Pick 5 Grilling Essentials

Are you ready for the weekend? There are many types of grillers — the weekenders, the year 'round grillers, and the serious barbecuers; yet the essentials are fit to grill for us all. Check out my five grilling essentials and get ready to Know Your Fire!

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1. Kenmore Deluxe Grip Long Plastic Handle Grill Cleaner: Good grip + stainless steel scraper.

2. 12-Piece Barbecue Set with Digital Fork Thermometer: The complete collection of all the basic tools + skewers.

3. BBQ Pro Charcoal Starter: Have your coals smoldering in minutes; holding 4 lbs. of briquettes.

4. Kenmore 4-Burner Gas Grill with Open Storage: Full size grill with side burner, area for prep + storage.

5. Stainless Steel 3-Piece Barbecue Set: Rust Resistant + 19 inch handles for safety.

Brunswick Stew

KNOW YOUR FIRE FRIDAY

Brunswick stew recipes vary greatly, but it’s usually a tomato based stew traditionally containing squirrel or rabbit. That's right squirrel! But, please feel free to use chicken - just a suggestion! Also - corn, lima beans or butter beans and vegetables are part of the stew pot mix. 

The best Brunswick stew I’ve ever tasted was Georgia style; one of the regions in the US which claims to have been created the stew. The key is - as with any good stew is long, slow cooking which produces a rich thick based pot of flavor. 

I, along with most Georgia natives prefer to use a combination of chicken & pork. Starting with leftover grilled chicken and pork is the fast track for the makings a great Brunswick.

Remember, cook low & slow.

Brunswick Stew

Recipe adapted from Grilling with Chef George Hirsch by George Hirsch with Marie Bianco

3 cups pre grilled chicken/ pork
1 cup kielbasa or smoked sausage, chopped 
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 cup sweet white onion, chopped
8 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon each thyme, rosemary
2 cups red potatoes, washed and chopped
1 28-ounce can crushed plum tomatoes
1 16-ounce can corn with juice
1 12-ounce can red beans, drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon hot sauce 
1/4 teaspoon fresh graded nutmeg
Fresh ground black pepper

Preheat a large soup or stock pot.

Add olive oil, onion, garlic. Sauté till lightly brown.  Place grilled meat and sausage in pot and cook for 3-4 minutes.  Add thyme, rosemary, potatoes, corn, tomatoes, beans, hot sauce and nutmeg. Cover pot and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hrs., stirring occasionally.

Add fresh ground black pepper to taste.