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  1. School is in Session

    October 4, 2013 by BBQ Jim

    Last night we had our first class where 8 eager people came seeking to improve their BBQ skills. 

    If you would like to join them it’s not too late.  You can sign up at the Abington Adult School website. Just search for "The Art of B-B-Que" on the page and press the "Register Online" button.

    Also if you would like to play along on the home game you can pick up a portable grill at Aldi. The current cost is $29.99.  The box is pictured below.

    Indoor Grill

  2. Indoor Grill Spotting

    October 23, 2012 by BBQ Jim


    Indoor Grill

    I was walking through Aldi on County Line Road in Hatboro and came across an indoor grill. I’ve never used this brand but at $16.49 it couldn’t hurt to pick one up if you are in the market for it.

    The small size is perfect for the counter top and small enough to store out of sight when not in use. 

  3. Time to Stock Up!

    August 29, 2012 by BBQ Jim


    You may have seen those extreme couponing shows where people have huge stockpiles of food and toilet paper. They strategize and plan to amass their collections for hours on end but I’m not one of those people.

    I do recognize deals when I see them and if you’re planning on grilling this weekend or even for the rest of the year then I suggest you head out to your local Lowes or Home Depot and pick up some Kingsford charcoal.  Both are featuring a sale on charcoal.


    Home Depot

    Total Weight 40 lbs. 27.8 lbs.
    Weight 2-20 lb. bags 2-13.9 lb. bags
    Price $9.99 $6.88
    Price per lb. $0.249 $0.247


    As you can see from the chart, you make out pretty much the same either way you go. It’s just a matter of how much charcoal you will need. I tend to go for the larger bags and plenty of them.

    The sale should last until Saturday but why wait, go get yours today because I know I will.

  4. Hidden Dangers of Grilling

    June 14, 2012 by BBQ Jim

    I came across an article on NPR the warnings of using wire grill brushes. In the article, they explore incidences where people swallowed pieces of a grill brush. That’s a scary thought! I’ve handled more grill brushes than most people will in their lifetime and to my knowledge I’ve never heard of such an problem thought I do see how it could happen.

    In the fast pace restaurant setting, it’s possible to miss such a thing though the physics of how it could happen greatly reduces the chances of it happening. When a piece of wire breaks off the brush, it would simply fall into the fuel bay below unless it became lodged at a crosshatch of the grates.

    Regardless of how common it is, keep your eyes on your grilling surfaces as well as your food. Some people don’t think to clean their brushes or even change them. When your brushes have gone beyond their normal lifespan, be sure to replace them. There really isn’t a guide as to how long a brush should last but you should always use the mantra of the Health Department: When in doubt, throw it out!

  5. Summer Stockpile

    May 22, 2012 by BBQ Jim

    charcoal stockpile

    I was walking into Walmart and there by the door was a display for charcoal at $5.49 for 30lbs. After a quick inventory check I realized I was running low. I had 120 lbs. left in storage (6 bags of 20lbs) from what I had purchased last year. Of course I loaded up a cart with 150 lbs. and off I went.

    Check your local Walmart for pricing and availability. I hear they don’t all have 15 lb. bags. Some have 13 lb. bags at either the same or a lower price.

  6. Class Week 1

    February 3, 2012 by BBQ Jim


    First night went smoothly as expected. We started off with 5 students signed up and 2 walk-ins bringing the class size to 7! I’m impressed by the turn out.

    The overall consensus of the students is to learn not to burn. That’s an easy thing to over come.

    In the class we went over the various equipment used and I gave a few tips on choosing utensils such as make sure your tongs are constructed for stability and using a meat thermometer.

    Safety also filled our discussion. Always have a fire extinguisher on hand incase of an emergency and ensure that it is in working order.

    Finally we ended with a bit of a preview of next week: Spices, Seasonings and Sauces. I brought in some of the spices I use myself for everyone to sniff-test. From my view point I could see that many were experiencing them for the first time.

    I just got off the phone phone with the director of the school and if the students agree, we will be adding on an extra 30 minutes to the class! Class will be starting at 7:30 instead of 8 giving us more time to cover material. It’s up to you the students so let them know if you want more time.

    See you soon!

  7. Trunk Full of Coals

    September 2, 2011 by BBQ Jim


    Yup, that’s 120 lbs of charcoal in my trunk. Unfortunately my gym clothes are in there somewhere so I don’t get to workout tonight. Guess I should’ve taken my trip to storage a little sooner. See yesterdays post on where you can get yours.

  8. Time To Stock Pile

    September 2, 2011 by BBQ Jim

    Home Depot is having a great sale on charcoal starting today through the 7th.  40 lbs of coals for almost half off.  A great bargain. I’m heading out tomorrow to pick up a few bags myself. I’ll try to leave you some if you’re lucky.

  9. Happy 4th and Safe Grilling

    July 3, 2011 by BBQ Jim

    It’s 4th of July weekend which means fireworks and grilling.  Whether you choose to have one or attend one make sure you enjoy yourself safely.

    Also whether you’re grilling this weekend or not, head over the Home Depot and pick up a 2-pack of 20 lb Kingsford Briquettes for $7.97 until July 7th.  That’s almost half price so stock up for the summer!


  10. Weber Commercials

    May 25, 2011 by BBQ Jim

    Weber has a pretty cool ad campaign now that the summer is starting.  Check it out.