It’s not all about BBQ and Smoking when you talk about Frogmats, there is a great use of this product that goes beyond keeping the briskets and pork butts from melting into and sticking to the grates on your smoker. Frogmats are just perfect for indirect grilling. Indirect grilling means that you are not placing Frogmats directly above your coals and flame, but rather, safely off to the side. Frogmats are a reusable mat that is non stick and will with stand heat up to 550F.
BBQ Pro Shop Carries two sizes of these, one which is a smaller size, 10″ x 13″ which we find is perfect for grilling vegetables, shish kabobs, shrimp, fish, chicken wings and anything that falls through the grates when you grill it. It is a non-stick, FDA approved surface that is made in the USA. Clean up is really easy, just drop it in the dishwasher and it cleans up nice.
Now for more serious smoking or larger grill surfaces BBQ Pro Shop also carries the larger size 19″ x 22″ version which we use on my Primo XL Grilling surface. At this size there is a couple of different ways you can go with it. When smoking Chicken Wings, I will lay it out over the grill surface and just lay all the wings down on top of it while on the smoker. This keeps the wings from getting stuck in the cracks while smoking is going on.
It is great for grilling delicate foods such as fish, shrimp, green beans and asparagus as well. If you have ever tried to take a Pork Butt or Shoulder off the grill without shredding it, you will see why placing a Frogmat underneath is so important. Give them a try today.
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Nothing like a good top 10 list to help make up your mind for that secret Santa gift or stocking stuffer. When it comes to BBQ, there is plenty here are a list of ten items from BBQ Pro Shop that will bring the holiday cheer!
#10 – Stainless Steel Odor Remover – $6.99 – Whether you are squeezing garlic, seasoning up some fish or rubbing ribs without latex gloves, your hands are going to smell and that is no way to hit the holiday party scene. Just rub this over your hands and the smell goes away.
#9 – Grill Friends Super Silicone Multi-Use Tongs – $9.49 – This one is just an indispensable item in your BBQ arsenal and these Multi-Use Tongs are made from professional strength stainless-steel and black heat-resistant silicone. They work on the grill or serving, they are a must own!
#8 – Multi Purpose Mini Measure – $2.49 – This is just one of the most versatile things for the kitchen, measure up your salt, cayenne pepper, vanilla extract, hot sauce, bourbon, vinegar, olive oil, milk, honey, and your favorite spirits. Each one is calibrated so it measures exactly every time.
#7 – Grill Friends Super Silicone Angled BBQ Brush – $8.75 – Mop, baste or brush. With silicone bristles that will not melt or fall into the sauce, that old wooden brush is obsolete. The angle makes it comfortable to use and the long handle allows you to keep your hands away from the heat. Oh, did we mention it is dishwasher safe!?
#6 – Glow in the Dark Instant-Read Thermometer – $5.99 – Yeah, we know, everyone has an instant read thermometer, not true! This one makes it easy, with a listing of the temperatures on the sheath and a glow in the dark face that makes checking your chicken in the dark a breeze. Functional and cool!
#5 – Sarah’s Sea Salt Mediterranean Salt – $5,49 – This is the go to seasoning, awesome on chicken, delicious on beef, you cannot go wrong with this one in the spice cabinet. Finish you vegetables with a pinch and people will thank you time and time again.
#4 - Plowboys BBQ The Jerk – $6.49 – Something different from Plowboys BBQ, The Jerk is a tropical vacation right in your stocking! “Enjoy the taste of Jamaica without all the heat.” That refers to the heat in tropical Jamaica, not in the rub, brings some sweet heat, but an incredible balance of flavor.
#3 -The Rub Co. – Barbecue – $6.99 – All of the The Rub Co. rubs are really special, but this one is a middle of the road all purpose BBQ rub that is just special. If you like it with a little heat, try the Competition rub, or if you are on the West Coast, Santa Maria brings it too!
#2 – D-Dog’s BBQ Apple Rub – $6.49 – D-D0gs really changes the way we feel about sweet rubs. The original is just awesome and the Peach or Maple are something you probably wouldn’t buy for yourself, but will be amazed when you try it. Some special BBQ rubs, for that special someone.
#1 – Head’s Red BBQ Sauce – $5.99 – A great price for a great sauce! We love Heads Red BBQ Sauce and it is sweet the way that BBQ Sauce is supposed to be sweet. Winner of the 2010 Award of Excellence from NBBQ, specially priced just for you!
So there you go, 10 items that are sure to be a hit and be that little something that pushes your holidays over the edge. Happy Grilling!
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We love to grill Salmon and there is nothing better on salmon than a really complimentary spice rub. What we enjoy most from a spice rub is when you can buy them with or without salt, which is the case with Primo27 Original Blend from Spice Crafters Inc. The reason is simple, Salmon can often be overpowered by a salt and in many cases you want the delicious flavor of the fish to stand on it’s own.
We sprinkled this with a really nice dose of Primo27 Original Blend and were very happy with the results! When you use a low sodium or salt free spice, you can really spice up the fish without worrying too much about it being overpowered by the salty and losing the flavor of the spice. In this case, you can see that the rub formed a nice crust when grilled, and this really added the flavorful crunch I love on my salmon.
As for grilling fish, and in this case grilling fresh salmon, many people worry about it sticking to the grill and ending up with a mess of fish. Since we upgraded to GrillGrates, we have not only seen a beautiful finished product, but it simplifies our life so much. We simply place the salmon across the grain of the GrillGrates and use their GrateTool to flip the vegetables and the salmon, the results were spectacular. Here is a simple procedure to follow when grilling fresh fish.
Steps to Grill Fish
- Apply a light coating of Extra Virgin Olive Oil to the outside of the fish. (Optional, but recommended)
- Apply a liberal coating of non-salty spice rub, so as to cover the fish completely. If the rub contains salt, just go easy.
- Heat up your grill and put the fish, skin side down, over the medium direct flame.
- Watch for a while as the fish begins to cook from the bottom up, about 2 to 4 minutes in, check to see if the fish is ready to be flipped.
- Using Tongs, grab the fish and flip it over onto the other side to form a nice crust on the top layer and cook to your liking.
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It’s back! Due to beyond popular demand, Elizabeth Karmel’s Grill Friends Silicone-Coated Blending Fork is back and available for purchase at BBQ Pro Shop! The silicone coated blending fork is indispensable in the kitchen! Whether you use it to mix to combine, blend until smooth or mix and blend and stir together this fork does the trick! Most recipes call for the cook or chef to add ingredients to a pot, pan, or bowl and mix them together. What do you reach for when you need to do this? Answer, a dinner fork! So Grill Friends Silicone Blending fork was created by Elizabeth Karmel to be the best replacement to that tool and allow you to do all sorts of things with it in the kitchen or on the grill.
One of the best uses we heard of was as use for pulled pork forks! We therefore started selling them in sets of two at a discount so that people could get some leverage over the dinner fork that most people use. The silicone coating is dishwasher safe and makes for easy cleaning and doesn’t damage non-stick surfaces. The forks sell for $9.99 and people just love them!
Melissa B. of Arlington VA on Amazon.com review titled, “Unorthodox and Useful” says, “I don’t have a grill but use this fork to stir sauces and chili in my nonstick cookware; it blends ingredients more thoroughly and with less effort than a large spoon, but can flip sausages and tenderloin frying in the saute pan, too. The silicone/steel is high-quality, and it’s comfortable to hold and clean. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I do!”
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We recently traveled to the Murphysboro Barbecue Cookoff on the night of the TLC Barbecue Pitmasters season finale in which Melissa Cookston’s Yazoo’s Delta Q competition team was competing for $100,000. So I was able to catch the end, in which I got to see her now infamous “$100,000 hog” which I was simply amazed at the mahogany color that the hog had, it was truly a work of art. So when we arrived in Murphysboro, Gretchen and I stopped by to meet Melissa Cookston and her husband Pete in person and see if we could sell Yazoo’s Delta Q sauces and rubs on BBQ Pro Shop.
She and Pete were so fun to talk with and she sent us home with a bottle of her Ultimate Rub, Chipolte Bold BBQ Sauce and Original Mild BBQ Sauce and went on to become the 2010 Grand Champion at the Murphysboro Barbecue Cookoff. So last week I bought myself four racks of St. Louis Spare ribs and decided that I would put the Championship Rub and Sauce to the test and see how my ribs turned out.
We rubbed up the ribs with the Ultimate Rub only a few hours before putting them into the smoker, which is probably something I would do differently next time. I often rub my ribs and let them sit overnight and this rub had a great balance of sweet and salt which made me feel comfortable that the Ultimate Rub wouldn’t cure the pork with salt, which has happened to me in the past. The color before they went on the grill, looked like most other rubs, with a nice paprika orange red.
I slow cooked them for about three hours at around 175F with some fresh Apple Wood that I picked up at an orchard this fall and some Baxter’s Original Cherry chips because I like fruity smoke on my pork ribs. I then rotated them in the rack a little and the caramel of the rub started to turn a beautiful shade of light brown. I cranked the heat up to around 225F and let them cook another two hours, then wrapped them in foil for the last hour as we waited for our company to show up.
When the company arrived, I laid all of the racks out on smoker and using a Grill Friends Silicone Mop I coated three racks with the Original Mild Sauce and one of the racks with the Chipolte Bold Sauce and let them sit on the grill for ten minutes. Then I opened it up, touched them up again with some sauce and the end result was stunning. I really felt like I should cut them up and put them in a blind box! Instead I served them up to the family and they loved them.
The rub leaves a great flavor, you know it is there, as it has little bite to it but it leaves a lot of room for you to add some cayenne pepper and spice it up if you wish to. The sugar is more of a natural raw sugar maybe Turbinado? This makes the Ultimate Rub sweet, but helps the pork turn a pretty unique color. Really let the pork shine through on it’s own. Now the sauces were more of a vinegar taste although they were tomato based. The original brought that molasses taste that you would expect from Mississippi, but a fine sweetness that balanced the rub with the sauce for a perfect flavor profile. The Chipolte Bold was an original flavor with enough a kick to warrant the spice, but was timid enough that my kids loved it too.