Who doesn’t love grilled food? Nothing can beat that crispy, crunchy and smoky flavor you get with a barbecue.
But most BBQ cooks know that enjoying BBQ is one thing, but cooking it is a different ballgame. The fire, burning coals, grill grates, and big chunks of raw and cooked meat can create some serious challenges. Even more, one needs the best grills out there to make the perfect barbecue.
No matter what, barbecue gatherings are very popular among everyone. If you want to master the art of cooking the best barbecue, we might have the perfect tips for you.
Are you ready to step up your grill game?
Below are 7 secret barbecue grilling hacks which will make you wish you knew them sooner.
- Clean That Grill Grate With Aluminium Foil
To ensure perfect grilling, it’s important to clean your barbecue grill regularly. But if you don’t want to invest in a grill brush, aluminium foil is your magic weapon.
You can simply heat up the grill a bit, crumble the aluminium foil into a ball and start scraping it against the grates. This ball will work as a steel wool to make sure there’s no crust or burnt debris on your grill.
You’ll be surprised to see the results.
- Cook Your Food Directly In A Cast-Iron Skillet Or A Salt Block
Cast-iron skillets and salt blocks are sturdy and can tolerate a lot of heat. So why not use them straight on the grill? This will still give you that smoky flavor and you wouldn’t have to worry about anything sticking or falling down the grates.
These will also provide a uniform surface for you to cook your food perfectly. And salt blocks even add a unique salty flavor to whatever you’re grilling- it’s a win-win.
- Locate Your Grill’s Hot Spots And Use Them To Your Benefit
Every grate has areas that are hotter than the others.
To locate these, you can use sliced white bread and place them across your grill. After a few seconds, some of these slices will still be pale (cool spots) while others are burnt (hot spots). Now you know the hotter areas.
You can place whatever you’re grilling on these hotspots first for that crunch before moving them to the cold areas to cook evenly.
- Use Citrus Fruits To Grill Your Fish
Fish can be tricky to grill because they stick on your grates. Putting oil might help but not as much.
Instead you can cut slices of citrus fruits like lemon and oranges and put your fish directly on them. They prevent your fish from sticking and also add a tangy and lemony flavor to it.
- Put Ice Cubes In Your Patties
To prevent your burger patties from drying out, one instant hack is putting some ice cubes over it.
You can simply make a small hole at the centre and put ice cubes.
You won’t believe how well it works. Try it out yourself.
- Wrap Heavy Objects In Aluminium Foil To Flatten Your Meats
Some foods like poultry and large pieces of pork are difficult to grill because of its uneven shape. A quick and effective solution is to weigh them down with heavy objects like bricks.
You can use aluminium foil to cover the bricks. Then place it carefully to flatten the chicken without smashing it.
Now enjoy your perfectly grilled chicken. Too yum!
- Make Your Own Secret Barbecue Sauce
Creating your own unique barbecue sauce takes time and effort.
A quick hack you can try instead is adding ingredients like fruit juice or jams, smoked paprika or chipotle, coffee or butter to a store-bought barbecue sauce. You can mix everything well and cook the sauce to your desired consistency.
We hope these few hacks help you create and enjoy your own barbecue. Happy Grilling!
Countdown to Christmas: No More Dead Phone
21 days to go! Every year people panic to find the perfect gift. We at T2C have been collecting idea’s all year long to bring you the perfect gift guide at all price levels. When you’re at the end of your rope trying to find the perfect Christmas present this year, come to this guide for some great suggestions.
I am constantly forgetting to charge my phone or I have calls for my business that keep me on longer than I wanted and I am left with a dead phone battery. Without a charger or an outlet I am left extremely frustrated and I know I am not the only one. Now there’s a product that you can always count on. It’s called the PWRCard ($49.99 however buying 3 is $111.99) Sleek and slender the PWRCard is as small as a few stacked credit cards. It stores easily in any wallet or purse, and its LED indicators tell you how much charge it has. Plus, with its built-in cable, you’ll never lose your charging cable. It also works on Apple and Android devices, so whatever phone you have you’re good to go! It’s so light you won’t even know you’re carrying it. But it’ll be there when you need it, ready to charge you back up!
Watching The Gift Of Giving Is A Blessing In Many Ways
My biggest guilty pleasure is watching East Idaho’s Secret Santa video’s on YouTube. Watching these men and women who are so deserving be seen and heard fills my heart with such joy. Sometimes the thanks is just around the corner.
The Secret Santa is a native Idahoan who lives in eastern Idaho. The money comes directly from him – not some program, organization, charity or trust fund. The recipient’s must live in eastern Idaho and have a true need. If you wonder what a “true need” is or are unsure if your nominee will qualify for a gift, submit your nomination.
The Secret Santa looks for responsible and deserving citizens who have done everything in their power to care for themselves but ill fortune or unfortunate situations have put them at a significant disadvantage. In the past, Secret Santa has provided cars, washers and dryers, furniture, special computers, dental care, diapers, gas and grocery cards and other items.
Recipients of gifts are not taxed by the IRS. However, on some large gifts over $16,000, the giver must pay a gift tax to the IRS. Secret Santa pays all necessary gift and sales taxes. Many wonder if Secret Santa gets a tax break on the gifts he gives away. Since these are gifts, and not business expenses, Secret Santa cannot claim these as tax deductions. He receives no tax benefit whatsoever.
Secret Santa and EastIdahoNews.com have been surprising people in need since 2015. That year, Secret Santa gave away $100,000. The amount has increased every year since then.
Secret Santa tells us about one Christmas when he was a young man living temporarily in a foreign country. Since he was away from home, he was not expecting any gifts but on Christmas morning, when he sat down for breakfast, there was a present on his table. It was not an expensive gift and it was anonymous. It was the only Christmas gift he received that year and it had a big impact on him. He did not know who it was from, but he knew someone loved and cared about him. That lifted him up beyond what anyone could imagine. To this day, he has no idea who gave him that small gift. But it still brings a flood of good feelings to him every time he relives that moment.
Today, there are countless people around him who love him, and he wants others to know that there are people who love them and care about them. He believes that giving anonymously with no expectation of receiving anything in return is the ultimate expression of love and caring. He wants others to have the experience that he did as a young man over 50 years ago.
Secret Santa appreciates anyone who wants to help, but he is not asking for donations. He encourages you to find someone in your own community who needs help and bless them – then pay attention to how that brightens your day. His message to the world: Everyone can be a Secret Santa!
Letters to Secret Santa can be sent to:
East Idaho News
c/o Nate Eaton
390 West Sunnyside Road
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Headed To Walter Reade With Camp4Heroes To Bring Christmas To Our Vets: First Stop Annapolis
My friends and I were headed to Bethesda, Maryland to Walter Reade with Camp4Heroes to bring Christmas To Our Vets.
Our driver decided to take us to the historic charm of Annapolis since two of us had never been there. Along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay is nestled just 32 miles from Washington, DC and 26 miles from Baltimore.
This bustling port town formed in the 18th century, is a National Historic Landmark, America’s Sailing Capital and one of the top waterfront destinations in the United States.
The US Naval Academy has been training officers for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps since 1845.
If you love the water there are several water taxi’s available.
The town was adorably set up for Christmas.
Famous for its fresh-from-the-bay seafood. The food is sublime. We went to the Iron Rooster and will definitely be coming back.
Called a Museum Without Walls, Annapolis has more 18th-century brick buildings than any other city of comparable size in the nation including the homes of Maryland’s four signers of the Declaration of Independence.
The Maryland State House is the oldest in continuous legislative use. The Banneker-Douglass Museum documents Maryland’s African American history from the 1600s to the present day. Housed in an old oyster packing plant, the newly redesigned Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park chronicles life on the Chesapeake Bay then and now.
Countdown to Christmas: The Abs You’ve Always Wanted
22 days to go! Every year people panic to find the perfect gift. We at T2C have been collecting idea’s all year long to bring you the perfect gift guide at all price levels. When you’re at the end of your rope trying to find the perfect Christmas present this year, come to this guide for some great suggestions.
Vital FlexCore uses advanced EMS technology that sends electric pulses to stimulate your abdominal and arm muscles. When your muscles receive the pulse, they contract and flex — as if they were lifting weights. It basically mimics a high-intensity workout by targeting and stimulating vital core and arm muscles, but without the strain and injury of an intense workout.
Here are some of the benefits:
- Increase your strength – For those approaching middle age, maintaining strength in your muscles is key to preventing age-related muscle atrophy and avoiding diseases like type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and osteoporosis. The importance of keeping strong is also undeniably linked to emotional and mental health.
- Lose weight – Vital FlexCore boosts weight loss by promoting muscle stimulation, allowing you to burn fat and extra calories stimulating your muscles to burn calories efficiently, shedding those extra pounds.
- Tones and defines muscles – Vital FlexCore targets specific muscles, helping you achieve a more defined look by increasing muscle density, toning, and sculpting your muscles so you not only look better but feel better too.
- Increase range of motion EMS technology can help improve your range of motion and consequently your flexibility by working on muscle elasticity and joint mobility, so movement becomes more comfortable.
- Help cramp relief – For those approaching middle age, maintaining strength in your muscles is key to preventing age-related muscle atrophy and avoiding diseases like type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and osteoporosis. The importance of keeping strong is also undeniably linked to emotional and mental health.
- Increase natural blood flow – Muscle contractions stimulated by Vital FlexCore increase blood circulation, reducing muscle soreness and promoting a healthy heart. By using Vital FlexCore, you’re providing muscular support while also being proactive about maintaining a strong heart.
It’s also 100% safe for people of all ages with no side effects. EMS technology has been around for years, and was even used by Bruce Lee in the 70s to supplement his workouts. The engineers behind the Vital FlexCore took it even further by improving the tech and making it portable, as an all-in-one muscle workout machine that melts fat and strengthens muscle in no time. It’s a body hack to turn you into a muscle-building powerhouse minus the gym fees!
It’s easy to use just place it on your belly and arms, press a button, and you’re ready to go. There are 10 intensity levels and 6 unique modes to choose from, so you’re free to customize your workouts as you see fit. No stress or hassle—just a simple and effective way to get in shape!
The cost is $69.99 for the basic. $79.99 with arm and gel added.
1800 Tequila and Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop
This is a perfect idea for a gift for the tequila lover in your life. The new 1800 Tequila x Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop celebrates the best taste in tequila and in life this holiday season.
As part of 1800 Tequila’s passion for sports and dedication to its community, all apparel proceeds from the 1800 Tequila x Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop will directly benefit The Carmelo Anthony Foundation to provide communities better access to recreational activities such as refurbishment of local basketball courts.
Featuring a partnership with brand tastemaker, 10-time NBA All-Star, and entrepreneur, Carmelo Anthony the 1800 Tequila x Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop showcases tasteful gifts for tequila, fashion, and sports fans alike.
The 1800 Tequila x Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop is a limited-edition apparel capsule collection featuring four bespoke items designed and produced in collaboration with Carmelo Anthony and his apparel lifestyle brand STAYME7O. The 1800 Tequila x STAYME7O collection includes: 1800 Tequila x STAYME7O Varsity Jacket (hero product), 1800 Tequila x STAYME7O Hoodie, 1800 Tequila x STAYME7O Snapback Hat, and 1800 Tequila x STAYME7O Embroidered Fabric Patch.
Consumers can purchase apparel from the 1800 Tequila x Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop through various bundle sets ranging from $75 – $295 while supplies last. Sign up to get notified for early purchase access on 1800Tequila.com/HolidayDropShop.
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