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For The Adventurous Griller – 3 New Books

“Weber’s Time to Grill: Get In. Get Out. Get Grilling” by Jamie Purviance (Sunset, $24.95). More than 200 recipes, full-color photos of recipes and step-by-step instructions. Each chapter focuses on one food, offering an easy way to prepare it plus a more adventurous way. For example, you can make Lemon-Marinated Chicken and Olive Skewers or take it a step beyond and make Chicken Thighs and Olive-Fennel Salad. Best tip: Full-color photos on how to check for doneness with steaks, poultry and fish.

“Smokin’ with Myron Mixon: Recipes Made Simple, from the Winningest Man in Barbecue” (Ballantine, $22). From the Learning Channel’s “BBQ Pitmasters,” Myron Mixon shares 70 award-winning recipes and advice about formulas for marinades, rubs and sauces and choosing the right wood.

“Latin Grilling” by Lourdes Castro (Ten Speed Press, $22) has more than 90 recipes for Latin feasts from Peruvian grilling to a Chilean seafood cookout.

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FDA CONSUMER HEALTH INFORMATION – BBQ Bliss: Keeping Bacteria at Bay

SILVER SPRING, Md., June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Your heavenly hamburgers and scrumptious shrimp won’t be a hit if they make your family or friends sick.

Preparing food or eating outdoors is a fun summer activity, but the warmer weather also means that illness-causing bacteria multiply faster in food.

Learn how to keep your barbecues and picnics safe with these six food safety tips from FDA.

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Throw Some Fruit on the Barbie

I’ve always loved barbecued fruit, such as grilled pineapples and peaches. So for a recent dinner party, I fused shish-kebab style skewers with fruit to create a warm, juicy dessert! I used figs, nectarines, and pineapple, but other fruit such as apricots, mangoes, and cantaloupe would be equally delicious. As the fruit grills, the natural sugar caramelizes, enhancing the sweetness and creating perfect grill marks.

My guests gobbled up all of the kebabs. They were such a hit that my next gathering is going to be a three-course skewered meal!
The Recipe

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Barbecue Chicken Recipe for Father’s Day

Ingredients

2 chickens (or 4 whole bone-in chicken breasts) halved lengthwise
1 1/2 cups Italian dressing, recipe follows
1/4 cup Neelys Barbecue Seasoning, recipe follows
1 cup Neelys Barbecue Sauce, recipe follows

Directions

Rinse chicken halves in cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Place chicken in a large bowl or baking dish, coat with Italian dressing and evenly season with Neelys seasoning. For best results, allow the chicken to marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
If Cooking Inside:

Take the chicken out of the refrigerator and brush chicken with Neelys Barbeque Sauce.

Place into a preheated 350 degree F oven for 45 minutes.
If Grilling Outside:

Thirty minutes before you’re ready to cook, take the chicken out of the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature. Preheat the grill to a medium temperature, about 275 degrees F preferably over hickory and charcoal.

Place the chicken halves on grill, meat side down. Cover grill and cook for about 50 minutes. Flip chicken over and let it brown until the chicken becomes golden, about 15 to 20 minutes. The wing and the drumstick should become very tender and will easily pull away at the joints. Brush the chicken with Neelys Barbecue sauce during the last 5 minutes of cooking.
Neely Italian Dressing:

2 tablespoons ground mustard
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons Neelys Barbecue Seasoning
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 cup canola oil
Salt and pepper

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, except the oil and salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in the oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Yield: 1 1/2 cups
BBQ Seasoning:

1 1/2 cups paprika
3/4 cup sugar
3 3/4 tablespoons onion powder

Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir until combined. Keep in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

BBQ Sauce

2 cups ketchup
1 cup water
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
5 tablespoons light brown sugar
5 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon ground mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 hour 15 minutes.

Yield: 3 1/2 cups

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Where To Find Window Barbecue? (For Apartments)

Q: Has anyone come across a barbecue that can be hung on a window (such as a sash window)? I can’t seem to find one. I’m the owner and occupier on the top floor so there are no problems from a neighbor or landlord point of view. Anyone have ideas for how it might be done?
A few answers

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Champion Mavericks Arrive Home In Dallas

DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks returned home in triumph on Monday, cheered by hundreds of fans celebrating the franchise’s first NBA title and the first professional championship of any kind in the area in more than a decade.

Owner Mark Cuban walked off the plane at Love Field carrying the championship trophy he was handed after Sunday’s Game 6 win over the Miami Heat.

Next came forward Dirk Nowitzki with hardware of his own: The NBA finals MVP trophy that was awarded after he overcame a finger injury, illness and smothering defense from the Heat to power fourth-quarter comeback wins.

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Cuban, the Dallas billionaire who bought the team in 2000, had the championship trophy in a seat next to him on the plane and he apparently kept it close throughout the Sunday night celebration.

“This will sound weird,” he wrote on Twitter. “I’m laying in bed. With the trophy next (to) me.”

Cuban will keep the party going at least through Thursday morning, the date set for the team’s victory parade through the streets of downtown Dallas.

Team spokeswoman Sarah Melton confirmed the date Monday, but said the precise route and other details would be announced Tuesday. Cuban has said that he will pick up the tab for the city’s parade costs.

The championship, the first in the 31-year history of the Mavericks, represents a breakthrough. The franchise was once one of the worst in the NBA and, even after Cuban’s infusion of cash and energy, had a reputation of failing to win big games β€” including a loss to Miami in the 2006 Finals after leading the series 2-0.

The title is city’s first since the Dallas Stars won the Stanley Cup in 1999 and it comes four months after the Super Bowl in suburban Arlington included not the hometown Cowboys but Green Bay and Pittsburgh along with a spate of bad weather. The Texas Rangers advanced to the last World Series, but lost to San Francisco.

As the Mavericks wore down the Heat, fans crowded into downtown Dallas on Sunday night to celebrate. Police reported 14 arrests, including six for public intoxication, four for disorderly conduct and four people taken into custody on outstanding warrants.

By Monday, attention had turned to the homecoming.

The team charter passed under a water cannon salute after it landed. Cuban, a cigar in his mouth, walked off first, followed by Nowitzki, both holding the trophies high. They then went across the runway to a security fence, touching off a celebration that lasted about 30 minutes and allowing fans who spent hours waiting in 90-degree heat to get a taste of the title.

Cuban eventually handed off the championship trophy to members of the team, who walked along the fence as fans held cell phones high to take photos. As Nowitzki was driven away, he held the MVP trophy aloft through the sun roof of his sport utility vehicle.

Mavs Watch Party Tickets Sold Out – Watch it at Big Racks BBQ

It took 45 minutes for Dallas Mavericks fans to buy up all the tickets to watch the Mavs take on the Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at the American Airlines Center on Sunday.

The Mavs say about 16,000 tickets were up for sale at 10:00 a.m. Friday and were sold out by 10:45 a.m.

Tickets for the Mavs watch party sold for $5 and fans were limited to eight tickets.

Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Mavs Foundation which supports local non-profits that assist young people through programs that stress education, good health and skills needed for future success.

The Mavs Dancers, ManiacS and Street Team will watch the game along with fans on the full HD video boards inside the AAC.

Fans can enter American Airlines Center through all doors beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Fans can watch the game at Big Racks BBQ in Grapevine

Summer barbecue on a budget

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. β€” With school soon out for summer, outdoor activities are getting into full swing. One fun summer time activity is outdoor grilling. Barbecues are a great way to celebrate summer holidays such as Independence Day, Father’s Day, Labor Day, or to simply celebrate the carefree days of summer. Even if you are on a tight budget, a laid-back backyard barbecue is an inexpensive way to enjoy time with friends and family.

To save money without sacrificing all the fun follow these tips for a budget friendly barbecue:

The meat: One way to keep costs low is to choose only one protein to serve. If hot dogs are on sale at the grocery store, grill hot dogs and set up a hot dog β€˜bar’ with all the popular toppings. Also save money by being resourceful and using what you already have on hand. Grill chicken or shrimp if that is what you have. Keeping it simple with only one main protein saves time and money.

Side dishes: Potato salad, coleslaw and baked beans are all popular and fairly inexpensive barbecue side dishes. However, if you are looking to keep things easy and inexpensive, stick with fresh veggies. Summertime means an overwhelming amount of fresh, seasonal vegetables which are available at low prices. Corn on the cob, zucchini and squash all grill beautifully.

Dessert: With fresh summer fruit available try grilling some peaches, making a cobbler or simply enjoying some fresh berries with homemade whipped cream.

Beverages: Lemonade and ice tea are extremely inexpensive and will keep your guests cool in the heat of the summer. If you are looking for a cost-effective way to serve alcoholic beverages, choose one variety of beer to serve, one specialty drink or ask guests to bring their own.

Serving: While paper plates and plastic cups may be convenient for gatherings, they add extra unnecessary costs. Using what you have on hand will keep your shopping list down to the essentials.

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Father’s Day gift idea: BBQ Cookbooks

The huffingtonpost has a great post that lists a bunch of barbecue cookbooks, recipe books, the history of BBQ, and more, the Post is here

The Big Book of BBQ: Not as meaty as paper version

If you haven’t yet noticed, your iPad is an extraordinary tool for reading digital books, newspapers and magazines.

Whether it’s the stunningly thin 9.7-inch screen, wireless connectivity, long battery life or App Store with more content than you know what to do with, it seems this tablet was simply built for those who love to read.

And so we were salivating over the availability of Southern Living’s The Big Book of BBQ, a new iPad app with mouth-watering recipes, barbecue cooking tips and high-resolution photography — just in time for summer.

While it certainly sizzles, the app isn’t without its shortcomings. But let’s start with what makes it a delicious pick for outdoor-cooking fans.

As you’d expect with an electronic book called The Big Book of BBQ, you’ve got access to more than 100 recipes and dozens of barbecuing tips and tricks. From the main page you’ll see sections such as Low & Slow (baby back ribs, brisket and smoked trout), Speed BBQ (kabobs, fajitas and burgers), Scrumptious Sides (corn, beans, salads and dips) and Sweet Stuff (cakes, dessert bars and more).

You’ll also find cooking tips and tricks — on everything from cleaning grates to applying sauces to using charcoal — including some step-by-step audio and video sections from award-winning barbecue chef and Southern Living contributor Troy Black.

“Tools of the Trade” covers essential gear — brushes, pans, spatulas and thermometers — while “Que and A” answers commonly asked questions on buying meat in bulk, the difference between charcoal types and cooking evenly on the grill. The “Tips” section has a chart of metric equivalents β€” but not a conversion calculator, which would’ve been more handy.

Another “beef” with this app: You can’t adjust the number of people you’re cooking for, as you can with many other recipe e-books for iPad. For example, the recipe for caramel pecan bars makes 12 servings, but what if you have 20 people over for a summer barbecue? With other apps, you can change the number of servings, and it will automatically adjust the quantity of ingredients.

Also, this app gives you only about half of the recipes found in the best-selling paper book it’s based on. Why not all of them?

On a related note, The Big Book of BBQ is a relatively pricey purchase at $8 (and going up to $13 after the Fourth of July) — while many other digital versions of paper books are half this price. That, and you can pick up a copy of the paper version for about $13 on Amazon.

Shortcomings aside, this app is a great-looking, well-organized collection of hand-picked barbecue recipes and tips that should make for a tasty companion this summer.