Charcoal or Gas: A Griller’s Dilemma

Charcoal vs Gas BBW Grills

One of the first steps in selecting a new grill is to decide if you want charcoal or gas heated unit (or perhaps a combo). Each of these fuel sources has its pros and cons and it can be a difficult choice. Would you rather have more convenience and have the ability to flick the flame on with a twist of dial and give up a little flavor? Or would you rather take a little more time in prepping and cleaning but have an excellent wood fired taste imparted to your food?

Barbecuing Essentials: What You Need to Get Started

Barbequing Essentials: What You Need to Get Started | Foodal.com

Join Foodal as we explore all of the equipment your need get grilling and producing great BBQ. Examine the various outdoor utensils that make life easier, the types of charcoal available, and the need to accurately measure your cooking temperature. Learn why a chimney starter will save you from using toxic gas starting fluid and how a well-fitting cover can protect your equipment in order for it to remain serviceable for many years.

Christmas Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls

A glass baking dish full of Christmas Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls.

Sometime in early October, on a day when our driveway was getting torn up for plumbing issues, I had just come back from a trip to Chicago and Tim and I were in the throes of heavy budget talks, we got some life-changing, almost unbelievable, genuinely good news that has been hard to keep from …

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How to Arrange Your Coals, Gauge the Heat, and Control the Temperature

How to arrange your coals, gauge the heat, and control the temperature when grilling on a barbecue | Foodal.com

Where and how you place your charcoal can have a significant impact on how much heat is produced under the grates as well as the burn time. Different types of meat and other dishes need varying amounts of heat in order to get a perfect sear and finish. Some protein sources such as fish need a low, gentle heat while steak requires an immediate sear followed by a more mellow temperature to allow it to cook to your desired level. Learn how to place your coals for optimal performance.

12 Tips For Speeding Up Your Chicken & Fish Entrées

How speed up preparation time when cooking fish and chicken | Foodal.com

We occasionally link to goods offered by vendors to help the reader find relevant products. Some of these may be affiliate based, meaning we earn small commissions (at no additional cost to you) if items are purchased. Here is more about what we do. Many people dislike cooking with chicken and fish because they feel that …

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Scrumptious Apple Dumplings

Apple Dumplings | Foodal.com

Take a break from apple pie this holiday season and surprise your guests with these delicious apple dumplings. This dumpling recipe could be the best comfort food you’ve ever eaten! This recipe serves 4 but you could very easy double or triple this recipe to serve 8 or 12! It helps to have a food processor but …

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Paleo Baking Basics – What You Need to Know

Basics of Paleo Baking | Foodal.com

When following a caveman diet, a.k.a. Paleo which stands for Paleolithic, so many people think of Dino burgers the size of Manhattan, hunting for berries or perhaps if you’re lucky and tall enough to reach them, a fist full of nuts. There is a common misunderstanding that the diet does not include baking or that …

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Use Smoke to Add Flavor to Your Grilling

Use Smoke to Add Flavor on Your BBQ Grill |foodal.com

Are you wondering how to get that nice smoky flavor onto your grilled food? Are you trying to mimic that wonderful punch that is normally only found when using a dedicated smoker? With either a gas or charcoal model it is possible to add this great taste with just a few extra steps. Read our tip and techniques and you too can be smoking like a pro.

The 5 Best Foodie Gifts under $100

A man in a white chef's coat holds a metal spatula in this right hand, and a stack of presents wrapped in red and brown paper with red bows on top in the left, on a dark gray background.

Looking for something that will be appreciated by that special foodie in your life? Check out our 5 top picks and get them something useful for the kitchen. Bakeware, grill tools, gadgets, and more! Read our gift guide now on Foodal.

Mighty Meaty Lasagna for Weeknight Wins

Close up of a white ceramic baking dish full of a meaty lasagna.

Lasagna is something of a Christmas tradition in Tim’s family, and meaty tomato sauce is one in mine, so last weekend we combined the two for a meaty, cheesy lasagna good enough for a festive family gathering on Christmas Day. We spent most of the afternoon making it—first the sauce and then assembling the lasagna …

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