Posts tagged with "Grill"

Table Mountain Inn Reopens

The charming Southwestern boutique hotel, Table Mountain Inn, and on-property restaurant, Table Mountain Grill & Cantina, re-opened to welcome guests on June 1st, 2020. During to the temporary closure of the hotel and restaurant due to COVID-19, both businesses made updates and renovations to ensure the safety and comfort of guests who overnight or dine at the property.

When guests visit Table Mountain Inn, they’ll be transported to a Southwestern haven that feels like a home away from home. The newly remodeled lobby has been designed to create a cozy community space where guests can soak up the hotel’s unique ambiance. Since re-opening in early June, Table Mountain Inn has observed the need for the folks to partake in socially responsible fun and also to get outside and enjoy nature, whether that be to challenge oneself with an outdoor activity or to enjoy a romantic getaway in a beautiful setting. Encouraging the exploration of the beautiful outdoors, guests have the opportunity to indulge in new packages at the unique oasis.

One of these packages is the Colorado Fishing Package. With this package, guests will enjoy luxury accommodations for two as they explore the beautiful outdoors during a 6-hour guided fishing trip. Another package is the “Elope on Tabletop Mountain” Elopement Package; perfect for brides who are looking to elope in picturesque Golden, Colorado, the Elopement Package fills any mountain wedding needs.

Since their closure, the Table Mountain Inn and Table Mountain Grill & Cantina have implemented the additional sanitation and safety protocols based on the most current information available for the hospitality industry. For example, Table Mountain Grill & Cantina re-opened on June 1st, 2020 to offer dine-in service, while continuing contactless pick-up service and delivery through the DoorDash delivery app. All around the inn and restaurant, social distancing and masks are required, and guests will find sanitizing stations throughout the property. Find comfort and adventure at the Table Mountain Inn today and book your stay.

4th of July in Chicago

Cheers with Bottomless Mimosas at Offshore, the World’s Largest Rooftop Bar

Offshore, world’s largest rooftop deck and one of Chicago’s most exciting hotspots located at Navy Pier has re-opened their doors to the public, and is ready to cheers to the 4th with the return of their bottomless mimosas available Saturday and Sunday for $29 per person, for two hours. Start your weekend festivities with friends alongside unprecedented views of the Chicago skyline, still just as epic without fireworks. Reservations are highly recommended, and are available via OpenTable for tables of 8 or less. For more information, please visit www.drinkoffshore.com

Enjoy DIY and Ready-For-The-Grill Meal Kits at Carnivale

Carnivale, Chicago’s one-of-a-kind restaurant serving Latin inspired cuisine from Central America, South America and Mexico, located at 702 W. Fulton Market St., is offering special July 4th DIY and Ready-For-The-Grill Meal Kits available for curbside pick-up on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. These meal kits include the guests’ choice of Guacamole and Chips or Ropa Vieja for an appetizer, Skirt Steak, Peruvian Chicken and Baby Back Ribs for entrees, and includes Caesar Salad, Corn Bread, Potato Salad, Dulce de Leche Cookie and Rainbow Cookie for salad, sides and dessert. The July 4th DIY and Ready-For-The-Grill meal kits are available to serve four for $135 (includes choice of four total entrees) or six-to-eight (includes choice of six total entrees) for $245 and guests may call Carnivale directly at 312.850.5005 to place their order for curbside pickup.

Decorate Your Outdoor BBQ with Incredible Balloon Arrangements from Luft Balloons

For those looking for big, bold and beautiful decorations for 4th of July BBQs and get togethers, Luft Balloons offers a variety of impressive balloon bouquets and installations ready to decorate the backyard! Balloons are available for pick up from Luft Balloons’ studio, 345 W. Armitage, or for delivery in the Chicago area. For more information or to place an order, visit www.luftballoonstore.com

Host the Perfect Cookout with Geja’s Café Ultimate 4th of July Grilling Kit

Celebrate your 4th festivities this year with Geja’s Cafe’s exclusive 4th of July Grill Kit, The kit, each $75 and serving 4, includes 8 kabobs, with your choice of beef, chicken, shrimp, or vegetable, plus 4 corn on the cob, 4 strawberry shortcakes, 3 Geja’s dipping sauces of your choice, a 2lb pan of fingerling potatoes, 1 quart of fruit salad, and grill seasoning to top it all off. Sauce options include Fresh Dill, Horseradish Chive, Thai Chili Garlic, Chimichurri, Teriyaki, Sriracha Aioli, Curry and their salad dressing Dijon Vinaigrette Salad Dressing. Orders must be placed by June 30th and can be picked up beginning July 2nd between 12:30 – 6 p.m. Please reserve your ultimate grilling kit by calling (773) 281-9101 or visiting www.gejascafe.com for more details.

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July 4th Food × Wine Pairings

Independence Day is right around the corner, and while it may look a bit different this year with socially distanced grill outs and get togethers, Cameron Hughes Wine has got you covered with a food and wine pairing menu that features some of their most popular wines:

Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($18)

If you plan on grilling chicken with herbs or have any potato-based sides, this is going to be your go-to pairing. A welcome accompaniment to pasta salads as well, but don’t forget our friends in the sea. This will be perfect for those grilling shrimp, scallops, halibut steaks or swordfish.

Santa Barbara County White Blend ($14)

Not everyone wants a red wine with grilled meats and veggies. This is the perfectly robust and rich white to save the day. Just as at home with Chicken as it is Steak, the fuller body on this white blend will mingle perfectly on the palate with that classic “grilled” flavor on anything.

Lake County Muscat Canelli ($12)

Let’s face it, some folks just like a sweet wine. That’s totally fine, so go ahead and serve them pulled pork with the classic vinegar and spicy Carolina BBQ sauce, paired alongside this gem, perfect for cutting the fat, sweetening the vinegar, and taking a bit of the edge off of the spice.

Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon ($24)

At CHW, this wine affectionately falls into a lesser-known category of Napa reds – “Pork Reds” to be precise – a category reserved for non-Pinot Noir reds that are excellent accompaniments to grilled bone-in pork chops. A nice rub of Montreal chop seasoning, grilled medium rare, makes for perfect company with this elegantly structured Yountville Napa Cab.

Mendocino Field Blend ($13)

You’ll be hard pressed to find a better partner to a burger just off the grill. Irrelevant of fixins on your burger, this is the perfect wine to enjoy alongside any twist on the July 4th classic.

Russian River Valley Zinfandel ($17)

This is a grilled steak Zinfandel. No matter if it’s NY, Ribeye, Filet, or Tri-tip, this will be your best friend, and you won’t need to break the bank opening some Napa Valley big boy wine. This’ll do just right by your grilled tomahawk and your wallet.

About Cameron Hughes:

Cameron Hughes is a California vintner who has hacked the code on sourcing expensive wines on the cheap. As a wine trader, Cameron Hughes doesn’t own vineyards or a winery — his focus is on purely sourcing the best wines and negotiating the best price. Once acquired, the wines are bottled under the Cameron Hughes label and then offered at a fraction of the original price.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Ball and Buck, the leaders in sporting lifestyle and outdoor menswear, launched the bespoke Ball and Buck CJ-8 Jeep Scrambler. Vintage jeeps from the 1980s, sourced from around the country, are modernized with custom finishes and mechanics for a one-of-a-kind ride.

The CJ-8 Scrambler, introduced in 1981 and only manufactured for 5 years, was popular for its retro stripe and small pick-up style box that was perfect for driving in the streets or for off road adventures. Fans ranged from Ronald Reagan to Steve Mcqueen and Clint Eastwood. The Ball and Buck CJ-8 is engineered by Kyle Smith of Bird Buggy using the highest quality materials for a luxury utility experience. The Ball and Buck CJ-8 takes 3-6 months from order to completion. Price ranges from $65,000 – $95,000

Ball and Buck Signature Canoe $1500

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The Ball and Buck Signature Canoe

Ball and Buck, the brand for sporting gentlemen, created a canoe inspired by two generations of rowers. With Ball and Buck’s Signature Canvas covered seats and pinstripe detailing, it is designed for style as well as stability, ease of paddling and comfort. It handles equally well solo or tandem and is an accessory anyone with a love of outdoors can enjoy, whether fishing, running non-technical rivers, or just paddling around. Randy Pew from Merrimack designed this canoe for stability, ease of paddling and comfort. It handles equally well solo or tandem and is an excellent choice for the discriminating paddler. Whether fishing, running non-technical rivers, or just paddling around, this is the perfect canoe for any adventure.

Sea Island Forge x Ball and Buck Fire Kettle $2488

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Sea Island Forge x Ball and Buck Signature Kettle

Designed to last for generations, this kettle is guaranteed to let you make the most of your outdoor space. Ball and Buck partnered with Sea Island Forge to design the best kettle that is straight fire. The grill top is custom tailored to your Fire Kettle. The cooking surface is made of expanded metal (stainless) and clips onto the kettle lip with two screw-tight anchor points. The grill top is then controlled with Sea Island Forge’s patent pending ratchet system. Perfect for grillin’ up some of your favorite meats and veggies while sitting back with a beer or bourbon.

Camo Face Mask $18

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Original Camo Face Mask

Mark Bollman, founder of Ball and Buck, was looking to purchase a mask for himself in March, and couldn’t find one anywhere. He decided to make them, realizing if he was in this situation, other Americans around the country were as well. As Coronavirus ravaged the United States, the CDC advised the public to wear nonmedical fabric face masks because the use could help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Ball and Buck launched the Original Camo Face mask first and just introduced new colorways. For every mask sold, he is donating a mask to a hospital in need.

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Your Guide to BBQ Smokers for the Best Barbeque Cooking

Section 1: Introduction

Do you want to take your barbeque to the next level? You can do that with the right BBQ smoker. Though you can always cook a flesh on a standard grill, your meat may lack the texture and flavor that comes with smoking.

Getting a BBQ smoker can be a bit stressful for some people because of the numerous brands to consider. All of them come with a wide range of features making it difficult to make a pick. This short guide examines the main types of smokers on the market today, their advantages and disadvantages, and how to maintain them.

Section 2: Basics

Section 2.1: Meaning of smoking?

When you surround the flesh in a flavor-filled chamber over a period while keeping the temperature low, then you’re smoking the meat. This act will cause the beef to have the same flavor as the smoke and, in turn, removes traces of moisture, helping the meat to last longer.

Section 2.2: What is a smoker?

A smoker is an appliance for cooking in a controlled, smoky environment for making barbeque. It produces smoke and holds it around the meat for absorption. 

There are various ways to smoke under slow heat using many smoker/grill types available today. You can purchase charcoal smokers, gas smokers, wood smokers, pellet smokers, and electric smokers. Each of them has advantages and disadvantages, but the most crucial factor is the type of meat you’re smoking.

Section 2.3: Types of Barbeque smokers

Vertical water smokers

This type is otherwise called a bullet smoker, and most beginners start with it, typically the Weber Smokey Mountain. They’re cute and compact with a small footprint to fit onto the most insignificant of patios. 

  • Advantages

They’re one of the most inexpensive types of smokers and are easy to use. It can be easily transported in a truck and does not take up much space on the patio.

  • Disadvantages

It has a small cooking capacity. The water pan can get greasy and will have to be cleaned after every cook.

Offset smokers

An offset smoker has both a firebox and a cooking chamber. The two-part design makes lighting and heating less stressful.

  • Advantages

They’re cheap and straightforward with lots of space for food.

  • Disadvantages

The temperature is hard to control and requires skill.

Box smokers

This is cabinet or vault with a heat source at the base and a rack on the top. It conserves more heat because of the unique position of the heat source.

  • Advantages

Though good ones cost a lot more, they do produce large amounts of great barbeque in a highly controllable environment. These smokers can be the most dependable and easiest-to-use smokers on the market.

  • Disadvantages

Most box smokers on sale are less efficient, lack insulation, loses heat quickly, though they’re more expensive than vertical types.

Drum smoker

These types of smokers are now being used in barbeque competitions. This vertical-style smoker is effective and efficient. The cylindrical design does an excellent job by trapping heat and radiating it evenly throughout the entire inside of the barrel.

  • Advantages

These types of smokers are usually cheap. It gives the meat a unique flavor and holds consistent temperature for long periods.

  • Disadvantages

They require some skill and practice and also run hot.

Smoker ovens

They are like ovens in the home such that you might want them indoors, but it’s best to use them outside.

  • Advantages

This one can smoke more meat at a time, making it ideal for commercial applications.

  • Disadvantages

It is not suitable for indoor use because of carbon (II) oxide poisoning.

Kamado Grill

Looking for a slow cooker, Kamado Grill is an ideal choice. It has high-quality insulation and functional vents.

  • Advantages

They are durable, attractive, and can heat up to 750 degrees Fahrenheit and over.

  • Disadvantages

They are comparatively expensive and have space limitations also.

Pellet grill

Wood is the primary fuel for the pellet grill. High-quality wood generates light and cleaner smoke with a significant amount of energy.

  • Advantages

You can use it as a grill or smoker. The smoke is more suitable for smoking though you can still use it for grills.

  • Disadvantages

Pellet grills come at a relatively higher cost. They sometimes have several moving parts, making them difficult to maintain.

Section 3: Techniques/Tips to improve

Section 3.1: Tips on how to maintain your smoker

  • Ashes can form a byproduct that promotes rusting. You can let ashes cool before you sweep and dispose them in the airtight metal container.
  • Meathead Goldwyn mentioned that grill grates and influx of carbon on the lid doesn’t improve food flavor.

Section 4: Correcting Common Problems

Section 4.1: Common meat smoking mistakes to avoid

Smoking meat is a great way to enhance, but there are some common pitfalls beginners should try to avoid.

  • Incomplete preheating of the smoker

Whatever recipe you use; it will tell you how long it takes to smoke a particular piece of meat. You’ll also be given a simple preheat temperature so you’ll have to warm up the smoker first. Though it makes the process longer, it will provide you with the ideal cook and smoke temperature to get the perfect flavor.

  • Opt for a lighter fluid

The most convenient way of doing this is to use a chemical to initiate the fire.

  • Using high density or much wood

If the wood is much, vast clouds of smoke will be produced, but a single stream of smoke can effectively flavor the meat. A considerable amount of smoke can overpower the flavor of the flesh and even render the meat inedible.

  • Starting too fast

The best way to smoke meat is to start slowly and gradually increase the temperature.

  • Wood quality is poor

Don’t use non-seasonal wood, green, or wet wood. Greenwood is reserved for seasoned professionals who know precisely how to use it. If you’re a beginner, greenwood can cause the meat to become bitter.

Section 5: Analysis of Best Practices in the Industry

  • Smokers come in a range of different sizes
  • An offset smoker is the most traditional type of smoker and is completely wood-fired. The firebox is by the side where you build your smoke.
  • There are pellet smokers too. Fill it in with compressed wood pellets. They’re available in a different range of flavors. An electronic spark ignites them, moves in through the unit, and you can set the temperatures.
  • For the Kamado smokers, the ceramic provides excellent induction of heat.
  • The water or bullet smoker has a charcoal pan at the bottom. There is also a water pan to regulate moisture within the chamber.
  • For vertical smokers, the charcoal is placed at the bottom with a water pan in the middle. You can control your airflow on both sides.

https://youtu.be/6Gk2e9BUDpc

In the above video, Jess Pryles, the original hardcore Carnivore, tried to explain many of the different types of smokers out there.

Section 6: Tools you can use

  • A good smoker
  • Thermometer
  • Digital meat thermometer
  • Tongs
  • Spatula
  • Meat Claws
  • Gloves 

2019 GMC Sierra Denali

From a distinct grill and smooth ride, the all new 2019GMC Sierra Denali is elegantly appointed and design to make you live like a pro. Simply put, this is more than a work truck. Luxury goes to work to ease your burdens. The multi-pro liftgate makes lifting any load a breeze. It is your time to step up to state-of-the-art design. My recent drive of this amazing vehicle through the beautiful terrain of Newfoundland Canadareaffirmed the strong market presence of this truck in the market place. This automotive genius is  not just a truck it is a lifestyle. Get to know the GMC Sierra Denali it is worth a test drive!