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Original Q, Issue #054- National BBQ Month and E-books now available
June 01, 2012

Get Another Drink and Try Again

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Table of Contents

Recent Website Additions and Updates

*National BBQ Month
*Books Now Available on Kindle
*Grilling Recipes, Faster than Smoking
*BBQ Beef Recipes, Come and Get It
*BBQ Sauce Recipes, Pick Your Style

Editors Qs
*Hipshot answers reader's questions

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

Recent Website Additions

National BBQ Month

May is National BBQ Month, so let's BBQ.

All of you should know by now that I also mean grilling when I say BBQ. So let's get grilling.

I think people today are more into grilling than ever before. Some people love it like I do, for the relaxation, atmosphere and socialization. But lots of folks out there love it for being economical. It saves money by cooking outdoors.

But of course, everyone knows the food tastes better too.

So whatever your reason for grilling, it's a good one. Grab your tongs and create some tender, juicy, smokey, savory and spicy BBQ. Even if you don't have a recipe to follow, be like the free spirit of summer and "wing it".

Did you know that about a third of the grillers out there (I think more) just "wing it"? The rest either follow a recipe, or (more probably) use it as a guide. I guess I'm in that last subgroup. I usually find a recipe with ingredients that I like, and then change it to be better.

This past week I had a chance to reunite with a few of my closest ex-coworkers. I haven't seen them since January (when I retired).

We had a great time at the backyard grill. A few burgers were there. And naturally the ABTs (bacon wrapped jalapenos) were a big hit.

This year we also had some teriyaki chicken tenders, which turned out pretty good. I marinated the chicken for a couple of hours before grilling. Here is what was in my marinade.

1 cup soy sauce
1 cup water
1 cup brown sugar
4 cloves garlic (minced)
1/2 cup onion (diced)
1/4 cup ginger (minced)

To begin with, I had no recipe. I just knew I wanted teriyaki. So I found a recipe with those ingredients on the internet. The original recipe had less of everything except soy.

I added more of everything because I wanted bold flavors. I also waited until last to add water. That way I could adjust the saltiness of the soy with the amount of water I added. It works. Just try it.

It turned out to be plenty of marinade for about 5 pounds of chicken... and pretty good.

Whatever you decide to BBQ have fun with it, don't be afraid to experiment, and Happy National BBQ Month.

National BBQ Month

Books Now Available on Kindle

Another way for me to celebrate National BBQ Month is to announce that my books are now available for the Kindle on

BBQ Basics is a collection of articles that I have written which contain information and techniques for BBQing fish, chicken, pork ribs and of course steaks.

These articles are intended to provide basic information about BBQ for anyone just starting out. Hopefully they inspire you to continue to read more, learn more and experiment with the great tastes of BBQ.

Beyond BBQ Basics includes a few questions about BBQ that were submitted to me on the website. These questions represent things on the minds of my visitors and hopefully people in general.

Included are facts about grilling chicken, smoking butt, how to tell when it's done, and keeping things fresh. Also included is how to maintain temperature, the differences in sauces, lost recipes, and the use of whiskey and beer.

Your BBQ Sauce is Best discusses the process of creating your own BBQ sauce. We naturally will talk about ingredients of all types. We’ll also discuss some BBQ background and basics, different types of BBQ sauces used, sauce style by region of the country, plus a few recipes.

But remember, this process will have a lot to do with your own creativity and imagination as well. If really you want to go beyond buying a BBQ sauce in a bottle, and create something truly extraordinary, this is the way to do it.

Create your own BBQ sauce. Remember... there is never a mistake in the kitchen… just a new recipe trying to be discovered.

Original BBQ Recipes is the best of the information, recipes, and articles directly from the website. It's all put into the form of an ebook for easy access and portability.

All four of these books are currently available in Kindle format only from Amazon. You can either search by title or Jeff's Author Page.

If you happen to be an Amazon Prime member, you can read them for free. If you do read one, please consider writing a review. You never know... it could turn up on the back cover when the book comes out in paperback.

Books Now Available on Kindle

Grilling Recipes, Faster than Smoking

Grilling recipes are used by most americans that cook outdoors. Most folks don't have several hours to slow smoke a meal. Grilling is usually quick (remember all those hamburgers and hotdogs?).

Grilling Recipes, Faster than Smoking

BBQ Beef Recipes, Come and Get It

BBQ beef recipes are big in Texas. All you have to do is drive around and see all the steak houses and BBQ joints. Find out why preparation is the key to the many variations.

BBQ Beef Recipes, Come and Get It

BBQ Sauce Recipes, Pick Your Style

BBQ sauce recipes come from different parts of the country in different styles. Pick your style and create your own BBQ sauce.

BBQ Sauce Recipes, Pick Your Style

Editor's Qs

I'm looking for a good pork chop marinade. Can you help?

How about a bourbon marinade with a topping to go with it, in a dish called Drunk Butter Apple Chops?

This is one of the best pork marinade recipes I have run across. So sit back and enjoy watching the butter get drunk and the chops get sauced as Longhorn Luke shows you how it's done.

For more information, check out the web page where this video is located.

Drunk Butter Apple Chops

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.

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