Grill Accessories

BBQ Mitts

If you have done any amount of backyard barbecuing, you know how easy it is to get your hands in the wrong place and suffer a nasty burn.

Sometimes you may just wish you could get your hands in there to handle that unruly piece of meat. BBQ gloves let you do just that. You no longer have to depend solely on those unwieldy barbecue tools; instead, you can stick your hands right in and get the job done right. But before you do, make sure you choose the right pair.

BBQ MittsBasic BBQ Mitts

BBQ gloves need to fulfill two basic requirements: they must have enough pliability to allow a fair amount of dexterity, and they must have enough heat resistance to protect hands from burning. Manufacturers have come up with all kinds of different materials to accomplish these goals including leather, rawhide, treated cotton, neoprene, Kevlar, Nomex, and silicone.

Materials that focus solely on heat protection often sacrifice pliability. This results in mitts that are hard to maneuver and can lead to accidental dropping or smashing of food. On the other hand, a focus on pliability can sacrifice heat resistance, resulting in uncomfortably hot temperatures, sweating, and burns. The best mitts are those that successfully meet both criteria.

What to Look For in BBQ Mitts

  • Flare-Up Protection–BBQ grilling invariable involves unexpected flame flare-ups. It is important that the BBQ gloves you choose not only resist the radiant heat of extended periods close to the flame, but also withstand actual contact with the flames. If they fail to do so, they may ignite and cause serious burns to the hands. Cotton gloves tend to be the least flare-up safe, but watch the stitching material on other gloves. Some stitching can be flammable.
  • Length–Many BBQ gloves are relatively short (around 12 inches). This length may protect the hands, but it doesn’t cut it for active grilling.  Many grills are up to 35 inches deep. Reaching across a grill that deep with 12-inch gloves will leave areas of the arm exposed to pretty intense temperatures. Fifteen-inch gloves are better, but the 17 or 18-inch lengths seem to offer the best protection without sacrificing maneuverability.
  • Washable–An often  overlooked factor in BBQ gloves is their ease of cleaning. BBQ is messy, from the cooking to the eating, and while it may be easy to wash up your hands after enjoying a nice meal, cleaning some of the gloves may be a chore. Choose gloves that can be easily washed up with soap and water, both inside and out. There are always those times when you forget and stick your raw-meat covered hands into the gloves.

Ready for the Grill

BBQ mitts may revolutionize your outdoor cooking experience. Hands-on ability really improves cooking dexterity and ensures the finest cooked meals, the kind that will impress your friends and family. Choose your mitts well and enjoy your days of grilling!

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Grill Lamb

Grilled Lamb Chop Recipe

With this quick and easy grilled lamb chop recipe, who says you have to work like a pro to grill like one? Just follow these simple steps for an irresistible dinner entrée.

lamb chops aren’t the most common barbecue food, and that’s to your advantage. Grill up something unique to surprise your friends and family. You can’t go wrong with this dish.

Grilled Lamb Chop Recipe Information

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Makes 8 lamb chops

Serves about 4

Fabulous Grilled Lamb Chop Recipe Ingredients

8 lamb loin chops

2 Tablespoons of olive oil

4 cloves of minced garlic

1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper

¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes

1 Tablespoon of fresh chopped rosemary

½ teaspoon of dried oregano

½ teaspoon of dried thyme

2 Tablespoons of fresh, chopped Italian parsley

2 Tablespoons of fresh, chopped mint

Salt to season for taste

Fabulous Grilled Lamb Chop Recipe Directions

1. Combine the olive oil, garlic, black pepper, red pepper flakes, rosemary, oregano, and thyme in a large baking dish to create a marinade sauce.

2. Mix in the lamb chops and toss well until evenly and thoroughly coated.

3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (if you choose, you may marinate the lamb chops overnight).

4. Ignite your grill and grease the grate to prevent the meat from sticking (this dish may also be prepared in a frying pan or broiler if a grill is not available).

5. Remove the chops from the marinade and salt both sides generously

6. Cook about 5-6 minutes per side for medium-rare (the actual cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the meat).

7. Scatter the lamb chops with the fresh parsley and mint

8. Let sit for about 5 minutes before serving.

Round out this fabulous entrée with a freshly tossed garden salad or freshly picked garden vegetables. Also, as a secret flavor enhancer, some suggest that these loin lamb chops are even better when paired with an orange mint sauce. With a combination like that it’s hard to see why grilled lamb chops aren’t a more popular type of barbeque dish.

Grilling lamb chops does not have to be a difficult or unpleasant undertaking. In fact, you can be sure that adding this lamb chop recipe to your grilling repertoire will go a long way to improving your chef’s image.

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Grill Chickens

Grilled Chicken Fajita Recipe

Look no further to find a delicious, fast and easy-to-make recipe for grilled chicken fajitas. In no time at all you could be sinking your teeth into the one below.

Summer is here (or near) and there is no better time to fire up your grill and start barbecuing chicken fajitas. Your grilling reputation will benefit nicely from this fairly simple recipe.

Grilled Chicken Fajita Recipe – BBQ style

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Makes 4 tortillas

Serves 4Grilled Chicken Fajita Recipe

Mouthwatering BBQ Grilled Chicken Fajita Recipe Ingredients

1/2 cup of BBQ sauce

1/2 cup lime juice

2 teaspoons olive oil or vegetable oil

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 whole red pepper

1/2 teaspoons of crushed red pepper flakes

3/4lb boneless skinless chicken breast

4 flour tortillas

Mouthwatering BBQ Grilled Chicken Fajita Recipe Directions

1. Finely chop the garlic and fry for 2 minutes.

2. Mix in the lime juice and bar-b-q sauce.

3. Place the mixture in a bowl and add the chicken breasts. Mix around until evenly and thoroughly covered (to maximize the flavor allow the chicken breasts to marinate overnight).

4. Pre-heat your BBQ grill and make sure the coals are glowing red before cooking.

5. Brush the grill lightly with the olive oil and arrange the chicken on the grill.

6. Allow the chicken to cook for about 7-10 minutes. The times may vary depending on the type of grill you use. The idea is basically to make sure that the chicken is completely white on the inside. Just be careful not to burn the exterior of the meat.

7. While the chicken is grilling, chop up the red pepper into rings and place on the BBQ for the last 4 minutes of cooking time. Cook the red pepper rings for 2 minutes on each side, again, being sure not to burn them.

8. Remove the chicken breasts and use a sharp knife to cut them diagonally into thin slices.

9. Remove the peppers and cut each of the rings in half.

10. Place several strips of chicken and several half pepper rings in each warm tortilla. Sprinkle the contents of each tortilla with the pepper flakes.

11. Wrap and serve while hot.

Try any variety of freshly tossed garden salads to accompany this dish. Salad and garnish will go a long way to making this chicken fajita recipe a major hit with your friends and family.

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