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Fan favorites: Top Memphis Game Day Recipes

Football season has arrived, and Sundays are now reserved for tailgating and game-watching. Regardless of where you are or what team you’re rooting for, good Football Sundays across the nation all have one thing in common: downright delicious food.Don’t settle for hotdogs and chips: make your house football game-day headquarters using your Memphis grill. These game day recipes are sure to score with your friends and family all season long: Honey Ginger Hot Wings Wings are the ultimate Game Day food; They’re easy to make, portable, and tasty. Ditch the standby buffalo wings and discover the perfect balance of sweet and spicy with these Honey Ginger Hot Wings. Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers Spicy jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped with bacon—What’s not to love?! Add...

Comparing Wood Fire Grilling and Gas Grilling

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Wood Fire Grilling vs Gas Grilling: What You Need to Know For many years, consumers were largely limited to the choice of charcoal vs. gas when it came to barbecuing options. New technology has introduced a third option that deserves consideration from people looking to get the best results: pellet grills. Let’s dive into a comparison of pellet grills and gas burning grills to help you decide which option is best for you. The Breakdown: Comparing Wood Fire Grilling & Gas Grilling If you are in the market for a grill, you have several things to consider in making the right choice. What foods will you be cooking? How often will you use the grill? Will you be grilling for one, or providing food for...

Wood vs. Charcoal Grilling: A Comparison

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Wood vs Charcoal Grilling: How to Meet Your Outdoor Cooking Needs When it comes to barbecuing, people tend to have strong opinions about the best way to do things. Outdoor cooking comes with unique opportunities, as well as some challenges, in cooking to perfection. The most basic and most heavily debated question revolves around the fuel chosen to bring the heat: wood, charcoal or gas. Which Grill Is Better? You Have a Choice to Make. These decisions are easier to make in a head-to-head comparison, so, for now, we will look at wood pellets versus charcoal. Unsurprisingly, we at Memphis Wood Fire Grills prefer, well, wood. That’s not to say it isn’t worth comparing the relative merits of other methods of cooking. Depending on your...

How To Use Your Direct Flame Insert

The Memphis Wood Fire Grill’s ability to reach high searing temperatures up to 600-700°F sets the grill apart from other pellet grills in its class. In fact, our grills are particularly popular with chefs (including celebrity chefs Steven Raichlen, Cake Boss™ Buddy Valastro, and Andrew Zimmern) for the capability to sear over a direct flame at high heat. There’s a reason Steven Raichlen has dubbed the Memphis “The Tesla of Pellet Grills”—Our grills were designed and engineered with versatility in mind, allowing users to smoke at temperatures as low as 180°F, bake and roast from 300°F, and sear on high heat both using indirect heat or using direct heat over an open flame. Searing: Indirect Heat or Direct Heat? Searing using indirect heat and searing...

How to Know When Meat Is Done on the Grill

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Even experienced grillers may have trouble identifying when an unfamiliar cut or shape of meat is finished. Knowing when your food has reached the perfect level of doneness can feel more like an art than a science. But with the right tools and the right knowledge, you can eliminate the guesswork and cook every dish to perfection. What Is the Perfect Temperature? There are two elements to finding the optimum cook time for your food. The first is the safe minimum temperature your food must reach to prevent foodborne illnesses. The second is the best temperature to maximize the flavor and texture of your meal. The safe minimum temperature is established by the United States Department of Agriculture. The best temperature is up to your...

Pairing Wine With Your Latest Memphis Grill Creations

Pairing Wine With Memphis Creations
One of the greatest joys of owning a Memphis Wood Fire Grill is the ability to produce new and better dishes than ever before. We call our grills the backyard chef’s secret weapon. The recipes you can create with your Memphis (grill, smoker, searer and convection oven) are almost limitless. That variety can lead to a new challenge—finding the perfect wine to pair with your dishes. The Basics The most basic advice you hear about pairing wine with food is as follows: Red meat = Red wine Fish and chicken = White wine The reason for this basic rule is that fattier meats pair better with wines that have structure (meaning reds with higher tannin levels). Less fatty meats go with wines that have higher...

Are You Cooking on a Grill Preferred by Top Grill Masters?

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Outdoor cooking often calls for disposable plates, disposable cups and, depending on the menu, disposable silverware. One thing it doesn’t require is a disposable grill. More and more grill masters and grilling enthusiasts are retiring their old round-topped grills and upgrading to options that are more versatile, durable and attractive. Grilling Options for the Grill Enthusiasts The categories of different grills are based on the fuels they burn to create heat, and on the shape and materials used in their construction. Grills generally use wood pellets, charcoal or propane as fuel. They can be made of aluminum, steel, ceramics or other materials. But when it comes to durable, high-end grilling, the only real options are stainless steel and ceramic. The two styles most popular among...

Wood Fire Grills Raise the Standards for Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor cooking is one of the great joys of summer. (It’s also one of the great joys of spring, autumn and winter if you ask us, but there is no doubt that summer is peak season for grilling.) When it comes to outdoor cooking, there are several options available to meet your needs. Wood pellet grills, traditional charcoal grills, kamado grills and propane grills all have their pros and cons. One area that is often neglected in making this decision, however, is the design and aesthetic appeal of your outdoor kitchen. What Does Your Outdoor Space Say About You? No matter how much you love the feel and flavor that outdoor cooking provides, if your outdoor space is unappealing, you’re less likely to use it....

Celebrating the Release of Project Fire!

Celebrating the Release of Project Fire! Steven Raichlen is a grilling mastermind—he is referred to as America’s “Master Griller” by Esquire magazine, is the author of 30+ barbecue books, and hosts the popular PBS TV shows Project Smoke, Primal Grill, and Barbecue University. He’s also the founder of Barbecue University, one of the world’s most prestigious culinary workshops. We’re so proud of the fact that Steven Raichlen is a fan of Memphis Wood Fire Grills. And we’re big fans of Steven—so it’s no surprise that we’re excited about his latest and greatest book, Project Fire. Following the success of Steven’s New York Times bestselling Project Smoke, his new book focuses on the most essential of all cooking methods: live-fire cooking. Drawing on a combination of...

Roasted Corn is Better Than Boiled… And We’ve Got the Science to Prove It

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Like any meat maven, the first couple weeks of warm weather have you outside making dinner on your Memphis grill every evening. Before long, spring will turn to summer, and soon we will be up to our ears in fresh sweet corn. While everyone can agree that the best way to eat corn is slathered in butter and salt, some might have differing opinions on how to best make it. Here at Memphis Wood Fire Grills, we believe sweet corn is best hot off the grill, and we’ve got the science to prove it. Roasted is Better than Boiled: The Evidence Have you noticed that the corn made on a grill is more flavorful than corn that is boiled? We noticed too, and set out...

The Great Rib Debate

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How do you eat your ribs? It’s the question that has divided cookouts and family reunions for decades. When it comes to ribs, the most common argument that arises is whether to eat them sauced or unsauced. But when it comes to an ideal rib, there are more factors to take into account. While we argue that all ribs will turn out delicious if cooked on a Memphis, consider all your options the next time you make ribs. Pork ribs are the most popular type of ribs because of their higher fat content, which makes for a more flavorful, juicier rib. When selecting a cut at your butcher, you’ll be faced with choosing between spare rib or baby back. Here’s what you need to know...

The Science of Wood Pellets

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The Science of Wood Pellets All Memphis Woodfire Grills are fueled by wood pellets. In addition to its high-quality manufacturing and versatility, the Memphis is the best-performing pellet grill on the market. But much goes into making the fuel source that makes the Memphis so powerful, though it’s well worth it. Wood pellets are made from highly-concentrated wood fiber that’s been dried and compressed with heat, thus making it an energy efficient fuel source. Wood Pellet Production Logs, branches, and excess timber are run through a wood chipper, and then the wood is ground into wood fiber. The wood fiber is run through a machine with a magnet to ensure there are no metal objects commingling with the wood fiber. In order to get the...
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