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Preparing for Hunting Season

With summer almost over, it’s time to gear up for the upcoming hunting season. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or brand new to hunting, following these tips will help you get off to a great start.

Study, Study, Study

Make sure you know all details about regulations in your state. Many details of these regulations will change from year to year, so don’t assume regulations from last year will be applicable for this year.

While you’re in study mode, this would also be a great time to take a hunter education course. Classes are offered by most state wildlife agencies and are available in online or traditional formats. Classes tend to fill up in the summer and fall so be sure you sign up quickly! You can find a list of state wildlife agencies here.

Purchase Licenses, Tags, and Stamps

What you need to buy depends on which animal you’re hunting, where you’re hunting it, what you’ll be using, and when you’ll be hunting. Usually the first step is buying a big or small game license. Deer, elk and other big-game hunters also need species tags for the animals they’re hunting, while most waterfowl hunters must have both a federal migratory bird stamp and state validation to hunt ducks and geese.

Learn the Land

If you are hunting on private land and haven’t already asked permission, this is should be your first step. Introduce yourself to the landowner and ask for permission to hunt on their property. Even better, offering them a hand around their farm or acreage is a great way to build a relationship and say thank you, paving the way for more opportunities to hunt there in the future.

You’re going to be spending a good amount of time on your hunting land so it’s best to get well acquainted with it early on! A great way to start is to spend some time with maps as a good map can provide a wealth of hunting information. 

 

Next you’ll want to get out and learn the land firsthand. The more familiar you are with that area, the more likely you’ll be to enjoy a successful hunt. Scouting a hunting spot multiple times during the late summer and early fall will allow you to learn the daily comings and goings of the species you’re after.

Once you’ve bagged that big buck, you’re going to want to grill a steak or two! Find the perfect grill for tender, seared meat, at Cookshack by visiting our website!

4 Major Benefits of Cooking with a Pellet Grill

Now that summer is here, and backyards and patios are filling up with families, it’s time to take the cover off of your grill and get cooking! But why spend this summer sweating over a rusted grill when you could get a top-of-the-line pellet grill that’ll change your cooking forever?

Here are the 4 major reasons why you should consider buying a pellet grill.

#1 Wood Fires Taste Better

Let’s face it, there’s nothing quite like grilling your meats over a natural wood fire. Unlike charcoal or propane, the smoke from a wood fire surrounds and enhances your meat, and gives it that signature smoky flavor that gets your guests smiling.

Grillmasters interested in pellet grills can further enhance the flavor by buying special pellets.Use hickory, apple, or cherry wood pellets to give your BBQ a unique mouthwatering taste!

#2 Versatile Cooking

With a pellet grill, you open your family up to a wide variety of meats and flavors you are not able to reach with a normal grill. 

From classic burgers, steaks, and chicken you’d put on a normal grill, to briskets, ribs, and turkey you’d place in a smoker, you’ll make your backyard the home cooking hub of the summer.

#3 Easy to Use

No need to be nervous about new features and cooking methods—pellet grills are designed to be 100% user-friendly. Cooking meat starts simply by pushing a button, so you don’t need to worry about lighter fluid or propane sources. 

Best of all, wood pellets do not flare up like charcoal or propane, so there’s no need to worry about any surprise burns!

#4 Consistent Control

Constantly tapping the thermometer on your grill to get the dial moving? Grillmasters can ditch these struggles with the absolute temperature control of a pellet grill! 

With completely enclosed environments and electric heating methods available, you’ll have full control over what temperature your meat is at and get it to the perfect level of juiciness.

Barbecuing meats is both a science and an art, and like any artist, you need the best tools you can get to satisfy the senses and create something great. Give our grilling experts a call today at 1-800-423-0698 or visit us online and explore our wide variety of smokers and pellet grills.

How to Grill The Perfect Steak For Your Family and Friends

Now that grilling season is finally here, backyards, campsites, and public parks across America will soon be filled with laughter, the clacking of bottles, and the sweet smell of barbecue seasoning!

We only get half of the year for fun in the sun, so here are just a few tong-worthy tips to make sure every steak you serve your family is plate-worthy.

Give Your Steak Time To Unwind

When getting ready for their first barbecue of the season or a big family dinner, a lot of grill gurus will make the mistake of pulling the beef directly from the refrigerator and throwing it on the grill.

Not only does this mean that your meat will take longer to cook, but you also risk having it turn out looking unappetizing and tasting bland too.

Give your steak time to unwind before grilling by letting it sit for 20-30 minutes and watch the juices work when the time comes to cook!

Success Begins with Salt!

We all know that seasoning your steak is the secret to success, but are you using the oldest seasoning in the world: salt?

Family feast masters can be hesitant to use salt sometimes because it’s well-known for being hydrophobic, which can risk drying out your meat.

However, seasoning your steak with it will cause the salt to embed itself in the meat and mix with all of the juices and other seasonings to form a delicious exterior!

Keep Your Mind on the Moisture!

There is nothing worse in the world than a dried-out steak. Well, there are plenty of things that are worse out there, but a dried-out steak definitely makes the list of top ten!

We can get so caught up in making sure that our meat is safe to eat that we end up overcooking it and ruining the flavors. Grilling steak is like adding ingredients to a pasta sauce; it’s better to underload rather than overload!

Even if your steak isn’t that perfect medium-rare, remember that beef only needs a slight searing for safe eating and you’ll still have those delicious juices!

Families across the country are stepping outside and ripping the covers off of their barbecues, and we’re here to help you make this a savory summer you’ll never forget. Give our kitchen cuisine experts a call today at 1-800-423-0698 or visit us online and find out how we can help take yourgrilling experience to the next level.

Celebrating 100 Years of The National Restaurant Association Show

Every year, restaurateurs, celebrity chefs, and food fanatics travel from across America to one of the world’s greatest culinary events: The National Restaurant Association Show!

This year’s event marks the 100th anniversary of the organization, and here are some of the reasons why you should consider going to McCormick Place in Chicago, IL from  May 18th-21st.

A Century of Style and Taste!

The National Restaurant Association has spent the last 100 years connecting kitchens across America and giving restaurant owners the support that they need to succeed.

This dedication is most clearly seen in their annual restaurant shows that bring together the latest and greatest innovations in the cooking world along with all of the hottest trends that restaurants need to grow their customer base.

“Meat” and Greet With Celebrity Chefs!

The National Restaurant Association Show isn’t just the place to keep your restaurant on the cutting edge of cuisine, but it’s also a gathering event for tastebud trendsetters like Rick Bayless, Abra Berens, and Abe Conlon too.

Celebrity guests aren’t only restricted to the kings and queens of cuisine though; the National Restaurant Association is also proud to welcome the greatest spirit masters in the world, including Tony Abou-Ganim, Jarmel Doss, James Bowers, and many more!

See the Latest Innovations from Cookshack!

Cookshack has been attending the National Restaurant Association show for over 33 years, and it’s no stretch to say that we’ve become just as much of a staple as the delicious food demos.

Cookshack will also be providing free samples of our delicious meats and signature spice and sauce blends, meaning every guest will walk away with a head full of ideas and a belly full of samples!

Cookshack is proud to be celebrating over 33 years at the National Restaurant Association Show, and we look forward to celebrating with you on May 18-21st at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Book your tickets online and then make sure to stop by booth #2035 to visit with us and see how Cookshack can help make this years event the best one yet! If you can’t make it to the show, you can visit our website to take a look at all we have to offer!