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Amazing Outdoor Kitchen Products to Elevate Your Design

Nothing makes entertaining more effortless than when your outdoor kitchen is stocked and fully equipped. More than just a grill, your outdoor cooking space needs to have everything you need to cook for your family or friends. The right outdoor kitchen products can make your life easier and make entertaining even more fun.

Top Outdoor Kitchen Products

If you are looking for ways of elevating your outdoor living space, these 7 outdoor kitchen products can take your outdoor kitchen to the next level! Click To Tweet  The outdoor kitchen has become an extension of a home’s living space. Make cooking and entertaining easy with these seven top outdoor kitchen products.

  1. Barbecue Grill
  2. Pizza Oven
  3. Ice Maker
  4. Side Burner
  5. Vent Hood
  6. Refrigerator
  7. Storage Drawers

1) Barbecue Grill

No outdoor kitchen is complete without a barbecue grill! Choose between a gas grill, a pellet grill, or even a charcoal grill, like the Big Green Egg, and you’ll be cooking with ease and creating new memories with friends and loved ones.

2) Pizza Oven

Another great option for escalating your outdoor cooking space is to have a pizza oven! Your family will never want a frozen or take out pizza again!

3) Ice Maker

Why keep running in and out of the house to replenish your drinks with ice? An ice maker is a perfect kitchen product that will make your life easier.

4) Side Burner

Grills are great, but a side burner will make your outdoor cooking much easier! Side burners allow you to cook up things that aren’t typically made on a grill.

5) Vent Hood

Without a vent hood, all that grill smoke is just going to hang around and linger. A Blaze vent hood is a perfect way to clear the air.

6) Refrigerator

There is no sense in cooking outside if you have to constantly be running in the house to get things. A refrigerator lets you keep foods where you need them–outside where you are making the meals!

7) Storage Drawers

Just like your inside kitchen, you need places to store things. By adding storage drawers and cabinets to your outdoor kitchen, you will have the plates, napkins, utensils, and everything else you need to have a great barbecue get together.

ProTip: Tired of running in and out everytime you need something at your backyard barbecue? With outdoor kitchen products, like a refrigerator, storage doors, and an ice maker, you can stop those endless trips and make your life easier.

Kitchen Appliances to Elevate Your Outdoor Space

With the right kitchen appliances, you not only make your life easier when it comes time to entertaining or preparing food outside, but you elevate your outdoor kitchen design and boost your home value, too.

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The Best Barbecue Joints in Houston

If you live in Houston, chances are high you love Texas barbecue. In fact, Houston has some of the top barbecue joints around the nation. Whether you live in the loop, over in Katy, or up north near The Woodlands, you are sure to find an outstanding BBQ joint to relax, chow down on some smoked brisket or pork ribs, and have an ice cold beer. Hungry for some smoked meats and barbecue? Houston has some of the best barbecue joints around and here are 7 of the best. Click To Tweet

Hot Houston Area Barbecue Spots

If you are looking for some astonishingly good barbecue, Houston is home to a plethora of top-notch barbecue joints. Here are seven must-try barbecue locations that will have your mouth watering from the moment you step in the door and smell the meat slowly cooking.

  1. Corkscrew BBQ
  2. Gatlin’s BBQ
  3. The Pit Room
  4. The Brisket House
  5. Tejas Chocolate Craftory
  6. Willow’s Texas BBQ
  7. Killen’s Barbecue

1) Corkscrew BBQ

They began catering, then moved to a small food truck off Sawdust Road, and now they are one of the number one barbecue joints in Houston. Located in Old Town Spring, owners Will and Nichole Buckman have created the perfect place to dine on delicious spare ribs, pulled pork, and a whole lot more. They even have a great yard for the kiddos to play in!

2) Gatlin’s BBQ

Gatlin’s began in 2010 and is owned by former Rice University football player, Greg Gatlin and his family. In 2015, they moved into their new 4,200 square-foot location in Oak Forest where they serve two kinds of pork ribs, three kinds of sausages, and a variety of Louisiana inspired side items.

3) The Pit Room

If you like your meat smoked low and slow, then you’ll love the Pit Room. Their menu hosts everyone’s traditional barbecue favorites, but they’ll also tempt your taste buds with their killer tacos with tortillas made from jalapeno brisket droppings, house-made jalapeno and vinegar potato chips, or their homemade chicharrones.

4) The Brisket House

This modest little restaurant set in a strip mall will surely surprise you with their big barbecue flavors. They smoke their brisket for 16 hours to make it pull-apart tender, and their peppery pork ribs are some of the city’s finest.

5) Tejas Chocolate Craftory

Don’t let the name fool you, the Tejas Chocolate Craftory crafts some of the tastiest barbecue around. They smoke their meats 12-16 hours over post oak and offer daily specials like: beef pastrami ribs or their delicious pastrami Reubens. Make sure to save room for their delicious sides, like their special carrot souffle!

6) Willow’s Texas BBQ

If you are ever in The Heights, make sure to keep your eyes open for Willow’s bright red food truck. Don’t worry–it’s kinda not hard to miss! They have some terrific menu options sure to make your mouth water, like traditional smoked turkey, pork ribs, and sausage. Grab your food to go, or enjoy the nice weather while eating at a picnic table outside.

7) Killen’s Barbecue

Killen’s takes barbecue up a few notches and has been visited by celebs such as J.J. Watt and Arnold Schwarzenegger. This upscale barbecue joint is located in Pearland, about 20 miles from downtown Houston. The Le Cordon Bleu-trained owner and chef, Ronnie Killen, brings his white-table-cloth background to his dishes. Enjoy wagyu brisket, beef ribs with crunchy black pepper bark, croissant bread pudding, and more.

Best Barbecue Joints in Houston

ProTip: If you don’t feel like going out for barbecue, find a good recipe, invite some friends over, fire up your Big Green Egg and grill up a fine meal of your own.

Needless to say, there is no shortage of delicious barbecue options in Houston. Give each of these hot spots a try and see which is your favorite!

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5 Mouthwatering Grill Recipes To Tempt Your Tastebuds

The sweltering summer heat has finally subsided and these fabulous fall temps are ideal for grilling out and inviting over friends and family. Looking for some new mouthwatering grill recipes? Here are 5 tasty recipes that will have your guests begging for seconds. Click To Tweet

Fire Up the Grill

Are you bored with the same old recipes you’ve been grilling up for years? Don’t be afraid to try out some new recipes! Here are five amazing recipes that are worthy of a five-star rating.

  1. Asian Inspired Chili Rubbed Ribs
  2. Lemony Grilled Shrimp Kabobs
  3. Campfire Cobbler
  4. Grilled Pizza
  5. Cheesy Potatoes in Foil

Asian Inspired Chili Rubbed Ribs

Don’t go basic with store-bought barbecue sauce on your ribs, try this delicious recipe instead! Dry rub six pounds of ribs with:

  • 3 Tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 3 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt

After you apply the rub, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Wrap in heavy duty foil and grill over indirect heat for 1 ½ hours. In a large saucepan, make your glaze. Cook the following glaze ingredients over medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes:

  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2-3 cup ketchup
  • 1-3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tsp fresh grated ginger

Remove foil from ribs and place over direct heat. Coat with glaze and cook 25-30 until browned.

Lemony Grilled Shrimp Kabobs

These super simple kabobs are easy and nutritious! Marinate one pound of shrimp, some cherry tomatoes, and onions in the following mix for 30 minutes:

  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp grated lemon peel

Once marinated, thread your shrimp, tomatoes, and onions onto skewers. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill for 3 minutes each side, or until cooked. Get creative with your vegetables or use this marinade for some grilled chicken chunks, too!

Pro Tip: Tired of the same grilled chicken? Cube your marinated chicken, add some chopped vegetables  and make kababs!

Campfire Cobbler

Who says you can’t cook dessert on the grill? This campfire cobbler is so easy to make when you use your favorite canned fruit filling. Line a Dutch oven with foil. Add two cans of your favorite pie filling into the dutch oven. In a large bowl, mix together one package of yellow cake mix, 1 ¼ cups of water, and ½ cup canola oil. Spread this mix over the pie filling. Cook for 30-40 minutes, or until filling is bubbly and the cobbler crust is nice and brown. Serve with ice cream, if desired.

Grilled Pizza

Grilled pizza is sure to become your family’s new favorite meal! These quick and easy pizzas are so yummy–you’ll never buy a frozen pizza again! Just purchase a package or two of Naan bread or whole pitas. Brush both sides of your flatbread with oil and grill 2 minutes on each side. Top them with your favorite pizza toppings and then return them to the grill until the cheese is melted.

Cheesy Potatoes in Foil

Who doesn’t love cheesy potatoes? Prepare your grill to medium heat. In a large bowl, toss together:

  • 2 ½ pounds of peeled and cut potatoes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Place this mix on a large piece of heavy-duty foil. Cover and fold the foil around the potatoes so they are sealed tightly. Cook 15 minutes each side. Carefully open the foil packet and place six slices of American cheese over the potatoes. Return to grill and cook one to two minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Grill Recipes the Whole Family Will Love

Whether you cook over charcoal in your Big Green Egg, or you opt for a gas grill, the above recipes are perfect for a night entertaining friends, or just a quiet evening at home with the family.

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How to Grill in a Big Green Egg

Did you just purchase a new Big Green Egg grill? Or are you considering purchasing one and wondering what all the fuss is? This grill has created a cult following, and it’s no secret why. The Big Green Egg’s design differences allow for multiple cooking styles, helping you cook up the tastiest vittles around.

How to Grill in a Big Green Egg

So, how do you create perfect meals time and time again in your ceramic, egg-shaped grill? If you’re new to this amazing device, don’t be intimidated. You’ll be grilling up delectable meats in no time. It’s easy to cook up perfect plates of food with the Big Green Egg. Follow these five grilling tips for the perfect meal every time. Click To Tweet

1) Natural Lump Charcoal

Always choose natural lump charcoal when using your Big Green Egg. Because of its unique shape, your grill works as an oversized chimney, meaning no lighter fluid is necessary! Make sure to open all the vents and lid when first lighting your charcoal, then close it after 7-10 minutes until your grill reaches the perfect temperature.

2) Burp Your Big Green Egg

Your eyes aren’t deceiving you. Yes, it says ‘burp’ your Big Green Egg. Once your egg is hot, do not open the lid immediately. Instead, raise the lid a few inches to release a little heat. Do this a couple times to help prevent a blast of ‘back flash’.

3) The Perfect Temperature

Getting to the perfect temperature on your Egg is imperative to grilling mouthwatering meats and meals. For direct grilling, open top vents wide and heat to 600 to 700 degrees. When your meat juices drip down, they will send fragrant smoke up, giving your food an unforgettable taste and aroma.

4) ConvEGGtor

If indirect cooking is your choice, install the convEGGtor in the top of the bottom section of the firebox. This heavy, 3-legged plate lets you slow cook the perfect meal.

5) Slow Smoking

You can also slow smoke meats and fish in your Big Green Egg, too! Add the normal amount of charcoal and then mix in two handfuls of hardwood chips. Close the lid after starting your coals, and let the grill reach your desired temperature. The fire will spread slowly, allowing as much as 16 to 18 hours of cooking on a single load of charcoal.

ProTip: Whether you enjoy cooking indirectly, directly, or slow smoking your meats, the Big Green Egg lets you do it all, making it the right tool for the perfect meal every time.

Get Cooking on Your Big Green Egg

With fall here, there is no better time for inviting over friends and family and grilling up a delicious meal. Visit your local outdoor appliance shop to talk to a professional about getting your own Big Green Egg. You, too, will be an Egg-head before you know it.

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