All Flavor, No Mess: Mesh Screens are a Revolution for Your Smoker

Is it easy to use?   The reinforced sides are a simple solution to a messy problem: as you remove the food from the mat, all its contents stay contained. Moving to and from the grill doesn’t require scooping, sliding, or picking.   Will it maintain the flavor?   Grill sheets are great if you’re […]

Is There a Hidden Asterisk in Meat-Free?

Is There a Hidden Asterisk in Meat-Free?   In 2021, how many top 20 quick service chains have tested or premiered plant-based meat alternatives? Early adopters Chipotle, Burger King, Carl’s Jr., White Castle, and Subway (UK) already have meat-free proteins on their menus. In 2021, the number of players in this space will explode.   […]

Smoked Chilean Sea Bass with Mango Avocado & Black Bean Salsa

This Smoked Chilean Sea Bass recipe was developed at the Essentialware test kitchen. | In our humble opinion, surf is under-represented on the smoker. Yes, we have the enteral smoker star, smoked salmon, but have you ever broken out of the lox box? Because while salmon is the king of smokey sweetness, nothing can beat […]

Will restaurant chains become the next ghost kitchens?

They go by many names: Ghost kitchens, shadow kitchen, cloud kitchen, virtual kitchen, commissary kitchen. But that’s pretty much where the diversity ends. Behind the plethora of unique independent restaurants suggested by a screen, one warehouse may hold 15 of the restaurants. Whether you’re craving classic Italian pizza or kung pao chicken, chances are it’s […]

How to Turn Your Grill into a Griddle

We’re rounding the corner on the pandemic, and just in time for the summer. Envision days spent outside in public spaces, or friends from the neighborhood and beyond gathering in your backyard. Memorial Days, Labor Days, and Fourths of July all back in the public sphere. You might be thinking ahead to those sunnier days, […]

3 Ways to Celebrate National Hamburger Month

It’s National Hamburger Month! And we’re here to help. The perfect excuse (you didn’t really need) to make hamburgers this month. *** 1. What else? Celebrate at the grill Is it really any coincidence that National Hamburger Month coincides with the best time of year to roll out the grill? We think not. So we […]

3 Major QSR Trends in 2021 and Beyond

The pandemic was a trend accelerator for the quick service industry. The evidence of that is pretty obvious, but the reality is that 3-10 years of digital and technology growth happened in under 12 months. Talk about a herculean game of catch-up.   Because the world isn’t getting any slower, we’ve identified three major quick […]

How to secure up to $10million with the RRF

What is the RRF, what does it mean for me? On Monday, May 3rd, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Be prepared: The $28B RRF is expected to be […]

Spring Asparagus Grilled Pizza | Vegan, Vegetarian, or Omnivore

Spring Asparagus Grilled Pizza is something of a surprise hit. I’ve tried this out on all audiences– my fellow home chefs, take out pizza lovers, meat lovers and vegans alike. Its only shortcoming is that one pizza never seems to be enough. So, while formally this is a 4-serving recipe, realistically I find it serves […]

What a Grill Wants: 6 Excellent Grill Gifts for any Holiday

We’ve rounded up our favorite grill gifts, gadgets, and gear. Covering a wide range of budgets and lifestyles, we’re confident you’ll find something your grill master will love.   $25-$30: A Gift that Keeps on Giving Any grill aficionado will find joy in the Grill Masters Club Box, which includes sauces, rubs, marinades, wood chips, […]