How to Cook 3-2-1 Ribs
February 19, 2020

The third episode of Becoming a Backyard BBQ Master is here! Today, Evan will attempt to smoke his first rack of ribs, using the popular 3-2-1 method.

Evan loves ribs. They are a top 3 favorite food, and there is nothing like them when they can fall right off the bone. The first attempt was a success! The 3-2-1 method makes cooking perfect ribs surprisingly easy. Watch everything in the video below, or you can find the directions, recipe, and lessons learned from Evan below!

Why the 3-2-1 Method for Cooking Ribs?

When I eat ribs, my goal is to be able to lick the meat right off the bone. I don’t want to fight with the meat or work too hard. Some people would say this is too tender, but not me. And since I’m cooking ribs in my own backyard, I’m going to cook them the way I like them!

The 3-2-1 Method is an awesome way to achieve that fall-off-the-bone consistency with ribs. It’s popular because it’s easy and consistent. Since this was my first time, I decided to try it.

Here is a quick overview on how the 3-2-1 Method works for smoking amazing ribs:

3: Smoke spare ribs over indirect heat for 3 hours (or 2 hours if you’re using baby back ribs). This gives the smoke flavor from your wood a chance to cook into the meat.

2: Wrap the ribs in aluminum foil and smoke them for 2 more hours. It’s popular to add some kind of liquid inside the foil to give it extra moisture.

1: Remove the foil and coat the ribs in barbecue sauce. Smoke for 1 more hour.

Since I was cooking baby back ribs instead of spare ribs, this really became the 2-2-1 method for cooking ribs. Baby Back Ribs are a good bit thinner than spare ribs so they don’t need to cook as long.

Materials Required

As usual, I’m going to describe the food ingredients I used, plus the grilling equipment:

As far as the ribs go, this is a pretty simple recipe with only a few ingredients:

  • Spare ribs or baby back ribs
  • Dry rub for the ribs
  • Liquid mixture for step 2 – I followed a great recipe from Hey Grill Hey
    • 1 cup of apple cider or apple juice
    • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
    • 2-3 tbsp salted butter
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce

Hickory Smoking Chunks - Large BoxFor grilling equipment, here is what I used:

I chose hickory smoking wood chunks because I love bold flavors, and nothing is more bold than hickory. It’s an awesome cooking wood, and you can really tell the difference when you cook with it. The chunks from Cutting Edge provide a nice, clean burn that is so good!

Step-by-Step Guide to Cooking Ribs with the 3-2-1 Method

Preparing and cooking these ribs was surprisingly easy. I’ve had bad ribs so many times in life I figured it would be tougher (pun intended).

But the 3-2-1 Method really simplifies things. Here is everything I did, step by step:

1. Start preparation the night before (or several hours before) the meat goes on the grill:

  • If you’re cooking Baby Back Ribs, there is a membrane that needs to be removed. Weber has a helpful explanation about removing the membrane.
  • Apply the dry rub to the ribs. Rub it all over and let it soak into the meat for several hours.

Ribs with Dry Rub

2. When it’s almost time to start, preheat the smoker to 235 degrees. If you’re using a mix of charcoal and cooking wood chunks like me, then get the charcoal lit first. You don’t add the cooking wood chunks until the grill is heated. I always like to let the meat sit at room temperature while the grill preheats as well, as this helps everything cook more evenly.

3. Once you’re ready to put the ribs in the smoker, add your smoking wood chunks to the fire. Immediately after adding the wood, add the ribs with the bone side pointing down. If you’re using quality cooking wood chunks like the ones from Cutting Edge Firewood, they’ll ignite quickly and burn slowly, providing flavorful smoke for hours.

Hickory Cooking Wood Chunks for Smoking Ribs

4. Set the timer for 2 or 3 hours (depending on if you’re smoking baby back ribs or spare ribs). Don’t touch anything while it smokes!

5. Once the timer goes off, remove the ribs from the grill and place them on aluminum foil. Keep the grill closed so it maintains the right temperature. Add the liquid mixture to the ribs and wrap them in aluminum foil tightly. I recommend rolling the foil up to prevent liquid from dropping out into the bottom of the grill. Once complete, open the smoker and place the ribs, wrapped in foil, with the bone side up. Set the timer for 2 hours again.

3-2-1 Ribs - Step 2

6. After 2 hours, remove the ribs from the grill again. Unwrap the foil and flip the ribs over so the bone side is facing down. Brush the ribs with your favorite BBQ sauce and then place back onto the grill. Set timer for 1 hour.

7. Once the final timer goes off, the ribs should be done! Your BBQ sauce should be caramelized and the ribs should be crazy tender.

3-2-1 Ribs that are complete8. You say “OH YEAH!” and wait as patiently as possible for them to cool down enough for you to eat them without burning yourself.

And that’s it! The process takes a few hours, but the flavor and tenderness is unbelievable. Even my infant daughter, who had only been eating solid foods for a few weeks, loved them.

Lessons Learned

Each episode, I want to share a few lessons I learned. Today I have 3 things (although only 2 of them are actually serious):

  1. Don’t work on food over the open grill! For my final step, I made a big mistake. I tried to remove the ribs from the foil over the grill. This meant a lot of liquid spilled out into my coals which cooled everything down. It also meant copious amounts of steam and smoke got in my eyes. To make matters worse, I then covered them with BBQ sauce over the open grill. Although I didn’t spill anything, it still meant that more heat was lost to my open grill. It’s much better to remove the ribs at each step, and then treat them on the side with the smoker closed.
  2. Cook more ribs if you have the space: I seriously loved these ribs and know that next time I will fit as many as possible into the smoker. Fortunately I’ve got the Primo XL400 and it can fit a lot of food!
  3. Remove the membrane before adding the dry rub: I didn’t realize there was a membrane to remove from the baby back ribs until after I had applied the dry rub and let it sit overnight. The membrane prevented the dry rub from getting into the meat so it would have been better to remove earlier.

Conclusion

Making ribs using the 3-2-1 method was an awesome way to do it for the first time. Frankly, I’ll probably continue using the same method for awhile because it was so good. I loved the smoky flavor that came from the hickory chunks and the tender texture of the meat. You can try out our hickory smoking chunks yourself or, if you want to try a few different woods then give try a box of our Variety Pack Smoking Chunks.

I knew it was a success when I shared some with family and their eyes lit up when they tried it for themselves.

So there you go! If I can make awesome ribs, then you can too. Share your comments, tricks or tips with us in the comments!

January 28, 2020

Cutting Edge Firewood is pleased to announce our first competition of 2020! We’re giving away 1 rack of cherry firewood to the winner – valued at $265!

In order to enter, here is what you do:

  1. Start a fire with Cutting Edge Firewood in a safe place and then post a picture of your fire to Instagram or facebook. Instagram entries should tag your fire with @cutting.edge.firewood and facebook entries should tag their fire “Cutting Edge Firewood”.
  2. Use the hashtags #cherrygiveaway
  3. Tag any of your fire loving friends in the comments

That’s it! “The Fireside for Cherry” contest begins on January 29 and ends on February 12. The team at Cutting Edge Firewood will choose the most memorable photo and declare the winner on February 15.

In order to be eligible, you must be at least 21 years or older. If the winner is outside of our local delivery area, we will ship 4 boxes of cherry instead of a rack of firewood (value of $236 plus we will cover shipping costs).

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How to stay warm - fire
January 17, 2020

Cold nights can be tough sometimes, but they don’t have to be. In fact, cold nights present a great opportunity to get loved ones together and connect.

If you’re dreading the cold or looking for a way to make the most of a night stuck inside, then look no further. There are some very practical things you can do to stay warm (block drafts or turn up the thermostat), but in this blog we’re going to focus on doing things that are actually fun and memorable as well.

Here are 8 great ways to stay warm and make memories on a cold night.

1) Make some Hot Drinks

Warm drinks are great for keeping you warm. They are fun to make, keep your hands warm, and they warm your whole body as you drink them. Most importantly, they can be delicious!

If it’s a really cold night, then we recommend going all out with your hot drink. Don’t just make hot chocolate, add some whipped cream and chocolate syrup and marshmallows. If you want some inspiration, check out these 25 hot chocolate recipes from Country Living.

2) Get out the blankets for a movie night

Thanks to streaming services like Netflix and Disney Plus, movie nights have never been easier. Grab a blanket or three, and snuggle up together on the couch. Put the phones away so that you can all enjoy the same story together, and stay warm under the blankets!

If it’s really cold, you can always watch a movie that will help keep you warm. Depending on your preference, there are several genres that could work for this:

  • Live vicariously through some characters who go to the beach
  • Get your heart racing with a thriller or scary movie
  • Watch something sentimental and heart warming
  • If it’s really cold, watch a movie about volcanos or journeys through the desert

3) Play Games together

We get a lot of screen time, so why not skip the movie night and play games together instead? Playing games near the fire is a great way to stay warm, or you could always play a more active game like Charades, Twister, or Cranium. Having fun and laughing together is a great way to forget about the cold and connect with others.

Game night around the Fire

And of course, any level of competition can get “heated.” So grab a few of our favorite games and start playing something together!

4) Tell some stories

Snuggling together under the blankets isn’t just for movies – it’s also a great chance to share stories. Life is hectic and chaotic, but we desperately need moments together to share stories and connect. When it’s cold outside everything freezes, put your worries on ice for a bit and spend time together talking with those nearest to you.

Doing this around the fire always seems to enhance the experience. Looking at a phone screen distracts you from conversation, but somehow looking at a fire always has the opposite effect. It’s mesmerizing, but not distracting. You can even turn the lights down and tell some scary ones, or laugh together about funny memories. Check out our guide to great storytelling around the fire.

5) Bake something delicious

One of my favorite things to eat on the planet is Blackberry Cobbler. It’s perfect on a cold night because it’s so warm and delicious and I just want to eat 4 bowls of it. But there are many wonderful things to bake, and on a cold night you can bake all of them.

Photo by Taylor Grote on Unsplash

So don’t limit the amount of time you spend baking – that oven will help warm the kitchen and area around it. This is a win win – not only do you get some warm food from baking, you get some warm air as well. Bake something for dinner, bake something for dessert, and just to be safe, bake something for a second dessert. Looking for ideas? Taste of Home has an epic list of 40 warm desserts on a cold night.

6) Make a Fort

I always loved making a fort as a kid. Now that I’m an adult, I still secretly love making forts. Hang the sheets and blankets around your couches and chairs and coffee table, it will give you a more intimate space to hang out together. It will even create a small layer of insulation, keeping you warm.

For the next level win, build the fort in such a way that you can still see the fire, watch a movie, or play games together. You can even go all out and gather extra blankets, pillows, and cushions and have an indoor campout by spending the whole night in the fort.

7) Gather around the fire

Building a nice fire is an awesome way to stay warm because it can make every other idea on this list more memorable. Enjoy a movie with the fire crackling below, tell stories around the fire, or enjoy hot chocolate while watching the fire dance.

When it’s cold, you want to choose firewood that will light easily and quickly so that you don’t have to wait too long for the heat. You also don’t want to use wet wood – the heat energy gets consumed by the moisture and won’t warm you up. Using properly kiln dried firewood from Cutting Edge will guarantee your fire is easy to light, burns bright and hot, and will help keep the chimney more clean and safe.

Learn how to start a fire the Cutting Edge way with this video:

8) Make s’mores inside

Making s’mores is an awesome tradition around campfires and bonfires, but you can also make s’mores on the indoor fire! Gather around the fireplace with some marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers and get to roasting those marshmallows. Making s’mores gets you close to the fire, which is going to warm you up. It also gives you a warm and delicious treat.

Once again, don’t feel limited to the traditional s’more ingredients. Get creative and make it a more memorable experience. Check out our ultimate guide to making s’mores for more!

Be Prepared – Stock Up on Firewood Today

There’s nothing worse than realizing you’re stuck on a cold night without firewood. Stock up now so you can be prepared when cold weather strikes. Cutting Edge Firewood is completely free from bugs and mold, so it’s safe to store inside or in the garage. That way, you won’t have to venture out into the cold when you want to enjoy a nice fire!

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December 12, 2019

The Holidays are here, and that means everyone in our family is getting stressed about gift giving. What should I get dad? Will my brother-in-law actually appreciate his gift this year? How do you get something for someone who already has everything they need?

Good news, we’re here to help! Cutting Edge Firewood offers a wide variety of gift options that are perfect for fire or cooking enthusiasts. After all, what could be better than a perfect fire on Christmas day? Many of our offerings include complimentary shipping nationwide!

All of our firewood and cooking products undergo a rigorous drying process. After spending 48 hours in a kiln (12 times the USDA standard) our firewood is dry and clean. That means no bugs, no mold, no fungus. It also means it is easier to light, smells better, smokes less, and burns brighter and hotter. It’s the best firewood available, period.

Gift Cards

New for 2019, we now offer gift cards! Keep it simple and send someone a flexible gift that ensures they get the right thing.

firewood gift cardsSince Cutting Edge Firewood offers so many different cuts and species of wood, sometimes it’s best to just give a gift card and let the other person choose what they want! You can even place your order today and schedule when your recipient will receive the gift card via email. Gift cards can be used to pay for products or shipping and are the perfect way to celebrate the season.

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Cooking Chunks Variety Pack

Know someone who loves their Big Green Egg or smoking their own food in the backyard? Give them the gift of flavor! Cutting Edge Firewood makes the best cooking chunks in the world. Each one is hand selected and cut from the kiln dried wood that spent 48 hours inside of a kiln. The chunks are clean and free from mold, fungus, and pests. They are really dry and will ignite quickly, providing clean flavor for multiple hours.

Our variety pack is an awesome gift because it includes 4 different types of cooking wood. Available as a standard box or large box, our variety pack includes multiple cooks with each flavor: pecan, hickory, cherry, and oak! We also offer complimentary shipping throughout the entire United States, so it’s the perfect gift to send to anyone who loves BBQ in your life.

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The Box of Firewood

The Cutting Edge box of firewood has everything you need for 2-4 fires. It’s an amazing gift for anyone who loves a good fire, and perfect for creating a warm home during the holiday season. You can order boxes individually or give someone a box subscription. We also offer them as corporate gifts and ship nationwide!

There are several types of boxes as well, including our chiminea cut firewood that is the perfect gift for anyone who owns a chiminea or small wood stove. We also offer cooking wood boxes, including our special pizza cut boxes for people with wood fired pizza ovens or our pecan cooking wood that was featured in Garden and Gun magazine.

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The Yule Log (Uncut Rounds)

Looking to give someone a unique fire burning experience? What if they already have firewood? Try giving them an uncut round!

Uncut Rounds (Ultimate Extended Burn) - Full OrderThese oversized pieces of firewood can make the perfect yule log for the holidays. Get the fire going really hot, then place an uncut round on the fire and watch it burn for 3-5 hours!! You can order uncut rounds as single logs, or you can order larger quantities that will fill up your entire firewood rack.

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Rack of Hickory Firewood

Our most popular product is the Rack of Hickory Firewood. For Atlanta area residents, we deliver on our patent-pending metal rack that displays beautifully and contains the best hickory firewood available. We’ll place it wherever your gift receiver wants it. Complete the gift with our fire starter package.

Hickory Cooking Wood Rack Subscription - Once a MonthNot only does it display beautifully, but no firewood burns better than hickory. It burns hotter and longer than any firewood you’ve ever tried, and it has an awesome crackle and aroma.

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S&S Fire Pit: Complete Set

There is something extra special about an outdoor fire. It creates a space for community and connectivity that transcends generations. For an elegant outdoor fire experience, our decorative fire pits are perfect for an evening gathering.

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These steel oil drum hand welded fire pits are created to last lifetimes so that they can be passed down to future generations. These fire pits are mobile, making it easy to change location for any event or social gathering. Pair it with our kiln dried firewood for an easy to start, low smoke, long lasting fire your friends will love. Each of our fire pits comes as part of a complete set that includes a steel fire pit cover, designer fire iron, and steel shovel.

If you give someone a fire pit, it will be used and cherished for years to come!

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November 22, 2019

Here at Cutting Edge Firewood, we deliver firewood by the rack and by the box.

Boxes are great for a lot of reasons, so we put together this video that explains what is inside each box and the benefits. Watch now to see why a box may be right for you!

WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

The Cutting Edge box of firewood includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fireside experiences. In every box, you will find:

If you’re wondering how much firewood is in a box vs in a rack, then the breakdown is fairly simple. 6 boxes of firewood = 1 firewood rack + 1 fire starter package.

WHY CHOOSE A BOX?

Although smaller than our racks of firewood, boxes of hickory are a popular way to receive firewood. Here are a few reasons boxes might be right for you:

  • You love the convenience of having everything you need in one box.
  • You can easily take a box with you on a camping trip, to the beach, or to the lake.
  • Boxes make great gifts.
  • You want to try a variety of products before choosing an entire rack.
  • You have less storage space and don’t want an entire rack. Boxes are great for townhomes or condos with fireplaces!
  • You have multiple fire areas and want the convenience of a box to carry firewood to tonight’s fire area.
  • Boxes are easier to ship across the country.
  • If you’re in the Atlanta area, boxes come with complimentary same day delivery!
Firewood Delivery - everything you need is in the box

Boxes also are available as a subscription

Did you know that subscriptions are available for our boxes of firewood? It’s the most convenient way to keep your fire experiences going, and it offers substantial savings for local delivery customers. Subscriptions require a short 3 month commitment and come with plenty of great fire experiences.

There are three subscription options:

  1. 1 Box of firewood every month for $49 each
  2. 1 Box of firewood every two weeks for $45 each
  3. 1 Box of firewood every week for $39 each

You can learn more about subscriptions here or start a box subscription today.

November 22, 2019

We love the holidays. It’s a great time for families and friends to get together, make memories, and share food, fun, and stories.

We also love good BBQ. Grilling or smoking food is an amazing way to make delicious food and we can’t get enough. Odds are, you (or someone you know) loves cooking outside as well. If you’re looking for gift ideas for someone who is obsessed with their Big Green Egg or is known for making the best steaks, then we’ve got you covered.

In this post, we’ll share 8 great gift ideas for the BBQ enthusiast in your life. There are ideas here for every budget, from $12.95 to over $2,000.

Let’s dive in!

1) The Flame Boss

Cooking with a ceramic style grill is an art form, and some people can find the long hours intimidating. How do I get the temperature right? How do I hold the temperature for 8 hours or 12 hours? How do I know when the food is cooked to the perfect temperature.

Enter, the Flame Boss. This awesome device monitors the temperature of your pit and up to 3 different meats. It’s connected via WiFi so you can check in on your cook from your smartphone, desktop, or Alexa device. It controls a small fan that raises or lowers the temperature, helping to ensure you keep a consistent temperature throughout the entire cook. See how we use it in the video below:

It’s an awesome gift for both beginners and experts!

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2) The Cutting Edge Cooking Chunks Variety Pack

What do you give someone who already has all the gear? Give them the gift of flavor! Cutting Edge Firewood makes the best cooking chunks in the world. Each one is hand selected and cut from the kiln dried wood that spent 48 hours inside of a kiln. The chunks are clean and free from mold, fungus, and pests. They are really dry and will ignite quickly, providing clean flavor for multiple hours.

Our variety pack is an awesome gift because it includes 4 different types of cooking wood. You will have 2 or 3 cooks with each flavor: pecan, hickory, cherry, and oak! We also offer complimentary shipping throughout the entire United States, so it’s the perfect gift to send to anyone who loves BBQ in your life.

Order the Variety Pack >>

3) Fogo Super Premium Lump Charcoal

Speaking of premium cooking fuel sources, have you tried Fogo Lump Charcoal? Historically, receiving a lump of coal for Christmas was not a good thing, but not anymore!

Using top quality fuel sources is important if you want top quality food. Fogo charcoal is easy to light, uses larger pieces, provides great air flow, and allows for high heat. For this Christmas, you can even order the charcoal to be delivered in a humorous, Santa’s naughty list coal bag.

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4) A Cast Iron Skillet

There is more to cooking inside a ceramic grill or smoker than pulled pork and brats. Using a cast iron skillet unlocks countless new opportunities to cook food with amazing wood flavor. Try chili or cornbread, jambalaya or beans. You can’t cook those over grill grates obviously, but a cast iron skillet works wonders.

We like this dual handle pan from Lodge Cast Iron skillet. The dual handles make it easy to place and remove from the grill, and the quality makes for some great cooks!

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5) The Kick Ash Basket

You know what’s the worst part of cooking BBQ? Cleaning up the ash afterwards. Before every cook we debate if we really need to clean the ash out, or if it will be fine. Cleaning out ash is messy and tedious, but it’s very important. Ash build up prevents proper air flow and make proper temperatures impossible to maintain.

Fortunately, the kick ash basket makes ash clean up simple and quick. The charcoal sits in the basket, which allows you to shake the basket to remove ash while saving your charcoal. All the ash drops into a removable bucket, allowing you to instantly remove the ash from your grill.

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6) Seasoning, Rubs, or Sauces

It’s hard to find a bbq enthusiast who doesn’t love experimenting with new spices or sauces.

There are countless options out there, and you can often receive variety packs to give multiple flavors. One specific recommendation that we enjoy cooking with is the dry rubs from Meat Church. They have a variety of great flavors that would be a great addition to any chef’s cook.

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7) Bear Paws Shredder Claws

I love cooking pork butts – it’s a great way to make a lot of delicious food for a lot of people. What I don’t like is pulling the pork with forks or my fingers.

Everything changed when I tried Bear Paws Shredder Claws for the first time. These are large, sharp, and great for shredding tender meat that has come out of your smoker.

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8) The Primo Grill Ultimate Package

This is the ultimate gift for the ultimate BBQ enthusiast. The Primo XL 400 is an awesome ceramic style grill. Its oval shape allows for 2 different cooking zones and lots of food. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran, the Primo will give you more options for cooking amazing flavors that wow your friends and family.

Our Exclusive Primo ultimate package included lots of accessories that will enhance your cooks and flexibilities. These include the Primo XL 400, a Cart with Stainless Steel side tables, the Cast Iron Divider, two Ceramic Heat Deflector Plates, two Ceramic Heat Deflector Racks, an Ash Tool, Grate Lifter, and Delivery and Set-up (local areas only).

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Conclusion

We hope you have an amazing holiday season this year. Great food is tied to strong memories in so many ways, so why not give some gifts that help create great food!

October 15, 2019

Over the past decade, subscription services have become increasingly popular around the United States. Subscriptions are perfect for our busy lives – they bring us what we need when we need it.

Cutting Edge Firewood began offering our innovative firewood subscription service in 2018 and it has since become increasingly popular. In this post, we’ll share 6 compelling reasons you should start a firewood subscription right now, and answer some of the most common questions we receive about our subscriptions.

1) Convenience

Have you ever woken up on a cold morning and said, “this is the perfect time to start a fire!” But then, when you went to build it, you realized you had no firewood left!

Life is busy enough without needing to go out and find firewood for sale or chop and season your own wood. Cutting Edge Firewood makes it easier than ever before to have a good stock of firewood available.

Our subscription service means you never even have to think about where your next fire will come from – we’ve already delivered the wood to your home!

2) More Savings

Our Subscription service provides the most affordable way to receive firewood and can save you up to 43.5% from our standard retail pricing.

Let’s look at a couple examples – one for a monthly rack subscription and one for a weekly box subscription.

One rack of hickory costs $285, but when you choose a monthly rack subscription, that same rack only costs $199. If you had a rack subscription for 3 months (November – January), then you would receive up to 3 racks worth of firewood for $597. If you bought the racks without the subscription, this would cost $855. In three months, you’ll save $258 (or 30%)!

A box of hickory costs $59, but when you choose a weekly box subscription, that same box only costs $39. If you have a box subscription for 12 weeks, then you’ll receive 12 total boxes for $468. Those 12 boxes on their own would cost $708. In that 12 week subscription period, you’ll save $240 (or 33.9%)!

You can really maximize your savings if you choose a pecan box subscription. One box of pecan normally costs $69, but when you get a weekly subscription it’s only $39 (savings of 43.5%).

3) The Best Firewood Available – Every Time

One of the challenges people face is finding consistently good firewood. You might get a good batch from a supplier one week, and then find that next month the firewood is wet and moldy or completely sold out!

You don’t have to worry about that with Cutting Edge Firewood. We deliver the best firewood available, every time. Our firewood goes through the most rigorous drying process in the industry. It is delivered free from pests, mold, and fungus. It is easy to light, clean from dirt, and provides an amazing aroma. We hand select each piece of firewood before delivering to your home – ensuring you only get the best.

The Best Firewood Available- Every Time

And of course, our firewood is available throughout the entire year. Want to enjoy a summer bonfire at the lakehouse? Cutting Edge has you covered. Need something right before Christmas? We’re ready to deliver!

4) No Long Term Commitments

Remember that time you signed up for a gym membership? You chose the 18 month plan because of how much money it would save! Only problem is, after 6 months you stopped going.

We understand that life circumstances and seasons may change the way you burn firewood, that’s why our subscriptions only require a short, 3 month commitment. While many of our customers choose to keep their subscription year round, enjoying great fires both indoors and outside, you are more than welcome to keep your just through the winter.

5) More Variety

If you want to try the different species or cuts we offer at Cutting Edge Firewood, then subscriptions are a great way to go. For instance, if you have a weekly box subscription, you can try different boxes whenever you choose.

Variety of Wood SpeciesPerhaps your first couple boxes will be hickory, then you can switch to cherry, and then to oak. Once it warms up, maybe you go after some pecan cooking wood or try our variety pack of chunks.

Our subscriptions offer great flexibility – you can also change the speed at which you receive the firewood. If you have a weekly subscription and want to switch to a monthly one, no problem! If you have a monthly and want to switch to every two weeks, then go for it! Simply contact our customer service team and we’ll get you taken care of.

6) Countless Memorable Experiences

For thousands of years, people have gathered around the fire to connect, share stories, and relax. Here at Cutting Edge Firewood, we’re all about creating memorable experiences around the fire.

Enjoying a great fire with family and friends should be a time to enjoy each other, not a time where you’re fighting to get a fire started or inhaling a ton of musty smoke.

With Cutting Edge boxes or racks, you can rest assured that every fireside experience will be a good one. You can get the fire going with a single match and then sit back, relax, and enjoy yourself!

If you’d like to try a subscription yourself, then start one today! Sign up for a box subscription here or a rack subscription here.

  • Box Subscription

    From: $39.00 / week

    The Box Subscription offers one of the most convenient ways to receive our premium firewood. Each firewood box includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fire experiences, including the firewood, a sampling of Kindling, Fire Starters, and even matches!  With the Box Subscription, we deliver a brand new box once a month, every other week, or every week to your front door.

    Select your preferred frequency of delivery and type of box below. Minimum subscription length is only 3 months!

  • Rack Subscription

    $199.00 / month

    The Firewood Rack Subscription is a convenient way to ensure your firewood rack is always stocked. When you start a subscription, we deliver one of our premium, metal firewood racks (4’ tall x 2’ wide), stacked full of the firewood you chose, covered with the canvas cover.

    Every month, a Delivery Artisan will visit your home to refill or replace your Cutting Edge Firewood Rack. Used all your wood? Then we’ll replace the whole thing. Only used half? We’ll top it off. Want to try a different type of wood? Let us know and we’ll bring some along.

    Subscriptions are convenient and offer substantial savings to fire enthusiasts – you’ll always be prepared for cold winter nights or for memorable outdoor fires. Rack subscriptions are $199 per month and only available in our local delivery areas. The minimum subscription period is only 3 months.

Frequently asked questions about Subscriptions

  1. What’s the difference between a box subscription and a rack subscription? Our rack and box subscriptions are similar in many ways, but there are a few differences. First and most obvious, with our rack subscription you will receive the firewood in a carbonized steel, 2′ by 4′ rack. Our box subscription comes in…a box! Rack subscriptions are only available on a monthly basis, but box subscriptions can be for every week, every two weeks, or every month. The final difference is, when you have a box subscription, we bring you a brand new box every time your subscription period dictates. With rack subscriptions, we show up each month and replenish your existing rack.
  2. Does a rack subscription include the carbonized steel rack? Yes! We include the Cutting Edge Firewood rack with your subscription. There are no additional sign-up costs to receive the rack.
    premium firewood rack metal
  3. How long does a subscription last? Subscriptions can last as long as you want! The minimum subscription period is only 3 months, so you don’t need to commit to anything long-term.
  4. How much does delivery cost for subscriptions? If you are inside our local delivery zones, then delivery is complimentary on every box or rack subscription! For residents outside of our local delivery zones, shipping charges do apply and vary based on location.
  5. Can I have more than one subscription at a time? Yes! We have several customers who receive multiple boxes at a time or multiple racks at a time. For instance, you might choose a subscription for a monthly rack of hickory and a monthly rack of extended burn hickory.
  6. Which products are available for subscription? We offer a wide variety of subscription products for both racks and boxes. The best way to see what’s available is to visit our rack subscription page or our box subscription page.

If you have any more questions about how subscriptions work, feel free to contact us at anytime! We look forward to providing you with unmatched products and unparalleled customer service on a regular basis.

How to cook pulled pork
September 6, 2019

The second episode of Becoming a Backyard BBQ Master is here! Today, Evan will attempt to smoke his first Pork Butt (also known as a Boston Butt).

Pork butts are a great choice for cooking low and slow. They’re hard to mess up, they taste delicious, and they provide a lot of food for a lower cost (so if you do manage to mess it up you won’t feel too bad).

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or, like Evan, new to the world of Backyard BBQ, there is something to enjoy in this new video series. Watch the episode now, and read on for more insights and instructions on smoking your first pork butt.

Why Start with Pulled Pork?

I have loved eating pulled pork for as long as I can remember. We grew up going to BBQ restaurants and the sandwich was a staple around our house as well. Smoking a pork butt, however, has always seemed like a mystical and unattainable task to me. To be honest, I thought that smoking anything would be difficult.

Turns out I was wrong: Pork butts are actually one of the easiest things to smoke! They may take a lot of time, but it’s low effort and well worth it.

I have cooked a few pork butts in the past, but always using a crockpot. Some recipes claim it is just as good as the smoker – I’m here to tell you that is also not true. If I had to do a blind taste test of my crock pot pulled pork and my new smoked pulled pork, I would guess the right one every time.

So, since I love pulled pork and it’s one of the hardest things to mess up, I decided that this would be my very first smoke.

Materials

There are two different sets of materials I need to explain. First, the food ingredients and then my smoking equipment.

Food Ingredients are very basic:

  • Pork butt or Boston butt (they’re the same thing). I smoked one that was 9 pounds, which is a pretty large cut of meat.
  • Dry Rub to go onto the butt
  • A bit of oil for the grill
  • Liquid for the drip pan – you want some kind of liquid in your drip pan to keep the meat moist. Some people use juice or soda, but I just used water.

Pork Butt ready with Dry Rub

That’s it! That’s all you need to smoke a pork butt. Obviously you may want bbq sauce or buns or coleslaw to make sandwiches with once you’re done, but that’s completely up to you. You could also use your pork for tacos or serve it without bread. It’s a versatile meat, and once you cook 9 pounds worth you’ll get several chances to enjoy it.

Smoking equipment that I used:

Equipment for Smoking a Pork Butt

The equipment was amazing and made the job much easier. In particular, I loved the Flame Boss. It felt like cheating (and some purists probably would call it cheating), but when you’re new to smoking it is a fantastic assistant.

The Flame Boss deserves its own episode in the future, but basically it monitors the temperature inside the pit and inside the meat. It also controls a small fan, which can blow air into the smoker to raise the temperature as required. It’s a really clever design and makes it very easy to reach and maintain a consistent temperature when you cook for long periods of time. You can monitor and adjust the temperature on the Flame Boss itself, on your phone, or even through Alexa devices.

I had to choose which type of wood to smoke with as well. The Pecan chunks were recently featured in Garden and Gun magazine, so they seemed like the best option for my first smoke. I’ve never cooked with or tried pecan before, so I was excited to try it.

How to Smoke your First Pork Butt (or Boston Butt)

There are a ton of great resources out there from experienced backyard bbq masters when it comes to smoking your first pork butt. One in particular that I used a lot was Primo University: Pulled Pork (Boston Butt) Recipe.

But sometimes the experts forget about the things newbies don’t know, so I’m going to share my experience and hopefully add something useful to the world.

Step 1: Prepare the meat the night before: Preparing the meat is relatively simple. If there is excess fat, you can cut some of it off (but don’t cut too much because that provides flavor and juiciness). Then, choose the dry rub of your choice and cover that butt as best you can with it. I wrapped the butt in plastic wrap and stuck it back in the fridge so it could soak in all the flavor over night.

Step 2: Preheat the Smoker and Prewarm the meat: Most smokers take at least 20-30 minutes to get to the right temperature. Before lighting up the grill, however, make sure you take the pork out of the fridge and let it sit on the counter. Allowing it to warm up a bit and get closer to room temperature will help it cook more evenly.

Then, light up the grill and bring it to temperature. Use lots of charcoal so you don’t have to add more halfway through your cook (any leftover charcoal can be used on the next cook). Don’t forget to add 2-3 cooking chunks as well. Most people smoke pork at 225F, but some will go at 250F. I started at 225, and then bumped it up to 250 in the last couple hours because I was starving.

Pecan Chunks for Cooking Pulled Pork

Step 3: Drip pan and Meat into the Smoker: Once the smoker is at temperature, it’s time to start cooking! First, place the drip pan into the grill below where the meat will go. Don’t add liquid to the drip pan until you have placed it (or you can be like me, and discover how difficult it is to slide a pan full of liquid into a hot grill). Once placed, add your liquid and then place the pork butt into the smoker. You should place the meat on the grill with the fattier side facing down.

It’s also important that you place the meat on indirect heat! In other words, you don’t want burning charcoal directly under the pork butt. You should use a ceramic heat deflector, which will allow the smoker to have an even temperature throughout and help your butt cook evenly. Since I didn’t have the appropriate heat deflector racks, I ended up piling all the charcoal onto one side and cooking on the other. This worked just fine, except I ran out of charcoal quickly because I only had it on one side.

Step 4: Play the waiting game: Pulled pork can take a long time to smoke. If you want an estimate, plan for 1-2 hours for each pound of meat. This creates quite the broad range. My first Boston butt was 9 pounds and took about 13 hours. My second one was 10 pounds and took 22 hours!

You really shouldn’t open your smoker throughout the day either. Each time you open it, you lose a lot of heat and it will only cause the process to take longer. You may need to check it a couple of times to ensure the drip pan still has liquid in it or that your charcoal is still in good shape, but otherwise resist the temptation!

Using the Flame Boss for a Pork Butt

This is where having a Flame Boss can be really helpful. The picture above shows how it monitors the temperature of your pit (red line), your meat (yellow line), fan output (green line), and goal temperature (blue line). You can where, when I opened the smoker, the pit temperature dropped significantly. It gives you good info on what’s happening, so you are not tempted to open and check.

It’s also worth mentioning that there is an actual thing called the stall. Basically, the Pork butt will heat at a pretty quick pace until it reaches 150F. Then all of a sudden, it stalls! It may get stuck there for an hour or two, but don’t worry – this is normal. Eventually it will get going again and reach the goal temperature. Just keep playing the waiting game!

Step 5: Remove when the pork reaches 195F: You need to cook pork butts to a pretty hot temperature. The extra heat breaks down the tough tissue and makes it juicy and tender. Once your meat reaches 195F, it is time to take it off the smoker.

Wrap it in aluminum foil and let it rest for 30-60 minutes. This lets it cool down a bit and helps the juices distribute themselves.

How to pull a pork butt

Step 6: Pull that pork! There are several ways to pull pork. The most basic (and the one I used) is a couple of forks. This can be difficult if your meat is still tough, but hopefully it will be very tender and fall apart easily. Bear claws are another great option, and I know some people who use a certain type of blender.

Step 7: Eat it! Once pulled, your pork is ready to eat. I was really happy with how my first pork butt turned out. It was far more juicy, tender, and flavorful than anything I had made on a crockpot. The pecan wood added a subtle nutty flavor that was quite enjoyable. We had pulled pork for several days, shared with friends, and even put some in the freezer.

And now I feel one step closer to becoming a backyard BBQ master.

How to make Homemade Pulled Pork Sandwich

Lessons Learned

Each episode, I want to share a few lessons I learned. I mention 3 in the video, but there are a couple more I want to add:

  1. Add more charcoal: I think I lost about an hour of cook time because I ran out of charcoal. The Primo temperature started dropping and really fell off when I had to add the charcoal. The flame boss worked pretty hard to get it back up to temperature, but it took time. It’s always better to have excess charcoal because you can use it again for your next cook – so you don’t have to worry about wasting it!
  2. The Flame Boss was amazing: Seriously recommend this tool to anyone wanting to improve their low and slow cooking skills
  3. If you’re looking, you aren’t cooking: It’s really tempting to look at your meat and check it throughout the day. Don’t do that. Every time you open it, you lose significant cook time. Not just while it is open, but the pit also needs time to heat back up.
  4. Add liquid to the drip pan after placing the drip pan: I made this mistake, and it took me a lot more time to get the drip pan positioned.
  5. Cook the day before a party: This didn’t really hit home until my second cook. We had some friends coming over on Friday, and my original plan was to wake up really early and start cooking the butt so it would be hot off the smoker in time for dinner. This would have worked great if it took 14 hours, but instead it took 22 hours to cook! Our dinner party would have been a disaster, but fortunately circumstances forced me to start on Thursday. The nice thing is, pulled pork is easy to reheat and still tastes just as good! So, if you’re making food for an event, always give yourself plenty of time!

Conclusion

All in all, this was an awesome first experience with cooking low and slow for me. If you have any points or tips for others new to the world of Backyard BBQ Mastery, then please share them in the comments below!

Don’t forget to subscribe so you can catch the next episode of Becoming a Backyard BBQ Master.

August 28, 2019

There is something special about starting a fire with a single match. Not only does it make life easy, but it also tends to invoke a certain sense of pride.

On the flip side, it’s fairly infuriating when you go through dozens of matches or an entire supply of lighter fluid attempting to get a fire started. This process usually involves lots of smoke inhalation, frustration, and possibly a few four letter words (and unfortunately, we don’t mean “fire”).

But we’re here to help! Cutting Edge Firewood has mastered the art of starting a fire with a single match. Watch this short video to see our process, or scroll down for some written directions.

What you need:

In order to start a fire with a single match, you’ll need a few key supplies:

  • Dry Firewood: This is the most important part of a single match fire. Wet wood simply does not want to ignite. You can force it to light withenough heat, blowing, smoke, and persistence, but certainly not with a single match. This is one of the many reasons Cutting Edge Firewood is the best – we use the most rigorous drying process in the industry.everything that you need to start a fire
  • Fire Starter: There are a lot of different fire starters on the market, but basically you want something that will light and then stay lit for several minutes. Naturally, we recommend our excelsior fire starters because they are scent and chemical free. This makes them safer for both indoor fires and cooking fires. And of course, they are very easy to light and will last a long time.
  • Heart Pine: A nice way to complement your fire starter is with a piece of heart pine. Heart pine is derived from the heartwood of pine trees and burns readily even when wet, making it a prized natural fire starter. The pleasant aroma of pine will add a welcome addition to your fire. We don’t recommend using them with cooking wood, because heart pine does not add great flavor.
  • Kindling: Smaller pieces of wood ignite more easily than larger pieces. You can gather lots of small twigs from your yard, cut off smaller pieces from a log, or you can use the kindling we supply at Cutting Edge. Each of our kindling pieces are made with the same quality as our firewood and is easy to light. If you use our kindling, two pieces will be plenty. If you use other kindling, you’ll likely need many more pieces.
  • Matches: If you want to start a single match fire, then you’ll obviously need some matches!

Each of the items listed above are available from Cutting Edge Firewood. You can purchase them separately, or for extra convenience you can choose the complete fire starter package.

What you don’t need:

Many people are under the impression that a single match fire requires the following, but we’re here to tell you the truth. The following “fire starters” are not necessary and can negatively affect your fire starting experience.

  • Lighter Fluid: We’ve known friends who seem to think a good fire is one where you spray lighter fluid at the fire whenever the fire gets too low. The problem is, they’re burning fluid instead of wood. They’ve chosen to use wet wood and are trying to make up for it with lighter fluid. This adds unnecessary chemicals to your fire, does not smell good, requires more work, and creates additional danger.
  • Newspaper: Most people have used newspaper to start a fire before. It certainly ignites easily, but it does have several disadvantages. First, it cannot stay lit for very long and often burns out before the kindling ignites. Second, it doesn’t burn as hot as a good fire starter. Third, it creates lots of unnecessary ash that often floats up and out of the fire. Lastly, in today’s digital age it’s much harder to find newspaper! For a more reliable experience, choose an actual fire starter.
  • Gasoline: This is an absolute NO. Using gasoline is extremely dangerous. The fumes spread immediately and lighting it is explosive. We know people who tried to use gasoline and they ended in the hospital. If that’s not enough reason, gasoline isn’t even an effective fire starter because it burns so quickly. So once again, never use gasoline to start a fire.

Step-By-Step Guide to Starting a Fire with one Match

If you watched the video, you saw how easy it is to start a fire the Cutting Edge way. Remember to always keep safety in mind when you start a fire and choose an appropriate place to start one.

Here are step-by-step instructions for lighting a fire with a single match:

  1. Place the excelsior fire starter (or the fire starter of your choice) at the center of the where you want the fire. If using a fireplace grate, then place this below the grate.
  2. Strike your single match and light the fire starter.
  3. If you’re using heart pine, carefully rest a single heart pine piece on top of the lit fire starter.How to start a fire: adding heart pine
  4. Place a couple pieces of kindling directly above the heart pine in the shape of an X. Use additional kindling if required.
  5. As the kindling lights, place two large pieces of firewood alongside the kindling (or above the kindling if you are using a fireplace grate). When using a grate, place the larger log in front, so that as the wood breaks down it will fall backwards instead of forwards.One Match Fire - building it
  6. Add additional logs on top as required. You want to have some logs go directly over the burning kindling. You can build this up as high as you want (as long as you keep it a safe height).
  7. Sit back, relax, and feel proud of the fact that you started a fire with a single match.

One match log cabin fire

That’s it! Starting a fire with a single match is quick and easy when you have the right ingredients. You can shop all of our fire starters or our premium firewood today. We deliver and ship our products all over the United States.

August 27, 2019

Cutting Edge Firewood is pleased to announce our new same day delivery service for our box products in the Metro Atlanta area!

This service is available for all of our box products and is great for customers looking to start a fire or cook with firewood tonight. Best of all, this service is entirely complimentary!

The process is easy, all you need to do is order a box of firewood on our website, and then select free same day delivery when you checkout. We’ll bring the box (or boxes) of firewood to your home and leave it on your front porch. Boxes are easy to move to your fireplace, fire pit, or grill. Orders must be placed before 3pm to guarantee same day delivery.

Cutting Edge Firewood delivers the best firewood available. Save yourself a trip to the grocery store or gas station for wood that smokes too much and is difficult to light. Our box of firewood is easy to light, creates a fire that burns bright, and will always lead to a memorable night!

  • Box Subscription

    From: $39.00 / week

    The Box Subscription offers one of the most convenient ways to receive our premium firewood. Each firewood box includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fire experiences, including the firewood, a sampling of Kindling, Fire Starters, and even matches!  With the Box Subscription, we deliver a brand new box once a month, every other week, or every week to your front door.

    Select your preferred frequency of delivery and type of box below. Minimum subscription length is only 3 months!

  • Cherry Firewood Box

    $59.00

    There is a reason George Washington cut down his father’s cherry tree: it makes for some incredible firewood! Cherry displays beautifully, burns less hot than hickory or oak, and it offers a sweet aroma that will provide your home with a welcoming atmosphere for your family and guests alike.

    This box of cherry firewood includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fireside experiences, including fire starters, kindling, matches, and firewood. See full details below.

  • Hickory Firewood Box

    $59.00

    Hickory is our best seller, and for good reason. Kiln dried hickory firewood burns hotter and longer than any other firewood we offer. The signature aroma and crackle bring back positive memories from childhood and make it a customer favorite. Enthusiasts and casual burners alike have something to love.

    This box of hickory firewood includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fireside experiences, including fire starters, kindling, matches, and firewood. See full details below.

  • Oak Firewood Box

    $49.00

    Oak is a timeless classic, and a popular hardwood firewood from one of America’s most iconic trees. Oak has a more subtle aroma than hickory or cherry. It burns hotter and longer than cherry, but cooler and not as long as hickory. For many of our customers, oak is their first experience with our kiln dried firewood.

    This box of oak firewood includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fireside experiences, including fire starters, kindling, matches, and firewood. See full details below.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

The Cutting Edge Firewood box includes enough wood for approximately 2-4 fires. The box has everything you need for an easy, enjoyable fire experience, including:

If you were wondering, six boxes of firewood is about the same amount of materials as one rack of firewood plus one fire starter package. Checkout the video for more info about what’s inside the box:

What about the other boxes?

The Cutting Edge Firewood box isn’t the only one eligible for complimentary same day delivery. Our cooking wood boxes and cooking chunks boxes are also available. That means if you want to cook some incredible wood fired pizza for friends tonight, it’s not too late to get our pizza cut wood! If you’ve already got a rack want to order our fire starter package, that’s also eligible for same day delivery!

Why choose a box?

We obviously love our firewood racks and think they look great in any home. However, there are several reasons you might choose a box over a rack:

  • You love the convenience of having everything you need in one box.
  • You can easily take a box with you on a camping trip, to the beach, or to your lake house.
  • Boxes make great gifts, and with same day delivery they can be perfect for that gathering you’re going to tonight!
  • You want to try a variety of products from Cutting Edge before choosing an entire rack.
  • You have less storage space and don’t want an entire rack. Boxes are great for townhomes or condos with fireplaces!
  • You have multiple fire areas and want the convenience of a box to carry firewood to tonight’s fire area.
  • You need firewood today!

We hope you’re as excited as we are about this new service. Add a box to your cart by choosing the products above, or shop our entire line of products in our online store.

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Primo Grill Cooking with Wood
August 23, 2019

Today we’re excited to introduce you to a new series, hosted by our very own Evan Forester. It’s called, “Becoming a Backyard BBQ Master” and follows Evan on his quest to go from zero to hero with his backyard BBQ skills. We think it’s going to be fun!

Hi everyone! And welcome to the first episode of Becoming a Backyard BBQ Master.

My name is Evan Forester, and here are my credentials for hosting a Backyard BBQ Master show:

  • I have a backyard.

That’s about it! I have used a grill before, but just for burgers and hot dogs. I’ve never even tried to grill a steak. I certainly have never smoked anything before.

All that being said, I enjoy cooking and I love food. I figured now was a great time to learn, and I’d love to invite you on this journey! Make sure to watch the video, or you can read the story below:

Unboxing the Primo Grill

First things first, I had to take my dysfunctional gas grill to the curb and set up my new Kamado style grill. I chose the Primo XL 400 – it’s large (really large) and oval shaped. It’s got a few features I already like and will explain below.

Set-up was pretty easy, but it is a two person job. The cart was very nice to put together and didn’t take too much skill. You only need two tools and it took us less than 30 minutes. You could do the cart on your own, but it will take more time and be difficult to line things up.

Where you really will need help is lifting the large ceramic grill into the cart. The Primo XL 400 is a beast. We managed with two people, but to be honest three would have been easier.

My biggest mistake was setting up the grill at 2pm on the 4th of July. It was crazy hot outside, but I really didn’t have a choice. We were hosting people that evening and I had to cook burgers and brats! If you set up your own grill, make sure you do it when the weather is cooler. Alternatively, if your order a Primo from Cutting Edge Firewood, our delivery artisans can set it up for you!

Unboxing my Primo XL 400 Grill

The kit I chose included:

  • The Primo Grill
  • The Cart
  • The Cast Iron Divider (this enables you to have your heat source on only one side of the grill)
  • Heat Deflector Plates (these enable indirect heat cooking)
  • Heat Deflector rack (these hold the deflector plates)

Ultimately, choosing the size of your primo and the different pieces you want depends on what you want to do. Out of the box, the grill includes everything you need for basic grilling, but the extras are really nice and give you more freedom. If you have questions, our customer support team would be happy to help. You can even buy the Primo XL 400 ultimate package for yourself here.

What I like about the Primo

There are several things I liked about the Primo – some before I even cooked with it!

First, you can tell it is a high quality grill. My old gas grill was in seriously bad shape, so this was a very quick upgrade. It’s nice too that the grill is made in the USA – as far as I know the Primo is the only ceramic grill with that claim to fame.

Second, I love the size. It’s big and makes no apologies about it. We love hosting crowds of people at our home, so this gives us a lot of flexibility to cook for large groups. Part of the genius, however, is their oval shape and split design. If I’m cooking for just a couple people, I can get the coals and cooking chunks going on one side of the grill and leave the other empty. I won’t waste charcoal and it’s less clean-up.

It’s also super-flexible. I can cook close to the heat on one side, and far from the heat on the other. I can easily move certain items from indirect heat to direct heat instantly.

I’m sure as the series goes on, I’ll find more things to like about this grill!

My First Cook

For my first cook on the Primo, I kept things simple and stuck with what I know. I cooked burgers and brats.

I used Royal Oak hardwood lump charcoal and some hickory chunks from Cutting Edge Firewood. I used my cast iron divider so all the direct heat was on one side (see image below). This allowed me to reverse sear the burgers.

two zone cooking

What is reverse sear? Basically, it’s a technique where you cook the burgers on indirect heat for a few minutes. This lower temperature warms up and cooks the burger without drying it out. Once done, you move the burger to the direct heat side of the grill and cook it at a high temperature to give the burger a crispy exterior while keeping the juices inside.

I took a similar approach to the bratwursts as well. The direct heat gave them a crispy exterior while the indirect heat allowed it to take on the smoke flavor and cook through.

The Primo Grill is large

I was excited to compare my previous efforts on the gas grill with the primo. I noticed the difference immediately.

The smoky flavor of the hickory was surprisingly noticeable. Hickory provides strong flavor and may be too much for some (cherry, oak, and pecan are all less intense flavors), but I love bold flavors. They tasted great!

What really made me happy was the results of the turkey burgers. In general, I’m not a fan of turkey burgers, but someone brought them so I threw them on the grill. They were frozen and I added nothing to them flavor wise.

And then one of the guests at the party started raving about the best turkey burger she had ever eaten. “What did you do to make this taste so good? Normally I eat turkey burgers because they’re healthy, but I miss the flavor of beef. These taste great!”

It was the hickory, of course.

Needless to say, I had a great first experience with the Primo, but I kept it simple. My journey to becoming a Backyard BBQ Master has a long way to go, but it’s fun to get started!

On the next episode, I’m going to attempt to smoke something for the first time in my life: a 9 pound pork butt. Stay tuned!

The Ultimate Guide to S'mores
June 5, 2019

Summer has arrived, which means s’more season is officially in full swing. Roasting marshmallows over an open fire consistently triggers great memories. Because of that, we’ve brought together the ultimate guide to making the best s’mores.

When you make s’mores with family and friends, there should be more than nostalgia fueling the fun. This is a dessert that has earned its own national s’mores day, after all (August 10, if you were wondering).

Often times, when we eat something we loved in childhood, it doesn’t quite match up to the memories. If you follow the tips on how to make s’mores in this post, and you will wonder why you aren’t making them more often.

1) Get everything you need ready

smores sticks - Roasting Forks

I can remember many campfires growing up where we decided to make s’mores. We had all the ingredients ready, but then had to wander around the woods in the dark (while hoping to avoid poison ivy) and look for a s’mores stick long enough to roast the marshmallow. On multiple occasions, the s’mores stick I found on the ground was way too short. I’d spend the next few minutes holding the marshmallow near the fire for a few seconds, then pulling it away because my hand was starting to burn. This dance wasn’t that nice.

And of course, there was always the clothes hanger. We spent many campfires trying to unwind metal clothes hangers and then debating if the white paint on them would poison our marshmallows. Once we were done, we never knew what to do with these long and pointy things that could never return to their original form.

But nothing is worse than toasting a marshmallow and realizing you forgot something at the store or still need to unpack the graham crackers and chocolate. Odds are your marshmallow would fall on the ground in the process, get cold, or just get eaten before you had achieved s’more perfection.

So make sure you have some reliable s’more roasting forks handy, and get all your ingredients ready to go.

2) Try more s’more ingredients

Speaking of ingredients, the basic s’more recipe is simple:

  • 2 pieces of graham cracker
  • 1-2 roasted marshmallows
  • 1-2 pieces of milk chocolate

If you only eat s’mores that contain those three ingredients, you’re still technically eating s’mores. But that’s kind of like eating nothing but cheese pizza – you’re missing out on a world of possibilities.

Oreo S'mores for the win!

For instance, have you ever tried trading that piece of milk chocolate for a Reese’s peanut butter cup or a couple of Rolo’s?

Have you ever considered replacing the graham crackers with chocolate chip cookies or Oreos? Oreo s’mores are like a whole new world!

What if you added strawberry slices or peanut butter inside the s’more?

There are countless options out there, but this collection of 39 s’more hacks should give you plenty of ideas to get through the summer.

3) Roast the chocolate while you roast the marshmallow

One of the simplest hacks to making an amazing s’mores dessert is to roast the chocolate at the same time you roast the marshmallow. You obviously cannot put the chocolate on a roasting fork – it would melt and fall off.

So instead, place the chocolate (or Reese’s or whatever you choose to use) on the graham cracker and simply set it near the fire. You’ve got to be careful here – too close and it will melt everything entirely or even burn your hand.

How to melt the chocolate in your s'mores

Chocolate doesn’t need a lot of heat to melt, so just make sure it’s a warm area and let the fire do the work. Then, when your marshmallow is ready you can create your s’more sandwich. The warm, melted chocolate is amazing and once you try it, you’ll never go back. You might get a little extra chocolate dripping down your face, but we promise it’s worth it.

4) Roast it over the coals

This is one of my pet peeves and perhaps the greatest controversy when answering the question, how to make s’mores. Many people choose to simply shove their marshmallow into the flame, let it catch on fire, and then blow it out. I call this method the “burn and blow” and think it is the worst.

how to make the best s'moresIf you genuinely prefer this method of roasting marshmallows, then I guess it’s a free country and you can do what you want.

But in my view, you will never make the perfect s’more with a marshmallow that is burnt on the outside and cold on the inside. I can’t think of a single food item where people prefer the burnt version over a properly cooked version.

The key to successfully roasting a marshmallow is to do it slowly over the coals of the fire. You’ll need to wait a bit for the fire to burn and watch for those coals to fall to the side. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for, s’more perfection awaits!

If you roast the marshmallows over the coals and slowly rotate them, they will turn golden brown on the outside and warm through to the center. Does roasting them properly take longer than the burn and blow method? Yes, but we’re talking 1 minute verses 10 seconds, not a whole hour.

So if you want the best s’more possible, take the extra few seconds and actually roast the marshmallows.

5) Use an actual fire

The internet is filled with alternative methods for making s’mores: Cook them in the oven or microwave! Cook them over a candle! Use the toaster!

making s'mores together

But in my mind, cooking a s’more over anything but an actual fire defeats the purpose. You don’t make a s’more just to have something yummy to eat (although that is clearly a benefit). You make s’mores for the shared experience, for the time together around a campfire, and the memories that it can create.

For many kids, cooking a s’more over a fire might literally be their first time cooking anything. Teaching others how to properly cook a s’more, roast a marshmallow, or warm the chocolate is a great way to connect.

Sometimes, weather doesn’t cooperate and you need to make s’mores inside. That’s ok, because most likely you have a fireplace inside where you can make s’mores as well. The hearth creates a nice place to warm that chocolate and you can still turn s’more making into a community undertaking.

6) Take the necessary safety steps

Nothing ruins a good s’more faster than a burnt hand or out of control fire. Anytime you create a fire, it’s important to follow the necessary safety steps. Since making s’mores requires you (and often younger children) to be closer than normal to the fire, safety is even more important.

Smokey Bear provides a complete list of campfire safety rules, but here are a few that relate specifically to making the best s’mores:

  • Only create a fire for s’mores in a safe fire pit or fireplace
  • Never get too close to the fire or touch the flames
  • Keep s’more ingredients far away from the fire – not only could they melt, but an entire bag or box could fall into the fire and cause problems
  • Always supervise children around fires and while making s’mores
  • Have water nearby so the fire can be put out completely when necessary
  • Never wave roasting forks around, especially if there is a flaming marshmallow on it
  • Be careful not to touch the flame side of the roasting fork with your fingers – it’s hot!

7) Teamwork makes the dream work

Depending on how long your roasting fork is, it can be quite difficult to place a marshmallow between two graham crackers using just your two hands. The graham cracker might break, the chocolate could fall out, or you might only get 10% of the marshmallow inside the sandwich while the rest explodes out the side.

But teamwork makes the dream work! As you roast marshmallows, ask a friend to prepare your ingredients of choice and then help you make your s’more. You’ve got a much better shot at keeping everything together and properly proportioned. Once you’ve had your own delicious s’more, you can return the favor for your friend.

This principle is especially true with younger kids. It’s great to involve them in the s’more making process, but they’re more prone to hurting themselves or destroying the s’more when they do it themselves. Give them a helping hand and give them a s’more experience they’ll remember for years. Odds are, they’ll remember the person who taught them how to make s’mores for much longer than they remember what their first s’more tasted like.

8) Use the best firewood for the best s’mores

There was a time when I believed that making a good s’more over an open fire required a certain level of smoke inhalation. This was because, as a kid, we would build fires using wood that had just fallen from trees and was still pretty wet. This unseasoned wood would create a lot of smoke, and it was only a matter of time before the wind changed and you got smoked out.

When you cook s’mores over a fire with Cutting Edge Firewood, however, things are different. We deliver the best firewood available, period.

best firewood for making s'mores

So what does this mean for making s’mores?

First, our firewood creates less smoke. You don’t have to suffer through copious amounts of smoke in your eyes just to enjoy a s’more!

Second, our firewood is easier to light. A single match is all you need and you’ll have a crackling fire burning in no time. This takes the stress out of starting a fire and saves you (and every other s’more eater) substantial time.

And third, Cutting Edge firewood burns hotter and longer. Want to make a s’more now? Great! Go for it! Still want to make a s’more an hour later? No problem! Keep the fire going with the best firewood available and you’ll get to enjoy the best s’mores all night.

Shop quality firewood today so you can be ready for your next s’mores adventure.

Your turn: Do you have any tips or tricks for making s’mores? Leave a comment below!

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