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Get a Hole in One, Win Steak!

August 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Get a Hole in One, Win Steak!

Actually make that 4 steaks, and make that filet’s, and you have the new promotion for the month of August, from Omaha Steaks! That’s right. Get a hole in one, of at least 150 yards or more, and you win a box of 4 6oz Filet’s from Omaha Steaks.

But, you don’t have to get a hole in one to win, they are giving other ways to win steaks as well. Including their Hole In One Trivia contest, and their Foursquare- Check-In On the Green Giveaway.

Click the get more information below link to go their Facebook Page to get more information on this fantastic promotion.

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Cheap Grills, What Should You Buy?

July 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

I was contacted by Ryan Abeling at www.cheapism.com regarding an article he wrote calling it the  Cheap Grills Buying Guide.  I have to say, I agree with the fact that where you shop is going to limit your selection, especially if your shopping at the big box stores. If you have a specialty grill store in your area, check them out, they may have a low cost option as well, and they will usually be more knowledgeable, and help make sure your getting what is right for you..

Now, lets get back to the article, and here are some of my opinions.

Gas Grills – Gas grills are the most popular grill owned, for various reasons, bottom line, they are easier to learn and to use.  One other point I want to bring out is, if you were used to having a grill, that had ample space between the actual burners, and the grate, with a layer of lava rocks in between, this is not the typical design anymore. The newer designs, use a deflector plate, just above the burner, and that is it. Unfortunately this newer design is more prone to fires! It is real important to keep your grill clean.

We want the best of the cheapest, and Ryan’s pick here was pretty much value based on cooking area,  BTU’s, and cost, and he picked the Char-Griller 3001. This is a pretty solid choice for this price range. However, CharBroil does have a couple in this price range that are pretty good performers as well, in case you do not see this in your Big Box Store.  If you intend on using this grill often,  I think you really need to  reconsider your price range (if you can).
I live in Florida, and I cook on my grill all year long, so longevity is a real issue for me, and if it is for you, you need to attempt to get into the $400 range and above and consider a Weber. Weber’s entry level Spirit line, is solid and the Weber E-210 is a great little Grill starting right at $400.

Charcoal Grills – Charcoal grills are a different animal entirely, here is where many get their first taste of fire control, a real outdoor flavor, and real satisfaction if, you have the time to do it! If your willing to take the time to get your fire going (the best method is using a charcoal chimney, and not lighter fluid), use either a hardwood briquet or lump charcoal. There is no doubt THIS IS the better way to grill food.

Back to the article, and my opinion..  Ryan’s pick here was the Char-Griller 2123, now I am not real sure I agree with that particular model. I really don’t want to appear that I don’t like Char-Griller because I do, they are very popular on this site,  but not necessarily as a grill.  Their popularity here is mostly as a low cost offset firebox smoker (with optional side firebox, and with some mods given in a tutorial on this site). But I know Char-Griller does work as a real solid charcoal grill as well.

My personal choice here though, is the Original Weber Kettle, you can still buy an 18.5″ Kettle for around $69 and a 22″ kettle for around $88 (you may have to look harder for these, but they are available on Amazon). I have had my Weber Kettle for about 16 years, and it still works just as well, and almost looks as good today as it did the day I bought it, and I have never even considered replacing it. Now I believe Ryan did mention the One Touch Gold, which gives an easier way to handle ash, but it is more expensive.

Whatever grill you decide on, please make sure you keep it clean, and it will be much easier to stay safe!

Happy Memorial Day

May 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

As smokers and grills literally get the cobwebs cleaned out, and with others, it seems to becoming a weekend ritual, except there is an extra day. There are a few things we need to keep in mind, first what this holiday is all about.

Let’s take some time think about those who gave their life so we can enjoy a weekend like this.

Next, let’s talk about grill/smoker safety, there will be literally thousands of out of control, on fire grills/smokers today, mainly because they are not kept clean.

A great idea is to line the bottom of the smoker with aluminum foil, and after each cook, just remove and throw away. Those using a gas grill, and using ceramic briquets, if you use that grill frequently it is a great idea to change those out every couple of months, for those not so frequently once or twice a year.

Most of all, enjoy the time off, enjoy the day..

There’s a Sale Going On!

May 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Just a quick note to let you know, our Memorial Day Sale (a little early) is happening…

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It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and it’s Time To Cook!

February 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Kick-off is in a few hours, and I have been busy getting things ready.

My guests will not be here for a few hours but on todays menu will be as follows;

St Louis Spares, and there is only one way to cook those, and tht is with HomeBBQ.com World Famous Rib Rub! They are already on the cooker. Next we will be cooing wings, brine is ready to go, and we will be making them with 3 different rubs today. For the sides, its Baked beans, and potatoes, both our cooking class classic recipes.

Clara is getting in the act as well, she is cooking her classic Bannana Cake, and there are many who have tasted that and know what that is all about.  I know we can’t be the only one cooking today

I actually don’t really care who wins, since the Dolphins didn’t even make the playoffs, so I want to say good luck to both the colts and the Saints, may the best team win!

What is Happening with HomeBBQ.com

February 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Happy Birthday to HomeBBQ.com!February 5th, 2001 is when HomeBBQ.com was officially launched. This website is 9 years old today, although this is not the original version of HomeBBQ.com. Over the years, this website has gone through many changes, has seen more than 3,000,000 unique visitors, and more than 8000 members. Our goal has always been to help those that want to learn how to barbecue, and I think we have done that. I want to thank those that have helped me through the years.

I also want to update everyone on what has been going on with us. Over the last couple of months, I have been getting several emails and phone calls inquiring about my health, and why we have not been seen at competitions. As many know we did spend some time in the hospital in early December, all is well now and I want to thank the FBA for their get well wishes, and many of you who contacted me personally. Most of what put me in the hospital was due to stress, so we rectified that, I hope.

Which leads us to why  we have not been seen competing in several months.  We have been competing for many years now, competing in as many as 36 competitions a year, we needed a break! We are taking a brief hiatus, and expect to be back out competing again later this year, or early next year. What we are focused on right now is getting HomeBBQ.com product distributed, so if there is somewhere that you think should be carrying our product, then please help us get connected.

We have also launched another new business, many of you know that I have been working in the IT world for several years, and many of those years has been spent on web design and application development. Our new business is called Bevington IT Services, and the website is www.bevington.biz . We handle just about anything in IT, with a focus on Web Site Design. So if anyone has a need there please visit our website and give us a call, we will be happy to help you.

Almost the entire year last year we were giving 2 backyard classes per month at All Grills and More in Oviedo, FL, we are still doing this this, you can see our class schedule under events.

Ordering Product from HomeBBQ.com is Even Easier

January 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

For many years, ordering product from our Online Store meant you used PayPal to pay for your order. For many, this was perfectly acceptable, since PayPal was safe and many people used it for Ebay or many other Online Stores.

As time moved on many have contacted me stating they would never use PayPal, and others wanted some kind of non-online processing of Credit Cards.

We have listened to your requests, and now offer 3 more ways to pay for product through our online store. We now offer secure online credit card processing without going through PayPal, and we also now support fax in offline credit card processing. And, we also now offer Google Checkout. 4 ways to pay in our online store, Please visit and let me know if you have any problems with any of them. You can visit our online store by clicking the link below, or Clicking Online Store in the Menu above.

http://shop.homebbq.com


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HomeBBQ.com is in the Jack!

September 3, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Jack Daniels Invitational

With only 2 draws in this years drawing HomeBBQ.com was drawn to represent Florida in this years Jack Daniels Invitational World Championship.

Here is the Official Listing from the KCBS Website;

OFFICIAL Jack Daniel’s Draw Winners
September 3, 2009

21st Annual
Jack Daniel’s World Championship
Invitational Barbecue
“The Draw”

AUTOMATICS:
4 Legs UP BBQ, Great Bend, KS, 2008 Jack Daniel’s
Four Men and A Pig, Olathe, KS, 2008 American Royal Open
Blazen BBQ, Hillsboro, TX, HLS&R Barbecue
Sweet Swine O’Mine, Olive Branch, MS, Memphis in May

Pellet Envy, Leawood, KS, Seven + Wins
Bub-Ba-Q, Canton, GA, Seven Wins
Munchin Hog’s @ the Hilton, Prairie Village, KS, Seven Wins
Rhythm ‘n QUE, Phoenix, AZ, Seven Wins
Swamp Boys, Winter Haven, FL, Seven Wins

Boss Hogg Barbecue, Fairbanks, AK, AK State Winner
cancersuckschicago.com, Westmont, IL, AZ State Winner
R2 – BQ, Wantagh, NY, CT State Winner
PA Midnite Smoker, Willow Street, PA, DE State Winner
Cool Smoke, Richmond, VA, DC Winner
“Team Ida Q”, Boise, ID, ID State Winner
I Smell Smoke, Malden, MA, MA/VT State Winner
3 Eyz BBQ, Owings Hills, MD, MD State Winner
I Que, Hopkinton, MA, ME State Winner
Blake’s BBQ, Gilbert, AZ, NV State Winner
Lakeside Smokers, Methuen, MA, NH State Winner
Parrothead Smokers, Dakota Dunes, SD, PA State Winner
Spitfire, Fargo, ND, SD State Winner
Hoochie – Que, Park City, UT, UT State Winner
Just Smokin’ Around, Frederick, MD, WV State Winner
Burnin Bobs Butts n Bones, Morrison, CO, WY
State Winner

CONTEST STATE TEAM NAME HM STATE
AL Wild Bunch Butt Burners, AL
AR Tee Wayne’s Smoking Lipps, LA
CA All Hogs go to Heaven, CA
CO Wild Hogs BBQ, CO
FL HomeBBQ.com, FL
GA Jack’s Old South, GA
IA Iowa’s Smokey D’s BBQ, IA
IL Ulcer Acres BBQ, IL
IN Shigs In Pit, IN
KS Rubbin It & Lovin It BBQ, KS
KY Monty Pigthon & the Holy Grill, KY
LA QUAU, IL
MI Extreme Roasters, MI
MN The Heat Is On, MN
MO The Pickled Pig, KS
MS Big Boyz Cookin’ Crew, MS
NC Checkered Pig, VA
NE To The Bee BBQ, NE
NJ Lo’ -N- Slo’ BBQ, NJ
NM Naaman’s BBQ, AR
NY lunchmeat, MA
OH Hoosier Crawdaddy, IN
OK STU’S Q BBQ, OK
OR Fat Dad’s Barbeque, OR
SC Chatham Artillery BBQ, GA
TN Music City Pig Pals, TN
TX Redneck Cookers, TX
VA Dizzy Pig , VA
WA Smoke A Fat One BBQ, WA
WI Dr. Porkenstein, WI

From The Cooking Class – Happy July 4th!

July 4, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

creamerHappy July 4th everyone!

We know you will be cooking out today, and wanted to throw in a very nice, easy, potato recipe. We have made several variations of this in our cooking class, and today we will give you the works.

There are 2 very important ingredients, first the potatoes. It’s very important to choose a creamer variety, either a gold (Yukon Gold), or Red (Creamer Red) variety of potatoes. Why? the creamer potato is harvested young, and yields a very tender, moisture rich, almost buttery flavor and texture. The second very important ingredient is the onions. The best onion for this recipe is the sweet onion, preferably the Vidalia. Why? The Vidalia is grown in a specific region in Georgia, and in my opinion, even though there are look alikes, the Vidalia is king.

Cheesy Grilled Potatoes
6 to 8 Potatoes (Yukon Gold preferably) (Sliced)
2 – sweet Onions (Chopped)
1 – Bell Peppers (chopped)
1 -stick butter
6 to 8 slices – pre-cooked bacon
2 cups – Shredded cheddar cheese (or Jack and Colby combo)
Garlic Lovers Seasoning (or you can use Salt, Pepper, Granulated Garlic)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Combine sliced potatoes, chopped onions, and chopped bell peppers in aluminum foil.
Break bacon into pieces and combine with potatoes.
Drizzle olive oil over potatoes liberally
Place slices of butter evenly across top of mixture
Season liberally with HomeBBQ.com Garlic Lovers Seasoning cook over low heat for 25 to 30 minutes (or until potatoes are soft).
Immediately after Removing from grill, top with shredded cheese, and serve.
Enjoy!

Happy July 4th!

Is My Barbecue Ready Yet? – Cooking Pork

June 16, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

porkTo many in Southeast US, the very meaning of barbecue, is pork. Pork is obviously a very generic term, and really could mean anything cooked from a hog. However for most of us, in barbecue, cooking pork means the shoulder, and for most, the desired cut from the shoulder is the Boston Butt, and this is what we will cover in this article.

The selection process I use for this piece of meat, includes finding one has the fat well marbled or dispersed throughout the cut.

Then, I start looking at weight, the higher the weight, the longer the cook, so I like them right in the middle (8-9lbs). You can find very small ones, which in my opinion are normally difficult to get tender (4-6lb), and the very large ones (11-13lb) are difficult to cook evenly.

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