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  • Seared Tuna on a Himalayan Salt Block

    It's late November, Thanksgiving is looming and the winter weather has arrived early. But those of us who love to grill will still find a way to get outside and cook up something special, even if the weather is less than ideal. With that being said, the weather does pose a challenge - the colder temps inhibit the high heat searing we all love from our grills. An easy solution? A salt block. Salt blocks are great to use any time of the year, indoors or out, but they're perfectly suited for these colder temperatures and to use on your grill. Think cast iron - the lovely black pans that last for generations and are so heavy they just sear so well. The same principle holds true with a salt block - it's so heavy, thermally speaking (and by weight, of course) that it retains heat extremely well, which in turn will allow it to sear extremely well.

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  • The Best Grills of 2018

    America's passion for great grills has created a healthy competition for high quality grills—the only issue is deciding which one is best for you. We receive questions everyday from customers like you who want to know the ins and outs of our favorite grills so we've put this list together of our favorite built in gas grills and some detail as to why it shows up on the list.

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  • Napoleon Prestige vs. Prestige PRO Grills - What's the Difference?

    Overview

    One of our best selling lines of grills, Napoleon offers a wide range of price points and feature options to provide a high end grill for any budget. However, two of our most popular grills - the Prestige 500 and the Prestige Pro 500 - have a few overlapping features with some key differences that are not immediately apparent. We're here to take a closer look at the similarities and the standouts between the two grills, so you can choose wisely when searching to buy your high end grill.

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  • Napoleon LEX485 Grill Review

    Overview

    If you’re looking for premium performance without a premium price tag, the Napoleon LEX485 should be near the top of your list. This unit offers a great introduction to the world of high-end grilling without breaking the bank

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  • Homemade Gyros with the Napoleon Infrared Rotisserie

    Ingredients

    • 2 lbs Ground Lamb
    • 175g Onion (1 medium)
    • 20g Garlic
    • 4g Oregano
    • 2g Rosemary
    • 2g Coriander
    • 1g Cumin
    • 1g Clove
    • 5g Lemon Zest
    • 5g Black Pepper
    • 10g Salt
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  • Sous Vide Pastrami Recipe

    Ingredients

    • 1 Brisket, whole - about 10-12 pounds
    • 32 oz Water
    • 10 oz Brown Sugar
    • 4 oz Kosher Salt
    • 14 g Curing Salt
    • 20 g Coriander
    • 13 g Mustard Seed
    • 40 g Black Pepper
    • 5 g Fennel Seed
    • 2 g Cinnamon
    • 2 g Chili Flake
    • 1 g Clove
    • 20 g Garlic Powder
    • 15 g Onion Powder
    • 2 g Smoked Paprika
    • 4 oz Soy Sauce
    • 3.5 oz Molasses
    • 2 oz Liquid Smoke
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  • Bacon Jam Recipe

    Ingredients

    • 4 lbs. Bacon
    • 12 oz Onion
    • 6 oz Jalapeno
    • 1 oz Garlic
    • 8 oz Cider Vinegar
    • 16 oz Coffee
    • 2 oz Molasses
    • Hot Sauce
    • 16 oz Brown Sugar
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  • Home Cured & Sous Vide Bacon Recipe

    Ingredients

    • 1 10-pound Pork Belly
    • 1 tbsp Kosher Salt
    • 1 tsp Prague Powder #1
    • 4 tbsp Brown Sugar
    • 4 oz Water
    • 4 oz Molasses
    • 14 oz Soy Sauce
    • 3 oz Liquid Smoke
    • 1 tbsp Black Pepper
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  • Sous Vide BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe

    Ingredients

    • 1 Boneless Pork Shoulder
    • 1 oz Kosher Salt
    • 2g Prague Powder #1
    • 3 oz Molasses
    • 1.5 oz Liquid Aminos
    • 1/2 oz Liquid Smoke
    • BBQ Rub
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  • What is a Kamado Grill?

    What is a Kamado Header

    Kamado grills take their name from the term used to describe a traditional Japanese wood or charcoal fueled cooking appliance called a kamado. A traditional kamado was made from clay or other ceramic material to create a large urn or "egg" like vessel, similar to a tandoor, whose round shape and heavy construction allowed unique cooking benefits.

    These benefits became clear for our grilling predecessors as they found the ceramic construction provided excellent insulation to keep steady temperatures even at high heat. They found that the superior insulation allows an even cooking process while also being extremely fuel efficient, reducing the amount of charcoal or wood necessary to power the appliance. In addition, the unique shape allowed for several different methods of cooking - whether baking, roasting, smoking, grilling, or any variation, the versatility of these units is unmatched.

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