SmartChef Review

SmartChef Review

I recently got a new smoker… again! Yea! Char-Broil sent me one of their new digital electric smokers, this one with more intelligent guts, the SmartChef digital electric smoker! What’s so smart about it? It’s run by a smart phone. That means I can set it up, check on it, modify what it’s doing, whatever, ... Read More »

Char-Broil Digital Electric Smoker Review

Char-Broil Digital Electric Smoker Review

It finally arrived! I’d been looking forward to the new Char-Broil Digital Electric Smoker since seeing one last May. I’d used electric smokers before, but they had issues with heating elements that were too small, or they weren’t able to hold enough wood chips to really add any smoke flavor. Some electric smokers use proprietary ... Read More »

The Char-Broil Big Easy

The Char-Broil Big Easy

This is the time of year to think about how you’re going to fix turkey. It’s going to happen on Thanksgiving, and may happen again on Christmas. But it is going to happen. The question is… How? I’ve cooked turkeys several ways. I’ve roasted them in the oven. I’ve grilled them after spatchcocking the. I’ve ... Read More »

The BBQ Sandwich, Rethunk

The BBQ Sandwich, Rethunk

The sandwich, whether pulled pork or brisket or rib-ends or pulled chicken, is at the heart of the barbecue world. Chicken and ribs don’t need bread, but it’s often served with it anyway. Traditionally, it’s been the same thing for years, though a great way to have bbq: a bun or bread, stuffed with meat ... Read More »

Ardbeg Galileo

There’s been some hype around the latest Ardbeg offering, Galileo. It’s been released in “limited” quantities to celebrate an experiment going on with Ardbeg whisky being aged in space. This isn’t a space-aged whisky, but only celebrates it. Ardbeg, in typical fashion, toured around with a semi truck pulling a big rocket, giving tastings here ... Read More »

New Review – Maguey Sweet Sap

New Review – Maguey Sweet Sap

Usually, when I try a product for a review, I find something I don’t like about it. I’ve not done some reviews just because I’m not a critic, and I want to say at least some good about whatever I review.  It’s pretty common to find things I like and maybe a couple things I ... Read More »

My first blind taste test

Marten, one of the frequent readers (thanks, Marten), and a member of Branndair Uisge Beatha Cuallach (the group of barbecuers that are joining me in whisky tastings), took pity on me after the group’s first blind taste test. Since I sent out the samples, I knew what the whisky was, so it wasn’t blind for ... Read More »

BUBC First Blind Tasting

The group of barbecue people that I’ve been talking whisky with finally got around to its first blind tasting! Well, for me, it wasn’t blind, but someone had to know what we were drinking. This is a long post, since it’s the first one about our blind tastings. It took a bit to put together. ... Read More »

Talisker 18 Review

I stopped at my favorite semi-local Scotch source, the Party Source in Newport, KY, this week. It’s about a 50 minute drive, but it’s really worth it. Most of the prices are pretty good overall, and they have one of the best selections of any liquor store within a decent drive. So my latest trip ... Read More »

Happy 2012!

It’s been quiet around Livefire lately. That’s mostly due to the fact that I haven’t been eating a lot lately, but I did want to wish everyone a really great 2012! I was asked about my 2012 grilling resolutions, and what I came up with was: Get back to more outdoor bread baking, especially sourdough ... Read More »

Quick BIC Giveaway

I’ve recently posted a quick review of the BIC Flex Multi-Purpose Lighter, and it did pretty well for an all-around lighter for grilling. The nice people at BIC have also offered a giveaway of three lighters to be sent directly to the winners. It’s not a free grill or anything, but it is a very ... Read More »

ManCave Review

I’m back! It’s been way too long, but I am finally writing again. This spring took me to Chicago (I’ll have some info on that soon) and then to Florida for my nephew’s wedding, followed by a quick trip to a great city, Savannah. But I need to catch up on some reviews that I’ve ... Read More »

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