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6 New Must-Try Summer Beers

Summertime, and the drinkin' is easy. But choosing what to drink is actually a bit challenging. If you're tired of the same seasonal offerings and looking for something new, start here: six delicious, recently-released beers that are just the thing to quench your summer thirst. More

Fig, Melon, and Spanish Ham Salad With Basil

It's summertime, we have half day Fridays, a few extra hours of daylight to get our cocktails going, and things are supposed to be easy, darn it! In a conscious effort to simplify our lives and celebrate the awesomeness of fresh summer produce, we're spending the whole season coming up with the absolute easiest, freshest, and tastiest summer dishes we can think of. On the menu today: figs, melon, Spanish ham, and basil in one gorgeous salad. More

The Best Smokers Under $500, 2015 Edition

While you can smoke well on a grill if you know the tricks, nothing beats a dedicated smoker for succulent low-and-slow smoked ribs, pork, and brisket. You don't have to spend $10,000 on a big black submarine as seen on TV. Whether you want to go with wood, charcoal, gas, pellet, or electric, you can choose from a wide variety of smokers that are easy to use and get great results for under $500. Here are our picks. More

18 Sides and Salads for Your July 4th Festivities

Meat tends to get all of the glory at summer grill-outs, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be accompanied by equally tantalizing side dishes. I'm talking flavorful grilled vegetables, cooling salads, and saucy baked beans. We've got 18 recipes to complete your Fourth of July feast that'll almost make your guests forget about those smoky, savory ribs. More

The Japanese Way to Make Potato Salad

Japanese versions of Western dishes, known as yōshoku cuisine, may look like the originals that inspired them, but the flavor is unmistakably Japanese. Take this potato salad, which derives its unique flavor from Japanese mayo, rice vinegar, and hot mustard. More

Hold the Mayo, Make Grilled Potato Salad for Your Next Cookout

I've been a fan of grilled potatoes ever since the first time I tried them, and a well-constructed, bright, fresh, balanced potato salad is one of my cookout go-tos. So I have no idea why it took so long to occur to me to put the two together. But making a great grilled potato salad is not quite as simple as throwing your potatoes on the grill, cutting them up, and tossing them with mayonnaise or dressing. Here's how to finesse it. More

The Best Charcoal Grills Under $500, 2015 Edition

If you have a lot of money, it's as easy to select a great grill as to select a great wine. The trick is finding a great one that's also affordable. With over 500 grilling equipment reviews under my belt and ten grills out in my backyard at any given moment, I know a thing or two about buying grills. Here are my picks for the best five charcoal grills for $500 or less. More

A Double Dose of Marinade Gives Greek-Style Grilled Chicken Extra Flavor

Grilling culture in Greece is inherently relaxed and groovy. More often than not, all it takes is a fire, a ton of olive oil and lemon, some garlic, and some herbs to transform meat and seafood into party-worthy fare. But with traditional methods, by the time the skin finally gets crisp, the meat is dry and overcooked. This double-marinade process for chicken delivers the whole package: crisp skin, flavor, and perfectly cooked meat. More

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