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Fresh vs. Frozen Meat for Your Grilling Session

Fresh vs. Frozen Meat for Your Grilling Session

In the age of convenience, frozen foods are almost necessary. Now you can come home late from a busy day at the office and grill up a frozen steak in less than 45 minutes. No planning required, and a happy belly. Some of the frozen foods are better than “fresh” meat! For example, some fish can sit at meat markets for up to three weeks. But frozen fish come straight from the ocean into the blast freezer, and still have outstanding flavor! So let’s compare fresh and frozen meat, and see which is right for your dinner table. 
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Best Ways to Grill Pork Medallions

Best Ways to Grill Pork Medallions

Pork might not be one of the sexiest meats out there when compared to something like a grilled steak, but if it’s cooked properly it can be just as delicious, if not even better. Like all great meats, pork has been a staple in people’s diets, just like beef and chicken, for as long as we can remember. So if you’re looking to spice up your pork game, it’s time for us to introduce you to mouth-watering grilled pork tenderloin medallions. We’ll show you how to cook them properly, grill them up, and savor them as the dish they were always meant to be.


Pork tenderloin, also known as pork fillet or Gentleman’s Cut, is a long, thin cut of pork coming from the eye of the loin. Pork medallions are lean, tender cuts from the tenderloin. We think they are perfect for midweek meals due to their affordable price tag while still remaining incredibly tasty!


Not only is pork tenderloin relatively inexpensive, but it is also one of the healthier cuts of meat. Alongside skinless chicken breast, pork tenderloin qualifies as “extra lean” by USDA guidelines, boasting only 3 grams of fat per 3-ounce serving size. It is also rich in protein, thiamine, vitamin B6, phosphorus, niacin, riboflavin, potassium, and zinc.  

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How to Host a Football Tailgate at Home This Fall

How to Host a Football Tailgate at Home This Fall

Tailgating is going to look and feel a little different in 2020, but that doesn’t mean the party’s over. There are plenty of reasons to host your football tailgate at home this season, whether you’re looking to stay safe and healthy away from crowds or keep your budget low and the fun high. Whatever your reasons, we’re going to give you some tips to make your at-home tailgate equally as fun — if not even more fun — than going to campus or to the stadium.  
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The World of Grilla Grills: Explore the Jungle

The World of Grilla Grills: Explore the Jungle

Grilla Grills is the brand of grills made to help you explore the jungle of cookin’. Founded by two fishing buddies one day while grilling over a wood pellet grill, Grilla has become a well-known name in the grilling world. In 2010, they started with their pellet grills, which was a type of grill not previously well-known in the market. They made the pellet “cool” and approachable, bringing that rich smokiness into their clients’ lives. Since then, they’ve also designed a charcoal kamado for a faster and higher-temperature cook, adding rich flavor to even grill-baked items. 
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Best Foods to Grill When You Are On a Budget

Best Foods to Grill When You Are On a Budget

Do you have a special occasion coming around that you want to celebrate? Whether it is a birthday, anniversary, or graduation, for many families, celebrations usually mean barbecues. So, you timidly peek at the bank account, but turn away frowning. It seems the get-together is not in the cards this year. But don’t lose hope! You don’t need an over-the-top barbecue to make your guests happy. We will show you how you can make your BBQ a success without breaking the bank.
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BBQ and Beer Pairings

BBQ and Beer Pairings

Some things just go together, like peas and carrots. You also have your Kick Ash Can and Kick Ash Basket, for example. Then, there is beer and BBQ. Nothing sounds like a better time than enjoying the two of these together! With so many kinds of beers out there, though, it might be hard to find the exact one that will go best with your meal. Let us be your guide!
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Kick Ash Chicken

Kick Ash Chicken

One of the first things you learn as you attempt to up your grill game is to cook to temperature and not time. Steak should be cooked to 120 degrees and then seared, whereas brisket and pork shoulder should be cooked to 205 degrees and chicken should be cooked to 165 degrees. 


The classic misunderstanding of time over temperature can lead to some embarrassing situations when cooking for a group. Your wife asks you when dinner will be ready and you respond with 10 more degrees. With steak and now pork, you can safely pull meat early and not risk your health, but never chicken. It must always be cooked to 165 degrees... or does it?
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How Does Grilling Work?

How Does Grilling Work?

We talk a lot about the fine art and details of grilling here at Kick Ash Basket®. But we thought in this post we would step back and ask a basic question: what is grilling? We’ll take a look at the history of grilling, different types of grilling, and why we love it so much.


If you’ve already got your grill, check out our selection of grill accessories sorted by grill type. It’s the easiest way to find Kick Ash Baskets® and cans which make cleanup and prep way, way easier.

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Perfect Storage for Your Grill And Accessories

Perfect Storage for Your Grill And Accessories

A good builder never blames their tools. Likewise, a great griller never blames the tools that they’ve got—at least while you’re grilling. Afterwards, definitely invest in new tools. Grilling tools storage and maintenance is essential to the art of grilling. In this post, we’re going to talk tools.


Let’s talk about grilling tools storage, maintenance, and use. Plus—what tools should you purchase in the first place?

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About Natural Rockwood Charcoal: What You Need to Know

About Natural Rockwood Charcoal: What You Need to Know

Your source of fuel is just as important to the grilling process as your choice of meat and spices. It will affect the flavor and help you maintain an ideal environment to cook your food perfectly. There are tons of choices out there for grill fuel; so, where should you start?


In this post, we’ll cover the differences in charcoal and briquettes that you can expect to encounter when grilling. Then we’ll look at whether or not natural Rockwood charcoal is the right fit for your grill.


No matter what kind of charcoal you ultimately decide to grill with, you’ll need a quality Kick Ash Basket to maintain a great bed of coals. Kick Ash Baskets make it really easy to shake off the ash from previous grilling sections without losing the coal that still has some burning left to do. Using these game-changing baskets allows you to maximize your natural Rockwood charcoal while also making it easy to switch out coals between grilling sessions.

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Various Types Of Cheese To Cook On A Grill

Various Types Of Cheese To Cook On A Grill


Cheese. The tasty, creamy, melty companion to all of your delicious grilled meats. To grill cheese on the grill is to pull all the ooey-gooey magic out of it and get the flavors to mix with everything else. Whether on burgers, bread, steaks, Philly cheesesteaks, or veggies—grill cheese and you’ll take the other ingredients to new heights.


In this post, we’re going to look at some tips for working more creamy goodness into your grilling recipes. And we’ll finish by talking about a very grownup version of a childhood classic, the grilled cheese.


If you’re making grilled cheese on the grill, a kick ash basket will help you maintain good coals with minimal cleaning. Check out our entire selection, or shop by grill if that makes it easier to find the basket that perfectly fits. The kick ash basket minimizes ash and maximizes the use time of your coals.

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Healthy Benefits of Grilling

Healthy Benefits of Grilling

Grilling doesn’t just have to be massive amounts of meat and cheese tossed between two pieces of bread. Even if you don’t go for vegan and vegetarian options, there are plenty of ways to cook up chicken and red meat in healthy ways. Because you avoid cooking with oils and butters, grilling can even be one of the healthiest ways to make meat. When it’s just you and a fire, healthy grilling can make for a healthy lifestyle.


In this post, we’re going to look at some grilling ideas that make your meals a bit healthier. We’re going to look at some healthy grill recipes, and some ways you can make your favorite meats a bit healthier.

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What You Should Know When Grilling Pork

What You Should Know When Grilling Pork

The humble pork chop or pork steak can become a robust, fall-apart-on-the-fork piece of meat when it is grilled to perfection and not a minute longer. Grilling pork can be difficult. It’s not meat that people often reach for when they fire up the grill, and it certainly can get chewy and gross if you don’t cook it right.


In this post, we’re going to redeem the humble pork chop from its position as lesser meat, elevating it to a tasty status that it deserves. Grab from our kick ash selection of grill accessories, and let’s take the best tools to underappreciated meat.

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Best Time for Grilling Salmon

Best Time for Grilling Salmon

A perfectly grilled salmon has a hearty seafood taste that still pairs well with any number of sauces and light crusts or dressings. It’s also notoriously fickle to cook. You’ll need to heat it up enough to melt down the tougher parts, but not enough to turn it to a chalky powder. 


In this post, we’re going to look at the wonderful art of grilling salmon. You’ll get advice on how long to cook it, what you should pair it with, and expert salmon tips that will take your plate to the next level. 


Alright! Grab a kick ash basket and ash can from our shop by grill section, and let’s fire up some hearty seafood.

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How to Fix Overcooked Meat

How to Fix Overcooked Meat

Once you’ve cooked meat too far, there are some things that you can do to bring back overcooked meat from inedibility. While it may never be the same as steak that you’ve pulled off right on time, there are things you can do to recover overcooked meat.


In this post, we’re going to look at some ways to recover overcooked meat. While if you overcook a single burger, you can easily pop a new one on--if you’re throwing a backyard barbecue party then you might need to rescue the overcooked steaks! We’ve got you covered.

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Vision vs Big Green Egg Grill

Vision vs Big Green Egg Grill

Big Green Eggs and Vision Grills are both excellent choices for your charcoal grill needs. But if you’re making the purchase of a new grill, then you’ll want to get down into the nitty-gritty of grilling specs!


In this article, let’s compare the Big Green Egg and the Vision Grill. And if you need accessories for both the Big Green Egg or the Vision Grill, Kick Ash Basket has you covered too!
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Big Green Egg vs. Kamado Joe Grill

Big Green Egg vs. Kamado Joe Grill

A kamado is just the name of a ceramic grill. The BGE, or Big Green Egg, is the older and bigger name in kamado grills. The Kamado Joe started more recently and has been up and coming as the challenger. 
The bright colors and styles of the BGE make it a recognizable brand for backyard barbecue parties. The Big Green Egg was founded in 1974. It’s backed by a lifetime warranty, and comes in sizes from 10 to 29”.
The Kamado Joe popped up around 2009 and is one of the faster-growing names in the ceramic grill space. It is also backed by a lifetime warranty, and comes in sizes from 16 to 24”.
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How to Evenly Cook Your Meat on a Charcoal Grill

How to Evenly Cook Your Meat on a Charcoal Grill

Learning how to cook meat evenly on a charcoal grill will help you get bold, awesome flavors while cooking food thoroughly. The good news is that a charcoal grill allows you to cook meat really evenly, really easily!


In this post, let’s take a look at how to cook meat evenly on a charcoal grill. Grilling is a lot easier when you’ve got the right baskets and accessories, so check out our selection as well.

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The Best Grilling Recipes From Across the Country

The Best Grilling Recipes From Across the Country

There are tons of grill recipes from all across the United States that you can bring to your backyard. Get creative with the grill recipes, and you can learn tons of new stuff about grilling and increase your grill game.


We’ll look at these states:


1. California

2. Florida

3. South Carolina

4. Texas

5. Georgia

6. Oregon

7. New York

8. Tennessee

9. Montana

10. Michigan


Get the accessories that you need to grill, whatever grill you have! Check out our shop by grill section to get accessories that are perfect for your grill.
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Grilling Safety: How to Safely Dispose of Coals and Grilling Byproduct

Grilling Safety: How to Safely Dispose of Coals and Grilling Byproduct

It’s important that you dispose of the coals and grilling byproduct for a whole host of reasons. If you don’t clean things properly, the buildup will make food dangerous to cook. While fire can burn off many kinds of germs, there are still contaminants that can get on your grill over time that simply aren’t good for you. Grilling with fire and smoke is a great way to get close to your food! Don’t let contaminants ruin that bond.


Having a great ash can practically guarantee that you can shake that ash out of your grill space safely, but we’re here to help you explore more tips and tricks for cleaning your grill!
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Wine/Drink and Meat Pairings

Wine/Drink and Meat Pairings

Take three bites of any well-cooked meat, and you’re going to want one thing: a drink. Knowing how to pair meat with certain beverages, like wine, is going to be critical to your entire dining experience. I mean, think about it, does washing down a tasty steak with a glass of water sound ideal?


Though usually more a practice of fine dining, pairing food and drinks is also an essential part of backyard barbecues. If you’ve got a bigger crowd, you’ll need to think outside the box to create these pairings; but with a little bit of creativity and an understanding of the basic principles of pairing, you’ll easily be able to create fantastic food and beverage combinations on the spot.
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How to Cook Different Beef the Right Way

How to Cook Different Beef the Right Way

When cooking meat like chicken, you really need to have the temperature all the way up and make sure that your food cooks all the way through. When cooking meat like beef on the other hand, you’re going to spend more time judging how the meat is cooking through and less time on raw temperature numbers.


Before you really get started though, you may want to check out our article on different cuts of beef, which can help you navigate the differences in flavor from one cut to the next. Ready? Alright, let’s cover cooking different cuts of beef!
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A Guide to Cooking Meat: Different Proteins on a Charcoal Grill

A Guide to Cooking Meat: Different Proteins on a Charcoal Grill

Cooking meat can be intimidating, especially if it is on a new grill or is just a new cut of meat you’ve not yet prepared. So long as you know the general times and temperatures that you need to get to though, grilling just about anything becomes a whole lot easier.


In this post, we’re going to check out a guide to cooking different kinds of meats and proteins. Part of grilling the right food means having the right accessories! Check out our awesome collection of grilling equipment to help you get the food done right. You can even shop by grill to get the perfect baskets and grates for your grill.
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Which Charcoal Grill is Best for You?

Which Charcoal Grill is Best for You?


The perfect way to end a weekend day is with some freshly grilled veggies and meats. It’s easy to set up, easy to clean up, and you don’t have to do a lot to get those foods packed with flavor. The right charcoal grill will be essential to getting you a grilling setup that you use often, instead of one that lies unused.


Once you’ve identified the charcoal grill that you’re looking for, make sure to check out our kick ash grill shop, which has all the gear you’ll need to bring your grill game together.

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Kid-Approved Grill Recipes for Picky Eaters

Kid-Approved Grill Recipes for Picky Eaters

Everyone has had the experience of handing a child something that they’ve pulled fresh of the grill. The scent is amazing, the color is perfect, and you know that it is loaded with tasty, smoky juices. And yet instead of a look of joy and wonder, your picky eater looks up at you with a scrunched face and demands something completely different.


Grilling for a picky eater is difficult, and while you might crave the slow-cooked beef brisket, your kids might be happier with hot dogs and butter noodles. What’s a good griller to do? One option is to look at some principles for kid-friendly grilling and some recipes to expand their horizons.


While your child might not yet appreciate the fine nuances of grilling, we certainly do. If you need accessories based on the kind of grill, we’ve got you covered with our picks for the best accessories for different grills.

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