When it comes to shopping for an outdoor grill, usually the first decision to make is whether to get a charcoal, gas, or an electric grill--and then if gas or charcoal is permitted, electric is quickly kicked to the curb. This isn't surprising: when we think of outdoor grilling, we usually equate that with an open fire. However, there are many situations where open-fire cooking is simply not an option. Balconies and other small, confined spaces are often excluded from joining in the open-fire party. But that doesn't mean electric grills have to suffer a fate of inferior … Read more
Ever since there have been backyards, there have been backyard cookouts. There is just something undeniably appealing about cooking food over an open fire. After all, it's hard not to enjoy something that has been so integral to our survival since our caveman days. While the meeting of food and flame may strike a chord that resonates with our distant ancestors, that doesn't mean we have to be stuck in the past. Now, we can take the fire with us.
Grilling isn't always about bringing the kitchen into the backyard; sometimes it is about bringing the kitchen to the park, beach, or big game (or even not-so-big game). Thankfully, manufacturers long ago figured out that bulky kitchen equipment should stay right where it belongs. It wasn't long after that when the same thing was discovered as it relates to the backyard grill; it's no fun trying to lug the full-size grill around, even though that doesn't mean many of us have tried.
Where backyard grillers looking for an outing may have failed, owners of portable grills … Read more
As we stagger out of our man-made caves, ready to greet the changing season, we emerge hungry--hungry for the grill. While the winds of change may carry us outside and straight to the grill, they also bring with them uncertainty. Not only do we find ourselves out of practice cooking over a fire, but also subject to the unpredictability inherent in working with wood or charcoal as a fuel source. But it doesn't have to be that way.
It has been a long, cold winter across much of the country, one where it's going to take going the extra mile to heat up when it's all over. Or, in the case of outdoor grills, an extra couple of feet. The massive new Wolf 54-Inch Outdoor Gas Grill should be up to the task. Featuring five stainless-steel burners capable of outputting 51,000 BTU, the large, built-in gas grill provides ample grilling room and strength to match.
While four and a half feet of grilling room is a nice vacation from cramped and cold quarters, it's … Read more
You may have only heard of the iGrill, a Bluetooth device that allows you to keep tabs on the temperature of your grill, wirelessly. At CES 2011, you can see it in action.
iDevices, the maker of the wireless cooking thermometer that's used with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad announced today that it will demonstrate the device at the Las Vegas show in January.
The iGrill comes with a probe for you to put inside your grill. The probe is connected to a Bluetooth display, which communicates with your Apple devices via an app and lets you … Read more
Grill enthusiasts find a way to get the job done. But that doesn't necessarily mean a grill hack is necessary to achieve wanted results. After all, grilling is about relaxing; fighting through some shaky contraption just isn't for anybody. (Although, with the weather outside being so frightful, one does have plenty of time to ponder possibilities.) For an elegant solution to stir-fry or griddling on the grill, there is an easier way.
For a good part of the country, outdoor grilling is the furthest thing from the mind. It's cold, it's wet, and it's snowy: three ingredients that don't usually make for a good barbecue. The weather outside may be frightful, but the thought of grilled meats is always delightful, so what is one to do? Grilling requires a hands-on experience regardless of rain, sleet, or snow. So if visions of chicken and chops dance in your head, the only option may be to brave the elements. Unless, of course, you decide to phone it in.
This week, we get all Crave-y over a new boombox from TDK with a sweet design that belies the company's low-tech roots. Also, a fake coffee bot makes us yearn for the days when "The Jetsons" becomes a reality; some creepy crawlers get made over into flashy, USB-powered robots that are just ripe for holiday stockings; and we check out a tutorial on how to install your own "Star Trek"-worthy pneumatic doors. Plus, an utterly expensive--yet awesome--steampunk flash drive catches our eyes, as does a rather emasculating motorcycle ripped straight out of "Tron"--but for entirely different reasons. Finally, a shout-out to a local eatery in this week's "This is Why You're Fat" segment.
Not everybody enjoys cooking. I know, I know. It seems like a crazy thing to believe, impossible even; yet strange as it may sound, it happens to be true. For those who find the kitchen akin to a torture chamber, they look upon kitchen gadgets and appliances as something clearly designed to cause pain, while the rest of us see only possibilities of meals to be. While no appliance can eliminate the waves of terror that some may feel when faced with an approaching mealtime and no cash on hand for delivery, perhaps having one customizable multitasker can help make … Read more