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Pick Up Your Essential Best of Barbecue Grill Cleaning Tools Today

Pick Up Your Essential Best of Barbecue Grill Cleaning Tools Today

Cleaning your grill is an essential task. Not only will keeping your grill clean affect how safe it is to use your grill, but it will also change the taste of the food you produce. Think about it this way: You would never cook dinner on a frying pan caked with bits of charred food! Follow the same method of thinking with your grill. Luckily Steven Raichlen has 3 affordable products that will make cleaning your grill feel less like a chore. 1. ULTIMATE GRILL...

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Innovative Memphis Wood Fire Grills Change the Pellet Game

Innovative Memphis Wood Fire Grills Change the Pellet Game

Steven’s latest show, Project Fire, is made possible, in part, by the sponsorship of several grill and smoker manufacturers. We receive many emails inquiring about the equipment showcased on the series and want to acquaint you with their individual features. First up is Memphis Wood Fire Grills. This multi-year sponsor of Project Fire and its predecessor, Project Smoke, produces its high-end line of pellet grills/smokers in the U.S....

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How to Clean Your Grill Efficiently and Safely

How to Clean Your Grill Efficiently and Safely

The reports are in and they downright scary: Cleaning your grill can leave behind wire bristles that, in rare cases, have injured consumers of meats cooked on affected grill grates. It’s tough to miss the news reports, with media like ABC News and the New York Times examining some of the potential injuries and threats from ingesting wire grill bristles. Well, don’t let the news reports get you down. There are alternatives to the risk of stray wire bristles...

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Spring Cleaning Your Smoker

Spring Cleaning Your Smoker

There are people on Planet Barbecue who wouldn’t dream of cooking in an oven crusted with carbonized grease and spills, but who persist in calling the same detritus “seasoning” when cooking outdoors on their smokers or grills. No. Just say no. By-products of the smoking process—tar, creosote, soot, and so on—can accumulate to the point where they flake off on your food. Annual maintenance needn’t be a chore if you have the right equipment, not to mention some tunes and an adult beverage....

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Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

After the winter much of the country has experienced, it’s hard to believe spring will ever arrive. But on March 20, spring does officially return, and with it the promise of grilling in your shirtsleeves, not in a parka. Which brings us to spring cleaning your grill—a good practice even if you’ve been grilling all winter. Last year we told you how to prep your charcoal grill or smoker for the grilling season. This time, the focus is on gas grills. Spring cleaning:...

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Spring Returns—And Not a Minute Too Soon

Spring Returns—And Not a Minute Too Soon

Polar vortexes. Texas hookers. Thunder sleet. If nothing else, this winter added new words to the nation’s weather vocabulary as it spread inconvenience and misery from Bozeman to Boston, from International Falls to Atlanta. But spring officially arrived Thursday, March 20—not a moment too soon. Many of you shoveled the path to your grill and kept smoking and grilling this winter. We salute you. And if you're just now waking your charcoal grill or smoker out of its winter hibernation, here’s what you...

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10 Tips to Tune Up Your Grill Now

10 Tips to Tune Up Your Grill Now

If you’re like most of the members in our barbecue community, chances are you grill all year long. Neither rain nor sleet nor snow nor gloom of night deter you from your appointed rounds at the fire. Even if you live in the Frost Belt. (You know my motto: when it snows, the first thing you shovel is the path to your grill, not your car.) But in the event you hibernated your grill this winter -- or even if you didn’t didn’t -- it’s time for a spring tune-up. Here are 10 things you need to do now to get your charcoal and gas grills ready for action....

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