All posts by Chris Allingham

Bull’s-Eye BBQ Sauce Wins Cook’s Country Taste Test

Bull's-Eye Original BBQ SauceIn a recent episode of Cook’s Country on PBS (Season 11, Episode 4), Bull’s-Eye Original BBQ Sauce was named the winner of their barbecue sauce taste test.

(Interestingly, this review first appeared in the July/August 2017 edition of Cook’s Country magazine before being recycled on the television show over a year later in Fall 2018.)

Twenty-one staff members sampled seven top-selling U.S. barbecue sauces at room temperature plain and as a dipping sauce for chicken fingers, and mixed into warm pulled pork. Tasters evaluated sweetness, tomato flavor (all sauces were tomato-based), smoke flavor, spiciness, and tanginess. They also considered the consistency of each sample, ranging from thin and runny to thick and gelatinous. Continue reading Bull’s-Eye BBQ Sauce Wins Cook’s Country Taste Test

Thermapen Mk4 Named Top Pick By Cook’s Illustrated

In their July/August 2018 issue, Cook’s Illustrated magazine reviewed instant-read digital thermometers and named ThermoWorks Thermapen Mk4 at $99 as their only Highly Recommended choice for thermometers, the highest ranking given to any model.

ThermoWorks Thermapen Mk4 instant-read thermometer
ThermoWorks Thermapen Mk4

Cook’s evaluated thermometers on the criteria of accuracy, speed, ease of use, and durability. They cited the Mk4’s accuracy, speed, long handle, automatic backlight, rotating screen, auto-wake feature, waterproof design, and the ability to recalibrate as qualities that put this unit at the head of the class. Continue reading Thermapen Mk4 Named Top Pick By Cook’s Illustrated

Flat Iron Steak: When Recipes Go Wrong

I’d eaten a flat iron steak in a restaurant but never grilled one at home. So while recently browsing the meat counter and noticing some impressive looking flat irons, I picked up one and grilled it on my Weber Summit 450 gas grill.

Salted flat iron steak

For those not familiar with this cut, the flat iron steak comes from the beef shoulder. It was identified in 2002 as a new retail cut by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in partnership with the University of Nebraska and the University of Florida. This effort was undertaken to find lower-priced cuts that could be trimmed into steaks and roasts that were flavorful and tender but could be offered at a lower price than more popular cuts. Continue reading Flat Iron Steak: When Recipes Go Wrong

Review: Weber 6489 Corn Picks

Video Review: Weber 6489 Corn Picks

Here’s a short video that summarizes my review of Weber 6489 Corn Picks.

Review: Weber 6489 Corn Picks

It’s been a couple of years since I bought this set of Weber 6489 Corn Picks, aka corn holders. I thought I’d review them but never got around to cracking open the package until last week. It just wasn’t a priority for me. I mean, seriously, how much can you really say about corn picks? Continue reading Review: Weber 6489 Corn Picks

Weber FlameCheck: The Forgotten Safety System

Sherman, set the WAYBAC machine to 1985…

In that year, Weber introduced their first rectangular-shaped, stand up gas grills: The Genesis 1, 2, and 3. A few years later, Weber introduced two high-end versions of these grills: The Genesis 4 and 5. These two grills featured upgrades like stainless steel Flavorizer bars, pin-striped paint on custom gray- and mauve-colored lids, a matching porcelain enameled serving tray, the Steam-N-Chips smoker box accessory, and on the Genesis 5 an enclosed storage area with glass doors.

Another feature that both Genesis 4 and 5 grills shared was the FlameCheck Safety System. FlameCheck was carried over to the second-generation Genesis 4000 and 5000 grills introduced in the early 1990’s.

Restored Genesis 5000 gas grill
Restored Genesis 5000 gas grill

FlameCheck was a unique safety system that monitored the flame on the #1 front burner and cut-off the gas supply to the grill if the #1 burner went out. (Remember, these grills had three burners running left to right across the grill, with the control panel on the right side, and the #1 burner being the front, primary burner that was always lit first.)

Continue reading Weber FlameCheck: The Forgotten Safety System

Weber Gas Grill Covers for 2018

Now is the perfect time to show your Weber gas grill some love with a new premium cover! We’ve got you covered with the right size cover for your Weber gas grill!

These new polyester covers are breathable, water-resistant, and contain UV inhibitors that prevent fading. They don’t get stiff or crack like old vinyl covers, and the lightweight material means these covers are easier to put on and take off, too.

Each grill cover can be ordered from Amazon.com—just click the link or photo below.

Spirit 200/Spirit II 200 Series 2-Burner

You need this cover: 7138 Premium Grill Cover
48 x 17.7 x 42

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Caribbean Jerk Ribeye Steaks

Caribbean Jerk marinated USDA Choice ribeye steaks

The older I get, the more I forget. For example, I forgot that I took these photos of Caribbean Jerk marinated ribeye steaks back in September 2015…I just found them on my hard drive!

I also forgot the name of the guy who told me his favorite thing to grill was ribeye steaks marinated with Safeway Signature Select Caribbean Jerk Marinade.

Oh well. What I do remember is that these steaks were delicious!

Here’s what the marinade looked like in 2015. The label has changed since then. Continue reading Caribbean Jerk Ribeye Steaks

Compound Butter For Steaks & Seafood

Compound butter on grilled steak

Compound butter (a mixture of butter, herbs, and spices) is an excellent way to add flavor and moisture to any grilled steak or seafood, and it’s so easy to make.

Your family and friends will be impressed at the sight of a perfectly grilled steak or piece of fish with a disc of compound butter on top, melting slowly over the meat—and the flavor will blow-away their taste buds!

Components Of Compound Butter

Compound butter consists of a good quality softened butter and any of the following mixed in:

  • Herbs (minced fine) and spices (freshly ground or cracked), e.g. garlic, onion, shallots, ginger, citrus zest, peppers, etc.
  • Salt, to taste.
  • Acid, often lemon juice or vinegar, to balance the flavors.
  • Sweet, rarely used, but might include honey, agave, maple, etc.
  • Exotic ingredients, rarely used, like black truffles.

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Grilled Rhubarb

Grilled rhubarb

I’ll bet you’ve never grilled rhubarb. Well, I hadn’t either until recently when I listened to an interview with Tinky Weisblat, author of Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb. She was talking about the versatility of rhubarb as an ingredient in not only pies but cocktails, appetizers, and main courses, and at one point she mentioned that rhubarb can be grilled.

Who knew? I thought I’d give it a try.

Buy & Prepare The Rhubarb

This is what rhubarb looks like at my supermarket. It’s several individual stalks bound together with ties. They come in different sizes; I bought a small bundle of four stalks to experiment with. Continue reading Grilled Rhubarb