Stay In & Cook Out

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In these uncertain times, there's one thing that remains constant: 1 BTU = 1055 joules of pure cooking power. OK, so that may not mean much to most of us, and maybe you're isolating at home, but you can still rely on the BTUs of your grill or smoker to cook some fantastic food for you and your family. After all, social distancing doesn't mean you can't have any fun. Now is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy a backyard barbecue.

Go outside, grab your tongs (and maybe a beer while you're at it), and spend some quality time at the grill or smoker. And we can still get "together" online to cook and share recipes, stories, and one liners. If you want to see what other people are up to, search for the hashtag #stayincookout. And if you feel like it, post your own photos, videos, and recipes at the bottom of this page. Or just post something to make us laugh! We could all use more fun in our lives right now. Who knows - you could become internet famous!

If you head out to the grill and realize that it's been a while since you last fired up, take a quick look at our BBQ Season Checklist for some basic maintenance reminders. Maybe now's the time to scrape out the old gunk and get your machine purring like a kitten.

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We've heard reports of some local stores running out of ground beef. If you've been asking "Where's the Beef?" stretch out what you have by mixing it with chopped mushrooms. Our Beef and Mushroom Blended Burgers have so much savory umami flavor no one will suspect there's less ground beef in them. Or make burgers with other ground meats. You can probably still get ground pork, and then turn it into spicy Pork Satay Sliders with Thai peanut sauce and sesame lime scented slaw. Ground lamb also makes fantastic Greek Gyros with a creamy yogurt sauce and fresh tomatoes in pita bread that will please the whole family. Or transform some corned beef brisket into Reuben Burgers grilled until crusty all over with melted Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing on toasted rye bread.

Let's see… what else can we turn into a burger… Got brats? Re-assemble a few links to make rich and gooey Brat Burgers with Beer Cheese Sauce. Heck, you could even re-live the comforts of Thanksgiving with a box of stuffing and some ground turkey made into Turkey and Stuffing Burgers with Cranberry BBQ Sauce and sweet potato fries. Or order some kangaroo meat online to make Butter-Stuffed Kangaroo Burgers. Enjoy them with a pint of Foster's beer. There's lots of burger options! You can get all kinds of exotic meats from Durham Ranch. If it's beef or nothing, order up some of the best beef available and get it delivered. Top meat suppliers like Allen Brothers, Porter Road, and Snake River Farms have lost a lot of their restaurant business in recent weeks, and they would be more than happy to send you a few pounds of high-quality meat to grill or smoke at home.

Ran out of a key ingredient? Store shelves are empty? A simple swap might do the trick. The Food Substitutions Bible, authored by our own Dave Joachim has more than 6,500 substitutions for ingredients, equipment, and techniques, including emergency substitutions, time-savers, healthy swaps, alternatives for hard-to-find ingredients, and ideas for varying a dish in countless ways. Organized from A-Z, this award-winning book is in its 2nd edition. It even has entries for things like "Barbecue Sauce," "Grill," and "Wood Smoke." If you don't have it, substitute it. Read more about The Food Substitutions Bible here.

Or maybe you just want to get outside and celebrate spring. 'Tis the season for grilling lamb, asparagus, potatoes, and scallions. Check out some of our favorite springtime recipes below.

Either way, it's high time to have a barbecue. Join us! Let's #stayincookout while we can.

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Our growing section on hamburgers will help you understand all the angles in making big fat juicy steakburgers or thin crispy diner burgers, and the techniques are very different! We'll take you on a tour of the regional styles of hamburgers, and even give you the secret sauce recipe. read more
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Despite the uncertainty, one thing hasn’t changed – the joy and comfort that BBQ and grilling brings. It starts with the right smoker or grill so we’ve compiled an elite list of top rated Platinum Medal winners, all of which can be delivered to your door so you can continue to stay safe at home. read more
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Dave Joachim Editor David Joachim has authored, edited, or collaborated on more than 45 cookbooks including four on barbecue and grilling, making him a perfect match for a website dedicated to the “Science of Barbecue and Grilling.” His Food Science column has appeared in "Fine Cooking" magazine since 2011. 




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