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Grilling Tips for National Grilling Month

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summer months are the best time to break out the grill and enjoy a different way of cooking. And, July is National Grilling Month.

The food just tastes better cooked on an open flame. It’s easy and convenient, and it gives people a chance to enjoy the outdoors.

Here are tips about Grilling:

Grilling vs. barbecue
The two are very different, though many times the terms are used to describe the same thing. Grilling is a fast process over high heat. Barbecue means “low and slow.”

Gas or charcoal
Using a gas grill or charcoal grill can determine the flavor as well as the convenience of the process. Gas is a often thought of as easier and more time efficient, while charcoal is a traditional way of grilling and produces a smoky, delicious flavor not found on a gas grill. However, the Big Green Egg is time efficient as well, heating up in just a few minutes.

Cooks should choose their option by time and convenience, the flavor they would like and their mindset of what they are looking for in the end.

Meat and vegetables
No matter the type of meat, lean cuts are ideal for grilling, while fatty cuts are better for barbecue.

One tool you should have is an instant read thermometer, which can tell you when food is cooked to your liking. The internal temperature never lies.

Also don’t put too much meat on the grill at one time, this can cause grease splatters, over cooking and the difficulty of moving food in the event of hot spots on the grill or flare ups.

A resting period for meat is crucial for allowing juices to be reabsorbed so it does not end up dry. It also allows the meat to cool and lets the temperature even out. After meat is removed from the grill, ten minutes is ideal before the first cut is made.

However, vegetables are excellent on the grill too. Any vegetable that can bake in the oven can be grilled. A special basket made specifically for grilling vegetables is handy so the items don’t fall through the grill slots.

Sauce

Sauce should not be applied to the food until just before it is finished because the sugars and tomato base in the sauce can easily burn and become bitter in flavor.

The Big Green Egg is More than a Charcoal Grill

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Charcoal Grills are actually the most used type of grill and they come in many styles. Over the years, due to their popularity the charcoal grill has changed and evolved.  The Big Green Egg charcoal grill is grill for those who are serious about grilling and serious about taste.

These grills use a combination of a ceramic shell, natural lump charcoal and air flow to create a superior charcoal grilled taste. The grill is ceramic which introduces a whole new element in heat retention. Their capacity to withhold heat is one of the most important factors in their ability to produce the best charcoal grilling results. It allows for flavor and aroma retention.

With the Egg, you can sear meat at high temperatures and it will still retain its moistness. The Egg can cook meals perfectly whether you're slow cooking or searing. Besides being a grill, it can also be used as an oven which can cook homemade pizza, bread and pies or it can be used as a smoker. And a wide range of accessories are available. Charcoal grilling has the ability to enhance the food flavor and some people believe it is the only way to grill. There is another reason that the The Big Green Egg Charcoal grills are better than the traditional charcoal grill; they are ready to use in 15 minutes.

The Big Green Egg Charcoal Grills

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The grilling season is about to begin, and the Big Green Egg is a grill that is different than your traditional charcoal grill. The grill is ceramic which introduces a whole new element in heat retention. The capacity to withhold heat is one of the most important factors to produce the best charcoal grilling results. It allows for flavor and aroma retention.
 
It got its name because it is shaped like an egg, the Big Green Egg can precisely cook meals whether you're slow cooking or searing. Besides being a grill, it can also be used as an oven which can cook homemade pizza, bread and pies or it can be used as a smoker.It also maintains the natural juiciness of the food and the release of the food's natural flavors.
 
The Egg has 4 different sizes to accommodate any need, ranging in diameter from 24” down to 13”. The Big Green Egg is the World's Best Smoker and Grill, giving it unmatched cooking flexibility. Whether you want to tackle high temperature, quick searing for the perfect rare steak, cook a whole chicken at a more moderate temperature, or tenderize a low-and-slow ten-hour brisket, you just can't beat the EGG when it comes to effortless cooking and sensational eating. Come see one at Fireplace Showcase.

History and Information on the Big Green Egg Grill

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 18, 2011
A keystone of backyard cookouts across the nation, the Big Green Egg barbecue is configured for amateur and master chefs who are serious about the caliber of their cooked meat. Based on ancient design precepts, the cooker uses dense ceramic walls with a build similar to that of an egg to hold in heat and reduce charcoal use. The manufacturers claim a 20 pound bag of charcoal will run the Big Green Egg for four to six months.

The modern and updated version is actually based on a 3,000 year old Nipponese cooker called the Mushikamado. When an American airline pilot brought the traditional engineering back to the United States, he dubbed it the Kamado. In 1974, BGE began producing outdoor barbecues based on the Kamado's design principle and ceramic structure. The Big Green Egg combines grilling, barbecuing, and smoking powers for any kind of meat, fish, or veggies. Mufflers allow for precise control of the temperature from 50 degrees to 750 degrees. Smoking occurs at low temperatures between 150 and 250 degrees, whereas barbecuing commonly is executed at much hotter temperatures.

Many barbecue lovers claim the grill produces juicier, more tender meat since the ceramic exterior holds in moisture better than metal grills. Like other grills, the Egg comes with a variety of grill sizes, from 13 inches in grill diameter to 24 inches in grill diameter. The cooker is designed to allow for easy lighting even with strong winds, as well as easy charcoal replenishment and removal. Contact us today should you have any questions regarding fireplace accessories or fireplaces in general.

The Revolution In Outdoor Grilling Is Here

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 02, 2010

Outdoor grillers look no further for the perfect grill. Fireplace Showcase has what you need. Whether you like to smoke your meats or cook your food at a high heats, the Big Green Egg has the best of both worlds. It is arguably the best outdoor grill on the market in terms of flavor and versatility. Here are some facts about the Big Green Egg to convince you:

Porcelain Glazed Ceramic Construction - The Big Green Egg is made of an advanced ceramic material. It is perfect for retaining moisture and heat within the grill. This means it is the most efficient, precise and best grill on the market! Most grills with thin metal walls don't retain heat well and dry your food out.

Precise Temperature Control - Because of the temperature retention of the ceramic walls of the grill, your charcoal fuel can be kept at just the right temperature for whatever your cooking style. By varying the opening of the fire dampers you have precise control of temperature to within a few degrees!

Smoker and Grill - Like most barbecues, the Big Green Egg can be used both as a smoker and a grill. Rarely do you find one outdoor cooking utensil which is this versatile and can do both so adeptly.

Easy to Start - Because of its recessed and entirely contained shape, the Big Green Egg acts like chimney, intensifying and retaining heat perfectly. It protects your charcoal from wind and the elements while helping it ignite so that it will be ready to cook in minutes.

Safe - Because of its unique ceramic walls and the porcelain-glazed outer coat, the surface of the Big Green Egg stays relatively cool, even when it is hot inside. So this grill is safer around children and pets than metal grills which get very hot on the outside as well.

Natural Flavors, No Metal - Some people don't like metal grills because they can impart a slightly metallic taste to your food. Not the Big Green Egg, just the natural flavors of your ingredients and the wood smoke you choose to cook with. 


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