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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016

In the spirit of another new year, we're taking a look in the rear-view mirror at 2016. While the year had it's ups and downs one thing remained constant - our love of grilling. 

Today we're taking a trip down memory lane at the most popular blog posts & recipes from our site in 2016. We've got several blogs on our world-dominating website. They include the following topics:

Ready everybody, keep all arms and legs in the vehicle and buckle your seat belts as we count 'em down.

 1. Choosing the Right Fireplace

Okay, so this blog post wasn't about grilling, buuuuutttt it is about fire and we love fire. This blog post is your best resource when deciding what style of fireplace is right for your home. There are times when being as picky as Goldilocks is a bad thing, but when it comes to choosing a fireplace, there's lots to consider and finding the one that's 'just right' is important.

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Choosing The Right Fireplace

 

2. Barbecue Brush Safety 

The world was up in arms this year about the dangers of barbecue bristles in your food - and rightly so. While it is not fair to lump all bristled-brushes into the same heap of evil, there are a lot of other grill cleaning tools available that don't have bristles. We offered 5 alternatives to the traditional grill brush. 

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Barbecue Brush Safety Bristle Free Barbecue Brush Alternatives

 

3. Charcoal Selection 101

The charcoal battle is real. In one corner you've got the Lumps, a group of mis-matched coals that are viewed as 'pure' and leaves the wood in it's original form. In the other corner you've got the Briquettes, a pack of uniformed coals that create an even burning experience. Be wary of briquettes unknown - make sure to choose brands that don't use chemicals in their binding process. Which camp are you in?

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 Lump charcoal vs charcoal briquettes

 

4. Getting Your Barbecue Ready For Spring

Whether you're pulling your barbecue out of hibernation or are just looking to give it a good Spring cleaning, this blog post is full of steps to make sure you enjoy a safe and happy grilling experience. It's counterpart How to Winterize your Barbecue was also very popular, but sadly did not make this list since it was written in 2015.

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 Getting Your Barbecue Ready For Spring

 

 

5. Recipe: Smokin' Scotch Eggs  

Here at Barbecues Galore, we like to try to make as many of our meals as possible on the barbecue. So when we decided to make Scotch Eggs we were delighted to be able to make another breakfast meal on the grill.  This delicious treat has your whole breakfast rolled into one gourmet ball of goodness. 

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Smokin' Scotch Eggs Recipe

 

 

6. Recipe: Tequila Lime Chicken Wings

This year we celebrated Cinco de Mayo with our favourite Mexican beverage, no not agua or cerveza - tequila! These super-flavourful wings are baked and then thrown directly on the grill to finish them off and get that skin nice and crispy. 

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Tequila Lime Chicken Wings

 

7. Converting Your Wood Burning Fireplace to Gas

While wood burning fireplaces are the original, converting your drafty wood fireplace into a Valor radiant gas insert just makes cents. (That was not a typo.) They produce highly efficient gas inserts that can save you lots of moolah on your home heating bills. Read on to find out what's involved.

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Converting Your Wood Burning Fireplace to Gas 

 

8. 7 Tips for Grilling Fish, The Right Way! 

Some people view grilling fish as this magical feat that only the greatest barbecue masters can tackle. That is false. Anyone can grill fish with the right tools and the right tricks.  Luckily, we've come up with seven (told you it was lucky) tips to help you gain your ground in the fish grilling domain. 

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Grilled Cedar Planked Salmon

 

9. How To Measure Your Barbecue For a Cover

While it is not rocket science, sometimes the response to "How big is your barbecue?" is "I don't know.. big.". While that is technically an answer to the question being asked, it is not an answer that will help us find the right cover for you. If you take the right measurements, and bring them in with you, we can find the perfect cover for you in a flash!. 

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How To Measure Your Barbecue For A Cover

 

10. How To Barbecue Flank Steak 

Considering this post was written in the final days of the year, we are frankly surprised that it made this list. Not that it isn't a great article - although, we may be biased - we were just shocked by how many people read it in so little time. Flank steak is one of the less expensive cuts of meat you can buy and is really easy to make for a large group. Read our tips to make sure your next flank steak is a hit! 

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How To Grill Flank Steak

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