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How to Nail Open Fire Cooking Every Time

By: Chris October 20, 2017 11:45

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.... These days, cooking over an open flame makes a meal an event. Live fire cooking is portable, sure, but more importantly, it adds flavor and ambience your electric oven can never achieve. Whether grilling over glowing hardwood or slow roasting in a cast iron pan, cooking with real fire makes the meal the point of the evening.      So, to bring you more smoke flavor into your life, we teamed up w...

This is the Condiment You Want to Put on Everything This Fall

By: Chris October 19, 2017 14:00

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...sh, fresh peaches, any and every cheese, toast, yogurt, granola, marinades for meat, sliced apples, cornbread, green salads, beans, barbecue ribs, berries, seared pork chops, and anything cooked on a grill.  The flavors meld together and become more than just sweet and spicy; somehow both infinitely complicated and delicate at the same time. And it takes, like, two minutes to make. Let's go...

How to: Make Smoked Cocktail Garnishes for Extra Flavorful Drinks

By: Chris October 06, 2017 08:00

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...d be a good place to start. Besides rosemary, consider other toast-able, edible things like thyme and cinnamon sticks. Or, to add other kinds of good, charred flavor, consider charring citrus in a grill pan or cast iron skillet, or using ingredients like smoked olives or rimming a glass in smoked salt. Or if you want to go all out and smoke the entire drink, ManMade has you covered with a complet...

Why a Backyard Meat Smoker Just Might Change Your Life

By: Chris October 03, 2017 13:45

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...ces of ManMade readers on the site. We love hearing what you're up to, what you're making, and how you stay creative. When ManMade reader Scott Huntington wrote in to share how he hadn't fired up his grill once for the entire summer and it revolutionized his cooking, I asked him to share his experience.  My life changed forever this summer. It was the summer I didn’t grill a single time. It was also...

7 Things I'm Totally Obsessed with This Month (August 2017 Edition)

By: Chris August 22, 2017 13:39

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...pe: Big's Smoked Chicken This is the dish I have been craving all summer. I made it early in the season, and many times since, and I'm certain it will become a go-to when having friends over for a grill night. It's from a local Portland restaurant, that I have not been to. Tragically, the building that housed it experienced an electrical fire a riff a few weeks after opening. The recipe on Ala...

If You're Not Doing This Every Time You Grill, You're Missing Out on Serious Flavor

By: Chris August 08, 2017 15:23

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...iss an opportunity to take advantage of extended daylight to cook dinner outside. It avoids heating up the house with the oven, and, of course, makes everything taste amazing. And, if you want you grilled food to taste even better, here's my tip. It takes all of five seconds to set up, and takes your meal up to the next level:       Add a chunk of hardwood. Like, every time you grill.  Sur...

DIY Fail: Why You Should NOT Make Your Own Fire Starters from Coconut Oil

By: Chris July 17, 2017 15:23

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I guess the real problem with this project is that it actually worked. I mean — I succeeded in what I set out to do. I created two DIY variations on an easy-lighting, long-burning fire and grill starter using coconut oil. Coconut oil, which is solid at room temperature. Coconut oil, which is about the same price as beeswax and much easier to find. Coconut oil, which can easily be melted in t...

How to Make a Better Vodka Soda

By: Chris June 23, 2017 13:00

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...summer is a whole different beast. It's already warm — too warm — and your drink's job is to cool you down while keeping everything easygoing. You need something that works while standing next to the grill, or for sipping on the deck with your feet up. Enter the vodka soda. It's deceptively simple, and done well, incredibly satisfying. It contains no sugar and no brown or aged spirits (and therefore...

7 Things I'm Totally Obsessed with This Month (June 2017 Edition)

By: Chris June 21, 2017 13:29

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...ed the MP3's development in the late '80s, recently announced that its "licensing program for certain MP3 related patents and software of Technicolor and Fraunhofer IIS has been terminated." Bernhard Grill, director of that Fraunhofer division and one of the principals in the development of the MP3, told NPR over email that another audio format, AAC — or "Advanced Audio Coding," which his organization...

10 Awesome Kitchen Items You Probably Don't Own...But Totally Should

By: Chris June 21, 2017 11:00

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...is a real shame. Perhaps it's become too associated with healthy cooking...meaning it doesn't add any flavor. But 1) that's not true, and 2) sometimes you just need to partially cook something before grilling, searing, or sautéing. And steaming kicks boilings butt. An Asian-style (horizontal) steamer often beats those little folding insert things, cause you can stack up the layers and cook more food w...

How to Make a Folding Farmhouse Table from Reclaimed Wood

By: bryson June 15, 2017 14:00

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...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 cloth. I was noticing that a lot of the vendors carted in giant farm tables and fixtures...

Six Unexpected Things You Should Be Doing With a Blowtorch

By: bruno June 12, 2017 14:00

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...Tomatoes to Remove Skin Easily Peppers should be a whole food group, by themselves. If you get into cooking with them, eventually you'll run across a recipe that has you char the pepper on the grill, and then remove the skin. Here's an easier way: just place the vegetable on a flame-proof roasting sheet and hit it with your blowtorch until the skin is blackened. Then, let it sit in a covered con...

How to: Everything You Need to Create a Great Backyard Movie Experience

By: Chris May 30, 2017 15:00

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...U.S. Style Wool 3-Pound Military Blanket Rothco European Surplus Style Wool Blanket Swiss Army Blanket Rothco Grey Wool Rescue Blanket     The Snacks. If you're turning on the grill or lighting up the firepit, s'mores taste pretty great on a blanket in front of an outdoor movie screen. But if you want to keep things simple? Popcorn, duh. It's the movies. Not the microwave jun...

42 Awesome Father's Day Gifts You'll Actually Want to Give (or Receive) This Year

By: Chris May 24, 2017 15:45

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...s post. Murphy-Goode has been a ManMade partner a bunch of times before, including, most recently, our Young Man's Guide to Hosting Thanksgiving, and our post on 30 Things Every Man Should Know about Grilling. Their wines taste great, with complex flavors that actually enhance the flavor of the food you're eating.  Want to go deeper? Check out our Complete Guide to Understanding Wine, or our list of...

Eat This: 5 Authentic Cowboy Recipes to Make in a Cast Iron Skillet

By: Justin May 18, 2017 08:30

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There is nothing like a long day of hiking or horseback riding to get you in the mood for some good, hearty eating. And so the American West's roving cattlemen and cross-country venturers created a...