Product Review: Mangrate

Mangrates are American made grilling grates designed to sit on top of any existing grill and give the griller the steakhouse quality food they want. ManGrate’s cast-iron design utilizes radiant heat—instead of convection heat or “hot air”—searing in the juices but allowing food to cook evenly. The smoke rails are the angled ledges on each bar of the ManGrate. These ledges are designed to trap and retain oils and fats released during grilling, and it’s these juices that aid in the natural smoking process giving meats a rich, barbecued flavor. They also serve to reduce flare ups.

One of the problems we had been having lately is that our burgers have not been cooking fully through and it seems no matter how long we leave them on the grill, it kept happening.  So we decided to give Mangrate a try to see what would happen.  While the burgers did end up getting cooked fully through all the way, it did seem to lose some of the juices we were used to having using the grill the old way.  (Maybe we left them on too long to overcompensate for them taking so long to cook the old way!) Hot Dogs cooked the same as always and even had some nice grill marks on them as well.

Our next attempt will be to try some other different meats on the grill – maybe some chicken or steak!


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Music Monday: Tyrone Wells The Christmas Album

Since I bought  several new Christmas CDs at Christmas time last year – and then never got the chance to listen to them – I figured rather than wait until next Christmas (when no doubt some more Christmas CDs would be released) I would instead do a Christmas in July feature for Music Monday.  Hopefully if you are in a hot place they will make you feel a bit cooler thinking of snow – or if you are freezing in the AC it will feel appropriate. (I was about to put gloves on my my office the other day the AC is just THAT freezing cold in my office!)





The Christmas Song
Jingle Bells
Christmas At Home
Away In A Manger
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Wrap Her Up For Me
Silent Night
Carol of the Bells
O Come All Ye Faithful

Tyrone is one of my favorite voices. I could just listen to him sing forever! So it’s no problem to listen to him singing about Christmas and snow in July ;).   I also love how he put his own twist on a lot of these songs.  I’m sure you’ve heard Jingle Bells nothing less than 8 million times – but I bet you’ve never heard it quite like Tyrone does it on the album!  He also has 2 original songs on the album in addition to the classics – “Wrap Her Up For Me” and “Christmas at Home”

Christmas at Home is a more emotional track while Wrap Her Up For Me is a more humorous track.

If you’re looking for a new Christmas album for heavy rotation in a few months (or all year round, if that’s your thing) then you should certainly check out Tyrone Wells The Christmas Album. You won’t be disappointed. (It also helps that he has my favorite Christmas song ever on his CD – Carol of the Bells!)

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