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How to Grill the Best Burgers

How to Grill the Best Burgers

A perfectly grilled burger is a thing of art. Burgers seem like an easy meal to make, but often, homemade burgers turn out dry, misshapen, and altogether disappointing. There are several tricks you can use at home to get restaurant-quality results every time you grill a burger. We'll walk through …
The Best Grilling Basket for Vegetables, Fish, and Small Items

The Best Grilling Basket for Vegetables, Fish, and Small Items

What is a Grill Basket? Grill baskets come in a lot of different shapes and sizes to serve different purposes. They all use some type of screen, mesh, or ventilated surface to allow you to put things on the grill that would otherwise fall through the grates. The grill basket also opens u …
Why Medium Rare is Always the Perfect Steak Temperature

Why Medium Rare is Always the Perfect Steak Temperature

Some strong opinions can come out when you're at a restaurant and someone at the table orders a well-done steak. You might see the look of disgust on another person's face, the shocked puzzlement of why anyone would ever order an overcooked steak. It might seem funny or even over the …
Charcoal vs Gas Grills

Charcoal vs Gas Grills

We were at the home improvement store recently and happened to wander through the barbecue section just to see what's out there right now. After talking with a couple people and a salesperson, we realized there is considerable confusion about gas vs charcoal grills. To dispel the mystery, we're goin …
Burnt Ends vs Rib Tips

Burnt Ends vs Rib Tips

Burnt ends and rib tips are very different from one another. Burnt ends are made from the point of a well-smoked brisket while rib tips are a byproduct trimmed from St. Louis Style ribs. We've got a nice write-up on burnt ends if you want to know our favorite way to make this treat. Thi …
The Best Lump Charcoal | Rockwood vs Blues Hog vs B&B

The Best Lump Charcoal | Rockwood vs Blues Hog vs B&B

Whether you're smoking, grilling, or barbecuing, using natural hardwood lump charcoal will give you better results than briquettes. But choosing the best lump charcoal is kind of a pain – every company has the same things to say on the bag. You'll see "burns hotter", "burns longer", and that i …
The Best Burger Recipe for Labor Day

The Best Burger Recipe for Labor Day

Labor Day is the grillers favorite holiday. It's the last summer cookout and the perfect opportunity to have some fun with classic grill foods. Hamburgers are sure to be on tens of thousands of barbecues over the Labor Day weekend, so we thought that we would show you the best way to make the bes …
Seth's Smoked Ribs Recipe

Seth's Smoked Ribs Recipe

One of the most popular meats we put on the smoker is racks of ribs. They are easy to make, delicious, and fun to share. Everyone has their favorite way of doing ribs but we get lots of requests for the "Secret Recipe" Seth uses when he is smoking a rack of ribs. So due to popular demand, this is …
How to Tell If a Steak Is Done

How to Tell If a Steak Is Done

Cooking a steak can be stressful when you aren't sure how to tell if it's done. Steak can be touchy – just a minute too much and the steak is overcooked. But pulling a steak a minute too soon can also be disappointing when you finally carve it only to find it bloody. With time comes experience, …
How to Throw the Ultimate 4th of July BBQ

How to Throw the Ultimate 4th of July BBQ

The Fourth of July is a great excuse to throw an epic BBQ party. It's time to get out the grill or smoker and grab a few of the best 4th of July BBQ recipes featuring fresh summer flavors. Our Independence Day guide will give you inspiration to break away from tradition and help you create a uniq …
Summer BBQ Sides

Summer BBQ Sides

Summer is the perfect time to show off your grilling and smoking skills. Nothing sets off a better summer party than having epic side dishes that complement your barbecue. Making your own sides is fun and can save you lots of money over buying premade sides. Many of the summer side dishes we're goin …
How Does a Smoker Work

How Does a Smoker Work

A critical step when you want to learn to smoke meat is to understand the way a smoker works. There are several designs on the market with similarities and differences in the way they make smoke. Today, we're sharing how the different types of smokers work so you can decide which would be the bes …
What is Reverse Sear?

What is Reverse Sear?

There may be nothing more awesome than a perfectly seared medium rare steak. When you slice through the crisp, crackly crust and reveal tender, juicy beef, you know that steak is going to be delicious. Getting the ideal sear isn't difficult, but it does take a little practice and some know-how. I …
How is Charcoal Made?

How is Charcoal Made?

Charcoal is one of those mysterious variables in grilling and barbecuing. For every charcoal product on the market you'll find at least a dozen opinions about what is best, most traditional, or most flavorful. One thing is clear – not all charcoal is the same. The way different types of charcoal is …
What is Butcher Paper & Where to Buy Butcher Paper

What is Butcher Paper & Where to Buy Butcher Paper

Butcher paper is one of those things that is misunderstood and often left out of the smoking, grilling, and barbecuing process because of the confusion of what it is and what it does. Butcher paper is not always the easiest item to find in the stores, either. You'll find a wide selection of parch …
What is Pulled Pork?

What is Pulled Pork?

Pulled pork is a staple dish at barbecues from the Carolina's to California. It's no surprise – pulled pork is delicious. It's also an inexpensive dish that provides plenty of opportunity for creativity. Some people take their pulled pork seriously, even travelling nationwide to compete in regi …
May Is National Barbecue Month & We're Celebrating!

May Is National Barbecue Month & We're Celebrating!

There are so many things to love about the month of May. The spring air, flowers blooming, warmer weather – but the thing we love the most about May is that it's National Barbecue Month! That means it's time to get out the grill, season up some steaks, and get cooking. You might think we a …
Burch Barrel: Perfect for Outdoor Entertaining

Burch Barrel: Perfect for Outdoor Entertaining

Today we're going to share with you one of the coolest new cooking devices we've seen in years. This thing is easy to use, easy to set up, and easy to get perfect results, no matter what you're cooking. Born from the wild open spaces and rugged individuals that make Montana such a wonderful place, t …
What Is Brisket?

What Is Brisket?

Let's talk about one of the most misunderstood cuts of beef around that also happens to be one of our favorites to smoke on the Traeger – brisket. Brisket is a tough cut of beef that needs to be prepared correctly to be edible. Brisket is lean and has long, stringy fibers so it's easy to overcook. T …
The Ultimate Guide: How to BBQ

The Ultimate Guide: How to BBQ

Our favorite way to cook anything is on the barbecue. It could be steaks, wild game, or even vegetables. Give us an opportunity to fire up the grill and we are on it. If you are new to barbecuing or are looking for handy tips and tricks to improve your grill-game, this guide is going to be a big …
How to Control Temperature on a Kamado Grill

How to Control Temperature on a Kamado Grill

The Big Green Egg and Kamado Joe are nothing short of amazing. They're the most versatile charcoal grills we know of because they work great as a smoker, too. But mastering any kamado grill takes some practice. One of the most challenging skills you need to learn when you start grilling or smoking o …
Pellet Grill vs Charcoal Grill

Pellet Grill vs Charcoal Grill

The days are getting longer and soon it'll be time to get out the grill again. Grilling season is one of our favorite times of the year! But to be honest, we keep grilling year round, even when we have to shovel snow just to get out the door. We use both pellet grills and charcoal grills and dependi …
Most Common Smoking Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Most Common Smoking Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Smoking meat can be an intimidating process because you're dealing with long cooking times, usually large and expensive cuts of meat, and the constant risk that something will go wrong. Sooner or later, everyone has a smoking fail. It's just going to happen at some point. You can minimize …
How to Reheat Ribs

How to Reheat Ribs

Don't you love it when you see a nice stack of juicy, smoky ribs in the refrigerator leftover from last night's dinner? But you know once you reheat them, that juicy deliciousness will be gone. What if we told you there are easy ways to reheat ribs without drying them out? We're going to share our t …
Best BBQ Sauce: Bearded Butcher Blend BBQ Sauce

Best BBQ Sauce: Bearded Butcher Blend BBQ Sauce

What's the best thing to put our Bearded Butcher Blend BBQ Sauce on? Everything! We really can't choose. Seriously, this is the best barbecue sauce you'll ever try. It's sweet and tangy, spicy, and so delicious. We blended this one up because we knew there was a better way to make sauce. Most of the …