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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

Food

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

Condiments

  • 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

Beverages

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

Salads

  • Potato
  • Coleslaw
  • Macaroni
  • Green and Dressing

Extras

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

Recreation/Comfort/Amenities

  • 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

Cobb Premier Portable Smoker Review

Like a kid waiting for Santa Claus, I was anxiously looking for the delivery company to arrive with my new Cobb Premier Portable Smoker. Once it arrived, I ripped open the box and started using my newest smoker.

That night I briefly went through the instructions, and then I smoked/grilled some chicken breast and asparagus for dinner. I did exactly what the instructions said, lit the fire and I decided to add some white wine in the molt to add additional flavor and moisture. I was more than pleasantly surprised with the end results.

The chicken was so moist and flavorful and the asparagus was spot on. The next night, I decided to do a beer can chicken the Premier Cobb way. I simply lit the smoker put a can of beer in the molt, seasoned the whole chicken, put it on the grilling plate and in an hour and a half later I was enjoying the most incredible beer can chicken I’ve ever had.

This mighty little smoker does everything it claims it does, it burns efficiently, cooks exactly the way it was designed to do, and the two best things is that cleanup is a snap, and you just simply put it away in the custom made carrying case included with your purchase and away you go.

I tired for two days to find any “cons” about this BBQ grill, but I can’t really find any fault in the Cobb Premier Smoker and its uses are endless as it’s perfect for tailgating, camping, hiking, boating, picnicking, apartment living, the office, keep one on hand for emergency purposes to mention a few, this mighty little BBQ smoker is a must have for everyone!

 

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