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Grilling Essentials & #CookoutWeek Welcome!

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A list of 6 practical grilling essentials recommended by our resident pit master/grill master, The Godfather! Around this time of the year, when you’re out for your evening walks or jogs, you can’t help but smell some tasty grilled or barbecued foods being made by your neighbors. As soon as the smell hits you, you immediately wonder what it is, and perhaps wonder how to make friends with them to then be invited over for dinner. If you’re like The Godmother and I, you may also wonder how their food is made, and how you would replicate or differ in making the meal on the grill.

This year, we joined forces with around 50 other bloggers as part of #CookoutWeek – an entire week filled with summer recipes perfect for your next cookout, along with a fun giveaway, courtesy of some awesome sponsors. Be sure to scroll down to the end of the post to enter!

In honor of #CookoutWeek, I offer some essentials that will prove handy in outdoor grilling or barbecuing. As you may have noticed in related posts, charcoal grilling reigns supreme in my home, but most of these essentials prove worthy if you have a gas or electric grill.  I refer to these essentials because you will see at least some of these referenced in my grilling or barbecuing recipes – they save time, enhance the quality of your meal, and/or save you loads of money on trendy or really expensive grilling/barbecuing equipment.

Here are my essentials for grilling and or barbecuing:

  1. Wood briquette charcoal: Compared to brand-name charcoal at grocery stores made with fillers, these last longer and burn much cleaner.
  2. Chimney starter: Keep the lighter fluid fumes away from your grill. For less than $15, you will never have to resort to using lighter fluid to light up your charcoal grill again!
  3. Aluminum foil and pans: For tons of uses, from smoking your meats to resting. Plus, you can save your money from buying expensive cleaners and brushes by using aluminum foil to clean your grill grates.
  4. Wood chips: Mesquite, oak, pecan, or apple wood chips…each is good for smoking a variety of meats. Don’t spend money on a wood chip box! Instead, soak your wood chips in water and place them in an aluminum pan or foil shaped like a paper boat near the heat source…you will get the same if not better effect.
  5. Quality meat thermometer: For those really thick cuts of meat, get yourself a good meat thermometer. Don’t second guess the done-ness of your meat, for both flavor and your health.
  6. Grill basket: You know what goes great on a grill? Everything! A grill basket will let you safely prepare vegetables, fruit, and seafood…so that everyone can enjoy a meal made outdoors.

Happy grilling! Check out the fantastic #CookoutWeek prize pack and enter below!

It’s super easy to enter, and one lucky winner will get:

It’s pretty much everything you need to host an awesome cookout this summer. It’s a prize pack worth over $300! Thank you so much to all of the wonderful sponsors listed above and the organizers at The PinterTest Kitchen who have made #CookoutWeek possible.

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Don’t forget to check back throughout the week with all of the bloggers participating to get your #CookoutWeek recipes. Here’s the full list of participating bloggers:

The PinterTest Kitchen2 Cookin’ MamasA Day in the Life on the Farmaddicted 2 recipesAimee Broussard & Co.Amy’s Cooking AdventuresAngels Home Sweet HomesteadBakin’ and EggcerptsBalancing MotherhoodBody RebootedCheese Curd In ParadiseCindy’s Recipes and WritingsCook With 5 KidsCook. Craft. Love.Cookaholic WifeCricket’s ConfectionsCrumb: A Food BlogEat, Drink, Be Healthy!Everyday EileenFairyburgerFood ParsedGet the Good Stuff!Goodie GodmotherHezzi-D’s Books and CooksHome in the Finger LakesJennifer CooksJessie WeaverKate’s Recipe BoxLife on FoodLittle House Big AlaskaLittle Scratch KitchenMaking MiraclesMoore or Less CookingRhubarb and HoneySavvy In The KitchenSeduction in the KitchenSimple Food 365Style IslandThanks for Cookin’!The Food Hunter’s Guide To CuisineThe Hungary Buddha Eats the WorldThe Spiffy CookieThe Weekday GourmetThis is How I CookTramplingroseVintage KittyWest Via Midwest


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Abbe@This is How I Cook

Tuesday 28th of June 2016

What a great informative post! Perfect for this week!


Monday 27th of June 2016

So excited for this week and all the upcoming delicious recipes! :D

Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm

Monday 27th of June 2016

I'm really excited about this week. Not only will we share great recipes but we will make new friends as well.

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