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Grilled Recipes for Spring – Fire & Daylight

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The GrillJunkie team fired up a few unique Grilled Recipes for Spring for our readers. At long last spring has sprung and for us that means one thing: time to break out the grills. Some of our favorite spring recipes are great for the grill, which keeps us out of the kitchen and enjoying the longer hours of daylight. Take full advantage of the nice weather with a few of our favorite spring grilling recipes. Be sure to do a little Spring Grill Cleaning 101 before you fire things up. Once you’re ready, here is a quick list of what you’ll find in our Grilled Recipes for Spring list:

  • Grilled Pork Tenderloin & Apricot Salad
  • Spiced Leg of Lamb with Herb Butter
  • The Holy Cow 3 Cheeseburger Recipe
  • Sicilian Grill-Roasted Chicken
  • Grilled Eggplant Parmigiana
  • Grilled Salmon with Cucumber Sauce!

Grilled Recipes for Spring ~ Grilled Pork Tenderloin & Apricot Salad

As part of our Healthy Grilling Recipes & Tips series, this grilled pork dish offers a triple hit of the fruit with an apricot preserve glaze for the tenderloin plus a grilled apricot and watercress salad with an apricot-spiked vinaigrette. Serve with a chilled beer, or Chardonnay for you fancy types, both of which will harmonize beautifully with the smoky-sweetness of grilled apricots.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons apricot preserves, dividedgrilled spring recipes, healthy grilling grilled pork tenderloin healthy recipes for the grill
  • 4 ripe but firm fresh apricots or nectarines, halved and pitted
  • 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 (4- to 5-ounce) bag watercress, or baby arugula (about 8 cups)

PREPARATION

  1. Preheat grill to high.
  2. Sprinkle pork with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the pork, turning occasionally, for 10 minutes. Brush the pork with 2 tablespoons preserves and continue grilling until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 145°F, 2 to 5 minutes more. Grill apricot (or nectarine) halves on the coolest part of the grill, turning occasionally, until tender and marked, about 4 minutes. Transfer the pork and apricots to a clean cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 1 tablespoon preserves, vinegar, shallot, oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste in a large bowl. Cut the fruit into wedges and add to the dressing along with watercress (or arugula); toss to coat. Thinly slice the pork. Serve the salad with the sliced pork.

TIPS & NOTES

  • Tip: To oil the grill rack: Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Don’t use cooking spray on a hot grill.)

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Grilling Product Reviews – Charboss Grill Scraper

Grilling Product Reviews: Charboss – Bristle Free Nirvana?

Is the Charboss Grill Cleaning Tool an effective evolution to those dangerous bristle brushes? On a consistent basis the team here at GrillJunkie™ sets time aside to communicate our formal rating on either a Grilling, BBQ or Burger related product. We do this via our Grilling Product Reviews process. As you certainly can imagine these products run the gamut from: Gotta Have It!CoolUsefulUtilitarianRidiculous and the, well, Just Plain Asinine! The spectrum of grilling related products is wide.

Today’s Grilling Product Reviews candidate:

Charboss BBQ Grill Scraper – $19.95

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The GrillJunkie™ Grilling Product Reviews (GPR) Scale

Based on our extensive field research, the GrillJunkie Product Review team assigns a formal rating to every product that we test. This rating is based on a 1-5 Firepot structure depicted through our Grilling Product Review (GPR) scale as illustrated below. The number of Firepots given to the grilling product indicates its final rating. The higher the number of Firepots, the more positive the review.  

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  GrillJunkie GPR Four FirePot ratingQuick Product Reviews Rating: For the more impatient reader who needs to get the rating right away, we gave the Charboss Grill Scraping Tool a 4.3 out of 5 GrillJunkie™ GPR Firepots. This rating equates to a Hot product.

The Charboss solidly addresses and solves a very charboss, grilling product reviewsserious safety problem with bristle-based grill brushes, while evolving the simple hardwood scraper design via a patent-pending cleaning guide tooth, a grill grate lifter and built-in bottle opener. Combined with an attractive, well balanced and easy to use design and you’re looking at a sustainable, bristle-free, highly effective and customizable grill cleaning tool.

For more detail on this Product Review, including The 7 Different Types of Grill Surfaces and Cleaning Tools as well as the many upcoming Grilling Product Reviews on our schedule, read on!

First Up: 7 Types of Grilling Surfaces

Type 1: Stainless Steel – Stainless steel can be made from thin or thick rods. Stainless steel grates are not to be confused with chrome or nickel plated grates which are not as beneficial. The real advantage to stainless steel is that it has the potential to have a long life span and is easy to clean. Good quality and/or true stainless steel grates will never rust or corrode while cheap stainless eventually ceases to be truly “stainless”, and eventually will require replacement. Stainess_Steel_Grill_Grates_GrillJunkieThe last thing you want on your grates is rust or other oxides that can make their way onto your food. Some prefer thinner stainless steel grates that allow more radiant heat through, especially for charcoal grills. There are those that believe that the challenge with thick rods is that they block radiant heat and, although they make large dark grill marks, some find them less adequate in creating all over and even browning.

Type 2: Enamel-Coated Porcelain – A sturdy porcelain enamel coating is applied to a variety of metals Enamel_coated_porcelain_grill_grates_GrillJunkieof different weights. Some grill manufacturers put it on rods or on upside down V or U-shaped rails. It can be coated on cast iron or tempered steel. Some prefer the thin rods so they don’t block the radiant heat needed to brown the surfaces of foods. Porcelain is easy to clean. It is hard to crack the surface, but dropping them can create a fissure in the coating allowing for the creation of rust. Vigorous scrubbing and scraping can scratch them and eventually wear off the coating. However, with proper care they work just fine, should last for years, and are much less expensive than stainless.

Type 3: Chrome or Nickel Plated Wire – Inexpensive and easily replaceable, these types of grates warp under extremely high heat. After a year or two they pit and the plating begins to chip off. Once this occurs the exposed metal is susceptible to rust. But they’re so cheap that replacing them is not a budget-breaker. Their main advantage is that they allow radiant heat from below to find the food on the grate by leaving the heating surface of the grill open for real searing. They’re the next best thing to no grates at all and as close to open fire cooking that you can get. An example is what you will find as standard equipment with the Weber Hinged Cooking Grate.

Type 4: Cast Iron Grates – Unlike cast iron fry pans and griddles that can become non-stick with use, many people believe that the same is true for cast iron grill grates. Untrue! Pans and griddles become non-stick due to their design. The metal is slightly porous and the surface is textured so oil becomes embedded in the surface pores forming a slippery polymer that can last for years.  The key to the longevity of these types of surfaces is to not allow them to become overheated or scrubbed with abrasives. Therein lies the problem with cast-iron grill grates. They become a lot hotter than most frying pans and that intense heat burns off the embedded surface oil and/or turns it to carbon. This eliminates the intended advantage of a non-stick surface. When finished cooking on a grill, excessively scrubbing and scraping the grease and food residue off actually removes those non-stick properties.

Cast_iron_grill_grate_GrillJunkie_product_reviewAdditionally, because cast iron grates are so heavy and therefore highly efficient at holding and transmitting heat to meat, they make definitive grill marks. You might ask, “What’s wrong with that?” The answer lies in the fact that it’s not the grill marks in and of themselves but the intensity of and quickness at which the grill marks were created! What is produced at too high of a surface temperature is a very significant contrast between those marks and the rest of the meat, leaving much of the meat surface under cooked and underdeveloped, never mind the potential of unsafely under heating the inner portions of the meat. What is desired is an even browning of the meat across the entire surface leaving dark mahogany tones of brown caramelized stripes slightly contrasted by medium mahogany surface colors between the stripes. Not only does the food being grilled look richer and more attractive, the taste tones are more satisfying and complex!

Furthermore, cast iron grates need extra and immediate TLC. You have to scrape them immediately after cooking, then oil them while they are still warm. The oil will fill the pores that have opened during cooking and prevent rust. To perform this maintenance ritual constantly and consistently is a hassle as you will find yourself on a frantic time scheduled obstacle course of leaving the fire on in order to burn off residue, running the food into the house, and while everyone is waiting for you, running back out to scrape and re-oil. If you forget to do this, you will notice that within days the cast-iron grates can start rusting. If you don’t use cast iron grates for months, they will rust even if you oiled them after the last use.

Type 5: Tempered Steel – Common on large barbecue pits, tempered steel grates often come in expanded metal diamond grids. Their main advantages are that they are lightweight, inexpensive, and make diamond shaped grill marks without having to rotate the meat. Their disadvantages are that they rust, warp easily and they are extremely hard to clean. Similar to cast iron, they must be oiled.

Type 6: Teflon and Non-Stick Coatings – These surfaces are typically found on electric “grills” and a few portable gas grills. As with non-stick pans, the surface is easily scratched, must be treated gingerly and the use of a metal spatula, tongs, or fork, never mind a grill cleaning brush is verboten. Also, some are known to put out dangerous gases if they get very hot. Depending on the specific coating, “very hot” is usually 500° F, which is the range of a good direct grill surface. Their top feature is that they clean up easily, usually with mild soap and water, and some can even go through the dishwasher.

Type 7: Hard-Anodized Cast Aluminum – Made from aircraft quality aluminum into various shapes, (either as a pure flat plate, aerated and shaped for strength and air-flow, or raised railed wide rectangles), this light weight material is well suited for grilling as it allows if not epitomizes the infrared cooking method. NotGrillGrate_Product_Review_GrillJunkie_GPR4 typically used as standard grilling surface material direct from the original equipment manufacturer – OEM, they are available as an after market product either as complete replacement grates or designed to sit on top of existing grates. Dependent upon the surface shape and design, aluminum grates have been shown to amplify heat, reduce hot spots by evening out the heat transfer across the grilling surface, minimize flare-ups and are easier to clean. The GrillGrate is made of this material and is shaped to maximize the infrared grilling method. Click here for the GrillGrate Product Review.

Next Up: Traditional Grill Surface Cleaning Tools

Maintaining a clean grill is essential to great tasting food. There are many tools that can be used to scrape and clean your grilling surfaces. These tools run the gamut from the traditional brass grill brush to cleaning stones to steam cleaners and even using an onion. Here are a few of the most frequently used grill surface cleaning tools:

Traditional Grill Surface Cleaning Brush – The utilitarian brass-bristled brush with handle canthLRZBGUZS typically last a whole season, does a respectable job of cleaning grilling surfaces but usually needs to be replaced or repaired after one season. This type of brush can also be a safety hazard as individual bristles can come loose and end up in food.

thJ74N6XE5Triangular Grill Brush – A bit different than the traditional handled brush, this design is more flexible to avoid scratching sensitive surfaces, covers more surface area, yet is capable of getting into nook and crannies.

Steam Cleaners – Exemplified by the GrillDaddy steamer, this type of grill surface cleaning tool combines hot water vapor with the traditional brush design.

Grill Cleaning Stones – Either mounted on a handle or as a standalone, grill cleaning stones are designed to conform to the grill grate surface to do its part in cleaning your grill.thVLQ2ZWIC

Aluminum Foil – By rolling aluminum foil into a loose ball and gripping the ball with grilling tongs you can make a decent make-shift grill cleaning tool.

An Onion? – By cutting an onion in half and grasping it with tongs to slide across the grilling surface you can not only clean the surface but lubricate it as well as the onion contains oils that prevent food from sticking to the hot surface.

Does the Charboss BBQ Grill Scraper evolve the utilitarian and dangerous bristle-based cleaning brush to the next level by successfully combining durability, effectiveness and food safety into a “Toothy Grill Scraper?” Let’s see!

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The GrillJunkie Grilling Product Reviews follow a comprehensive structure which includes the:

 

  • Problem that needs to be solved or addressed
  • Solution to that problem
  • Good, Bad and Ugly elements of the product
  • Verdict – the official GrillJunkie™ GPR (Grilling Product Reviews Rating)

So let’s dig in to the Charboss BBQ Scraping Tool product review.

Official Product Review and GPR

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Problem – The way we view it, cleaning your grill should be a simple, quick, efficient and safe process. Unfortunately, many of the grill cleaning and/or scraping tools on the market today are either poorly designed, over-engineered, flimsy or down-right dangerous. In fact, wire brush-based grill cleaning tools can tear, splinter and leave entire wires, or fragments of wires on your grill or in your food. According to the CDC, each year children and adults of all ages ingest grill-cleaning brush bristles causing severe injury. As a result, the CDC recently issued a warning against using metal wire brushes on a grill due to the risk of ingesting a wire as it falls off the brush and attaches itself to an unsuspecting burger.

Additionally, CBS News reported on the Dangers of BBQ Grill Cleaning BrushesBIANCA SEIDMAN CBS NEWS May 27, 2015, 2:55 PM. Below is a Fox 45 News report from Columbus citing a real life event of the dangers of grill brushes.


  • Product’s Solution Pitch – The Charboss team’s approach to addressing the problem was to develop, market and distribute the Charboss BBQ scraping toolAccording to the inventor, Jeff Rosenberger, and the company’s marketing material / ad copy:
“Charboss is a new type of wooden BBQ grill scraper for use on outdoor gas grills. When used on a heated grill, Charboss form fits to the grid surface (straight rods front to back). It is a unique scraping tool that makes grilling safe! Recently, the CDC issued a warning against using metal wire brushes on a grill due to the risk of ingesting a wire as it falls off the brush and attaches itself to an unsuspecting burger. As an avid BBQ griller, it was because of these unsuspecting dangers that inspired me to invent this scraper. Simply type in “dangers of grill brushes” in any search engine and learn about this growing problem.
Here is a quick YouTube video of the Charboss in action:

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The Good – The product has a few important positive attributes. First of all, the Charboss product team did indeed address the problem head on with a brushless, feature-rich hardwood grill cleaning tool designed with a tooth guide to customize cleaning grooves into the tool while also offering a grate lifting and scraping side tool and built-in bottle opener. Under extensive product testing using various grate surfaces, a myriad of burnt on foods, the hard to impress GrillJunkie team found that this grilling product:

  • Is well made with sustainable oak hardwood
  • Effectively cleans and scrapes a variety of grill grate surfaces without damage
  • Comes with a unique guide tooth designed to fit in between each grill rod for effective cleaning and customization
  • Can be customized to your personal grill’s grate surface rods
  • Leaves no dangerous bristle brushes behindcharboss product review,grilling product reviews
  • Is feature rich with a side grate lifting, under rod scraping tool and built-in bottle opener
  • Is easy to clean
  • Is made in the USA
  • Should last a lifetime with minimal care

 

The Bad – There is, however, one very minor challenge to customizing the Charboss Grill Cleaning Tool.  For the very impatient griller, who wants a fully turnkey product that goes from packaging to hot grill, the Charboss team suggests a very quick and simple modification (a 5 minute job with a pencil and needle nose pliars) to fully customize the burned in grooves to match your particular grill. For people with more than one grill, and minimal handyman skills this could prove challenging to some. But c’mon, have we really become this lazy and disposable? Man up!

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The Ugly – We did not believe that this variable directly applied to this product. In fact, the Charboss BBQ Grill Cleaning Tool has a clean and attractive design and is very elegant, well designed and extremely effective. If the Charboss does become a bit faded and tattered over time, the application of a small amount of food grade wood oil will make a well used and faded Charboss look like new again.

Verdict – We give the Charboss BBQ Grill Scraper a 4.3 out of 5 GrillJunkie™ GPR Firepots. This rating equates to a Hot product.  The product solidly addresses and solves a very serious safety problem with bristle-based grill brushes, while evolving the simple hardwood scraper design via a patent-pending cleaning guide tooth, a grill grate lifter and built-in bottle opener. Combined with an attractive, well balanced and easy to use design and you’re looking at a sustainable, bristle-free, highly effective and customizable grill cleaning tool. The fact that this product is made of sustainable hardwood and is bristle-free significantly helped raise the eco-friendly and food safety green flag here at GrillJunkie! We look forward to any new product developments that will come from the Charboss team. The future is ours to see. Stay tuned! We only have about 250 products on our Grilling Product Reviews schedule before that.

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    GrillJunkie Rating of Charboss BBQ Scraper = 4.3 / 5.0

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BBQ Fundraiser for Wicked Great School Children

Wicked Charitable BBQ Fundraiser for Special School Children

GJ BBQ friaser (1)Join us for a Wicked Charitable BBQ Fundraiser!

The GrillJunkie team is proud to announce that we are joining forces with the Wicked Tuna gang of Johnny Johnson from Gloucester Charter Connection, Paul Hebert and other captains, Bentley’s Famous BBQ and regional oceanic artist Paul McPhee to raise funds for the Beeman Memorial Elementary School in Gloucester Massachusetts!

Come and meet some of the present and past stars of the hit show Wicked Tuna, enjoy some delicious BBQ, check out some unique grilling gear while helping to raise money for the Wicked Awesome kids at the Beeman School!

Check out the details below and the TV commercial!

BBQ Fundraiser – We’re Wicked “Fired Up!”

What:

BBQ and Fundraiser for Beeman Memorial Elementary School children! The goal is to raise more than $15,000 for these great kids! Spread the word, share this post!bbq fundraiser

When:

April 22nd, 23rd, 24th 2016. 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where:GCC logo fish, fcfcfc background

Event will be held at the Gloucester Charter Connection grounds and store site located at 76 Essex Avenue Gloucester, MA 978-515-7739.

 

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Admission is free. Donations are welcome.* $10 Raffle Tickets for sale before and during 3-day event to win great prizes such Deep Sea Fishing Trips on the “Wicked Pissah” & “Subdivider” Boats, beautiful oceanic Artwork by Paul McPhee, grilling gear from KettlePizza & more from local Gloucester merchants! Raffle Tickets and $$ donation information available by calling or visiting Gloucester Charter Connection at 978-515-7739.

*Donations Welcome! – Outside donors can donate check out to: Gloucester Charter Connection either during 3-day event or beforehand. On the bottom left of the check where it says “For”, write:   Beeman School.  Mail check to:   GCC 76b Essex Avenue Gloucester, MA 01930. Donors can also contact the Gloucester Charter Connection for other donation methods at 978-515-7739.

Artist Paul McPhee

Artist Paul McPhee

Those who donate via check will receive a “sources and uses of funds statement or funds-flow statement”, an accounting statement that shows the sources from which a firm derives its cash and the use to which this cash is put during a trading period.

Who:

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Free Bev Coozies while they last!

Come meet and greet with Wicked Tuna captains who will be present to autograph t-shirts, caps and photos. Meet local artist Paul McPhee. Meet, greet and eat with the gang from GrillJunkie and “PitMastah” Brandon Saldoni of Bentley’s Famous famous BBQ. Free beverage coozies from the GrillJunkie gang!

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Spread the word!

Meet some of the gang from the hit show Wicked Tuna, enjoy delicious BBQ from the gang at Bentley’s Famous BBQ and GrillJunkie, and have a great day in beautiful and historic Gloucester MA with family & friends.

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BBQ Fundraiser – Beautiful Gloucester MA

Come and enjoy the day or the weekend with us as we raise funds for a Wicked Good cause! Spend time walking the streets of beautiful and historic Gloucester, MA! Not only the home base of the hit show Wicked Tuna on National Geographic Channel, but Gloucester is an epic New England experience steeped in history. Check out this Drone Video of beautiful Gloucester MA!

Here are a few facts about Gloucester.

Gloucester at a Glance

  • Over 29,000 full time residents
  • Just 36 Miles from Boston
  • 38 Colleges and Universities within 50 Mile radius
  • Abundant beaches parks and recreation areas
  • Vibrant Art and Music scenes
  • Home to notable and active thinkers and creatorssquam-creative-teele-end-of-summer-gloucester-ma

Major industries:

  • Fishing and Ocean-centric Economy
  • Tourism
  • Arts & Culture
  • Technology

Famous Films:

  • Author! Author! had scenes shot on Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester.
  • In The Bostonians, oceanfront scenes were filmed on rocks at Rafes Chasm Park, off Hesperus Avenue.
  • Captains Courageous (1937) was set in Gloucester.
  • The Good Son was filmed in Gloucester and other Cape Ann communities.
  • Mermaids had scenes shot in the Magnolia area of Gloucester.
  • Moonlight Mile was filmed almost entirely in Gloucester, with some shots in Marblehead.
  • The Perfect Storm (2000) was filmed and set in Gloucester.
  • Polis is This: Charles Olson and the Persistence of Place is a one-hour documentary about the poet Charles Olson which the Boston Phoenix called “the best film about an American poet ever made.”
  • The Women was partly filmed in Annisquam.
  • The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming film takes place on a fictional Gloucester island but was filmed in Mendocino, California.

GCC logo fish, fcfcfc backgroundTo learn more about this “Wicked Charitable” event, purchase raffle tickets, GJ BBQ friaser (1)donate, or whatever might have you “Fired Up”, please feel free to contact or visit the Gloucester Charter Connection.

 

 


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Grill Junkie logoWe are looking forward to meeting fellow grilling addicts and BBQ brethren at this exciting event. Come visit us and let us know, What Fires YOU Up? We welcome your comments, healthy debate, and the inevitable “flare up!” Leave a reply or comment. It’s OK. Bring it on!

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Top 5 Saint Patrick Day Grilled Recipes

Grilling on Saint Patrick’s Day

The GrillJunkie team fired up the grill in honor of Saint Patrick Day and cranked out a Top 5 Grilled Irish Recipes list! This list and these recipes were inspired by Barbecues and Grilling expert Derrick Riches from bbq.about.com. As Derrick explains,

“St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to fire up the grill or smoker. So many traditional dishes benefit from fire and st patrick daysmoke that this is a perfect cookout holiday. So, put down the green beer and make a meal that is actually worthy of Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day is often an excuse to drink green beer, eat corned beef and cabbage, and embrace a stereotype that has little to do with the people and the place that this holiday is really meant to commemorate. The truth is that Corned Beef and Cabbage isn’t a very Irish dish. It is American. And the green beer thing? That is just a way to pass off cheap and bad beer as palatable. While my recipes in this collection aren’t any more authentic, they have the virtue of being delicious and well worth the holiday, so fire up the grill, heat up the smoker, and make something great this St. Patrick’s Day.”

Saint Patrick Day – Top 5 Grilled Recipes

1. Corned Beef Burgers with Stout Mustard and Fried Egg

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Corned Beef Burgers with Stout Mustard.  Westend61/Getty Images

Every store rolls out the corned beef for St. Patrick’s Day. The problem is that most people don’t know what to do with it. It gets boiled and baked and served dry with cabbage. That is a real shame. Corned beef is already cooked and perfect for so many uses. This burger gets topped with finely chopped corned beef and a fried egg. It is truly and an incredible burger that will be a favorite all year long. This is a great recipe if you have leftover corned beef. These Corned Beef Burgers are tender and delicious and the stout mustard and fried egg really help to pull the entire sandwich together.

 

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup corned beef, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 eggs
  • vegetable or olive oil
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 2 large tomatoes, sliceddownload

for mustard:

  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon stout beer
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • pinch of salt

PREPARATION

  1. Preheat grill for medium-high heat. Combine ground beef with chopped corned beef, minced onion, and garlic. Form into 4 equal sized patties.
  2. Place on the grill grate and cook for 5-6 minutes per side or until cooked through. Once cooked, remove from heat and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  3. Heat oil in large skillet and fry eggs to desired doneness. Over easy or sunny-side up is recommended for this burger.
  4. Combine stout mustard ingredients. Taste and adjust to your liking.
  5. Place cooked burger patties onto bottom bun, top with lettuce, mustard sauce, sliced tomatoes, and fried egg. Add remaining half of bun and serve.

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Grilling Product Review – Cave Tools Meat Tenderizer

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Grilling Product Reviews: Cave Tools Meat Tenderizer Mallet

Is the Cave Tools Meat Tenderizer Mallet the Perfect Pounder? On a consistent basis the team here at GrillJunkie™ sets time aside to communicate our formal rating on either a Grilling, BBQ or Burger related product. We do this via our Grilling Product Reviews process. As you certainly can imagine these products run the gamut from: Gotta Have It!CoolUsefulUtilitarianRidiculous and the, well, Just Plain Asinine! The spectrum of grilling related products is wide.

Today’s Grilling Product Reviews candidate:

Cave Tools Meat Tenderizer Mallet

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The GrillJunkie™ Grilling Product Reviews (GPR) Scale

Based on our extensive field research, the GrillJunkie Product Review team assigns a formal rating to every product that we test. This rating is based on a 1-5 Firepot structure as depicted through our Grilling Product Review (GPR) scale as illustrated below. The number of Firepots given to the grilling product indicates its final rating. The higher the number of Firepots, the more positive the review.  

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  GrillJunkie GPR Four FirePot ratingQuick Product Reviews Rating: For the more impatient reader who needs to get the rating right away, we gave the Cave Tools Meat Tenderizer Mallet a 4.2 out of 5 GrillJunkie™ GPR Firepots. This rating equates to a Hot product.  The product solidly addresses and solves the problem for which it was designed in an attractive, dishwasher-safe, durable, well-balanced and well-engineered product. For more detail on this Product Review, including 6 Tips on Meat Tenderizing as well as the many upcoming Grilling Product Reviews on our schedule, read on!

First Up: 6 Tips to Meat Tenderizing

  1. What Types of Meat Should be Tenderized? – You can tenderize any type of meat but the most common are chicken, steak, pork and veal.cavetools, grilling product reviews, meat tenderizer mallet,GrillJunkie,Cavetools meat tenderizer mallet review
  2. Why Should I Tenderize Before Grilling? – When you tenderize meat you are breaking down the tough, fibrous connective tissues of the meat allowing spices and rubs to penetrate deeper enhancing the taste and texture while significantly reduce the cooking time!
  3. What is the Best Way to Tenderize Steak? – The best way to tenderize steak is to use the pyramid side of the meat mallet to break down the connective tissues.
  4. What is the Best Way to Tenderize Chicken? – Use the flat side of the meat pounder to tenderize your chicken without destroying the meat.
  5. How Do I Tenderize Meat Without Making a Mess? We suggest covering meat with a layer of cling wrap or putting it in a zip lock bag first before tenderizing.
  6. What is the difference between the flat and pyramid sides of a meat tenderizer/hammer? – The flat side is used for flattening meats like chicken. The pyramid side of the mallet is used for breaking down connective tissues on tough cuts of meat like steak.

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