Cupid’s arrow has hit our hearts and made us fall in love… with grilling! No matter your level of infatuation with grilling, you probably have another special someone in your life that you want to woo and amaze this Valentine’s Day. The great news is that you can combine your two loves by making a simple Valentine’s dinner (on the grill, of course) for your Valentine! We have six simple Valentine's Day dinner recipes that are perfect for a lovers’ feast, whether you’re trying to impress a new love or add even more fire to a decades-long marriage.
Our Thanksgiving dinner grilled recipes article was such a huge hit with Kick Ash Basket fans that we decided to bring you another recipe guide for the holiday season. In this blog, we’ll give you some of our favorite grilled recipes for the upcoming holidays, whether you’re having extended family over or just grilling for you and a buddy. We think you’ll especially love our grilled steak recipe with bacon, mushrooms, and wine.
Are you a fan of holiday grilling? Can’t get enough of that smoky, rich flavor of the charcoal paired with sweet veggies and velvety cheese? Then this article is for you! We’re giving you five of the easiest holiday grilled side dishes that will make your winter feast simple, delectable, and divine.
So you’re off to a good start getting the grill ready using our Kick Ash Basket and Can. You’ve got all your grilling essentials ready to go, and now it is time for you to plan a barbecue! You know how to grill steaks and chicken, but you’re stuck figuring out what vegetables to throw in with it. Meat is usually the star of the show, but for once we would like to focus in on the supporting role that deserves just as much attention: the vegetables. After all, they are just better together. Let’s start off with some basic principles for grilling these under-appreciated side dishes:
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.
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!
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!