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October 30, 2022
German Red Cabbage

The Academy of 'Q shows you how we make German Red Cabbage right!

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October 30, 2022

Here at The Academy of 'Q online cooking school, we smoke the sauerbraten meat on our BBQ smoker to add that extra flavor.

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October 21, 2022
German Smoked Potato Salad

Part of our OctoberFest series, we show you how to make a classic Octoberfest dish, German Potato salad! But SMOKED!

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October 14, 2022
Octoberfest Schnitzel on a Smoker

A Schnitzel is a dish that uses a very thin boneless cutlet from meat such as veal, pork, beef or chicken. Normally pan fried or deep fried, but did you know you can cook it on your Smoker?

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September 16, 2020
The Best Thermometer for Smoking Meat

I get a ton of questions from people asking my opinion on the best thermometer to use when smoking meat.

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July 8, 2020
How to Make a Smash Burger

Learn how to easily cook Smash Burgers - the right way - from a competition pit master. Doing Smash Burgers the right way isn't about piling a whole bunch of stuff onto a great big burger. In this video Jim goes over step-by-step instructions for how to whip these up quickly and easily in your […]

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January 30, 2020
Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings are an all time favorite all-american snack, they are fun to eat and you can make then in so many different ways.  We show you how to make them on your grill outdoors, to make an amazing crispy, tasty treat everyone will love.

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January 2, 2020
Béchamel Lasagna

In this video, Jim Frank from Academy of 'Q shows you how to make Béchamel lasagna on your smoker. Béchamel lasagna is a rich ragu sauce layered between sheets of fresh lasagna a creamy bechamel sauce mozzarella and parmesan. Homemade lasagna is not at all difficult to make.

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December 23, 2019
Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

These creamy cheesy scalloped potatoes are ooey-gooey and oh so good.

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December 19, 2019
Best BBQ Knives 2019

Knife skills are the building blocks for any cook! Find out which is the best BBQ knife sets today, whether you are looking for high-end or affordable sets. In this video Jim demonstrates with one of his favorite BBQ knife sets from Hammer Stahl. Hammer Stahl is even providing a 40% discount for Academy of […]

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Lake Side Chat's

June 15, 2020
The Best Grilled Pizza

Make perfectly cheesy, crisp crust homemade pizza right on your Smoker!

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June 11, 2020
Applying BBQ Sauce
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June 10, 2020
Meat Sweats?

Are Meat Sweats a real thing?

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May 29, 2020
St Louis and Spare Ribs

What's the difference between St Louis style Ribs, and Spare Ribs? Watch this quick informative video to learn.

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April 2, 2020
Jim Exotic the BBQ King

Today on QNN (Quarantine News Network), we interview the newest sensation of the o’corona quarantine. #JimExotic #FrankenbooRanch

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January 24, 2020
Which Wood is The Right Wood?

Ever wonder what wood to use to smoke a piece of meat, or how much to use? It would be a really bad idea to use Mesquite to smoke a piece of chicken as it has a very potent and oily flavor and will really overpower the flavor of the chicken. If I am cooking […]

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January 23, 2020
Are You Smoking Dirty?

Don’t smoke dirty. When you are smoking a piece of meat, there is more to it than just tossing a chunk of wood on the fire and letting it go. If you put too much wood you will get a heavy white smoke, which is called dirty smoke. What you are looking for is clean […]

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January 22, 2020
Wet Aging Your Meat

Have you ever tried to wet age meat but you’re not really sure what to do or how long to age? Where you buy your meat makes a difference because some places have fresher meat than others and that can make a big difference. Age it too long, and you’ve got a rotting piece of […]

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January 21, 2020
Difference Between $300 and a $999 Smoker

I get asked all the time what the difference between a $300 pellet smoker and a $999 pellet smoker is. Well think about it for a second. You get what you pay for, right? How does the manufacture of the cheaper smoker get it to be so cheap? I have found that components, and construction […]

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January 17, 2020
Discover New Flavor with a Drum Smoker

You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of taste. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of seasoning and flavor. That's the signpost up ahead - your next stop, the BBQ Zone! Did you know that you can add another dimension of flavor to your […]

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