Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Stuffed Grilled Pork Chops

Stuff grilled pork chops are an easy meal to prepare and will always leave your guests pleased. The prep to eat time is around 20 - 30 minutes. This recipe can be used as main meal by itself or use it to add variety to your day.

Here is what you need:

· 4 extra-thick pork chops, at least 1 to 1 1/4 inches thick.
· 3/4 cup of breadcrumbs
· large pinch of dry rosemary (crumbled fine)
· large pinch dry marjoram, crumbled fine 1 Tbsp. melted butter
· 1/2 cup minced sweet onion
· 1 minced small clove garlic
· 1/2 tsp. salt

Here is what to do with it:

Cut the chops from edge of the eye to the bone to make the pockets for the filler.

Mix together the bread-crumbs, butter, rosemary, garlic, salt, marjoram, and garlic.

Fill the chops with mixture and if needed, use tooth picks (plain wood, not colored) to help hold the chops closed while cooking.

Cook the chops over a medium high grill for about 10 minutes per side. You may need to turn often to ensure even cooking. Once the meat has browned slightly and the fat has crisp edges they should be done.

Char-Griller 1224 Smokn Pro Charcoal Grill Review

The Smokin' Pro 1224 Charcoal Smoker Grill has enough cooking area for two whole turkeys and room to spare. If you combine its size with it's versatility this could be about the best buy of any grill on the market today.

This grill will allow you grill food for just about any size crowd or it could be a smoker as well. The heaver duty smoker box is 17 inches wide and 14 inches deep. A smoker box this size will have no problem cooking any size meal. This grill is made from 14 gauge powder coated steel which means it will be around a while without much worry. The Smokin' Pro 1224 Charcoal Grill/ Smoker comes with cast iron grates that will provide even cooking temperatures on it's enormous 830-square inch grilling surface that measures 27 inches wide and 19 3/4 inches deep. The charcoal rack is adjustable to provide precise control over cooking temperatures. The charcoal rack is also easily removable to make clean-up a breeze.

The 1224 grill/ smoker from Char-Griller is like a late night infomercial - Wait! There's more... If you plan on buying a great quality charcoal grill that can feed a small army for a reasonable price (under $200) then this might be your best bet.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Landmann 520262 Barrel-Style BBQ Grill Review

Normally I only like to do reviews on grills I feel good about. However, I will now be commenting on the good, the bad, and the ugly. So to start off this new trend we have the review of that Landmann 520262 Barrel-Style BBQ Grill. This grill is some piece of work. Not sure what the manufacturer intent was. Maybe to make a more affordable barrel style grill. It didn't work! Well I guess it is affordable in some sense of the word.

The real truth is that this grill is not well made at all. The grill that I had a look at was a victim of some poor craftsmanship. There were welds missing in places and the lid did not fit snug with the bottom. The sheet metal is very thin and and the grill as a whole was not very sturdy. There is a drawer for removing ashes and adding charcoal to the grill but it is flimsy and not very easy to use. The grill grates are chrome plated and that is biggest no-no when it comes to grills. Cast iron is always the way to go!

The reason that the parts didn't fit well is a result of the horrible packaging it was shipped in. I think some of the pieces might have actually been bent. The good feature at all is the large cooking area for a cheap price.

My overall assessment for this grill is leave it at the store. In my opinion, you will be disappointed in all the money you saved on this grill.

Specs and features:

  • 339 sq. inches of cooking area, grates are chrome-plated to resist warping; heat-resistant powder-coat finish
  • Access drawer allows users to add charcoal and dump ashes ; storage and warming racks included
  • Adjustable vents and wheels for ease of movement; you must assemble.
  • 1 yr. limited warranty.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Weber 751001 22 1/2-Inch One-Touch Gold Charcoal Grill Review

The weber 22 1/2" cooking surface is plenty of space for the average cooker. It offers plenty of room to cook with the direct and indirect method. Details for cooking with both are in the manual. The ceramic cauldron used by weber creates a very even heat source. The attached ash catcher makes clean up a breeze. There are two vents, one located on the bottom and the other on top. This allows you to use this grill as a smoker as well. The webber On-Touch Gold charcoal grill is well made and should last many seasons with proper care.

Not too much to gripe about here. However, I do prefer a cast iron cooking surface, which this grill lacks. Also this grill uses a high-heat paint which is not as durable as a powder coat finish. There is a latch for hanging the lid on the side, I wish this were higher. There is no heat gauge or place to hold tools.

Solid construction and easy to use. Not too much to complain about. A solid buy for backyard barbecues.

Some Features:

Heavy-gauge porcelain enamel prevents rust
One-Touch stainless steel cleaning system
Removable high capacity ash catcher
Hinged cooking grate for easy re-fueling
10 year limited warranty

Detailed Specifications:

cooking surface: 22-1/2 in. diameter
Ash catcher: Included, Large capacity
Cleaning: One-Touch stainless steel system
Handles: 3
Shelf space: None
Barbecue grates: Hinged triple-nickel-plated grate
Storage: None
Transport: Two high-impact plastic wheels
Top: Porcelain coated steel
Heat/Cooking Chamber: Porcelain coated steel
Attachments: Holders for the charcoal rails
Additional information: -
Vent: Yes (2)
Height: 35 in.
Length: 27 in.
Diameter: 20-1/2 in.
Weight: 36 lbs.
Product: 10-year limited