Summer has finally arrived here in New England! That can only mean one thing: Cooking Outdoors. I LOVE to cook on the grill in the summertime. Not only is it great for keeping the house cool and cutting down on kitchen cleanup, but I love to try out new grilling recipes. There are so many option besides the standard hamburgers and hot dogs.
I had the opportunity to try out the new cookbook: DADGUM, THAT’S GOOD! Kickbutt Recipes for Smoking, Grilling, Frying, Boiling and Steaming by John McLemore. John McLemore has culled 20 BBQ cooking tips from his book, “DADGUM, That’s Good! Kickbutt Recipes for Smoking, Grilling, Frying, Boiling and Steaming” (Trade paperback, $24.95)
This cookbook is filled with great outdoor grilling ideas and recipes. This would make the PERFECT Father’s Day gift!
Here is some more about the author:
“John McLemore, a southerner through-and-through, was born an entrepreneur and accidentally became a cook. John and Don, brothers and owners of Masterbuilt, a company that makes cooking products, stumbled upon a secret. The brothers often tested their cooking products by making family recipes. During this testing they realized they had created a simple method of cooking what most people consider very difficult recipes. John decided that this method and his family recipes needed to be shared with the world. With the publication of “DADGUM, That’s Good!” anyone can cook these great recipes with ease.”
I like that this cookbook includes not only some great recipes, but helpful tips as well. Here is a list of the 20 helpful tips that are included in the book:
20 BBQ Cooking Tips from John McLemore, author of “DADGUM That’s Good!”
1. Coat grill rack with non-stick spray or vegetable oil before preheating to prevent food from sticking.
2. When grilling fish, grill with the skin side down or on aluminum foil (coat with non-stick spray).
3. Red snapper is quick and easy to grill. But, make sure the grill and fish are well oiled, and handle carefully.
4. Salmon is a favorite for grilling, because it doesn’t dry out. Rich in natural omega oils, you can pop it on the grill without oiling. Start by grilling the salmon skin side up. This allows the natural fat under the skin to be drawn into the filet, keeping it rich and moist.
5. If you’re grilling scallops, use fresh ocean scallops. These should be a pinkish tan or ivory color, not unnaturally white.
6. Freshwater trout is great on the grill. The skin becomes thin and crispy and the meat is full of flavor.
7. To keep tuna burgers moist, choose the freshest tuna steaks you can find and serve them medium-rare to medium – don’t overcook.
8. When grilling BBQ ribs, pork butt, or tenderloin, cook unwrapped for 50 to 75% of the cooking time to infuse smoke and flavor. The remaining time wrap with heavy aluminum foil to retain moisture and tenderness
9. When grilling burgers and steaks, allow grill to get to a high temperature before placing food on grill. Let steaks or burgers grill several minutes prior to turning, which will sear in the juices.
10. When choosing an inexpensive steak, opt for flank steak rather than skirt steak, which can be tougher. Flank steak is thin and cooks quickly. They’re usually marinated before being grilled. Wrap the steak in foil as it comes off the grill and let it stand for 10 minutes. Slice it thinly on a diagonal across the grain to sever the tough fibers and make the flavorful steak more tender.
11. When is cheaper better? Chicken thighs may be one of the cheaper cuts, but they do great on the grill! Thighs are more flavorful and the extra fat in the skin makes them better suited to grilling.
12. For the juiciest chicken and chops, you want to sear them on both sides on high heat for several minutes and then bring the grill temperature down to complete the cooking process.
13. Grilling vegetables in aluminum foil, with oil, prevents them from falling through the grill gates.
14. Just a few minutes on the grill gives bell peppers a sweet smoky flavor. Don’t over roast them: As soon as the skin puffs up and turns black, they’re ready.
15. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise, coat with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper; grill for 15 minutes.
16. You can leave the husk on the corn while grilling. Once you see the shape of the kernels burning through the husk, your corn is ready. (If you grill with indirect heat, you’ll need to grill the corn for about an hour, so put your corn on the grill first.)
17. Grilled Caesar Salad – ? Sure – the Romaine lettuce ends will char, but it stays remarkably crisp and sweet, with a char-grilled flavor.
18. Always allow grill to cool prior to cleaning, but I recommend cleaning after each use.
19. To extend the life of your grill (and smoker), store in a dry place or keep covered after each use.
20. Do not grill alone; spend the time with family and friends. (It’s more DADGUM fun!)
I found that the recipes in this book were easy to follow and the book was well thought out and organized. The recipe categories include: BBQ sauces, Fried, Steamed, Boiled, Smoked and Grilled. My husband particularly enjoyed the Smoked section. We tried out the Smoked Pork Butt and the Smoked Asparagus. Both turned out delicious. Some other recipes that caught my attention were:
Hawaiin Shrimp Kabobs
Deep Fried Macaron and Cheese
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