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Grilling, Barbecue and Southern Foods Expert

Elizabeth Karmel

Chef, Author, Media Personality

     North Carolina native Elizabeth Karmel was raised on barbecue—at roadside stands, neighborhood cookouts and county fairs—but it wasn’t until she moved away from home that the barbecue love affair began.  When it wasn’t at her fingertips, she had to learn how to smoke it herself and a pit-mistress was born.

     Karmel, a.k.a. Grill Girl is a nationally respected authority on grilling, barbecue and Southern food.  She is the founding Executive Chef of Hill Country Barbecue Market in NYC, Brooklyn and Washington, DC, and NYC and Brooklyn’s Hill Country Chicken.  She developed the award-winning menu and flavor profiles from the meats to the sides and desserts for both restaurant concepts. 

     On July 4, 2012, The New York Times awarded Hill Country Barbecue Market NYC 2 stars and a glowing review that read like a love letter to barbecue and the Hill Country concept.

     As a sought after media personality, Karmel writes for, and is frequently featured in an array of national magazines from Bon Appetit to Better Homes & Gardens, and was named one of the top 100 chefs by Saveur magazine.  She appears regularly on all the network morning shows and is a guest judge on Chopped, Beat Bobby Flay and Iron Chef.  She has appeared on a number of Food Network shows and hosted her own special on The Cooking Channel. 

     She writes a bi-monthly column for the Associated Press called The American Table and is the author of three acclaimed cookbooks.  She designs an innovative line of outdoor cooking and kitchen tools, and recently introduced Elizabeth’s Everyday Essentials line of French porcelain by Revol. 

     Karmel is the founder of the decade-old, gender-breaking GirlsattheGrill.com.  Follow her @GrillGirl, Instagram @ElizabethKarmel and like her fan page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/ElizabethKarmel/201250523244938.

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Find out what the girls recommend including a checklist for picture perfect grilling
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Women are always looking for short-cuts and tips when it comes to cooking. Find out what the girls recommend including a checklist for picture perfect grilling. Print it out and stick it on your fridge to keep tips top of mind while you’re cooking. We won’t steer you in the wrong direction.

Top Ten Tips!

  1. Know the difference between the direct and indirect grilling methods and when to use them.
  2. Always preheat your gas grill with all burners on high or wait until charcoal briquettes are covered with a gray ash
  3. Oil the food, not the grates!
  4. Cook with the lid down–it reduces the cooking time
  5. Never cook on a grill that is hotter than 600 F.
  6. Clean the grill grates twice every Cook-Out with a brass bristle brush–before and after you cook.
  7. Place food “across” the cooking grates so thin items don’t fall through the grates and you get maximum grill marks.
  8. Flip only once halfway through the cooking time.
  9. Brush with BBQ sauce only during the final 10-15 minutes of the cooking time.
  10. Always let your food rest before cutting into it.

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Learn key safe grilling techniques
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By following a few simple precautions, you can ensure that all of your barbecues are as fun and safe as they are delicious:

FIRE SAFETY TIPS

Never place the grill close to a combustible material. The outside of the grill can radiate a lot of heat and accidental ignition could result if placed too close to wood, paper or other flammable material.

Make sure that your grill is of sturdy construction and doesn’t wobble or lean to one side.

When you’re done grilling, place the lid on the charcoal grill and close all vents. Turn a gas grill off at the burners and the source.

Know where your fire extinguisher is and have it handy it case of a mishap. Closing the lid will reduce the oxygen and eliminate the flare-up.

FOOD SAFETY TIPS

Food safety concerns should be just as important to you as fire safety. Just follow these few tips to keep your meals as safe as can be!

Wash your hands thoroughly with hot, soapy water before starting any meal preparation and after handling fresh meat, fish and poultry.

Do not defrost meat, fish or poultry at room temperature or on a countertop. Defrost in the refrigerator.

Never place cooked food on the same platter that the raw food was on. This will prevent cross-contamination

If a sauce will be brushed on meat during grilling, divide the sauce, reserving part for brushing and part for serving at the table, or bring a basting sauce to a full rolling boil before serving.

Wash all platters and cooking utensils with warm soapy water.

Use two pairs of tongs, set one aside to handle raw food and mark with red tape (Red=Stop) and one to handle cooked food and mark with green tape (Green=Go). Only use the “red” tongs for raw food and the “green” tongs for cooked food. This will help prevent cross-contamination.

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Learn how to choose the right grill How to shop for a grill Differences between gas and charcoal grills
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NUMBER 1: CHOOSING YOUR GRILL

Gas vs. Charcoal

The first decision you need to make is what kind of grill to use. Both grills produce great food, so choosing is basically a lifestyle choice—although some of us who are grill obsessed avoid making a choice, and use both!

If the grill fits…cook on it!

Ask yourself if you like to do the following to figure out which grill fits your lifestyle…

Charcoal Grill

  • Building, starting and maintaining the fire
  • Disposing of ashes, cleaning the grill
  • Portable, easy to move
  • Costs less initially but charcoal has to be purchased for each cookout

Gas Grill

  • Preheats and is ready to cook in 10 minutes
  • Low fire maintenance
  • Easy to light and to control cooking temperature
  • Easy to operate and cleanup
  • Inexpensive to maintain

 NUMBER 2: SHOPPING FOR A GRILL

So, you’ve decided to buy a new grill or perhaps your first grill. You should approach this purchase just like buying any other major appliance. First, determine your needs and your budget. Then do the research. You want to make sure that you get the maximum grill for the money.

As you are researching your purchase, consider the following points:

  1.  How much will you use the grill? Are you are an every-night griller, weekly, monthly or a special occasion griller? For more frequent use, look for grills with heavy-duty enameled, stainless-steel or cast-iron cooking surfaces and a larger cooking surface.
  2. How many burners are there? If you are going to cook foods by indirect heat (and once you start grilling, you will definitely want to!) you need to make sure that your grill can be set for indirect heat. This means you need a minimum of two burners that go around the circumference of the cooking box. Three or more burners are even better. If in doubt, call the manufacturer before purchasing your grill.
  3. How sturdy is the grill? Will it roll or topple over in a strong wind? What if the neighbor’s dog comes sniffing? Feel free to kick the tires a bit before purchasing.
  4. Remember, if you buy the right grill, it will serve you well for years and you won’t have to replace it every year. If you are looking at gas grills, make sure the propane tank is a safe distance from the igniter and burners.
  5. What is the warranty? How long is the grill covered? When does the manufacturer recommend replacing the grill? What parts are covered, not covered? You should expect that any parts that a manufacturer doesn’t cover will need to be replaced. A well-made grill should last years, even decades before it needs to be replaced.
  6. Does the grill come with accessories that you will use? A side burner looks great on the showroom floor, but if you don’t already have a need for it, chances are you’ll end up wishing you had an extra work surface instead of a side burner. Also beware of too many shelves on a gas grill, some shelves can not be removed and thus all the food has to be under 4″ thick, meaning no grilled turkey, whole chicken, squash, roasts and other large foods. A glass window will blacken very quickly with use and runs the risk of breaking. If the accessory looks nifty, ask yourself the simple question: will I use it or is it just a gimmick?
  7. How large a grill do you need? For almost everyone, a standard size grill (3 or 4 burners) will suffice. But make sure that you don’t use this as your excuse to buy a grill that won’t go the distance.
  8. Remember, the better grill you buy, the more you will use your grill and the louder the applause you’ll get for your grilled meals! The grill always looks bigger in the store before you fill it with food to cook.

Now that you’ve thought about your grill needs, if you are like most of Americans today, you’re leaning towards the easy to light, easy to clean, gas grill. If you and/or your family still need convincing, read on. My informal poll of women tells me that 9 out of 10 of us grilling gals prefer gas to charcoal.

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Learn the "Cliff Notes" for outdoor cooking
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We are always looking for tips to preparing fool-proof meals. Below are the top ten grilling dos and don’ts, Think of them as the “Cliff Notes” for outdoor cooking!

  • Know the cooking methods: direct, indirect and combo
  • Do not peek under the lid; every time you lift the lid, heat escapes and the cooking time increases.
  • Do not add flammable liquid to the fire; this means, no lighter fluid. Use either crumbled newspaper or fire starter cubes.
  • Remember to keep the air vents open, otherwise the fire will go out.
  • Make sure charcoal briquettes are grey-ashed before cooking.
  • Do not flip more food more than once unless a recipe specifically requires it.
  • Do not move or turn meat with a fork; this lets all the yummy juices and flavor escape.
  • Control flare-ups with a closed lid, not a spray bottle filled with water.
  • Use an instant-read meat thermometer. It reads the internal temperature of meat and poultry in a matter of seconds and is only fail-safe way to test for doneness.

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Personalized "how to buy" the right grill for you Choose the grill that's right for you, right for your budget and right for your lifestyle Purchasing the right accessories for your grill and set up
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Online - Advising
Adult

Are you in the market for a grill? Don't get blinded by all of the bells and whistles on the showroom floor. Let Elizabeth Karmel help you make the right decision to buy a grill that will last for years and years of delicious grilling and barbecue. Together you will assess your lifestyle and your budget to come up with a specific grill that will meet all of your needs.

In this one hour phone-based session I will help you decide what kind of grill fits into your lifestyle based upon how you want to use it and your budget.  I will identify the appropriate grill and accessessories to set you up for sucess.  

Whether you are buying your first grill or your tenth grill, this oppotunity will help you make the right choice.

 

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Learn how to season your grill and why it's important Learn the difference between direct and indirect heat and when to use it Learn which accessories you need and which you don't need to grill your favorite foods Uncover the secrets of the grilling trilogy and how it will change your grilling life
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So now that you have a grill; what are you going to do with it?  Learn the fundamentals of grilling from Elizabeth Karmel.  In this one-to-one session, Karmel will explain how outdoor cooking is 10% skill and 90% the will to grill.  Together you will identify your favorite foods to grill and learn the specific tips that will make you a great griller in your own back yard.

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Learn how to grill the perfect ribs

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Learn how to use indirect heat when grilling

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Great blog post on how to use indirect heat to grill the perfect meat

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Learn how to cook brisket

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A blog post on barbecuing the perfect brisket

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  • Cooking & Beverage: Grilling & Barbecue

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