Monthly Archives: June 2012

Colorado Springs Grill Disposal and Recycling

When you mention the word “barbeque” to a foodie you could be sparking an intense debate between Memphis style versus Kansas City style of BBQ. Is dry rub better than marinade? What’s the best wood for smoking? What about dipping sauces? Yes, a barbeque conversation can go on for hours. The best way to talk about barbeque is actually while enjoying barbeque. Just because we live in Colorado Springs doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate a good ol’ fashioned BBQ cook-out. In fact, the recent Boats, Bands and BBQ held its 12 Annual event over at the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo. This HARP event featured a chicken wing and ice cream eating contest. However, the main attraction had to be the Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned cook-off of professional grillers. These are folks who took their BBQ very seriously.

It was expected that the event would draw around 48 teams from around the country. The goal was simple: cook any kind of ribs any kind of way and grill something using Pueblo chilies. This was definitely a competition everyone can sink their teeth into! What’s amazing about these contests is that the chefs don’t just cook for the judges. They’re also cooking for all the event goers. Translation: For one small fee you could sample the most amazing BBQ ever to hit the Colorado area. All it takes is for one new dry rub ingredient or sauce tasting to inspire you to rush back to your own backyard grill to try your hand at some BBQ ribs or tri-tip.

Getting the right ingredients and cut of meat is only half the battle. You also have to make sure your grill is up to the challenge. What kind of shape is your current grill in? If it spent the winter in the backyard it took a beating. Even keeping the grill covered would still expose it to snow, rain and wind and that’s just the outside. On the inside of the grill you might find that your starter button is no longer working or your flames aren’t firing up as they should. All of that points to the simple conclusion that it’s time for a new grill and this is the perfect time to go grill shopping. Stores are eager to move their grills out at the beginning of the summer and you might find a decent bargain.

After buying your grill and waiting for it to get delivered, you’ll have to take care of the old model. Yes, it served you well over the years but now it’s time to say good-bye. A team of professional junk haulers like Junk King Colorado Springs will help make the “good-bye”  as hassle free as possible. This is because they’ll be able to load up that old grill on the back of their truck and have it properly disposed of. You’ll also be able to load up the trunk with even more junk that has seen better days like old patio furniture or clutter from the garage. When everything is clear, you can focus on what is truly important: perfecting your BBQ recipes!

Colorado BBQ Cleanup

Summer has arrived and that sizzling sound you hear will be your neighbors firing up their backyard BBQ grills. If there is one thing that should inspire you to get your grill on it’s that amazing smell of BBQ. Seasoned backyard grillers all have their own time tested methods for grilling up the best BBQ but one thing they will all agree on is creating the right environment for a backyard BBQ.

If you’ve got a new grill you’re happy with then you want to make sure to keep that grill in top shape. Believe it or not, food won’t stick to a clean grill. That’s why it’s essential they you give you grill a good scrubbing after every use. In fact, the best time to clean a grill is when it is still hot. The moment you take any kind of meat off a grill, you should let it rest before digging in. During that time take a good grill brush and give your BBQ the once over. By the time you’re down scrapping off the grill, you’re dinner will be ready.

Clearly, you need fire to grill. The old school method is a bag of charcoal, a dash of lighter fluid and a match. New and improved grills have propane lighters with automatic starters. One takes time to prep while the other is just a push of the button. However, with either choice you also have the option to kick up your grilling by adding flavor to your fuel. Mesquite wood is a perfect choice but there are many other flavor varieties of wood that can be added to pretty much any fire that will enhance your grilling experience.

Speaking of fuel, you also need to master the difference between direct and indirect heat. Thin cuts of meat are best prepared over direct heat while bigger items like chicken or some veggies are best grilled over indirect heat. This when you should separate your grill into two zones: Direct, with the fire flames going and indirect, with the heat but not the flames. Also, the top chefs suggest that you grill food at room temperature not cold right out of the ice box. Take your stuff out for at least 30 minutes before tossing it onto the grill.

Naturally, you’re going to need a decent BBQ grill to get all this accomplished. If you’ve got an old grill that spent the winter outdoors maybe it’s time to get that model replaced. You won’t be able to toss it out in the garbage. Instead you should contract the junk hauling team at Junk King Colorado Springs to cart your grill away. This same crew will also help out with getting the rest of your backyard into primo BBQ shape by hauling away old patio furniture, dead shrubs or anything else that doesn’t belong back there. The goal is to create a relaxing outdoor environment and make your neighbors jealous from all those amazing BBQ aromas!