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Jun 04, 2015

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue, Part II: The Food and Drinks

created at: 08/21/2014

This week, we're sharing the ultimate guy's guide to backyard entertaining. In Part I, we created the game plan: getting your outdoor space ready to go, invites, music and entertainment.

Part II is about the centerpieces of any get-together: food and drinks. To help, we partnered with Murphy-Goode, a Sonoma winery that makes great wines for occasions just like this one: good times, good friends, and good food. Read on for lots of tips and ideas to make it happen.   

How To Host an All Out Backyard BBQ

Table of Contents

Planning the Menu

Cooking for a Crowd: A cookout is not a dinner party. No courses, no place-cards, no roast-carving.… read more

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Jun 03, 2015

How to: Make a Swedish Flame

Swedish Flame DIY

What's a Swedish flame? Something you can buy at IKEA? No sir.… read more

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Jun 03, 2015

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue, Part I: The Plan

Being a party-goer is easy: you show up, eat food, drink drink, have fun, and go home. Nice. But sometimes you need to return the favor, do your part and be a good guy. Sometimes, it's gotta be your turn to host.

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue - Part 1

That's why we're creating the ultimate man's guide to backyard entertaining. We're skipping the burgers and hot dogs, but saving the grill-power and the open flame. This is no fancy dinner party with flowers and special place settings and specialized utensils. But it is an event for grown-ups (read: no kegs) who want to get together and enjoy a great evening of good grub, tasty wine and… read more

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Jun 02, 2015

How to: Make the Perfect Homemade Jerky...No Dehydrator Required

A food dehydrator is on my list of kitchen appliances I should never buy myself. Like its brother, the deep fat fryer, I know I'd just get carried away, dehydratin' and frying stuff left and right.

How to make the perfect homemade jerky

 

But, that doesn't mean I don't wanna create my… read more

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Jun 02, 2015

How to: Make a Super Simple Belt Organizer

They say no man is fully finished dressing if he's not wearing a belt (or suspenders, I guess), and, for some reason, that small strip of leather or weaving ready does bring a whole look together. I've always been a coil-them-up-in-the-sock-drawer kinda guy, but as someone with more closet space than dresser real estate, I'm definitely interested in hanging them up long and… read more

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Jun 01, 2015

Want to Learn How to Make this Awesome DIY Grill Cart? Join Us For a Free Workshop!

created at: 06/01/2015

It's June, baby. Which means: it's officially grilling season. Not that it ever went away, but summer's the time to move from "I'm gonna fire up the grill cause it's cold outside and I really need some of warm weather flavor" to creating entire feasts outdoors and over an open flame.

And to be successful, you gotta stay organized, and have a place to work. So, let's build this DIY grill cart complete with a work surface, storage shelves, tool hooks and racks, and lots… read more

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Jun 01, 2015

Shop Skills: How to Clean Your Saw Blades

Dirty SawbladesMaintaining your shop tools starts with keeping those blades sharp and well lubricated. Here's a quick overview on how to tune up your cutting edges.  … read more

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May 29, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: How to Assemble the Perfect Set of Driver Bits

Each week in 2015, ManMade is sharing our picks for the essential tools we think every creative guy and DIYer needs. We've selected useful, long-lasting tools to help you accomplish a variety of projects, solve problems, and live a hands-on lifestyle that allows you to interact with and make the things you use every day.  

created at: 05/29/2015 When is a drill not a drill? When it's a driver, used for securing hardware into material, rather than simply boring a hole into it. If you're anything like us, your cordless drill gets pressed into service much more often as a way to drive or remove fasteners than making holes with twist bits. And to get the most out of this versatile tool, you've gotta have the right bit for the job. Here's how to build a complete arsenal to allow you to take on any task.

 

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Quick-Change Slotted and Phillips Head

Your standard screwdriver bits that make quick work of standard… read more

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May 28, 2015

How to Make a Folding Farmhouse Table from Reclaimed Wood

Make your own folding farm table

On the side, my wife and I sell some of our handiwork at craft fairs, barn sales and vintage markets. When we got started, we had mostly folding plastic tables and white table cloths. And as you know, nothing, except maybe a grilled hot dog on a paper plate on the Fourth of July, looks its best on a folding plastic table and white table… read more

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May 28, 2015

The Last Mac and Cheese Recipes You'll Ever Need

Mac & Cheese Jalapeños Poppers. Mac & Cheese Meatballs. Deep Fried Mac & Cheese. One-Pan Taco Mac & Cheese. Mac & Cheese Waffles. Mac & Cheese Burritos. Mac & Cheese Sushi. I honestly… read more

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May 28, 2015

Make This: Geometric Concrete Bookends

Poured Geometric BookendsWe all have a bit of extra concrete left over in the bag after a project. Why not make it into something useful and interesting for your bookcase. Take a look at how to make these great concrete bookends with just a few scraps of… read more

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May 27, 2015

David's DIY Kitchen Upgrade - The Final Reveal

 

created at: 05/27/2015

The kitchen is the center of the home. It's arguably the most important room in the house, and, for many of us, it's the room that gets the most use. Unfortunately, my kitchen was kind of a bummer. Like the weird roommate you got stuck with your freshman year of college - you know, the one who never left the room and sort of started to blend into the beige cinderblock walls after awhile - that was my… read more

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May 27, 2015

How to: Pack the Perfect Overnight Bag for a Weekend Away

Weekend Drive Gear

This time of year, I almost always find myself looking for a reason to drive.  There's something exceptional about the spring foliage, misty weather, and changing of the seasons. I like to keep a simple bag of gear packed up in case my wanderings turn into an overnight… read more

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May 27, 2015

3 Spring Grilling Recipes To Start The Season Off Right

created at: 05/27/2015As spring comes around, it's time to get the grill dusted off and fired up. Here are 3 grilling recipes to really welcome in the season. These easy meals are a great way to stay close to the conversation without having to babysit the food.  … read more

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May 26, 2015

How to: Make a Mini Grill from an Altoids Tin

The rectangular, hinged-top Altoids tin has been an inspiration for DIYers and makers since...well, probably since Altoids hit the shelves.

The updated and sleeker round Altoid Sours tin has a removable lid, which allows for a whole heap of clever reuses...such as an ash catcher for this tabletop… read more

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May 22, 2015

The Complete Guide to Making Pulled Pork Sandwiches at Home

Sure, you could go for burgers and dogs this holiday weekend, grilling to order like many a man on Memorial Day before you.

Or you could eat one of… read more

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May 22, 2015

5 Easy Handmade Outdoor Games for Your Next Cookout

Step up your next backyard barbecue with these amazing yard games. I totally flipped out when I saw all these ideas! I didn't even think of making giant wooden dice to play Yatzee or whipping up a bunch of dominoes to play a huge game of crows… read more

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May 21, 2015

Drink a Tree: How to Make Pine, Spruce, or Fir Tip Syrup

created at: 05/21/2015 During spring time, pine, fir, and other evergreen trees grow by producing new tips at the end of each branch. The new growth is a lighter, vibrant green, and you can (and should) eat it. The tips have a wonderful citrus-y, woodsy flavor that tastes awesome in all kinds of sautes, seafood, and roasted dishes. But the easiest way to preserve their flavor is steep them gently in a syrup, which will last in your fridge for weeks. 

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May 21, 2015

Make It: DIY Scrap Wood Dining Table

You know those random lengths of leftover hardwood stock and plywood that you collect project after project, never knowing what you'll do with them, but knowing they're too great to get rid of.

You should turn 'em into a… read more

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May 20, 2015

David's DIY Kitchen Upgrade: How He Did It (Step by Step)

David's kitchen remodel process
They say the kitchen is the heart and the soul of any house, and mine didn't really have much of either. Made from builder-grade materials and outfitted with the most basic appliances, it was time to upgrade my kitchen and add a lot more personality to it. Follow along as I walk you through the transformation.

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