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Welcome to an Endless Summer...

 
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Salmon Candy... Worth It!  Check out the recipe here
 

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BBQ Grill Cleaning Robot Review Cleans Automatically While You Relax


MBE partnered with Grillbot for this post

 

Like many MBE readers, more leisure time with family and friends, combined with grilling food on the backyard barbecue, is one of my favorite things about summer. You might even be imagining the delicious smell of a BBQ cooking something right now. I know I sure was as I was writing this post today! 

 

American Love Affair With Barbeque


Whether you're a carnivore, vegetarian or vegan, all of us who like to BBQ agree that delicious grilled food and enjoying the outdoors are two of the season's most pleasurable pastimes. Apparently we are in good company: according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association 75% of Americans own outdoor grills. For sure, for many of us nothing compares to food cooked on an outdoor grill and enjoying it with friends and family


Who Hates to Clean the Grill?


But what about that grimy grill? I thought so. If you are the BBQ chef at your house (and/or designated grill scrubber) I bet there's something else we can agree on: cleaning the barbecue is one of the least favorite chores of summer. 

Yet, it's a necessity that no one should ever skip, since preparing meat, fish and produce on a clean grill is essential to our families' health. So why let this annoying task ruin your love of barbecuing when there's a trusty robot who can do the dirty work while you relax? 



Let a Robot Scrub Your BBQ for You


Meet Grillbot (ARV $99.95), the world's first automatic grill cleaning robot. This is consumer technology at its best, when a product like does the grungy work for us automatically, freeing us for more time to enjoy life's special moments with family and friends. Not to mention all that heavenly grilled food.


A fully-automated grill cleaning device, the Grillbot is as easy to use as pushing a single button to start the robotic scrubbing process. Thanks to its computerized brain (CPU), the speed and direction of the scrubbing operates automatically. The cool gadget works well on virtually all BBQ styles, sizes and shapes  and can be used on hot or cold grills up to 250 degrees F.

Here's how it works...




The grill cleaning robot's built-in LCD alarm and timer makes it possible to set cleaning time for 10, 20 or 30 minutes, depending on how much scrubbing is needed. No need to worry about overdoing it, either. The alarm sounds and the unit shuts off automatically if it accidentally gets too hot. 

Another plus is the removable, dishwasher safe brass bristles which come pre-installed in this wonder cleaning gadget. Stainless steel and nylon brushe options are also available for deeper or more gentle cleaning. But do be especially careful when removing these bristles for cleaning as they can be sharp. Also remember: this is a tool, not a toy, so it should not be left where children have access to it, even when it is not being used to clean your grill.


Available in four colors, black (like the featured product received to facilitate this review), red, orange and blue, the Grillbot comes with a rechargeable lithium battery with AC adapter. So, you won't have to make an unscheduled stop at the store to by fresh traditional batteries.


Makes a Thoughtful All-Ocassion Gift


The Grillbot, is widely available online and in-store and would make a great gift for the BBQ king or queen in your life. Major retailers nationwide include, among others, Sharper Image, Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowe's, Walmart, Amazon, and Sharper Image. It's also a great present to give as a house warming gift, for birthdays, Mother's and Father's Day, Graduation, and even the holidays since many BBQ enthusiasts now like to grill outside year-round, even when there's snow on the ground.


About Grillbot


Grillbot is the innovation of Ethan Woods who was frustrated with cleaning his stubborn barbecue grill. So he took out a power drill, attached a brush and cleaned the grill grates with ease. Then he put together a design team to turn that makeshift drill into the computer-driven Grillbot which has sold more than 100,000 units to date in the US as well as is now being marketed abroad in Russia, Australia, Canada and Brazil. In addition to the Grillbot, other products available include the Grillbot Pro, an even more advanced grill cleaning robot; the Grillbot carrying case; brass, stainless and nylon replacement brushes and more. Learn all about what this grill cleaning robot can do for you by visiting the brand's official site, as well as following them on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Pinterest.

Read more at http://www.mommyblogexpert.com/2017/07/bbq-grill-cleaning-robot-review-cleans.html#ohgefw0O58D0HC1e.99
Thanks to Easy-Party-Games.com for this great article!

What is Labor Day?

Many countries celebrate Labor Day, which evolved from the efforts of the labor union movement to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers. In America and Canada this year, this national holiday falls on Monday 5th September, (it's always the first Monday in September!).

It marks the end of summer, and traditionally after Labor Day, people would not wear white. This tradition has long since faded, but the gathering of family and friends to share food and good times is still alive and well!

In Australia, we have Labor Day too, however the date varies from state to state. In the states of NSW , SA and ACT it will be 3rd October. Here in Queensland, where I live, it was celebrated on May 2nd.

In the UK, it is known as May Day, and was also celebrated on May 2nd this year.

In most countries, national holidays such as Labor Day, are a time of rest from work, and a time to catch up with family and friends.

However, sitting around, just talking at family gatherings, can get a little boring….So why not include some active party games that everyone will enjoy?

These outdoor party games are perfect, since, if you live in the northern hemisphere, it won't be long before it will be too cold to hold parties, and play any games outside.

There is a focus on outdoor activity games that many people can join in, because national holidays tends to be a time for get togethers at the park, the beach or in the back garden.

With these games, you can create teams and award prizes to the winning team: this is a sure fire way to get your competitive friends and family members involved. All games are fun family games that everyone can enjoy.

So whatever holiday you're planning a party for, take a look at these easy to play family group party games ideas listed below.

Labor Day Party Games

The Game of Ultimate - (Disc Throwing)

AKA Ultimate Frisbee, this is a great favourite game that is easy to play in the park or at the beach, indoor or outdoors. Although there are many forms of Ultimate, I will give you simple instructions that can be played by novices.

The objective of this game is to successfully throw the disc to a team member who is at the opposite end of the playing area, in the "End Zone" and for them to catch it. Each successful catch in the End Zone is a point scored. Opposing player must try to intercept the thrown disc, and then throw it to one of their team mates at the opposite "End Zone".

Typically there are 7 players in each team, but you may want to vary that for your party.

The official playing area is a rectangle 37m wide and 110m long, which has 2 End Zone', both 23m long and a centre play zone which is 64m. (You can vary this to suit the space available for your party). A 175gram Ultimate is always used.

The rules of the game are simple:

 

  • Use paper, rock, scissors or flip a coin, to decide which team plays first. Play cannot start until both teams have indicated that they are ready to play, by one player in each team raising their hand.
  • Each team lines up at the back line of their End Zone.
  • Players cannot run with the disc, only pivoting on one foot is allowed once they have the disc. If they do, then play is given to the other team.
  • The player can only hold the disc for10 seconds and it cannot be passed to another player, it must be thrown. If they do, then play is given to the other team.
  • If the disc is thrown out of the playing area, it is "out of bounds". Play is then given to the other team. They can begin play at the point were the disc went out of bounds, or at a point known as "The Brick Mark," which is a point 41m from the back line and lies within the centre play area.
  • This is a non contact game, so touching or tackling is not allowed, and if done, then play is given to the the team.
  • After each point is scored, the direction of play changes, so that the teams swap End Zones.
  • Once a team reaches a score of 17 points, they are the winners. If a team reaches 15 points and the other team is at least 2 points behind then they win.
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    All you need to play this fun active game is a disc. You can get these highly recommended, Ultimate Bundle - 6 Discraft Ultra Star Ultimate Discs which are the correct 175 gram weight, and the official disc of the Ultimate Players Association.

    Use them to have several games playing at once. Or to keep the whole play simple for younger children, just simply passing the Ultimate disc with no rules, is also great fun and a perfect way to spend your Labor day afternoon.

    BBQ Roundup Scavenger Hunt

    Many of you will be having a BBQ your 2011 labor Day celebration, so I suggest some good old BBQ games that are easy and ready to play.

    This game, the Roundup Scavenger Hunt For Kids is perfect, why? because there is nothing more boring for kids than waiting for the adults to cook the BBQ food?

    If you're expecting young guests at your Labor day BBQ party and don't know how to entertain them, fear not! this is the perfect solution.

    This BBQ Roundup outdoor scavenger hunt allows kids more freedom than traditional hunts. Instead of setting a specific item, children have to find items meeting a description. It's a recipe for tons of fun!

    Disc Golf

    Here's another ideal Labor day game, Disc Golf. A course of goal baskets is set up, the players must follow the course in sequence and throw the disc into the goal basket in the least amount of throws, just like a game of golf!

    Players can compete agains their own best score, or they can play in teams, depending on you party guest numbers.

    You could make up your own goal baskets using buckets, but I really like this easy to use, adjustable height basket InStep Disc Golf GoalIt's durable and long lasting for outdoor use, comes with 3 discs and is compact and portable design so you can bring it along to your Labor day event or favorite park!

    Stations

    Divide your guests into equal teams with mixed ages and abilities to make it fair. Each team sit on chairs in rows, 1 in front of the other. 1 person controls the game, that person is the Station Master. Note, if you don't have enough chairs, you can use cushions, however consider the age of your guests and their ability to get up off the floor!

    The player at the front of the row is station number 1, the player behind is station number 2 and so on, so that all the teams have been numbered from station 1 - 5 for example.

    Place a chair, 1 for each team, a short running distance in front of each team, this is the empty chair.

    The Station Master shouts out a station number between 1-5. The player at station number 1 from each team must get up from their chair and run forward towards the singe empty chair at the front of their team. They must circle the empty chair run back to towards their team, run around the last person in their team and then back to their own seat. The fastest team to get back to their chair scores a point.

    The game progresses, when the Station Master shouts out 2 station numbers at the same time, for example stations 3 and 4. Both players at stations 3 and 4 in each team, get up and run around the empty chair, then back around the last person in the team, and this time they return to the other team members seat. So that number 3 is now sitting in number 4's chair and vice versa. As this happens several times the players must remember what number station they are sitting in, otherwise they are slow to react when the Station master calls out their station number.

    At some point the Station Master can call out "All change" in which case every player must get up and run around the empty chair, back around the last chair in the row and then go back to any station except the one that they started from.

    Points are scored for the fastest team and a set time is given for the game to play its course. The winning team is the one with the most points.

    United States Trivia Games

    If you're hosting a family reunion or large 2011 Labor day party? This 50 United States Trivia Pack has 750 questions from every state of the Union!

    These 50 printable trivia games, are suitable for teen-adult players. Each game contains 15 trivia questions and answers about a state of the Union, including funny laws and customs, geographical features, state trees, flowers and slogans, tourist attractions, historical highlights, famous people, Presidents and much, much more!Instantly delivered to your mail box ready to print and play..so easy it's not funny!

    Croquet

    Croquet has been a family favorite for hundreds of years and was extremely popular in England in the 1800's although it is believed to have originated in parts of Western Europe much earlier. The game is best played on grass in a park or back garden, with a low cut lawn. This is a relaxing way to spend Labor day.

    There are many variations to the game of Croquet, but here is a simple way to play the game for a family and friends gathering on Labor Day.

    Simply set up the course of hoops/stakes in the lawn, each player then takes it in turns to navigate the course, by hitting the croquet ball with the mallet in the fewest number of hits as possible.

    Alternatively, if you want to have teams. Each team takes it in turns to hit their ball, and in doing so can knock the other teams balls out of the way. The first team to get all their balls to the end of the course is the winner.

    All you need is a Croquet Set This one is a recreational 4 Player Croquet Set and is ideal for backyard family fun. It includes all weather molded balls, mallets with a lacquered chestnut finish and protective cap, 14" stakes, wickets and a carry bag.

    This is an easy game that little kids can play too.

    Horseshoe Throwing

    Throwing horseshoes for Labor day?…why not, it's fun!

    The game begins with a horseshoe being tossed to decide who will go first. Each player has 2 horseshoes and a steak in the ground each. The winner of the toss throws both of their horseshoes, one at a time, at a steak in the ground which is a set distance away.

    The second player throws both of their horseshoes to their own steak in the ground, the same distance as the first players steak.

    After scoring, the next round is done in reverse order, or by throwing back at the original stake. Play continues until one player has at least 15 points at the end of a round.

    Typically games are generally played up to 40 points, or a shoe limit of 40 or 50 shoes.

    The age is usually for 2 to 4 players, however teams can be made up for larger party groups.

    The St. Pierre American Professional Horseshoe Set includes 4 solid steel horseshoes with a baked-on, non-slip finish that is electrostatically appliedFinish is more resistant to chipping, corrosion and weathering than other coatingsAlso includes two 24-in solid steel stakes, rulebook and an easy-to-carry case. This product is proudly made in the USA

    Family Picnic Games

    18 printable games for the whole family.Picnic Game Ideas: hamper of printable picnic games has games for everyone in the family. Tangled Tongue Twisters Tango, British Food Trivia, Are You A Princess? Quiz For Girls
Are You An Alien? Quiz For Boys, Naughty or Nice? Coloring and Nutrition Game For Kids, Champagne Trivia and much much moreSimply select the one most suitable for your Labor day party guests and away you go. Hours of fun guaranteed.

    Family Animal Game

    This was one of my favorite family group party games when I was a young girl. It's a spin on musical chairs. I have also used it during a corporate sales meeting with sales reps to add energy to the meeting. I used a theme, Africa, so I chose animals from Africa only.

    You can vary it to suit the theme of your party. i have suggested it for Labor day party because it's fun for large groups, and everyone can get involved. Expect a lot of noise and laughter. Not suitable if pregnant, as it can get quite rough!

    You will need: Pen and paper to write animal names on, chairs, (1/3rd the number of chairs to the number of guests. Music.

    Object of the game: Find your family and be the last family of animals sitting on the last chair.

    Instructions:

  • Select animal names such as Lions, Dogs, Bears, Pigs, etc.
  • Write down on a piece of paper, Daddy Bear, then on another piece of paper write Mummy Bear, then on a third piece of paper write Baby Bear.
  • Repeat for all your chosen animals.
  • Set the chairs up in a row as you would in musical chairs, each alternate chair facing the opposite direction. Have enough chairs for each of the animal families.
  • Play the music while handing out the folded pieces of paper, which have been mixed up.
  • Guests walk around the chairs but must not look at the paper until the music stops.
  • When the music stops, the guest reads the animal name and begins to make the noise of that animal. No talking!
  • Each animal has to find its family (by animal noise only), Father, Mother and Baby, before they can sit on a chair.
  • Once they have found each other, Daddy must sit on the chair, Mummy sits on Daddy's knee and Baby on Mummy's knee.
  • Repeat the process, but remove 1 of the chairs. As each round completes the family that doesn't get a chair must sit out the next round.
  • The last family of animals sitting on the last chair is the winner.


  • Uno Card Game

    After all the running around playing active Labor day party games, why not include a less active but most enjoyable, fun Uno Card Game

    America's number one card game, UNO offers hours of fun. It's easy to learn, always unpredictable, and never dull. It can be played with 2 to 10 players, individually, or in teams. And it can even be educational, teaching younger kids number recognition.

    Need More Games Ideas?

    Hopefully it's still warm enough to go for a swim, if so then why not have your friends and family over for a BBQ and a Pool Party? There are lots of fun games to be played in the swimming pool.

    I have another web page dedicated to Outdoor Party Games so check that one out too.

    Thanks to Barbecuebible for this awesome recipe!

    Salmon Candy

    Recipe from Steven Raichlen's Project Smoke

    Photo credit: Richard Dallett

    Tradition calls for cold- or cool-smoking the salmon candy, producing a chewy texture reminiscent of jerky. I opt for a higher temperature, which gives you crusty edges and a moist flaky texture. It’s damn near irresistible, even for people who don’t generally like smoked fish. Serve it with vodka or aquavit (it can stand up to the strongest spirits). Don’t be intimidated by the overall preparation time—the actual work takes about 30 minutes.

     

    • Yield: Makes 1½ pounds, enough to serve 6 to 8 as a snack
    • Equipment: Kitchen tweezers or needle-nose pliers, to remove any fish bones; a large heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; a large aluminum foil pan; a wire rack; an instant-read thermometer; alder wood (enough for 1 hour of smoking)

    PRINT

    • 1 piece (1½ pounds) fresh skinless salmon fillet (preferably a center cut)
    • 1 cup dark brown sugar or maple sugar
    • ¼ cup coarse salt (sea or kosher)
    • ¾ cup pure maple syrup (preferably dark amber or Grade B)
    • 1 quart water
    • Vegetable oil, for oiling the rack

    Step 1: Rinse the salmon under cold running water and blot dry with paper towels. Run your fingers over the flesh side of the fillet, feeling for the sharp ends of pin bones. Pull out any you find with kitchen tweezers.

    Step 2: Using a sharp knife, slice the salmon widthwise into strips 1 inch wide and 4 to 5 inches long. Transfer the fish to a large heavy-duty resealable plastic bag and place the bag in an aluminum foil pan or baking dish to contain any leaks.

    Step 3: Combine the brown sugar, salt, and ½ cup of the maple syrup in a bowl. Add the water and stir until the sugar and salt dissolve. Pour this over the salmon and seal the bag. Cure in the refrigerator for 8 hours, turning the bag over several times to redistribute the brine.

    Step 4: Drain the salmon in a colander, discarding the brine, and rinse the salmon well under cold running water. Blot dry with paper towels. Arrange the salmon flesh side up on an oiled wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet and let air-dry in the refrigerator until tacky, 2 hours.

    Step 5: Set up your smoker following the manufacturer’s instructions and preheat to 225° to 250°F. Add the wood as directed by the manufacturer.

    Step 6: Place the salmon on its rack in the smoker and smoke until the outside is bronzed with smoke and the salmon feels firm, 30 to 60 minutes. Start brushing the salmon with the remaining ¼ cup of maple syrup after 15 minutes, and brush several times until it’s cooked (about 140°F on an instant-read thermometer). Transfer the salmon candy on its rack to a rimmed baking sheet to cool and brush one final time with maple syrup before serving. Serve at room temperature or cold.

    Step 7: In the unlikely event you have leftovers, store the salmon candy in a resealable plastic bag in the refrigerator; it will keep for at least 3 days.

    Tips:

    Variation: To make traditional salmon candy that’s chewy like jerky, set up your smoker or grill following the manufacturer’s instructions and preheat to 175°F or as low as it will go. Add the wood as directed by the manufacturer. Place the salmon on its rack in the smoker and smoke until the outside is bronzed with smoke and the salmon feels firm, 4 hours, or as needed. Start brushing the salmon with the remaining ¼ cup of maple syrup after 2 hours, and brush several times until it’s cooked. Transfer the salmon candy on its rack to a rimmed baking sheet to cool and brush one final time with maple syrup before serving. Serve at room temperature or cold.

     

    Thank you Fox31 Denver: 

    The Grill Cleaning Robot

    July grilling is fun, the cleanup is not! Now there's a product that does all the grunt work for you.  The Grillbot is the world's first automatic grill cleaning robot. It cleans any grill with the push of a button. It also has a built-in timer that you can set to clean for 10, 20 and 30 minutes. The brass brushes are soft, so they won't damage your enamel coated grill grates. They’re also removable and dishwasher safe. It comes with a rechargeable lithium battery with an AC adapter. The Grillbot is $99.95 with a one year warranty. You can purchase one at grillbots.com.

     

    3 Smart Cooking Gadgets to Make Your Next Cookout a Success

    by Dan DiClerico

    une 27, 2017

    Grilling is the hassle-free way to entertain. Minimal prep work, no messy pans to clean, plus you can keep the fire going throughout the day, as guests come and go. But a blowout barbecue, like the one you might be planning for the Fourth of July, can turn into a real pressure cooker, with all those mouths to feed. That’s especially true if your menu includes more complex dishes, like ribs, fish, and kebabs, along with the traditional menu of burgers and dogs.

    Over the last couple of years, smart home technology has found its way into the kitchen—and many of the best devices can be a lifesaver during your next barbecue. Here are three of our favorites.

    WiFi meat thermometer

    If you’re planning to class it up this holiday, say with a nice pork tenderloin or slow-cooked barbecue ribs, a leave-in digital meat thermometer will be your most valuable gadget. Simply stick the probe into the prepared cut of meat, set the desired internal temperature on the smartphone app, and go join the party.

    Top-rated models, including the $50 iGrill Mini from Weber, ping you when your meat reaches the perfect temperature to take it off the grill. The $100 iGrill2, above, includes a second probe, good for monitoring two cuts of meat at once.

    Sous vide machine

    When you’re cooking for a crowd, perfectly grilled steak and fish can be a pretty tall order. Sous vide (pronounced “sue-veed”) makes the balancing act much easier, while also delivering the juiciest steak, fish, and chicken your guests have ever eaten.

    French for “under vacuum,” sous vide is a process where food is placed in a vacuum-sealed bag and cooked at precision temperatures in a water bath. The sous vide machine, which clips to the side of a standard pot, can be controlled and monitored from a smart phone app.

    Sous vide enthusiasts use the technique any day of the week, but it’s particularly helpful when entertaining. “If I’m having people for a barbecue on Saturday, I’ll sous vide a bunch of steak a few days before and keep them in the fridge,” says Cole Wagoner, sous vide expert at Anova Culinary, which makes the $150 Anova Precision Cooker, above. “Then the day of, I’ll throw the steaks on a blazing hot grill for a couple minutes to give them a nice, crunchy crust.”

    Besides the easy prep work and delicious results, sous vide is a very flexible way to cook, so even stragglers to the party will be treated to steaks hot off the grill.

    Robotic grill cleaner

    Cleaning your grill after each use will extend its life and lead to better-tasting food the next time you fire it up. After an all-day party, it’s the last thing you want to do. That’s why we’re big fans of Grillbot, an automatic cleaning robot that does the job for you.

    Simply place the Grillbot on the grill, press start, and it will move back and forth over the grill surface, removing grease and char with its replaceable wire brushes. The $115 Grillbot 2.0, above, adds a quick-release battery and easy-to-read LCD screen. And coming down the pike is the Grillbot Pro with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, so you can control the device from your smart phone and see how much time is left in the cleaning cycle.

    Read more here from Home Advisor


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    IMPROVING YOUR BARBECUE 

    Arizona homeowners love to cook outside and often do it year-round. So, equipping outdoor kitchens is important to us. But maybe the way you barbecue has gotten a little boring.

    Here are five possibilities for interesting changes:

    1. | Go vertical with a smoker or how about a ceramic egg?

    Rosie on the house Big Green Egg

    Those vertical-style outdoor cookers that look like barrels or small refrigerators are smokers that burn wood, pellets or charcoal. Propane and electric smokers are also available. Meat can be put on racks or hung from hooks and cooked slowly -- but without getting dried out. You can also grill the regular way on smokers. Depending on size and features, smokers can range in price up to $500 or more, but many sell for less.

    Vertical smokers have a small footprint and work well if you have limited space for outdoor cooking. But using them can be complicated with lots of steps to take. Many home chefs that buy them also want to have regular style barbecue grills so that they can still throw steaks or hot dogs on the grill at the last minute.

    Have you heard of the Big Green Egg, an egg-shaped ceramic charcoal cooker that can be an oven, a grill or a smoker? Its airtight cooking chamber promotes heat and moisture retention and that can help keep food moist and tender. The Egg set a trend a few years ago but now there are dozens of komodo-style cookers at prices that may make you want to give them a try.

    Speaking of prices, in our opinion, a $5,000 stainless steel barbecue option is probably not necessary in most backyards. Lots of high quality grills and smokers are available for $500 or less. Check out the many reviews online to find one with the features that you want, including Weber, Char-Broil, Bradley and Master-Built.

    2. | Redesign your outdoor kitchen layout:

    Maybe designing some new "walls" can help you improve your outdoor room. Setting things up so the barbecue is a floating island smack dab in the middle of your sunny yard may not work. Build a little wall near your house and put your barbecue and countertops up against it. You might want to use a column of a covered patio as the anchor for the area. Make sure that what you build blends in properly with your house and hardscape. Keep your cooking area nearby your inside-the-house kitchen for sake of convenience.

    3. | Barbecues to use for tailgating or picnics:

    Rosie on the house Weber Smoker

    If you love cooking out and want to do more, there are dozens - maybe hundreds - of portable grills on the market in a wide range of prices. Some are powered by small gas canisters, some by charcoal. Some have legs; some can be packed up in metal boxes. Some have very low prices – like under $50 – and some for a lot more - $500. If you've never tried it before, going cheap might be a good call until you decide if you like it or not.

    At sports stadiums like where the Cardinals play, propane and gas grills are permitted, but charcoal and oil fryers are not. In any case, bring a portable fire extinguisher along. Never light a gas grill with the hood closed. Keep the grill at least 6 feet away from your car and never leave the grill unattended.

    4. | Try more cooking techniques like salt blocks and cedar planks:

    What is a Himalayan salt block? It's a very hard, pink-colored block of salt dug up in a mine in Pakistan, located some distance from the Himalayas. Somewhere, somehow it got used on grills and had great results. You heat a block on the BBQ and then cook fish, meats or poultry on top. You clean them with a damp sponge. Eventually, they lose that pink color. It adds salt to what you cook, but reportedly not that much. A good-sized block can cost $30, but prices seem to be dropping. Another possibility is grilling on cedar planks pre-soaked in wine, cider or even water. Reuse the planks until they are charred or impossible to clean. You can buy them at specialty food markets or hardware stores.

    5. | Buy some clean-up tools:

    Rosie on the house grillbotOne of the most discouraging parts of grilling out is the clean-up. Maybe you don't do it that often. But maybe you would if you had tools to make it easier, like a Grillbot (about $100), a battery-operated grill scrubber that works by itself - something like robot vacuum cleaners. Many homeowners love them; they also have an app now so that you can turn them on and off via your phone. You can also buy battery-powered, motorized, steam-cleaning grill brushes ($30-$40) – like Grill Daddy - that you push around the grate manually but that add extra oomph and cleaning power to the job.

     

    Thanks to RosieontheHouse.com   Read More Here: 

    Grill Sloppily

    Between Alexa and self-driving cars, it seems the robots are taking over—a boon for the indolent. Add the Grillbot to the list and rest assured, cleanup after your next barbecue will be taken care of. This adorable automatic grill cleaner toddles around the greasy grate, scouring away with its wire brushes, propelled by three high-power electric motors and guided by a clever CPU chip that controls direction and speed. The brushes pop right out and into the dishwasher for easy cleaning; the lithium ion battery is rechargeable; and the LCD alarm and timer allow you to program different cleaning times depending on the state of the grate. Think of it as your barbecue butler. $130, grillbots.com

    Read more here.... 

    Thanks to The Off Duty 50. Your Guide to a Lazy Summer

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017

    Grillbot Review- Great Fathers Day Gift!! #Grillbot

    **All opinions expressed are 100% my own.  I was not compensate for this post.  I was given product for review purposes.**



    The grillbot, is the world's first automatic grill cleaning robot! Launched January 13, 2014, Grillbot is here to make your life easier.

    Our mission is to enrich your life, by simplifying it. We believe by taking the grunt work out of cleaning your grill, it will leave you with more time to enjoy your friends, family, and the party! Simply place the grillbot on your grill, press a button and you're done! The grillbot does all the grill cleaning for you. No more scrubbing! A grillbot is the easy-to-use and fun to watch — a fully-automated device that makes grill cleaning possible with just the push of a button.

    I am a technology junkie.  Whenever something new and interesting comes out, I can't wait to give it a try.  When I heard about the Grillbot, and how it makes grill cleaning easier, I was very excited.  Personally I hate cleaning the grill after cooking, and usually leave that one up to Hubs!!


    The Grillbot is an extremely easy piece of technology to use.  All it requires is a push of a button!!  The Grillbot comes with three timed settings; 10, 20 and 30 minutes.  Push once for 10 minutes, twice for 20 minutes, and three times for 30 minutes.  Make sure you close the lid on your grill, and then off she goes.  

    Check out this fun video of the Grillbot in action I shot while looking through an opening on my grill.


    Here is a picture of what my grill looked like before using the Grillbot.


    Here is the after picture.


    I used the Grillbot for 30 minutes.  I think it did a pretty good job!!  My grill is older, and well used.  The Grillbot made a huge difference.

    The one downside to the Grillbot that I have found is that there is no safety shut off.  I opened the grill lid at one point and picked up the Grillbot while it was still running.  It did not shut off.  That makes me a little nervous when you have small children.  I would make sure that you use the Grillbot when children are not around.

    Other then that, I think the Grillbot is a great investment for any avid griller.  It would make a perfect Fathers Day gift as well!!  
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