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The Smoking Section
(Cooking with a Smoker)
What is Smoking?

Smoking is the slow cooking of the grilling world. Food is cooked with lower heats created by smoldering hardwoods such as hickory or mesquite over a bed of charcoal (or other heat source).   Generally, the food is not placed directly over the smoldering embers.

By cooking this way, the food will obtain a rich flavor and retain many of its juices.


See the

The Chef's Notebook
Kim's Simple Steak Marinade A quick steak marinade that can be added hours or minutes before grilling.
Stringy Cheese Loaf French bread with a spread made of mozzarella, cream cheese, scallions, and garlic.
Karr Burgers A tasty variation on the hamburger.
Bananas Foster A non-alcohol variation of a classic dessert.
The Kafe's Dry Rub An excellent dry rub for smoking beef and pork. Also makes grilled pork chops tast great!

The Kafe Grill
(Grilling Tips)
If you are buying a new grill, forget about getting one with a window. If you close the grill lid, it will eventually smoke up and you won't be able to see through it.
Get a good grill rack brush. It should have a long stiff handle made of wood or metal. Plastic or weak handles will bend and make scrubbing the grill rack more difficult.
Place hot dogs and sausages parallel to the rungs on the grill rack so they don't roll off the grill.
For easier clean up on a gas grill close the lid, turn the gas all the way up and let burn for 5-10 minutes (or until the smoke stops billowing out).  You may want to set a timer to remind you to turn it off.
Try grilling bacon. Grilled bacon tastes better than fried bacon and the grease is drained during grilling.  Be sure to cook it on medium to low heat and be prepared for many flame ups from the dripping grease. It may be some work, but it's worth it.
Like onions?  Try grilling them.  Slice them against the layers (like rings) and place them directly on the grill rack.  Flip occassionaly.  Using a shrimp basket will help keep the pieces from dropping into the fire. Cook to taste.
Like sautee?  Prepare your onions, mushrooms, peppers, or whatever else you like and put in an appropriately sized cast iron frying pan, add butter to taste, and place on the grilling rack (or side burner).  Sautee while the rest of the food is grilling.   
Toast garlic bread on the grill.  Either purchase frozen garlic bread from the store or make your own.  Place the slices directly on the grill rack over medium coals for approximately 8-10 minutes.  Be sure to flip occassionaly.
Don't be afraid to experiment.  The grill can be used for more than just steaks, hamburgers, and hot dogs.  Basically, if you can cook it in the kitchen, you can cook it in the grill. 

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