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Celebrities Love to Barbecue too !

Celebrities Love to Barbecue too !

Barbecue. It’s a verb. It’s a noun. It’s an adjective. It’s messy. It’s a Lifestyle for many. But it’s not only for us everyday common joe’s. The hoity-toity like it too! There really aren’t many people that don’t enjoy a good Barbecue. Whether you are an A-list Celebrity or simply a lover of Cooking Outdoors, […]

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Liquid Smoke – Does it Add an Authentic Smoke Flavor?

Liquid Smoke – Does it Add an Authentic Smoke Flavor?

Liquid smoke is a liquid flavoring. It is commonly used as a substitute for cooking with real wood smoke i.e Barbecue grilling/smoking.It can be added to any meat or vegetable and will impart a smokey flavor to that food. The purist grill master out there, still would prefer the open barbecue grill and to be […]

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Marinating and Cooking with Marmalade

Marinating and Cooking with Marmalade

Marmalade is a versatile preserve that can be used for marinating and cooking. It is made from citrus fruit, especially bitter oranges.  Over the last years, a renewed interest in this ingredient has developed. Today there are many types of marmalade’s made from a vast number of ingredients. i.e. Strawberry & Grapefruit, Balsamic Onion, Lemon […]

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BBQ with Lava Rocks – Easy and healthy!

BBQ with Lava Rocks – Easy and healthy!

So, you love to Barbecue but would like to ensure it’s still a part of your healthy lifestyle? Barbecuing on lava hot rocks is the way to do that. Not only is it a healthier option but the flavors are hard to beat. What are lava rocks?   Lava rocks are sourced from volcanic rocks […]

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Don’t forget Grill Maintenance

Don’t forget Grill Maintenance

Proper maintenance of your Grill will help ensure a long lasting, clean, healthy Grilling Season. Importance of a clean grill   It is crucial that you keep your grill clean. When you leave bits of food on the grates, they will char and burn the next time you use the grill. Apart from the fact […]

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Desserts off the BBQ

Desserts off the BBQ

The summer grilling season is in full swing. When you have friends and family around for a backyard barbecue, use your grill to finish the event with delicious sweet treats that can be prepared in advance and completed on your grill. There are so many options from a sweet chocolate gooey s’ more to healthy […]

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Appetizers to Grill on your Barbecue

Appetizers to Grill on your Barbecue

What is an appetizer? It’s best described as a small dish or drinks served before the main meal to stimulate the appetite. The perfect appetizer will tease your guests’ palates and leave them wanting more. It should also not fill them up, so that there is still plenty of room for the main course!Use your grill […]

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Summer BBQ Picnic

Summer BBQ Picnic

The oxford dictionary defines a picnic as “an occasion when a packed meal is eaten outdoors, especially during an outing to the countryside “Better still combine your picnic with an Outdoor Barbecue!” Summer allows so many opportunities to pack up and enjoy a Barbecue day with friends and family surrounded by nature. Whether you visit […]

BBQ Bash for Crowds

BBQ Bash for Crowds

The thought of hosting a BBQ bash for 20 – 30 people right in your own backyard can be a daunting task. However, with a little thought and preparation, it can be easy to pull off a tasty memorable event. Ideas for Cooking for a Large Crowd Budget Firstly decide on your total budget. This […]

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BBQ Venison – Healthy and Flavorful!

BBQ Venison – Healthy and Flavorful!

Venison is one of the most underrated game meats and if you haven’t tried it before give yourself a treat. It is becoming increasingly popular as a healthy choice for red meat-eaters. The health benefits include the fact that Venison meat contains only one-sixth of saturated fat compared to Beef. It also contains more minerals […]

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Enjoy a Cape Malay Barbecue

Enjoy a Cape Malay Barbecue

Cape Malay cuisine is a mix of traditional South African flavors with those introduced from Malaysian, Indonesian and East African slaves brought to the Cape in the 17th and 18th centuries. The food is very aromatic with the use of cinnamon, saffron, tamarind, and fruit mixed with chili. Dried fruits are essential such as raisins […]

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Rubs vs Marinades vs Glazes.

Rubs vs Marinades vs Glazes.

The Barbecue season is almost upon us. For some people there is never a Barbecue season – it’s all year! Whichever way you look at it, your Barbecue offerings will be interesting and tasty if you use a dry spice rub, marinade or glaze. Every Barbecue Pit-master has their favorite. However, it is useful to […]

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Use your Shovel to Cook on the Coals

Use your Shovel to Cook on the Coals

Not long after I started work ( oh so many years ago !) I was invited to year-end Barbecue held by a local contractor. I was told that I was very lucky to be invited. Invitations were sought after, as the owner was famous for his beef tenderloin cooked over a pit fire on a […]

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One Pot Meals on your BBQ Barbecue

One Pot Meals on your BBQ Barbecue

There are so many delicious dishes that you can prepare and cook on your grill. Have you considered using cast-iron pots and conjure up an “all in one pot” meal? Tantilize your guests with the delicious smell that surrounds your coal pit whilst the food is simmering in a pot . This is a very […]

Five Special Sauces for Barbecue Steak

Five Special Sauces for Barbecue Steak

Admittedly, if you Barbecue on your Grill a quality piece of meat, then it should be able to stand on its own and not get smothered in sauce. The Trend in Restaurants today is to serve sauces as a side dish to the steak. With the improved quality of meat available to the pit master, […]

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Which Steak to Choose for your Barbecue?

Which Steak to Choose for your Barbecue?

It’s warm weather season in the states. If you need any further reason to get Outside and Barbecue!… then it’s to once again enjoy that flavor of the perfect smoke grilled meat. There are many meat cuts that can be enjoyed on the grill but any Pit Master will tell you that some meat cuts […]

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