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Grilling Product Reviews – FlipKabob

Grilling Product Reviews: FlipKabob – Easy Squeezy?

In the latest of our Grilling Product Reviews, we address if the Flipkabob is an effective evolution to those cumbersome skewer rods. 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:

Flipkabob – $24.95

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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. Them 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 FlipKabob a 4.3 out of 5 GrillJunkie™ GPR Firepots. This rating equates to a Hot product.

The FlipKabob solidly addresses and solves the three main problems of utilitarian kebab skewers: they are cumbersome, dangerous to handle and are prone to allowing their contents to slip leading to grilling product reviewsunevenly grilled food. The simple, fun to use and well constructed FlipKabob provides the user with a convenient skewer channel to easily and safely grab, squeeze and flip the kebab skewer. Combined with an attractive, well balanced and easy to use hardwood and stainless steel design and you’re looking at a highly effective grill tool that will up your kabob grilling mastery and enjoyment.

For more detail on this Product Review, including The Secrets to Perfect Kabobs as well as the many upcoming Grilling Product Reviews on our schedule, read on!

First Up: What is a Kebab?


Grilled tuna kebabsKebab, also spelled kebap, kabob, or kabap, is a Middle Eastern, Eastern Mediterranean, and South Asian dish of pieces of meat, fish, or vegetables roasted or grilled on a skewer, stick or spit. Despite some misgivings, kebabs have been popular for a long, long time. Archaeologists in Greece have unearthed firedogs dating back to the 17th century BC that had notches carved in them, possibly to support skewers over an open fire. The term kabap comes much later though, traced back to at least the 17th century (some stories claim the word was originally used in Turkey to describe how soldiers fire-roasted meats that they’d skewered on swords).

The term kebab, originated in the Eastern Mediterranean, where it is mentioned by Homer, or the Middle East, and later adopted in Central Asia and by the regions of the former Mongol Empire and later Ottoman Empire, before spreading worldwide.

In American English, kebab with no qualification refers to shish kebab (Turkish: şiş kebap) cooked on a skewer, whereas in Europe it refers to doner kebab, sliced meat served in a pita. In the Middle East, however, kebab refers to meat that is cooked over or next to flames; large or small cuts of meat, or even ground meat; it may be served on plates, in sandwiches, or in bowls.

The traditional meat for kebab is lamb, but depending on local tastes and religious prohibitions, other meats may Grilled tuna kebabsinclude beef, goat, chicken, pork or heartier fish and seafood such a tuna or shrimp. Like other ethnic foods brought by travelers, the kebab has remained a part of everyday cuisine in most of the Eastern Mediterranean and South Asia.

In theory, meat on a stick is an incredible idea—fast to cook, easy to eat, and completely open to great flavor possibilities. But far too many kebabs fall flat, coming out dry, tasteless, and nowhere near their full potential. After many years of grilling and lots of trial and error, though, the GrillJunkie team has found ways to make consistently delicious kebabs. Follow these methods and there’s no risk of making your guests suffer through subpar kebabs at your next backyard barbecue.

Does the FlipKabob evolve the utilitarian, cumbersome and dangerous kabab skewer to the next level by successfully combining durability, effectiveness and user safety into an “Easy, Squeezy Kebab Flipper?” 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 FlipKabob product review.

Official Product Review and GPR

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Problem – The way we view it, there is nothing more enjoyable than creating a great grilled kabob! It doesn’t matter if you’ve skewered steak, chicken, shrimp or veggies, kabobs are always a hit with family and friends. They are fun to prepare, they look incredible, their aroma is enticing and the taste and texture experience is incomparable. But, trying to turn a kabob skewer is an incredible hassle. Without the right tools at your disposal, fingers get involved and that situation usually ends badly and in frustration. Without oven gloves, fingers will be burned. If attempting to turn kabobs with tongs, forks or spatulas, the food inevitably falls off or spins creating unevenly grilled kabobs.

  • Product’s Solution Pitch – The FlipKabob team’s approach to addressing the problem was to develop, market and distribute the FlipKabob grilling toolAccording to the company’s marketing material / ad copy:
“FlipKabob turns the chore of cooking and turning shish kabobs into a thing of the past. Now you can cook them evenly on all sides and keep your fingers away from the flames. This simple idea works using hand pressure to hold all of the ingredients together so you can lift, flip and roll the kabob to grilled perfection. Simply unlock the FlipKabob and slide the skewer into the skewer channel when placing, flipping or removing skewers from the grill. When you’re ready to flip, simply slide the skewer into the skewer channel… squeeze it, flip it and release the squeeze on the handles. That’s it! It doesn’t get any simpler! FlipKabob is the perfect gift for any grill master! Put one in your grilling toolbox today!

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The Good – The product has a few important positive attributes. First of all, the FlipKabob product team did indeed address the problem head on by making the chore and hassle of grilling Shish Kabobs a thing of the past. With the simple and elegantly designed FlipKabob not only can you cook evenly on all sides but the food will not fall off the skewer and you’re not placing your fingers on hot metal or into the burn zone. Under extensive product testing using various grills and kabob contents, the hard to impress GrillJunkie team found that this grilling product:

  • Is well made by combining hardwood handles with durable stainless steel
  • Includes 6 square-edged stainless steel skewers
  • Is well designed to safely grab, squeeze and flip kabobs
  • Can be used to grab, squeeze and flip larger pieces of meat such as brisket
  • Is easy to clean
  • Comes with a lockable spring-tong handle for easy storage
  • Should last a lifetime with minimal care

 

The Bad – There is, however, one very minor critique to the FlipKabob.  Although the hole to hang the FlipKabob is generous, there are a few grills that we could not hang the tool on the accessory rack. Maybe a leather strap would solve this problem.

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The Ugly – We did not believe that this variable directly applied to this product. In fact, the FlipKabob has a clean and attractive design and is very elegant, well designed and extremely effective. If the FlipKabob’s hardwood handles do 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 FlipKabob look like new again.

Verdict – We give the FlipKabob a 4.3 out of 5 GrillJunkie™ GPR Firepots. This rating equates to a Hot product.  The FlipKabob solidly addresses and solves the three main problems of utilitarian kebab skewers: they are cumbersome, dangerous to handle and are prone to allowing their contents to slip leading to grilling product reviewsunevenly grilled food. The simple, fun to use and well constructed FlipKabob provides the user with a convenient skewer channel to easily and safely grab, squeeze and flip the kebab skewer. Combined with an attractive, well balanced and easy to use hardwood and stainless steel design and you’re looking at a highly effective grill tool that will up your kabob grilling mastery and enjoyment.

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We look forward to any new product developments that will come from the FlipKabob 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 FlipKabob = 4.3 / 5.0

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Meat Smoking Time and Temperature Guide

Smoking Time and Temperature Guide For Meat Lovers

You folks are going to love this Meat Smoking Time and Temperature Guide! The team here at GrillJunkie has fired up the BBQ smokers and is glad to share a few of our tips and techniques with you. Believe us when we say we’ve made some massive mistakes along the way. Love and learn and share what you’ve didcovered so as to help others. Why not?

Meat Smoking Times and Temperature

Barbecuing in the summer is a favorite past time of husbands, fathers, women, campers, and weekend warriors everywhere. There is just something about being in the middle of nature, in the great outdoors, enjoying the fresh air as the aroma of grilling succulent meats and seasoned vegetables fills the air.

However, despite best intentions and scouring the internet for meat smoking tips, the event will still be a bust if the foods you are smoking are not smoked and finished properly. It is important to know the proper temperatures and cooking times for your bar-b-que creations, but who has time to remember all of those numbers, times, weights, and temperatures?

That is where this handy Info-Graph from mybestsmoker.com will help you ensure that your grilled foods are done to perfection.

Meat Smoking Time and Temperature Guide

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Smoking Times and Temperature

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Meat Smoking Time and Temperature Guide

Valuable Information

There is a rhyme and reason for the layout of the Meat Smoking Time and Temperature Guide. You can scour the best smoker cookbooks for great recipes to smoke a wide array of ingredients, but not many of them will give you as much information in one location as this smoking time and temperature wheel chart. Reading this chart is easy and it provides a multitude of valuable information to crank a great low and slow Smoked Brisket. To read this chart, it is easiest to start from the outer ring first.

Type of Food

The outside circle of this chart displays the different types of foods that can be smoked. This selection of smoking greats includes such things as meat, chicken, and seafood. The second ring of the chart displays images of the foods meat smoking time and temperature guide GrillJunkiethat are listed on the outer ring of the wheel chart.

Smoking Temperature Listings

Moving in towards the center, the next ring contains the proper temperatures at which to smoke the selected foods. Knowing the proper cooking temperature will ensure that your foods are completely cooked and safe for consumption. Using wood chips for smoking will give your food a deep smoky taste while maintaining the heat level for a great smoked finished product.

Timing

Smoking foods takes time. It is essential that the ingredients being smoked are allowed to soak up and develop the smoky flavor from the wood chips being used. The secret to a good smoke on an ingredient is the indirect heat and the containment of the smoke in the smoking chamber. To keep the most of the aromatic smoke inside of the smoker by using a well built smoker to keep in the hazy goodness.

Finish Temperature

how to smoke a turkeyThe fifth circle in the wheel contains the temperatures that the finished smoked product should register. Some of these areas are not a set temperature but rather an indication to cook the ingredients until tender. Others have clear indications of the temperature at which the foods should register when done smoking.

Creating your own home made smoked foods is a money saving, fun, tasty, and easy way to dry and preserve a variety of foods in an easy and safe way. Use the best wireless meat thermometer to check your smoking ingredients according to this Meat Smoking Time and Temperature Guide infographic.

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Fourth of July Grilling Ideas

Fourth of July Grilling Ideas

The team here at GrillJunkie has fired up the grills and is pumped to share a few Fourth of July Grilling Ideas! What better way to celebrate America’s Independence Day than with some Grilled Bread with Zucchini, Ricotta and Basil, some incredible Candied Bacon, a Grilled Coffee-Coriander Strip Steaks topped off with an epic Grilled Peach Dessert?!

Let’s get started with our Fourth of July Grilling Ideas with an appetizer inspired by Sara Quessenberry of www.realsimple.com

Fourth of July Grilling Ideas : Appetizer 1

Grilled Bread With Zucchini, Ricotta, and Basil

Ingredients

• 4 1/2-inch-thick slices country bread
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 4 small zucchini (about 2 pounds), thinly sliced lengthwise

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• 1 cup fresh basil, leaves torn
• 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
• Pinch of kosher salt
• 1 cup fresh ricotta

Directions

1. Heat grill to medium-high. Brush the bread with 1 tablespoon of the oil and grill until golden and crisp, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to plates.
2. Grill the zucchini until tender and slightly charred, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
3. Toss the zucchini in a large bowl with the basil, red pepper, ½ teaspoon salt, and remaining tablespoon of oil.
4. Top the bread with the zucchini and ricotta.

Fourth of July Grilling Ideas: Appetizer 2

candied bacon mother's day grillingCandied Bacon

Bacon for breakfast is good but candied bacon is even better, especially when you add the smoky flavor of the grill to the mix.

INGREDIENTS

1 pound bacon
1/4 cup honey
¼ teaspoon. chipotle powder (optional)
1/2 cup brown sugar

Directions

Prepare grill for medium-high heat grilling. Place bacon strip on the grill grate, drizzle honey over the top of the bacon slices and sprinkle liberally with brown sugar. Close the grill and allow the bacon to cook until crisp, approximately 15-20 minutes. Remove the bacon using a spatula as the honey and brown sugar mixture will be extremely hot. Allow the bacon to cool completely before serving.

Fourth of July Grilling Ideas: Main Meal

Grilled Coffee-Coriander Strip Steaks

CoffeeGrillRubWhat would Independence Day be without a perfectly grilled steak? Here’s one of our favorite recipes, inspired by Clint Cantwell, one that incorporates ground coffee to really up the flavor profile of the steak. To really take it over the top, place the grilled steaks on a tablespoon of butter as soon as they come off the grill. You won’t be disappointed!

We encourage you to read this great article entitled “Fourth of July Grilling Ideas : Dessert

Cayenne Grilled Peaches

grilled peaches bbqdragon.comWhen it comes to “manning” the grill, few do it better than Melissa Cookston, owner of the South’s hottest restaurant group, Memphis Barbecue Co. and author of the newly released BBQ and grilling cookbook Smokin’ in the Boys Room. For Melissa, the 4th of July gets sizzling with a perfectly grilled rib-eye and smoked Vidalia onions (the recipe for which can be found in her book) and ends with one of her favorite desserts, grilled cayenne peaches.

INGREDIENTS

4 peaches
3 Tablespoons light brown sugar
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Teaspoon cayenne
Whipped cream for serving

Directions

Prepare a hot grill.

Cut the peaches in half and remove the pits.

In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, vanilla, and cayenne. Place the peach halves in a baking dish cut side up and spoon the sugar mixture over the peaches. Allow to sit for 20 minutes or until the sugar dissolves.

Place the peaches on the grill skin side down and cook for about 3 minutes or until they develop some char and the sugar is slightly set.

Turn over and grill for 1 minute, then quarter turn them to develop a nice diamond-shaped grill mark. Remove, place on serving plates, and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

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7 Gourmet Burger Recipe Ideas

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7 Gourmet Burger Recipe Ideas

Fire up those grills for 7 Gourmet Burger Recipe Ideas! It is without apology that the GrillJunkie team celebrates our passion for grilling, BBQ and Burgers!. And what better American Holiday to express our addiction than on Memorial Day!

gourmet burger recipesFocusing on the third leg of our Holy Grilling Trinity, we are sharing with you these 7 Gourmet Burger Recipes Ideas, inspired by the team at PersonalCreations.com and Erica Daniels:

Hamburgers have worked their way deep into our food culture. You can’t go through town without passing dozens of establishments that’ll serve up this tasty sandwich. They all exist because we simply love eating burgers. In fact, in the United States we eat about 14 billion hamburgers every year. This comes out to about 38.3 million burgers a day, or 443 burgers devoured every second.

In its simplest form, all you need for a burger is a meat patty and a bun. It’s not too hard to upgrade a burger recipe with some lettuce, tomato, cheese, and onion–which is why most people expect to find those ingredients in a burger. These ingredients are fine, but we wanted to take a detour from the standard sandwich for some more creative burger recipes. We created 7 delicious gourmet burger ideas to mix up your burger routine and get your mouth watering!

7 Gourmet Burger Recipe Ideas

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Which of these was your favorite hamburger idea? The Californian is likely the safest choice for someone looking to try new flavors. You have some expected ingredients, but with a gourmet and Californian twist on the burger toppings. If a big portabello mushroom is something you’re craving, check out the Vegetarian burger. It’s loaded with flavor, including fried avocado and a garlic paste. For something off the beaten path, try grilling up a Vietnamese burger with a pork patty and Vietnamese style pickles.

If you’re up for it, you can modify any of these unique burger ideas to make a personal creation of your own. Cooking up burgers in a kitchen is perfectly fine, but for those warmer months, grilling them outside is lots of fun too. To gear up for outdoor burger sessions (or if you’re cooking up some gourmet hot dogs), make sure to check out our grilling tools!

Recipes adapted from: http://sonofagunrestaurant.com & http://thecozyapron.com/korean-bbq-burger

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More Than Just Grilling on Memorial Day

More Than Just Grilling on Memorial Day

It is no secret that the GrillJunkie team has a passion for grilling. And what better American Holiday to celebrate our addiction than Memorial Day! But before we fire up the grills to fire up a few dozen gourmet burgers, we must be sure to remind ourselves that there is more than just grilling on Memorial Day; it is more than the de facto start of the summer season. It is a significant American holiday to honor, respect and cherish those who have sacrificed their very lives for our freedom! Although we can fire you up with our grilling passion, we thought it appropriate to share the words of Daniel Briggs:

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I have to make a confession at the outset: Too often, I correlate Memorial Day with sales on grills and outdoor furniture. Shame on me. And if I, as a veteran, give barely a perfunctory nod of the head to this important holiday, am I alone? Or are my apathy and ignorance representative of more of the American public than any of us wants to admit?American-Flag-Grilled-Burger-via-GrillJunkie

Let’s take a look at the numbers.

75. The average percentage of the public’s confidence in the military from Gallup polls since 9/11. During that same time period, the Supreme Court received a thumbs-up from an average of 39% of the public while Congress earned just over 17% of confidence.

grilling on memorial day Americans overwhelmingly support the military. But how well do they understand it? And how effectively can they or their leaders support something they do not understand? With its unique culture running parallel to but apart from civilian society, the military has become more and more of an unknown entity. It starts with the fact that only a sliver (less than 1%) of Americans currently serve. By way of comparison, nearly 12% of the population served during the Second World War. And as more and more of our political leaders have not served, policy decisions impacting the military may be important, but they affect someone else, somewhere else. Even the most well-meaning politicians are not immune from this mindset, when their decisions do not directly affect them.

The growing military-civilian divide directly affects our service members as well. Military values like sacrifice and “service before self” are admirable but not absolute. They are too easily taken to an extreme, where service members believe they must lose their identity to serve their country. For example, military members often believe political discussions are off limits. Others mistakenly conclude that, outside both the walls of the sanctuary and the confines of one’s mind, religion is absolutely forbidden, regardless of setting or context. The military is a unique environment where individual interests sometimes yield to the interests of the larger military community. But Grilling Guide - How to grill directlysome freedoms are fundamental, as part and parcel of human existence as the act of breathing. Religious freedom, guaranteed by the first words of the First Amendment, is one such fundamental freedom. It is truly our first freedom. And at Alliance Defending Freedom, we work aggressively to educate, equip, and empower service members at all levels to live out their faith while in uniform.

On this Memorial Day, let’s take a moment to honor those who have died in service to this country. Let’s commit to actively bridge the military-civilian divide. And then, let’s fire up the grill!

Daniel Briggs

Legal Counsel, Director of Military Affairs

Daniel Briggs, Esq., serves as legal counsel and director of Military Affairs with Alliance Defending Freedom.

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