Must Haves to Host the Best BBQ Cookout

What could be better than great food, good company and the outdoors? With a little extra effort on your part though it can become even more perfect. You'll need some essential equipment to host an unforgettable barbecue! Our experts' checklist will help you put it all together so that your guests have an awesome experience at your next cookout! 1. The Right BBQ Grill  What’s the perfect BBQ grill for you and your family? Whether it be a charcoal, electric, gas fired one, hibachi tables, teppanyaki, there are many different types available that will suit everyone.  In order to find out which...

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BBQ Deals on Veteran's Day - and the Marines Martini Recipe

Today is Veteran's Day - a day to celebrate anyone who has served in the U.S. military. (Memorial Day is when we honor anyone who has died while serving our country - not to be confused with simply a big BBQ bash day.) On my mission to find any connection between veterans and barbecuing - cuz, ya know, that's how Barbie Q operates - I discovered a number of BBQ deals across the country for veterans. I'm talking free food, not free grills, but we'll get to the latter later. It seems that either veterans have a hankering for bbq...

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Comfort Food for Election Day

Between blustery weather and stormy political divides these days, everyone could use a little comfort food on Election Day! Here are iBBQ's top picks for soothing the soul with home-cooked comfort food before or after you cast your votes tomorrow. Emeril's Castiron Honey Cornbread Emeril's Castiron Honey Cornbread from MarthaStewart.com Total Time: 25 min Prep: 10 min. Makes 8 servings Ingredients 2 cups yellow cornmeal 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon sugar 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk 1 large egg, lightly beaten 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 1 tablespoon vegetable...

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Fire Up the Grill -- It's Men Make Dinner Day!

Yes, it's true, it's National Men Make Dinner Day! Guys, the safest route to success is to incorporate a bbq into your dinner plans. Not to stereotype, but I know the caveman in you loves nothing more than an excuse to fire up the grill  (and speaking of stereotypes, we'll know men and women are equal in the household activities department when we have a National Women Make Dinner Day!) If you need a cheat sheet on what to cook, grillmaster Steven Raichlen - a man who makes dinner (and breakfast...and lunch...) every day - has designed 12 Signature Recipes...

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Autumn Table Decor - 4 Easy Centerpieces

Forget arranging flowers or worrying about wilting with these easy autumn table decor ideas. You can achieve a sophisticated look in just ten minutes with gourds, pumpkins, and candles... 1. The Clean White Pumpkin Look I love this little white pumpkin line-up from Town-n-Country Living.  White pumpkin centerpiece from Town-n-Country Living 2. Hoard Your Gourds! This fabulous hodgepodge of gourds and mini pumpkins makes for an eye-catching centerpiece that is simple to create. Gourd and pumpkin centerpiece from House Beautiful 3. Autumn Outdoor Decor White Buffalo Styling Co. suggests this great rustic autumn outdoor tablescape, with pumpkins, candles, and natural...

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4 Halloween BBQ - or Boo BQ - Party Tips

Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day - they are all obvious choices for bbq picnics. If your climate cooperates, think outside the box and host a Boo BQ this Halloween! Your friends and kids will love a Halloween BBQ and the smoke from the grill is a perfect spooky addition to any October bash. These tips will ensure that your Boo BQ rises above the typical ghostly or ghastly bobbing-for-apples costume party...   Halloween BBQ Tips for a Spooktacular Party 1. Gory BBQ Spread Halloween BBQs are not for the squeamish. Fire up some ribs and sausages and then...

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