Author: Dave

Mr. Grill 18 Inch Grill Cleaning Brush Review

I don’t know about you, but my Grill cleaning brush gets a LOT of use.  Even with porcelain grill grates, food tends to stick and the grill requires a good cleaning every time I get the urge to use my grill. As you can see from my grill after I last used it, it needs a good cleaning before I would feel comfortable cooking food on it again. I was able to test the new Mr. Grill – Grill Cleaning Brush.  This brush has several features that I really liked: 1.  The long wood (oak) handle.  At 18″, the...

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ThermoWorks DOT Thermometer Review

I tested a great thermometer from ThermoWorks called the DOT. It is a simple probe based thermometer that is made to measure the internal temperature of a piece of meat during the cooking process. The included Pro-Series Probe is 4 inches long that can read temperatures up to 572°F with a cable that withstands 700°F for broiling or grilling. I first used the DOT as I was making dinner for my family. I had purchased some London Broil as the main dish. My wife prefers her meat to be medium-well to well done (I know…) while I prefer mine...

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2014 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cookoff

We are at the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cookoff in Reno Nevada with 24 Rib cookers invited to attend the competition.  The purse that the the cookers are competing for is a whopping $8,000! The weather was overcast for the first part of the day and it made it a little cooler for the visitors who will attend. The numbers were great for the lunch crowd with lines at all the cookers booths Check out all the coverage on the various Social Networks:    Check out the pictures from our first day at the...

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Texas Outlaw Barbecue

I had a chance to meet with Jim from Texas Outlaw BBQ in advance of the 2014 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cookoff and asked him some questions to get to know him better. 2014 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cookoff Competitor Facebook: Location: Elizabethtown, KY – just outside of Louisville Texas Outlaw Barbecue has been in business over 25 years.  After living in Houston and working as an engineer for several years, Jim moved to Elizabethtown KY and into the BBQ scene. Starting with local competitions, Jim started to capture the spotlight by taking first place, eventually...

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Just North of Memphis

2014 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cookoff Competitor Website: Facebook Group: Location: Thief River Falls, Minnesota Just North of Memphis is only 3 years old, but can barbecue with the big boys already. Originally called Willinghams (named after and uncle who passed away), owners John and Kristy Bigalk wanted to create a family business where their family could draw closer and that they could hopefully pass along to their 4 kids. Their kids have worked in the BBQ business for over 10 years and the youngest did dishes while he could barely see over the kitchen sink.  It...

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