the racks are really dirty, you may also want to use the steel wool pads. Be sure to completely rinse off all soap and residue before cooking on these racks again. Step 6- Preventing Problems The majority of problems that arise from barbeque grills comes from lack of cleaning and maintenance. That means if you notice something does not seem quite right with your barbeque grill, chances are it can be fixed with just a simple cleaning. Even if you clean it, and still find that it is having problems, at least you saved yourself the potential embarrassment of taking it to a professional only to find out all it needed was to be cleaned. Finally, one method of preventing problems with your barbeque grill is protecting it from the outdoors. Covers are available for grills in all shapes and sizes, so chances are, you will find one that fits your grill. If you have a cover for your barbeque grill, then all you will ever need to do is do the regular maintenance listed above. Summer Grilling Summer time is the perfect time for barbequing. Not only is the temperatures perfect for outdoor activities, but often the children are out of school, and families are traveling for their summer vacations. Today in America, it is unheard of for a family to go a full summer without having or attending a barbeque cookout. Today, over 90% of families attend a barbeque at least once a year. Summer is indeed the perfect time to plan a barbeque party. It is important to remember certain things when barbequing to ensure that your party goes flawless. Grilling Do's and Don'ts 1. Always start with a completely clean grill. The amazing fish that you cooked last week was indeed tasty, but unless you want a hint of fish with your hot dogs, you need to clean your grill before cooking. It is recommended that you clean you grill each and every time you use it. Wait until it cools down, and then clean the surfaces with baking soda and the racks with grease fighting dish soap and water. 2. Before you begin cooking, spray your cooking area with a nonstick cooking spray. This will prevent your meat from sticking when you are rotating or removing it. If your meat sticks and tears, you will lose a large amount of juice, and your meat may dry out. 3. Never place food on the grill until the temperature is correct. The fluctuation in temperatures will cause your food to dry out or burn. If you are using a charcoal grill, make sure that the coals are completely gray before putting the meat on the grill. This will allow the temperatures to level out, and the majority of the lighter fluid to burn off. 4. While marinating before you cook will add flavor, covering your meat in barbeque sauces before cooking will dry your meat out, and may even cause it to burn. This happens because most barbeques sauces contain high amounts of fat and sugar, which burn really easy. Alternatively, lightly seasoning your meat will work well, and will not have any adverse effects. If you must use barbeque sauce, only add it in the final minutes before taking your meat off the grill. Just remember that meat has a natural flavor that is only brought out by barbequing, so you do not want to ruin that. 5. Searing you meat will lock in the juices and taste, but you do not want to cook your meat at that temperature for the whole amount of time. Once you have seared both sides, reduce the heat to medium. This will ensure that your meat is full of flavor and tender. 6. Once meat is cooked, never put it back in on the same plate you had it on when it was raw. This could cause the spread of many unwanted illnesses. Do not handle cooked meat with the same utensils that you used when it was raw. 7. Never poke you meat while it is cooking. Poking holes in meat will cause the juice inside to leak out into the bottom of the grill. Not only will this make your food dry and unappealing in the end, but it also could potentially ruin your barbeque grill. At the very least, it will cause a buildup of unwanted grease and juices on your grill, which will make cleanup harder. Plan a Perfect BBQ Party Barbeques are popular for events such as the 4th of July, birthday parties, receptions, and going away parties. No matter why you have decided to plan a barbeque party, the memories that will come from it are sure to stick with your guests for many years to come, provided that you plan ahead. Planning the perfect BBQ party is not difficult, as long as you follow a few simple steps. 1) First, no barbeque would be complete without guests. Plan ahead of time, checking with your potential guest for scheduling conflicts and issues. Finding a date and time that is suitable for everyone should not be to far as long as you everyone enough advanced notice. Remember that not everyone will be able to come, no matter how much notice you give them, so do not get discouraged if you do not get as many RSVPs as your originally hoped for. 2) Be sure to check the weather for that type of year. If you live in a climate that cannot be predicted, then you may want to have a backup plan just incase unusual weather comes. You cannot predict things like rain and thunderstorms ahead of time, but you can make sure that you hold you barbeque during the time of year that will be pleasant to your guests. A barbeque in cold weather may hold more negative memories of trying to keep warm rather then good memories of family and friends. 3) Purchase the type of meat that you will be serving at your party. You will want to have a least a couple of different kinds of meats, as everyone attending may not like a certain kind. It is usually safe to go with pork, sausage, hamburgers, and chicken. If smaller children are going to be in attendance, you should consider child friendly foods such as smaller hamburgers and hot dogs. 4) Once you have the meat purchased, you will then want to consider what type of sides dished you will serve. If you want a completely tradition barbeque, you may want to stick with traditions sides. Traditional barbeque sides include potatoes, potato salad, baked beans, and coleslaw. Your traditional condiment bar should include pickles, relish, and onions. These foods are typically severed at barbeques because they are easy to prepare and store until the event happens. You may want to cook other items, but any barbeque is complete with just the items listed above. Once again, if children will be present, you may want to consider sides for them as well. The simplest approach to side dishes is chips and dip. Chips and dip do not require any cooking on your part, and will still be loved by the majority of your guests. 5) Depending on the theme of your party, you may or may not want to purchase decorations. Festive decorations can be found at any local party or general store. You may also consider purchasing decorations that can be stored and reused at a different time, such as reusable tablecloths and Tiki torches. 6) The day before you party, you will want to make sure to thaw, prepare, and marinate the meat you will be cooking. Store the meat stored away, soaking up the marinate until it is time for it to go on the grill. Prepare any side dishes that you can ahead of time. 7) The day of the party, get up early and start preparing for it. You do not want your guest arriving while you are still cooking or hanging decorations. It should only take you a few hours at most to prepare the area in which you will be having the party, but the reactions from your guest will probably seem as if you have been planning this for weeks. Try to have the grill already going by time the guests get there as well, because the smell coming from the grill is sure to get everyone in the mood. Broilmaster Gas Grills Barbequing has been around as long as the caveman have. The first people in the world quickly realized that food tasted good after being cooked on an open fire. In recent history, barbequing has become a family tradition. While the majority of families in the United States own a grill, only a few view grilling as a sport or hobby, rather then just another way to cook. The easiest grill to use is by far the natural gas grill. Natural gas grills are designed to hook directly into your home's natural gas line, eliminating the need to provide the fuel source. This cuts out all trips to the grocery store for more charcoal or propane. Another advantage when using a natural gas grills is the ability to control the temperature in which you are cooking. Natural gas grills have burner controls which allow you to produce different temperatures for the different cooking areas on your grill. This allows you to cook your meat on one side while keeping your side dished warm on the other. Natural gas grills, have the ability to come with many different types of cooking surfaces. These different cooking surfaces include a BBQ surface, a flat grill, and a ribbed grill. Some grills even offer these types of surfaces as none stick, which allow you to cook a whole array of foods that you would not be able to cook on a grill otherwise. Some gas grills even contain a Wok type surface for cooking pasta and rise dishes, or a full rotisserie set that allows you to cook rotisserie chicken. Natural gas grills are by far the easiest type of grill to clean. With other grills such as charcoal and smoker grills, you have to remove the wood and charcoal briquettes each time. Natural grills only have to be wiped down. Some natural gas grills even have a none stick feature. Grilling can be a fun or serious hobby depending on the person at hand. There is a certain level or patience and practice needed if you are wanting to achieve a higher level of grilling. For those that are especially interested in the sport of grilling, owning a Broilmaster gas grill may have certain benefits that other grills cannot provide. It is up to you as the shopper to become the most focused of buyers to try and resolve the discrepancies between various brands traits, and even within the Broilmaster array of products, allowing even for certain customizations to be utilized. There are many different kinds of grills within the multitude of options and features that you can get your grill to be able to handle many situations of immediate importance, and sometimes it can be overwhelming to wade through all of these options to the final product that will revise your take on one of the most unique ways to prepare food, you shouldn't need to be the master of making meals even though that does help you adapt to any new grilling experiences. Making you accustomed to the particular state of grilling food. One of the most popular brands of natural gas grills is the Broilmasters. This company has been around for a long time and prides itself on creating great grills, even in its companies early years. If you are looking for a reliable name, Broilmaster would be the way to go. One of the most popular Broilmaster grills is the Super Premium Series, which puts out 40,000 BTU's of cooking power, and has a cooking surface area of over 695 square inches. Picking Your First Natural Gas Grills Summertime would not be complete without at least one outdoor barbeque. Once upon a time, there was a very limited array of foods that you could cook on your grill Today, modern conveniences allow you to cook pretty much any type of food on your grill. The easiest grill to use is by far the natural gas grill. Natural gas grills are designed to hook directly into your home's natural gas line, eliminating the need to provide the fuel source. This cuts out all trips to the grocery store for more charcoal or propane. Another advantage when using a natural gas grills is the ability to control the temperature in which you are cooking. Natural gas grills have burner controls which allow you to produce different temperatures for the different cooking areas on your grill. This allows you to cook your meat on one side while keeping your side dished warm on the other. Natural gas grills, have the ability to come with many different types of cooking surfaces. These different cooking surfaces include a BBQ surface, a flat grill, and a ribbed grill. Some grills even offer these types of surfaces as none stick, which allow you to cook a whole array of foods that you would not be able to cook on a grill otherwise. Some gas grills even contain a Wok type surface for cooking pasta and rise dishes, or a full rotisserie set that allows you to cook rotisserie chicken. Natural gas grills are by far the easiest type of grill to clean. With other grills such as charcoal and smoker grills, you have to remove the wood and charcoal briquettes each time. Natural grills only have to be wiped down. Some natural gas grills even have a none stick feature. Natural gas grills are not portable as you will need to be able to hook them up to your natural gas line, so weight should not be that big of an issue when you go to purchase your first grill. Instead, you should look at the surface area available. Will you be able to cook for just yourself and one other? How about a family of 5? Natural Gas Grill Brands Broilmaster- One of the most popular brands of natural gas grills is the Broilmasters. This company has been around for a long time and prides itself on creating great grills, even in its companies early years. If you are looking for a reliable name, Broilmaster would be the way to go. One of the most popular Broilmaster grills is the Super Premium Series, which puts out 40,000 BTU's of cooking power, and has a cooking surface area of over 695 square inches. Brinkman- These simple natural gas grills put out a lot of power, and can be purchased for much less then it's competition. The Brinkmans, like the Broilmasters, are built of solid construction and meant to last a long time. Typical power output is around 45,000 BTU's. Smaller units can range from 12,000 to 15,00 BTU's. Lynx- Lynx natural gas grills were specially designed for cooking higher end meats such as steaks and ribs. This grill have a patent design that is suppose to lock in flavor and juices. The Lynx run on the higher end of the price range, anywhere from $500 to $3000. The typical cooking power is about 50,000 BTU and has a cooking surface area of 840 square inches. Choosing Your First Outdoor Barbeque Grill There are thousands of options available to you when you are purchasing your first grill. It may seem overwhelming, but knowing the difference it each type of grill will help you may an easier decision. Charcoal Grills Charcoal grills are one of the most used types of grills. Charcoal grills utilize charcoal and lighter fluid to heat up and cook your food. Charcoal grills come in all shapes and sizes, and vary in cost. Charcoal requires you to buy charcoal and lighter fluid each time you cook with it. It must also be cleaned out each time. Charcoal grills come in small sizes, which are ideal for apartment dwellers or people with small homes. Once you have used your charcoal grill, you can clean it, and store it away. Propane Grills Propane grills are also useful for someone in small areas, since they can come in smaller sizes. Propane grills use propane gas to cook your food. If you want to quickly cook foods while still maintaining a grilled flavor, you may want to consider Propane grills. Natural Gas Grills Natural gas grills are a little more complicated then smaller grills, so they require more room. Natural gas grills are meant to hook up directly to your home's natural gas line, and can cook meat in record time. Smoker Grills Smoker Grills are used when flavor is the number one priority. Smoker grills use wood to slow cook your meat. Flavor can be controlled by using different types of woods. Things To Consider When Purchasing Your First Grill A couple of factors should be consider when you go to purchase your first grill. Remember, each type of grill comes with its advantages and disadvantages, so you must weigh your options and decide what is right for you. Cost Barbeque grills can range from extremely cheap to very expensive depending on the type and features available on it. If you are looking for a cheaper grill, then you should probably consider a charcoal grill. While larger charcoal grills are available, smaller grills can be purchased for as little as $10 to $15 at your local department store. Propane grills are slightly more expensive, starting around $100 dollars. A smoker grill is slightly more expensive then a propane grill at about $130 each. Natural gas grills on the higher end of cost. Typically these types of grills start at about $300. Multiple fuel grills are the most expensive at about $450 and up. Multiple fuel grills allow you to grill using one or a combination of fuels. Flavor If you are concerned with flavor, you first choice should be a charcoal or smoker grill. Both of these grills allow you to replicate a true "smoked" flavor. Smokers are especially nice because you can also control the flavor by changing the type of wood or wood chips you use. This is good if you are wanting to slow cook your meat. If you are wanting to cook something a little quicker, you may want to stick with the charcoal grill. A Charcoal grill will cook quickly if you want it too, and it will still provide a good "smoked" taste. Space Finally, the space you have available should be a consideration. When you grill is not in use, you must have a proper place to store it. Charcoal and Propane grills are ideal for smaller areas such as apartments and city homes. If you have a large amount of space available, then you may want to consider the larger options. Stainless Steel Gas Grills Once you decide that you are more then just your average griller, you may want to consider investing in a gas grills. Gas grills give an array of features and options that other types of grills simply do not have. If you are looking for a grill that will be beautiful, reliable, and will last for many years to come, you may want to consider looking into stainless steel gas grills. Gas grills, unlike some of the other grills types, have the ability to come with many different types of cooking surfaces. These different cooking surfaces include a BBQ surface, a flat grill, and a ribbed grill. Some grills even offer these types of surfaces as none stick, which allow you to cook a whole array of foods that you would not be able to cook on a grill otherwise. You will be able to cook your whole meal, including side dishes if you plan correctly. Some gas grills even contain a Wok type surface for cooking pasta and rise dishes, or a full rotisserie set that allows you to cook rotisserie chicken. A feature that comes with different cooking surfaces is the ability to cook different foods, at different temperatures, at the same time. This feature is available if your gas grill have separate burners. This allows you to cook your meals much more quickly. Some gas grills even come with a warming feature, which will keep your food warm while the rest of it finishes cooking. Gas grills usually contain a built in thermometer, which will aide you in cooking. You will know the exact temperature you are cooking at. Charcoal and Smoker grills do not typically contain this feature, which either leaves you guessing what temperatures you are cooking at, or requires you to buy extra equipment in order to find out what temperature your food is. Gas grills have safely concerns all of its own, but they are unmatched by other types of grills. Propane gas is extremely flammable if not used correctly. Other grills however, present higher opportunities for fire as they cook with an open flame. Gas grills are typical built much sturdier then their more simpler counterparts. Popular Stainless Steel Gas Grills Broilmaster- One of the most popular brands of natural gas grills is the Broilmasters. This company has been around for a long time and prides itself by creating great grills, even in its companies early years. If you are looking for a reliable name, Broilmaster would be the way to go. One of the most popular Broilmaster grills is the Super Premium Series, which puts out 40,000 BTU's of cooking power, and has a cooking surface area of over 695 square inches. Brinkman- These simple natural gas grills put out a lot of power, and can be purchased for much less then it's competition. The Brinkmans, like the Broilmasters, are built of solid construction and meant to last a long time. Typical power output is around 45,000 BTU's. Smaller units can range from 12,000 to 15,00 BTU's. Lynx- Lynx natural gas grills were specially designed for cooking higher end meats such as steaks and ribs. This grill have a patent design that is suppose to lock in flavor and juices. The Lynx run on the higher end of the price range, anywhere from $500 to $3000. The typical cooking power is about 50,000 BTU and has a cooking surface area of 840 square inches. Tips for First Time Grill Owners Grilling, or Barbequing is a true American tradition. Many Americans are finding themselves with a grill for the first time. Good experiences with your grill will surely lead to using your grill more and more. Planning Ahead Barbequing has been around since early cavemen figured out that food tasted great after being cooked on an open fire. Perhaps one of the main memories attached to a family barbeque is what was on the menu that day. Barbequing opens a whole array of types of foods available. The type of foods you serve should largely depend on your crowd and the event in which you are celebrating. With the wide range of possibilities, you are sure to find at least a few items that will please your crowd. Another potential issue when barbequing is the weather. While you will not be able to guarantee that the weather stays nice your barbeque event, a certain amount of planning will help you avoid the days in which barbequing is just simply out of the picture. Watch the weather channel or check online for your weekly forecast. If rain or cold weather is likely on the day you were thinking about having your barbeque, it may be a good idea to wait for a better forecast. Make sure that you prepare ahead for your barbeque. 12 to 24 hours before you plan on beginning the party, make sure to thaw, prepare, and marinate the meat you will be cooking. Once you have the meat stored away, soaking up the marinate, then you must start thinking about what types of side dishes you will be having. If you want a completely tradition barbeque, you may want to stick with traditional sizes. Traditional barbeque sides include potatoes, potato salad, baked beans, and coleslaw. Maintenance You will need some common household items on hand when it comes time to clean your barbeque grill. Brass wire grill brush Steel wool pads, preferably that contains soap already. Mild dish soap Sponge or dishcloth Spray cooking oil Dry baking soda Aluminum foil The first thing that should always be done to your grill is a routine brushing. Using your brass wire grill brush (or other brush suitable to your type of grill) you should brush off all the surfaces. By routinely brushing your barbeque grill, you will prevent any type of buildup. If buildup from food is left to long, it can become increasingly difficult to remove. Once you have cleaned the surfaces of your grill, then you must focus on its racks. The racks in your grill are especially important as this is where the food touches when it is cooking. You will have to use the wire brush to remove as much buildup as possible. Once you remove as much as possible, start washing the racks with dish soap. If the racks are really dirty, you may also want to use the steel wool pads. Be sure to completely rinse off all soap and residue before cooking on these racks again. This process should be completed each and every time you cook on your barbeque grill. If these steps are not taken, you may find it increasingly difficult to clean your grill, and may find that damage will occur. The majority of problems that arise from barbeque grills comes from lack of cleaning and maintenance. That means if you notice something does not seem quite right with your barbeque grill, chances are it can be fixed with just a simple cleaning. Even if you clean it, and still find that it is having problems, at least you saved yourself the potential embarrassment of taking it to a professional only to find out all it needed was to be cleaned. Finally, one method of preventing problems with your barbeque grill is protecting it from the outdoors. Covers are available for grills in all shapes and sizes, so chances are, you will find one that fits your grill. If you have a cover for your barbeque grill, then all you will ever need to do is do the regular maintenance listed above. Wading Through Various Grill Features When looking into different grills features, you may be faced with what seems like a foreign language. How are you suppose to pick the grill that is best for you if you do not understand what you are reading? While the language used when describing grills will not get any easier to read, understanding what the majority if what it means will help you make an informed decision. Perhaps one of the most important things you should consider is the fuel type. Charcoal grills are one of the most used types of grills. Charcoal grills utilize charcoal and lighter fluid to heat up and cook your food. Charcoal grills come in all shapes and sizes, and vary in cost. Charcoal requires you to buy charcoal and lighter fluid each time you cook with it. It must also be cleaned out each time. Charcoal grills come in small sizes, which are ideal for apartment dwellers or people with small homes. Once you have used your charcoal grill, you can clean it, and store it away. Propane grills are also useful for someone in small areas, since they can come in smaller sizes. Propane grills use propane gas to cook your food. If you want to quickly cook foods while still maintaining a grilled flavor, you may want to consider Propane grills. Natural gas grills are a little more complicated then smaller grills, so they require more room. Natural gas grills are meant to hook up directly to your home's natural gas line, and can cook meat in record time. Smoker Grills are used when flavor is the number one priority. Smoker grills use wood to slow cook your meat. Flavor can be controlled by using different types of woods. BTU is the measure of the amount of cooking power the barbeque grill as. Simple math will be needed in determining the amount of heat that your grill produces. Take the amount of space available for cooking (typically measured by square inch) and divide it by the total amount of BTU's. Ideally you will want at least 95 to 100 BTU's per square inch of cooking space. So for example, if you have a grill with 50,000 BTU's and 450 square inches of cooking space, then you will be receiving about 111 BTU's of cooking power per square inch. Anything less, and you may want to consider a different grill. The next thing you will want to consider is the cooking surfaces. How much space does it have? Will you be able to cook for just yourself, or you entire family? Depending on your situation, you may want to consider a larger or smaller grill. What about cleaning? Does your grill have anything type of features that allow you to clean it easier? Some grills offer such things as a cleaning door, which allows you to easier remove the used fuels. This is handy if you decide on a charcoal and smoker grill. Some grills have a none stick surface, which allows you to cook without food sticking, and allows for very easy cleanup. Another feature some grills offer the ability to control different areas of your grill with different temperatures. This is typically controlled by knobs on the front, similar to an oven. This allows you to cook different types of foods at the same time. If you want to cook a whole meal on the grill, this can be possible. Starting your grill changed drastically with each type of grill. Smokers and Charcoal burners require you to light the media, the wait for it to burn out and turn to embers before cooking. This can take anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes. Natural gas and propane gar grills can be started instantly, wither by lighting the burners with a lighter, or by a knob on the front, which is attached to a small hammer that slams into a crystal, causing enough spark to ignite the fuel. Tips for Better Barbequing If you are new to barbequing, chances are you have run into some problems when it comes to barbequing. Barbequing, like anything else, takes practice. Learning from your mistakes, as well as the mistakes of other will help you learn quickly. Before you begin cooking, spray your cooking area with a nonstick cooking spray. This will prevent your meat from sticking when you are rotating or removing it. If your meat sticks and tears, you will lose a large amount of juice, and your meat may dry out. Never place food on the grill until the temperature is correct. The fluctuation in temperatures will cause your food to dry out or burn. If you are using a charcoal grill, make sure that the coals are completely gray before putting the meat on the grill. This will allow the temperatures to level out, and the majority of the lighter fluid to burn off. Cooking with charcoal lighter fluid can be good or bad. The lighter fluid will cause the food you are cooking to taste different then with other types of grills. Alternatively, attempting to not use lighter fluid may cause a lot of frustration due to the fact that charcoal can be difficult if not impossible to light without lighter fluid. You must properly prepare the meat you are cooking, before cooking it. You should never attempt to cook meat on a grill when it is still frozen, or even partially frozen. Thaw your meat by sitting it out about 12 to 24 hours before you plan on cooking it, or by thawing it in a microwave. If you meat is thawed, but in the refrigerator, set it out long enough for the meat to get to room temperature. Once meat is cooked, never put it back in on the same plate you had it on when it was raw. This could cause the spread of many unwanted illnesses. Do not handle cooked meat with the same utensils that you used when it was raw. Never poke you meat while it is cooking. Poking holes in meat will cause the juice inside to leak out into the bottom of the grill. Not only will this make your food dry and unappealing in the end, but it also could potentially ruin your barbeque grill. At the very least, it will cause a buildup of unwanted grease and juices on your girll, which will make cleanup harder. Once the meat is on the grill, try not to open the lid to many times. Each time you open the lid, you change the temperature in the grill. The constant change in temperature and the air flow will cause your meat to dry up quickly. Remember that the higher the heat is not always the better. While it is ok to quickly cook food, turning the heat up will just cause the meat to dry up and potentially burn. While using tin foil or aluminum foil will make cleaning easier, it will cause your food to have more of a fried taste then a grilled taste. If you are planning on using your favorite barbeque sauce, be sure to wait as long as possible to put it on the meat. Putting barbeque sauce on to early will not only potentially cause your meat to dry out, but it could also burn.






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