October 9th, 2014

Fall Grilling Tips

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Fall grilling, while very similar to summer grilling, is a bit different. There ARE some adjustments we’ve got to make.

Here are some tips for making your fall grilling truly spectacular:

1. Tank tops and shorts? Probably not. Don’t forget to bundle up for this job. It’s getting cold out there!

2. Mix in seasonal flavors in your grilling. Fall spices, pumpkins and autumn vegetables like squash say, “Hello, fall!”

3. Use this handy dandy steak timer app. It’ll guide you along the way step-by-step. And it’s free!

4. The grilling app also includes recipes, too. Find something that gets you in an autumny mood.

Hope you have a blast grilling up fall favorites this season!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


September 11th, 2014

End of Summer Grilling Tips

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Summer is coming to a close. It’s sad, but it doesn’t mean grilling has to stop!

On the contrary.

Keep those burgers, steaks, hot dogs, kabobs and whatever else you can dream up coming!

But there are a few things we’ve got to do to prepare for the coming fall grilling season.

1. Clean the grill. You might not grill as often as you did in the summer. So start off the season with a good cleaning. The grill might sit for a longer period of time so let it sit clean.

2. Cover the grill. We’ll get some chilly nights (and days) ahead so cover up that grill so it stays safe – and leaf-free!

3. Make sure all knobs are on the OFF position. Seems simple, but in our haste sometimes we forget one or more of the burners when we’re finished. THAT would be a disaster if left for a while so double and triple check.

4. Shift to fall recipes! Searing a roast on the grill before letting it slow cook is oh so amazing! Check out more recipe ideas here.

5. Don’t forget to continue to invite lots of friends and family over to grill. Body heat will keep you warm when the temperatures start to go down! :)

Happy continued grilling!


August 27th, 2014

Labor Day Grilling Hacks

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Wanna take the “labor” out of Labor Day grilling?

Try these tips to make your holiday grilling run smoothly!

1. Check out these “Top 10 Steak Grilling Tips” from a real-live chef. Advice like “season early” seems simple enough, but if it’s skipped it could lead to some sad steaks.

2. Sometimes seeing is believing. Watch these videos for step-by-step instructions for your specific meal. Whether you’re grilling a ribeye, a Chateaubriand or going all out with some Wagyu Kobe beef, you’re covered with these videos.

3. Brush up on your thawing skills here. Should you leave your frozen meat out in the hot sun to get it ready for the grill? Find out here!

4. Need some recipe inspiration for your Labor Day grilling extravaganza? You’re sure to find something you’ll want to try in this list of amazing recipes.

5. Find the perfect wine to go with your grilled perfection with this wine pairing chart. I like charts ’cause they do all the hard work for me!

6. Wanna know how long you should grill a specific steak cut on each side for that perfect taste? Well, speaking of charts, we’ve got one for that!

7. And not only do we have a chart for that, we’ve got an app for that, too!

Now you’re all set to hit it out of the park (or at least onto the grill) this Labor Day!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


August 15th, 2014

Summer Grilling 101

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‘Tis the season — grilling season!

Summer is the most glorious time to fire it up and tend to some beautiful cuts of meat.

BUT, it can be not so pleasurable if you don’t know what you’re doing.

If you’re a newbie or just need a little refresher, here’s a quick Grilling 101 course for your summertime enjoyment…

1. Selecting the best cut for the job depends on what you’re going for. Meaty and hearty or buttery tender? Make your cut decision after perusing this lesson on steak cuts and you won’t go wrong.

2. Season it early. Don’t just throw a piece of meat on the grill naked. The art of seasoning is important. Read about its artistry and other steak grilling tips from a chef here.

3. Searing your steak is very important. But don’t just take it from me. Check out these steak grilling videos from the experts.

After you’ve read these lessons and watched the videos, you should ace the true test — grilling a steak that passes with flying colors!


June 23rd, 2014

A Guide to Grill Marks

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The number one rule of grilling a steak is don’t overcook it. It’s got to taste good or else what’s the point?

But the number two rule?

Make it pretty.

Presentation is a very, very close second to taste. If it doesn’t LOOK appetizing it simply won’t taste good.

And as far as steaks are concerned, grill marks are of utmost importance. So we’ve got to spend some time making sure they’re absolutely gorgeous.

Now, you could just go for the horizontal look (see above) and just give your steak a good diagonal placement across the grill, then flip and create the same effect on the other side.

That’s beautiful, but many chefs prefer this method as described in this “Top 10 Steak Grilling Tips” list compiled by a true chef:

“Use the hot grill to create ‘cross-hatch’ grill marks. Set your steak down at a 45-degree angle from your grill lines. About a quarter of the way through cooking, give it a quarter turn. Half-way through cooking, flip it once. Give it a final quarter turn for the last bit of cooking. When finished you should have a steak that looks like it belongs on a commercial. This might not be the most important thing in your day, but if you’re on a first date or trying to impress then try this!”

And I totally agree. If you’re gonna do it, do it right! Don’t haphazardly flip your steak twelve times. You’ll have crazy lines that have NO uniformity. And what’s the fun in that?

Have a blast perfecting your grill mark technique the next time you’re at the grill and check out that Top 10 list here for other great steak grilling tips!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


September 11th, 2013

Can Anyone Grill a Great Steak?

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According to this article, the answer is YES!

And thank goodness, because a great steak is at the top of my list of enjoyable things.

Need a few pointers on how to make your steak come out juicier? Read on.

Need some good recipes for flank steaks and ribeyes? Check it out.

We all need a little good advice every now and then. So go on, conquer that steak!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


July 26th, 2013

Summer Grilling Tips

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Grilling is hard, man.

At least I think so. If you want it medium rare, you must time it just right.

If you like very little pink inside, well, you have to time it right, too.

It’s a lot of pressure.

But the end result is so worth it.

That’s what I like this handy dandy grilling chart. It helps me figure out how NOT to mess up the meat.

Plus, you can see some great grilling tips from a real-live chef here. That’ll help the summer grilling become epic around your house.

Happy cooking, mates! And may the magic touch be with you. And also with me.

Chart courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


July 11th, 2013

Grilling Tips Video

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It’s National Grilling Month! To make sure we get the most of out this most sacred month, here’s a video from the corporate chef at the Kansas City Steak Company.

He shows us the best way to grill our steaks, keep our grill clean and create a fantastic meal.

I know I’m going to need this advice because we’ve been grilling up a storm this month – steaks, burgers, kabobs – and I see no stopping ahead.

Check out the video and celebrate National Grilling Month in style! :)

 


June 7th, 2013

Grill Safety

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It’s that time of year when we all venture out and take advantage of the glorious sunlight and grill away.

But how many of us have stopped to think about giving that grill a tune-up and brushing up on our grill safety?

I don’t know about you, but I’m just so giddy about grilling I usually just want to dive right in. But my husband always stops me – and does it the right way.

The grill is thoroughly cleaned, we use different plates and utensils for different meats and so on.

Are you up to speed on grilling best practices? Well, click here just to make sure. The folks at United Healthcare have put together some tips for staying healthy while grilling this summer.

That way, we can all keep grillin’ on in good health!!!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


March 21st, 2013

How to Grill a Great Filet Mignon Video

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In this video, the Kansas City Steak Company‘s corporate chef shows us how to get the most out of a beautiful filet mignon.

That’s one steak you don’t want to overcook – its juiciness and tenderness are essential to this particular cut.

Check out these key tips and then grill away, my friends!

I always say, “A great griller is an informed griller.”

Okay, I don’t always say that. That wouldn’t make me very fun at parties. But it makes sense, right?

Enjoy!


September 26th, 2012

Ask the Chef About Beef

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So, I’m not a chef. Far from it. I’m just a regular Joe (okay, Joanne) who loves beef and wants to keep it interesting in the kitchen.

I know there are things I should know. . . but don’t.

For instance, I only recently learned that I should soak my wooden skewers before cooking with them on the grill. For kebobs and the like.

Huh. That seems so elementary. But somehow I had missed that lesson.

What do you have a question about when you’re cooking a tantalizing steak or roast or beef tips?

Here’s a nifty little place where you can ask a real-live chef your burning questions about beef. Get it? Burning?

I’ve done that a time or two.

Just click on the “Ask the Chef” box to the right on this web page and submit your question(s).

It’s that simple!

Have fun perfecting your beef techniques with a chef’s advice! And the best part? It’s free!


June 29th, 2012

Ask a Beautiful Woman How to Grill the Perfect Steak

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Esquire has a great series called “Ask a Beautiful Woman” and there are endless subjects covered by these lovely ladies.

This one is my favorite — “Ask a Beautiful Woman How to Grill the Perfect Steak.”

In this video, model Trish Goff tells us how to make sure our steaks are grilled to perfection.  i.e. Not burned, seasoned perfectly, tender and juicy.

Check it out! And while you’re eating your perfectly grilled steak, thank a beautiful woman!


June 26th, 2012

Steak Grilling Chart

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It’s summer! And it’s time for a refresher on all things grilling.

This handy chart (above) tells you exactly what you need to do to grill the perfect steak every time.

It’s got instructions by cut AND thickness – so you won’t go wrong!

Click here for the chart, plus more great grilling advice.

Check it out the next time you’re grilling a nice juicy one and you’ll be happy you did!

Chart courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.


May 17th, 2012

Kansas City Strip Steak Video

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Oh. Yum.

It’s time to get outside and grill! Here’s a great video to help you get the most out of your Kansas City Strips.

It’s amazing how different cuts should be cooked slightly differently to enhance the cut’s flavor. You can really take it to a whole other level if you take the time to really know your beef.

Follow these instructions and see how it works for you!

Or…just watch and enjoy the beauty of a gorgeous steak. I just like to watch it sizzle and cook and imagine the smell.

Then, of course, it makes me want to go grill one.

Happy grilling!


February 1st, 2012

World’s Most Delicious Steak?

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Check out this quick little video claiming to know the secret to “the world’s most delicious steak.”

Is this so? Well, you be the judge. The process is simple enough – so try it and let me know what YOU think!

Happy grilling!


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Hi! My name is Dena P., and I love steak. In fact, I’ve been on a quest for the perfect steak for a few years now.

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