A Pampered Guide to Grilling

Once you get a good handle on the basics of grilling, you’ll discover how fun cooking outside can be.

Step 1: Light Your Grill Right

For gas grills:

Make sure you’re cooking with gas. If your grill doesn’t have a gas gauge, pour a cup of boiling water down the sides of the propane tank and wait a few seconds. If the tank still feels cool where you poured the water, there’s still propane inside.
Time to ignite! Uncover the grill, set the heat to high and ignite the gas. Check and make sure the gas is lit. If it doesn’t ignite, turn off the gas and keep the lid open for a few minutes before trying again.
Preheat the grill. Turn the burners on high, close the lid, and preheat for 10–15 minutes so the the grill grate is hot enough to sear your food.
Indirect cooking requires at least two burners. But, if your grill only has two burners, turn one of them off. Place a drip pan under the area where you’ll be cooking, and grill over the unlit burners.

For charcoal grills:

Light the coals.

Set up for direct cooking. This set-up is used for foods that generally take less than 25 minutes to cook. Light about 50 briquettes and in about 30 minutes, they’ll be coated with ash. Then spread them in an even layer.
Set up for indirect cooking. This method is used to grill foods that require longer cooking times. Position a drip pan in the center of the fire grate with hot coals spread around or to the sides. Place your food on the grill over the drip pan and cover it to make the grill more oven-like. (Bonus: You don’t need to turn the food!)

Step 2: Set the Grill Temperature.

Once your gas grill is preheated, lower the heat according to the recipe. Gas grills give you that extra control. Charcoal grilling takes a little bit more of feel that you’ll get with practice. Here’s a rule of thumb for the amount of time you should add after preheating your charcoal grill for 30 minutes:

Medium-high heat—wait an additional 5–10 minutes
Medium heat—wait an additional 10–20 minutes
Medium-low heat—wait an additional 15–30 minutes

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Rock the Grill

What could be better than spending time outdoors with good friends and family while grilling? And, just because you’re hosting the barbecue party, that doesn’t mean you need to be trapped at the hot grill. It’s time to rock the grill.

The secret to a chill backyard party is a menu plan with plenty of make-ahead recipes you can assemble that day. When it’s time to grill, don’t be afraid to have a few friends help, so you can take a break and enjoy the party.

It’s even easier to cook out when you have a Pampered Chef consultant helping you. A consultant can offer a variety of services from sending Rock the Grill invitations, to menu ideas, to leading a fun recipe that you and your guests can make together.

Your consultant will give everyone at the backyard barbecue tips to make every meal and party simpler. And, as the host, you can choose some free or half-price tools for your garden, grill, and kitchen!

Pick up that extra bag of charcoal, a few groceries, and let Pampered Chef do the rest.

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Grilling 101

Learn how to master your grill with these 10 smart grilling tips and tricks. Then put your skills to use and cook up one of our favorite recipes for the grill…they’re bound to become your favorites, too!

1. Warm Ups

All gas grilling gurus agree that a pre-heated grill is necessary for good results—it sears food on contact and helps prevent sticking. Fire up your grill and let it preheat for about 15 minutes. Aim for 450-550°F for high, 400-450°F for medium-high, 350-400°F for medium, 300-350°F for medium-low, and 250-300°F for low heat.

2. Give It the Brush-Off

It’s easiest to clean grill grates when the grill is hot. After pre-heating, use a BBQ Cleaning Brush to remove any charred bits left over on the grates, then do it again as soon as you’re done cooking.

3. Oil Up

Sometimes lean food sticks even with the cleanest of grills. Help prevent sticking by oiling the grill right before the food goes on with a vegetable oil-soaked paper towel. Hold the towel with your BBQ Tongs so you don’t burn your fingers. And don’t even think about spraying a hot grill with cooking spray or oil!

4. Stay Sanitary

Move any platter that held raw meat right away and grab a clean one to use when your food comes off the grill.

5. Make a Basket

A grill basket or roasting pan might be the most handy grilling tool after your tongs. It keeps foods that are too small to turn one-by-one from falling through the grill rack—think cherry tomatoes, green beans, mushrooms, fruit, or shrimp.

6. Put a Lid on It

Keep that lid closed! Peek only when it’s necessary to turn food or check doneness.

7. Do It Right

Get a meat thermometer. It’s the most accurate way to tell if your food is cooked to the temperature you want. Check meat’s temperature in the same spot so fewer juices run out, and remember the temperature will rise a few degrees once it’s off the heat.

8. Is it Hot in Here?

Watch out for flare-ups. They happen when fat drips onto the heat and catches fire. You can reduce flare-ups by cooking with lean meat, trimming off excess fat, and removing poultry skin. And it never hurts to keep a spray bottle (or water gun) handy if a flare-up does happen.

9. Even Out

Hot spots happen with any type of grill. Move food around if you notice things aren’t cooking evenly.

10. Get Some Rest

Allow meat to rest (tented with foil) for about 10 minutes before serving. This lets juices redistribute evenly for the yummiest possible results

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  • Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza
  • Smoky Beer Can Chicken with Potato Wedges
  • Margarita Grilled Shrimp
  • Glazed Pork Chops with Grilled Apples
  • Grilled Tilapia with Tomato Relish

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What is Korean BBQ ?

Korean barbecue is taking the country by storm—most major cities boast at least one Korean barbecue restaurant, and ingredients like kimchi (kim-chee) and gochujang (go-chew-jang) are making their way onto mainstream restaurant menus. While this style of cooking and eating is nothing new, it’s finally becoming popular in North America.

So, what is it? It’s a unique experience where cooking and eating take center stage. At Korean BBQ restaurants, everyone gathers around a grill in the middle of the table. The server brings plates of raw meat and lots of side dishes—called banchan (bon-chon)—then everyone can begin cooking and eating their own food. It’s great because it’s all about getting your friends and family around the table to cook and eat together. Plus, everyone gets to be part of the fun—no one is stuck in the kitchen doing all the work.

How to Make Korean BBQ At Home

A few simple recipes, helpful products, and unique ingredients make it easy to create a restaurant-quality experience right in your home. Here’s how to do it:

The Grill

A traditional Korean barbecue restaurant has a table with a charcoal grill in the center—plus big exhaust fans above the tables. An electric Korean BBQ grill for your home lets you easily create the experience around your table.

The grate on our Indoor Outdoor Portable Grill covers the electric coil, so it reduces the amount of smoke—it’s the perfect way to set up your own Korean barbecue! To make sure you have the best experience possible, make sure to keep the grate clean, use only thawed meat, and to grill in a well-ventilated area.

The Meat

The meat is the star of the show, since that’s what’s being barbecued. There are lots of options—beef, chicken, and pork—and they’re all delicious, but bulgogi is especially popular. It’s a marinated sirloin that’s cut into thin, bite-sized pieces with a pair of Professional Shears. We like to use a Korean Barbecue Rub on sirloin: it gives the meat a smoky, slightly spicy flavor that’s totally delicious.

The good news is that the perfect cuts of meat—like skirt steak and sirloin—tend to be the least expensive, they’re full of flavor, and since they’re so thin, they grill quickly. You’ll never have to worry about whether the meat is rare, well done, or anything in between, because it’s always going to be tender and easy to eat.

The Side Dishes

When you’re doing Korean barbecue at home, you can make or buy as much as you like—it all depends on your preferences. You can eat the banchan (side dishes) by themselves, mix them into rice, or use them as fillings in lettuce wraps—there’s no wrong way to do it! The key is to balance your side dishes—have some sweet, salty, sour, and savory options, as well as different textures.

Kimchi is one side that no Korean barbecue can be without. It’s fermented cabbage (or other vegetables) with lots of spices and garlic that has a tangy, salty, and slightly sweet flavor. You don’t have to make your own—you can find it in the produce section of most grocery stores. Give it a try—we know you’ll like it!

Another must-have is gochujang—a spicy chili sauce that’s a staple in Korean cooking. You use it just like hot sauce, and these days, it’s just as easy to find.

We also like to make a few homemade side dishes like Quick Pickled Radishes, Korean Kale Salad, Korean Potato Salad, and Korean Scallion Pancakes. They’re all easy to make, and they taste great by themselves or as toppings.

Setting it All U

Now that you have your grill, meat, and side dishes, it’s time to party. Set up your grill at the center of your table, arrange your side dishes around it, and let everyone start cooking and eating together.

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Must-Have Products for Every Wedding Registry

You’re getting married! You’ve got plenty of decisions to make concerning your big day, but don’t worry—we’ve got your wedding registry covered. Use this list to ensure you include everything you need to start your journey together!


Whether you’re a newbie in the kitchen or on the cusp of top chef, you need cookware. Our Stainless Steel 8-Piece Set and Executive Nonstick 7-Piece Set are essentials…and they’re guaranteed for life!


Our Bamboo Knife Block Set is priced at an incredible value. It includes nine pieces of Forged Cutlery, Professional Shears, our Honing Tool, and a beautiful knife block.


Whether you’d like to effortlessly make everyday meals or plan to host a special event, our entertaining products provide solutions.

Our Stoneware Entertaining Set includes two platters and five bowls in graystone and sandstone. These versatile pieces do much more than serve: You can bake with them—and since they’re fully glazed, put them in the dishwasher when you’re done!
Our Large Square Cool & Serve keeps everything from fruit and veggies to dip and salad cool for 4–6 hours. It’s the ultimate entertaining piece!
It’s not a celebration without something to drink. The single-motion lever on our Wine Bottle Opener lets you remove corks effortlessly. Or, how about our Electric Wine Opener? It opens a bottle with the touch of a button. Our Wine Chiller keeps bottles at serving temperature for up to two hours and there’s no mess, unlike with an ice bucket. Not a wine drinker? The Wine Chiller works with coffee creamer, soda, or sparkling water!


The Rockcrok® Dinner Set is a must-have! Who doesn’t like delicious and nutritious meals when it’s dinner time? This set includes the Rockcrok® Dutch Oven (with recipe cards), Bamboo Spoon Set, and Veggie Strip Maker. And why not add on the Rockcrok® Slow Cooker Stand? With this new product, meals are ready when you are!


Our cookie sheets are comparable to those used by professional bakers. The Cookie Sheet Set includes two Cookie Sheets and our Mini Nylon Serving Spatula. Besides delicious cookies, you can make toasted garlic bread under your broiler. And don’t forget the Stackable Cooling Rack Set—these nonstick racks are perfect for space-saving cooling. And, of course, our Brownie Pan is perfect for desserts, appetizers, even entrées…especially if you like corner pieces!

Roasting Pan

No kitchen is complete without a great roaster. Our exclusive Roasting Pan with Rack lets you easily cook a 20-lb. turkey, two chickens (at one time!), large roasts, ribs, or even lasagna. It’s perfect for large family gatherings and events!


Our stoneware Rectangular Baker Set is a must. It helps you get an entire meal on the table quickly, deliciously, and with style. And there’s no need to deal with foil or cling wrap when reheating or storing because our Stretch-Fit Silicone Lids can be used in the freezer, refrigerator, microwave, and oven!

Our Large Bar Pan helps make all of your baked goods light and crispy. Make bar cookies, roast your vegetables, and reheat leftovers.

Kitchen Must-Haves

Quick and easy—two words to describe how this trio of must-have products will cut down your prep time in the kitchen.

Quickly make fun, flavorful fruit and veggie “noodles” you can turn into healthy, satisfying meals with our Veggie Spiralizer.
Our Smooth-Edge Can Opener cuts along the side of cans, eliminating sharp edges. The claw removes lids with the push of a button so you can keep your hands clean!
Just drop ingredients into our Manual Food Processor and pump the handle for amazing salsa, dip, cookie dough, baby food, tapenade…the Manual Food Processor does it all. The more you pump, the finer it cuts!
The bowls in our Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set stay steady while you’re using them. The nonskid silicone bottoms keeps the bowls in place on the counter, and the padded thumbholes give you a solid grip for mixing and pouring. You’ll also love the lids, which are strong and fit snugly, so you can easily store leftovers or prepared ingredients.

Indoor Outdoor Portable Grill

Make grilling a social experience and bring friends together around the grill! Cook any time, anywhere, and still be a part of the event with our Indoor Outdoor Portable Grill. Whether you’re firing up the charcoal for a cookout or gathering around the electric grill in your kitchen, this easy-to-use grill converts from electric for indoor or outdoor use, to charcoal for outdoor use. It’s great for picnicking, tailgating, camping, and more!

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10 Ways to Use the Mix ‘N Chop

At first glance, the Pampered Chef Mix ‘N Chop is an odd-looking tool. What can a pinwheel on a stick do?

Anyone who’s tried to crumble ground beef in a pan with a fork or spatula will tell you that this novel product is a game changer. Its one-of-a-kind design with five beveled nylon blades breaks foods into a nice consistency for even cooking.

When the Mix ‘N Chop launched in 2007, we sold over a million—and it’s still a best-seller today. Why? Because this funky little tool can do so much!

In honor of its 10th anniversary, Pampered Chef has launched an exclusive pink and gray Mix ‘N Chop to support our Help Whip Cancer® campaign. $1 from the purchase of every pink and gray Mix ‘N Chop and Help Whip Cancer® Infusion Water Bottle in May will be donated to the American Cancer Society® to benefit breast cancer education and early detection programs.

Here are 10 ways it can improve everyday cooking in your kitchen.

1. Crumble beef, chicken, turkey & sausage

It breaks up meat into fine, uniform crumbles for even cooking.

2. Turn stewed tomatoes into homemade pasta sauce

Break apart the tomato skins in the pot with the Mix ‘N Chop. Add pressed garlic, a dash of basil, and oregano. Presto!

3. Mash berries into a dessert sauce

Warm blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries with honey on the stovetop or in a microwave. Then mash them into a yummy sauce to pour over pancakes, pound cake, or ice cream. Try this Strawberry-Lime Dessert Sauce.

4. Scramble Eggs

Break up the eggs directly in the pan. The durable plastic Mix ‘N Chop won’t scratch your pans.

5. Cut pretty pinwheel pie vents

The unique shape of the Mix ‘N Chop can also inspire some creative baking designs. Look what it can do for pie crusts!

6. Mash avocados into a chunky guacamole

Add onion, jalapeno, garlic, lime juice, and cilantro. Open a bag of tortilla chips, and you’re ready to party!

7. Cook up rustic mashed potatoes

Mash small boiled potatoes right in the pot. Add in garlic, sour cream, milk, and salt and pepper to taste.

8. Make homemade refried beans

Who knew you could make refried beans at home? It’s easy and a great way to reduce salt.

Boil pinto beans in a covered pot for 1½ hours, stirring every 30 minutes. Once the beans are soft, remove the lid and cook until the water is absorbed. Mash the beans to desired consistency and add salt to taste.

9. Create neat cookie designs

Use common kitchen tools to imprint creative designs into your cookies! The Mix ‘N Chop makes a whimsical pinwheel shape, but your options are endless.

10. Make homemade applesauce

Peel, core, and slice six golden delicious apples. Boil them in 1 cup of apple juice and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Once the apples are soft (you guessed it) mash the mixture into delicious, chunky applesauce.

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6 Tips for Grilling in Sunshine & Rain

Think beautifully grilled meals are a luxury reserved for suburban decks on sunny days? Think again. Even if you have the world’s tiniest apartment patio, live in the rainiest city, or the thought of firing up a grill freaks you out…there’s hope.

It’s possible to make excellent grilled meals all year (and in any space) thanks to some helpful grilling tools and tips from Pampered Chef’s Food and Trend Innovators, Jackie Blust and Tim Hagedorn.

1. Go Convertible

Small, portable grills are common enough, but the Indoor Outdoor Portable Grill also converts from classic charcoal to an efficient electric cooking surface. That means you can bring it indoors and use the electric settings when rain threatens to cancel your Friday night fajitas cookout. You can grill right on your kitchen counter.

2. Thank You for Not Smoking

When you grill indoors using the electric grill option, smoke can be an issue…but Jackie says there are two things you can do.

“Use your grill near a hood to keep your kitchen from getting too smoky,” she suggested. “We also recommend oiling your food instead of the grill grates.”

3. Grill with Clay Cookware

The Indoor Outdoor Portable Grill is perfectly designed to partner with Pampered Chef’s exclusive line of clay cookware for even more grilling options. The Rockcrok® Casserole, Everyday Pan, and Dutch Oven can now cook on location. Think stews and chilies in the parking lot before the big game! Or use the Small Grill Stone to grill breakfast sausages and scrambled eggs at your campsite.

4. Have the Basic Grill Accessories

The list of tools you need to grill is pretty simple—and Pampered Chef has all the necessities. Our grilling tools feature stainless-steel design and pakkawood handles, a plastic/wood composite that has the look and feel of wood without the splitting and warping that can happen with regular wooden handles.

Tongs: for gripping and flipping meats and veggies. “The head is angled so your hands are away from the heat,” explained Tim. “So whenever you’re grilling, you can grasp that food much more comfortably.”

Spatula: to flip burgers and fish. “I think they look really sleek,” said Jackie, “and they’re more functional than ever.”

Grill Scraper: “Our Wooden Grill Scraper is a great natural alternative to wire bristles,” explained Jackie. “The more you use it, the better it works, and it can form to any grill.”

5. Go with a Grill Pan

Craving grilled foods on a rainy day? Turn your stovetop into a grill with the Grill Pan and a press. It can take the heat and creates beautiful seared foods. Plus, the ridges keep the food out of its drippings.

6. Get Perfect Grill Marks

Here’s the secret to Instagram-worthy grill marks you can create on a grill pan:

  1. Place food on the grill pan at a 45-degree angle to the ridges for about 2–3 minutes.
  2. Rotate 90 degrees with the same side down on the grill pan. The ridges should run at a 45-
  3. degree angle in the opposite direction. Grill for another 2–3 minutes.

    Flip it.

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