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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Everywhere you turn, there are tiny yellow Minions taking over the world, and it’s best to just embrace it. Despicable Me’s adorable babbling sidekicks get their own movie on July 9, and what better way to celebrate them than with a menu fit for for mini villains?
Whether you’re entertaining a bunch of kids for a birthday bash or embracing your inner child before seeing the new flick, these seven Minion-themed dishes are perfect. Some are foods that Minions would actually eat — like bananas and soda — while others are based on what they look like (Twinkies, of course) or callbacks to the first two movies, Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2.
Milk Chocolate Banana Pudding
Minions look like bananas and they go nuts for them, so banana pudding is the ideal dish to whip up. The added chocolate, homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings don’t hurt, either.
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Whenever the weekend rolls around, you have two options: sit on the couch and watch Netflix all day or be super-productive. Even though we’re all about lounging around and eating great food — especially when it is themed around camping-movie marathons or pairs perfectly with summer jams — you can use your downtime for a fun kitchen adventure instead.
Whether it’s churning up homemade ice cream for a backyard bash or starting the process for homemade bacon, there’s a cooking project fit for you. Check out six ideas below, ranked from easy-breezy to crazy-hard (but so worth it).
Easy-Breezy: Homemade Ice Cream
Once you master an easy ice cream flavor base, you can add any flavors that you want. Chocolate, strawberry, balsamic cherry — you name it! The ice cream maker does most of the work for you.
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In the world of random food holidays, National Fried Chicken Day (July 6) may be one of America’s best. Celebrating the Southern staple should really be an everyday occurrence, especially considering how many different ways you can prepare your poultry.
Even though we’re fans of the classic flour-egg-breadcrumb assembly-line process, today’s the day to be more adventurous. Below, find five of our favorite fried chicken recipes fit for any personality. Find out if you’re more of a classic Southern belle, a fit-and-fabulous food lover, a culinary globetrotter or something else.
The Classic Southern Belle: Fried Chicken in a Basket
Whether you’re a man or a woman, you can embrace your inner Southern belle. Big hair is optional when chowing down on Alex Guarnaschelli’s classic buttermilk-brined fried chicken.
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As we head into a holiday weekend this July 4th, there are plenty of options for patriotic celebrations, but one of our favorites is a picnic in the park. Whether you’re planning an afternoon date or a big shindig for friends, lounging on a checkered blanket surrounded by great food is never a bad option.
If you always end up trashing spoiled food at the end of the day, drinking warm wine or whining about sticky fingers, listen up. Good to Know hosts Dan Pashman and Laurie March have some easy food hacks to make your picnic less stressful, from cooling down wine with frozen juice boxes to ditching utensils in favor of toothpick-sized bites.
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When you’re thinking about the perfect appetizer during a night out at the bar, chicken wings are probably the first dish to pop into your mind. The crispy and usually-spicy treat is a go-to for football games, happy hours, birthday parties and more, and there’s no shortage of ways to prepare them. Whether they’re deep-fried, grilled or smoked, the morsels of tender meat are always a big hit.
In honor of The Great Chicken Wing Hunt special on July 5 at 8pm ET, we’re rounding up some of our favorite chicken wing recipes and the best hacks to eat them without making too much of a mess. First things first: Check out You’re Eating It Wrong host Dan Pashman and competitive eater Crazy Legs Conti’s tips for getting the most meat out of your wings without having saucy fingers forever:
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Baby, you may not be a firework, but your July 4th meal can be.
Add some holiday fireworks to your party menu with firecracker-themed food and drinks.
First, the food. Get the firecracker power with a hefty dose of spice. Spike classic guacamole with punchy serranos in Bobby’s Spicy Guacamole. Or actual Firecracker Shrimp (with chile mayo).
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When you think about a good party, the first things that come to mind are great food and drinks, but the next-best part is memorable music. There is nothing worse than a dull shindig with no music or an obscure Spotify playlist on in the background, so when you plan your next party, try to match excellent seasonal bites with equally fantastic summer jams.
On the June 24 episode of Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers, Rev is having a music-centric DJ’s dinner, which inspired us to think about what songs — both throwback faves and current hits — would pair well with passed appetizers and small plates. With these six duos, you can dance, drink and eat all at the same time.
Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea’s “Pretty Girls” and Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon
Sometimes you just need a dish to Instagram, and these Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon are “just so pretty!” This appetizer will be as big of a hit as Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea’s song.
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Health nuts may want to look away for this one, because butter really does make anything better. We’re not just talking about a pat of any ol’ butter from the grocery store, though — we mean compound butters packed with flavors that will elevate whatever you make. This applies to breakfast, lunch, dinner and even brunch thanks to sweet and savory ingredients like strawberries, garlic, herbs and cheese (well, maybe not all of those mixed together).
So next time you want to add a little decadence to your dishes, soften up some butter and let your imagination take over. But if you have a difficult time deciding what to throw in there, we have six dynamite flavor suggestions for any occasion.
The Perfect Brunch: Strawberry-Black Pepper Butter
One of Bobby Flay’s favorite brunch hacks is to make a quick flavored butter. His Strawberry-Black Pepper Butter takes strawberry waffles to the next level, but you could also use it on pancakes, French toast or even regular toast. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even make your own butter by shaking around cream in a jar and then adding berries — see Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark’s instructions for berry homemade compound butter.
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