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What Happened at This Year’s Turkey Fest

BBQ Island’s 8th Annual Turkey Fest has officially come and gone. This year we had 20 BBQ teams competing for votes in a people’s choice format. 
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Smoked Turkey Breast Recipe

It’s turkey season—and we’re celebrating at BBQ Island by showing you how to prepare one of our favorite recipes, the smoked turkey breast, from Aaron Franklin and Jordan Mackay’s “Franklin Barbeque” cookbook. Here’s what you’ll need to create the dish yourself.
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5 Ways to Add Flavor to a Grilled Turkey

If you’re looking for an easier way to cook up a holiday meal and avoid having your oven blazing for hours, try preparing your Thanksgiving turkey on the grill. It frees up space in the oven, cooks better and gives your bird a tastier, crispier outer layer.
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3 Ways to Get Wood Flavor on a Gas Grill

Want to create that delicious smoked flavor but don’t have a BBQ smoker at home? Relax, we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves to ensure you achieve what seems impossible. With a few extra gadgets and proper wood pellets to fuel your fire, that beautifully smoky wood flavor is attainable with a gas grill.
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Surefire Ways to Keep Your Chicken Moist

One of the most intimidating challenges a griller may face is figuring out how to keep chicken moist. Of course, you never want to undercook chicken. Underdone poultry could potentially expose you and your guests to harmful bacteria such as salmonella. On the other hand, overcooked chicken is dry and tough to swallow – basically, you wasted a great slab of meat. Here at BBQ Island, we’ve undertaken years of experimenting with the best ways to keep your chicken moist, and we think we’ve found the solution.
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5 Ways to Top a Steak (Photo Gallery)

For all the steak purists out there, salt and pepper is your best friend. However, here at BBQ Island we like to get a little creative from time to time. Slap on a bit of compound butter or bleu cheese crumbles and you’re in for a flavorful meal. Enjoy a few of our favorite mouthwatering steak ideas below.
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4 Grilling Tools You Can’t Live Without

They say a man is only as good as his tools. That saying is especially true when it comes to grilling. While seasoned barbecue competitors would argue that talent is a huge factor, it’s far easier to cook a beautiful steak with the right grill, plus essential tools like a meat thermometer.
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Unique Backyard BBQ Recipes (Featuring Smoked Mac N’ Cheese)

If there’s one side dish that’s sure to be a hit at your next BBQ cookout, it’s mac n’ cheese. Impress your friends with this unique and tasty smoked mac n’ cheese recipe, tested and approved by our staff here at BBQ Island. Follow these simple instructions from Mark Crigler below to ensure you get the recipe mastered.
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How to Grill Epic Vegetarian Dishes

Here at BBQ Island, we’re all about the meat. Tri-tip. Pulled pork. Brisket. Even fish, shrimp and chicken. But we also understand that there’s more to making good barbecue than knowing how to grill a steak. There’s being able to impress your best friend’s vegetarian wife, or cooking up side dishes that bring out the smoky flavor in a meaty entrée.
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5 AZ Craft Beer & BBQ Pairings

At BBQ Island, we’re big fans of Arizona’s craft beers – and not just because they’re local. The 48th state churns out some of the best brews in the Southwest. Several AZ breweries received awards at last year’s World Beer Cup Competition, and one was actually named the best new brewery in the world by RateBeer.com. From bitter stouts and porters to summery ales, there’s a hoppy Arizona beverage that will pair well with your grilled feast.
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How to: Use a Kamado Grill

The Kamado grill is super versatile – from it’s ability to grill, bake, and smoke – it really does “roast” it’s competition. Josh Dae from BBQ Island goes into more detail about its features and capabilities. To learn more, watch the video and visit our website.
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Labor Day BBQ Menu

Labor Day is prime time for grilling. It’s a three-day weekend, and one of the last official holidays for most workers until Thanksgiving. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the holiday was first introduced in the 1880s as a “national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
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Quiz: Match Your Meat to the Sauce

Meat and sauce are two of the most crucial ingredients for a BBQer. Master these, and you can mix-and-match almost anything cooked over coals. Nearly anyone – from novice grillers to seasoned pit masters – can follow a recipe and make mouthwatering barbecue with the help of an amazing built-in grill. The real talent lies in being able to select a sauce that makes the most of the meat you’ve prepared.
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