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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1) TOP ROUND
(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”

2) RIB EYE
(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.

3) FILET MIGNON
(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!

4) T-BONE
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.

5) SKIRT STEAK
(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”

6) STRIP LOIN
(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.
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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! http://bit.ly/1kz5XyC

Outdoor Kitchen Essentials

Outdoor Kitchen Frame kit

Build your own outdoor kitchen!

When you are designing your outdoor kitchen, there are some features that you will want to explore ahead of time.  You will be able to make sure that you choose all of the right features that can compliment your cooking style and needs perfectly.

Some people will have some very specific needs, and there are many things that you can add to your outdoor kitchen to make it the perfect space for entertaining.

You will find that all of out kits come with plumbing features.  It will be very easy to add a water source to your island to add a sink, or refrigeration.  You will not have to go indoors to get the water you need when it is right there in your outdoor bbq island.

The size of your outdoor kitchen can be very important.  You want to make sure that you are providing counter space, and an area to store all of the items that you may not use often.  You will want to use your kit as soon as it arrives, and having an easy water source can help you to begin using this kit with running water much faster.

You will not need any outside help with the construction of your island kit.  This is something that is made to be constructed by the owner of the island.  This can give you a tremendous feeling of pride when you are able to use the island that you helped to construct.

It can be very helpful to begin exploring our site to find out what we offer for a bbq island. You will find that many features can make life much easier when you are cooking outdoors. Features for your grill can also be very important, and there are some great options out there.

Some of our grills have a side burner that can be used in addition to the grill.  This can give you the amenities of a full stove that you can use right from your backyard. This will allow you to do everything you need without going indoors during your next party, and you will be able to spend more time with your guests.

There are many great elements you can use for your outdoor kitchen to give this bbq island the right look for your home and entertaining needs.  You can find everything you are looking for an many new ideas with our help.

Summary: When you are designing your outdoor kitchen, there are some features that you will want to explore ahead of time.  You will be able to make sure that you choose all of the right features that can compliment your cooking style and needs perfectly.

 

BBQ Island Frame Kits

BBQ Island

We only use high quality steel construction in all of our bbq island kits.  This is something that our competition often cannot duplicate.  Your complete satisfaction is in mind when all of our kits are designed and produced.

You can find kits that are ready for plumbing, and this can allow you to do so much more with your island.

You can turn your bbq island into a complete outdoor kitchen with all of the amenities you would need outdoors.

The shape of your island can be a great place to start.  Some people want a straight island, and this can virtually be placed almost anywhere.  You can also choose from an “L’ shape that can be put in a corner.  This can help you to save space in your backyard.

You should make sure that you are paying close attention to the dimensions of any island you are interested in.  Once you decide and place your order you will receive cutouts that you can use to imagine how your bbq island will look in your backyard.  This can be very exciting, and you will be able to picture what it will be like to use this space to entertain all summer long.

You should explore all upgrades that are available when you are purchasing your kit.  This can show you what features you want to add on to better utilize your island.  A sink can be a great feature to provide running water to your island.

You may also need refrigeration, or ice bins to provide cold refreshments to your guests.  Storage can be another very important issue.  You will love having storage options to store all of your barbecue related equipment.

This is something that you will greatly appreciate later when you have adequate areas for storage in your island.  You will not have to run indoors to get all of the things you need each time you barbecue.

You can find a host of upgrades that can make your island more functional.  It can be very important to look at all of the upgrades that are available, before you choose your island kit. You want to make sure that you allow enough space for everything you want in your outdoor kitchen.

BBQ island kits can give you some great freedom when you are designing your kitchen.  This can be custom made to the way you enjoy grilling most.

Summary: We only use high quality steel construction in all of our bbq island kits.  This is something that our competition often cannot duplicate.  Your complete satisfaction is in mind when all of our kits are designed and produced.

 

Doors And Drawers BBQ Island Must Have Accessories

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When you are designing your outdoor kitchen, you will want to make some careful considerations about designing this station.  You will want to think about doors and drawers bbq island design.  Many people place a great deal of time making other considerations for their bbq island, but adding places for storage can be just as important as other accessories.

When you are first looking at an outdoor bbq island you will want to spend some time focusing on the capacity of storage that each island provides.  You will have many items that are related to barbecuing and you want to make sure that you have adequate storage for all of your items.  If you do not have the right storage, your grilling area can become quickly cluttered.

Providing doors and drawers to your island can also allow you to stock what you need ahead of time, and all of these items will be out of sight.  When you are planning each barbecue you have in your backyard, you will be able to determine what items you will need outdoors for cooking, and you can use all of the areas on your island to store these items.  This can give you easy access to what you need, and you will not have to stop and run inside each time you need a tool to help you with your barbecue.

You can find doors that match your bbq island perfectly.  Many people are most fond of stainless steel, and this is also very easy to clean and take care of.  You can have as much storage as you need on your bbq island, but you should always think about space when you are designing your island.

You do not want your island to take up too much space in your backyard.  It can also be a good idea to look at other features and accessories that you want for your bbq island.  You may need to reduce your storage a bit to make way for other features that can make outdoor cooking effortless.  We have many great features available that you can add to your island to make it easier to use outdoors.

Doors and drawers will match your bbq island perfectly.  You can add this to your island without worry that this will stand out, and all of the materials will blend together without looking awkward.  Doors and drawers bbq island that you can purchase when you are seeking out your bbq island, or you can choose to add this later.

Summary: When you are designing your outdoor kitchen, you will want to make some careful considerations about designing this station.  You will want to think about doors and drawers bbq island design.  Many people place a great deal of time making other considerations for their bbq island, but adding places for storage can be just as important as other accessories.

 

 

 

Choosing The Perfect Outdoor Grill For Your Outdoor Kitchen

Cal Flame Top Gun

There are so many options for an outdoor grill it can be overwhelming when you first start shopping. You want to make sure that you are choosing a grill that best suits your grilling needs. Whether you are a beginner, or someone with advanced grilling experience, there are many grills out there that can help you enhance the food you provide at your next barbecue.

Outdoor kitchens are becoming a very popular choice. You can have everything you need for a complete meal outdoors. Many people find it frustrating to run indoors constantly when they are grilling, and an outdoor kitchen can provide you with all of the amenities you would find in a full indoor kitchen.

The gas grill is often the choice of a serious outdoor cooking. This does not mean that you have to go without the taste of charcoal. You can easily add a smoker box to any grill you are most interested in to provide the flavoring of charcoal without solely using charcoal for cooking. This is an option for some of the gas grills that we offer, and this can be a great accessory.

You can add a side burner to your grill for your outdoor kitchen. A burner can provide you with a more extensive surface for cooking. You will not have to run indoors to use your stove when you have a built in burner on your grill. This is something you will want to think about when you are purchasing your grill. This will allow you to prepare side dished from your outdoor kitchen, and you will be able to cook them outdoors also with this burner.

When you are thinking about the features you want on your grill, you will want to take a close look at what other enthusiasts are raving about. This can show you what accessories are used the most by other enthusiasts with their outdoor grill. This can be a great way to provide even more options for your grill that can make barbecuing easier and even enhanced. There are new features being added to the market at all times.

When you are looking for your grill for your outdoor kitchen you will find that there are some great choices that can make it much easier for you to perfect your grilling skills. There are features that can give you all of the right tools to make your next backyard barbecue a success.

Summary: There are so many options for an outdoor grill it can be overwhelming when you first start shopping. You want to make sure that you are choosing a grill that best suits your grilling needs. Whether you are a beginner, or someone with advanced grilling experience, there are many grills out there that can help you enhance the food you provide at your next barbecue.

Creating The Perfect Outdoor Kitchen

BBQ Island in Cement Board

It can be a lot of fun designing your outdoor kitchen for your backyard. With so many options you will be creating your own custom kitchen with all of your personal needs in mind. This can give you a tremendous amount of free will to create the outdoor space of your dreams. You do not want to overlook any of the latest accessories, and this can give you some great options.

The grill will be the centerpiece of your outdoor kitchen. You should choose the grill you want to use first, and then you can begin looking for other accessories. Some grills also contain many accessories that you will want to explore, before you make your final decision.

Some grills have side burners that will allow you to keep food warm, or to make other dished outdoors. You can also find Cal Flame sear zone burners that will keep all of the moisture in your grilled foods. Drying foods out when grilling can be a very common issue that you may want to overcome with the right accessory.

It can be very helpful to look at reviews about grills to see what other outdoor grillers love the most. This can give you some great information you can use when you are exploring the many grills on our site. You should take a fair amount of time when you are choosing your grill as this will be the item in your outdoor kitchen that you use the most.

There is an assortment of different items you can add to your outdoor kitchen to make it more useful. Adding a sink will allow you to have running water in your kitchen. This can be very helpful and prevent you from running indoors each time you need to use the sink.

A refrigerator can also be a feature that you use often with your outdoor kitchen. You will be able to keep food at the proper temperature before grilling. This will also allow you a place to keep any other items that need to remain cold until it is time to eat. A refrigerator will provide you with many uses for your outdoor kitchen.

An outdoor kitchen can come in a kit allowing you to assemble this kitchen on your own. You will be able to locate your kitchen in the perfect spot on your property. This can give you the backyard you have always dreamed of, and you will be able to use this kitchen anytime you choose.

Summary:It can be a lot of fun designing your outdoor kitchen for your backyard. With so many options you will be creating your own custom kitchen with all of your personal needs in mind. This can give you a tremendous amount of free will to create the outdoor space of your dreams.

Choosing Your Island Frame Kit

Frame kit

An island frame kit for your grill can give you a very durable way to provide an outdoor bbq island for your space. We offer high quality frame kits that are designed with durability in mind. You do not want to sacrifice materials in order to save money. Your island kit should be looked at as an investment that will last for many years to come.
You can choose an island kit and add onto this bbq island. This can give you some great options for the future. Once you start grilling outdoors with your bbq island, you may have many ideas that you want to include in the kit for the future. This is something that you can easily enhance to ensure that you have all of the right options for your backyard bbq island.

You can add plumbing to any of our kits. This will give you a way to have refrigeration and running water. These are features that many people find can be very helpful when you are cooking outdoors.

Running water is something that is often needed during a barbecue, and you may find that you are continuously running indoors to find the source of water that you need. You can change all of this by adding running water for your island.

Refrigeration with your island can allow you to keep foods that need to be cold in this condition until you are ready to cook them. This can also allow you to keep other things in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve them. This is a feature on your island that you will find many uses for when you are cooking outside.

If you plan on adding to your bbq island in the future, you will want to make sure that you purchase a kit that is large enough to accommodate all of these features in the future. You will want to think about how large of features that you are considering and you can purchase a kit that is able to handle this addition later. With many different choices in kits, you can find many different sizes that can allow you to add on to this kit in the future.

Finding an island frame kit for your outdoor island can be very easy with all of the great choices we have to offer. This can give you the island that you have always wanted, and you can start grilling for the entire summer.

Summary:An island frame kit for your grill can give you a very durable way to provide an outdoor bbq island for your space. We offer high quality frame kits that are designed with durability in mind. You do not want to sacrifice materials in order to save money. Your island kit should be looked at as an investment that will last for many years to come.

A BBQ Grill For Summer Fun

Fire Magic Echelone 1060i Grill

There are many great choices offered when it comes to a bbq grill. You want to make sure that you are choosing all of the latest varieties when you begin seeking out the right grill for your needs. We only work with the top manufacturers when it comes to grills. You can find an assortment of grills on our site that will allow you to make your outdoor kitchen a reality.

One of the considerations you may have for a grill is size. You will want to find a grill that is the right size for your space. It can be a good idea to find out where you intend on placing this grill, and make sure that you have the right amount of space to place this grill. If you are using an island kit, measurements will be very important.

You can take some simple measurements, and find a grill island kit that fits perfectly. You do not want to skip this step, or you may not have the perfect space for your kit. Some simple preparation in the beginning can allow you to find something that works perfectly for your backyard space.

If you choose an island kit you will find that you will have to construct this when your kit arrives. Constructing your own bbq island can provide you with a great feeling of satisfaction when the job is complete. Each time you use your kit you will know that you completed the construction of this kit without any assistance, and this can give you a great feeling of pride.

You will also want to pay close attention to any accessories that you want to use with your grill. You will find grills that have a sear zone to keep juices in the meat where they belong. You can also find many grills that have a burner on the side to allow you even more cooking possibilities. Once you begin to explore accessories and features, you will likely find things that you want to add to your grill for an added outdoor experience.

When you are looking for a bbq grill, you will find some great options that can allow you to make the most out of your backyard this summer, and many more. Your outdoor grill is something that you will use for many years to come when you have the right manufacturer that has an awesome reputation.

Summary: There are many great choices offered when it comes to a bbq grill. You want to make sure that you are choosing all of the latest varieties when you begin seeking out the right grill for your needs. We only work with the top manufacturers when it comes to grills. You can find an assortment of grills on our site that will allow you to make your outdoor kitchen a reality.