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Grilling Product Reviews: Ardent Goods Short Order Cook

Ardent Goods Short Order Cook – Beautiful New Heights?

The GrillJunkie team just discovered a new accessory for our Weber Smokey Joe 14″ Grill. The Ardent Goods Short Order Cook – a mahogany prep, grill and serve table that may just lift our beloved kettle grill to new heights, literally. But did it live up to our expectations?

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:

Ardent Goods Short Order Cook Table

Ardent Goods Short Order Cook review

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 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 rating Quick Product Reviews Rating: For the more impatient reader who needs to get the rating right away, we gave the $199 Ardent Goods Short Order Cook a 4.3 out of 5 GrillJunkie™ GPR Firepots. This rating equates to a Hot product.  The product addresses and solves the problem for which it was designed via a beautifully designed, fully assembled, high quality Meranti Mahogany prep, grill and serve table that will take your Weber Smokey Joe kettle grill to new heights! For more detail on this Product Review, as well as the many upcoming Grilling Product Reviews on our schedule, read on! 

Here’s a quick overview video of the Short Order Cook Product Review:

Did the Ardent Goods Short Order Cook raise our 14″ kettle grill to new heights?

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Grilling Around the World – Out of This World!

Grilling Around the World

Want to learn more about how other countries and cultures are Grilling Around the World? Then this is a must read for those looking to expand their grilling repertoire. While summer is still a few weeks away, many people kick off grilling season around Memorial Day weekend. Although the team here at GrillJunkie believes that grilling should be a year round activity, now is the perfect time to dust off the grill, do a little grill cleaning 101, refresh your favorite dry rub recipe and invite the neighborhood over. We know hot dogs and hamburgers reign supreme in the U.S., but maybe this year you want to add some different flair to your fire. That got us thinking—how do people grill around the world?

We researched 10 of the most popular grilling methods around the globe, as well as what different countries love to grill most. In fact, the folks at PersonalCreations.com developed this great Grilling Around the World infographic as seen below. As an example, did you know that Grecian barbecue is typically skewered and cooked on an open flame spit and is called Obeliskos? Or, do you know the origins of our Tuna Steak Kebab recipe? So for your next block party, instead of buying grocery store franks, consider making your own custom recipe to invoke the flavors of Japanese yakitori or Mexican carne asada. Your barbecue will be out of this world—and have neighbors lining up for seconds.

How are People Grilling Around the World

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Grilling Recipes with Emmi Cheese – Father’s Day Meal

Grilling with Emmi Cheese – Father’s Day Surprise

The GrillJunkie team carved out some great recipes and did some grilling with the Emmi Cheese product line that we believe will suprise and delight dear old dad for Father’s Day! So whether you grill with charcoal or gas, these recipes that include the unmistakable aromas, tastes and textures of various Emmi Cheese varieties will be sure to fire things up.

Below you will find recipe suggestions for an entire meal, including a starter, soup, salad, entree and dessert that will make that obligatory tie pale in comparison and make you the ultimate GrillJunkie in dad’s eye for years to come. We also provide a useful Cheese Pairing Guide should you want to experiment a bit and find that special cheese that suits your need. It’s all about What Fires YOU Up!

Starters/AppetizerGrilling with Emmi Cheese

Cippolini Crostini with Kaltbach Gruyère

grilling with Emmi cheese, GrillJunkieThe perfect beginning or accompaniment to a meal, crostini are a great way to serve quick, easy and elegant appetizers with this earthy, nutty and texture rich cheese. Try adding grill roasted mushrooms for a tasty variation.

Yield: approximately 12 servings

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat grill to medium-high heat, about 375° F
  2. Brush baguette slices with olive oil, season with salt and pepper
  3. Grill baguette slices on both sides for 3-5 minutes each or until lightly toastedimages809NIIJ3
  4. Remove baguette slices from grill and evenly top with cipollini onions and Kaltbach cave-aged Le Gruyère Switzerland AOC
  5. Return to grill for another 3-5 minutes, or until cheese has fully melted

Soup Grilling with Emmi Cheese

Steakhouse Onion Soup w/ Grand Cru Gruyère

Warming, comforting, and all-the-better topped with cheese, this recipe inspired by Chef Rex Hale of St. Louis Steakhouse will be sure to please with this versatile cheese – scrumptious texture, aroma and earthy undertones.

Yield: 8 servingsgrilling with Emmi cheese, GrillJunkie

Ingredients

  • 1⁄2 cup butter
  • 3 pounds yellow onions, peeled and sliced 1⁄8 inch thick
  • 1 & 1⁄2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 quarts rich veal or beef stock
  • 1 cup brandy
  • Salt to taste
  • 12 ounces Grand Cru Gruyère, shredded
  • 1 loaf French bread, thickly sliced and toasted

Preparation

  1. On side burner of grill (if available), melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. This can also be done directly on the grill grate surface with a pre-seasoned heavy cast iron pot. Add onions and toss well to coat. Turn heat to medium-high, stirring frequently until onions are nicely browned on the edges (approx. 10 minutes). Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for an additional 15 – 20 minutes, stirring frequently until onions are soft and translucent.
  2. Add pepper, thyme, and bay leaf; stir. Continue cooking for an additional 5 to 10 minutes.steakhouse_onion_soup
  3. Heat veal or beef stock in a large soup or stock pot. Add the onion mixture to the hot stock. Add brandy and simmer for 1 hour. Season with salt, remove bay leaf, and refrigerate overnight.
  4. To Serve  – Heat soup. Fill soup crocks or grill/ovenproof bowls with approximately 1 cup soup. Top with  French bread and cover bread with Gruyère. Place on grill and close cover, or under broiler for approximately 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve immediately.

Salad Grilling with Emmi Cheese

Grilled Tomato and Arugula Salad

grilling with Emmi cheese, GrillJunkieThe perfect canvas for cheese, this salad, again inspired by Chef Rex Hale of St. Louis Steakhouse in St. Louis, MO proves that cheese adds such a satisfying flavor to greens. Try some shredded Gruyère on field greens with a balsamic vinaigrette…..delicious!

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

Salad

  • 8 ounces arugula
  • 4 large beefsteak tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of canola oil for brushing
  • olive oil for drizzling

Dressing

  • 3⁄4 cup Serafina Garlic and Herb Spread, room temperature
  • 1⁄4 cup Buttermilk Blue
  • 1 tablespoon chives, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Preparation

Grilled Tomatoes (optional)

Pre-heat the grill and prepare for high direct and indirect heat. This can be accomplished in a charcoal grill by placing the hot coals to one side while leaving the other side empty, creating a two zone fire. This can be accomplished on a gas grill by turning off one of the burners, hence creating an indirect grilling zone.Tomotoes_Dominant_BBQ_Sauce_Reviews

  • Put the grape tomatoes in a bowl. Toss with the canola oil and some salt and pepper. Transfer to a grill basket and grill over direct heat. Be sure to toss occasionally, until tomatoes are slightly charred all over and softened, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, drizzle with olive oil, and crush lightly with a fork. Toss with the basil, then set aside.

Salad

  • Evenly divide arugula in the center of four salad plates and surround with sliced tomatoes. Top with Serafina and Buttermilk Blue dressing (recipe below).

Dressing

  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir thoroughly to combine.

Burgers Grilling with Emmi Cheese

Jalapeño Bison Cheeseburgers with Caramelized Onion Burger

Lunch or dinner, cheese is always at home on a sandwich or grilled burger. The team here at GrillJunkie is constantly tweaking and evolving all of our grilling recipes, and one our favorite Bison_Burger_recipecategories is the incomparable Grilled Bison Burger Recipes. Growing our burger recipe repertoire is one of our favorite pastimes. We love to prepare and share our free on-line recipes with our readers. Read More →

Grilling Product Reviews – Mr. Bar-B-Q Reversible Cast Iron Griddle

Grilling Product Reviews: Mr. Bar-B-Q Reversible Cast Iron Griddle

The GrillJunkie team conducted a Grilling Product Review on the Mr. Bar-B-Q Reversible Cast Iron Griddle. Did it’s duality Fire Us Up?

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:

Mr. Bar-B-Q Reversible Cast Iron Griddle 

Grilling Product Reviews Mr. Bar-B-Q reversible cast iron griddle

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 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.  

GrillJunkie Grilling Product Review GPR Firepot key with logo

  GrillJunkie GPR Four FirePot rating Quick Product Reviews Rating: For the more impatient reader who needs to get the rating right away, we gave the Mr. Bar-B-Q Reversible Cast Iron Griddle 4.2 out of 5 GrillJunkie™ GPR Firepots. This rating equates to a Hot product. Pre-seasoned and ready to use, this reversible, dual purpose griddle is made from commercial grade cast iron which we found distributed the heat evenly to both cooking surfaces! We cranked out a few of our famous burgers, steaks and fish recipes on the grooved side then flipped to the flat side for some eggs, pancakes and bacon. For more detail on this Product Review, as well as the many upcoming Grilling Product Reviews on our schedule, read on! 

Did the Mr. Bar-B-Q Reversible Cast Iron Griddle fire things up?

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Product Review of Grill Beast Beast Injector

Grilling Product Reviews: Grill Beast Beast Injector

The GrillJunkie team conducted a Grilling Product Review on the Grill Beast Beast Injector. Did this grilling tool Fire Us Up and easily inject great flavor to our BBQ meat? 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:

Grill Beast Beast Injector

Grill Beast Beast Injector

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 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.  

GrillJunkie Grilling Product Review GPR Firepot key with logo

  GrillJunkie GPR Four FirePot rating Quick Product Reviews Rating: For the more impatient reader who needs to get the rating right away, we gave the $49 (frequently on sale for $27) Grill Beast Beast Injector a 4.4 out of 5 GrillJunkie™ GPR Firepots. This rating equates to a Hot product.  Transform the taste of your favorite meat and poultry dishes. The durable, well-made stainless steel injector includes a 2 oz. barrel and two heavy-duty needles that easily and evenly spread liquid or chunky marinades deep into meats! Additionally, they were comfortable and easy to clean and store! For more detail on this Product Review, as well as the many upcoming Grilling Product Reviews on our schedule, read on! 

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