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Vice President of Product Design at Kalamazoo Gourmet

30 Minutes With: Russ Faulk

Plenty of guys think they’re grill masters. But Russ Faulk, vice president of product design at Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, actually happens to be one. After asking him to add his personal notes to our tips for mastering the grill, we caught up with him to talk about life, family, battling squid and American craftsmanship.

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The Heat is On

Grill Master: Tips for BBQ Bliss

Grabbing the tongs, stoking the coals and biting into a lightly charred piece of meat is and always will be a shared summer pleasure. That doesn’t mean everyone knows how to do it right. To teach you how to truly master the grill — or even just to bone up the old pros — we’ve compiled a list of 10 grilling tips (along with notes from Russ Faulk of Kalamazoo Grills) to make your sizzle entirely satisfactory.

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Confirm your searing desires

The Heat is On: 10 Best Grills

Summer is bearing down fast, and no man passes up the opportunity to get outside and burn some meat (ok, and perhaps a vegetable or two). It is, simply, an integral summer experience, whether enjoyed in the backyard, at a tailgate, in the campsite or on your tiny urban front step.

My dad had a saying: “When it’s burning, it’s cooking. When it’s black it’s done.” This might explain the lack of repeat visitors, but maybe it was the limited tools he had to work with that contributed to his cynical approach to backyard grilling. With any of the 10 excellent grills here, you’ll not only find the right one to suit your particular needs — everything from searing steaks, to cooking a pair of burgers, to smoking an entire pig — you’ll guarantee a line around the block for your ‘cue, and a long list of friends who won’t stop asking when you’re having them over again.

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For the love of the grill

American Craftsmanship from Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet

What separates the store bought grill in your backyard from the $10,000+ meatcraft carriers made by Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet? The fine folks at Gizmodo brought this video to our attention that addresses this exact question. Watch, drool and learn the key points well — because you’ll need some help convincing your better half to unlock the door after blowing junior’s first semester tuition on 500+ glorious square inches of meat-searing goodness.

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Behind the beef counter

MoB | The Story Behind Store-Bought Beef

Buying a steak to grill is as easy as trotting into the Piggly Wiggly, Vons or Safeway down the street and grabbing one of many plastic wrapped Styrofoam packages, right? Not so fast, kemosabe. If you’re the shy type looking to avoid eye contact or a conversation, that might be the way to go. You…

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Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeef!

Introducing: The Month of Beef

It’s October, and what this month lacks in historical feasts and gift-giving holidays it makes up for many times over as autumn’s marrow. It’s apple picking season. It’s football season. It’s sweater and waxed canvas jacket season. It’s foliage season. And guess what else? It’s beef season.

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Zone your technique

Taylor Grill Surface Thermometer

You need a hot grill to sear in the juices for that High Plains Bison that was just delivered, but you also need a sub-400 degree zone to make sure your investment doesn’t go up in smoke. To make sure you’ve got your grill in order, just place the Taylor Grill Surface Thermometer ($10) directly…

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Great box of fire

Grillcube

New evidence suggests that our mancestors may have started cooking with fire almost a million years ago. We’re willing to bet the chefs on duty in the Wonderwerk Cave in South Africa wish they had a Grillcube. Billed as a greener way to grill, Grillcube is essentially a cardboard box full of natural hardwood charcoal….

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Redefining Blow Torch

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Cooking over charcoal can impart many excellent flavor characteristics to your meat of choice — lighter fluid just isn’t one of them. Swedish inventor Richard Looft created the Looftlighter ($80) to end charcoal-grilling man’s dependance on the explosive fluid once and for all, granted they have an electrical outlet close at hand. Looking like a…

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Better Than Anything You Could Write In

Direct Designs Notebook Grill

When the calendar turns to August, the sports world looks pretty bleak. Yes baseball is in full swing, and NFL training camps are underway, but there isn’t much else to occupy our interests. Fortunately, it does bring us one step closer to September, and with September comes football and tailgating (a.k.a. pure joy). In preparation…

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Monitor From a Cool Distance

Ryobi TEK4 Professional Infrared Thermometer

One way to test the heat of your grill is to step right up, look at the grill temp gauge, and feel the burn on your already steamed person. Ryobi on the other hand offers a pleasant alternative with the Ryobi TEK4 Professional Infrared Thermometer ($69). As a point-and-shoot infrared thermometer, it instantly measures grill…

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Mesh for Less Mess

Williams-Sonoma Mesh Chef’s Pan

Grilling smaller food items can be a bit like playing Lemmings. Careful attention will insure much of what you started with will survive, but some poor morsels are bound to slip through the cracks. While there are many tools and techniques out there to help with this problem, this mesh chef’s pan ($50) from Williams-Sonoma…

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Grilling: Recyclable, Natural, To Go

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National Grilling Month may wrap up today, but there’s plenty of fair weather ahead to lure you and your dining out of doors. Since Gear Patrol readers tend to be an adventurous lot, it might be handy to have a convenient mechanism for grilling up your burgers and brats when you wander out of arms…

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Turn Up the Heat with Some California Cool

Element Grill by Fuego

When it comes to buying a grill, there’s no doubt that your primary concern is finding a unit that can get the job done. Every man needs a deckhand that will help him sear, char, and grill with the greatest of ease and aplomb. Now, thanks to Fuego and their new Element Grill, there’s no…

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I Love the Smell of Lighter Fluid in the Morning

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Survival gear is hot these days. With the world economy bottoming out, bombs going off in posh hotels, and threat levels hovering in the orange zone, people are gearing up for the apocalypse. Military chic often surges in popularity during times like these. In the 70s (after Vietnam), preppy kids would comb the racks at…

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Memorial Day Weekend Make Gear Patrol Hungry!

Bobby Flay’s Grilling Giveaway | Sponsored by Food2

Memorial Day Weekend is upon us, and thus, the summer grilling season is officially underway. Of course, being the man that you are, you have the right, nay… obligation to grill year-round, but summer is the big show. In honor of the season, Gear Patrol and our friends at Food2 want to set you up…

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The Gear Burger

Two Hands Required The 2008 Gear Patrol Gear Burger. Joygasm.    Click Image To Enlarge & Savor What do you get when you mix two hungry Gear Patrol Editors, a classically trained Executive Chef, an empty restaurant and liberal amounts of free time? If you said complete and utter mayhem, then you’d be right. Just for…

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Outdoorchef City Grill

Those European engineers are clever. The City Grill single burner grill is perfect for those of you with small apartments or patios serving triple duty as a compact bbq grill, oven or range with the flip funnel cooking system. Perfect for the cooking up your next feast you’ll finally be able to serve those clever…

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Omaha Steaks – All American Combo

Grilling meat is man’s god given right, after all we did come up with that fire thing. For your next soiree, make a name for yourself by getting this combo from Omaha Steaks which includes everything from Filets to Potatoes au Gratin. Everything will arrive fresher than you would probably find at your local franchise…

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Monogrammed Steak Brand

Put your personal stamp on steaks and chops with this branding iron, hand forged in Texas. Your two- or three- initial monogram can include any letter from A to Z. The 11 1/2″ long iron comes with a 14″ high, wall-mount rack for storage. We’d suggest trying it out on a steak you grill with…

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Griddle-Q

Now you can make restaurant-style Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches at home – using your outdoor gas grill. The innovative new Griddle-Q and Oversized Spatula easily transform your grill into a full-size griddle. Large enough to cook for a crowd, the Griddle-Q brings rich, fire-smoked flavor to grilled sandwiches as well as to breakfast favorites like sausages,…

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Weber Genesis E-320 Gas Grill

Gentlemen. Break out those ribeyes, salmon steaks, skewers and sirloin burgers. It’s time to get grilling. You’re epicurean grilling fantasies are about to come delightfully true with the Weber E-320. A bit pricey yes, but just read on to see why your next outdoor soiree will bring the house down (and your buddy’s bank accounts…

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Breville Indoor BBQ Grill and Panini Press

The Breville will bring a smile to the most serious of cooks. The die cast, heavy duty countertop grill which also double as a contact grill and an open will sear your steak, heat your pizza, press your panini and grill your meat fish, chicken to perfection. Features: 1500 watts of power 368 square inches…