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Grilling Good Eats 3How much charcoal should I use? How long does charcoal stay hot? What kind of grill should I buy? Which is better, gas or charcoal? Do I put the lid on or leave it off? Are those wood pellets any good?

These are all great questions. Whether you’re new to grilling or are looking to expand on your grilling expertise, you’re reading the right source. The answers are here.

This is a grilling 'how to' website for beginners, weekenders and experienced hands alike.  There's something for everyone here, consider this source as a blueprint for backyard grilling.

I take great pleasure in grilling good eats!

~ Mike Thayer

Keeping the grill clean

By Mike Thayer

Wiping down the WeberYes, the outside of the grill needs cleaning too.

Today I'm taking advantage of a light rain, there's not a better time to wipe down the Weber with some warm, soapy water and let the light rain do the rinsing!

After last night's grilling adventure - which ended around midnight - the grill was still too warm to cover.  And this morning, it was already starting to sprinkle by the time I got outside and since covering a wet grill is a big NO NO (hello premature rust!), I broke out the sponge and a bit of soap.

This will help maintain the exterior of the grill, removing any greasy residue, dust, etc., all those things that would contribute to a faded or tarnished finish if allowed to remain on the grill.

And if you and your grill are located in an area that's a harsher than normal environment like exposure to salt water, acid rain, high soot or chemicals... You'll want to do the soap down and rinse more often.  Don't use any abrasive chemicals or things like brillo pads to clean the exterior of your grill, that will do more harm than good.

Regular wipe downs of your grill will keep that finish looking shiny good for years and it only takes about 5 minutes of your time to do.

Grill on!



Drink Review: Brown Sugar Bourbon from Heritage - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

Blended and flavored whiskeys are red hot right now, consumer demand for brown spirits continues to rise with American Whiskey in particular seeing some phenomenal sales growth.

Regular readers know that I am a fan of flavored whiskey, I've always got a bottle of something in my freezer for a chilled shot or a flavored specialty in the liquor cabinet to enjoy on the rocks.  My favorite in all this tasting fun so far, has been Skrewball Peanut Butter Flavored Whiskey.  It is without question the best chilled shot in a flavored whiskey I've ever had.

BSBToday's tasting, is BSB, Brown Sugar Bourbon made by the Heritage Distilling Co.

Here's the description from the Heritage website: 

BSB® - Brown Sugar Bourbon tastes both sweet and indulgent, featuring strong notes of cinnamon and brown sugar that create a classic whiskey warmth.  

Experience why BSB® was named the “World’s Best Flavoured Whisky” 2 years in a row by Whisky Magazine's World Whiskies Awards 2018 & 2019.

That's saying something right there, earning that kind of accolade.  And one year voted best could be a bit of a fluke - a distiller smartly taking advantage of a flavor profile trend - but voted best two years running?  Nope, not just a trend.  This whiskey is for real and the best flavored whiskey vote from Whiskey Magazine isn't the only source of awards either.  Check out the list here.

As always, I tried this whiskey neat, on the rocks and in a chilled shot.  It's very good any way served.  Brown sugar and cinnamon are a fantastic pairing and you get those notes as soon as you open the bottle.  The warm finish is long lasting and reminds you of having french toast for breakfast.  It is on the sweet side that makes for a fine sipping whiskey.  I would put it in the dessert whiskey category.  Heritage has a few drink recipes and other suggestions on their website.  Spiked BSB Whipped Cream anyone? 

I paid $19.99 for a 750ml bottle and the BSB Brown Sugar Bourbon from Heritage is DEFINITELY worthy of a repeat buy, I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It's reasonably priced and quite tasty.  Find a place for it in your liquor cabinet.

5 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends.....

My neighborhood liquor store has been offering this in the sample size to see if it's popular enough to put on the shelves, and it's been selling like hotcakes!  TIP:  Taking advantage of those sample size offerings is a fantastic way to find out if you like a particular liquor enough to buy a full size bottle.  Samples typically cost between $1 and $3.  If you find you don't like something in the sample size, there's no full size bottle buyer's remorse.