Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Nonni's THINaddictives are Perfect for Those Long Nights Smoking Meat

Nonni’s, creator of the number one selling almond thins, have added THINaddictives in Banana Dark Chocolate and Blueberry Oat to grocery stores nationwide.
 Yum! These are So Good, I Could Have Them for Dessert.

My big time barbecue buddies (especially those on BBQ competition teams) know it takes untold hours to smoke up pork, beef, and chicken.

The coffee is usually perking to keep everyone kind of half way functioning. Add these nut and fruit thins, and your taste buds will jolt you back awake.

I'd never been a big thins fan (just not on my radar), until I got these. They are so good, I am sitting here thinking about eating my photo packs, so I better get them up quick.

OK. Now I Can Eat Them!

Nonni's sent them over and told me they were really good and also guilt-free with real ingredients like whole blueberries and bananas. Sugar is low (5 grams or less) and so are the carbs (14 grams or less). They run 100 calories per serving but taste more like a sinful dessert.

I got to check out the two new flavors and the pistachio which is one of my all time favorite flavors ever. The nut one is crisper. The fruity one are crisp but a little softer with the fruits (which my son prefers).

There are five flavors total, and I loved the three I tried, so I'd imagine everything in this line would be tasty.

Google or Bing THINaddictives and follow on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram for healthy living tips and for chances to win. They are running contests now, and I'm sure they will have more in the future.

If you don't know where to find these healthy treats, then here is the store locator on the Nonni's site. The two near me are Harris Teeter and Wal-Mart. I'd never seen them but never looked. Now I'm hooked. They really are that good and much better for me than a big, old candy bar.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Bella Vita Wine Nets - Pretty, Practical, and Cute as Can Be

Quick Quiz - Guess What These Are?

If you were thinking pot holders, trivets, or Frisbee tossing disks, then you're on the wrong track.

These are actually wine nets (or bottle nets) by Bella Vita. I kid you not. These little flat disks will make carrying your wine easier and so much sportier.

Off to Party with my Wine in Bottle Nets

You know it can be hard to carry in wine or other bottled beverages, but it's super easy with the bottle nets. Also, you look quite elegant (especially if you wear your dress clothes which apparently mine were in the wash). The yellow one on your right even makes a flower shape at the top.

These are green (as in can be used over and over), and they also would make a nice gift along with the bottle of wine. Just use a little ribbon to keep them pulled up around the bottle. They go back to the flat and easy to store shape when you let them go.

A Closer Look at the Wine and Bottle Net

My barbecue buddies think these are really neat (although many of them are beer drinkers - may have to try these on a 40), and so do I. In fact, I love the whole concept and how these wine carriers work. It's two thumbs way up from me.

You can find these at Bella Vita. Now I'm lusting after the lavender and red one. I guess I'll have to drink a lot of wine and wear mine out (bet that would take a long while), or I could pick up some of the other colors for holiday gifts.

I hope everyone will like these as much as I did. I was confused when I opened the package, but once I figured these out, I was wowed (which does not happen too very often).

Sunday, April 20, 2014

BBQ Grilling Giveaway - Wonderful Ted Reader Cookbook and Spices/Sauces (ends May 5, 2014)

New Cookbook Out from Ted Reader - You Could Win It!

Kara got in touch with me about Ted Reader's newest cookbook. She didn't have to sell me. I've known Teddy for a while. We're Facebook friends, and someone gave me some of his sauces some time back. His pineapple barbecue sauce was so yummy and smelled so good the people grilling beside me at the beach came over to ask why our food smelled so much better. I still love that Ted Reader pineapple sauce.

If you'd like to see what the buzz is with this Canadian BBQ guru, then now is your chance. Kara sent me Gastro Grilling to check out and some grilling seasoning (and a review - honest good or bad). You can get the book and some flavorings too free with my latest Barbecue Master giveaway sponsored by Ted and his hard working marketing group.

How Do You Enter to Win the BBQ CookBook and Seasonings?

I keep my contests low tech and no spam. I don't like to jump through hoops, and I hate spam, so I don't do that to my readers (and thank you all for making my Barbecue Master blog so successful).

Just comment in my comment section and tell me why you'd like to win this great prize. Also leave some way to let you know if you win. I don't need your firstborn, but be sure I have some clue as far as getting in touch. I don't add you to lists or anything other than contact the winner and the company who will send the prize directly, so it doesn't get run through the mail twice.

Extra Entries?

Some onliners love extra entries, so I'll add a couple of those too. You don't have to do anything extra. The comment gets your name in the hat. These extras just give you extra slips. Do add a new comment to tell me about extra entries. I don't want you having to PM or hashtag me all over the internet. Just put something like: Extra entry - tweeted etc. (and again some kind of contact).

So, here's what you can do . . .

  1. Visit Ted Readers FB page and let me know what you see. I first said to leave a "Cyndi said hi" message on his page, but he is maxed on the FB limit.
  2. Facebook my contest link.
  3. Tweet the barbecue gift contest.
  4. Google + the contest. Does anyone G plus? Some I'm sure.
  5.  One selfish request - subscribe to my blog, so you won't miss out on future contests. That's on the right bar. I don't see the info. Promise. You get an email by way of Google, but you can see from the title if you're interested (which I hope you are).

That gives you the basic comment entry and five more if you are the high achiever type. It only takes one, and I've certainly had a one entry person win.

How Long Do You Have?

My last class day at the college is May 5th (2014) at 10 pm EST, so I'll make that the deadline, so I can celebrate along with you. 

*Please not that I am not an auto blogger. I check every comment, so you won't see your comment immediately, unless I'm online. I'm not a control freak. If you saw some of the dirty stuff and spam people put up, you would know why I check to make sure things on my blog are the real deal. I'll make sure you're entered, but it may take me a few hours especially if I'm sleeping. I love my ZZZZs.

Good luck. This is a very nice free giveaway prize!  

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Wilton Armetale Grilling Chili Pot - I Just Love Their Grill Pots and Griddles

Wilton Armetale Chili Pot for the Barbecue Grill

Kristen contacted me to see if I'd like to test out one of their grillware products in exchange for an honest review. Since I already have the Wilton Armetale barbecue grill wok which is one of my favorite pieces of all times, this was a no brainer. Unless they'd done something different to the line, I knew this would be a barbecue piece I'd use and treasure. 

What I love about this BBQ Gourmet Grillware product line is that the metal is heavy duty like cast iron and holds the heat like you would not believe, but you don't have to worry about rust.  My wok looks new after a couple of years. Very impressive. 

I use mine on the grill, but you can also use them on the stovetop and in the oven up to 1000 degrees.

Wilton Armetale believes in their products. They offer a lifetime warranty against breakage under normal conditions. 

The chili pot is really pretty as you can see, and it's perfect to serve from right off the grill. Do use potholders as the metal (as I mentioned) has excellent heat retention.

Here is a small batch of chili I made with my son in from college this weekend. It's actually a tex mex chili. One of our favorites.

Our Weekend Grilled Chili in My New Gourmet Grill Pot

Well, you can't see the chili with the lid on, so here's the chili right before I took it off the grill for my always hungry son.

Yum. Chili Dinner Right Off the Grill.

If you're interested in the recipe, it's at my Yes You Can Cook as Taco Soup. As you can see, it looks more like a chili. The seasonings give it that taco kick.

I get to try out a lot of great products (and a few duds) as a barbecue blogger. Now and then I come across a brand that I stand behind 100%. Wilton Armetale is one of those. They look a little expensive, but when you consider how pretty they are, how well they work, and that they are a lifetime investment, I can't think of anything I'd change (other than I wish I owned the whole collection - perhaps some day though). 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Fabulous Wilton Armetale BBQ Grill Griddle Contest Super Bowl Day 2014

 Win This Great GrillWare Griddle on Super Bowl Sunday 2014

It's been a while since I've done a grilling giveaway contest, but when Kristen asked me about a free Grillware Griddle for a lucky reader of Barbecue Master, I had to jump on that. I have one of the companies woks which I love, so I know the quality on these pieces. Top notch.

I do not get any compensation for the contest. I am on tap to get and review the chili grilling pot from GG and excited about that, but the contest is flat out a gift from the company to the winning reader - no strings. 

I always try to keep my contests simple and non-invasive for readers. In this case, I ask that you visit Grillware Griddle and then tell me in comments. You can visit and like or share at the following:

Facebook Grillware Griddle

Twitter Grillware Griddle

Pinterest Grillware Griddle

Tell me which you did and add the link in my comments. And, yes, you can do all three for three entries. Please do a new comment for each, so it's easier to make the slips for drawing on Super Bowl Sunday. That's the end time of the contest - the end of the game 2014. I wanted to get this one on out there with such a nice piece, but you can enter up until the last second of the game.

Be sure that you include some way to get in touch with your entry. I don't keep and collect your contact data. I just need some way to get in touch if you win. Then, the company will send out the griddle. That's the only direct contact data and only on the winner.

If you're wondering why this griddle is so special, it's a high end metal. It is a lot like cast iron with the great heat retention, but it does not require a lot of special care and does not rust. My wok is slightly darker than when I got it from being on the grill, but it is not real dark. It still looks a lot like the brand new photo.

Do note that you're not supposed to put the griddle in the dishwasher. I don't have one, and I would not do that to high end grilling items.

If you want to expand your grilling, a griddle is a wonderful addition. The Wilton Armetale is top of the line. You will enjoy this grilling accessory for years to come.

Do note that I check my comments. If I don't, I get spam and other bad stuff. My readers do not want to see that. So, you won't see your entry until I click in and check and press post. I wish I did not have to do that, but if I don't check, you would see some really ugly stuff. All real people get clicked in. Thanks.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Mr. Grill Gloves - Kind of Like Ove Gloves but for Grilling

Mr Grill Gloves

I'm a cooking and grilling glove freak. My skin is sensitive, and I'm really careful to use good gloves. So, when Rizzi asked if I'd like to check out Mr. Grill outdoor cooking gloves, I read up on them and decided I'd like to give them a try. She sent me a pair for an honest review (which is the only type I'll do).

Kitchen cooks may notice these look a bit like Ove Gloves which I enjoy in the kitchen. My aunt sent me a pair for Christmas several years back. I don't think I've reviewed them, but they are great for indoors.

Mr. Grill went with black instead of the beige of indoor kitchen gloves which is good. Outdoor gloves are going to get dirty. A bonus is that these can go in the washing machine. I love my Lodge Grill gloves, but they are leather and look grungy, but I can't wash them. Add a plus to Mr. Grill gloves for being washable.

The outer part of the Mr. Grill grilling gloves is made to not catch fire. Your kitchen mitts are not. You save money by getting actual grill gloves, because kitchen gloves and mitts will scorch or burn. 

As far as temperatures, Mr. Grill gloves protect up to 622 degrees. That's a pretty random number, and I did not test for temps. The grill gloves work great for grilling. I have not used a Dutch Oven in quite a while and likely would go with the Lodge gloves, since those temps go really high at times. Most people are not doing DO unless in Boy Scouts, so that's not a real issue here. If you're a backyard griller, you seldom get super hot temps. If you do, you likely know to use heavy duty or fireman outdoor gloves for the real hot jobs.

I didn't see a size for the Mr. Grill gloves, so I'm guessing "one size fits all." Here is a photo with my hand against the grill glove.

Since I'm female, I should mention that my fingers are as long as most guys. I'd say 9 of 10 guys - my fingers would be the same length. I got my long fingers from my Dad. My fingers are not thick though (ring size is 7 to 7.5 - about average for females).

You can see that the Mr. Grill gloves would fit virtually any hand when you consider my finger length. Inside I have around 1/4 extra space at the ends. Perhaps a little more if I had to push.

The fingers of the gloves are lined. They slide right on for me, since my fingers are slim. I'd say if you had thicker fingers, you'd have to tug a bit to get in the gloves.

For a glove model, I really love Mr. Grill grilling gloves. If I want to get in and out fast, I like the Oxo mitten style. That's usually in the summer and on a quick grill. In colder weather and with a lot to grill, then I'd go with gloves. And, Mr. Grill gloves work great. They come in a pair (and many of the grill gloves and mittens are sold as singles), so the price is quite good as well.

I don't sell products, but you can get Mr. Grill gloves at Amazon. Just put the name in search. They are very well made, and I was impressed with them. I think you will be too.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

World Peas - Good Snack While You Barbecue

World Peas - Bringing Peas to the World

I know there is a lot of pea hate out there. I attribute that to the big mushy peas served in school cafeterias across the country. Those are dreadful and taste NOTHING like peas picked at the right time. I've grown garden peas and turned several pea haters to pea lovers.

World Peas (Bringing Peas to the World) has set out to bring peas to everyone in a snack bag with a variety of different international flavors like Hungarian Garlic, Sichuan Chili and Bombay Curry as well as classics from the States like Ranch and Bacon.

They peas are healthy all natural snacks and have antioxidants. You don't get any trans fat and no cholesterol. Some of the varieties are gluten free and some Kosher (but not all - so double check).

If you've had Wasabi peas, then you have the general idea here. But, World Peas are not shockingly hot. You get a range of flavors with some pretty strong and others quite mild. I like them all, but I think the Ranch may be my favorite.

For grilling, you can add some crunch and flavor to your meats or vegetables by crunching up any flavor of World Peas. Just put some in a zip lock bag and use a rolling pin or mallet to make them into crumbles.

Of course, you need something to make the World Pea crumbles stick. In this case, I used olive oil, lime juice, and honey. I let the chicken marinate in the zip bag about 30 minutes and then put them on the grill. Note that these are boneless chicken tender pieces so are small. I'd not put the oil and honey on beforehand if doing bigger pieces of chicken, or the outside would burn.


We've also enjoyed World Peas topped on salad. They give a nice extra crunch without piling on the calories. Here you see the Ranch flavor on a salad made from our garden.

Ranch World Peas on a Home Garden Salad

My son is a Ranch dressing fan from the get go, so he especially liked this flavor. I thought this was a great flavor as well. I also think the Hungarian Garlic is good on salads, and that is what I used on the grilled chicken too.

Although I've used the peas in some dishes, they are great right out of the bag. It takes a long time to smoke large cuts of meats, and the peas make a nice snack. They are easy to carry. They don't spoil. They are not messy. And, they taste great. I've put them out as an appetizer for cook outs, and they are quite popular with friends and family.

Easy, Yummy, and Nutritious Snack

The zip bags (which are actually easy to zip shut unlike most snacks I've found) that the peas come in are nice looking, but I like to put the peas in a pretty snack bowl for guests. If you don't have a nice little snack bowl, then this one came from Good Will and was a quarter. It matches my eyes, and it's one of my favorite bowls for one of my new favorite snacks.