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Original Q, Issue #028 -- bbq, blog, faq, home
March 01, 2010

Get Another Drink and Try Again

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Table of Contents

Recent Website Additions and Updates

*What Is BBQ - What's The Big Mystery?
*Get Ready for March Madness
*Save Money
*BBQ Recipes of Your Own Design

Editors Qs
*Hipshot answers reader's questions

BBQ questions only please. I don't know everything.

Recent Website Additions

What Is BBQ - What's The Big Mystery?

What is BBQ? Why is there such a mystery? Ask a half a dozen people what it is and get six different answers. Do they not know? Maybe they just grew up in different parts of the country.

What Is BBQ - What's The Big Mystery?

Get Ready for March Madness

Why not get ready for March Madness with a little BBQ? I look for ward to March Madness more than any other sporting event.

For those of you who might not know, March Madness refers to a week of college basketball like none other. It is the National tournament of the best 65 teams in the country to determine a National Champion.

Naturally my team is Kansas University (KU). Even though I have lived in Texas for the last 35 years, I grew up an went to high school less than 30 miles from Lawrence, Kansas. I have bee a Jayhawk all my life.

In February I went with my son and his wife to Austin and watched KU beat Texas. You KNOW I was behind KU. In the midst of all of those Longhorns (by the way, I'm also an Longhorn alumni myself) there were a surprising number of Jayhawk fans.

But... I digress... I am reminding you of March Madness as another excellent excuse to BBQ. If you don't want to get into a long smoke of brisket or pork butt, then maybe try grilled pizza or grilled veggies.

Whatever you decide, enjoy yourself, your comradely, and your BBQ.

Get Ready for March Madness


Here is a listing of some FAQs about BBQ, as taken from the Original Q ezine. Add to the FAQ page yourself. Maybe even answer a question.


Save Money

Let's assume that you don't save money by raising your own cattle, chickens and pigs. If you did, though, you'd be saving big....

Save Money

BBQ Recipes of Your Own Design

Learn to put your own unique spin on BBQ recipes. Do it because you love BBQ. Do it for entertaining. Or compile your own original BBQ recipe book to sell.

BBQ Recipes of Your Own Design

Editor's Qs

Jim writes:

Every time I try to grill chicken, I have to fight flareups and burning. What can I do?



Thanks for writing Jim! I appreciate the question.

This is a problem for everyone. Unfortunately, I don't know of any way that has been found to solve it yet either.

There are a couple of things you can do, though, that will help. First, be sure that you wait until the very end to put on any BBQ sauce. Sauces usually have sugar. And that is what burns.

Second, for those flare ups, watch the chicken closely and turn them frequently. If you are grilling your chicken with the skin on... really watch... and turn, turn, turn. The other option is to try using indirect heat.

There is always the question of skin on or skin off. You either get crispy, more flavorful meat with flareups... or dry meat without flareups.

If you go the skinless choice, try trimming the chicken into smaller pieces. They won't take as long on the grill, and thus won't dry out as much. One way that works well is to cut the chicken into uniform sized chunks and place on skewers.

Any way you decide to grill chicken, you must watch it closely and turn often. Unless you decide to smoke it (But then... it wouldn't be grilling... would it?).

Hope this helps. Thanks again for the question.

All the Best
"Get another drink and try again." (hipshot)

The Challenge Continues.

I don't want to give you the idea that I can't be stumped, but... let's see what happens.

BBQ questions only please. I don't know everything.

All the Best

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