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Sunday’s Best Deals: Philips Airfryer, Noise-Cancelling Headphones, Gillette Razors, and More

A Philips Airfryer, Sony noise-cancelling headphones, a huge Kindle history book sale, and more lead Sunday’s best deals.

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Saturday’s Best Deals: Anker SoundCore, Trail Mix, Cabeau Travel Pillows, and More

Anker’s reader-favorite SoundCore speaker, three Cabeau travel pillows, Amazon’s Wickedly Prime trail mix, and more lead Saturday’s best deals.

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Saturday’s Best Deals: Nutribullets, Shrubs, SanDisk Storage, and More

SanDisk’s massive microSD card, two Nutribullet deals, discounted shrubs, and more of today’s best deals.

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Sunday’s Best Deals: Matcha, Anker Soundcore 2, Lodge Cast Iron, and More

A Privé Revaux sunglasses Gold Box, rare discounts on the Apple Watch from Nike, organic matcha green tea for everyone, and more lead today’s best deals.

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Saturday’s Best Deals: Black Friday Leftovers, Refurb iPhones, Ticket to Ride, and More

The best remaining deals from Black Friday, Ticket To Ride, and refurbished iPhones lead off Saturday’s best deals.

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Sunday’s Best Deals: Anker Father’s Day Sale, Amazon Gadgets, $3 Kindle Books, and More

Anker’s Father’s Day sale, Amazon devices, and $3 Kindle books lead off Sunday’s best deals.

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Sunday’s Best Deals: Anker Father’s Day Sale, Amazon Gadgets, $3 Kindle Books, and More

Sunday's Best Deals: Anker Father's Day Sale, Amazon Gadgets, $3 Kindle Books, and More

Anker’s Father’s Day sale, Amazon devices, and $3 Kindle books lead off Sunday’s best deals.

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Sunday's Best Deals: Anker Father's Day Sale, Amazon Gadgets, $3 Kindle Books, and More

Anker just kicked off a Father’s Day promotion with solid discounts on a variety of products. The most exciting deals are probably the PowerCore chargers (the winners of our Kinja Co-Op for best battery packs), but the 9′ Lightning cable for $8 should also have wide appeal.

http://co-op.kinja.com/your-favorite-…

All of the deals are listed below, but be sure to note the corresponding promo code for each item.

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Sunday's Best Deals: Anker Father's Day Sale, Amazon Gadgets, $3 Kindle Books, and More

Amazon has also kicked off a variety of deals on their first party electronics, including the Amazon Tap, a 7" tablet for $40, the 4K Fire TV, and a couple of e-readers.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BH83OOM/…

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Sunday's Best Deals: Anker Father's Day Sale, Amazon Gadgets, $3 Kindle Books, and More
GoalZero Yeti 400, $300

The Goal Zero Yeti 400 is basically a giant battery pack that can power anything from your GoPro to your mini fridge for hours, or even days at a time. You can charge it up at home with a power outlet, or even buy a Goal Zero solar panel (sadly not included) to power it up on the go. If you want to tailgate without dealing with a noisy gas generator, this seems like an ideal solution, and today’s $300 price tag is an all-time low.

http://www.amazon.com/Goal-Zero-2300…


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Little Giant 22′ Ladder, $197

Little Giant makes some of the best and most versatile ladders on the market, and Amazon’s knocked the 22′ model down to $197 today as part of a Gold Box deal. That’s the lowest price of the year.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E1AQE46/…


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4-Pack Moscow Mule Mugs, $14

It’s an objective fact that the Moscow Mule is the perfect summer drink, and they just aren’t complete without a copper mug.

https://www.amazon.com/Hammered-Coppe…

Protip: Use Bundaberg ginger beer, and for the love of all that’s sacred, fresh limes.


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Koolatron 6-Can Mini Fridge, $38

Sick of coworkers stealing your lunch from the office fridge? Pick up this Coca-Cola mini fridge for $38, and keep your provisions safe under your desk.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000JLNBW4/…


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Philips Hue Bloom, $45

You’re probably familiar with the color-changing Hue lights that screw into your existing lamps and light fixtures, but if you really want to paint your rooms with color, you’ll want to pick up a few Hue Bloom accent lights as well. Today’s $45 deal is a match for the best we’ve ever seen.

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CAP Barbell 40-Pound Adjustable Set, $40

Adjustable barbell deals rarely dip below $1/pound, so if you need to work on your beach body, take advantage of this Amazon deal before it’s swoled out.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000VCDXNS/…


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$3 Kindle Ebook Sale

Today only, Amazon’s discounting over a dozen well-reviewed Kindle books to just $3 each. The Nightingale is by far the most popular title on offer, but be sure to head over to Amazon to see all of the options.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00…


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Bamboo Cutting Board, $17

This bamboo cutting board doesn’t have USB charging ports, a built-in scale, or any other traditional Kinja Deals trappings. I just think it looks nice, and $17 is a solid price.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UZCT25W/…


Sunday's Best Deals: Anker Father's Day Sale, Amazon Gadgets, $3 Kindle Books, and More
Lodge Cast Iron Wok, $50

You all know that Lodge makes essential cast-iron skillets, but did you know they sell a wok as well? I won’t go so far as to say you need it, but if you like to stir fry, today’s $50 deal is about $10 less than usual.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00063RXQK/…

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OXO On Burr Grinder, $150 | OXO On 9 Coffee Maker, $150

This intelligent burr grinder is the perfect companion to OXO’s beautiful new On 9 coffee maker, and both are on sale for an all-time low $150 today.

http://gear.kinja.com/the-oxo-on-is-…

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YEYKNUK/…

http://www.amazon.com/OXO-9-Cup-Coff…


Sunday's Best Deals: Anker Father's Day Sale, Amazon Gadgets, $3 Kindle Books, and More
$50 Brinker Gift Card + $10 Amazon Card, $50

Whether you need a last minute Father’s Day gift, or just enjoy eating at Chili’s, Macaroni Grill, Maggiano’s, or On The Border, this $50 Brinker gift card comes with a bonus $10 Amazon card today.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01…


Sunday's Best Deals: Anker Father's Day Sale, Amazon Gadgets, $3 Kindle Books, and More
Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips, $37

Let’s say you’ve already upgraded to a good toothbrush; what’s the next step for cleaner teeth? Judging by the user reviews, this 20-count box of Crest 3D Whitestrips is a great place to start. As an added bonus, you’ll even get a pair of express one-hour treatments, for when a whiter smile just can’t wait.

Note: Be sure to clip the $7 coupon on the product page.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00…


Sunday's Best Deals: Anker Father's Day Sale, Amazon Gadgets, $3 Kindle Books, and More
PlayStation Plus, $40

This deal isn’t exactly rare, but here’s your periodic PSA that PlayStation Plus is on sale for $40, if your membership is due to expire soon.


Sunday's Best Deals: Anker Father's Day Sale, Amazon Gadgets, $3 Kindle Books, and More
6-Piece AmazonBasics Towel Sets, $15

You can never have enough towels, and these fade-resistant ones on Amazon are back down to their lowest price. Get a 6-Piece set for $15 (in any color) and delay that Bed, Bath and Beyond trip by at least another few months.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Q7JEEF0/…


Sunday's Best Deals: Anker Father's Day Sale, Amazon Gadgets, $3 Kindle Books, and More
TaoTronics Dog Car Seat Cover, $28

Between shedding fur on your seats and a seemingly biological need to jump into the front seat while you’re passing an 18-wheeler on the freeway, it’s no secret that a lot of dogs don’t do particularly well in the car. Personally, I put my dog in a collapsible fabric kennel in the backseat, but if you want your pooch to have a little more freedom, this backseat dog cover looks like a perfect solution.

The cover hooks into the headrests on both the front and back seats, creating a kind of loosely enclosed room that will keep your dog safely in the backseat, and her fur a layer removed from your upholstery.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B019OFKASI/…


Sunday's Best Deals: Anker Father's Day Sale, Amazon Gadgets, $3 Kindle Books, and More
Sport-Brella, $41

Bar none, Sport-Brella is the ultimate beach umbrella, and Amazon’s discounting it to just $41 today.

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Unlike a regular umbrella, Sport-Brella leans backwards and attaches to the sand with stakes, creating a kind of semi-private cocoon with enough space for a couple of chairs and a cooler. Best of all, it sets up in about five minutes (once you know what you’re doing), and can provide a full day’s worth of privacy and sun protection.

This was down to $36 a few weeks ago as a one-day Gold Box deal, but if you missed out, today’s $41 deal is still well below its usual $60.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002CLQ1Q2/…

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Saturday’s Best Deals: Affordable Undies, Father’s Day Gift Ideas, and More

Hanes underwear for men and women, Mizuno running shoes, and a convertible vacuum from Anker lead off Saturday’s best deals.

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Saturday’s Best Deals: Affordable Undies, Father’s Day Gift Ideas, and More

Saturday's Best Deals: Affordable Undies, Father's Day Gift Ideas, and More

Hanes underwear for men and women, Mizuno running shoes, and a convertible vacuum from Anker lead off Saturday’s best deals.

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Saturday's Best Deals: Affordable Undies, Father's Day Gift Ideas, and More
Champion/Hanes Basics Sale

Everyone (well, almost everyone) wears underwear, socks, undershirts, and/or bras, and Amazon’s discounting dozens of these essentials from Hanes and Champion, today only.

While you should definitely check out the full collection, it’s worth noting that the deal includes a 5-pack of Hanes Ultimate Comfort boxer briefs for just $15, a great price for the Kinja Co-Op winner for best men’s underwear.

https://www.amazon.com/Hanes-Ultimate…

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Saturday's Best Deals: Affordable Undies, Father's Day Gift Ideas, and More
Mizuno Wave 5 Enigma Running Shoes, $55

Mizuno’s Wave 5 Enigma running shoes typically sell for $75-$100 around the web, but Amazon will ship you a pair for $55 today. You even get to pick from several different color schemes.

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Saturday's Best Deals: Affordable Undies, Father's Day Gift Ideas, and More
Bamboo Cutting Board, $17

This bamboo cutting board doesn’t have USB charging ports, a built-in scale, or any other traditional Kinja Deals trappings. I just think it looks nice, and $17 is a solid price.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UZCT25W/…


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Anker HomeVac Duo, $103

Anker’s new vacuum transforms from handheld to upright, has the impressive runtime you’d expect from the brand that makes your favorite battery packs, a washable HEPA filter, a good warranty, and a $103 price tag that’s within $3 of an all-time low.

This was Anker’s first foray into cleaning products (the Roomba-inspired RoboVac was the second), and reviewers seem to love it so far. It’ll run for 24 minutes on a charge at full power, or an hour in eco mode, which should be sufficient for most average-sized homes. The standout feature here though is definitely the detachable hand vac, which lets you clean furniture, shelves, and even your car with ease.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AHRR7ME/…


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Tronsmart Quick Charge 3.0 USB-C Charger, $11 with code USBCWALL

Full-stop, this is the best price we’ve seen on a USB-C Quick Charge 3.0 charger, and it even includes a bonus standard USB port for your legacy devices.

https://www.amazon.com/Charger-Tronsm…


If you’ve come home after work to one too many destroyed pillows or overturned trashcans, this ingenious little gadget can help you keep an eye on your pets from anywhere.

Petcube is a Wi-Fi camera, intercom system, and laser toy all wrapped into one sleek package, and Amazon is selling it today for $149, or $50 off its usual price. The video above does a better job of explaining this thing than I ever could, and if you own a pet and spend a lot of time away from home, it certainly seems like it could be a great investment.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JGWN8O8/…


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Lodge Cast Iron Wok, $50

You all know that Lodge makes essential cast-iron skillets, but did you know they sell a wok as well? I won’t go so far as to say you need it, but if you like to stir fry, today’s $50 deal is about $10 less than usual.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00063RXQK/…

http://bestsellers.kinja.com/bestsellers-lo…


Saturday's Best Deals: Affordable Undies, Father's Day Gift Ideas, and More
OXO On Burr Grinder, $150 | OXO On 9 Coffee Maker, $150

This intelligent burr grinder is the perfect companion to OXO’s beautiful new On 9 coffee maker, and both are on sale for an all-time low $150 today.

http://gear.kinja.com/the-oxo-on-is-…

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YEYKNUK/…

http://www.amazon.com/OXO-9-Cup-Coff…


Saturday's Best Deals: Affordable Undies, Father's Day Gift Ideas, and More
$50 Brinker Gift Card + $10 Amazon Card, $50

Whether you need a last minute Father’s Day gift, or just enjoy eating at Chili’s, Macaroni Grill, Maggiano’s, or On The Border, this $50 Brinker gift card comes with a bonus $10 Amazon card today.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01…


Saturday's Best Deals: Affordable Undies, Father's Day Gift Ideas, and More

Speaking of last minute Father’s Day ideas…

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Saturday's Best Deals: Affordable Undies, Father's Day Gift Ideas, and More
Airdrop Gaming HipShotDot, $8

Sometimes, a deal comes along that’s so silly, you just have to post it. Designed for hardcore FPS players, this light-up suction cup sticks to the center of your TV or monitor, and creates an always-on red dot sight so you can aim more accurately from the hip. Like I said, it’s ridiculous, but it actually has pretty great reviews.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GV0LR64/…


Saturday's Best Deals: Affordable Undies, Father's Day Gift Ideas, and More
Hario V60 Iced Coffee Maker, $18

You could spend $4 on iced coffee every morning at Starbucks, or you could do it yourself with this $18 Hario.

https://www.amazon.com/Hario-VIC-02B-…


Saturday's Best Deals: Affordable Undies, Father's Day Gift Ideas, and More
Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips, $37

Let’s say you’ve already upgraded to a good toothbrush; what’s the next step for cleaner teeth? Judging by the user reviews, this 20-count box of Crest 3D Whitestrips is a great place to start. As an added bonus, you’ll even get a pair of express one-hour treatments, for when a whiter smile just can’t wait.

Note: Be sure to clip the $7 coupon on the product page.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00…


Saturday's Best Deals: Affordable Undies, Father's Day Gift Ideas, and More

Stand-up inflatable paddle boards are never cheap, but this highly rated Ten Toes Weekender model is down to an all-time low price, today only on Amazon. You even get to choose from five different colors.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01…

There’s also a second Gold Box deal running today on life vests, which seems prudent.


Saturday's Best Deals: Affordable Undies, Father's Day Gift Ideas, and More
PlayStation Plus, $40

This deal isn’t exactly rare, but here’s your periodic PSA that PlayStation Plus is on sale for $40, if your membership is due to expire soon.


Saturday's Best Deals: Affordable Undies, Father's Day Gift Ideas, and More
Klipsch X4i Headphones, $40

If you’re in the market for a solid pair of new headphones, BuyDig’s eBay store will sell you a pair of Klipsch X4is for $40. Obviously, these will work for any device with a headphone jack, but the remote is designed specifically for iOS. For reference, these are selling for $69 on Amazon right now.


Saturday's Best Deals: Affordable Undies, Father's Day Gift Ideas, and More
6-Piece AmazonBasics Towel Sets, $15

You can never have enough towels, and these fade-resistant ones on Amazon are back down to their lowest price. Get a 6-Piece set for $15 (in any color) and delay that Bed, Bath and Beyond trip by at least another few months.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Q7JEEF0/…


Saturday's Best Deals: Affordable Undies, Father's Day Gift Ideas, and More
Oral-B Pro 7000 SmartSeries Toothbrush, $100 after $20 coupon.

$100 is a very solid price for any top of the line electric toothbrush, and Oral-B’s Pro 7000 SmartSeries add Bluetooth to the mix, just for kicks.

http://co-op.kinja.com/the-best-elect…

In addition to six different cleaning modes (including one for your tongue), a travel kit, a pressure sensor, and a timer, the Pro 7000 also syncs to an iOS or Android app that tracks your brushing habits and offers personalized feedback.

I know a lot of people are reflexively against the Bluetoothification of everyday household items, and that’s fine. What I’m saying is that even if you never download that app, this is still a fantastic toothbrush at $100. Just be sure to clip the $20 coupon on the page to get the full discount.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F9X34XS?…


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Westinghouse 55" 4K Smart TV, $450 | Westinghouse 42" 4K Smart TV, $300

Antibiotics will soon be useless, economic inequality threatens the fabric of our society, and Donald Trump is running for president…but 4K TVs are jaw-droppingly cheap now, so things aren’s so bad.


Saturday's Best Deals: Affordable Undies, Father's Day Gift Ideas, and More
TaoTronics Dog Car Seat Cover, $28

Between shedding fur on your seats and a seemingly biological need to jump into the front seat while you’re passing an 18-wheeler on the freeway, it’s no secret that a lot of dogs don’t do particularly well in the car. Personally, I put my dog in a collapsible fabric kennel in the backseat, but if you want your pooch to have a little more freedom, this backseat dog cover looks like a perfect solution.

The cover hooks into the headrests on both the front and back seats, creating a kind of loosely enclosed room that will keep your dog safely in the backseat, and her fur a layer removed from your upholstery.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B019OFKASI/…


Saturday's Best Deals: Affordable Undies, Father's Day Gift Ideas, and More
Sport-Brella, $41

Bar none, Sport-Brella is the ultimate beach umbrella, and Amazon’s discounting it to just $41 today.

http://gear.kinja.com/bring-your-own…

Unlike a regular umbrella, Sport-Brella leans backwards and attaches to the sand with stakes, creating a kind of semi-private cocoon with enough space for a couple of chairs and a cooler. Best of all, it sets up in about five minutes (once you know what you’re doing), and can provide a full day’s worth of privacy and sun protection.

This was down to $36 a few weeks ago as a one-day Gold Box deal, but if you missed out, today’s $41 deal is still well below its usual $60.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002CLQ1Q2/…


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6-Pack Popsicle Molds, $7 with code 29WJHFLT

This time of year, there’s nothing that can’t be made better with a popsicle, and you can make your own at home with a 6-pack of molds for just $7 with code 29WJHFLT.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DKLVN1U?…

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How to Become the Ultimate Grill Master

How to Become the Ultimate Grill Master

Memorial Day marks the start of the serious grilling season, and there’s no better weekend to bolster your grill-master game. Luckily, honing your outdoor culinary skills is a lot more simple than it seems, given the right tools, a little preparation, and a few tips on technique.

This post was originally published on May 23, 2008.

Get the Right Tools

How to Become the Ultimate Grill Master
  • Lump charcoal or briquettes?: This is one of those endless, both-sides-are-right-and-wrong debates (kind of like Mac vs. PC), but there is some fairly common ground. As The Virtual Weber Bullet puts it:
    The general consensus is that lump tends to burn hotter than briquettes, but not as long or as consistently. Some lack of consistency is to be expected, given that the content and piece size varies within an individual bag and between bags.

    Personally, I recommend briquettes for anyone just starting out with their grill, as lump can be finicky in lighting. Of course, you can save yourself a lot of effort and frustration by investing in a chimney starter, which you can also use for flash-cooking.

  • Choosing a gas grill: Ignore the BTUs and heat for the most part—unless you really need to cook a whole bird or roast this weekend, most grills have got your steaks and burgers covered. Consumer Reports’ blog recommends bringing a magnet with you to gauge the quality of steel used to contain the heat. If the magnet sticks, it’s likely a cheaper grade that will rust more easily. Feel free to give a test model a few shoves and shakes, as an unstable grill is a recipe for serious problems. The Wirecutter has some good recommendations to get you started.
  • Multi-use utensils: The three-tool grilling sets you see at big-box stores have all you’ll need for basic grill work, with long-handled versions of a spatula, tongs, and a carving-type poker. A long-handle brush would be your next purchase, and then a grilling basket and skewers when you start branching out. Make sure your tools feel heavy and firm in your hands, as clumsy handling creates the kind of BBQ stories you don’t want repeated.

For more grilling gear, our gadget-crazed brother site Gizmodo runs down 10 awesome grills you can buy for the ultimate Memorial Day barbecue.

http://gizmodo.com/392940/10-awes…

Get Ready

  • Clean that grill: If there’s black crust on the grill bars, you need to get it off to ensure no-stick cooking and easy food flipping. You can use a grill brush or an onion if it’s being particularly stubborn. The video above shows you how to do a deeper clean, and if you’ve neglected your grill for years, it may need a bit of repair, which you can do yourself.
  • Make your own sauce: Most of the pre-bottled sauces you see on grocery shelves are over-sweetened, and none match the taste of homemade. Making your own isn’t that difficult, either. Use one of BBQ Recipe Secret’s three sauce bases as a starting point, and build your own flavor ideas into them. It’ll give you something to talk about while you’re waiting for the ribs to finish. You can even give bottled sauce a boost with a few household ingredients, if you don’t want to start from scratch.

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Hone Your Technique

How to Become the Ultimate Grill Master
  • Use your grill’s “zones”: Not everything goes right over the fire. Different types of meat (and vegetables) will work best on different parts of the grill depending on how much heat they need. Check out this infographic to see where everything goes.
  • Use a cheat sheet: Experience is the best indicator for knowing the precise moment to yank your food off the rack, but Real Simple offers a super-helpful cheat sheet you can print and bring to this culinary test. Here’s a sample that covers the basics of red meat and sausages:

    How to Become the Ultimate Grill Master

    While you’re at it, don’t forget about the palm test for determining the doneness of a steak.

  • BBQ chicken: As my fellow editor Adam can attest, eHow’s technique for grilling whole or partial chicken results in some juicy bird. The basics: Oil the grill, cook the chicken uncovered slightly off the heat center, and, for Pete’s sake, don’t put your sauce on until the last few minutes.
  • Perfect burgers: Our commenters don’t necessarily agree on cooking great burgers, but they do have some common wisdom to share. Use meat that’s as close to room temperature as possible for even cooking. Don’t press them on the grill, unless you like your meat dry. And the best “secret” to great burgers is buying good meat, preferably ground by a butcher while you watch. And if you want them to cook evenly, a shallow indentation in the middle can help avoid the hockey puck look.
  • Seriously salt your steak: Got filet mignon dreams for the weekend, but only a Quarter-Pounder budget? Buy a cheap cut of “choice” meat, then salt, salt, salt the heck out of that thing—for only one hour before grilling, and then pat it dry. By doing so, your salt is breaking in your meat and loosening some of its protein strands, making it hold flavor better and cut like the steakhouse commercials of your dreams. You can also freeze it for 30 minutes for that perfect seared crust.
  • Hot dogs with maximum toppage: Spiral-cut your hot dogs to ensure it cooks perfectly straight, with more surface area for that nice grill flavor and plenty of room for all your favorite toppings. You might even consider marinating them for a boost of flavor that goes beyond the ho-hum hot dogs everyone’s used to.
  • Let it rest: You’ll be eager to slice open your tender steak or succulent chicken, but you’ll lose a lot of juicy flavor if you do so. As the food techies at Cook’s Illustrated point out, cutting into your food right off the grill releases a significant amount of juice, which would be re-absorbed for better succulence if you let it sit a few minutes.

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Recover from a Rain-Out

How to Become the Ultimate Grill Master

All that planning, cleaning, and purchasing, and Mother Nature calls an audible on your perfect grill day? You’re not finished yet. As the New York Times’ food guru and cookbook author Mark Bittman points out, your oven broiler can sub in for your grill with a little prep-work, with results almost as satisfying. Brown your meat in the pan, roast or braise it slowly, then use the broiler to give it that grill-like finish. Check out his oven-based pork ribs or brisket recipes if you need convincing.

Document Your Success

How to Become the Ultimate Grill Master

When you’ve put all this effort into creating a great fire-cooked feast, you’ll want more than just compliments to remember it by. Break out your camera (or pass it off to a trusted friend) and try the following tips to take some great grilling shots:

  • Tell a story: A BBQ-friendly shooter named Nika notes that a lot of grilled food might look good to the human eye, but smoky crusts and perfect charring can look like unappealing dark nothingness without good framing. Try to capture moments of “drama,” such as when the meat’s being pulled, or focus on the tools used to make the meal to get shots you’ll remember.
  • Get in close: At the same time, Flickr user Another Pint Please…, also known as Mike and who shot the steak picture you saw at the top of this post, recommends being brave and getting up-close and personal with your heat source—while being safe with your lens, of course. You’ll have time to take wider-angle shots when the cooking’s done, but those sudden flare-ups and perfect glistening angles only happen once.

Happy Memorial Day, and enjoy the barbecue!

Photos by Mike, Rick, Robert S. Donovan, and Christopher Aloi.