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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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December 19, 2019
Rocking Grilled Rack of Lamb

We have something special treat just for you!  We have a beautiful rack of lamb, and we will tell you exactly how to cook it to perfection! INGREDIENTS  1 rack of lamb (typically 8 to 9 ribs)  1/4 cup olive oil  2 tablespoons fresh rosemary  2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves  6-8 garlic cloves  Zest of […]

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December 17, 2019
Smoked Braised Beef Short Ribs
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December 13, 2019
Turkey

With the holidays coming, I get a lot of questions about how to smoke a turkey the correct way. Here's a step by step video where I teach how to smoke the perfect turkey!

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December 13, 2019
Tri-Tip

Here's a lesson on how to cook Tri-Tip. Tri-tip is pretty popular out West and getting more so on the East Coast b/c it's a wonderfully marbled piece of meat with great flavor. I cook this Tri-tip on a Weber but I also give instruction on what to do on a gas grill as well. […]

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Lake Side Chat's

June 15, 2020
The Best Grilled Pizza
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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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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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January 16, 2020
Should You Inject?

To inject or not to inject? This question is posed quite often. Personally, I like to inject, but I do so in moderation. If I’m cooking a wagyu brisket, then I will only inject a very small amount. I don’t want to overpower the flavor of the meat. With pork, yes, I will inject but […]

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