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BBQ Grilling For One

My wife and kids recently went out of town for the weekend and in doing so I was afforded some well deserved me time. The first thing that came to my mind was dinner, but what would I have exactly? I felt like a grilled rib eye, but didn’t want to fire up the Weber for just me.

I didn’t let that stop me from having my grilled steak dinner, I simply pulled out my chimney starter, threw about 7 or 8 briquettes in it and lit it like you would for any other BBQ. Second, I grabbed a rack to put on my chimney starter. Keep in mind that it doesn’t really matter what size as long as it covers the chimney plus a little room to move your food around in the event of flare-ups.

The Dinner Menu
Rib Eye Steak
Corn on the Cob
Potato Wedges

I quartered the potatoes length wise, oiled them up with olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper to taste and placed it on the chimney grill.

While waiting for my coals to get to the proper temperature so that I could cook my steak properly (about 500°), I took my corn on the cob peeled back the husk without removing it all the way. I then cleaned the silk from the corn and re-covered the stalk of corn completely with the husk and soaked the corn in water making sure it’s completely submerged for about 15 minutes.

I drained the corn of most of its moisture and set on the grill next to the potatoes, rotating frequently both the corn and potatoes to prevent any burning. Potatoes take longer to cook so I left them on while I pulled the corn off to the side to keep it warm, while yet stopping the cooking process.

Meanwhile, the star of the dinner would be my rib eye and I seasoned it then put the steak directly on the center of the chimney grill for about 4 minutes on one side and 2-3 minutes on the other side leaving me with a perfect medium-rare steak.

Overall, my dinner cost me less than $6.00 and if you don’t already have a chimney starter, this little set-up would only cost you between $20 and $25 at your local hardware or BBQ store. It’s great for college students, going to the park; I’ve even used it at work. Anyone can grill whether you’re on a full size grill or find yourself alone when you can just pull out a trusty chimney grill.

Note: All chimneys are bottomless, thus creating a major fire hazard. To prevent any kind of fire hazard problems, make sure you place a baking sheet or something metal underneath your chimney starter and be aware of where you place it as the baking sheet will get hot.

Happy Queing,

The Que Dude

Tailgaters Game Day Checklist

Planning your tailgate party can be an overwhelming challenge as you make sure that you have the necessities to ensure a successful tailgating party.You’re going to want to make sure you have enough food to feed you and your tailgate neighbors that decide to drop by when they find out you’re headed to the stadium on Game Day. Planning ahead for extra people can indeed be a challenge make sure you have plenty of liquid refreshments on hand to host a few of your fellow tailgaters.

Use the list below as a guideline to assist you in your tailgating preparations.  I’ve tried to divide everything in categories, providing most tailgaters with a basic checklist to follow, of course you’re going to adjust the list to your own personal tailgating needs.

Must Haves

  • Game Tickets
  • Grill
  • Grill Scraper
  • Grill Spray or Oil
  • Burners
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Propane
  • Charcoal
  • Starter Fluid
  • Matches or Lighter
  • Extension Cords
  • Flags-Flag Poles
  • Tarps-Tents-Canopies
  • Bungee Cords-Tie Downs
  • Coolers
  • Ice
  • Pots-Pans
  • Basting Brush and Pan
  • Carving Knives
  • Spatulas
  • Tongs
  • Meat Thermometer
  • Lg Spoons for Cooking (Slotted and/or Solid)
  • Cutting Board
  • Bleach to Sanitize
  • Oven Mitts-Apron
  • Plastic Wrap-Foil
  • Trash Bags
  • Paper Towels
  • Napkins
  • Plastic Eating Utensils
  • Plates- paper or Plastic
  • Disposable Cups or Other
  • Table Cloth
  • Chairs
  • Folding Table
  • Cooking Water
  • Can Opener-Bottle Opener-Corkscrew (Wine)
  • Zip Loc Bags
  • Disposable Aluminum Pans
  • First aid Kit


  • Steaks
  • Chicken
  • Roast Beef
  • Turkey Breast
  • Hamburger
  • Hot Dogs
  • Sausages (Pork, Bratwurst, Italian)
  • Bacon
  • Ham
  • Deli Meat
  • Eggs
  • Vegies


  • Hot dog-Hamburger rolls
  • Bread-Sandwich Rolls
  • Ketchup-Barbecue Sauce-Mayonnaise-Mustard-Relish-Horseradish-Hot Sauce
  • Chili for Chili Dogs and burgers
  • Baked Beans
  • Lettuce-Cheese-Tomatoes-Onions-Pickles
  • Sweet Peppers-Hot Peppers
  • Butter
  • Salt and Pepper


  • Bottled Water
  • Adult Beverages of Choice (This Means Alcohol)
  • Margarita Mix
  • Bloody Mary Mix
  • Coffee-Creamers-Sugar
  • Iced Tea
  • Juice
  • Sodas


  • Potato
  • Coleslaw
  • Macaroni
  • Green and Dressing


  • Potato Chips and Dips
  • Tortilla Chips and Salsa-Nacho Cheese
  • Pretzels
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Beef Jerky
  • Cookies and Crackers
  • Serving Trays
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Skewers


  • Sun Glasses
  • Sun Block
  • Blankets
  • Cell Phone
  • Camera
  • Camcorder
  • Binoculars
  • Generator
  • Radio-TV
  • Rain Gear
  • Hat-Beanie
  • Sweatshirts-Coats
  • Gloves-Mittens
  • Umbrella
  • Heater
  • Football-Poker Cards-Frisbee
  • Antacid
  • Aspirin
  • Visine
  • Tissue
  • Toothpicks
  • Newspapers-Books-Magazines

BBQ Tailgating: The Tailgate Partymate Review

Finally, Tailgate Partymate has developed the solution for the dedicated tailgater like me! It’s also great if you’re an avid camper, RV’er, or a NASCAR fan. This simple and easy to use set of tailgating tables are attached to the hitch of your truck or if you’re like me and have a SUV it will work fine with that too. It will makes your life so much easier because of its user-friendly design as you can set it up in less than 60 seconds.

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The Partymate easily fits in any standard 2” receiver hitch, is perfect for both SUV and pickup trucks with its unique swivel design you simply swing the tables to the outside and lower your tailgate.

It’s so easy to clean once your tailgating party is over as it’s constructed with rustproof powder coating; so all you have to do is simply hose it off when you’re finished with it.

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My Tailgate Partymate fits any hitch I have regardless of height it’s fully adjustable up and down with the pull pin located on the center shaft. Simply adjust as you see it and make sure the pin is tight when finished.

The size of the tables are 18″ by 36″ and they recommend, as well as I do, that you not exceed 30 lbs per table, which is more than adequate for most grills and all of your condiments and beverages on the other table. The total weight of the Tailgate Partymate is only 52 lbs so it’s not that heavy.

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If you’re a serious tailgater like me or just need a set of portable tables for camping or picnicking, at a price of $149.95 + $25.00 S&H the Tailgate Partymate is quite a bargain. You’re going to love it and your friends are going to want it, Tailgate Partymate certainly is our choice of work tables for tailgating, camping and RV’ing.