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Everything for the grill

By Times staff

© St. Petersburg Times, published July 27, 2000


With outdoor cooking season in high gear, there is no lack of advice from professionals and gadgets from manufacturers to help you turn out great grilled foods. Here is a list of organizations offering tips and products.

GREAT GRILLING: Weber's Grill-Line is in full swing through Labor Day, with experts answering cooking questions by phone and e-mail. Call (800) 474-5568 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays or send e-mail to grillout@weber.com.

A 52-page booklet, Grilling Through the Seasons, includes recipes, grilling tips and an internal temperature guide for meat, poultry, fish and vegetables, and is yours for the asking. Grill Line callers can order a videotape, Mexican Grilling With Rick Bayless, featuring the chef-owner of Frontera Grill in Chicago, for $5.99.

FROM WISHBONE: Beefy Steakhouse Salad is among the recipes offered by Wishbone that use cuts such as ribeye, top round and sirloin marinated in bottled salad dressings, then grilled. For a free copy of "More Great Grilling," send a self-addressed, stamped, business-sized envelope to National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Dept. MGGWB, P.O. Box 670, Bloomingdale, IL 60108.

ARMCHAIR BARBECUE CHEF: Now you can grill from the comfort of your couch with the remote Wireless Grill Thermometer from Frontgate. This gadget lets you check the temperature of meat on the grill from up to 75 feet away. A metal probe measures temperature inside the meat and sends the data to a hand-held receiver. Like your steak medium-rare? The thermometer can sound an alarm at the desired level of doneness.

This doesn't come cheap, at $89 each, available at http://www.Ultimategrill.com or by calling (800) 626-6488.

SPICE OF LIFE: Learn how to use spices and seasoned dry rubs to liven up grilled foods by calling McCormick's hotline at (800) 632-5847 for meal ideas using Grill Mates seasonings and marinades. Callers also receive free recipes.

McCormick's Web site, http://www.mccormick.com, includes more spicy tips.

BARBECUE OUTFITTERS: ChefShop.com, a specialty food Internet business, has an array of barbecue tools, sauces, rubs and marinades that can make a barbecue novice look like an expert. To prevent singed fingers, try the flame-resistant barbecue gloves, or order wood chips for adding smoky flavors to meats. If all else fails, order a no-fuss meal-to-go kit. Products come with simple directions and recipes.

Check the Grilling Gifts page at http://www.Chefshop.com for sauces for meats, fish and poultry from the Southwest, Thailand, India and Morocco and other gifts for the barbecue aficionado.

SEALED WITH FLAVOR: Cooking foods in aluminum packets and foil bags on the grill seals in juices, making for a more flavorful meal and less mess, according to Reynolds Kitchens. Call (800) 745-4000 for the latest in recipes and tips and free brochures, including "Making Grilled Dinners Easier" and "Making Grilled Meals All-in-One," with recipes such as Caribbean Shrimp Packets and Pepper Steak With Black Beans. Request brochures or get recipes at http://www.reynoldskitchens.com.

BUFFALO BURGERS: Heartland Buffalo has all-buffalo burgers, hot dogs and steaks for a twist on the usual grilled fare (http://www.heartlandbuffalo.com). Touted as "heart-smart red meat," a buffalo dog contains only 3.5 grams of fat, compared with 13 in the average hot dog, and has more protein and iron

The USDA-inspected meat comes from non-endangered free-range buffalos that are free of hormones, steroids and antibiotics. Combo gift packs start at about $40. Call Heartland Buffalo at (800) 277-0125.

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