Add Some Flavor to Your Cookout: Try Grilling With Wood Chips

Wood Chips

Ready to add some more flavor to your cookout?

Let’s take the backyard barbecue to the next level.  Get ready to try grilling with wood chips!  Charcoal infused grill food is outstanding – and when you add some wood chips to the mix, it just enhances the flavor of the entire menu.  Like many things in life (and cooking), there’s more than one way to skin a cat.  With that being said, take a look at a great method for grilling with wood. Continue reading

Another Veggie Original: Enjoy This Grilled Eggplant Recipe


Grilled Eggplant

Now that’s going to be some good eatin’.

Eggplant is one of those dishes that are so perfectly versatile.  You can make it as the centerpiece of your vegetarian friends’ cookout spread, or enjoy it as a nice and refreshing side dish to the main course for the night.  Heck, you can even make enough for both uses (fair warning – getting the kids to try it is next to impossible.  This one is strictly food for the grownups).  Just be sure that your crowd is into trying unique things. Continue reading

Don’t Forget Your Vegetarian Guests – Here’s the Grandaddy of Em All!

Grilled Veggie Burger

Would you have known that this was a veggie?

Times sure have changed, haven’t they?  I can remember a time when a cookout meant hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, chips, and watermelon.  And everybody pretty much ate everything served.  Fast forward to the present day and a grill man needs to be a little more sensitive to his guests’ diet.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m cool with that.  People like what they like.  The deal is, if you want to really be a quality grillmaster, then remember your non-meat eatin’ friends.  Here’s a grilled vegetarian dish that will keep ’em happy (and keep ’em coming back)!
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A Hidden Gem – Grilled Portobello Mushrooms Recipe

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

What a delicious meal these little guys make.

When it comes to learning how to grill (especially with charcoal), the common perception is that all you need to do is learn to not burn your burgers and dogs.  Well…yes, that is definitely the case.  But too many people miss out on some really great adventures because they lack imagination and creativity.  Grilled portobello mushrooms are a prime example. Continue reading

Five Great 4th of July Recipes For Your Next Holiday Cookout

An image of a plate of food

Happy Independance Day!

Happy 4th of July to everyone!  As a special treat for the followers of,  this is a bonus post in the form of 5 recipes to use for your holiday cookout.  4th of July recipes are fun because they are in the spirit of celebrating the birth of our nation.  Whether you’re cooking for a backyard full of family or just a couple of buddies, these are some fantastic dishes.  I’m certain that you’ll enjoy them all.  Let’s get started. Continue reading

There’s Nothing Like A Holiday Cookout

4th of July Celebration Image

What more is there to say?

Today is the 4th of July.  Happy 4th of July everybody!  As all Americans know, today is the day that we celebrate the birth of our wonderful and indispensable nation.  People everywhere will be enjoying hometown fireworks displays, baseball games, and holiday cookouts (of course!).  As a matter-of-fact, I don’t think I know of anyone that’s not doing one of those things.  But the point of this post is to show ya how I’m setting up my 4th of July barbecue. Continue reading

These Twice Baked Potatoes Will Blow Your Mind

Twice Baked Potatoes

Now we’re cookin’

Twice baked potatoes are some good eatin’ right?  I couldn’t agree more.  That’s why I’m gonna share with you how to make a delicious brand of potatoes right from your grill.  During the summer months, who wants to heat up the house by turning on the stove for an hour?  Also the rich, smoky grilled flavor that these spuds deliver will quickly turn you into the ultimate grillmaster in your social circle. Continue reading

Review of the Char-Griller 2123 Wrangler 640 Square Inch Charcoal Grill / Smoker

Char-Griller Logo

Char-Griller is a company out of Georgia that makes a grill/smoker hybrid that looks like an oil drum that somebody converted into a barbecue grill.  Actually, they make all kinds of different grills, but this seems to be what they are best known for.  FULL DISCLOSURE: I have one of their products as my personal grill (& I love it!).  But today, we’re going to take a look at their #2123 Wrangler model (no, I do not own this one).

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Let’s Talk About Charcoal

Ashed over lump charcoal

Not what you pictured in your mind’s eye, is it?

Has this ever happened to you?  It’s the weekend (or a holiday) and you decide to grill with your family and friends.  You’ve got everything you need but the charcoal bag is a little too low.  So you send someone to the store to get more.  They go and return with some off-brand name.  Fine, you say.  Let’s get started.  And after an hour (or more) of frustratingly dealing with the coals that were brought to you (and plenty of complaining from everyone else), you can finally get the show in the road.  What gives? Continue reading

Here Are 4 Tasty Grilled Chicken Recipes

The Grilled Chicken Breast

Unleash the flavor of this fowl.

Grilled Chicken is a popular, satisfying, and tasty meal.  Nowadays, it’s one of the few things that everyone will want a bite of.  In fact, grilled chicken is more of a category than it is a dish (as there are endless ways to fix them).  And in this category, we’re going to take a look at four ways to fix them. Continue reading