This update will focus on the big three: recipes, grills and meats.
You can trust me on these.
For interesting recipes and ideas: Bon Appetit
mis amigos! (no hablo frances…)
Pretty much a slam-dunk. Very good, searchable archive of recipes. I've used many.
Looking to buy a new grill? In my book , two safe choices:
For The Big Green Egg
, Herman's Boy
in Rockford, MI. Tell them JR
, Rockford's original "outdoor cook" sent you!
Why? Quality, value and performance. I have cooked on Weber and The Big Green Egg. Best of show.
How about local meat and produce. (Although focused on west Michigan for now, Certified Grilladelic recommendations are welcome from any hamlet in the world. Just send me some information, reasons why this store is "Certified Grilladelic" and we will make sure the word gets out.)
So here we go: (in no particular order)
Kingmas on Plainfield. My go-to store. Top sirloin, sausages, smoked porkchops, boneless turkey breasts and their sausages are outstanding
Sobies Meat in Walker. Damn the Smokin' Scotsmen! (They are a tough team to beat on the KCBS circuit) Nice meat market and the owner is the saxophonist in Mid Life Crisis.
Big Top Friend Bruce Benson just recommended this place to me. Bruce is a grilling protege of Aarons.
Poindexters in Rockford New kid on the block. Sources some meat from Snake River Farms is what I was told. Talking Waygu.
Besides great quality and selection, these establishments also offer a good selection of other essentials. Primer II will focus on accessories, sauces, marinades and rubs.
Sum Ergo Barbecuemos!