There is nothing better than flame-grilled meat, but to achieve grilling perfection, you have to prepare accordingly, whether it’s getting the correct coals, starting your fire the right way or monitoring your food properly to make sure it doesn’t get burned to a crisp.
Check out our handy-dandy infographic for your ultimate guide to grilling, from first light to the amazing bite of a perfectly seared steak:
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Out of all the weird food holidays in the world, National Tequila Day has the biggest built-in celebration. Instead of taking too many shots, shots, shots and regretting it the next morning, pace yourself with an all-day party featuring tequila in every dish.
Even though we love a good margarita and spiked Mexican food, it’s time to mix things outside the cocktail shaker. Check out five of our favorite tequila recipes below.
Breakfast: Tequila-Cured Salmon
Kick off your morning with boozy salmon paired with Bobby Flay’s herbed goat cheese or roasted jalapeno-cilantro cream cheese. Your bagels and schmear won’t know what hit them.
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Time travel isn’t a thing yet, but you can transport yourself back to childhood with a big bowl of Tater Tots. There’s something special about the potato nuggets that makes them crispier and more nostalgic than simple french fries or even the fun-shaped curly fries, and the best part is that as an adult, you can dress them up however you want.
Check out six ways to tater your tots to the next level, from smothering them like a loaded baked potato to topping a casserole with tots and so much more.
1. DIY Them from Start to Finish
Justine Simmons makes her own homemade potato tots and buttermilk ranch dressing, which is a great foundation for any toppings coming its way.
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Most of our daily problems can be solved with a bite of Southern comfort food, but sometimes fried chicken, sweet tea and barbecue just won’t cut it. If you’re sick of the same ol’ down-home specialties, try putting new spins on your favorite dishes like Little Big Town singer Kimberly Schlapman does on her show, Kimberly’s Simply Southern.
Whether it’s a surprising dash of cocoa in a savory dish or some maple syrup to cool down spicy chicken, we guarantee you won’t be bored with your comfort food again.
A tablespoon of cocoa balances out the cayenne pepper in Kimberly’s dry rub, and instead of big beef ribs, she opts for spareribs instead. When topped with smoked barbecue sauce, the ribs fit right in with your favorite Southern classics.
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When reaching for something comforting, most people’s biggest vices are booze and sweets. For those times when you can’t decide between the two — such as after a bad breakup or a particularly harrowing day at work — just blend ‘em together in a wine milkshake.
What is a wine milkshake, you ask? It’s a magical (yet simple) concoction that we first tried at Vince Young Steakhouse in Austin, Texas this summer, which blends great red wine with homemade vanilla ice cream for a perfectly balanced way to end a meal. Their classic off-menu drink is great as-is, but we couldn’t help but ask how you could improve it and switch things up, like adding chocolate or hard liquor.
Check out Chef Phillip Brown’s tips and tricks below, plus three more alcoholic frozen treats to try at home.
How to Make a Wine Milkshake
The recipe is not exact and is more about tasting as you go, but Chef Brown recommends 5 ounces of wine for every six big scoops of vanilla ice cream (like Alton Brown’s serious recipe here). They use their own private-label wine — Eleven Ten Cabernet Sauvignon, “Wildcatter,” Spring Mountain, 2009 — but you can sub in any Cab at home. Brown and his wife, Vince Young’s co-owner Laura (who invented the shake), have found that is the best red for the boozy shake.
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As the weather heats up, everyone is looking for a way to cool down. Sure, you can go for a swim in the local pool or stand in front of your air conditioner, but the ultimate way is to grab a sweet ice cream treat.
Even though we’re big supporters of the classic soft-serve twist in a cone, sometimes other cravings take over and you don’t want just a sugar rush. To satisfy your savory side, there’s always caramel-candied bacon, goat cheese ice cream or a sprinkling of popcorn to give you a salty bite of life.
Sweet Corn Ice Cream, Salty Popped Corn and Caramel-Candied Bacon
When the powers of popcorn, caramel, bacon and sweet corn ice cream combine, magic happens.
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Country superstar Kix Brooks is all about great music, but he’s also a man who will go to great lengths for an incredible steak. On his new show Steak Out with Kix Brooks, he’s traveling the globe to find the best steakhouses, and in the Season 1 premiere, he hits up Omaha for prime rib, whiskey steak and much more. Watch the full episode below, and check out the show on Tuesdays at 9pm ET.
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Roger Mooking knows a thing or two about fiery cooking, and on the Season 4 premiere of Man Fire Food, it’s all about ways to pig out on pork. From a Green Menace Wrap to a classic pulled-pork sandwich, it’s a mouthwatering look at BBQ. Watch the full episode online below now, and then be sure to check out the show on Tuesdays at 8pm ET on Cooking Channel.
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There are two things that Kix Brooks has major expertise in: country music and great steaks. Before you get to grilling this summer, consult him for at least one of them — and follow his tried-and-true steak-cooking tips — though he probably has a killer soundtrack for your backyard BBQ, too.
Whether it’s the basics of picking the right meat to start with, like a great T-bone, or achieving the perfect char once it hits the flames, Kix has you covered. Check out a few of his tricks below, and get his whole guide to cooking the perfect steak here.
Have Grate Prep for Your Grill
Once your grill is cleaned, be sure to oil it up so your steaks don’t stick. After that, all you have to do is oil and season your steaks with salt, pepper and any other spices before cooking them off.
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Step right up, because it’s carnival season and funnel cakes and corn dogs are ready for you to devour. If you can’t get to a local fairground, you can still enjoy the best deep-fried delicacies with a handful of DIY carnival foods — we just don’t recommend trying to make your own rides at home.
Whether you’re frying pickles or a candy bar, you can satisfy any craving without leaving your kitchen. To really set the mood, play some weird jingles while you’re cooking and tune in to Carnival Eats starting July 16 at 10pm ET for more inspiration.
Banana Split Funnel Cake
This ultimate indulgence combines a super-crispy funnel cake with banana split toppings. Warning: Sugar highs are inevitable.
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