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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!”


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


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.



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!




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.


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.




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 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.




  • 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


  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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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.


  • 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)


  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.


  • 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 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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Top 10 Valentines Day Recipes

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Top 10 Valentines Day Recipes

Romance meets the grill? If you’re looking to spice things up a bit, we have you covered. The GrillJunkie team has fired up the grills and cranked out our Top 10 Valentines Day Recipes! Instead of going out with the crowd this Valentine’s Day, enjoy a restaurant-quality meal in the comfort of your own home.  Now let’s look at this in perspective. Most holidays involve making large feasts for many people. Lots of grilling, lots of food, for lots of people. However, Valentine’s Chili heartDay is unique as it revolves around a small intimate meal for two people. We challenge our brethren GrillJunkie men to fire up the grill and produce something special for that woman in their lives. And vice versa for those girl grilling addicts. As grilling, BBQ and food addicts, we believe a way to a person’s heart is truly through their stomach. We’ve gathered the Top 10 Valentines Day Recipes that we believe she might like. Let’s take a look down this list of Valentine Day’s most popular recipes and then you tell us who is doing the cooking, and for whom. What Fires YOU Up?


Top 10 Valentines Day Recipes

1. Grilled Oysters with Jalapeno Butter

Since Oysters are an aphrodisiac, adding butter and smoky goodness from the grill make them even more sensual! There’s not too much to grilling oysters. This recipe basically calls for you to preheat the grill to medium/medium high and get the grill hot. Carefully place the oysters on and shut the lid, then grill the oysters until they pop open. As the first ones open up, place them on the top basket/warming area of the grill so they stay warm but don’t remain over the direct heat.grilled oysters

To Grill the Oysters:

Preheat the grill to medium/medium high. Carefully place your oysters on the grill surface grate and shut the lid. Grill the oysters until they pop open. As the first ones open up, place them on the top basket/warming area of the grill so they stay warm but don’t stay on the direct heat.

Jalapeno Butter Sauce

  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1-2 minced jalapenos, depending on how much heat is desired
  • sea salt/pepper

Sauté the onions in the butter. Add the wine and simmer for 7-10 minutes, letting some of the liquid reduce down. Add the jalapenos and garlic, simmer a little longer. Pour sauce on top of the opened oysters. Enjoy!!

2. Cast-Iron Cowboy Steak

This is an ideal, if not the best way to cook a thick, juicy bone-in steak restaurant-style without smoking up the house. Use your grill to heat the cast-iron skillet; the skillet surface area promotes a more assertive flavor and better sear than grill grates, yielding a steak with the proper steak house crust.


  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (1 1/2- to 2-lb.) bone-in rib-eye or porterhouse steak (about 2 inches thick)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 8 fresh herb sprigs (such as thyme, rosemary, and oregano)
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed

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1. Preheat grill to 400° to 450° (high) heat. Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet on grill, covered with grill lid, 15 minutes. Sprinkle salt and pepper generously over steak.

2. Add oil to skillet. (Oil should smoke.) Using tongs, place steak in skillet, and cook on grill, without grill lid, 10 minutes or until dark brown and crusty. Turn steak on fatty edge in skillet, holding upright with tongs, and cook 2 minutes. Place steak, uncooked side down, in skillet. Cook on grill, covered with grill lid, 8 to 10 minutes or to desired degree of doneness. (We recommend an internal temperature of 120° to 125° for medium-rare; temperature will rise as steak rests.)

3. Add butter, herbs, and garlic to side of skillet, and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until butter foams. Tilt skillet slightly, and spoon butter mixture over steak 20 times (being careful not to splatter). Transfer steak, herbs, and garlic to a platter; let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. When cutting, be sure to slice against the grain.

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