Fiery Searing Expresso BBQ Sauce

When we think of BBQ sauce, images pop into our heads – of days gone by grilling and family gatherings in the backyard. It is easy to go to the store and pick up a couple of bottles of BBQ sauce, it is equally simple to make your own from scratch. The difference is that your homemade sauce will not only taste better but will most likely be healthier than anything you can buy in stores. The trick is finding that perfect BBQ sauce recipe. The first step is to decide what type of BBQ sauce interests you, then if your backyard BBQ has a theme. If thats the case, use that when creating the sauce. The second step is deciding on what kind of meat will be used – beef, lamb, pork, poultry, or seafood will all need different types of sauce to not drown their natural flawors. Making your own BBQ sauce is the way to go if you want something more special for your BBQ. Today I want to show you one of my favorite recipes. You can use it for any kind of meat but stay away from using it with any kind of seafood or fish.

Fiery Searing Espresso BBQ Sauce

Yield: 2 cups

Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 50 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins

Ingredients:
• 4 fl oz fresh espresso
• 8 fl oz tomato ketchup
• 4 fl oz white wine vinegar
• 2 tablespoons sugar
• 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
• 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
• 3 red hot chili peppers
• 2 tablespoons mustard powder mixed in a tablespoon warm water
• 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
• 2 tablespoons ground cumin
• 2 tablespoons chili powder

Step one is to use the other liquids to dilute the ketchup gently add the liquids in order to ensure that it doesn’t create lumps in the final sauce.

Step two add the ketchup to a saucepan and gradually stir in the vinegar and then do the same with the espresso.

Step three add the rest of the ingredients to the pan and slowly increase the heat, bring the BBQ sauce to a boil continue to stir so that the sauce does not burn. Cover and slowly reduce heat and let simmer for half an hour and then take it off the heat. Stir the BBQ sauce periodically so the sauce will not burn.

Step four allow the sauce to cool a next gently pour the sauce into a food processor and give it a couple of spins to form a nice smooth sauce.

The robust flavored coffee provides an added kick to strong flavored meats. The fiery BBQ sauce doesn’t receive its punch of spicy goodness from the coffee; it is the combination of ingredients that provides the explosion of yummy goodness in your mouth. This BBQ sauce will appease not just the coffee lovers out there, it provides that extra punch of flavor. One thing I want to mention though is that this sauce is definitively not healthier than what you can buy in stores. This is due to the ketchup which will have lots of sugar and stabelizers. If you want to make a healther version, try making ketchup yourself!

You really need these Essential BBQ Tools!

While some may find a few specific products more essential to have in their arsenal of BBQ accessories, some may only need the most basic of grilling tools; It all depends on the personal preferences of the cook; Whether they’re a casual griller or take pride in getting frequent use out of their grill. Grilling is easy when you have the right tools, which can make any BBQ a success. A griller’s essential BBQ tools also depend on the types of meat they’ll be grilling.

Spatula
spatulaOne of the most basic essentials needed for grilling is a spatula. You need something to flip the meat, or whatever it is you’re grilling, when the time calls for it. You can even use a paint scraper as a spatula if that’s more to your liking. This kind of tool is one of the basic necessities when it comes to grilling. While using plastic spatulas in the kitchen suffices, when it comes to cooking on the grill you’re going to want to use one made out of made, preferably stainless steel.

Basting Brush
brushThis tool becomes essential anytime the food you’re grilling needs baste. The good kinds of basting brushes will allow you to get baste into even the hardest spots such as under the wings of a chicken.

injectorMarinade Injector
While a basting brush gets bastes and marinades on the surface of the meat, a marinade injector gets it inside the meat. Using this tool is a great way of filling meat with whatever you want, even garlic and herbs, which is improve the taste and make for a more flavorful meal.

Tongs
tongsJust like a spatula, tongs are an essential BBQ tool. Tongs and spatulas are the most used BBQ tools when it comes to grilling. They even have a tool that’s a combination of tongs and a spatula so grillers get the convenience of two tools in one. While spatulas can be used to pick up hamburgers, it also the best tool for other kinds of meat. Tongs help for turning meat, such as chicken and hot dogs, and removing them from the grill.

Gloves
glovesAs when working with pots and pans in an oven, you should wear gloves or oven mitts when cooking at a Grill. Not wearing any protection on your hands while grilling is a good way to get singed knuckles. The best kind of gloves for grilling will be heat resistant for up to 600 degrees to keep the griller protected from the high heat of the grill in addition to flames and and any steam that may be emitted. Silicone based mitts will provide a stay-cool fabric in the interior to keep the griller’s hand from sweating.

Thermometer
termoMeat that’s not properly cooked can pose a health risk to anyone who eats it. Whether it be chicken or beef, it’s necessary to know your foods temperature since just taking a guess isn’t a reliable method to avoid food poisoning. Different kinds of meat may require a different kind of thermometer such as bigger cuts will benefit from wireless thermometers while there are also digital versions. There are also thermometers that will give voiced alerts for when the meat is almost ready and when it is ready based on your preferences of whether you want the meat cooked rare, medium rare, medium, or well done. Either kind will tell you when it’s the right time to take your meat off the grill.

Skewers
skewersSkewers are essential if you plan on grilling Shish Kabobs (Also called Satays and Kebabs). Skewers come in a variety of materials such as bamboo and stainless steel; while the bamboo kind are relatively less expensive than the stainless steel ones, they can be a bit more difficult to clean and can often burn even after having properly soaked them beforehand.

My Grill Buying Guide – A Real Man Needs a Real Grill!

The weather is finally warming up after the cold winter. Your thoughts turn to enjoying the outdoors with your family and friends. Part of this fun includes cooking out on the grill. There is only one problem and that is you need a new grill. However, it has been so long since you bought one that you are in a quandary about what to look for in grills today. This guide will help you choose your next grill.

Charcoal, Gas, Electric, or Wood Pellets?

First, you must look at what type of overall grill you want. There are charcoal, gas, electricity and wood pellets used today to fuel various grills and smokers. Which one do you prefer? Let’s look at each type to learn more about them. 

Weber Charcoal GrillCharcoal has been used for years to grill food. The grills that use this for fuel are among the most affordable on the market today. As the food cooks over the charcoal, the juices drip down, and cause smoke. This smoke provides a unique flavor unlike any of the other methods for fueling a grill. Charcoal can be tricky to ignite, which scares some people away from it. Many turn to charcoal lighter fluid, but this must be handled with care. In addition, there is no thermostat to regulate the temperature with charcoal.

Weber Gas GrillGas grills on the other hand use propane gas to ignite the cooking heat. These also impart a unique flavor to the food. However, these have thermostat controls that regulate the heat more easily than the charcoal grills do. Some of the grills contain upper racks for slow cooking or keeping food warm along with the cooking grates. There is an electric ignition to ignite the burners. Many people who dislike dealing with the charcoal grills love the gas grills. These grills can also have side burners, tool storage, and a work space depending of which model you decide on buying.

Electric grills are more like cooking on your stove top. Other than placing the grill marks on food there is little else in common with these and the other types of grills. They do not impart a unique flavor into the foods cooked on them. However, they are easy to use. The controls on these are as adjustable as your electric stove top is. These grills can also have side burners, tool storage, and a work space similar to that of the gas grills depending on the model you decide to purchase.

Wood pellets are used to fuel smokers. If you are looking to slow cook meat rather than grilling it, the smokers will be where you need to look. Out of all the types of outdoor grills or cookers, this style has the most regulated temperature controls. Meat comes out of a smoker tender, and rich with smoky flavor.

Other Things to Consider

You also need to consider the material out of which your grill is made. Do you want shiny with stainless steel or is cast iron more to your liking? Stainless is more difficult to keep clean and shiny when it is outside, which will spoil some of the attractiveness of it. However, it is durable. Cast iron takes less maintenance to retain its looks. In addition, you can find aluminum grills but these are usually not as durable. So pay attention to how the grill is built before purchasing. 

Size also is an important consideration. If you are only grilling for you and maybe one other person, a small grill is ideal. However, if you are going to be grilling for a large family or group of friends, you will need to purchase a larger model. The smaller grills of any type typically have fewer features that the larger models do.

Your last consideration needs to be the price. Make sure your budget can handle the expense of the grill you desire to purchase. Remember, you still want to be able to afford to cook on the grill!