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Charcoal Reviews Revisited

Once again our old friend spring has, well, sprung. You’ve probably already wandered out to the garage or shed and looked at your stock of cooking supplies and said to yourself “Damn, I’m going to need charcoal.” Before you head … Continue reading

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A Big Green Egg Pro Tip

The Big Green Egg is famous for holding constant temperatures for long periods of time with minimal attention and fuss. This is a good thing. But what if you want to change the temperature in a hurry? If you need … Continue reading

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Underrated Kitchen Tool #1 – Pliers

Yes, pliers. If you don’t have a pair of pliers set aside for food use in the kitchen you need to get down to your hardware vendor of choice and get a pair right now. Buy a serviceable pair with … Continue reading

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Pellet Review – Bear Mountain BBQ Pellets

Let’s get right to the point: Bear Mountain BBQ pellets are awesome. Period. There is no sense dragging it out, because any review of pellets is going to be short anyway. Once you get past the burn quality and the … Continue reading

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Charcoal Review – Wicked Good Weekend Warrior Blend

And so, with great fanfare and much ado, we come to the end of the Great Spring 2011 Charcoal Review Festival. In the tradition of the great showmen of days past – Houdini, P.T. Barnum, Dennis DeYoung – I have … Continue reading

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Q&A — Big Green Egg XL

There is a certain mystique about the Egg. Not only is it the number one search engine item that lands people on the pages of this blog, it also seems to generate more questions from readers on an ongoing basis … Continue reading

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Charcoal Review – Nature’s Mesquite

Wow – the charcoals just keep on coming! And yes, in case you were wondering, I do use all of these regularly. Different tools for different tasks – picking the right charcoal for the job is just as important as … Continue reading

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Charcoal Review – Basques Sugar Maple Lump

Hey! Another day, another charcoal! Fortunately for anyone trying to take care of their Monday morning reading in a hurry and get on with the last day of the long weekend, this one will be short and generally sweet. This … Continue reading

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Charcoal Review – Charcos Cocoanut Charcoal

First things first: I have always told people (and in the most righteous way possible) to never ever use charcoal briquettes. Never. Ever. Ever. So what do we have here? A briquette, that’s what, formed from carbonized cocoanut shell powder. … Continue reading

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Four Kinds Of Charcoal

When talking about ways to get going with barbeque on the cheap, a reader wanted to know what kinds of charcoal I am using. Ask and ye shall receive! I have settled on four kinds of charcoal – Charcos Cocoanut, … Continue reading

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