Some Neat Links For Ya

One of the best things about the internet, IMHO, is that there are allllllllll kinds of free and low cost books out there.  One of the absolute best for free cookbooks, homesteading, fiction, and general knowledge is and look on the left side of her page.  A couple of the freebie books today are on brewing beer at home.  WOOHOO!  LOL

I’ll post more links as I get the okie dokie from the owner.


There’s a newsletter from America’s Test Kitchen that I subscribe to that has some pretty kewl information.  It comes out weekly. The site also has Taste Tests, Equipment Reviews, Recipes and a How To Cook section.  This week’s newsletter has an article about how to prepare crispy chicken wings on the grill, from Cook’s Country.  You can see it the chicken wing prep here :



I got the ok from the folks over at to add them to my links page.  WOOHOO!  This gizmo is just flat AWESOME!  Especially if you’re like me and have better things to do with your time than sit and monitor the temperature on your charcoal grill/cooker/smoker.  I’ve mentioned it in passing a couple or 3 times in some of my posts, but here’s a bit more about it.  It looks like this:  IQ110

First off, it controls temperature.  Simple, right?  Simple is good!  LOL  It took me a whopping 20 minutes to get it set up the first time I used it, right out of the box.  First I hooked up the blower/sensor to the hose and to the large cup.  Then I fastened the cup to the frontmost vent hole of my Weber Silver (WS).  I used the high temp tape provided to close off the other 2 vent holes.  I took my bottom grill (for the charcoal), covered 2/3 of it with heavy duty aluminum foil, put my charcoal holder on the open area, filled it up and added a few chunks of smoke wood and put about 6-8 lit coals on top (this is called the Minion Method in case ya’ll don’t know), then put my cooking grate on.  I hooked up the sensor thermometer to the blower, fastened it to the middle part of my cooking grate, put the top on the WS and plugged in the IQ110.  I set the temp to 250 using the dial control on the sensor unit and sat back for about 30 minutes.  Yep, it ended up a little over 250, so I backed the control down a little bit.  WOOHOO!!

No fuss, no muss, no constant adjusting lower and upper vents.  Outstanding!!

My first attempt with it was an overnight brisket.  I’ve got that written up on my May 27 post on my main page.  All I can say is “Wow!”

Thanks, Barb and all the Pitmaster IQ folks!  🙂

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