Category Archives: Tips n’ Tricks

Turkey Carving Tips: A Family Tradition

First rule of carving a turkey is to have a sharp carving knife which is going to be critical in achieving great results. My grandfather taught me how to do this the right way and Elizabeth Karmel liked the technique so much, she published it in Taming The Flame, which was her first and most comprehensive cook book. Here is a quick run through of a way to do it that is easier and smarter than the traditional method and it keeps the turkey slice, smaller and juicy.

  1. First remove the thighs, legs and wings from the turkey by pulling away from the bird and then cutting them from the body.
  2. Remove all of the meat from the thighs, and pile it on the platter as dark meat, you can do the same with the legs, but I usually put this on the tray.
  3. Then, at the top of the breast, slice down along the rib cage and remove both of the breasts in two large pieces. (Trim off all the excess white meat you may have missed)
  4. Lay the breast down flat on the cutting board length wise and slice across the breast for “crescent shaped chunks” and make them as thin or as thick as you wish.

After slicing the breast, I use the knife as a spatula and life the entire sliced breast onto the platter and assemble it with the dark meat and drumsticks for a beautiful presentation. People can then take as many slices as they want and keeping the breast sliced but assembled keeps the slices moist throughout the serving. Jeffrey Elliot in his book The Complete Book of Knife Skills: The Essential Guide to Use Techniques and Care, did great Step by Step Photo Guide of this process which was featured in the Huffington Post if you need a visual.

Dennis’s Key Lime Glazed Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Dennis' Key Lime BBQ Sauce is Low Sodium, fresh and subtle flavor that feels like you’re on a vacation in Key West.

Dennis’s love of barbecue lead him to the creation of Dennis’ Key Lime Barbecue Sauce.   Dennis’ Key Lime Barbecue Sauce is a  blend of natural Florida flavors combined with the traditional sauce ingredients. We love Reva Foods sauces because they are all natural, and are either low or reduced sodium with no fat, and no MSG added. Dennis was kind enough to allow us to reprint one of his recipes and we are excited about the opportunity to bring his recipe for Baked Pork Tenderloin with Key Lime Glaze to BBQ Pro Shop, just another great thing to try Dennis’ Key Lime Barbecue Sauce.

Now this recipe calls for it to be done in the oven, which is legal, but anything that can be done in the oven, can be done over indirect heat or on a smoker to qualify as true BBQ. In order to do this, you will need the following ingredients:

(4) Pork tenderloins, remove all white skin and membranes (Around 4 poundsl)
2 Cups Dennis’ Key Lime BBQ Sauce
Kosher Salt &  Cracked Black Pepper
2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

• Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
• Rub the pork liberally with the Kosher Salt &  Cracked Black Pepper
• Preheat a large griddle or sauté pan on high heat for a 1 minute, then add the olive oil
• On all sides, sear the pork tenderloins until nicely browned
• Put the tenderloins in the ovens to roast for about 15 minutes
• Brush the tenderloins liberally with Dennis’ Key Lime BBQ Sauce.
• Let tenderloins roast for another 5-7 minutes, keep an eye on them.
• Brush the meat a second time with Dennis’ Key Lime BBQ Sauce and cook for another 3-4 minutes or when your instant-read thermometer reads 140-145 degrees, depending on how you like your pork.
• Let the tenderloins rest for about 10 minutes and then slice into 1/2″ thick chunks and serve.

Serves 8

This recipe is published with permission from Reva Foods LLC. Thank you Dennis and Kathy!

Silicone-Coated Blending Fork

Silicone-Coated Blending Fork by Grill Friends

Silicone-Coated Blending Fork

The Grill Friends Silicone-Coated Blending Fork is a Must in the Kitchen

UPDATED: April 30, 2014

Due to beyond popular demand, BBQ Pro Shop is bringing back Elizabeth Karmel’s Grill Friends Silicone-Coated Blending Fork! The fork will come in both black and red and will soon be 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.  People just love them and we are excited to have these coming home soon!

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!”

Check Out The Barbecue Meter

Barbecue Planning App: Barbecuemeter

Check Out The Barbecue Meter

Planning Your Next BBQ, iPhone and iPad App Makes it Easy

The Barbecuemeter is someone who started following us on Twitter and then I went to check it out. How many of us get ready to head to Costco or the local grocery with 35 people coming over and have no idea how many burgers we need? If this sounds familiar, the Barbecuemeter may be just what you need on your iPhone.

The Barbecuemeter is an easy and fun application that does all of the calculating of how much Beer and Soda you may need to keep everyone happy. It even allows you to rank alcohol consumption so as to factor in the heavy drinkers! This will help you avoid waste or a cooler that is full at the end of the party.  It takes into account the number of guests, and suggests what and how much to buy.  Download the Barbecuemeter, a fun app that will help you plan your barbecue!

Costs $0.99

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Grill Cleaning: Weber’s Suggestions

A Clean Grill Is a Happy Grill!

Twitter is a wonderful tool to get breaking news and cutting edge information. Follow Weber @webergrills or for those of us in the UK or who are not afraid of global BBQ advice, @weberbarbecues

I find that my Weber grills (18in Kettle, Summit 450 and Summit 650), which I do not cover get pretty dirty over time. A Twitter post by @saucysue2010 on a way to recommend cleaning your Weber, they suggest warm soapy water for cleaning the outside of the grill. I have found that Simple Green works really well as it cuts the grease and leaves the stainless steel and plastic squeaky clean!

As far as cleaning off the grates before your next cook, they recommend putting your barbecue on full blast (high) or leave the vents open on your charcoal grill for 15 mins with no food on it and the lid down. The barbecue will get way too hot for cooking anything but this does burn off all food left on the grate from last cook. Then all you do is get a T-Brush or Grill Friends Grill Brush (Brush with very heavy duty wire bristles) and brush off anything on the grate and you good to go. Make sure you turn down the barbecue before putting your food on.

Editors Note: If you have some really serious food leftovers, try laying some sheets of aluminum foil, shiny side facing the burners and grates and close the lid. This will direct the heat back down and your grill should burn off things a lot quicker and more efficiently. Keep an eye on things as this will really get things burning!

Credits to at BBQ-Apron for the post!