July Sports ’14

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MLB Baseball
MLB All-Star Game
NFL Training Camps
British Open
ATP Tour
Tour de France
2014 FIFA World Cup
FANFOOD 4th of July BBQ Guide
Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest


As we head into July, there are a couple of events that carry over from June. Wimbledon matches continue with the championships played in the first weekend, and the FIFA World Cup which began on the 29th of June, wrap up on the 13th. The 85th MLB ALL-Star Game is played at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. It will be the first All-Star game to take place in Minneapolis since 1985 and the first ever to be played at Target Field, which opened in 2010.

Click here to cast your ballot. Voting ends at 11:59 PM ET Thursday, July 3, 2014. The FANFOOD MLB Section has you covered as always with a list of every Nationally Broadcast Game, the Full Schedule in July – and of course, the MLB.tv FREE GAME of the DAY – with a running total of how many each team has participated in. Can you Believe that we are at the halfway mark of the season and (2) Teams have yet to have even 1 of their games provided online for FREE? just guess who they are.

The 4th of July is coming up quick, have you made plans for your BBQ? We have put together a helpful guide to throwing the best party ever, with tips, tricks and recipes for you to use to be the talk of the neighborhood. Also included is the FANFOOD Guide to Smoking Meat, a little something we put together to celebrate our 500th recipe on the website. And speaking of food, don’t forget to tune into the Annual Hot Dog eating contest, and eat your own on the 23rd during National Hot Dog Day, or while running with the bulls.

It’s hard to believe, but the 2014/15 NFL football season gets underway as teams begin preparing as they hold their training camps this month, here you will find the location and start dates for all 32 squads. Also included is a list of the Key Dates of the NFL season. There are only 3 races on the schedule in July as NASCAR takes a week off in the middle of the month. If golf is your thing, The PGA Tour has some nice events this month. 2014 British Open features top golf pros who will gather in gather in Liverpool to compete for the historic Claret Jug trophy and the Open’s huge $1.5 million prize. 2014 marks the 143rd British Open, which takes place at the Hoylake links at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club. The ATP doesn’t stop after Wimbledon, click here for all the Men’s and Ladies professional tournaments in July.

Finally, if watching men ride bikes is something you are into, the historic 101st edition of the Tour de France kicks off in July, beginning on Saturday, the 5th. In total, it will be a grueling 21 stages over 3,600 kilometers before riders reach the traditional big finish at the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Sunday, July 27th. NBC Sports Network provides live coverage throughout the race with live television coverage of the dramatic mountain stages on NBC.

Normally a quite month in sports, July has something for every fan.


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Major League Baseball


The first half of the Major League Baseball season is nearly in the books and teams will soon begin to gauge where they stand and what needs to be done going forward. As we head into July and near the break, the A’s hold the best record in the bigs and take the #1 spot in the FANFOOD top 10. Each MLB team will be sending at least one representative to Minnesota, for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game in the coming weeks, but right after that, it’s back to business. Teams needing an additional second-half boost may look to talent in the minor leagues while others will rely on trades before the July 31 deadline. Other teams don’t need as much help, and if they can stay healthy, they should be considered locks to make the postseason this year.

The Oakland Athletics, who have the best record in the majors at 51-30, are in the top spot, the Milwaukee Brewers are in the No. 2 spot, and thanks to Garrett Richards going 4-0 with a 1.05 ERA in five starts in June the Angels round out the FANFOOD Top 3.

Here are the FANFOOD Top 10 heading into July:


  1. Athletics
  2. Brewers
  3. Angels
  4. Tigers
  5. Giants
  6. Dodgers
  7. Blue Jays
  8. Cardinals
  9. Nationals
  10. Mariners



MLB on TV Schedule – July ’14:

Here are the Nationally Broadcast Games this month


Tue, Jul 17:05 PMColorado RockiesWashington NationalsMLBN
Tue, Jul 17:08 PMOakland AthleticsDetroit TigersMLBN
Wed, Jul 21:05 PMTampa Bay RaysNew York YankeesMLBN
Wed, Jul 21:08 PMOakland AthleticsDetroit TigersMLBN
Wed, Jul 27:10 PMChicago CubsBoston Red SoxESPN
Thu, Jul 33:45 PMSt. Louis CardinalsSan Francisco GiantsMLBN
Thu, Jul 38:10 PMLos Angeles DodgersColorado RockiesMLBN
Thu, Jul 38:10 PMNew York YankeesMinnesota TwinsMLBN
Fri, Jul 411:05 AMChicago CubsWashington NationalsMLBN
Fri, Jul 43:10 PMNew York YankeesMinnesota TwinsESPN2
Fri, Jul 47:08 PMTampa Bay RaysDetroit TigersESPN
Sat, Jul 54:10 PMArizona DiamondbacksAtlanta BravesFS1
Sat, Jul 57:15 PMSan Francisco GiantsSan Diego PadresFOX
Sat, Jul 57:15 PMTexas RangersNew York MetsFOX
Sat, Jul 57:15 PMBaltimore OriolesBoston Red SoxFOX
Sat, Jul 510:05 PMHouston AstrosLos Angeles AngelsMLBN
Sat, Jul 510:05 PMToronto Blue JaysOakland AthleticsMLBN
Sun, Jul 62:10 PMNew York YankeesMinnesota TwinsTBS
Sun, Jul 68:00 PMTampa Bay RaysDetroit TigersESPN
Mon, Jul 77:10 PMNew York YankeesCleveland IndiansESPN
Wed, Jul 98:15 PMPittsburgh PiratesSt. Louis CardinalsESPN
Thu, Jul 103:45 PMOakland AthleticsSan Francisco GiantsMLBN
Thu, Jul 104:05 PMChicago White SoxBoston Red SoxMLBN
Thu, Jul 108:05 PMLos Angeles AngelsTexas RangersMLBN
Thu, Jul 108:10 PMDetroit TigersKansas City RoyalsMLBN
Fri, Jul 114:05 PMAtlanta BravesChicago CubsMLBN
Fri, Jul 118:05 PMLos Angeles AngelsTexas RangersMLBN
Fri, Jul 118:10 PMSt. Louis CardinalsMilwaukee BrewersMLBN
Sat, Jul 124:10 PMSt. Louis CardinalsMilwaukee BrewersFS1
Sat, Jul 127:15 PMLos Angeles AngelsTexas RangersFOX
Sat, Jul 127:15 PMWashington NationalsPhiladelphia PhilliesFOX
Sat, Jul 127:15 PMPittsburgh PiratesCincinnati RedsFOX
Sat, Jul 1210:10 PMSan Diego PadresLos Angeles DodgersMLBN
Sat, Jul 1210:10 PMOakland AthleticsSeattle MarinersMLBN
Sun, Jul 138:05 PMNew York YankeesBaltimore OriolesESPN
Tue, Jul 158:00 PMNational League All-StarsAmerican League All-StarsFOX
Fri, Jul 188:10 PMTampa Bay RaysMinnesota TwinsMLBN
Fri, Jul 188:15 PMLos Angeles DodgersSt. Louis CardinalsMLBN
Sat, Jul 191:05 PMCincinnati RedsNew York YankeesMLBN
Sat, Jul 191:07 PMTexas RangersToronto Blue JaysMLBN
Sat, Jul 194:05 PMLos Angeles DodgersSt. Louis CardinalsFS1
Sat, Jul 197:08 PMCleveland IndiansDetroit TigersFS1
Sat, Jul 199:05 PMBaltimore OriolesOakland AthleticsMLBN
Sat, Jul 199:05 PMSeattle MarinersLos Angeles AngelsMLBN
Sun, Jul 208:05 PMLos Angeles DodgersSt. Louis CardinalsESPN
Tue, Jul 227:05 PMSan Francisco GiantsPhiladelphia PhilliesMLBN
Tue, Jul 227:10 PMMiami MarlinsAtlanta BravesMLBN
Wed, Jul 231:10 PMCleveland IndiansMinnesota TwinsMLBN
Wed, Jul 232:10 PMCincinnati RedsMilwaukee BrewersMLBN
Thu, Jul 241:05 PMTexas RangersNew York YankeesMLBN
Thu, Jul 241:05 PMSan Francisco GiantsPhiladelphia PhilliesMLBN
Thu, Jul 247:10 PMMiami MarlinsAtlanta BravesMLBN
Thu, Jul 2410:05 PMDetroit TigersLos Angeles AngelsMLBN
Thu, Jul 2410:10 PMBaltimore OriolesSeattle MarinersMLBN
Fri, Jul 257:05 PMToronto Blue JaysNew York YankeesMLBN
Fri, Jul 257:10 PMBoston Red SoxTampa Bay RaysMLBN
Sat, Jul 261:05 PMToronto Blue JaysNew York YankeesMLBN
Sat, Jul 264:05 PMWashington NationalsCincinnati RedsFS1
Sat, Jul 267:10 PMCleveland IndiansKansas City RoyalsFS1
Sat, Jul 268:10 PMPittsburgh PiratesColorado RockiesMLBN
Sat, Jul 269:05 PMLos Angeles DodgersSan Francisco GiantsMLBN
Sun, Jul 278:07 PMLos Angeles DodgersSan Francisco GiantsESPN
Mon, Jul 2812:10 PMSan Diego PadresAtlanta BravesMLBN
Tue, Jul 298:05 PMNew York YankeesTexas RangersFS1
Tue, Jul 2910:10 PMAtlanta BravesLos Angeles DodgersMLBN
Tue, Jul 2910:15 PMPittsburgh PiratesSan Francisco GiantsMLBN
Wed, Jul 3012:35 PMArizona DiamondbacksCincinnati RedsMLBN
Wed, Jul 3012:40 PMWashington NationalsMiami MarlinsMLBN
Wed, Jul 303:45 PMPittsburgh PiratesSan Francisco GiantsMLBN
Thu, Jul 317:05 PMLos Angeles AngelsBaltimore OriolesMLBN
Thu, Jul 317:10 PMCincinnati RedsMiami MarlinsMLBN


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MLB Full Schedule – July’14:


JulyGameGame Time
   Tue 1Milwaukee @ Toronto1:07 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
Colorado @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Arizona @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Texas @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Detroit7:08 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Boston7:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Wed 2Milwaukee @ Toronto12:37 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ NY Yankees1:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Detroit1:08 PM ET
Kansas City @ Minnesota1:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Houston2:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ LA Dodgers3:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ San Diego3:40 PM ET
Colorado @ Washington6:05 PM ET
Texas @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Arizona @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Miami7:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Thu 3St. Louis @ San Francisco3:45 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Miami6:10 PM ET
Arizona @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Texas @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Detroit7:08 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Colorado8:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Oakland9:05 PM ET
Houston @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
   Fri 4Chi. Cubs @ Washington11:05 AM ET
Baltimore @ Boston1:35 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Minnesota3:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Oakland4:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh5:05 PM ET
San Francisco @ San Diego6:40 PM ET
Kansas City @ Cleveland7:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Detroit7:08 PM ET
Texas @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Chi. White Sox7:10 PM ET
Miami @ St. Louis7:15 PM ET
Arizona @ Atlanta7:35 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Colorado8:10 PM ET
Houston @ LA Angels9:05 PM ET
   Sat 5NY Yankees @ Minnesota2:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Chi. White Sox2:10 PM ET
Miami @ St. Louis2:15 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh4:05 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Washington4:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Detroit4:08 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Colorado4:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Cincinnati4:10 PM ET
Arizona @ Atlanta4:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Cleveland7:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Boston7:15 PM ET
Texas @ NY Mets7:15 PM ET
San Francisco @ San Diego7:15 PM ET
Toronto @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
Houston @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
   Sun 6Kansas City @ Cleveland1:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Cincinnati1:10 PM ET
Texas @ NY Mets1:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh1:35 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Washington1:35 PM ET
Baltimore @ Boston1:35 PM ET
Arizona @ Atlanta1:35 PM ET
Seattle @ Chi. White Sox2:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Minnesota2:10 PM ET
Miami @ St. Louis2:15 PM ET
Houston @ LA Angels3:35 PM ET
Toronto @ Oakland4:05 PM ET
San Francisco @ San Diego4:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Colorado4:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Detroit8:00 PM ET
   Mon 7NY Yankees @ Cleveland7:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Houston @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
San Diego @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
Miami @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Toronto @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
San Francisco @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
Minnesota @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
   Tue 8Chi. Cubs @ Cincinnati1:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Washington7:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Cleveland7:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Detroit7:08 PM ET
Kansas City @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Houston @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
San Diego @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
Miami @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Toronto @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
San Francisco @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
Minnesota @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
   Wed 9LA Dodgers @ Detroit1:08 PM ET
San Diego @ Colorado3:10 PM ET
Toronto @ LA Angels3:35 PM ET
Miami @ Arizona3:40 PM ET
Washington @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Cleveland7:05 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Houston @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
Minnesota @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
Oakland @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Thu 10Chi. Cubs @ Cincinnati12:35 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Milwaukee2:10 PM ET
Oakland @ San Francisco3:45 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Boston4:05 PM ET
Washington @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Cleveland7:05 PM ET
Atlanta @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ St. Louis7:15 PM ET
LA Angels @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Kansas City8:10 PM ET
San Diego @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
   Fri 11Atlanta @ Chi. Cubs4:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Cleveland7:05 PM ET
Washington @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Miami @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Texas8:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Kansas City8:10 PM ET
Boston @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
San Diego @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
Arizona @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Sat 12Chi. White Sox @ Cleveland3:05 PM ET
Arizona @ San Francisco4:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Baltimore4:05 PM ET
Atlanta @ Chi. Cubs4:05 PM ET
Boston @ Houston4:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Colorado4:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ Milwaukee4:10 PM ET
Miami @ NY Mets4:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Tampa Bay4:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Kansas City7:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Texas7:15 PM ET
Washington @ Philadelphia7:15 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati7:15 PM ET
San Diego @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
   Sun 13Chi. White Sox @ Cleveland1:05 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati1:10 PM ET
Miami @ NY Mets1:10 PM ET
Washington @ Philadelphia1:35 PM ET
Toronto @ Tampa Bay1:40 PM ET
St. Louis @ Milwaukee2:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Kansas City2:10 PM ET
Boston @ Houston2:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ Chi. Cubs2:20 PM ET
LA Angels @ Texas3:05 PM ET
Arizona @ San Francisco4:05 PM ET
Minnesota @ Colorado4:10 PM ET
San Diego @ LA Dodgers4:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Seattle4:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Baltimore8:05 PM ET
   Tue 15National League @ American LeagueTBD
   Fri 18Cincinnati @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
Colorado @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Texas @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Cleveland @ Detroit7:08 PM ET
Kansas City @ Boston7:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Atlanta7:35 PM ET
Houston @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Baltimore @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
Seattle @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
   Sat 19Cincinnati @ NY Yankees1:05 PM ET
Texas @ Toronto1:07 PM ET
Cleveland @ Detroit1:08 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ St. Louis4:05 PM ET
Colorado @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Cleveland @ Detroit7:08 PM ET
Houston @ Chi. White Sox7:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Boston7:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Minnesota7:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Arizona8:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ San Diego8:40 PM ET
Seattle @ LA Angels9:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Oakland9:05 PM ET
   Sun 20Cincinnati @ NY Yankees1:05 PM ET
Texas @ Toronto1:07 PM ET
Cleveland @ Detroit1:08 PM ET
San Francisco @ Miami1:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Washington1:35 PM ET
Colorado @ Pittsburgh1:35 PM ET
Kansas City @ Boston1:35 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Atlanta1:35 PM ET
Houston @ Chi. White Sox2:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Minnesota2:10 PM ET
Seattle @ LA Angels3:35 PM ET
Baltimore @ Oakland4:05 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Arizona4:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ San Diego4:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ St. Louis8:05 PM ET
   Mon 21LA Dodgers @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
San Francisco @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Texas @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
Boston @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Miami @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
Washington @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
Detroit @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Baltimore @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
   Tue 22Texas @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
San Francisco @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Boston @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Miami @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Chi. Cubs8:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
Washington @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
Detroit @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Baltimore @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
Houston @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
   Wed 23Cleveland @ Minnesota1:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Milwaukee2:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Chi. White Sox2:10 PM ET
Washington @ Colorado3:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Seattle3:40 PM ET
Detroit @ Arizona3:40 PM ET
San Francisco @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Texas @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Boston @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Miami @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ St. Louis7:15 PM ET
San Diego @ Chi. Cubs8:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
Houston @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
   Thu 24Boston @ Toronto12:37 PM ET
Texas @ NY Yankees1:05 PM ET
San Francisco @ Philadelphia1:05 PM ET
Houston @ Oakland3:35 PM ET
Miami @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Chi. Cubs8:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Kansas City8:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
Detroit @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
   Fri 25St. Louis @ Chi. Cubs4:05 PM ET
Arizona @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Toronto @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
Boston @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Washington @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Atlanta7:35 PM ET
Oakland @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Cleveland @ Kansas City8:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
Miami @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
Detroit @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Sat 26Toronto @ NY Yankees1:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ Chi. Cubs4:05 PM ET
Washington @ Cincinnati4:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Seattle4:10 PM ET
Arizona @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
San Diego @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
Boston @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Kansas City7:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Minnesota7:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Milwaukee7:10 PM ET
Miami @ Houston7:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Colorado8:10 PM ET
Detroit @ LA Angels9:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Francisco9:05 PM ET
   Sun 27Detroit @ LA AngelsTBD
St. Louis @ Chi. CubsTBD
Toronto @ NY Yankees1:05 PM ET
Washington @ Cincinnati1:10 PM ET
Arizona @ Philadelphia1:35 PM ET
Boston @ Tampa Bay1:40 PM ET
Cleveland @ Kansas City2:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Minnesota2:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Milwaukee2:10 PM ET
Miami @ Houston2:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Francisco4:05 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Colorado4:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Seattle4:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Atlanta5:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Texas7:05 PM ET
   Mon 28San Diego @ Atlanta12:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Arizona @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Washington @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Colorado @ Chi. Cubs8:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Tue 29Seattle @ Cleveland7:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Detroit7:08 PM ET
Arizona @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Washington @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Colorado @ Chi. Cubs8:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Kansas City8:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Wed 30Philadelphia @ NY Mets12:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Tampa Bay12:10 PM ET
Arizona @ Cincinnati12:35 PM ET
Washington @ Miami12:40 PM ET
Oakland @ Houston2:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ San Francisco3:45 PM ET
LA Angels @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Seattle @ Cleveland7:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Detroit7:08 PM ET
Toronto @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Colorado @ Chi. Cubs8:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Minnesota @ Kansas City8:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
   Thu 31Chi. White Sox @ Detroit1:08 PM ET
Colorado @ Chi. Cubs2:20 PM ET
St. Louis @ San Diego3:40 PM ET
Seattle @ Cleveland7:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Kansas City8:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Atlanta @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET



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MLB All Star Game


It’s the Mid-Summer Classic — as the best players and heaviest hitters from the American League and National Leagues face off to do battle in July. Who selects the All Star team? Online voting among players AND fans begins just before mid-season.

Click here to cast your ballot.

In each league, you may select one player for each infield position and up to three outfielders. For the American League, you can also vote for a designated hitter. “Write-in” votes may be entered in the area provided at the bottom.

Voting ends at 11:59 PM ET Thursday, July 3, 2014.

When all the votes are in, the landmark 85th edition of the MLB All Star Game will take place on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. It will be the first All-Star game to take place in Minneapolis since 1985 and the first ever to be played at Target Field, which opened in 2010.

Televised nationwide on FOX, pre-game hoopla begins at 7:30PM ET on July 15th. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage. Leading up to the big game is the biggest baseball fan event on the planet – the MLB All-Star Fanfest. Meanwhile, watch for more information, and updates on other events and happenings surrounding one of the biggest games on the MLB summer calendar!



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NFL Training Camps


We have entered the quietest time of the NFL calendar — the break between the offseason programs and training camp. Teams in the NFL assemble in late July to officially begin the march toward the 2014 season. Next up, Training Camps.

Training camp is where it all starts and when teams begin forming the group of players that will take them through the 2014 season. As camps unfold and teams slowly dwindle down to their 53-man rosters. Training camp is used in several different ways. New players and coaches use it to acclimate themselves to new teammates and systems. For younger players, it serves as a period of evaluation; for veterans, it is time to round back into form. Training camp is divided into several different components. The first is scrimmages. These are pseudo-games where teams run nearly full games’ worth of plays. Sometimes, two practice sessions are held on the same day. This concept is referred to as two-a-days. Other parts of training camp include drills, meetings with coaches and other players at one’s position, weight training, and pre-season games. The latter half of training camp leads directly into the exhibition season. More and more teams are practicing close to home. In fact, 20 out of 32 NFL teams hold camp at home. Here are the practice locations for all the teams in the NFL along with the start dates.


2014 NFL Training Camp Dates
RavensUnder Armour CenterOwings Mills, Md.7/23/14
BillsSt. John Fisher CollegePittsford, N.Y.7/18/14
BengalsPaul Brown StadiumCincinnati, Ohio7/23/14
BrownsBrowns Training FacilityBerea, Ohio7/25/14
BroncosPaul D. Bowlen MemorialDove Valley, Colo.7/23/14
TexansMethodist Training CenterHouston, Texas7/25/14
ColtsAnderson UniversityAnderson, Ind.7/23/14
JaguarsFLA Blue Health & WellnessJacksonville, Fla.7/24/14
ChiefsMissouri Western St UnivSt. Joseph, Mo.7/23/14
DolphinsMiami Dolphins FacilityDavie, Fla.7/20/14
PatriotsGillette StadiumFoxboro, Mass.7/23/14
JetsSUNY CortlandCortland, N.Y.7/23/14
RaidersNapa Valley MarriottNapa, Calif.7/24/14
SteelersSaint Vincent CollegeLatrobe, Pa.7/25/14
ChargersChargers ParkSan Diego, Calif.7/23/14
TitansBaptist Sports ParkNashville, Tenn.7/25/14
CardinalsUniv of Phoenix StadiumGlendale, Ariz.7/25/14
FalconsAtlanta Falcons FacilityFlowery Branch, Ga.7/24/14
PanthersWofford CollegeSpartanburg, S.C.7/24/14
BearsOlivet Nazarene UniversityBourbonnais, Ill.7/24/14
CowboysRiver Ridge Playing FieldsOxnard, Calif.7/22/14
LionsDetroit Lions Training FacilityAllen Park, Mich.7/27/14
PackersSt. Norbert CollegeGreen Bay, Wis.7/25/14
VikingsMinnesota State UnivMankato, Minn.7/24/14
SaintsThe GreenbrierWhite Silver Springs, WV7/24/14
GiantsTimex Performance CenterEast Rutherford, N.J.7/21/14
EaglesNovaCare ComplexPhiladelphia, Pa.7/25/14
RamsRussell Athletic CenterEarth City, Mo.7/24/14
49ersMarie P. DeBartolo CenterSanta Clara, Calif.7/23/14
SeahawksVirginia Mason CenterRenton, Wash.7/24/14
BuccaneersOne Buccaneer PlaceTampa, Fla.7/25/14
RedskinsBon Secours CenterRichmond, Va.7/23/14



Here are the Key Dates for the 2014/15 NFL Season:




July-August – Training camps begin
Aug. 2 – 2014 Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony
Aug. 3 – 2014 preseason begins, Hall of Fame Game: Buffalo at N.Y. Giants (Canton, Ohio), 8 p.m. ET
Aug. 28 – Preseason ends
Sept. 4 – 2014 NFL Regular Season Begins: Green Bay at Seattle (8:30 p.m. ET)
Dec. 28 – Regular season ends


Jan. 3-4 – Playoffs begin — Wild Card Weekend
Jan. 10-11 – Divisional Playoffs
Jan. 18 – Conference Championships
Jan. 25 2015 – Pro Bowl (University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., 8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Feb. 1 – Super Bowl XLIX (University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., 6 p.m. ET, NBC)



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 Here is the NASCAR Full Schedule – July ’14:

 7:30 pmDaytona International SpeedwayTrack Details
Daytona, FL



JUNE 13TNTCamping World 301Preview
 1:00 pmNew Hampshire SPEEDWAYTrack Details
Loudon, NH



 1:00 pmIndianapolis Motor SpeedwayTrack Details
Indianapolis, IN





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PGA Tour – FedEx Cup


The PGA Tour is the organizer of the main professional golf tours played primarily by men in the United States and North America. It organizes most of the events on the flagship annual series of tournaments also known as the PGA Tour, as well as the Champions Tour (for golfers age 50 and older) and the Web.com Tour (for professional players who have not yet qualified to play in the PGA Tour), as well as the PGA Tour Canada and PGA Tour Latinoamérica.

Originally established by the Professional Golfers’ Association of America, it was spun off in December 1968 into a separate organization for tour players, as opposed to club professionals, the focal members of today’s PGA of America. Originally the “Tournament Players Division,” it adopted the name “PGA Tour” in 1975 and runs most of the week-to-week professional golf events on the tournament known as the PGA Tour, including The Players Championship, hosted at the TPC at Sawgrass, the FedEx Cup, and the biennial Presidents Cup. The remaining events on the PGA Tour are run by different organizations, as are the U.S.-based LPGA Tour for women and the other men’s and women’s professional tours around the world.

The Highlight of the Tour in July is the British Open.


Here is the Full PGA Schedule – July’14:


JUL 3 - 6The Greenbrier Classic CBS, GOLF
The Old White TPC, White Sulphur Springs, WV • Purse: $6,500,000
JUL 10 - 13John Deere Classic CBS, GOLF
TPC Deere Run, Silvis, IL • Purse: $4,700,000
JUL 17 - 20The Open Championship ESPN
Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake, Eng • Purse: $8,000,000
JUL 24 - 27RBC Canadian Open CBS, GOLF
Royal Montreal GC(Blue Course), Ile Bizard, Quebec, CAN • Purse: $5,700,000
JUL 31 - AUG 3Reno-Tahoe Open GOLF
Montreux G&CC, Reno, NV • Purse: $3,000,000
JUL 31 - AUG 3World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational CBS, DIRECTV, GOLF
Firestone CC (South), Akron, OH • Purse: $9,000,000


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2014 British Open


The 2014 British Open features top golf pros who will gather in Liverpool to compete for the historic Claret Jug trophy and the Open’s huge $1.5 million prize. 2014 marks the 143rd British Open, which takes place at the Hoylake links at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club — from Thursday, July 17 to Sunday, July 20, 2014.
This will be the 12th time that the Hoylake links at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club has hosted the British Open, the last in 2006 when Tiger Woods won golf’s oldest major before a crowd of 230,000 people. The mid-summer golf classic will be broadcast on ESPN and ABC Sports.

2014 British Open TV schedule – July’14:  

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4:00 AM – 3:00 PM


4:00 AM – 3:00 PM


7:00 AM – 3:00 PM


6:00 AM – 3PM

Last year’s championship saw American golf champ Phil Mickelson shot a final round 66 (−5) to win his fifth major title, three strokes ahead of runner-up Henrik Stenson.


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Professional Tennis


The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis and the recognized leader in promoting and developing the sport’s growth on every level in the United States, from local communities to the crown jewel of the professional game, the US Open. Established in 1881, the USTA is a progressive and diverse not-for-profit organization whose volunteers, professional staff and financial resources support the singular mission. The USTA is the largest tennis organization in the world, with 17 geographical sections, more than 770,000 individual members and 8,000 organizational members, thousands of volunteers and a professional staff dedicated to growing the game.



Professional Tennis Schedule – July ’14:


June 23 – July 6, 2014

Wimbledon Championships (Men & Women) London, England, UK

July 7 – 13, 2014

SkiStar Swedish Open (Men) Bastad, Sweden

MercedesCup (Men) Stuttgart, Germany

Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships (Men) Newport, Rhode Island, USA

Bucharest Open (Women) Bucharest, Romania

NURNBERGER Gastein Ladies (Women) Bad Gastein, Austria

July 14 – 20, 2014

bet-at-home Open – German Tennis Championships 2012 (Men) Hamburg, Germany

Claro Open Colombia (Men) Bogota, Colombia

Collector Swedish Open Women (Women) Bastad, Sweden

Istanbul Cup (Women) Istanbul, Turkey

July 21 – 27, 2014

BB&T Atlanta Open (Men) Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Credit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad (Men) Gstaad, Switzerland

Vegeta Croatia Open Umag (Men) Umag, Croatia

Baku Cup (Women) Baku, Azerbaijan

Jiangxi International Women’s Tennis Open (Women) Nanchang, China

July 28 – August 3, 2014

Citi Open (Men & Women) Washington D.C., U.S.A.

Bet-At-Home Cup Kitzbuhel (Men) Kitzbuhel, Austria

Bank of the West Classic (Women) Stanford, California, USA


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The matches kicked off on Monday, June 23 with the women’s final on Saturday, July 5 and men’s final on Sunday, July 6, 2014.

Wimbledon is being aired on ESPN and ESPN2.


2014 US Wimbledon TV schedule – July ’14:

all times ET


Tuesday, July 1
Women’s Quarterfinals
ESPN2 – 7AM – 4PM
ESPN – 8AM – 1PM

Wednesday, July 2
Men’s Quarterfinals
ESPN2 – 7AM – 4PM
ESPN – 8AM – 3PM

Thursday, July 3
Women’s Semifinals
ESPN – 8AM – 1PM

Friday, July 4
Men’s Semifinals
ESPN – 8AM – 2PM

Saturday, July 5
Women’s’ Finals
ESPN – 9AM – 3PM

Sunday, July 6
Men’s Finals
ESPN – 9AM – 3PM


Wimbledon Links:

Wimbledon.com - Check out the official site with the latest headlines, video, feature stories, photos, plus ticket information & prices for ticket packages and accommodations, visitor and museum info, directions for getting there, along with Wimbledon history, records and stats.

BBC SPORT | Tennis - The Beeb Online as only they can do it, with reports from center court at Wimbledon, player profiles, video clips, photo galleries and the television schedule for BBC 1 and BBC 2.

ATPtennis.com - The official site for men’s professional tennis with video & audio reports from Wimbledon, scores, standings, feature stories & interactive head-to-head comparisons.

WTATour.com - The official site of women’s professional tennis featuring Wimbledon player profiles, rankings, feature stories, a photo gallery plus a FanZone with an online shop, free wallpaper and related downloads.

Guardian Unlimited Sport | Tennis - All the latest news and commentary from Wimbledon Stadium. Keep up to date with the most recent headlines on who’s in and who’s out.

Wimbledon – Wikipedia - The free online encyclopedia with historical color commentary and info on men’s and women’s singles and doubles champions from 1913 to the present.

Wimbledon party ideas and recipes:

How to Throw a Wimbledon Party - Check out the complete menu, along with ideas for invitations, planning and decorating

Wimbledon Cup Recipe - Get happy with the traditional Pimm’s, gin, cream and mandarin juice cocktail to celebrate the day. And for you Yanks, translate ‘double cream’ to heavy cream.

Poached Salmon with Cucumber-Dill Sauce - Another traditional recipe at Wimbledon, washed down by at least a bucket of strawberries and ice cream.



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Tour de France


The historic 101st edition of the Tour de France kicks off in 2014 beginning on Saturday, July 5, as an international petelon of world-class bikers embark on the road to Tour de France glory. This year signals a return to England for the first time since 2007 (when London starred as the kick off to the first stage.) In 2014, Yorkshire is the center of the action with the first stage set in Leeds. Bikers will travel on a circuit through Cambridge, and onto London, before continuing the race into France.

In total, it will be a grueling 21 stages over 3,600 kilometers before riders reach the traditional big finish at the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Sunday, July 27, 2014.

As always, the 2014 Tour de France will cover a route ranging from pleasantly flat …. to treacherously steep and mountainous ….including the bumpy ride through cobbled Paris-Roubaix as well as the muscle-burning climb through the Vosges Mountains.


2014 Tour de France on TV

NBC Sports Network provides live coverage throughout the race with live television coverage of the dramatic mountain stages on NBC.


All about the Tour de France

Maurice Garin was the winner in the first race held in 1903.

The first Tour de France was arranged by French newspaperman Henri Desgrange as a publicity stunt for his paper, L’Auto in 1903. The race featured 60 riders covering more than a 1,000 miles and was a huge success (L’Auto’s circulation rose from 25,000 to 65,000.)

Except for two World Wars that stopped the race in its tracks, the Tour de France has been held almost every year since.

And while spectacular scandals have rocked the race of late (see: Lance Armstrong), the Tour de France has been no stranger to poor sportsmanship over the years. In fact, rampant cheating by riders and rioting by fans — by those who favored one bike rider over another — was reported during the early races held more than a century ago!

Today, almost 200 riders make up the 22 teams that participate in the world’s biggest annual sporting event covering some 2,000 miles. Throughout the race’s 21 stages, the team leader (the strongest rider), is protected by other members of the team through stretches of terrain that vary greatly from flat, to hilly, to extremely steep and mountainous.

Along the way, riders are rewarded with color-coded jerseys. The green jersey signifies who’s the fastest sprinter, and the white jersey goes to the youngest biker, usually an emerging star under 25. The red-and-white polka dot jersey is awarded to the “King of the Mountain” or best uphill climber. Near the end of the race, the overall leader in total time gets to wear the coveted yellow jersey, and to claim victory (as well as the €450,000 euro prize money) as he crosses the finish line in Paris.



Tour de France  Schedule – July ’14:

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Tour de France around the Web

Elsewhere on the Web, get the complete picture of this year’s annual Tour de France with video presentations, photos, up-to-the-minute blog reports, and more on Tour de France stats, records and history …

Tour de France 2014 - The complete route map, news flashes in real time, plus updated classifications, positions, gaps between the riders, video and photos of the competition. In English and French.

2014 Tour de France Live Dashboard - A treasure trove of online information on the route, stages, teams, photos and worldwide TV schedules.

BBC Sport | Cycling - Complete news coverage including feature articles, video clips, photos, a complete Tour de France rider list, rider and team profiles.

Yahoo! Sports – Cycling - The latest Tour de France news off the wires of AP, Reuters, and more plus feature stories, photo gallery.

Bicycling.com - The cyber version of the print publication with feature articles, special Tour de France coverage along with the latest updates, standings & photos, plus more on general cycling tips, online forum, related links.



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2014 FIFA World Cup championship


2014 World Cup final draw matchups


1. Brazil
2. Croatia
3. Mexico
4. Cameroon

1. Spain
2. Netherlands
3. Chile
4. Australia

1. Colombia
2. Greece
3. Ivory Coast
4. Japan

1. Uruguay
2. Costa Rica
3. England
4. Italy

1. Switzerland
2. Ecuador
3. France
4. Honduras

1. Argentina
2. Boznia-Herzegovina
3. Iran
4. Nigeria

1. Germany
2. Portugal
3. Ghana
4. USA

1. Belgium
2. Algeria
3. Russia
4. Korea Republic



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FANFOOD 4th of July BBQ Party Guide


Whether you’re lighting up the grill on the 4th of July or waiting for the weekend, a good BBQ takes planning. So, if you’re having a few friends over and enjoying some cold ones to celebrate the 4th, start getting your game plan together now. Of course, if you’re like us, you don’t just want to throw a good BBQ, you want to throw the best damn barbecue the free land has ever seen. Here’s how to do it:

When cooking for a large gathering make sure you prepare something for everyone. Throw on a couple of Hot Dogs for the kids while you are grilling the rest. In fact, try getting the kids fed first to alleviate their hunger for summer foods and let them finish off with some flag fudge.


Cooking and Recipes

When putting together a meal decide the best way to prepare the dishes quickly and easily. Start off with some great appetizers for the grill or other appetizers.

If you want tradition then you need a good recipe for Potato Salad, Cole Slaw or Barbecue Beans. There are over 250 recipes on this site for you to choose from to create a great menu for your 4th of July Party.





Appetizers | Marinades | Rubs | Chili | Vegetables | Sandwiches

Pizza | Meats | Sauces | Breakfast | Desserts | Holiday | Drinks |

Equipment & Technique |


Vegetarians at a BBQ? 

If you or some of your guests are vegetarians you can still do some 4th of July entertaining, only vegetarian style. Vegetarian grilling can be more than just veggie burgers, but you will be a success if you make them from scratch.



Remember to cool things off with some Frozen Delights or go the extra mile with Italian ice cream. There is a lot you can do with desserts like a nice dish of dirt, Summery Fruit Candies or a margarita pie.



Don’t forget the iced tea, or even the iced coffee. Coordinate your drinks with the meal and the season. A nice Sangria will go great with grilled foods. There are also a lot of cool, refreshing summer cocktails you can choose from. You might even what to check out some patriotic drinks for this July 4th. Of course no great cookout is complete without beer. What you need to make this even particularly patriotic is a good selection of beers. Refresh your knowledge of all things whiskey. You will know what you are talking about.


FANFOOD BBQ Tips & Tricks:

Here are some tips that will ensure you’ll be the perfect barbecue host

  • Keep all your barbecuing tools handy – tongs, chopping boards, insulated gloves, brushes ect. Have a plan to light your charcoal, and don’t use lighter fluid, nobody wants to taste it. Always use natural charcoal free of additives.
  • Never mix together different raw foods (i.e. fish and chicken) in the same marinade. Always keep in separate containers. Use separate chopping boards and utensils for handling raw and cooked foods to prevent cross-contamination
  • Remove meat and poultry from the fridge an hour before cooking and leave covered in a cool kitchen until required. This will help bring the food back to an ambient temperature, and will result in a more succulent cooked result.
  • Always know how many guests you are expecting and make sure you are seated near to the kitchen. This means you won’t be barging past your guests when going to and from the house.
  • Keep plenty of iced water handy – particularly if you’re barbecuing on a hot day. If you stick with the beer or wine your guests will soon be dehydrated (and you maybe too tipsy to tend the barbecue).
  • Prepare dressings for salads and marinades for the barbecue in advance to be one step ahead of yourself. You can even make your very own mayonnaise. Meat & Poultry will benefit from marinating overnight in the refrigerator rather than for an hour just prior to barbecuing, so do as much preparation ahead of time as possible.
  • Have a good link to a weather website, preferably one with live doppler radar, so you know what is coming and when.
  • If you’re having a barbecue at night, don’t forget to consider the lighting.
  • Check with your guests if they have any special dietary requirements.
  • Burning citrus candles is a great way to keep the bugs at bay and stop them biting your guests, especially if you’re serving any sweet food or drinks.
  • If you’re having an afternoon barbecue, make sure there’s plenty of shade to avoid sticky sun burnt guests.
  • Pork, sausages, burgers and chicken in particular, must always be cooked through to the center. It might look cooked on the outside but can still be raw in the middle. Check by piercing the thickest part with the point of a sharp knife. If the juices run clear then the meat is ready. Any sign if pink juices will require further cooking. Get yourself a digital thermometer, it’ll come in handy, trust me.
  • Be aware of wind direction and the proximity of neighbors when placing your BBQ.
  • Clean your charcoal barbecue after each use, once the grill has cooled down – a wire brush and warm soapy water is all that is needed – little and often is secret. Your gas barbecue can be cleaned by simply burning off the grill for 10 minutes. Have a plan for your used charcoal.

Schedule a couple of days to go shopping for the items on your lists. Here is a simple countdown to take you through the final two weeks leading up to the big day.

Two Weeks Before:

- Confirm your guest list, order your beef if fresh and give out specific assignments to guests that are contributing meals.
- Finalize your shopping lists.
- Inventory your table and kitchen supplies.
- Make arrangements to borrow or rent any items that you lack.

One Week Before:

- Purchase wine, beer, soft drinks.
- Shop for non-perishables.
- Select music.
- If using frozen meats, plan the day to begin to thaw. The rule of thumb is to allow one day for every five pounds of meat.
- Make a plan for cleaning your house, particularly the rooms that will likely be seen by guests. De-clutter the messiest rooms first.

Two Days Before:

- Purchase all perishable ingredients.
- Begin cleaning and chopping any vegetables for the dips and side dishes.
- Bake and freeze any pies or other desserts that can be frozen.
- Prepare recipes such as dips, marinades, sauces. Make a written plan for cooking your meal.

One Day Before:

- Clean the bathroom, dust and vacuum all rooms guests will be using, especially the dining room and kitchen and back deck.
- Set the table if you are setting up a buffet; take out all of the serving pieces.
- Finish preparing and bake your pies.
- Prepare and refrigerate salads.

Day of the Party:

- Ask someone to pick up any bread or rolls or ice you may need.
- Finish preparing appetizers, first courses, and/or side dishes.
- Turn on your music.
- Take fifteen minutes before guests arrive to freshen yourself and relax.
- Welcome guests.
- Start Cooking
- Set out the food, and count your blessings!

Preparing a BBQ doesn’t need to stressful. Many dishes can be prepared many hours in advance of the meal. Some preparations benefit from sitting for a time before being served. Even if the whole dish cannot be completed early in the day, the preparation of the ingredients can be. Ingredients can be cleaned, cut, blanched, and otherwise made ready for their final cooking.

Plan Ahead

If you decide what to cook early, have all ingredients on hand, and cook some of the meal ahead of time, you can save yourself a lot of stress. On the day before you can make your pies, and prepare and refrigerate salads.

Simplify Cooking

If you can take shortcuts, take them. For example, you can buy pre-made dips, and marinades, and bake pies purchased from the store.

Try Fewer Side Dishes

It’s a lot of fun to have a feast, and there are many creative recipes this time of year, but if you cut down on side dishes, you can save yourself quite a bit of time and effort. Just pick a side and vegetable or two, and make a lot of them. This way, while there’s less variety, there’s plenty of food.

Let Others Help

Another fun way to simplify your meal is to let others help with the side dishes. If you’re having other people come, you can just let everyone bring a side dish or dessert while you supply the meat. If you’re only cooking for your own household, you can let everyone in the house be responsible for one side. This lets everyone feel good that they’ve contributed to the joy of the feast.

Final Tips

Try to relax and enjoy your guests. Accept help when it’s volunteered – you don’t have to do it all by yourself. Remember that everything doesn’t have to be perfect to build those long-cherished memories. Many times it’s the little imperfections that nestle into the warmest spot of your heart.



Perhaps more important than hosting a BBQ, observing the 4th evokes a special feeling of pride and patriotism, celebrated with 4th of July fireworks shows, parades and displaying the American flag.

After all, it was patriot John Adams himself who declared in 1776 that the 4th of July should always “ be commemorated ….with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

FANFOOD Guide to Smoking Food



Smoking 101
Smoking Woods
How Much Wood to Use?
To Soak or Not to Soak?
Smoking Food on a Gas Grill
Smoking Food on a Charcoal Grill
The Minion Method
Using Charcoal for Long Cooks
Tips for Smoking on a Charcoal Grill
Smoking With Gas and Electric Smokers
Using a Smoking Gun






Smoking 101



The secret of BBQ is heat, time, and smoke.

The secret of GREAT BBQ and successful smoking is airflow.

You need to bring smoke to the food but you can’t hold it there for too long.

Those who know how to use a smoker will tell you that the key to cooking the best food is to know just how prepare the wood, and how much wood should be added to the smoker once started.

You want the wood to burn slowly at a nice even temperature.

You want to maintain a steady smoke and a temperature between 220 and 260 degrees F. at the surface of the food. Ideally, stay as close to 225 degrees F. as you can.

Tip: Have about 8 whole bulbs of garlic soaking; every couple of hours toss a couple of the bulbs into the burn chamber.

Practice makes perfect, so you may have to experiment a bit.

The smoker needs to be heated thoroughly before you add the food and you will need to watch the temperature while you are smoking the food.

The smoking process takes a few hours and the idea is to create a smoke flavor to the food.

You want to place the food in the smoker chamber with the heat temperature between 180 and 200 degrees F. If you are using a gas grill, you may need to place the food as far away from the heat source as possible.

If using wood or charcoal, you must tend to the heat constantly during the smoking.

Use a meat thermometer to make sure smoke cooked foods are done but not overcooked.

It takes practice to know when to adjust the dampers and the flues to keep the temperature at the right level, but this is the key to succulent smoked food!

Smoke cooked foods look differently than other grilled or oven prepared foods. They may be pink or red when completely cooked depending on the type of wood that is used. For example, smoking with apple wood will make chicken look a slightly red.

Experiment with different woods and meats until you find the right combination for your taste.



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Smoking Woods



With the large selection of wood available it is hard to know which ones to use. While the traditional BBQ is characterized by the strong sweet smell of mesquite or the pungent flavor of hickory, a whole world of flavors is available. See below

BBQ’s unique flavor comes from cooking with an open fire of charcoal and wood. Enhancing the flavor of the smoke by adding aromatic woods, or herbs and spices, to the charcoal gives any food a distinctive smoked taste.

Each type of wood blends particularly well with certain foods. Below are some combinations that will add excitement to your next meal.

Fruit woods
Apple, cherry and peach wood work beautifully with poultry, game birds and pork. Serve a chutney made from the same fruit to underscore the flavor even more.

Sugar Maple
Sugar maple add a sweet, subtle flavor that enhances the flavor of poultry and game birds. Smoke a pork roast with them for a sensational taste experience.

If you like a beautiful golden-brown turkey, pecan is the best. Try it with other poultry products, game birds and pork- for a delicate pecan flavor.

Jack Daniel’s
Made from Jack Daniel’s barrels. Adds a distinctive flavor to beef and poultry.

Woodbridge Vintage Barrel Chips
Made exclusively from recycled 100% American and French Oak wine saturated barrels, which for years have been used in the aging of fine wines. Upon completion of the aging process the five to seven year old barrels are hand selected for recycling into wood smoking chips.

Long a favorite of Pacific Northwest Indians for cooking fresh salmon, alder chips or chunks impart a delicate, wood-smoke flavor which enhances the natural taste of salmon, swordfish, sturgeon, rainbow trout, and other fish. Also excellent with chicken or pork.

One of the most popular woods in the country, mesquite is a scrubby tree that grows wild in the Southwest. Sweeter and more delicate than hickory, it’s a perfect complement to richly flavored meats such as steak, duck or lamb.

The most popular hardwood flavoring in use today, hickory lends a pungent, smoky, bacon-like flavor we associate with Southern-style cooking. Excellent with ham, pork, and beef.

Grapevine cuttings
Traditionally used in the wine-growing regions of Italy and France, grapevine cuttings give a more delicate flavor than hardwoods and are recommended for use with fish and poultry. When used dry, the grapevines produce a quick burst of heat and then smoke lightly to permeate foods with their sweet, wine-hinted flavor.

Herbs and Spices
The uniquely fragrant flavors of rosemary and basil give new life to grilled poultry and fish. Garlic cloves, citrus peels, cinnamon sticks and whole nutmegs can be added to the fire. Water-soak all herbs and spices, dried or fresh, before adding to coals. The seasoning should smolder and smoke, not burn, to a crisp.

Guava Wood
Guava wood has a subtle, semi-sweet aroma. The cut wood is seasoned naturally under the Hawaiian sun for 9-12 months, then hand-split, chipped and packaged to retain maximum flavor. Whether grilling or smoking fresh chicken, pork, fish, lamb or beef, guava wood will complement each flavor differently.



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How Much Wood to Use?


With wood smoke, you are looking for a smoke that is just barely visible.

It is sometimes referred to as the thin blue smoke and is simply that smoke that you have to squint your eyes to see.

It is important to consider airflow when smoking. Good smoke is smoke that is moving around and not trapped inside your smoker!

The way to ensure the smoke is moving is to create a good draft by having an inlet for air and an exit or exhaust for the smoke. This inlet is usually near the firebox area and is sometimes referred to as the intake damper. The exit or exhaust can be a vent in the lid or a pipe protruding out of the top or side of the smoker sometimes referred to as the chimney or stack.

The intake should be at least 1/4 open at all times and the exhaust to be at least 1/2 open to ensure proper air flow.

At any rate, although this is somewhat dependent on the individual smoker, NEVER close either one all the way. You will immediately stop the airflow and the smoke will begin to create creosote on the food and the inside walls of your smoker.

This will most certainly ruin the food for this smoke and future ones due to the buildup within the smoker. If this happens, you will need to thoroughly clean the smoker and re-season it just like you did when you bought it new. Bottom line, keep the air / smoke moving for the very best results.



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To Soak or Not to Soak? That is the Question


There is a reason boats are made out of wood and why we use water to put out fires!

It is conventional wisdom that you should soak wood chips and chunks before using them in a charcoal or gas grill or smoker. All the books say so. All the TV shows say so. The guys over at amazingribs.com experimented with soaking a bunch of different wood, chucks and chips and after 24 hours of soaking , the water barely penetrated solid wood and slightly penetrated the cracks. Most books recommend soaking for only an hour or two. So if the water barely penetrates the wood after 24 hours, what good is 60 minutes?


What happens to wet wood on a grill?


There’s another good reason to not soak your wood. If you toss dripping wet wood on hot coals, the water on the surface can cool off the coals. But as mentioned above, the key to good outdoor cooking is to control your temperature. The goal is to get to a target temp and hold there.

Let’s say the coals or gas jets are 1,000°F on their surface. If the wood surface is wet the wood cannot heat much beyond 212°F, water’s boiling point, until it evaporates by turning to steam. The temp sticks there.

In a grill or smoker, the wood temp will not rise much above 212°F until the water steams off. After the water is driven off, the wood starts to warm and when the surface hits the combustion point, about 575°F, it begins giving off gases. It can then combust and produce smoke.

You might think you see “smoke” when you toss on wet wood, but it is really steam.

One more reason not to soak. Not all smoke is the same. As said before, the best tasting smoke is practically invisible, thin, and pale blue. Blue smoke is better than white, gray, or black, by far. Blue smoke depends on dry wood and a hot fire.

Tip: Some people have problems with chips catching on fire when they throw them on the coals. To prevent this and improve smoke quality, try making a smoke packet by wrapping the wood in foil and poking holes in the foil. Or switch to chunks. You may have to experiment with the number of holes.



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Smoking Food on a Gas Grill


If you are adding smoking wood to a gas grill then you need to arrange to keep the wood isolated from the fire. You don’t want the wood to burn too fast and you don’t want the ash to collect in your gas grill. There are several devices on the market for holding smoking wood chips in your gas grill;

The most common is a cast iron box that fits under the cooking grate and above the burners. A “V Shaped Smoker Box” was designed for your gas grill and works great! It has been expressly constructed to fit between the flame deflector bars of most gas grills which provides direct contact with the heat source for rapid heat up and smoke flavor.

This will help accelerate the smoking of your wood chips and save space on the cooking surface and better yet, all the ashes stay in the smoker box keeping your grill clean and ready to go.

There is even a top hinge for convenient refilling.

The secrets of gas grill smoking are indirect heat and temperature control. In order to smoke successfully, your grill needs to have at least two burners, and it should have a temperature gauge.

Here’s the low-down on what you’ll need…

A gas grill with two or more individually controlled burners under the grate, positioned either side-by-side, or front-to-back. You will place your foil wrapped smoking wood over the left-side burner, and your meat on the right side of the grill. (Or wood in back, meat in front.)

A temperature gauge mounted in the lid. It’s important that you know what the temperature is inside the grill.

If your grill has cast iron grates, it’s important that they are seasoned correctly. This will help prevent the foods from sticking as they smoke, and prevent rust from forming. After cleaning the cast iron grate, coat all sides with vegetable oil, and heat them over low heat in the grill for 30 minutes. Brush on another coat of oil before each grilling session.

I know what you are thinking, “Then how do I keep wood chips from catching fire in my grill or smoker?” As we learned in science class, fire needs air, heat and fuel to burn. The way to limit the chips from catching fire too quickly is to minimize the air to the chips. As mentioned before, it’s best to wrap the chips in a foil pouch and then just poke a few small holes in the top of the of the pouch to let the smoke out. If done correctly it will never catch on fire. Place the wood packages directly over the burner you’ll be using, positioned under the grate and directly on top of the lava rocks or the metal shield. Turn the burner on and set it to medium or medium-high. You’ll need to experiment in order to determine where to start with your grill.

When you see your gas grill smoking, place the food on the grate, opposite the smoking wood, and close the cover. Maintain the temperature at 225 F to 250 F degrees until the food is done.

This method works great and all you have to do is throw out the foil packet once it’s cooled down.

Another option is to use wood chunks. With wood chunks you can just place them in a foil pouch directly over a burner just as you would with the wood chip smoker pouch.

The great thing about cooking with smoke is all the experimentation it allows you to do. There all kinds of different woods you can use in different combinations. I suggest you start with oak, it’s a good mild wood that won’t overpower your cooking and will get you started on the journey of cooking with smoke. Now you have no excuse not to try smoking on a gas grill!


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Smoking Food on a Charcoal Grill


If you’re just starting out BBQ smoking, you might have heard of the term “Minion Method” once or twice. If you’re already familiar with the term and have used the method, you know that it’s far superior to what the manual tells you to do. If you’re serious about smoking your own BBQ and you want to use charcoal as your heat source you definitely want to know the Minion Method.

The Minion Method is basically a way of setting up the charcoal so that it burns longer, more steady, and more consistent. In general, you won’t have to keep adding more fuel during the cooking process, so it’s perfect for overnight cooking sessions. To top it all off, you can start cooking relatively quickly. If done correctly, it should last anywhere from 6-18 hours at around 225-275 degrees F–perfect for the low and slow meats like brisket and pulled pork. The Minion Method is not meant for smoking at temps of higher than 300 degrees F.


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Basics of Setting Up the Minion Method:


Fill the charcoal chamber to the top with unlit charcoal briquettes

Spread several fist-sized chunks of wood at the bottom (and/or the top) of the charcoal

Fill the chimney starter about halfway with charcoal, light up

When the burning charcoal starts to turn white ash, dump on top of the unlit charcoal

There you have it. The Minion Method.


Minion Method of fire control. Invented by Jim Minion, this is a clever technique of maintaining constant temp for a long time by filling the basket part way with unlit coals and then you pour hot coals on top. The hot coals slowly ignite the coals below them and the temperature remains remarkably steady for long periods of time. Jim Minion, a caterer who invented the technique, started by pouring a Weber chimney fill of unlit coals (80 briquettes) into the grill or smoker and buried about three chunks of wood in the pile. Then put 1/2 a Weber chimney (40 briquettes) of hot coals on top of cold coals, and a lump of wood on top. The exact number of coals will vary depending on the brand you use, the smoker, and the weather.

Harry Soo from Slap Yo Daddy BBQ likes to make a “crater” with his Minion Method. He piles as much charcoal on the sides, almost playing a little game of balance, while leaving a hole in the middle. Then he fills the hole with fully-lit, ash-colored charcoal. That way, the charcoal slowly burns from the inside out.

Now of course, as in the case of BBQ Philosophy, everyone has their own ways of doing things. I like to put a few chunks of wood on top of the charcoal, because I feel that the wood flavor penetrates the meat a lot more at the beginning stages vs. towards the end of the smoking process. Since charcoal is relatively cheap, I much rather put more charcoal at first vs. having to end up re-filling down the line.

There are also those with distinct taste buds, who say they don’t like the idea of smoking with unlit charcoal because it gives off a weird taste. They also say that it’s unhealthy because unlit charcoal briquettes has that chemical taste that needs to be initially burned off (thus turning into the ashy, grey-color). Personally, I’ve smoked BBQ in all different methods and I really can’t tell the difference in taste. That’s part of the fun about BBQ — there is no right or wrong, whatever works for you, just go with it.



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Using Charcoal for Long Cooks


Part of the problem with charcoal is that it starts cold, heats up rapidly, hits a peak, and then slowly cools as the fuel is consumed.

But it is important to keep the temp of your grill or smoker constant. There are several clever solutions. The core concept of them all is that you put lit coals on top of unlit coals, or vice versa, or side by side, and the ignition of the new coals synchronizes with the death of old coals.

They work well with one noteworthy problem. Freshly lit coals put out a lot of smoke, and it is thick white smoke, not the thin blue smoke that makes the best flavor.


The fuse method

To light the fuse, known as the snake, C, or U method, you put the coals in a C or U shape, ignite one end, and walk away. It works remarkably well. Here is how it looks on a

Weber Kettle or a bullet smoker.



There are also those with distinct taste buds, who say they don’t like the idea of smoking with unlit charcoal because it gives off a weird taste. They also say that it’s unhealthy because unlit charcoal briquettes has that chemical taste that needs to be initially burned off (thus turning into the ashy, grey-color). Personally, I’ve smoked BBQ in all different methods and I really can’t tell the difference in taste. That’s part of the fun about BBQ — there is no right or wrong, whatever works for you, just go with it.



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Tips for smoking on a Charcoal Grill



NEVER use liquid charcoal starter unless you want your meat to taste like lighter fluid!

Monitor temperature by adding 8 to 10 fresh briquettes at a time.

Keep the heat at about 225 F and resist the temptation to constantly peek under the hood. Heat and smoke escape each time you open the lid, sacrificing aroma and flavor while extending the cooking time. Remember, barbeque is a “low and slow” process.

Start with a small amount of wood to see how you like the flavor, then add more for a more intense smoky taste. Don’t overdo it though, and don’t add wood after the first half of the smoking process. Adding wood too late can impart a bitter flavor to the meat and ruin your barbecue, and most importantly, after your food reaches around 150 F, it doesn’t absorb smoke anyway.

Because a pan full of charcoal produces a limited supply of heat, you will need to preserve as much heat inside the cooker as possible. Heat will be lost by removing the lid to check your food, so resist this temptation as much as possible.

Excessive wind will also make the charcoal burn faster, so try to place your smoker where wind is minimized. If necessary, you can build a temporary windbreak to help control the loss of heat created by the wind chill factor. This is important since temperatures must be in the 225 F to 250 F to properly smoke your meat. Remember, as the air temperature falls, the chilling effect of any wind that is present increases as does your fuel consumption.

When smoke cooking large quantities of food, be careful to adjust the airflow vents so that the fire will not cook too hot and burn out too soon. Never close the airflow vents completely unless you want to extinguish your fire. You can monitor your cooking temperature with a temperature gauge inserted in the lid of the smoker.

When cooking large cuts of meats such as turkeys, hams and large roasts, place the food at the far end of the cooking chamber away from the fire. This will allow the food to smoke cook more slowly over a longer period of time. If the temperature begins to decline before you have finished the smoking process, add more fuel until the temperature rises to the desired level.

It might sound obvious, but if you cook with charcoal, you need to have a plan on what you are going to do after the cook. Properly disposing of used charcoal is more than simply sending it to the landfill. You can get much more use out of it and if you BBQ as much as I do, you can save money too.

The first and most important thing you need to do with the charcoal that you use, is to allow the coals to burn out completely and let ashes cool at least 48 hours before doing anything with it.


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Smoking With Gas and Electric Smokers


There are two types of gas smokers categorized according to the fuel they use. One is propane smoker and the other one is the natural gas smoker. In using a propane gas smoker, you will have the advantage of having twice the energy it can give compared to a natural gas. Propane-fueled smokers are very convenient and portable, but you need to be careful and make sure that the propane tank is situated away from the smoker because the smoker tends to be extremely hot during the operation.

Natural gas smokers, on the other hand, are best and safe for home use since they can just be connected to the natural gas supply in your homes. And the best thing about using a gas smoker is that you are using a clean gas burning fuel, so there will be no worry in cleaning ashes. They are also easy to light and can easily maintain the temperature in a click.

Advantages of a Gas or Electric Smoker

Many people prefer an electric smoker to the traditional wood and charcoal type. It is easier to use and also simpler to start up. There is no need to get the charcoal lit, and the temperature is more even. Many charcoal smokers provide varying temperatures as the coals burn and are topped up. Not only that, but air flow through traditional smokers is not always consistent and you tend to get much wider temperature differences between the bottom and top sections of smokers such as bullet smokers and ovens.

An electric smoker offers more even and consistent heat and airflow, and you tend to get the same results consistently each time you cook. You can set the temperature you want and the thermostat will provide that, and you can also walk away and leave it because there are no coals to burn away and the oven switches itself off after the allotted time.

You can get thermometers or thermocouples that retain the maximum temperature reached in their memory, so you can also check that the proper meat temperature has been reached without having to be there continuously. In that respect electric smokers are generally safer from a cooking point of view.

Some people believe that electric smokers don’t give the same flavor as the traditional types, but why not? You get the smoke and flavor from the wood not the charcoal, and if you use the right type of wood for the meat, such as hickory with pork and ham, or maple for poultry then you get as good if not better results with the electric smoker because the temperature is more even.

In summary, electric smokers are significantly more convenient, offer more regular results day in day out and the flavor and smoke will also be more regular because it is not tainted by the charcoal. The electric smoker is also easier to keep clean and generally healthier because of its ability to maintain a set temperature throughout the cooking cycle.


Just Remember, never use a smoker indoors; fumes from the charcoal and wood are toxic. Always follow smoker operating instructions and safety warnings found in the owner’s manual.


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Using a Smoking Gun



The Smoking Gun makes your kitchen and bar creations appealing and unique. There are virtually no other methods that allow you to make such big flavor and aroma differences so easily. The Smoking Gun offers an alternative to traditional smoking methods.

Today turning even salads, chocolate, meringue, sauces, butters and fruit into unique new culinary sensations is possible by adding a measured amount of natural, cool smoke. The Smoking Gun makes adding flavors and adjusting their intensities easy. Your selection of combustibles including various types of wood chips, teas, herbs, spices and even hay and dried flowers is limited only by your imagination. The durable, hand-held Smoking Gun operates on just four AA batteries allowing you to experiment and create signature culinary creations at extremely low cost per serving. Simply fill the Smoking Gun chamber with your choice of combustible, turn it on, light with a match or lighter and apply the smoke where you want it.

There are a few ways to add smoke to cocktails. The first is to use an intrinsically smoky ingredient, like single malt scotch or pimenton (Spanish smoked paprika). Another is to infuse the drink with actual wood smoke.

When choosing your ingredients, aim for smoky spirits. Scotch whisky — the ultimate smoky spirit — owes it distinctive iodine-smoke flavor to peat. Or try mescal, which is made in Mexico’s Oaxaca region by smoking the hearts of agave and other cacti.

A handheld smoker is the latest weapon in a barman’s arsenal, and smoked cocktails are turning up at cutting edge bars from Brooklyn to San Francisco.
According to master mixologist, Dale DeGroff and his book The Essential Cocktail smoke adds a richness, complexity, and depth of flavor that can make a respectable cocktail great and a great cocktail a work of art.

Smoke guns come in two basic models, but both work on a similar principle. You load in the hardwood sawdust of your choice, turn on the fan, and shoot smoke into your favorite cocktail. Excellent just got better.


Weapon #1: The Smoking Gun by PolyScience. It looks like a black plastic handheld hair drier. You put hardwood sawdust in the smoke chamber. Switch on the battery-powered fan and light the sawdust with a match. For smoking cocktails and other beverages, a rubber tube fits on the end of the Smoking Gun: simply insert it in the liquid. Cover the glass or bowl with plastic wrap and fill with smoke. Repeat as necessary.

Weapon #2: The Aladin Smoker. Shaped like an upright metal cylinder, the Aladin has a fan in the bottom section, a sawdust holder at the top and a smoke chamber with a flexible plastic hose for directing the smoke.



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 Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest


Every July 4, the eyes of the world focus on Coney Island, NY, for the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest.

The holiday event, which is open to the public and which is sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive eating, takes place at Nathan’s Famous on the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney Island, Brooklyn. With an expected audience of 50,000 every year, those seeking good viewing are advised to arrive before 11 am. (For more information, call the IFOCE at (212) 627-5766.)

The Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest has been held at Nathan’s Famous on the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney Island each year since 1916

At noon each July 4th, a group of 20 steely-eyed individuals line up behind a 40-foot table to begin the 12-minute contest. These competitors, known in the sport of competitive eating as “gurgitators”, may not appear athletic to the untrained eye. However, they are among the finest athletes – with the quickest jaws! – in the world.

Joey Chestnut of San Jose, California, is the latest champion to win the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest. He most recently took the title by downing 69 dogs and buns in a matter of minutes to be awarded the 2013 Mustard Belt — and the $10,000 grand prize! It was Chestnut’s seventh consecutive win in recent years.

In 2014, watch for Joey and female defending champ, Sonya Thomas, (who consumed more than 36 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes last year) attempt to defend their titles in the upcoming contest in Coney Island.



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