Get Fired Up This Memorial Day Weekend With These Grilling Recipes 

Get Fired Up This Memorial Day Weekend With These Grilling Recipes 

Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the summer grilling season when the smell of meats fill up backyards and guys can once again claim themselves king of the grill. 

Here is a roundup of grilling recipes that you can try out all Memorial Day Weekend. 

The Big Game Recipe: Memphis Style Dry Rubbed Chicken Wings Memphis Style Dry Rubbed Chicken Wings   This recipe packs a lot of punch in terms of flavor and is a crowd-pleaser. Double up the dry rub recipe and use it again. 

Memorial Day Grilling Recipe: All Purpose Steak Marinade and Rub 

All-Purpose Steak Marinade and Rub   You can’t go wrong with a good rub. This marinade and rub will take your steak’s flavor to the next level and your grill skills.

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Unexpected Foods That You Can Throw on a Grill    Need a side for those steaks, ribs, or chicken? No worries. Did you know that you could throw watermelon or even pears on a grill? Try out these recipes and throw them on next to your grilled meats.

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Memorial Day Mouthwatering Ribs Recipe  This recipe is the perfect all-day grill out. So, crack open that beer and let the smell of baby back ribs waft through the air. 

 

The Best Grilling Tools and BBQ Accessories For Spring 2019

The 5 Best Grilling Tools and BBQ Accessories For Spring 2019

Hot for a Weber this Spring? Or maybe you have your heart set on best smoker or brushes to grill the most succulent meats. 

No worries, because with these essential grilling tools and BBQ accessories you will be able to crown yourself king of the grill. 

Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter 7.5” x 12” 

Fired up about charcoal grilling? Get their faster with this cone-shaped charcoal grate designed to accelerate your ignition while providing much-needed safety features such as a thermoplastic handle. Design specs indicate that it works best with lighter cubes. $16.99 available at Target, Home Depot, and other large retailers.

WolfWise Portable BBQ Grilling Basket

There is nothing fishy about cooking up salmon fillets or your favorite seafood. The lockable grate means you have the security of not losing any hunks of meat and with a cooking surface measuring 12.6 x 8.5 x 0.8 you can feed up to 3 hungry guests at one time. Plus, its FDA approved and can be used on any type of grill including gas, smoker or charcoal. $18.98 on amazon.com

Weber iGrill2  

This it what happens when technology meets meat. These probes monitor the internal cooking temperatures and send updates to your smartphone device. However, keep in mind that most outdated technology will not work including the iPhone 4, or iPad 1st and 2nd generations. Available on weber.com and at $99.99 it’s worth every penny.

Zicome Set of 4 Silicone Basting Grill Barbeque Brushes 

Meats need marinades which means you need grill brushes. You may be tempted to buy one of those mops but the amount of germs that can hang onto to a wooden handle is pretty nasty. This set of 4 silicone, BPA free, and sterile brushes means easy cleaning but also an evenly distributed amount of sauce on every surface of ribs.  $7.95 amazon.com

The Best Low-Carb Craft Beers to Keep and Maintain those Six Pack Abs

The Best Tasting and Low-Carb Craft Beers to Keep and Maintain those Six Pack Abs

The old adage that abs are made in the kitchen is very true according to the trainer that I just hired. I’m currently working on my getting rid of the dad bod that I worked hard to form over the winter drinking beer and blowing off the gym. 

I eat pretty healthily but my caloric nemesis is the craft beers that I love the hell out of. Naturally, my trainer suggested that I give up beer entirely until I got to my goal weight but I am not going to give up beer for life. 

Before starting my rigorous routine the following week, I decided that I should figure out a game plan for my beer. After testing several beers I compiled a list of the lowest-calorie beers that don’t taste like garden hose water was the main ingredient. 

Here is a list of the best tasting craft beers that are low-carb and lower in calories. You can thank me later. 

New Belgium Glütiny Pale Ale 

At just 150 calories and 10 grams of carbs, it’s hard to believe that you’re drinking a craft brew. Lots of flavors and it doesn’t taste too light. Most of the gluten has been removed so that your gluten-free friends can have one as well. I was also able to find it at restaurants like Buffalo Wild Wings and it’s currently only available in the bottle. Just be aware that the ABV is 6 percent and with its smooth taste you might just grab a buzz. 

Founders Brewing Company’s All Day IPA  

The lively hops will make you hoppy but you will really make you excited is that its only 140 calories. Plus, if you are really into New-England style IPAs, you should be drinking this whether you care about carbs or not. It was one of my favorites because it wasn’t too bitter and you won’t get hammered with an ABV of 4.7. 

Left Hand Brewing’s Saison au Ble de Minuit 

I am not a huge fan of stouts but if you are feeling one this will cut down your caloric intake quite a bit. At 199 calories and an ABV of 6.8 percent you will still get the alcohol you like in a stout but with at least 100 calories or less. 

Allagash Brewing Company’s Allagash White

I have been a super fan of this beer and was shit happy when I found out it only had 159 calories and an ABV of 5.1 percent. Drinks like a light wheat beer with plenty of creamy flavor—no orange needed. This wheat will become your new favorite beach beer this summer.

Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner

This solid but light pilsner is only 160 calories and has an ABV at 5.3 percent. This beer is perfectly balanced with hints of grapefruit, a touch of hop and even some spice. The mermaid on the can will also make you not want to use a koozie. 

Sweetwater Brewing’s 429 Extra Pale Ale

I used to drink the hell out of this West Coast-style beer when I lived in Atlanta and it’s still as good as I remember. The centennial hops coupled with grapefruit is so delicious that you will have a hard time believing it’s only 168 calories. Oh, and an ABV of 5.7 percent means you can handle it. 

Cheers! 

The Big Game Recipe: Memphis Style Dry Rubbed Chicken Wings 

The Big Game Recipe: Memphis Style Dry Rubbed Chicken Wings 

The big game is coming up this Sunday and because I could care less about seeing The Patriots and Brady take to the field, I have decided to focus my game on the food. 

Luckily, I got my buddy to host this year and all I have to do is fire up the oven (yeah, it’s too cold for my grill) with this dry rub recipe for chicken wings. 

Memphis-Style Dry-Rubbed Chicken Wings 

Ingredients: 

3-5 lbs of chicken wings

4 tablespoons of paprika

2 1/2 tablespoons of  dark brown sugar

2 teaspoons of chili powder

1 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

3/4 tsp ground black pepper

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon of onion powder

1 teaspoon salt

Chicken wing prep:

Combine all your dry spices and ingredients in a small bowl—making sure to completely blend. Go ahead and pre-heat your oven to 400F degrees. Put about half of your seasoning in a large freezer bag (the kind that zips closed). Pat down your chicken with a paper towel and drop a few pieces into that freezer bag. Shake the bag until the chicken is well-coated.

Using a large baking sheet, line with foil and place your coated chicken on the sheet. Place on middle rack and bake for approximately 40-45 minutes. If you want your chicken to be crispier, you can remove from oven, turn on low broil and then broil your chicken for about 5 minutes.

Serve with your favorite BBQ seasoning on the side or just eat it as a dry rub.

Foods to Avoid at the Thanksgiving Table if You Want to Keep your Abs

Foods to Avoid at the Thanksgiving Table if You Want to Keep your Abs

Getting ripped abs is a dedication that actually starts at the dinner table not the gym and if you’ve busted your ass trying to get them, you will want to keep them by avoiding these foods at the Thanksgiving table. 

Refrain from refined grains.  There are actually great gains for gaining muscle and good carbs but it’s the refined grains that could cause fat to find its way your gut. So what are refined grains? Well, they are likely to be in your white-buttered rolls or white, fluffy rices and pastas. If they make their to your plate, just keep passing.

Beer and soda.   Soda and beers contain not only those tiny bubbles that will bloat you out in your favorite pants but will keep you feeling bloated the whole meal. There is also a shit ton of sugar in sodas so why waste those calories on a drink? If you want some alcohol with your meal, stick to a white wine that is dry. 

Mashed potatoes.   This is a tough one to pass on. Potatoes and especially white ones have a higher glycemic index than sugar! Why? Well, blame is on the amount of starch that white potatoes contain which is no good for maintaining those abs. If you must have some, a little dollop for taste will do. Otherwise, reach for the green beens instead. 

Processed sugars.   By now, we have all heard the word “processed” in our foods. Well, pre-packaged foods that sit on shelves and never age can age your body pretty fast. Many of these processed foods HAVE to contain sugar and sodium so they can stick to its shelf life. If it comes in a package and doesn’t spoil for several months or until the end of time, just avoid it. It’s better to go for fresh-baked cookies and keep em’ to a minimum. 

Don’t drop your workout routine.   It’s easy to skip out on workout routines when they are abruptly interrupted by family obligations or family drama. This is can especially challenging if you are traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday. Even if you are not “killing it” during these workouts, it’s easier to return to your normal routine when you are not completely MIA at a gym. Here’s a blog on how to get those six-pack abs in case you don’t have them but want them.

As always, never start a new diet or exercise plan without consulting your physician first. Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving and kick-ass abs.

5 Unexpected Foods You Should Throw on the Grill This Labor Day Weekend

5 Unexpected Foods You Should Throw on the Grill This Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend marks the end of summer grilling season and to celebrate and usher in the Fall season, here is a list of unexpected foods you can throw on the grill next to your meats. 

Watermelon.   Yes, watermelon. Set grill to 325 degrees Farenheit. Slice watermelon into triangular shapes or around 2 inches thick. Brush with honey and sprinkle with 5280 Culinary Fire Salt for a little heat or a chili powder. Grill each side of watermelon for approximately two minutes on each side.

Romaine Lettuce.    Slightly charred, dark green leafy veggies is the perfect side to accompany those grilled meats. You will want to halve the romaine (hearts and all) down the center. Brush with olive oil, sea salt and pepper to taste. Place on grill for about three minutes and turn over on the other side. Remove from grill and spread cranberries, pecans and bleu cheese crumbles. Serve with a light vinagrette dressing. 

Pineapple.    Pre-heat your grill to medium heat. Slice a fresh pineapple into wedges and in a seperate bowl combine one cup of brown sugar, and two teaspoons of ground cinnamon and mix well. Place mixture in a resealable bag and drop in your pineapple. Shake bag viorgously until the pineapple is coated with sugar. Drop on your grill grate and allow each side to sizzle for around 3-5 minutes. 

Strawberries.    You will want to skewer your strawberries first. If you are using bamboo skewers be sure and soak them first for about 20 minutes. Set grill to medium heat and set skewered strawberries (make sure you thread them stem to tip) to the side. In a small bowl, combine 3 tablespoons of melted butter and 1 tablespoon honey. Brush strawberries with butter and honey mixture and place on grill for approximatley 2-4 minutes on each side. 

Pears.    Set grill to medium heat. Half your pears and remove the cores. You can peel your pears but it’s best to keep on the skin to keep the juices and flavors intact. Brush with a light oil and place on grill for around 2-3 minutes on each side. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream. 

Need some more grilling inspiration? Here are some other grilling recipes:

All Purpose Steak Marinade and Rub 

Mouthwatering Ribs Recipe

Top 5 Fourth of July Grill Out Recipes 

Top 5 Fourth of July Grill Out Recipes 

This Fourth of July be the king of the backyard BBQ with these these five recipes for meats and veggies and everything you can throw on the grill. 

This steak marinade and rub leads to mouthwatering meats seasoned with shallots, fresh lemon juice and even hot sauce!

Who wants their baby back, baby back, baby back ribs? Everything you need to know about making the most succulent ribs.

Chomp on this recipe for a Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich. This smoked meat recipe is perfect for hang time in the yard and while it takes most of the day to cook, it’s so worth it!

Parmesan Roasted Corn on the Cob. This simple side is a winner with any grilled meat with the twist of parmesan cheese—yum!~

Can’t decide on which veggies to grill? This grilled veggies recipe ensures you will not have to pick or choose just one. Toss in that onion, mushrooms, bell peppers, squash or zucchini with a little seasoning, oil, and garlic! Ahh, garlic!

Enjoy your Fourth of July holiday and GRILL ON!

Memorial Day Grilling Recipe: All Purpose Steak Marinade and Rub 

Memorial Day Grilling Recipe: All Purpose Steak Marinade and Rub 

This Memorial Day Weekend take your grilling game to the next level with this manly recipe for a steak rub and marinade. 

Have no fear, this marinade and rub is easy and works on all cuts of steak. 

Grilled Steak Marinade:

Ingredients—

3 minced shallots

1 tablespoon soy sauce 

2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup olive oil 

2 teaspoons of freshly-chopped basil 

1 tablespoon of hot sauce 

Mix all ingredients together until well blended and pour over meat. Seal in container and place in fridge. For the best flavor allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes. 

Dry Steak Rub:

Ingredients—

1-2 tablespoons of black peppercorn 

1 teaspoon of cloves 

2 tablespoons sesame seeds 

1 teaspoon of cinnamon 

Mix ingredients together until completely blended. Rub on the outside of your steak making sure to cover all sides of meat. 

Follow your grill’s instructions until thoroughly cooked and pair with grilled vegetables of your choice. Bragging is optional! 

If you Drink Bottled Water You Are Also Drinking Microplastics

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I just found out this week that all those bottles of water that I’ve been buying by the case and grabbing before hitting the gym are filled with some bad shit.

A study released this week showed that microplastics are present in 93 percent of the most popular brands of bottled water. Basically, it’s the unknown of what consuming microplastics will do to your body or what amount is harmful. NOAA points to health and beauty products as the culprit.

Either way, it’s better to be safe than sorry and you wouldn’t want to find out that these little bastards measuring 0.2 inches long would interfere with your sexual stamina and overall health. 

Now would be a good time to switch to a good sports bottle for guys. Here’s a few of the best ones on the market that won’t make you look like you are performing fallecio or have a pattern of daisies.

Hydro Flask Water Bottles—These bottles are aluminum-based so your water will stay cool and they come in a variety of manly/earthly colors and have a wide mouth so you can swig your water not gently sip it.

MiiR Wide Mouth Bottles—Points for color, a wide mouth and its vacuum insulation means you will not be drinking warm water. In fact, MiiR boasts that liquids stay hot or cool for 24 hours or more. The overall design is sleek and doesn’t leak.

Hydracy Fruit Infuser Water Bottle—We’ve talked about the benefits of eating fruit for better sexual performance. With this water bottle, you can continue to eat your fruit with your water thanks to a handy diffuser in the center.

 Best Damn Cajun Turkey Rub for Fried Turkey

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I love the hell out of my turkey fryer and Thanksgiving is a great excuse to fry up a bird. It also gives me a good excuse to hang outside with a beer as early at 10am. Over the years, I’ve tried out a few rubs. Some too spicy and some too bland but this turkey rub is the most flavorful one, hands down. 

Just a couple of quick tips before I deliver this recipe. Unless you want the fire department at your house or a night in an emergency room, do NOT fry a turkey that is not COMPLETELY thawed. The grease temperature gets scorching hot and it will burst into flames. Also, don’t forget to pat-dry your turkey and invest in a good thermometer for the best cooking. 

In fact, watch this handy turkey frying safety video from firefighters. Hey, they would know. 

Ok, now you are ready for the recipe

Cajun Turkey Rub for Fried Turkey 

Ingredients:

2 cups Italian dressing—I use the pre-mixed, but you can make your own with this homemade Italian dressing recipe 

1/2 cup cayenne pepper

3 tablespoons of melted butter

1/2 cup black pepper

1 cup Cajun seasoning. I like to use Tony Chachere’s but buy whatever you want h2 tablespoons garlic powder

Directions:

Grab a medium mixing bowl toss in your dry ingredients first including your cajun Creole seasoning, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and garlic powder. In a separate bowl, whisk in your Italian dressing and melted butter and add to dry mix—making sure to completely saturate all ingredients. 

Rub mixture all over turkey making sure to completely coat it. If you are lucky enough to have any leftover ingredients such as Italian dressing, give the inside of the turkey a rub as well.  As with all rubs…allow to marinate at least 24 hours before cooking. 

Happy Thanksgiving and don’t burn the house down.