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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 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.

Solid Copper Fire Pit Can Help You Usher In Spring

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Spring is a week away and many of us are excited about getting outside.  A solid copper fire pit can help you enjoy a beautiful early spring evening. It is time to relax on the patio enjoy the longer days and brighter nights and shake off those winter cob webs. Invite the neighbors, because with this outdoor fireplace everyone can enjoy themselves with a 360 degree view of the fire.

This fire pit is both beautiful and unique providing ambiance on your porch or deck or in any space in your yard. Our solid copper fire pits offer the deepest bowl in the market, allowing for larger and longer lasting fires using any type of wood or charcoal. Our fire pits are perfect for warming up on a cool evening, and are also great for cooking with its included, non-toxic chrome plated steel cooking grate.

You and your friends and family can gather together and warm up outside around a beautiful roaring fire. So make your backyard, patio or deck another room in which to entertain, add a Fire Pit from Fireplace Showcase.


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