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Inspired: Grill Options

Posted by: on April 1st, 2013 | Make A Comment

Inspiration board with several types of grill options

 

If you’ve been to a Home Depot store in the last few weeks, you know that it’s grilling season again! We’ve pulled together lots of grill options in varying price points. Which one would work best for you?

TOP ROW: COMBINATION GRILLS

The Brinkmann Dual Function 3-Burner Propane Gas/Charcoal Grill and Smoker and the Char-Broil Triple Function Gas/Charcoal Grill and Smoker both offer you three grills in one: gas, charcoal, and a smoker! With a capacity to cook dozens of burgers at once, the Brinkmann Dual Function and Char-broil Triple Function grills would be great for the serial entertainer.

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Inspired: Grilling Accessories for Every Grill Master

Posted by: on March 11th, 2013 | Make A Comment

Grilling accessories inspiration board

 

Heat up your next grill session with one of these grilling accessories.

Want to make sweet treats over the flame? Serve your family some gooey s’mores with this S’more Maker. Stack your ingredients into the handy basket, place it on your grill, and you’ll have dessert ready in a couple of minutes.

Do you or your favorite grill master love to take your flame to a tailgate or a public park? The Mr. Bar-B-Q 30-Piece Stainless Steel Tool Set has all the accessories you need, from the basting brush to the knives. Pack it up in a sleek case and tote it wherever your next grilling adventure takes you.

If you lose sleep thinking about that perfectly cooked steak hot off the grill, you need a good thermometer. The Mr. Bar-B-Q Remote Digital Thermometer Gauge gets high marks from our customers, and the remote gauge travels up to 100 feet.

Love grilling but don’t love the stuck-on grime that it leaves on your grate? The Grill Daddy BBQ Brush Cleaner uses steam to clean the grates of your favorite barbecue grill, leaving you with a clean surface for all of your culinary creations.

 

Inspired is an editorial curation of products from homedepot.com and our sister site, Home Decorators Collection – along with irresistible finds from around the web.

How to Choose Outdoor Grills

Posted by: on February 26th, 2013 | One Comment

 

Outdoor grilling, once just a seasonal pastime, has become a year-round activity for those who love the taste of food cooked over an open fire. And whether you’re cooking for a large group or just throwing something on the grill for yourself, outdoor grills now come in an array of styles, sizes and fuel types to meet the demands of every outdoor chef.

If you’re considering a new grill, we’d like to help you choose the right one for your outdoor cooking needs. This short video will show you the features and benefits of some of the latest in portable electric, gas and charcoal grills.

Portable outdoor grills are perfect for small outdoor spaces at home or for grilling a few burgers and hot dogs at a tailgate or picnic. You’ll also see the wide selection of full-sized propane and natural gas outdoor grills. Many of them are equipped with side burners, rotisseries and other innovative grill accessories that make cooking and enjoying meals outdoors more enjoyable. You can even explore ideas for building your own customized outdoor kitchen.

After reviewing your options — see all of them in our Grills Department — you’ll be ready to fire up the grill and prepare a delicious meal anytime, anywhere.

 

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Grill It: Grilling Safety Tips

Posted by: on October 13th, 2012 | Make A Comment

A grill, a safe distance from the house or furniture

Q: I’m kind of a klutz. What are some grilling safety tips?

A: Two biggies that might defy commons sense with grilling safety: If the flames on your grill flare up when, say, a drip of fat falls on them, don’t pour water on them. Close the lid to cut off the oxygen supply instead. And never, ever douse a lit grill with lighter fluid to up the ante.

Some other smart moves: Never use a grill that’s wobbly or has loose parts. For gas grillers, check the tube that leads the fuel to the grill to make sure there’s no blockage before each use. Also, damaged or nicked connectors are a red flag, since they can lead to a leak.

Don’t ever grill inside, even in a carport of partially covered garage or patio, and make sure you keep your grill at least 10 feet away from the sides of your deck or house.

Keep a fire extinguisher on hand, no matter where you are cooking. Then, put on your fire-resistant grilling mitts and repeat after us: safety first!

Grilling Tips is for all you grill fanatics out there. Whether you swear by propane, charcoal or gas, our BBQ tips have you covered. If you’re in need of an upgrade – shop Grills at homedepot.com.

Grill It: How to Use Grill Vents

Posted by: on October 6th, 2012 | 5 Comments

grill and grill vent

Q: I’m confused by these grill vents. How do they work again?

A: Simply put, the wider you open up the grill vents, the stronger the fire—and thus the hotter your grill—will get. This is because oxygen feeds your fire. The more oxygen you let in, the hotter and more intense the flames and the quicker the fuel burns up. Likewise, if you close the vent completely, you’ll extinguish the flame, which can also be useful when the time is right.

Here’s a cool trick for the pyro inside: Place your coals so that they are directly under the vent in the bottom of the grill to get the hottest fire. Or position the charcoal further away from the top vent if you are going for “slow and low” cooking technique.

Don’t you love it when things make sense?

Grilling Tips is for all you grill fanatics out there. Whether you swear by propane, charcoal or gas, our BBQ tips have you covered. If you’re in need of an upgrade – shop Grills at homedepot.com.

How To Build A Ladder Ball Toss Game

Posted by: on October 2nd, 2012 | Make A Comment

 

Good food, drinks, and fun and games are what the tailgating experience on game day is all about (and it helps if your team wins). Tailgating games like ladder ball are great to have on hand because they provide an opportunity your guest to get to know each other while engaging in a little friendly competition.

In this video, Home Depot associate Christine will show you how to build a portable ladder ball toss game to play at your next tailgate, picnic or backyard gathering. Then, you’ll be able to throw one of these together in no time using PVC pipes and fittings, nylon cord, a few golf balls and some spray paint.

We have more videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

Grill It: Appetizers for the Grill

Posted by: on September 29th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Pizza on the grill

Q: What are some cool finger foods to toss on the grill?

A: Maybe you’re having a grill party, but don’t have enough chairs to make it a regular sit-down meal. Or maybe you just want something nice for your guests to munch on from the grill before the eating gets serious. So it’s good to have some grilled appetizers in your grilling repertoire.

Some jalapeño poppers or stuffed peppers make a great treat, though they take a little handiwork before the party. Grilled pizzas are easy to slice and share (think: pesto-mozzarella-tomato or marinara with sausage, peppers and onions). Just brush the grill with plenty of olive oil before throwing the pizzas on.

Shrimp or chicken on a skewer is a great base for a casual appetizer grill party, and especially delightful with a generous brush of sweet lime-chili sauce. And don’t forget the obvious: smoky, spicy chicken wings on the grill.

If you are serving up several savory bites, a small dessert will excite the crowd. Try halving slightly less-than-ripe peaches and throwing them on face down. Toss on a dollop of ricotta or goat cheese and top with honey or a balsamic reduction for a tasty three-bite treat.

Grilling Tips is for all you grill fanatics out there. Whether you swear by propane, charcoal or gas, our BBQ tips have you covered. If you’re in need of an upgrade – shop Grills at homedepot.com.

Grill It: Grill Accessories for a Newbie

Posted by: on September 15th, 2012 | Make A Comment

grill accessories

Q: I’m getting a new grill! What tools do I really need to get the job done? 

A: Grill accessories are where it’s at! Clear a drawer in the kitchen or grab a new plastic tote because you are about to get accessorized. The essential grilling tool that you can’t live without is a wide spatula. Let its width be generous, so it can take on monster burgers, big slabs of veggies and much more.

Another grill accessory to consider is grill tongs, which are great for those items that just love to roll off or escape the flat spatula, like hot dogs, shrimp or scallops. Depending on the scale of your soon-to-be grilling tasks, you could also pick up a meat fork. Please note: These forks should not be used to turn smaller everyday items like burgers or steaks because they puncture the meat and will drain it of its juices. They’re ideal for moving meat around when you are carving it and also for moving larger items, like roasted chicken breast, to a plater or to the table.

Other items that you’ll want to have at arm’s reach: a grill brush, some flame-resistant grill mitts and a good meat thermometer. Now, the (grilling) world is yours!

Grilling Tips is for all you grill fanatics out there. Whether you swear by propane, charcoal or gas, our BBQ tips have you covered. If you’re in need of an upgrade – shop Grills at homedepot.com.

Grill It: Can I Re-Use My Marinade?

Posted by: on August 11th, 2012 | Make A Comment

A marinade simmering on a side burner

Q: Can I use my leftover marinade to baste my meat? Or is that a no-go for safety reasons?

A: As a rule of thumb, a marinade that has come in contact with any raw meat should not be used to “baste” any meat or veggie later for food safety’s sake. One simple way to get around this is to set aside a bit of marinade or sauce for the express purpose of basting.

Another option is to boil the marinade for one full minute to kill any germs or bacteria that may be present. (The FDA says this is A-OK.)

Grilling Tips is for all you grill fanatics out there. Whether you swear by propane, charcoal or gas, our BBQ tips have you covered. If you’re in need of an upgrade – shop Grills at homedepot.com. 

Grill It: What’s the Difference Between a Barbecue Sauce and a Rub?

Posted by: on August 4th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Herbs and lemon on the grill

Q: What’s the difference between a barbecue sauce and a rub? Which one do I want?

A: These special touches have been the deciding factor in many a grill-off. The juicier barbecue sauce is often tomato- or ketchup-based and can include a whole range of other ingredients (brown sugar, bourbon, coffee and cola have all been cited as secret ingredients in certain circles). A “finishing sauce” is a concoction that is slathered on in the last 10 to 20 minutes—and it’s often more sugary. Please note, a sugary sauce should never be put on before then because it will burn.

A rub, on the other hand, is a dry blend of herbs and spices. (If you add a little oil or, say, orange juice, you’ve got yourself a “wet rub.”) These wonderful, easy-to-throw together seasonings sit on the surface of the food, forming a delightful crust. Paprika, garlic, coriander and cumin make an excellent rub. Or you could go further East with garlic, lemongrass, basil, cilantro and cayenne.

The best part of grilling is that there are no rules, so just choose the option that goes best with your cuisine and tastes.

Grilling Tips is for all you grill fanatics out there. Whether you swear by propane, charcoal or gas, our BBQ tips have you covered. If you’re in need of an upgrade – shop Grills at homedepot.com.