big green egg accessories

The Best Green Egg Accessories for 2021

The Best Big Green Accessories

The Big Green Egg is acclaimed as the highest quality, and most versatile outdoor cooker of all time, offering more cooking options than all other conventional grills combined. From appetizers and entrees to desserts, the Big Green Egg will cook many different foods to culinary perfection. With Big Green Egg, everything is a la carte which begs the question, which Big Green accessories are needed and which Big Green Egg accessories are the best to have? There are many to choose from but we compiled a list of our 10 favorite.

Now I’ll start off by saying what accessories are a must have. The EGGcessories that we included in our top 10 are ones that aren’t exactly needed, but are great to have. At our shop in Columbus we put together a basic package of everything we think is needed. This package includes, the egg, the nest (stand), ash tool, ash pan, grill gripper, conveggtor, bag of charcoal and firestarters. These are all the basics that will have you cooking right away. That is really all you need, but we all know that we always want more! Whether you are looking for a great gift or looking to upgrade your arsenal, below is our top 10 favorite Big Green Egg accessories.

ConvEGGtor (Platesetter)

This is an absolute must have. We included this in the items you need for your Big Green Egg and this list is mostly made up of accessories that you don’t need, but I just wanted to make sure that everyone knows to purchase this with your Big Green Egg. With the ConvEGGtor (or platesetter which it was called for 30 years) it will give you the capability to smoke, roast and bake on your egg. This is the tool that really makes the Big Green Egg a Big Green Egg.

The convEGGtor is designed to facilitate indirect cooking on the Big Green Egg by providing a heat-directing barrier between the food and the fire, instantly transforming your egg into an outdoor convection oven. You will use this piece anytime you want indirect heat on your food, like when you’re smoking a brisket or cooking pizzas. Whether you are gifting a Big Green Egg or looking to purchase one, make sure to include this piece.

conveggtor platesetter

5 Piece EGGspander System

The 5 piece EGGspander system is the ultimate add-on if you are looking to add even more versatility to your Big Green Egg. Let your creativity shine with this expansion system. The Big Green Egg EGGspander System facilitates an extensive variety of cooking setups including an extra cooking surface, an easy holder for your convEGGtor and the ability to do indirect and direct at the same time. It’s also capable of doing many other combinations with special add ons like half moon cast iron & perforated cooking grids.

5 Piece EGGspander Kit includes:

  • convEGGtor basket
  • Multi-level direct and indirect
  • Multi-tier cooking racks
  • Two stainless half grids
  • Direct “Cowboy Style” lower rack
Eggspander System


If you’re looking to light your Big Green Egg quickly, the electric EGGniter is great for that. It ignites lump charcoal in just minutes by using super-heated air. No need for firestarters anymore with this handy tool. It also has a fan only option when your charcoal is already lit and you want to get your egg hotter quicker. This tool lights much quicker than their electric charcoal starter and lasts much longer.

Honorable mention: If you don’t want to use electric and would rather use gas, Big Green Egg’s new Battery Powered Refillable Butane lighter works well and for a little less money the JJ George Grilltorch is a great tool that will light your egg quickly.

Big Green Egg igniter

Instant Read Thermometer

The Big Green Egg Instant Read Thermometer provides accurate food temperature readings in seconds. We all know that keeping your egg open too long not only makes the temperature fluctuate but also affects the way your food will turn out.  Having an instant-read thermometer will take the waiting and guessing game out of checking your food temp. With this instant-read, you can check multiple foods within seconds, helping you cook your food to perfection without having to have your egg open for too long.

Cheap thermometers will have you waiting 10 seconds before it gives you an accurate readout. Spending the extra money to have an instant-read thermometer is money well spent.

instant read bbq thermometer

Kick Ash Basket

The Kick Ash Basket sifts out excess ash for an easy clean-up and more airflow. All you have to do when you’re ready to cook the next time is pick up the basket and shake it over a bin and all the ash will be cleaned out. When you don’t clean out your Big Green Egg regularly the holes in the fire grate can get clogged and affect airflow which will make temperature control harder. The kick ash basket will make cleanout extremely easy and allow for more airflow for better temp control and will help get your egg hotter quicker.

Honorable Mention: Big Green Egg has just created their version of the Kick Ash Basket, called the Stainless Steel Fire Bowl. I have never used it but I have seen it in person and it does not feel as heavy-duty as the Kick Ash version but if you like to stick with Big Green Egg branded tools, this would be the equivalent.

kick ash basket

EGG Genius

Take the guesswork out of temp control and meat doneness with this accessory.  The Egg Genius effortlessly controls the temperature of your egg through your smartphone, tablet or computer. You can remotely manage and monitor cooking temperatures for worry-free cooking and monitor the temperature of your food at the same time without having to touch anything. You can also view graphs of your past cooks to learn how long your previous cooks took.

The Big Green Egg is relatively easy to use and this tool is definitely not needed, but if you need to make sure a cook comes out perfect, or if you’re smoking a brisket overnight and want to sleep soundly, this is the ultimate temperature control tool.

egg genius


The EGGmitt BBQ Glove is a great grilling glove that is made with durable heat-resistant fibers and features a soft cotton lining and BPA-free silicone textured surface for easy grip. When cooking over charcoal it can get hot when you’re cooking multiple things at once like wings. These gloves will help keep the hair on your hand and forearm intact when you’re flipping your food!

Now, this is just one of many BBQ gloves you can get, if you want gloves that will be able to withstand picking up a convEGGtor, then I would recommend getting some flamex gloves. With flamex gloves, you will be able to remove the convEGGtor mid-cook if you need to switch from indirect to direct cooking like when you’re reverse searing a steak.

Helpful Tip: Always make sure to burp your Big Green Egg when cooking at high temperatures! Yes burp. Learn more about that here>>

bbq gloves

Pizza Stone

If you aren’t cooking pizzas on your Big Green Egg, you need to start now! The wood-fired taste from cooking pizzas on an egg is absolutely delizioso! 

In this instance, I would purchase the Big Green Egg branded stone. Be careful using your pampered chef baking stone in your Big Green Egg, they will eventually crack under the heat. The Big Green Egg stone is rated to withstand the heat the egg pumps out. This stone is not only used for pizzas but baking also. You will be able to cook cookies, breads and all types of desserts with this baking stone.

Big Green Egg Pizza Stone

Rib & Roast Rack

The dual-purpose, stainless steel Rib and Roast Rack is a great multi-use tool. This rack can be used upright to hold roasts and poultry or can be flipped over to serve as an efficient rib rack, fitting 6 racks of ribs sideways. Great for Thanksgiving turkeys and Christmas roasts and when you’re having people over for the big game and you need many racks of ribs to feed everyone.

rib and roast rack

Meat Claws

Are you tired of shredding your pork shoulders by hand or with forks? Then you need this tool. These high-quality meat claws will make shredding larger pieces of meats like pork shoulder, chicken or beef roasts much, much easier. Your forearms will thank you.
meat shredding tool

Don’t see your favorite Big Green Egg accessory? Drop a comment below with your favorite one. For more grilling tips and BBQ events, follow us on Facebook and Instagram! Or if you are in the market for a new BBQ Grill, check out our selection of the finest grills in the industry. 

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How To Choose The Right Smoking Wood.

This article will help you find the best smoking wood for your next cookout. Whether you’re looking for the best smoking wood for beef, chicken, pork, lamb, brisket or fish, this guide will help you out!

Wood Chips vs Chunks

When it comes to using different smoking wood to enhance the flavor of your food, you can either use smoking chips, chunks or splits (logs). Wood chips are used for short cooks. They burn up quicker than chunks so they are great for using on fish, poultry and smaller cuts of meat that don’t need to be cooked as long like steak, burgers, or sausage. 

Wood chunks and splits are good for longer smokes. Cooks that take hours to finish like pork shoulder, brisket, wings, pork belly and ribs. It is better to use chunks for larger cuts of meat that require longer cooking times because the chunks do not burn up as fast as chips. Wood chunks will add smoke flavor for a longer period of time without having to add more wood during your cook. It is ideal to never have to add any charcoal or wood during your cook so you won’t disrupt the process. If you’re lookin’ you aint cookin’!

smoking wood chunks vs smoking wood chips

Do I need to soak the wood?

Soaking your wood chunks or chips is not necessarily needed. Most people do this to make sure the wood doesn’t burn up too fast. Wood chunks definitely do not need to be soaked because their larger size ensures that they will not catch fire and burn through quickly. For you to see a difference in soaking vs not soaking wood chunks you would have to soak them for several days. But it is certainly not needed. Soaking wood chips will help them last a little longer, but since you are only using them for shorter cooks it is also not needed. Adding wet wood chips to a lit grill will also lower the temperature causing you to have to wait longer to get it back up to your desired temperature. 

Choosing the right type of smoking wood.

Choosing the best type of wood is an essential part of smoking meat, it is right up there with choosing the right time and temperature. Depending on what type of food/meat you’re going to smoke, you need to pick the right type of wood so it perfectly matches the flavor profile of your meat. 

Choosing the wrong smoking wood type could result in a poor taste completely ruining the cook. That’s why you have to be careful in choosing which flavor of smoking wood to use. Use the guide below to help you in choosing the best type of smoking wood. Remember though, everyone’s flavor profiles are different, so with all things in BBQ, test it out!

How much do I use?

Make sure to not use too much wood, especially with stronger wood types. A handful of wood chips is often enough for a short smoking session and you should start a long smoking session with just a few chunks. A slightly less intense smoky flavor still gives great results, but too much smoke can cause food to taste bitter. 

Smoking woods can come off as mild and some can come off as very strong. Mild smoking wood are the fruit woods like apple, peach and cherry. They’re good on white meat, poultry and pork. Middle of the road smoking woods are hickory, maple, pecan, and oak. They’re great with pork, and strong enough to stand up to beef and game meats. The strongest smoking wood is going to be mesquite. Make sure you only use mesquite if you are looking for a strong smoke flavor. Usually only reserved for large chunks of beef….and people from Texas!

Now onto the different types of smoking wood.

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Different Types of Smoking Wood.

Alder Smoking Wood

AlderMild & Sweet

Alder will typically give you the least amount of smoke but adds a nice sweet profile to more delicate types of meat. It is great for and primarily used on fish but can also be used on white meat poultry.

Great For: Fish, White Meat Poultry

apple smoking wood chunks

AppleMild, Sweet & Fruity

Apple has a mild, sweet & fruity profile. Can be used on virtually anything but it is a more mild smoke flavor so it is better for pork, poultry and fish.

Great For: Pork, Poultry, Fish

cherry smoking wood chunks

Cherry – Mild, Sweet & Fruity

Cherry is a mild to medium smoke level that is sweet and slightly fruity. It is good on pork, lamb, beef and dark poultry like duck and other gamey meat. 

Great For: Pork, Poultry, Beef, Lamb, Duck 

grape smoking wood bbq

Grape – Medium,  Sweet & Fruity

Grape has a medium smoke intensity with a sweet and fruity flavor. Smells great when cooking, great on dark meat poultry, lamb, beef and game, but don’t go overboard or else the flavor will be too heavy.

Great For: Lamb, Dark Meat Poultry, Game, Beef

hickory smoking wood chunks

Hickory – Intense, Smoky & Spicy

Hickory is probably the most popular smoking wood. But it is more intense than the fruit woods so you have to be careful with that you use it on. It has a smoky bacon flavor and is great on beef and pork.

Great For: Beef, Pork

MapleMild & Subtle

Maple wood gives a more subtle, sweet smoky flavor that is perfect for mild, light and sweet smoking. Good for mixing with woods like alder, oak or apple.

Great For: Poultry, Vegetables, Cheese

mesquite smoking wood bbq

Mesquite – Intense, Earthy & Slightly Sweet

Mesquite is the most intense smoke flavor you will find. It should only be used if you really like a bold smokey flavor. Good on large chunks of beef and pork.

Great For: Beef, Pork

mulberry smoking wood chunks

Mulberry – Mild, Sweet & Fruity

Mulberry has a similar taste profile to apple, it has a mild, sweet and fruity flavor. Despite working great for nearly every type of meat, it’s great for fish, poultry and pork.

Great For: Pork, Poultry, Fish

oak smoking wood flavored

Oak – Medium, Earthy

Oak is another popular smoking wood choice. Oak is less intense than hickory but still gives you a great smoke profile. It is great on virtually anything depending on how much smoke you want. 

Great For: Pork, Beef, Poultry

Peach Smoking Wood Chunks

Peach – Mild, Sweet & Fruity

Peach resembles many other fruit trees in flavor, giving a mild, sweeter flavor with similarities to Hickory, but less intense. Smells great when cooking and works well on poultry and pork.

Great For: Poultry, Pork

Pecan Smoking Wood Chunks

Pecan – Medium, Nutty

Pecan has a rich, sweet, nutty smoke flavor. It is a good all around wood. It works well with pork, beef and poultry. 

Great For: Pork, Beef, Poultry

sassafras smoking wood chunks

Sassafras – Medium, Sweet & Fruity

Sassafras has a sweet smell and taste, but you do not need a lot. Can be overpowering if too much is used. Good on Pork and Beef

Great For: Pork, Beef

The Ultimate Smoking Wood Flavor Guide:

smoking wood guide

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Our favorite grill to smoke on is The Big Green Egg. Not only is it great for smoking, but it also does so much more! It bakes, smokes, grills and roasts all in one grill. Check out our Big Green Egg  page here!

delicious bbq

10 Reasons Why Cooking/Eating BBQ Is Good For You!

1. Cooking Relieves Stress

After a busy stressful day at your job, there is no better way to unwind than cooking up dinner. An article in the Wall Street Journal explains how clinics are using cooking therapy classes to relieve stress in patients. They found that cooking soothes stress and takes your mind off of all the negative things surrounding you. Debbie Mandel, author of Addicted to Stress, explains “when cooking we focus our attention on creating the best dish possible which shifts our attention from a brain locked into worries to a more calming state.” I mean what’s more relaxing than sitting back with a nice cold beverage watching the smoke roll.   

barbecue relieves stress

2. Cooking Makes You Smarter

Research shows that your brain operate like a muscle,  it changes and gets stronger as you use it. Psychological therapist Annie Gurton says, “Cooking is a task that requires a combination of several skills – understanding and planning, attention to detail, using our memory and imagination, manual dexterity, creativity and style”. Just like the more you work out the more weight you can lift, the more you use your brain and the more you learn new recipes and ways of cooking the smarter you get. When you stop exercising your muscles shrink, same thing happens to your brain. That’s why people say “use it or lose it”. So start cooking!

barbecue makes you smarter

3. BBQ Enhances Your Mood

Spending time cooking and eating BBQ can enhance your mood and mental well being because it satisfies your need for food. I mean we’ve all been hangry before, who doesn’t feel better immediately after having a big bite of delicious BBQ!  But cooking for people and seeing them enjoying your fruits of labor also helps enhance your mood and make you happier.

barbecue happy grilling

4. Cooking Makes You More Creative

With cooking and BBQ there are endless recipes and possibilities. That’s why most recipes don’t taste the same. We love to put our own touches on them. Cooking gives you endless opportunities to show off your creativity. You get creative when you look in your kitchen and try and figure out what ingredients will go together and what rub will taste best on what cut of meat. Cooking lets you express yourself through food!

barbecue happiness

5. BBQ Brings People Together

What brings people together more than a barbecue?! Not many things. When you are surrounded by friends and family at a barbecue you forget about all your troubles in life and feel much happier. The compliments you will receive from the delicious barbecue you made will improve your mood greatly. Studies have also shown that completing tasks while listening to music can improve your mood. So fire up the grill, invite your friends and family over and crank up the tunes, your body and mind will thank you!

bbq with friends

6. Cooking Improves Your Quality of Life

A study in the International Journal of Humanities and Social Science looked at the therapeutic qualities of cooking as a hobby. Researchers concluded that cooking improves a person’s well being and makes them happier. Studies have also shown that people who finish small and creative tasks throughout each day feel more relaxed and satisfied with themselves. When you start cooking you have to see it until it is finished,  when you complete a project from start to finish it gives you that feeling of accomplishment, no matter how small the task. You’ve created a delicious meal that can be enjoyed and shared, giving yourself a well-deserved sense of achievement.

barbecue makes you happy

7. Cooking at Home Saves Money

Studies have found that on average, it costs almost 5 times more to order delivery and to go to a restaurant than it is to cook at home. The more you cook your own meals the better chef you become, and before you know it you will be cooking better food than the restaurants! So not only will you be saving money, but you will be eating more delicious food!

grilling makes you happier

8. Offers Immediate Satisfaction

How often do you get to reap your rewards as soon as you finish a project. When cooking BBQ you get the best reward ever when you finish, you get to eat it! Not much is better than seeing a task from start to finish and reaping the rewards immediately after. 

Happy Barbecue

9. Cooking Your Own BBQ Can Be Healthier

Healthy BBQ? Yes, cooking your own BBQ can be a healthier choice than going out to eat. When you eat at home compared to going out to eat you consume fewer carbs, less sugar and less fat even when people aren’t trying to lose weight. Studies have shown people consume fewer calories when they eat at home. This doesn’t mean you have to cook healthy BBQ, it just means you end up eating healthier naturally when you cook your own food. You also have more control over what goes in your food, if you are trying to eat less sugar, find a rub that is still delicious but has no sugar. Having much more control over what you are eating will have you feeling better physically and mentally. 

healthy barbecue

10. BBQ is Delicious!

Not sure if we have to explain this one. BBQ is just plain good eats! Cook it up as much as you can and be an overall healthy person!

delicious barbecue

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How to troubleshoot your Everwarm Fireplace Remote. (SKY-4001TH)

everwarm ew400th remote

Troubleshooting your Everwarm Fireplace Remote. (SKY-4001TH)

First, change the batteries in the remote AND receiver box. (see pictures below for more help)
  1. Find your remote.
  2. The battery for the remote slides out the bottom of the remote.
  3. Use your thumb to push the triangle at the bottom away from your remote to reveal the battery.
  4. Replace the battery with a CR2032 battery.
  5. Find the receiver box. It should be in the back corner of your fireplace, it has 2 wires attached to the control valve of your fireplace.
  6. Turn the receiver box over to reveal an arrow.
  7. Slide the bottom of the box with your thumb to reveal the batteries.
  8. Replace the batteries with NEW AA batteries.
  9. Once the batteries are changed in both the remote and receiver box, make sure the receiver box is set to remote.
  10. Now hit ‘on’ with the remote and your main burner should light.
  11. If the fireplace turned on you’re all set! If it did not, continue below.
If your fireplace still won’t light, follow the steps below. (Check to see if remote works after every step.)
  1. If you changed the batteries in both your remote and receiver box and it still won’t light, try these next steps to troubleshoot.
  2. Make sure the pilot is lit. If pilot is not, click HERE for instructions on how to light your pilot.
  3. Make sure your control valve (knob that says off, on and pilot) is in the ON position and not in PILOT.
  4. Make sure remote receiver (black box in fireplace) is in the REMOTE position.
  5. Check to see if the settings on the back of your receiver box AND remote are set to the same frequencies.
  6. If the remote is still not turning the fireplace on, slide the receiver box to the on position.
  7. If the fireplace lit, but it won’t light in the remote position, the remote may need replaced.
  8. If the fireplace still did not light, check the connections from your receiver box to the control valve, make sure they are attached and not loose.
  9. If you tried all of these steps and the fire still did not light, you may need service.
  10. The intakes on the burner and pilot may have gotten clogged with dust, pet hair and pet dander and the unit is not getting enough clean air to work properly. Vent free units need serviced every 2-3 years.


If you still can’t figure out the remote, we can test the remote and receiver box in our showroom in Columbus, Ohio. We also do in house service calls if you live near central Ohio. In order for us to test your fireplace remote in our showroom, you would need to bring us the remote, receiver box, and the wires for us to be able to test it. The receiver box and 2 wires will unplug from your control valve.


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fixing fireplace remote
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fireplace control valve for remote

Updated: If you opened the sky4001th remote up by the screw, see below:

With the remote opened up, find the two silver prongs that may have fallen out. Those 2 silver prong looking things have 2 holes on the flat side. (Before you put them back, bend the prongs up a little bit so they have a better connection when they’re put back on). With the casing opened, one side will have 2 circles. The 2 silver items that fell out go on that. If you look closely at the two circles on the casing, there will be 2 dots sticking up, that is where you will set the 2 holes of the silver pieces. It fits right on to that. View the pictures below to find out exactly where they go. Then simply put the remote back together and don’t remove the screw again!

sky4001th remote opened up
sky4001th remote opend up 2

Interested in a new gas fireplace or remote? visit our showroom in Columbus, Ohio!


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How To Light The Pilot On A Vent Free Gas Log Fireplace And Other Helpful Tips.

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How to light your Pilot

Lighting your pilot
  1. Make sure your main gas supply is ON.
  2. From OFF position, turn gas control knob (reads OFF, ON & PILOT) counterclockwise to PILOT position.
  3. Push in knob (this releases the gas to the pilot area only).
  4. With control knob in, push the piezo ignitor in continuously until pilot ignites (every 3-5 seconds).
  5. Once pilot flame is lit*, keep knob pushed in for 60 seconds.
  6. Release knob if pilot stays lit (If not, go back to step 3 and repeat).
  7. Turn control knob counterclockwise to the ON position.
  8. If using switch kit, the switch will now turn on/off the log set.
  9. If using remote, make sure remote receiver (black box) is switched to REMOTE and now your transmitter (remote) will turn on/off the log set.*If pilot flame did not light there may be air in your gas line. If this is the case you may need to hold
    control knob in for a longer period until the air is pushed out. If you smell gas, wait 5 minutes until gas
    dissipates before pushing in piezo ignitor.
What if pilot is lit but logs will not turn on with the remote?
  1. If you have a remote, change the batteries in your remote receiver AND remote transmitter. This is typically the
    number one reason.
  2. Make sure control valve is in ON position and not in PILOT.
  3. Make sure remote receiver (black box in fireplace) is in the REMOTE position.
  4. If red light on remote receiver is flashing then you need to replace batteries.
Why does my gas log set shut itself off?
  1. It needs service. The intakes on the burner and pilot get clogged with dust, pet hair and pet
    dander and the unit is not getting enough clean air to work properly. It shuts off as a safety
          a) You can call Specialty Gas House at 614-261-0824 to schedule a service call. To get
               optimal performance out of your gas logs they should be serviced every 2-3 years.

CALL NOW (614) 261-0824

Why is there an odor when my gas logs are on?
  1. They may need service.
  2. Logs have been unused for a period of time. (dust burning off logs)
  3. There could be a log out of place which is impinging the flame (refer to your owner’s
    manual for proper configuration).
  4. It could be from other elements in your home. For example, here are a few things to
    avoid when owning a vent free log set:
         a) Burning candles
         b) Glade Plug-Ins or Potpourri
         c) Use of aerosols (spray paint, WD-40, etc.)
         d) Fresh paint, stain or solvents  
         e) If you recently painted or done house work, the smell should subside in a couple weeks.

    • The strong smell will get drawn in to the burner and put off an unpleasant smell. The smell is not harmful but should be avoided. 

Interested in a new gas fireplace?

Our shop, Specialty Gas House,  carries vent free and vented gas logs, vent free and direct vent inserts and heaters by some of the finest manufacturers in the industry. Take a look at our selection at the link below or visit us at 4500 Indianola ave. Columbus, OH, 43214


Chef Aaron Mercier 2019 Grilling Class Recipe

grilling class recipe

Japanese Inspired Summer Steaks with Marinated Green Beans, Fermented Blueberries, Grapefruit Kosho and Pepper and Strawberry Compote

Marinated Steaks

Bistro steaks aka petite tenders aka chuck tenders, etc, about ½ lb per person
2 tbsp white miso for every 1 lb steak
If needed, dilute the miso with a small amount of water to get it moving. Mix the steaks into the marinade thoroughly, and cover tightly. I have not discovered an upper limit to the marinating time: they keep getting better as they sit, eventually becoming basically a cured product.

Fermented Blueberries Recipe

Ingredients & Directions:
Toss blueberries in salt to coat, compress lightly in nested containers. Gently stir once per day for five days, more or less depending on ambient temperatures. If you want to be precise, weigh blueberries in grams, and add 2.5% salt by weight. Alternatively a couple teaspoons per pint should do it.

Grapefruit Kosho Recipe

Zest and juice of two grapefruit
Zest of four oranges
Zest of two lemons
4 small habanero, seeded and minced
1 sweet red or yellow bell pepper, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp unrefined sea salt
2 tsp honey
Spread citrus zests out to dry at room temperature for 3-5 hours, then combine the rest of the ingredients. Kosho keeps for about a week to ten days refrigerated.

Pepper and Strawberry Compote Recipe

½ lb strawberries
½ lb red bell pepper
2 tbsp shallot
2 cloves garlic
¼ cup honey
1 tbsp mirin
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp water
1 Tbsp watermelon juice (or other melon or white grape if melon juice not available/too much hassle)
Rough chop solid ingredients, then combine everything but the watermelon juice in a small saucepan and simmer over medium heat for about an hour, then add the juice, pulse in a food processor and season to taste.

Marinated Beans Recipe

1 lb green beans
¼ cup fish sauce
¼ cup mirin (sweet Japanese wine)
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil
(combine up to 4 days ahead, cover and refrigerate)

Summer Tapenade Recipe:

1/2 cup strawberry compote
1 tbsp fermented blueberries
2 tbsp marcona almonds
A good grip of assorted herb leaves. (I like mint, thai basil, cilantro, and parsley as a base combo but it can get really eccentric if you want. Lovage? Sorrel? Savory? Marjoram? Just grab whatever looks fun at the Saturday market and chuck it in here)
Cook and Assemble:
Prepare a grill for direct, high-heat cooking. Scrub your grates well. Temper steaks to room temperature for an hour before cooking. Grill to rare or, if you must, medium-rare (if you prefer a more done steak, select a fattier cut, such as flank or strip. Bistro steaks are lean and can dry out easily.) Rest the steaks.
While they’re resting, set up a perforated pan on the grill and drain the beans out of their marinade. Grill briefly at high heat. Slice out the steaks, and shingle them out. Place a neat bundle of beans next to them and then arrange a dollop of tapenade along the top.

Chef Ed Kowalski Grilling Class Recipe

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Grilled Blood Orange Flank Steak, Grilled Watermelon with Blue Cheese & Prosciutto, and Grilled Pound-cake with Balsamic-glazed Strawberries.

Grilled Blood Orange Flank Steak Recipe

1/2 cup blood orange marmalade
1/4 cup water
1/4 soy sauce
1/4 cup Goya Mojo Criollo
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp orange juice
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp grated orange zest
2 lb flank steak

Combine all ingredients except steak in a food processor and blend until smooth. Set aside.
Put steak in a covered container (or large Ziploc bag and add marinade, making sure meat is covered. Seal and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight, turning occasionally. Preheat grill to 350-40 degrees F, remove steak from marinade and discard excess marinade (or use as a basting liquid). Grill steak for approximately 4-5 minutes per side for medium rare (130 degrees F internal temperature). Remove from heat and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes. Slice steak across the grain, serve.

Grilled Watermelon with Blue Cheese & Prosciutto Recipe

3 watermelon rounds (1/2” thick), quartered
1 Tbsp. olive oil
Kosher salt
Ground black pepper
4 oz. thinly-sliced prosciutto, cut into strips
4 oz. Blue cheese, crumbled
Fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
2 tsp. Balsamic glaze

Preheat grill to 350-400 degrees F (medium-high heat). Brush both sides of the watermelon with the olive oil and season with salt & pepper to taste.
Grill watermelon for 1 minute on each side, or until grill marks appear. Transfer watermelon to a serving plate, top with blue cheese, prosciutto, and basil. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and serve immediately.

Grilled Pound-cake with Balsamic-glazed Strawberries Recipe

¼ cup Balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp. Honey
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
1 lb. Strawberries, halved or sliced
¼ cup Fresh mint, chopped
2 cups Vanilla yogurt
1 each pound-cake, sliced

In a small saucepan, mix together the balsamic vinegar and honey. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes, until the mixture has slightly thickened. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Toss the strawberries with the glaze and stir in the mint. Preheat grill to 350-400 degrees F (medium-high). Brush each side of the pound-cake slices with oil and grill for about 1 minute on each side, or until grill marks appear. Spoon vanilla yogurt over the pound-cake, then top with strawberries.