Memorial Day Barbecue Tips and Tricks

With Memorial Weekend right around the corner we thought sharing an inspirational story and some tried and true Memorial Day Barbecue Tips and Tricks would be fitting for this weekend. We hope you enjoy the article and welcome your feedback.

Memorial Day

Even if your party is a casual backyard barbecue with friends and family you still want to make sure that you put time and effort into planning it. This will ensure that it goes smoothly for both you and your guests. Allowing everyone to enjoy each others company and the beautiful weather.


Your DIY BBQ outdoor kitchen is the best place to start when planning how you will prepare and serve your feast.

~Serve vegetables instead of chips. Grill vegetables on the grill, whip up an easy sauce that looks like you spent hours preparing and serve as appetizers.

~Keep your flame low, plan ahead and you can cook your food at a lower temperature which reduces the likelihood of burning or char marks.

~Serve fruit as a dessert instead of a rich cake or heavy sugar laden dessert. Your guests will have filled up on your grilled vegetables and other sides. Fruit is a perfect light pairing, especially for warm days.

~All food has to be at least 140 degrees, and smoked food should be between 180 and 220. In addition to keeping watch on meat temperatures, keep your work area and tools clean.

Now that you have mastered the art of the perfect backyard barbecue, don’t forget to take some time to honor the brave men and women in uniform, past and present. Memorial Day parades and ceremonies are held in most towns and cities. Look for your local one and support the men and women who have served our country.

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“Freedom lies in being bold.” -Robert Frost

“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” -George Washington



How Much Do We Know About the Various Meat Cuts on the Market?

I thought this week we could cover some of the more popular meat cuts that we see in the store. I know when I shop I sometimes find myself overwhelmed when it comes to beef, then just end up buying chicken instead. Here is a great breakdown of those more common cuts and how to marinate, cook and serve them.beef


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(AKA London broil)
Very lean with mild flavor; dense and slightly chewy.
Inexpensive with no fat to trim off, so more meat for your money; even shape makes it easy to slice thin.
Marinating will tenderize the meat.
Best served rare to medium (overcooking will turn this cut into leather).
Must be carved very thin, against the grain.
Great cold for sandwiches.
“Best Buy”

(AKA Delmonico steak)
Naturally tender cut cooks up juicy, with a rich flavor of caramelized meat.
Can be sold bone-in for rib lovers and for a more dramatic presentation.
Lots of marbling makes it self-basting.
These steaks are pricey, so look for ones with a large “eye” and less surrounding fat.

(AKA tenderloin steak)
Its mild flavor and tenderness make it the perfect canvas for a starring sauce.
Expensive, but unlike other cuts, it doesn?t need to be trimmed and doesn?t shrink much during cooking.
Avoid acidic marinades — they’ll deteriorate the fine grain and make the meat mealy.
Best eaten rare to medium.
Lean and tender enough to be eaten cold.
Skip the steak knife — it cuts like butter!

Nothing says “steakhouse” like a T-bone. Great for steak lovers who eat with their eyes first.
Combines two contrasting cuts in one sitting — part of the delicate tenderloin and robust, juicy strip.
The bone adds flavor and seals in juices.
Perfect for carnivores who feel the meat’s just a vehicle for getting to gnaw on the bone.

(AKA fajita steak)
Good bang for your buck — juicy and flavorful; quick-cooking and versatile.
Firm, accordion-like grain soaks up dry rubs and marinades.
Best served rare to medium-rare. Anything more toughens the meat.
“Best Buy”

(AKA strip steak; New York strip steak; shell steak)
A beef-lover’s steak — you can really taste the steer.
A trophy cut — tenderness, succulence and a satisfying chew.
Low maintenance: cooks evenly, ideal for a variety of cooking methods (grilling, broiling and pan-roasting).
Serve rare or medium-rare: This cut turns mealy when overcooked.
“Best Buy”


May is National Barbecue Month ~ What can DIY BBQ do for you?

Welcome to the first week of May! officially National Barbecue Month! That is a big deal for DIY BBQ. We believe that having an enjoyable place to spend your free time with friends and family is very important. Our goal is to help our customers develop the backyard paradise of their dreams. Whether it is to entertain large parties or for small family gatherings, we have everything that you need to design your barbecue island. We have options for small outdoor kitchens or large ones depending on your available space and your personal needs. Please feel free to check out our Sizzlin Specials this month to scoop up one of our great deals on BBQs and more!
Give our office a call with any questions you have or send us an email of your dream backyard plans and we can price your island and appliances out for you.



Brighten Up Your Backyard With A Beautiful Fire Pit Table

Want to design your perfect oasis? Look no further!

With many color choices to choose from for your base and counter top you can create the perfect backyard oasis with one of our fire pit tables. Enjoy an evening with family and friends sitting under a big starry sky with the flicker from your newly installed and custom designed fire pit.

 Firepit Table

We also have many fire glass options that you could add to your fire pit. These vibrant colors deliver an even brighter and more enchanting experience for all your entertainment needs. Whether you choose a reflective color such as Starfire that gives the illusion of fire and ice or sparkling diamonds. You may also want to try the Bronze Reflective fire glass. This option goes well with any color fire pit or fireplace and works perfectly with dark colored décor and hard wood floors. You can mix and match colors for accenting. All of our fire glass is quality inspected to ensure an elegant appearance and 100% customer satisfaction.

 Bronze Fire Glass Starfire Fire Glass


You have the option of ordering your fire pit with either propane or natural gas, depending on your needs.

This item typically ships in 1 to 2 weeks

Manufactured by Cal Flame

  • Dimensions: 48” x 48” x 20”
  • Ameristone Stucco Finish
  • Log Set with Lava Rocks: 4 pieces at 16 inches
  • Burner BTU Output: 55,000
  • Standard Feature Ventilation
  • Propane and Natural Gas Convertible
  • 1 Year Warranty

Please note that this is a made to order item so therefore is not returnable once you complete your purchase. Takes 5-7 Business days for production.

You can also order one of our do it yourself kits to which the options are endless for your creativity and design ideas! Check out this link to see a picture of one of our do it yourself kits after it was completed!

Make perfect pizzas right in your own backyard with one of our pizza oven kits.

With summer right around the corner now is the perfect time to get started on that outdoor pizza oven you have been dreaming of. You can add it to your existing barbeque area very easily or build a freestanding one, either option you decide on DIY BBQ can help you design and build the perfect outdoor pizza oven to suit your needs. We have many options available with easy to build kits. With step-by-step instructions that will walk you through every step and directions on how to season your oven before the first use, you will be enjoying your backyard summers before you know it.

perini wood fired pizza oven by brickwood ovens (3)

These ovens are capable of not only producing amazing pizzas but also roasting chicken or your meat of choice, simmering beans and stews and baking desserts.

With our perfectly sealed ovens and heat distribution

your pizzas take just 4 minutes on average to cook.


We have a regular size kit that is 23”W x 17”H x 32”L

or a larger kit that is 27” W x 19”H x 41”L

Check our Facebook page for outdoor pizza oven recipes in the next several weeks. We are excited to give you some ideas on how to entertain your family and friends this summer by using your newly built pizza oven!