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ACOPower LionCooler X40A Portable Solar Fridge Freezer

The first Fridge/Freezer that can run off its own Battery for up to 10 hours. Add optional Solar Panels and with enough Sun can run 24/7. This post is my pre-review for the product that is being shipped to me today (08/26/2021). I cannot wait to put this Fridge/Freezer through all its paces. Here is

Ooni Fyra 12 Wood Pellet Pizza Oven Review

I am a die-hard fan of pellet grills. I bought my first ReqTeq RT-680 about 10 years ago. All the convenience of an oven with the smoke you can only get from wood. I have cooked everything from low and slow brisket to hot and fast steaks but one food item that just never worked

How to Power a Complete Outdoor BBQ Kitchen Off the Grid

I have now been reviewing barbecue products for over a decade. I started my YouTube channel back in January 2017 and have uploaded over 90 videos from how to build a Weber Kettle Barbecue to how to cook the perfect brisket. The one thing I have not done is design and build the perfect Outdoor
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The Ultimate Barbecue Cutting Board

The three issues After many years of barbecuing and teaching others to barbecue (my site is, I ran into the three issues with cutting boards. The first is size. If you are barbecuing a couple of full rack of ribs, brisket, or turkey you need at least 16 inches and that is in both

ThermoWorks Smoke X4 Review with a DJI Mavic Mini Drone

Today we are going to review the ThermoWorks Smoke X4. Now to answer the obvious question in what does a drone like the Mavic Mini have to do with reviewing the ThermoWorks Smoke X4? Well the Smoke 4X has a transmitter capable of transmitting over a mile and a quarter, as long as nothing is

Umami Barbecue – The Adventure Begins

Today I posted my first Umami Barbecue Video. The first one is all about pulled pork but this is not your ordinary pulled pork. This one has onions, shiitake mushrooms and a boatload of high in glutamates sauces. Watch it but if you want to see the next video please hit the Subscribe button. If

Umami Barbecue – What is it?

We all know what barbecue is but what is Umami? Umami is a Japanese word that means “yummy” or “delicious” and it’s the name that’s been given to what is called the fifth taste. The other four tastes are sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. In 1908 a Japanese chemist Kikunae Ikeda determined the source that stimulates
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What is Santa Maria Style Barbecue

So we start with the question? What is Santa Maria Style Barbecue? Well, I will tell you what it is not Argentinian Barbecue or Asado. The physical grills are similar but the barbecue that comes off those grills is very different. Let’s start with where is Santa Maria valley. It is positioned in a valley

Garlic A Quick Guide

Garlic, there’s nothing like the smell of garlic. It’s great in soups and sauces, roasted with meats or on it’s own, and it’s wonderful mixed with butter and slathered on bread and then baked. The scientific name for garlic is Allium Sativum. It is related to the lily and the onion. Although related to the

Grilling Secrets For The Perfectly Grilled Steak

There is nothing quite like a good, juicy steak cooked on a grill. But, many people don’t know grilling secrets such as the best cuts to use, what size they should be, how long to cook the steaks, and marinades to use. Choosing the correct cut of meat is very important when grilling. Some of

Red or Green? Chile that is!

Go to any New Mexican restaurant and order a New Mexican meal and this will be the question. You are now going to learn what the difference is, what the history is and what you may want to or not want to try. Chile peppers are not members of the pepper family. Chile terminology is

Matanza – A New Mexico Celebration

In this country there is no better place to find the preservation of the old Spanish ways than New Mexico, as this state is well known for having been isolated hundreds of years by vast rugged distances and warring Indians. So well preserved are the origins of the American West that even the 15th century

Why does food taste better on a Santa Maria Style Grill?

Why does food taste better on a Santa Maria Grill vs other ways to cook? Well, there are two reasons. The Maillard Reaction and Caramelization. The Maillard Reaction is is a chemical reaction between amino acids and reducing sugars that gives browned food its distinctive flavor. Seared steaks, pan-fried dumplings, cookies and other kinds of

ThermoWorks Billows on a Weber Kettle 22 – Installation and Review

We are going to cover both installation and also a full product review of the ThermoWorks Billows BBQ Temperature Control Fan. The Billows is an add-on product for the Signals BBQ thermometer. Here are all the things you will need to compete the installation. Weber Kettle Premium 22 ThermoWorks Signals BBQ Thermometer ThermoWorks Billows Temperature

GoSun To Provide 1,500 Solar Cookers to Support American Red Cross

Relief Efforts in Response to Typhoon Yutu in the South Pacific GoSun, the world’s leading solar cooking brand, will provide 1,500 of their GoSun Sport portable solar ovens to the American Red Cross to support relief efforts in the aftermath of Super-Typhoon “Yutu”. Yutu struck the U.S. Territories of the North Mariana Islands on Friday,

Solar BBQ – How to Cook Barbecue without Charcoal, Gas, Pellets or Electricity

I love Barbecue I Love Barbecue. At home, at a campground, at a picnic or anywhere you can enjoy the outdoors and have well-prepared BBQ food. The problem is the moment you leave your backyard so you can enjoy the great outdoors you have to start hauling grills, charcoal, gas cylinders or even a generator so
GrillGrate Rec Tec Bullseye Review

GrillGrate on the Rec Tec Bullseye Review

The Setup This is my review of the GrillGrate on Rec Tec Bullseye Grill. When I ordered my Rec Tec Bullseye Grill I got the full package that included pellets and a GrillGrate that fits the 22-inch ground grill. At first, I thought the GrillGrate was just some gimmick device that I would use a
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Bullseye Pellet Grill from Rec Tec – First Look

So why the Bullseye Got my Bullseye pellet grill yesterday and did assembly and seasoned it. I have had my RecTed RT 680 for four years and I love it doing all things low and slow. The area that it seems to lack was getting hot enough to do a really good sear. It is
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Eating BBQ Makes You Smart

Eating BBQ makes you smart. No, I did not say it makes you a smart ass but it may contribute to that condition. Just read on to understand my point. Barbecue dates back to the original way we cooked food in the beginning. Dig a hole, put some wood in the hole and set it
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Smoking, Sous Vide and Searing for the Ultimate Barbecue Experience

When I was young I always had a craving for barbecue. Meat cooked outside on a grill or smoker always tasted better than anything cooked in an oven or on a cooktop. As I tried to understand what I realized is the following. The combination of smoke, low and slow cooking and the unique texture
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Know Your Meat Temperature and be Happy

Why do I need to know? So you got that new grill and the wife wants you to cook a couple of whole chickens. As you put the chickens on the grill you find yourself asking when am I going to know when they’re done? Well, that’s why you need to know your
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Indirect Cooking on a Gas Grill

So you have that new gas grill and you want to cook ribs or a whole chicken. Well before you turn on that grill here is the golden rule of grilling. If you are cooking something longer than 20 minutes then you need to use indirect cooking. So, what is indirect cooking? Best way to

BBQ Basics – What You Really Need To Know

Well, you would not surf without a surfboard or sky-drive without a parachute so it is going to be hard to Barbecue without the right equipment. Many start off with a cheap grill from Walmart (nothing against Walmart, I shop there weekly) and then wonder why their food comes out either raw, burnt to a

BBQ Books

  Books about Barbecue Here are barbecue books we recommend if you want to master barbecue. If you want to make the perfect brisket, cupcake chicken thighs or just want to have a better understanding of barbecue basis these will get you there.   If you want to master Texas Barbecue, especially the brisket then
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The Four Styles of BBQ in the United States

In the United States, there are four styles of BBQ. OK before you start sending me evil messages there are many others but most of the experts (and I am not one of them) talk about the four styles. Two are named after cities and two are named after states but all four represent a