Category: Recipes & Techniques

How to Make the Most of Your Grill: Get the Right Tools

Every grill master, pit master, tailgater, or weekend griller has at some point said, “I wish I had a _______.” You could make a hobby out of seeking the perfect tool, utensil, or gadget that will create BBQ nirvana.

With the rise in popularity (and sales) of outdoor kitchens, plus the myriad styles of smokers and grills, there’s been a corresponding increase in the development and marketing of ancillary products—all of those tools, utensils, and gadgets that are must-haves for the complete BBQ experience of your very own.

From multi-purpose options to one-trick ponies, there’s a lot to consider. So, before purchasing, ask yourself: “How often will I use this?”

If “frequently” is the answer, it’s probably a good addition to your BBQing arsenal. If the answer is “once a year,” there’s probably a multi-purpose item that has that function covered.

Outdoor kitchen

Photo courtesy of Weber, www.weber.com

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10 Recipes We’re Loving This Summer

Summer is here! It’s time to make the most of the nice weather and move the cooking outdoors. There are few things we love more than the one-of-a-kind aroma of steaks sizzling on a hot grill.

But steaks aren’t the only cuts we love throwing on the grill. Here are 10 recipes we’re loving this summer.

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Grilling Tools: Grill Roasters

Roasting large cuts of meat or whole poultry on a charcoal or gas grill can be intimidating for less-experienced outdoor cooks.

However, the flavor and aroma of a beef roast, leg of lamb, pork loin, whole chicken, or whole turkey cooked with flame and smoke are incomparable and add new sensory dimensions that oven roasting simply cannot deliver.

Trying to manipulate a 14-pound rib roast or a whole turkey with tongs or gloved hands can be awkward, messy, and can lead to catastrophic results.

So, for those who want to venture beyond your comfort zone of burgers, hot dogs, and steaks, there are a couple tools that can open up a new panorama of tasting adventures created by you and your grill.

Grilled Pork Ribs

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Get Your Taste Buds Ready for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that commemorates the victory of Mexican forces over the French occupational forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

While celebrated only regionally in Mexico, this holiday is often observed as a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture in the United States.

Why not bring the festivities into your kitchen as well with some south-of-the-border flavor? We’ve got plenty of great selections for the occasion, plus delicious video recipes and culinary DIY guides.

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Culinary Classic: Carnitas

One of the staples of Mexican cuisine is the slow-cooked pork dish that originated in the state of Michoacán, known as carnitas.

The traditional method of preparation calls for braising a pork shoulder in lard until tender, much in the same way the French make confit, in which duck or chicken is simmered in duck fat until tender.

The literal translation of the word carnitas is “little meats.” The preferred cut for authentic carnitas is well-marbled pork shoulder, or Boston butt, which is cut into largish chunks of about 2 inches.

Photo courtesy of Pork Checkoff. For more information about pork, visit pork.org.

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You Know You Really, REALLY Love Garlic When…

National Garlic Day in April 19th. Garlic is a flavorful and versatile seasoning found in cuisines all over the world, from Italian to Asian and everything in between. You would be hard pressed to find a savory recipe that doesn’t call for at least a little garlic.

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The Ultimate Breakfast Guide

We love breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day! To honor this crucial meal, we’ve compiled all of our best breakfast resources so you can start your day with a wonderful home-cooked breakfast.

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Celebrate Spring Holidays with these 3 Recipes!

Spring is officially here! We see the tell-tale signs—the weather is getting warmer, the foliage is getting greener, and it’s almost time for Easter and Passover.

The most memorable way to celebrate these spring holidays is with family, friends, and great food. We’ve compiled 3 great recipes for oh-so-perfect springtime dishes for your holiday feasts.

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Mirepoix: The Building Block of Flavor

In cultures around the world, cooked dishes have a very common element that links them in a very significant way: a foundation of aromatics—a blend of vegetables that contribute aroma, depth of flavor, nuance, and richness.

Probably the most prominent of these in American cuisine is borrowed from the French: mirepoix, a combination of diced vegetables of 2 parts onion to 1 part each of celery and carrots.

 

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Choosing a Roast for your Holiday Dinner Party

No other time of year can top the festivity of the December holidays. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s Eve, or the holiday season in general—nothing compares to the ambiance of this time of year with the lights, the music, and—of course—the opulent parties. At the center of every great party is the delicious meal.

Whether you’re hosting a festive family affair or an intimate dinner party, Lobel’s has the perfect roast for your event.

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