BBQ Guru Shotgun Smoker – Review

Shotgun BBQ Smoker

The other weekend I was able to get my hands on a prototype of the brand new BBQ Guru Shotgun Smoker.  While the smoker that I tested was a prototype, it is exactly the same as the production model. This smoker is available now from BBQ Guru. Since I was one of the first people to get … Read moreBBQ Guru Shotgun Smoker – Review

Silverton Foods Apple Rum Sauce – Review

Silverton Foods Apple Rum Sauce

A couple of weeks back, we received a selection of sauces from Silverton Foods.  Silverton foods makes many sauces including Apple Rum, Cherry Habanero and Pineapple Bourbon to name a few.  The one that jumped to our attention first was the Apple Rum Sauce.  Who could pass up a combination like fruit and alcohol?!  You know we love our fruit and alcohol here on the blog…well without the fruit, haha.  The thought of a sweet apple flavor with a nice kick from rum sounded like a winner!  Check out our review below.

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Smoked Honey Garlic Chicken and Thermoworks Smoke Review

Smoked Honey Garlic Chicken

Our good friends over at Thermoworks have released a new wireless thermometer called “Smoke“.  The Smoke is a wireless thermometer that includes two probes.  That way, you can wirelessly monitor both the pit and the food.  As a barbecuer, this is important.  The proper temperature is the difference between delicious bbq and charcoal.  Plus, since this is all done wirelessly, you can do it while watching your favorite game or snoozing on the couch. We tested this thermometer while making a nice Honey Garlic Smoked Chicken.  The chicken provided approximately 2 hours for us to test the thermometer and check its limits.  The thermometer performed flawlessly and actually exceeded expectations.  Check out our review below.

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Pizzeria Pronto – Review

Pizzeria Pronto

I am a huge fan of pizza.  We try to make a few pies every week.  So when I had the opportunity to try out the Pizzeria Pronto I jumped on it.  I have been looking for a relatively affordable, pizza oven that would give me the perfect pizza with the perfect crust.  The key to a perfect pizza oven is one that cooks the top and the bottom simultaneously.  You want a nice crispy crust and with an even heat distribution.  That way you don’t have to constantly be playing with the pizza.

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Thermapen Mk4 Review

Thermapen Mk4

I am a huge fan of the Thermapen.  It is fast, accurate, durable and an extension of my arm in the kitchen.  It is the one kitchen/bbq tool that I could not live without.  I honestly don’t know how people can cook without checking temperatures.  I have had my Thermapen for almost 5 years and it works as good today as it did the day I purchased it.  The other day the great people over at Thermoworks sent me the newest Thermapen to try out.  I was a bit skeptical that I would need a new Thermapen.  However, The Thermapen Mk4 is not just an incremental update, it is a brand new kick butt thermometer.  The new features make this not only a kick butt thermometer, but the best Thermapen ever! Check out my review below.

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BBQ Sauce Review: Cowtown Bar-B-Q Sauce

Cowtown Sauce

I collect barbecue sauces wherever I go. I don’t care if it is a farmer’s market, grocery store, big box store or even a back alley. Ok, the back alley might be a stretch. But you get my drift. On my latest trip to World Market I noticed that they had a nice selection of sauces. So I gravitated toward the KC sauces and picked up some Cowtown. This sauce is known around the bbq community as a great sauce. It even won best sauce in the world at the American Royal. Not too many sauces can say that.

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Grill Grates – Review

Grill Grates

A couple weeks ago I was given the opportunity to test and review some grill grates. When these arrived I will be honest, I was a bit skeptical.   How could you improve on grill grates?  Metal bars that hold food over an open fire.   Don’t they all do the same thing? Well I was wrong.  Grill grates are interlocking aluminum panels that sit on top of your current grill grates.  The Aluminum panels amplify the grill and convert it to infrared heat.  They also even out the cooking surface, prevent flareups and  give you the ultimate grill marks.  They are a great grill accessory that is quickly becoming the most used tool in my arsenal.

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Hatch Green Chiles Enchiladas

Dana and I are huge fans of Green Chiles.  We love them on burgers and are huge fans of green chile enchiladas.  We have them all of the time when we go out to eat.  A couple of weeks ago the fine people over at http://www.hatch-green-chile.com/ provided us with 5lbs of medium Hatch green chiles.  These are top notch chiles, fire roasted, seeded and then flash frozen.  They then deliver them right to your door in a cooler filled with dry ice.  Pretty much the only way to get Hatch chiles on the east coast.  Once we received them we knew right away that we wanted to make some green chile enchiladas.

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Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Glaze

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

The other day the fine folks over at iDevices sent us a Kitchen Thermometer. The Kitchen Thermometer is a dual probe bluetooth thermometer that connects right to your iPhone, iPad or iPad mini. With your bluetooth connected device you can wirelessly monitor your thermometer, chart the temperature and set up alerts. This is not your mom’s kitchen thermometer. Well, unless your Mom is one connected lady. To test this device, I wanted to try it out on a large piece of meat. So, I went to the local store and found that pork tenderloins were on sale. I added a little bacon to the cart and we were all set for a great meal.  The Kitchen Thermometer from iDevices was great.  Check out the bottom of the post for a full review.

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Duck Dynasty’s Miss Kay Dishes on her Love of Cooking (Sponsored)

The famous Miss Kay was invited by LouAna to talk about why she loves cooking, her favorite recipes, and more. This warm, personal interview shows a side of Miss Kay that you haven’t seen before, and it’ll make your mouth water for her delicious fried chicken. See more of Miss Kay’s story on YouTube. Share … Read moreDuck Dynasty’s Miss Kay Dishes on her Love of Cooking (Sponsored)

BBQ Sauce Review: County Grill Memphis BBQ ‘N Rib Sauce

On my trip to Virginia Beach last summer, I picked up some County Grill & Smokehouse Bar-B-Que and Rib Sauce.  County Grill is a great smokehouse and bar in Yorktown, VA.  I would say it’s one of the best barbecue restaurants in Virginia.  If you find yourself near Yorktown, VA you should stop by.  To test this sauce, I tasted it as-is right out of the bottle and also heated it up over some perfectly smoked ribs.  The sauce was tested over a sweet rub and a spicy rub to see how it reacted to various rubs.  Therefore, I believe I was able to test it over most variables that it would encounter in your house.

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Review: No-Boil Lasagna Noodles

No Boil Noodle Review

With a toddler running around the house Dana and I have limited time to cook.  We love lasagna, but having to haul out the giant stock pot to boil the noodles is a pain.  Besides the extra dishes, the extra time needed to boil the noodles adds precious time to our already chaotic day.  So we had high hopes when we tried out the No-Boil Lasagna noodles.  The thought of just assembling the lasagna without the hassle was too good to be true.  Or was it?

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