Five Steps for Safe Summer Grilling

Summer time is grill time! But before you get all ready for the big family get together this Memorial Day weekend – when is the last time you tuned your gas grill?  This week’s post comes to us from our Grill Guru, “Uncle Smokey.” 5 Steps to Tune Your Grill If you are like me, I don’t use the outdoor grill much in the winter, preferring to use the oven and help warm the house. Besides, by dinner preparation time in winter it’s often dark outside. But now – it’s […]

Honey Marinade for Barbecue and Off-Grid

“Uncle Smokey” here this week to share a honey marinade sauce I created and have been refining for barbecuing beef or chicken. I use it before cooking, as a marinade, and during cooking, to help infuse flavor. Thinner Cuts For Summer Grilling Since summer is mostly upon us in the Southwest, I want to mention that one good way to spend less time at the grill is to focus on thinner cuts of meat. They have less cooking time. For beef, flank steak or skirt steak are one option. If […]

Beef is Best Done Low & Slow

An inexpensive cut of beef can be turned into a tender and tasty meal when you take time to cook it low and slow. Take Your Time to Make This Beef Uncle Smokey here to tell you about one of my favorite weekend recipes. It starts Friday morning before I head out to work – I take a chunk of beef (generally a London broil) out of the freezer to thaw. Friday evening I add a rub or marinade to the beef and let it sit overnight (in the fridge) […]

Sonoran Sausage Soup – Hearty with Beans

Uncle Smokey here today with an old family recipe for the cold winter days – sausage soup. It’s a thick and meaty meal – and best of all – it only needs one pot! Love one pot meals since I don’t much like doing dishes. Cover photo is a batch with lots of beans and cheese sprinkled in. Warm Soup for Cold Winter Days I call it soup, but it is bordering on a stew. There is little water left when you are done, and mostly just thick filling bites. […]