Barbeque Grilling has Reached a Whole New Dimension

Written by Valerie Giles

Grilling onrepparttar barbecue has never been more exciting. Not only do barbecues come in a myriad of designs and options, but also withrepparttar 149386 advent of popular cooking shows, cooking books and magazines’, grilling has reached a whole new dimension. Grilling is no longer just about steaks and burgers, barbecue grilling is full of adventurous and elegant recipes and menu plans. Some ofrepparttar 149387 tantalizing grilling ‘recipes have names like grilled mango blossom, grilled portobello’s with avocado salsa and grilled beef tenderloin with cabernet sauvignon sauce.

You’ll want to familiarize yourself withrepparttar 149388 barbecuing grilling basics before you start. The two most popular types of grilling arerepparttar 149389 indirect and direct grilling methods. The indirect method is a slow cooking process because less heat is used. One suggestion for indirect cooking is to use a disposable drip pan or foil placed underneathrepparttar 149390 food to be cooked, using tongs arrangerepparttar 149391 coals aroundrepparttar 149392 pan. The food is cooked byrepparttar 149393 hot air circulating aroundrepparttar 149394 food (similar to a convection oven) this process is great for cooking roasts. It’s always a good idea to check with your owner manual for your specific barbeque.

The direct grilling method is achieved by arrangingrepparttar 149395 coals (with long handled tongs) to spread evenly in a single layer, extending about one inch beyondrepparttar 149396 area of food. The food is then placed directly over fire. The direct grilling method is fast because ofrepparttar 149397 intense heat and allows for quick browning onrepparttar 149398 outside of foods. Direct grilling works best for food requiring short cooking times, such as burgers and steaks. It’s important to turn over food to allow cooking of both sides.

The three most popular ways of adding flavor to your selected grilling foods are with sauces, marinades and rubs. The sauce can be said to define a great barbecue, you can use a little sauce or a lot. A sample recipe for sauce is this maple barbecue sauce; combine equal amounts of maple syrup, ketchup and white wine add garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, basil, ginger and chili powder with a bay leaf, bring ingredients to a boil then reduce and let simmer. A sauce should be brushed on inrepparttar 149399 last five to ten minutes of grilling asrepparttar 149400 sugar can causerepparttar 149401 sauce to burn. There are a wide variety of barbecue sauces and recipes available.

Marinades are another way to change a mediocre meal into incredible. They are an excellent way to add flavor while tenderizing and promoting crisp brown exteriors. The three basic ingredients in marinades are flavorings (herbs, spices and sweeteners), oils and acids (citrus juices, wines, vinegars and yogurts). A simple marinade recipe isrepparttar 149402 lemon rosemary marinade. Mix shredded lemon peel, lemon juice, olive oil, sugar, white wine, rosemary, salt and pepper and pour over your selected meat, tofu, or vegetables in either a plastic sealable bag or shallow dish and refrigerate for one to two hours, remembering to shake bag or flip in dish half way through marinating process.

Rubs are a wonderful bold blend of seasonings, which are just asrepparttar 149403 name implies rubbed directly intorepparttar 149404 food. The food is rubbed with spices prior to grilling, transformingrepparttar 149405 rub into a crunchy brown crust that seals inrepparttar 149406 juices and enhancesrepparttar 149407 flavors. A very basic rub recipe is this herb rub; equal amounts of dried rosemary, dried thyme, dried minced onion, dried minced garlic, with smaller amounts of salt and pepper combine all ingredients in a food processor until coarsely ground. Sprinkle mixture evenly over meat, then rub in with fingers. Store in a covered container inrepparttar 149408 refrigerator for 15 minutes to two hours, and then grill.

10 Tips To Save Money When Dining Out

Written by Gregory Thomas

Here are some tips that can help you save money when dining out. Keep in mind that these tips are intended to help you save money when dining out at a restaurant type setting. In other words, these tips will not be related to fast food establishments for their food is already priced reasonably.


1. If you can chooserepparttar time of day, breakfast meals are usually lower in cost. If that's not possible, dine out during lunch or brunch time, which tends to be cheaper than at dinner time.

2. Dine out duringrepparttar 149385 week rather than onrepparttar 149386 weekend. Most all restaurants offer weekly specials where you'll find prices that are much lower than usual.

3. If you have a family, go to places that offer children's menus with low priced meals.

4. If you are not a big eater, share an entree with someone else and order salad or soup to supplement your meal.

5. Try and avoid alcoholic drinks and desserts since their markup is very high. $4.50 for a beer is just not worth it!

6. Your local city newspaper should have coupons for many ofrepparttar 149387 popular restaurants in your area. Take a look and see what's available to you.

7. If you dine out alot, it may be more economical to buy a coupon book of restaurants in your area or a "frequent dining card". You'll find lots of 2-for-1 and 50% off coupons that can add up to big savings.

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