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Ever wondered what makes BBQ better than it already is? The sauce! Real Deal BBQ Sauce offers a great sauce that you can use whenever you are having family BBQ in your backyard or when you are going outdoors. Our BBQ sauce is made of the finest ingredients dedicated to every BBQ connoisseur all over the globe.

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Real Deal BBQ Sauce is the tried and tested product that has been used for different BBQ roadhouses and restaurants across the globe. We offer a variety of products that meet different taste buds. We offer flavors ranging from sweet and tangy to hot and spicy. Also, don’t forget to check out our product reviews, like our in-depth Nexgrill Review, to make the most our of your BBQ. With years of experience in the industry, we have perfected our recipes to meet our customer’s preferences.

How to Choose the
Right BBQ Sauce?

If you will look at the market today, you will be able to see a lot of choices when it comes to BBQ Sauce. The reality is that there is so many BBQ sauces in the market that you will never run out of options. If you ever opt to have the best one, you will have to know what you are actually looking for.

The Right BBQ Sauce

One, you can always start by asking yourself if you want it spicy or not? There are a lot of bottled BBQ sauces today that make use of chili powder. Next, you also want to ask yourself if you want it a bit tangy or if you want it a bit sweet? Now, if you are…

Choose the Right Sauce

You can start by looking at what you currently have. Ketchup, mustard, and some sugar can be a good start. This is the basic way of making your own sauce. You can then add or deduct some ingredients as you are able to develop a taste for…

Can You Make A
Homemade BBQ Sauce?
If you are about to have a BBQ dinner with family and friends, it is a good idea to test your recipe prior to that day.

A lot of people are looking for the best BBQ sauce. What they don’t know is that they can find it in their own kitchen. If you have mustard, ketchup, and some honey, then you already have a potential BBQ sauce in the comfort of your home.

Homemade BBQ Sauce

If you are about to have a BBQ dinner with family and friends, it is a good idea to test your recipe prior to that day. And what makes BBQ dinners memorable is the sauce. A lot of people are looking for the best BBQ sauce. What they don’t know is that they can find it in their own kitchen. If you have mustard, ketchup, and some honey, then…

Make A Homemade Sauce

For starters, what makes BBQ sauce such a good thing to have? BBQ sauce can be used in your meals to marinate different types of meat from pork to beef to chicken. Next, it also gives a different experience to eat BBQ especially when it is grilled. Basically, to make your own sauce, you just need to add the basic ingredients…

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Make Your Own BBQ Smoker

How to Make Your Own BBQ Smoker for Under $30

If you’re like me and then you feel that there is nothing better than the taste of a well smoked piece of pork, however, purchasing a dedicated BBQ smoker like Nexgrill can be very expensive.

With a little bit of ingenuity and about $30 you can actually build yourself a smoker that will serve you for many years to come.

To start off with here is a list of things you’re going to need, some of them you will be able to pick up secondhand at flea markets or secondhand stores.
– Stainless steel garbage can (new)
– used hot plate (should be about $10 at secondhand store)
– Grill – grates from hardware store work wonderfully.
– Metal bowl to hold woodchips
– thermometer, a digital wireless thermometer works best however even a cheap oven thermometer will work fine.

Once you have your items together in we will begin to make your homemade smoker for under $30 by cutting a hole in the bottom of the stainless steel garbage can, this is to allow the power cord to the hot plate to get into the can. Next you’ll want to cut and access door on the side of the garbage can. To do this simply drill a hole and using a hack saw blade cut a window large enough to fit the bowl that you’re going to put your woodchips into through. This will allow you to change your woodchips throughout the cooking process. Next you can fix the door back on the garbage can by using an inexpensive hinge.

Next you’ll want to cut your metal grates that you’ve picked up from hardware store so that they fit into your garbage can one about 16 inches from the bottom and another about 12 inches above that. This will give you to grates on which to rest your meat while they smoke. Lastly you will cut a hole in the top of the lid of the garbage cans this is to control how much smoke is exhausted from your garbage can. Once you’re done that make sure that your garbage can lids fits properly back on the garbage can and if it does you are ready to start smoking using your homemade smoker for under $30.

To begin using your smoker for under $30 is very easy all you’re going to do is soak your woodchips for at least four to six hours in water a good idea is to use warm water so that it permeates the wood and use a bowl to hold the woodchips under the water. Once your woodchips are adequately soaked you will simply put a few handfuls into the metal bowl, now put the metal bowl on top of the hot plate at the bottom of your garbage can. You can adjust your temperature using the hot plate so that your temperature on your middle rack is approximately 160°. Should it get hot or cold or simply adjust the temperature on your hot plate.

As you can see making your own smoker for under $30 is really quite easy and the results can be extremely good. Keep in mind that you’ll want to keep your smoker off of a wooden surface as the garbage can itself will get fairly hot.

It is a good idea if you have a wooden deck to lay down a couple of treks to rest your smoker on.

Chicago’s Best BBQ Spots

I am originally from New York and for me Chicago is as close to home I can get. There are a lot of similarities between New York and Chicago, such as great food. Chicago is known for its great restaurants. I recently discovered all of the great BBQ restaurants that exist in this fat paced city. Here is my review for the Best Chicago BBQ Restaurants.

3-Miller’s Pub

134 S. Wabash, Chicago IL

Open 7 days a week from 11AM-2AM Sundays until Midnight

From the outside this looks like your typical inviting Irish Pub. The atmosphere on the inside is comfy and casual. Lots of well know celebrities have enjoyed dining at this establishment such as Tony Bennet, Lance Bass from N’Sync and Jay Leno. A ton more celebrities have also dined here and their pictures hang on the walls. They are known for their famous ribs which are a popular menu item. The Canadian Baby Back Ribs are a must have. Their cole slaw is some of the best I’ve had. The average price per person is $25. The wait staff is very helpful and friendly. There is also discount parking available.

2-Twin Anchors Restaurant

1655 North Sedgwick Street, Chicago IL

Mon-Thurs 5-11PM Fri 5-12AM Sat 12-12AM Sun 12-10:30PM

This restaurant has been around since 1932 and is located in an historic Old Town building. This is a very quaint neighborhood tavern. There is outdoor seating which has a great vibe in the summertime. Frank Sinatra visited this little tavern often throughout the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. One of my favorite movies, “Return to Me” was filmed in this cozy pub. They are famous for their ribs and zesty BBQ sauce. You must try these meaty and tender bites of delicious baby back ribs. My side of choice is the Onion Rings. The average price per person is $25. There is also valet parking available.

1-Timothy O Tooles

622 North Fairbanks Ct, Chicago IL

Mon-Sun 11AM-3AM

This is a very casual, fun sports bar. The atmosphere is loud and fast paced. If you are a big sports fan this will establishment will bring you much joy. There are over thirty televisions. They have a wide selection of beer on tap which includes my favorite Magic Hat #9. There are daily lunch and dinner specials so I suggest checking out the website to see all these fun events, go to www.timothyotooles.com You must try their award winning BBQ chicken wings. They are a hit with all of the customers, especially the locals. The average price per person is $20. The service is quick and friendly. There is nearby parking.

Best BBQ Ribs

Best BBQ Ribs – What’s the Story?

How to make the Best BBQ or Smoked Ribs in your neighborhood. This is not a step by step barbeque recipe or a “how to make bbq ribs in an hour guide” but rather some simple tips to help you improve the taste of your barbeque and smoked ribs.

Cooking and smoking BBQ ribs is an all day affair that takes planning and patience which is well worth the time as you will learn as you enjoy the results. Barbeque ribs are prepared by millions of people every year and mastered by only a few. All backyard cooks claim to have the best recipes, secrets and techniques for cooking barbeque ribs. When these backyard cooks put on their cooking aprons and are armed with off the shelf bbq sauces and cooking utensils, it’s time for everyone else in the family to get out of their way.

These “Weekend BBQ Warriors” make concoctions of sauces, dry rubs, spices and any ingredient imaginable to signature their recipes to continue the family tradition of “Barbeque Gone Bad”. Little do these once a month cooks know about bbq ribs and understanding the correct way of releasing the flavor from the combination of smoke and meat.

Basically there are two styles of pork ribs – baby back ribs and spare ribs. The baby back ribs are cut closer to the spine, are shorter and more curved than spare ribs which are wider, flat and cut from the stomach area. Baby back ribs do cook faster and have less meat than the larger spare rib. The first thing to do to the ribs is remove the thin membrane on the back side of the ribs, this will allow the seasoning and smoke get into the meat. From this point on the next step depends upon how you are going to season the ribs. If you are going to use a dry rub now is the time to do apply, if you are going to marinate that can also be done now. If you use a dry rub apply it all over the ribs totally covering and this should be done the night before. If you marinate this can be done the night before also or just a few hours prior to cooking.

Some old legends about barbequing should be left behind and some new methods applied to better your barbequing. Many people believe that boiling the ribs before barbequing is the correct way. Wrong. Think of what you are doing, you are essentially making pork soup stock and draining the meat of all of its flavor.

Would you boil a chicken before barbequing it? Absolutely not. Others believe the secret is to bathe or smother the ribs in BBQ sauce in the refrigerator for hours or a day ahead of cooking, Wrong.

BBQ sauces should be brushed on during the last 15 – 30 minutes of cooking and if you are using a smoker, brush on the sauce after the smoking. As with barbequing all meats and fish, the sauces absorb the best while the meat is cooking. Marinating is not the same as applying bbq sauce. Marinates are usually much thinner consistency usually containing vinegar and spices which will penetrate the meat to give additional flavor. Another old legend – the ribs must be burnt to be good, Wrong.

The only way to get the meat tender enough to fall off the bone is by slow cooking or smoking at a low temperature of 200 to220 degrees. When smoking pork be careful not to cook at too low a temperature or leave the meat out in room temperature for more than 2 hours as this can cause bacteria to grow very fast.

If you are using a gas grill you may only need to use one burner on low as to maintain 220 cooking temperature. If you want to flavor the meat by smoking use the wood of your choice, hickory and mesquite are the most popular and available at most stores that sell charcoal.

Before you start to cook take the pieces of wood and soak in water for about one hour before hand. Some people just take the dry wood chips and put them into the fire and this is the wrong way to smoke. Take the wet pieces of wood and wrap in tin foil and place it in the burner area below the grates. The wood needs to smolder and smoke not be in the direct flames to catch fire and burn. When using a regular grill for smoking it is harder to contain the smoke inside and there is no place to put the liquids pan as in a true smoker grill. Lift the lid as little as possible and use a thermometer to check the temperature of the meat.

There are many different methods for cooking this way and the cook time will vary, plan on cooking time to be 2 ½ to 3 ½ hours at a minimum.

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Why Not Splurge on a Viking Smoker Grill?

There is probably nothing in the world that can compare to cooking and eating outdoors. Even in our advanced technological age when we can put a meal in the microwave and have it done in seconds, we still feel a primal urge to slap some meat over an open flame and sit out in the sun to eat it. If this describes you and your family, then it’s time to consider splurging on a Viking smoker grill. Why can we be so certain about this?

For one thing, keep in mind that a Viking smoker grill is more than just a barbecue or grill itself. There are so many things you can use it for and different ways it can cook your food, it might be more accurately referred to as an entire cooking machine all in one. The fact that a Viking smoker grill has the word “smoker” right in the title should immediately tell you one of those other functions it has, that of a food smoker. You can use wood chips or another smoking medium and slowly sear the meat as it bastes in its own smoky aroma for an eating experience unlike any other. You should also look at our in-depth Nexgrill review.

Ifyou’ve never had food that’s been smoked, you’re in for a real treat when you use this feature of your Viking smoker grill. Their Ultra-Premium series of gas grills offer 25,000 BTUs of cooking heat so that your meat can be seared to perfection, locking in the flavor and giving the outside a crispy exterior if that’s what you prefer. They also have a heavy-duty rotisserie built right into the grilling area so that you can spin a chicken or slab of beef if you want to enjoy some rotisserie style eating while outdoors as well.

All models of the Viking smoker grill come with double wall stainless steel construction to keep heat in and cool air out. This means you’re not losing precious cooking heat through the walls of the grill but aren’t likely to have accidental burns when you’re near it either.

Easy cleanup and maintenance is also a standard feature with any Viking smoker grill model you choose. Drip trays keep liquid in one easy accessible spot so that you can simply slide the tray out and empty it rather than having to practically disassemble the entire unit to clean it, the way you do with most other models of outdoor grills. What’s also convenient about most models of Viking smoker grill is that you can purchase additional accessories to suit your needs, whether that’s additional shelves, burners, warming trays, woks, and anything else your family might enjoy.

So if you’re ready to get a slab of meat and cook it the way nature intended it to be cooked, or if you’re just looking for a great way to get friends and family together to enjoy your outdoor patio or deck, it’s time to treat yourself to a Viking smoker grill.

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Nothing says summertime like fresh corn on the cob and grilling. Once the local produce markets start getting in fresh sweet corn, for some lucky families it is grilled corn on the cob every day. One of the joys of summer is getting everything you need for a entire meal at the produce stand; new potatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, fresh greens and so on. If you’ve not yet bought a grill for the summer, you should check out our review of the Nexgrill range.Those nights there is no meat on the table and no one really misses it. In these times of tight budgets and high food prices, a trip to the local produce stand provides a little relief for the wallet and a great dinner.

Corn on the cob is easy to  prepare and a perfect side dish. It is a staple at the state fairs in the Midwest where they grab it off the grill, peel back the husks and dip it in vats of butter. They use the corn that is still on the long stalk; it not only makes grilling easier, but eating easier, too.

The simplest way to grill corn on the cob is to remove the outer layers of the husks of the corn, leaving just a couple layers. Soak the whole ear of corn in water for at least a half hour and then put it on the preheated grill. Close the lid and let it cook for about 5 minutes, then give it a turn. Continue doing so for about 15-20 minutes. The husks should be very charred, to the point of looking burnt, the corn inside, however will be, perfectly steamed.

Peel off the remaining husks and the silks should come off along with them, add some butter and salt and dinner is served along with thoughts of the state’s biggest squash and a cow carved out of butter.

Historical Trivia and the Origins of BBQ

Historical Trivia and the Origins of BBQ

One of my favorite words is  factoid.

If you’re like most people out there, and you just go along to get along, I’m gonna bet that you think the definition is something like a little-known, interesting fact or tidbit.  Well, I by no means, consider myself a scholar, but I remember my Daddy comin’ home from work, sometime in the mid-seventies, talkin’ about some yahoo, name of Ted Turner, who did a piece on a show and used factoid as a tid-bit of information.  ”Ruination of the English language“, I can remember him muttering!  So, I went and looked it up.  I do that…a lot.  Got a whole library, now!

Just so’s you know, a factoid is a piece of erroneous or incorrect information, that gets spread and repeated so often, that people believe it to be true!  Thus, a factoid about the word factoid is, itself, a factoid!  Ain’t that something?

So, ever since then, I’ve tried to be kinda careful about how I use words.  English teacher of mine, when I was in school, came up with a pretty saying I remember, too.  He said, “Robby, words are the tools and language is a skill.  But communication…is an art.”   I kinda liked that.

Anyway, what’s that got to do with barbecue?  Well, seems all kinds of folk want to know where the word comes from, ‘cuz it’s not as easy as grill.

The word barbecue sounds funny, so it must be foreign.  If it’s foreign, it must be French.  Plus we associate it with the Southern states, like Louisiana, which, as I recall from my fifth grade history, used to be sort of French.  But we like to blur the lines  just a little more, like that friend of a friend that told you he saw someone who said that thingthat you can’t quite put your finger on…so the story goes somethin’ like this.

Way back when, French sailors in the Caribbean saw a pig being cooked whole in a pit and described the method as barbe à queue, meaning from beard to tail. The French, being clever and all, use the same word for barbecue as we do now, so it seems reasonable…I guess.  But word historians, etymologists, they’re called, say that just ain’t so.   Just because it sounds close, don’t necessarily make it so…it’s just a common thread in folk-etymology explanations.  Almost as bad as explanations for cuss words that say they’re acronymsguess again or look it up. I did!

Now, on account of us Americans likin’ barbecue so well and kinda takin’ it as our own, another claim is that the word barbecue comes from the acronym BBQ,  supposedly from roadhouses and beer joints with pool tables that advertised “Bar, Beer and Cues“.

Dumbest thing I ever heard!  Why would you go to a bar, that didn’t have beer?  And I’ve never been to one that had a swimmin’ pool inside, so I don’t even know why you’d say “cues”. Think I’ll ride my hog on down to the roadhouse for a nice cool lemonade and a game of cues.  You comin’? According to this fairy tale, the phrase was shortened over time to BBCue, then BBQ, using IFPF – Infantile Fanatical Phonetic Fantasy.  Nice alliteration, huh? I call it iffy-piff.

So, all you can get out of the above is the correct spelling of the word, barbecue, and some cool stuff to tell your friends and neighbors, while you’re standing around your pit, burnin’ somethin’!

The actual origins of both the activity of barbecue cooking and the word itself are, as you guessed, not so clear cut.  Most etymologists believe that barbecue derives ultimately from the word barabicu found in the language of both the Timucua of Florida and the Taíno people of the Caribbean, which then entered European languages in the form barbacoa.  The word translates as sacred fire pit, and describes a grill for cooking meat, consisting of a wooden platform resting on sticks.

So, now that you understand that what you’ve been doing in the name of barbecue, is actually the desecration of the sacred fire pit, maybe you’re ready to learn how to win the admiration of your friends and neighbors and maybe even win back your wife’s love by learnin’ how to barbecue the right way. All you need to make amazing BBQs is a grill by Nexgrill.

If you’re here, that’s a good place to start!

How to Choose the Right BBQ Sauce?

If you will look at the market today, you will be able to see a lot of choices when it comes to BBQ Sauce. The reality is that there are so many BBQ sauces in the market that you will never run out of options. If you ever opt to have the best one, you will have to know what you are actually looking for. We recommend that you check out our review of  Nexgrill so you have the perfect grill to go with your sauce.

One, you can always start by asking yourself if you want it spicy or not? There are a lot of bottled BBQ sauces today that make use of chili powder. Next, you also want to ask yourself if you want it a bit tangy or if you want it a bit sweet? Now, if you are still not happy with the different sauce that you find in the grocery store, you can already start exploring different options in your kitchen. You can start by looking at what you currently have. Ketchup, mustard, and some sugar can be a good start. This is the basic way of making your own sauce. You can then add or deduct some ingredients as you are able to develop a taste for the right sauce.

Now, if you are still not happy with the different sauce that you find in the grocery store, you can already start exploring different options in your kitchen. You can start by looking at what you currently have. Ketchup, mustard, and some sugar can be a good start. This is the basic way of making your own sauce. You can then add or deduct some ingredients as you are able to develop a taste for the right sauce.

Can You Make A Homemade BBQ Sauce?

If you are about to have a BBQ dinner with family and friends, it is a good idea to test your recipe prior to that day. And besides having a Nexgrill,  what makes BBQ dinners memorable is the sauce.

A lot of people are looking for the best BBQ sauce. What they don’t know is that they can find it in their own kitchen. If you have mustard, ketchup, and some honey, then you already have a potential BBQ sauce in the comfort of your home.

For starters, what makes BBQ sauce such a good thing to have? BBQ sauce can be used in your meals to marinate different types of meat from pork to beef to chicken. Next, it also gives a different experience to eat BBQ especially when it is grilled.

Basically, to make your own sauce, you just need to add the basic ingredients. You can have ketchup, mustard, and honey for starters. As you get used to making BBQ sauce, you can then start to add salt and even replace honey with brown sugar. Of course, it is always a trial and error process. However, once you are able to find the right blend for you, you will be able to experience BBQ meals in a different way.

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