• sip and swine 2021
    Competitions,  Event Summary

    Sip & Swine 2021

    Our first competition in almost exactly a year wrapped up with not so hot results. Many competitions were cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. Our last competition was actually the Sip and Swine event of 2020. We walked on stage last year, but was not as fortunate this year. Competition was very fierce, as teams from all over the country travelled to Lawrenceville, Georgia for this event. Anxious pitmasters chopping at the bit to get back to what they love – BARBECUE! Popularity of Sip & Swine One of the few events scheduled for early 2021, the 6th Annual Sip & Swine BBQ Competition attracted teams from Texas, The…

  • Honey Mustard Glazed Grilled Chicken Breast
    Chicken,  Equipment,  Proteins,  Recipes,  Tips & Tricks

    Tips for Grilling Chicken Breast

    Grilled chicken is like a blank canvas for flavor. By itself, chicken is flavorless and bland. How can you avoid charred-on-the-outside, raw-on-the-inside grilled chicken? Here are our tips for grilling the perfect chicken breast. Preparing the chicken breast for the grill As we know, dark meat is more flavorful than other parts of the chicken. The legs are richer and fattier than breasts, and the extra bit of fat goes a long way toward keeping the meat from drying out. However, for chicken breast, we can prevent the meat from drying out by submerging the meat in a brine or a marinade before grilling. Regardless of which cut you are…

  • i need a vacation
    RV Camping,  Travel

    Carrabelle Beach RV Resort Vacation

    Have you ever woke up one morning and thought, I really, really need a vacation? Especially, if you haven’t taken a REAL, soak up the sun, vacation in almost 3 years? Our last vacation –  summer 2017! – a cruise with our GBA barbecue friends. Despite living in the picturesque Appalachian foothills, we needed some sun and beach time. The campground needed to fit these essentials: accommodate our large rig as close to the ocean as possible (but cheaper than spots right on the water) be on the Emerald Coast budget-friendly My research discovered Carrabelle Beach RV Resort located between Carrabelle and East Point, Florida. We reserved a week and planned…

  • Pigpen Waterfall Oconee County South Carolina
    Travel,  Waterfalls

    Waterfall Hike on a Hot Sunday in July

    Are you as tired as we are about quarantining? Sick of looking at the same four walls each weekend? The cancellation of many bbq competitions has left us stranded at home. A couple of weeks ago, feeling a bit imprisoned, we ventured out on a hot July Sunday searching for a beautiful waterfall. Station Cove Waterfalls Living in the western Carolinas allows us quick access to some of the most beautiful, picturesque waterfalls in the southeast. Station Cove Falls is in the Sumter National Forest, Andrew Pickens Ranger District. At a height of 80′, it is a massive rock cliff formation that has to be seen to appreciate. The abrupt…

  • Big Green Egg Fired up
    Equipment,  Fish,  Recipes,  Tips & Tricks

    How to Choose Wood and Fuel for Your Smoker

    Choosing the type of smoking wood and fuel for your smoker doesn’t have to be difficult. Probably the most frequently asked question we get is do you smoke with lump charcoal or briquettes? Honestly, our answer is, “it depends.” Both have their benefits, however, both have disadvantages as well. More importantly, what type of charcoal you use depends more on what type of cooking vessel you are smoking with. Here are our thoughts on barbecue fuels. Pitmaster precautions First of all, never, ever, never use lighter fluid on lump or briquettes. Not all charcoal is created equal, nor do all grilling product manufacturers have a commitment to producing natural, healthy,…

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