Great BBQ Gifts for Dads With Attitude

Great BBQ Gifts for Dads With Attitude

Grilling gifts are the gold standard for the Father’s Day holiday. So as you shop, check out this menu of ideas.

 

Keep those summer beers cool

Corksicle Chillsner Beer Cooling Sticks come in a 2-pack. Just insert into long-neck beer bottles and, well, chill.

 

Use steam to clean the grill

The Grill Daddy Pro Grill Brush uses the power of steam to clean baked-on grease and food. And that lets the man relax on his big day. (Thanks to BuzzFeed for showing us those two fun items.)

 

And how about a couple hot-off-the-wood-grill gourmet treats that help Dad cook up the best burgers ever?

Check out our best burger trends and tips here.

 

You can also keep it simple and delicious by referring to these recent gift guides from Griller’s Gold.

Want cool grilling gadgets with a touch of tech?

 

Think you want to go natural – just like Griller’s Gold pellets that are made from one natural ingredient, wood?

All of us at Griller’s Gold wish you a great Father’s Day celebration in your own backyard.

 

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Grilling and Smoking Classic Easter Entrees

Grilling and Smoking Classic Easter Entrees

Lamb or ham? That is the question.

 

Does your family put a leg of lamb at the center of the Easter table every spring?

Keep up the tradition but update it, too, by grilling your leg of lamb.

 

Methods of cooking lamb

  • Many top chefs strongly encourage boning the leg before grilling. Butterflying is the most common suggestion. Leave it to your butcher to carefully separate the meat from the bone while keeping the main pieces connected. Then the meat is spread out in one piece, like a butterfly opens its wings. Try this recipe here.
  • Instead of butterflying a boned leg of lamb and cooking it whole, slightly more ambitious home cooks carefully cut along the four natural muscle separations, which are visible, and pull the four pieces apart. Grilling the lamb this way contributes to the most delicious crust, makes it easier to determine the doneness of pieces of different thickness, and simplifies carving. Try this recipe here.
  • For a simpler approach, grill the leg bone-in. Because this cut is so thick, it requires slow cooking over indirect heat – perfect for the wood pellet grill. Try this recipe here.

 

If your family typically cooks ham for the holiday, this year, try smoking one for yourself.

Learn how at HowToBBQRight.com Here’s what these savvy smokers say:

“You can indeed smoke a ham from scratch. It’s a pretty interesting process, involving brining for 12 to 14 days, among other things. If you want to save the time but want to add your own delicious smoked flavor in your own backyard, start with a pre-cooked ham.”

The site’s Malcolm Reed offers this great recipe (also shown here in video) to get the juices flowing. Malcolm combines a pre-cooked ham, a homemade sweet glaze, and an expedited smoking technique. Yum.

Malcolm adds this tip:

“Since we’re essentially “double-smoking” the ham, you should stay away from using stronger woods like Hickory or Oak. These will easily overpower the natural flavor of the ham. Place the ham on the smoker and check it every hour. If the outside starts to look a little dry, use some of the glaze for basting.”

The entire cooking time should take about 2 ½ – 3 hours.

Whether you choose lamb or ham, enjoy a great grilled holiday.

 

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The BBQ Lover’s Valentine’s Day

The BBQ Lover’s Valentine’s Day

Making Valentine’s Day dinner at home, lovingly handcrafting a very special meal, is about as romantic as it gets. Here are some heartwarming choices for the main dish.

If you want steakhouse style, buy high-quality, thick New York strips, with their beautiful marbling, tenderness, and flavor. Remember not to trim the fat; leaving it on contributes to both taste and moisture. Grill them with care and attention, per Peter Jautaikis, author of The Wood Pellet Smoker & Grill Cookbook. Jautaikis recommends steaks 1-1/4” to 1-1/2” thick, cooked 2 to 3 minutes per side on a grill preheated to 450 degrees.

If you have more time to put into your culinary efforts to celebrate your true love, smoke a flavorful tri-tip roast. Marinate overnight, prep the grill, and plan on cooking 2 hours for a 2 ½-3 lb. roast. It’s another great recipe from Jautaikis.

Now, light the candles, set an especially elegant salad out on the table, make sure the chocolate dessert is ready to serve, and pour two glasses of your favorite red wine.* For the BBQ lover, it’s the perfect occasion.

*Want some suggestions for red wine pairings that are as perfectly suited as you and your mate? For grilled strip steak, a robust wine with the tannins, acidity, and alcohol to cut through the meat’s fat is the ideal; look for Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel, according to the blog at wines.com. And Fiona Beckett’s blog, Matching Food & Wine, enthusiastically recommends a lush, ripe Australian Shiraz with smoked beef.

 

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BBQ Gifts: Digital Age Edition

BBQ Gifts: Digital Age Edition

Barbeque is what happens when the human brain decides to try amazing things with food and fire. Nowadays, we can all enjoy advances in barbecuing with some pretty impressively engineered wood pellet grills. And working in well-designed harmony with those barbecues are cutting-edge accessories. They make perfect gifts for the griller who wants the latest and greatest.

Just in case you haven’t heard, you can shop digitally, too. Like Griller’s Gold Premium BBQ Pellets, these grilling gifts are just a click away on Amazon.

 

Advanced BBQ Kit

Grilling gloves made of silicon to really, truly protect your hands from heat: check. (One reviewer says “I’ll never use fabric oven gloves again.”) An instant-read digital thermometer that switches between Fahrenheit to Celsius: check. Meat claws that may sound a bit savage, but use precise design and great materials to take the inconvenience and clumsiness out of shredding pork, beef, chicken: check.

Find it here on Amazon

 

LED Gooseneck Grill Light

Keep cooking outdoors into the evening hours with the right light for grilling. The battery-powered LED light is bright. The long, flexible gooseneck lets you adjust the angle to see what you need on your grill. And oh, that magnetic, heavy aluminum base! It holds firmly, and of course, it’s heat resistant. You can also use the screw clamp to secure the light to either vertical or horizontal surface.

Find it here on Amazon

 

Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling by Meathead Goldwyn


“Goldwyn, whose day job is running the website amazingribs.com, explores the complexity of heat, meat, and smoke in the first half of his book, with a sense of humor sharper than his nickname suggests and a stack of scientific research provided by physicist Greg Blonder. Then he offers more than 100 recipes to take to the grill…[an] excellent guidebook.” —Publishers Weekly. And yes, it’s available in a digital edition as well as hardcover.

Find it here on Amazon

 

Check out our guide to all-natural grilling goodies, too. And don’t forget to give yourself the gift of great wood pellet grilling with family, friends, and Griller’s Gold this holiday season. Cheers!

 

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BBQ Gifts: The All-Natural Edition

BBQ Gifts: The All-Natural Edition

Barbeque is where nature meets human creativity—and appetite. At Griller’s Gold, we start out with an emphasis on nature. There’s only one ingredient in our wood BBQ pellets, and that’s all-natural wood. For this look at great grilling gifts, we’re keeping things natural. There’s nothing like doing what comes naturally.

 

A Better Bamboo Cutting Board

This bamboo board is a cut above, if you’ll excuse the pun. The extremely useful waste drawer, antimicrobial surface, and overall smart design give it the edge… excuse another pun. Seriously, this is a minimalist piece that’s a major addition to any cook’s kitchen.

Find it on Amazon

 

Runamok Maple Syrup


BBQ master Steven Raichlen points out that “maple syrup has a surprising affinity for barbecue” and that this artisanal Vermont-based maple syrup producer just rocks. (Shout out to him for this flavor find, and check out Steven’s recipes for Maple-Sriracha Glazed Chicken Drumsticks or Planked Salmon with Maple-Mustard Glaze.) There are smoked, infused, and barrel-aged Runamok varieties, like the one here that’s been aged in rum (yum!) barrels. Try using this in a glaze, brine or barbecue sauce on whatever you’re barbecuing over Griller’s Gold Smokehouse and Fruitwood blends, both of which include maple wood. Layering the flavor makes barbecue better.

Find it on Amazon

 

Stone Drink Dispenser

The first barbecue cooks were the cooking stars of the Stone Age. This modern-day drink dispenser makes grill-side beverage service epic, with a pretty fantastic use of natural materials. And it’s made by a person, an individual human being, with a name—Jeff Henderson. Order one for the rugged individualist on your gift list.

Find it at UncommonGoods

 

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Give Thanks for Wood Pellet Grills

Give Thanks for Wood Pellet Grills

Here are two things about wood pellet grills that should fill your heart with gratitude this Thanksgiving:

1. True indirect heat, just like your oven.

2. Great taste unlike any appliance in your kitchen can deliver.

 

Do something different with that bird this Thanksgiving!

Basting a Turkey on a BBQ with a brush

Roasting your Thanksgiving bird in the oven is the traditional way to go. But if you’re looking to take Thanksgiving to the next level, why not riff on tradition this year, using your wood pellet grill’s special super powers? You can get that crispy-skin-on-the-outside/juicy-meat-on-the-inside goodness, and fantastic flavor, too.

Indirect heat isn’t just something any grill can deliver. A wood pellet grill, however, controls temperature and circulates heat evenly throughout. There are no hot spots, no undercooked areas, no variation from one place in the bird to the next. It’s all good with indirect heat!

What’s even more amazing is the flavor. Wood pellets add a smoky taste that’s special. And simply delicious.

 

Let’s get cooking!

The farm-to-table experts at the University of Illinois Extension spell out simple turkey-on-the-grill guidelines here. And depending on how big your grill is, you can also fit in a few baking dishes on the side. Anything that you could cook in the oven, you can bake on a wood pellet grill. Try this scalloped potatoes recipe for a classic Thanksgiving side. You can also check out some tasty autumn vegetable dishes here for more inspiration!

 

Smoky flavor for everyone

If you’re one of those confident outdoor cooks who knows how to get indirect heat on your conventional grill, you can get smoky wood pellet flavor for your bird with a smoker box or tube. Thanksgiving is a great time to get smokin’ without a wood pellet grill.

 

Enjoy the holiday and thanks for reading!

 

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