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HOW TO GRILL BRISKET, WHOLE CHICKENS (without a smoker)

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If you’re cooking a large cut of meat—like a whole chicken, or a prime rib, maybe—you’re probably gonna head straight to the oven and start roasting.

Today, though, we’d like to inspire you to get a little adventurous and go outside and grill those bigger cuts.

Large cuts of meat are easy when grilled correctly. If you’ve got the time to grill a roast, it is time well-spent.

Learn the technique with your grill to avoid burning too hot and ruining your meal. Read on for a quick guide on how to start cooking large cuts on the grill.

Why Grill Large Cuts?

When it comes to grilling large cuts—like roasts, whole birds, brisket, and pork butt, you can think of your grill as an oven that won’t heat up the house, with the added benefit of being able to add some smoky or charred flavor.

You may have shied away from cooking large cuts on the grill for fear of burning them, but done properly, a whole chicken or pork butt will grill up beautifully. All you’ll need to do is create heat zones—hot for searing, and indirect, low heat for slow roasting. This works on both charcoal and gas grills.

Plus, grilling large cuts allows you to cook for a crowd, without steaming up a crowded kitchen. It’s ideal (and delicious!) for any type of gathering.

The Best Large Cuts for the Grill

If it’s a bird, roast, or another large cut, you can probably find a way to successfully grill it. There are some tried and true methods for specific cuts, though. You can find easy-to-follow recipes for any of the following. Keep reading for some of our favorite recipes, too.

  • Whole chicken
  • Brisket
  • Tri-tip
  • Pork Butt
  • Ribs
  • Rack of lamb
  • Beef tenderloin
  • Sirloin cap
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How to Grill Large Cuts

There are a few universal rules for grilling large cuts of meat. Follow these, and you’ll be in for a perfectly charred, tender, and juicy meal.

1. Season your meat liberally (or marinate).

The first step to imparting bold flavor to your roast, whole chicken, or whatever it is you’re grilling up: Season liberally. A wet or dry rub works well on cuts like chicken or tri-tip. Marinades are also a great idea—you can even baste meat directly with saucy marinades.

For some cuts, you can build in even more flavor with a rich sauce. Think barbecue sauce-lacquered ribs, or pulled pork, made from grilled pork butt.

2. Get your grill ready.

The most important step of cooking large cuts is properly preparing your grill. As mentioned earlier, you’ll need to set up a high heat zone for searing, and an indirect heat area for slow-roasting your meat.

With a gas grill, you’ll want to turn all your burners to medium-low to first sear the meat and lock in flavor. Then, turn off a burner to lower the heat. With a charcoal grill, create a cooler zone by pushing the hot coals to the other side of the grill.

You’ll be closing the lid for most of the large cut’s cook time. It’s almost like an oven, with lots of hot air circulating around the meat.

3. Sear the meat.

A sometimes overlooked step, searing your meat is a great opportunity to build a crust and lock in juices. It works the same for chicken as it does beef or pork— simply sear all sides of your large cut for a few minutes on high heat. Then, lower the heat and grill-roast.

4. Grill low and slow.

For most large cuts, the low and slow approach will yield the juiciest, most tender results. For a whole chicken, you might expect the cook time to hover around 45 minutes to an hour (even faster if you spatchcock it).

For something like a pork butt or brisket, it’s an all-day investment. Expect to spend four to six hours of low and slow grilling for these cuts.

5. Add wood chunks, if you’d like.

One of the great advantages of grilling outside—whether you’re using a gas grill or charcoal—is the opportunity to use wood chunks. While you’ll find wood chips more readily available, they might burn out too quickly before your large cut of meat is done cooking.

Wood chunks, on the other hand, will burn for hours.

Different types of wood chunks will impart different smoky flavor profiles. Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • Try fruity woods – like apple, peach, or cherry for lighter fare like poultry or fish.
  • Stronger woods – like hickory, maple, or pecan deliver bold smoky flavor. They’re great for beef or pork.
  • Mesquite wood is the most intense. Use it sparingly with red meat.

6. Don’t lift the lid!

You may be tempted to peek in on your large cut of meat and see how it’s doing. But just like an oven, you’re wasting precious heat each time you do. Keep your checks to a minimum, like when you need to temp the meat to check for doneness.

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Our Favorite Large Cut Recipes for the Grill

Ready to get outside and grill some large cuts? Fire up the grill and get started!

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Things You Must Know Before You Buy Live Maine Lobsters

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Not all lobsters are created equal

maine lobster giftEvery company online claims to sell live Maine lobsters, but the truth is that most lobster comes from all over New England, and even some from Canada. Lobsters are shellfish, which filter water and therefore their taste is dependant on water temperature and quality. The colder, and cleaner the water, the better the lobster. It is recommended to purchase lobster form a source in Maine, New Hampshire or Canada, where the water is cold.

Know what you're paying for. Shipping or Lobsters?

If you try to compare the prices of lobster online one of the first things you'll notice is that the prices are all over the place. Some retailers include shipping, some retailers charge a flat rate, and some charge the actual shipping cost. This can make it incredibly confusing when trying to find the best prices. To find the best price, you should calculate the price of two chicken lobsters (1.0 – 1.25 pound) with shipping. This can be hard because many sites like to hide their shipping cost until you're just about to finish the order!maine lobster shipped free

 Lobster price and quality can differ throughout the year

New England weather and the life cycle of a lobster cause the price and quality of live Maine lobster to be quite different throughout the calendar year. In the winter months, especially January, February and March, the cold weather in New England hinders fishermen's ability to catch a large quantity of lobster. As a result, the price is extremely high during those months. The price is the lowest in the late summer and early fall when fishing is easier and the lobsters are plentiful. A lobster also molts its shell, causing the shell to be harder and softer at different times of the year. Lobster shells are the hardest in the spring. Fresh knuckle and claw lobster meat

Check the stores return policy because lobsters can die!

Make sure to check the return policy before you place your order. Lobsters are shipped life, and while they don't often die, it does happen. Make sure that you can get your money back if this happens. Some websites only refund the lobster prices and not the shipping. You may even want to call and ask what the refund policy is before you place your order.

Find out how the lobsters will be shipped

Shipping is a large percentage of the overall live lobster purchase. Make sure the store you buy from uses a reputable carrier. In our experience, FedEx is far more reliable than UPS or DHL. Their customer service and ability to deliver on time is far superior to any other carrier. Some stores even contract with a shipping logistics company to ensure that your packages are routed to their destination in the most efficient way. This is extremely important when purchasing anything that is alive and perishable.

Final Thoughts

lobster anywhereIn conclusion, buying lobsters online can be a large investment, so make sure you're using the best company possible. Unlike non-perishable merchandise, the manner in which lobsters are caught, handled and shipped can have a huge impact on the quality. If you make sure to follow these guild lines, you should have a great experience with live Maine lobsters.
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Perfect Oven Chicken Wings

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Each chicken wing is well seasoned with just the right amount of salt and pepper, so the dipping sauce is optional. Once you’ve mastered the technique you can switch out the sauce and make baked buffalo wings served with a side of ranch. Just make sure to keep this recipe on hand for a game day or other family get-togethers. Once you make your first batch I expect you will enjoy the results without all the excess frying oil.

Are chicken wings crispy in the oven?

The secret to making baked chicken wings crispy is drying as much moisture as possible from the skin, then lightly dusting it with baking powder, and cooking at high heat. Moisture on the surface of the chicken will create steam, which makes the skin soggy instead of crisp.Oven roasted chicken wings
By drying the skin thoroughly with paper towels eliminates the time it would require for the oven to dry off the moisture. A small amount of baking soda in the baking powder accelerates browning and creates bubbles that harden on the skin to enhance the crispy texture you desire.

High temperatures

The task here is to create a deep-fried like skin using consistent high oven temperatures. Baking at 450 degrees kick starts browning and cooking immediately. Placement on top of a greased wire rack ensures that the heat surrounds all sides of the chicken and that excess fat can drip to the pan and not make the chicken feel greasy. Make sure to flip the wings two times to ensure even cooking and heat dispersion.

Oven Baked Chicken Wings

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs Chicken Wing

Chicken Wing Rub

  • 2 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp cayenne
  • 8 Tbsp butter melted

Tangy Yogurt Dip

  • 2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp reserved dry rub
  • ¾ c plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ c sour cream
  • ¼ tsp cayenne
  • ½ tsp kosher salt

Instructions

  • Mix all dry rub ingredients except butter. Reserve 1 Tbsp of dry rub for the dip.
  • Pour dry rub over wings and mix well.
  • Place wings skin-side up on wire rack and refrigerate uncovered for one hour or overnight. You can skip this step and go straight to the oven, but that hour in the fridge really helps with crispiness!
  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Melt butter and brush gently over wings.
  • Bake wings in the oven. After 25 minutes, carefully open oven just enough to let some steam vent. Cook for 20 more minutes, or until the skin is crispy, and meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken wing — without touching bone — reads 165°F.
  • Mix all dip ingredients. This can be done a day or two in advance for maximum flavor.
  • Enjoy the best wings ever!
  • Chicken is done when internal temperature reaches 165°F, followed by a 3-minute rest. Cook time will depend on the cut size and cooking method.

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