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Father's Day - Sunday, June 19, 2016

Steak and Potatoes!

Fathers' Day is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday in June since being made a national holiday in 1966.

Instead of just a telephone call, a card, or a new tie or shirt, how about making your Father a great meal he will always remember, treasure, and put a smile on his face? Maybe - just maybe, Dad will want to do the grilling, barbecuing, and/or smoking of the meats himself.

grilled filet mignon

What food do most Fathers like - Beef of course!

The beef can be grilled, barbecued, or roasted. It doesn’t matter, as long as it is beef and tastes great. How about giving your Dad a perfectly cooked steak to his liking? Nothing says "I love you" to a man like a perfectly cooked steak. You will definitely reap the rewards of a very happy father this year.

Learn how to
Cook the Perfect Steak

Using dry heat is the best way to cook steaks and other tender cuts of meat. Dry heat cooking causes the exterior of the meat to brown and caramelize which gives the steaks a richly browned complex flavor. This is partly a result of the sugars inherent in the meat going through a series of complex reactions called the "Maillard reaction." The moisture on the surface of the meat also evaporates and the juices becomes concentrated, forming the appealing brown crust.

Purchasing Steaks

Cooking Perfect Steak Recipe

Types of Beef Steaks

Favorite Steak Recipes


How to Make the Perfect Baked Potato

The perfect baked potato has crisp golden skin on the outside and is pure white and fluffy on the inside. It's very easy to bake the perfect potato. If you follow the easy guidelines below, you will always have perfect baked potatoes!

perfect baked potato



Cook-Out or Barbecue for Father's Day

Planning a cook-out or barbecue for Father's day is easy, fun, and can be stress-free, if you plan ahead and keep it simple. Check out some of America's favorite summer foods below.

Smoked Pork Ribs on the Barbecue


Sometimes called ’side ribs’, there are a few names in the pork world that simply stand out above the rest in terms of familiarity and popularity, and ’spareribs’ is certainly one of them. They are guest stars at uncounted backyard gatherings and almost synonymous with ‘food’ in a handful of your classic American towns where barbecue is king!

Jalapeno Jerk Baby Back
Ribs with Pineapple Barbecue Sauce
Smoked Pork Ribs
Memphis-Style Smoked Spareribs
Blackberry Barbecued Ribs

Louisiana Crawfish Boil
What looks, tastes, and smells like seafood, but doesn't come from the sea? It's crawfish, a freshwater shellfish that is considered a Louisiana delicacy. Crawfish boils are wonderful messy affairs, best suited for the outdoors. Boiling crawfish is a festive event and eating it is thirsty work, so we made sure to have lots of beer on hand. Check out the photo tutorial.


Cajun Fried Turkey
This is the best way of cooking a turkey I've ever tasted. The turkey is anything but greasy as the deep-frying process seals the outside and the turkey remains incredibly juicy, while the skin gets wonderfully crispy. Check out the photo tutorial.




Beer Butt ChickenBeer Butt Chicken - Beer Can Chicken - Drunken Chicken
This chicken is the juiciest cooked chicken you'll ever try! The beer inside the can steams the chicken making it so tender and juicy. Everyone likes to watch the preparation and the cooking of this chicken as it looks so weird on the barbecue grill. Great entertainment!




Great cooks use a Cooking Thermometer as their guide - NOT a clock.

Always follow internal cooking temperatures to be safe!

Internal Temperature Cooking Charts - meat, poultry, seafood, breads, baked goods, and casseroles

A cooking or meat thermometer should not be a "sometime thing." A cooking thermometer can be used for all foods, not just meat. It measures the internal temperature of your cooked meat, poultry, seafood, breads, baked goods, and/or casseroles to assure that a safe temperature has been reached and that harmful bacteria (like certain strains of Salmonella and E. Coli O 157:H7) have been destroyed.

Cooking and Meat ThermometerLearn how to read and use an Internal Meat and Cooking Thermometer.

Cooking thermometers take the guesswork out of cooking, as they measures the internal temperature of your cooked meat, poultry, seafood, baked goods, and/or casseroles, to assure that a safe temperature has been reached, harmful bacteria have been destroyed, and your food is cook perfectly.


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