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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Best Side Dishes to Serve at a Barbecue

Best Side Dishes to Serve at a Barbecue


The right side dish for bbq makes all the difference
for people already salivating over the main dish. If you’ve got some great side dishes for the grill, then you don’t have to worry about making so much steak that it breaks your budget. Also, if you’re grill tailgating, these dishes serve as great apps.


This post is dedicated to the best side dishes; the side dish for bbq that'll make everyone remember the main dish just a little bit more. Side dishes don’t have to just be things that you toss away to fill plates. Pick side dishes that make the meal.


Of course, the right side dishes are going to require the right grilling gear to really knock them out of the park. Check out some popular side dishes, then head over to the Kick Ash Shop to get what you need.

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Most Underrated Seasonings of All Time

Most Underrated Seasonings of All Time

Seasonings can get boring. If you’ve tossed the same combination of thyme or onion powder based seasonings over the top of your meat, then you might be ready for something completely different. Luckily, with a little bit of know-how, you can get a ton of different seasonings into your barbecue rotation. In this post we’ll check out a variety of underrated seasonings and give some advice on how you can work them into your grill game.


Great seasonings need great equipment to really bring the meal together. Shop our entire collection of baskets by simply selecting the grill that you use.

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Top Gifts for the Griller in Your Life

Top Gifts for the Griller in Your Life

Don’t reinvent the gift. If a birthday, holiday, or Father’s Day is coming up, grab them something that you know that they’ll use. If you’ve got a griller in your life, then we’ve got a list of gifts for grillers that are sure to be winners.


Finding gifts for grillers can be difficult. After all, you aren’t sure what they’re going to want to use. So we’ve done our best to give you some options on this list so that you’re sure to find something that is perfect.


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How to Properly Clean a Charcoal Grill

How to Properly Clean a Charcoal Grill

Things to Remember

Cook Properly

One of the best ways to ensure that you can clean your charcoal grill without too many problems is to make sure that everything cooks properly. If you burn the meat or use the wrong kind of sauces and spices, you can easily get things stuck to the grill which discolors the grill and is really tough to get off. Avoiding burning and improper cooking sets you up for a successful cleaning session and a lot less scrubbing! Not sure where to start? Check out these 7 tips for cooking success.
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12 Things You Never Thought to Grill

12 Things You Never Thought to Grill

Grilling is just the application of heat and flame to food. There are certain “grilling foods” that are well known for the kind of bold flavors and savory spices that they pair well with. But for the expert grillers who are ready to apply heat and flame to more than just meat and bell peppers, there are lots of other avenues of grilling to be explored. 
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Backyard Barbecue Essentials

Backyard Barbecue Essentials

A BBQ is about way more than the sum of the parts. Yes, firing up some great meat and assorted veggies on the BBQ is a great start, but it’s not enough to throw an awesome backyard barbecue party. 


While this is a little bit reductive, there are basically two kinds of backyard parties that you can throw for a BBQ. First, you can grill up a bunch of food and dish out to people one at a time as the meat is ready. Picture a party where everyone is wandering around the backyard, holding a red solo cup, or whatever they are snacking on. Second, picture a scenario where all the food comes out at once to a dozen hungry people all arranged at a dining table. The essentials for an outdoor dining experience and a “wander and grill” scenario are pretty different (and of course neither is the grill and tailgate!).


We’ll take a look at both scenarios so you can plan the perfect BBQ day:


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Best Ways to Prepare Different Types of Chicken on the Grill

Best Ways to Prepare Different Types of Chicken on the Grill

Chicken has a thin line between perfectly cooked, tender goodness, and so dry that you wouldn’t want to eat it even if you douse it with a ton of barbecue sauce.


Realizing that you don’t like grilled chicken even when it is perfectly cooked? That’s no problem, check out our amazing beef brisket right here!

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Guide to Cuts of Beef

Guide to Cuts of Beef

There are lots of different cuts of beef, and you may only know how to grill the few different cuts of beef that you’ve actually attempted before. Well, then it’s time to branch out in the meat aisle at the store. This post is meant to give you all the confidence you need to surprise your friends and yourself by bringing home a different kind of cut of beef.


Not sure where to start? Don’t even have a go-to cut of beef already? That’s okay! Check out our 7 tips for cooking like a pro

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Grilling in the Winter: Top Tips for Keeping Your Grilling Going All Year

Grilling in the Winter: Top Tips for Keeping Your Grilling Going All Year

Winter grilling sounds really intimidating. After all, most of your images of grilling probably involve a camera panning to a steaming grill around some people splashing around in a pool. And when snow dusts the ground or when it gets chilly out, you don’t want to get into the pool. So why would you want to grill? Swimming equals grilling, right?

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7 Tips for Cooking Success

Sometimes there are items out in the marketplace that receives so much hype and can't deliver on the word-of-mouth that's pushed them forward.

Then there are times, such as the Big Green Egg Grill, where the hype doesn't do it enough justice!

Seriously, what's better than having any savory meat that you purchase grilled and smoked to perfection? Nothing!

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The History of the Kamado Grill

Americans have been cooking food over an open flame since before the Pilgrims arrived. But grilling, believe it or not, has an even older story.

It began over 500,000 years ago after the domestication of fire. Grilling as we know it, however, began to gain popularity more in the 1940s and 50s with backyard and camping barbecues.

This is where the big green egg and hamburger story begins. It starts with an idea in China that made cooking rice efficient and then transformed into what we now know as the Kamado grill.
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Kick Ash Tailgating

It’s time to kick off your tailgate party and you’ve got everything you need for the ultimate tailgating experience: a portable charcoal grill, ingredients for your famous kabobs, a well-stocked cooler, spirit wear, collapsible chairs, some tunes, and a fun group of friends. But have you figured out the easiest way to empty the hot used charcoal out of your grill before the big game starts? What about cooling the charcoal and the grill before you head home?


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My Favorite EggFest

My Favorite EggFest

I love going to Egg Fests. When Kick Ash Basket gets the opportunity to partake in such an event, I’m sure to tag along. These events are always so much fun and I enjoy helping with the family business as well as eating delicious food.  The best Eggfest I have attended has to be the Georgia Mountain EggFest, which I have gone to for the past three years. One truly must experience these events firsthand to fully understand.
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Kick Ash Beef Brisket

Kick Ash Beef Brisket

Hey Kick Ash Basket Fans, Check out this Kick Ash Process for smoking a Killer Beef Brisket on the Big Green Egg or similar.  I got this recipe from my great friend Ryan Lane at Lanes BBQ https://lanesbbq.com/ and adapted it with some other fun that I've learned from grill masters over the years. 
Enjoy and Make it a Kick Ash Day!
Chad
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Kick Ash Connections

Hey Kick Ash Basket Fans, 
Check out this story from our Friend Rob Lewis who lives on Beautiful Whidbey Island in Washington State.  We met years ago, shortly after we launched our initial Kick Ash Basket for the Large Big Green Egg.  Huge Thanks to Rob for his help with some site content and for sharing this Blog Post.
Enjoy and Have a Kick Ash Day! Chad
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Kicking Off A New Thing

Hey Kick Ash Basket Fans and those who just don't realize their fan-ship yet! ??

This is the start of what we hope to be a weekly blog about Kick Ash happenings going on in our smokin' hot world. Who knows what we'll get into here with the intention to make it fun, educational, interesting, inspiring, value adding, and maybe some Kick Ash puns here and there too.
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Kicking Ash and Making Flames

We have a wide assortment of grill-specific baskets (our signature product line), along with accessories, apparel and rubs-everything you need for your next grilling event. Our Kick Ash Basket® line encompasses 12 major grill brands.

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