BBQ 101 Recipe Blog

Get ready to elevate your outdoor cooking game with BBQ 101 x Cookout Coach, the ultimate recipe series - crafted to excite your taste buds and fuel your love for grilling! In this mouthwatering journey, we'll be your guides through the world of flavorful dishes cooked to perfection on Char-Griller grills. Whether you're a seasoned grill master or just starting out, we've got you covered with simple and easy recipes that showcase the versatility of Char-Griller's Smokin Pro and 3-Burner Gas Griddle. From sizzling steaks to smoky barbecues, we'll show you how to savor the taste of every season while mastering the art of outdoor cooking. So, fire up your grill and join us as we embark on a delicious adventure!

Who is Cookout Coach

Meet Steve "Cookout Coach" Dotson, the driving force behind our BBQ 101 Recipe series. With Cookout Coach, it's not just about grilling—it's about building a community centered around a shared love for smoking delicious foods. Steve believes in the power of sharing knowledge, having fun, and cherishing the camaraderie that comes with mastering the art of barbecue. Whether he's imparting tips for achieving the perfect smoke ring or sharing his favorite recipes, Steve's passion for outdoor cooking shines through, making every barbecue session a memorable and enjoyable experience for all. Join us as we learn from the best and elevate our grilling game with Cookout Coach!

Why BBQ 101 Recipes

The inception of the BBQ 101 recipe series stemmed from a shared passion for outdoor cooking and a desire to empower individuals of all skill levels to embrace the art of barbecue. We recognized the need for accessible resources that demystify the grilling process and inspire culinary creativity. With the versatile Char-Griller Smokin Pro and 3-burner flat iron gas griddle at the forefront, we aim to showcase the incredible benefits of these equipment—whether it's the rich, smoky flavor imparted by the Smokin Pro or the convenience and precision offered by the gas griddle. Our recipes are crafted to be simple yet incredibly tasty, catering to beginners eager to explore the world of barbecue and smoking. From juicy burgers to succulent ribs, we're here to guide you through every step, ensuring that each dish is not only delicious but also achievable for anyone ready to fire up the grill and dive into the wonderful world of outdoor cooking.

Episode 1 - Smoked Apple Crisp

Someone uses a wooden spoon to serve apple crisp

In our first BBQ 101 episode, we're getting into the sweet stuff with our Smoked Apple Crisp. We use a Char-Griller Smokin' Pro Offset Smoker to give it that special smoky flavor. We pick sweet Gala apples and top them with a tasty oat crumble. As it cooks on the smoker, it soaks up all that delicious smokiness. Serve it warm with vanilla ice cream for a perfect blend of sweet and smoky flavors. Come along for the ride as we explore tasty recipes and fun twists on outdoor cooking!

Episode 2 - Grilled Cheese Trio

Closeup of 3 grilled cheese sandwiches cut in half diagonally, with the half away from the camera propped up on the half towards the camera showing the fillings

In episode 2 of BBQ 101, we're taking a nostalgic favorite to new heights with our Grilled Cheese Trio. While nothing quite compares to the comfort of a classic grilled cheese with its perfectly toasted exterior, we're bringing a fresh twist to the table. Join us as we blend the best of the classics with exciting new flavors, elevating this beloved dish to gourmet status. Get ready to indulge in a trio of mouthwatering grilled cheese sandwiches that will satisfy your cravings and ignite your culinary imagination.

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Grills Used for BBQ 101 Recipes

Smokin' Pro

A Smokin' Pro with the barrel grill section open to show a rack of ribs and cast iron pan of macaroni and cheese on the lower grill grate. There are whole bell peppers of various colors and husk-on corn on the cob on the warming rack. A metal spatula and grill brush hang from the built-in utility hooks on the side shelf.

The Char-Griller Smokin' Pro Barrel Grill and Offset Smoker is the perfect partner for backyard barbecues. It can grill your favorite foods or smoke them slowly for that classic barbecue taste. With lots of space, it's great for cooking for a big group. Get one for your backyard and enjoy delicious barbecue flavor!

3-Burner Flat Iron® Gas Griddle

The Char-Griller 3-burner Flat Iron gas griddle is not only a fantastic choice for outdoor cooking but also perfect for quick and simple recipes featured in the BBQ 101 Recipe series. Its three burners heat up quickly and evenly, making it ideal for whipping up delicious meals in no time. Whether you're cooking breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this griddle has the space and versatility to handle it all. With its flat iron surface, you can easily cook a variety of dishes, making it a must-have for any backyard chef looking to simplify their cooking process without sacrificing flavor.