Smoked Barbecue

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At one-time smoking, meat was done to preserve it so that it would have a longer shelf life. That was before we had freezers or refrigerators. Now days smoking meat is more related to barbecue and it is done to add flavor and to tenderize meat. There is nothing quite like smoked barbecue.

To do smoking right you need hardwood such as hickory, oak or apple. Down south smoked barbecue is almost always done with hickory. Some people will tell you that you can smoke meat with anything but I would not try to smoke barbecue meat with pine, for example, or just any old wood. Actually, I would only use apple or hickory and it would depend on what I was smoking. For example, ham, bacon, fish, turkey could be smoked with apple wood, but pork, beef, and venison I would only use hickory.

For smoked barbecue meat, temperature control is very important, you want the smoking process to go slowly so the smoke penetrates the meat and tenderizes it. The temperature should be between 200 and 220, this makes the process go slow enough but heats the meat enough so that it can be safely eaten.

You want to position the meat in the smoker so that it is surrounded by the smoke and you want the smoke to be moving at all times to prevent creosote from building up on the meat, creosote will make the meat bitter and unfit to eat. A well-designed smoker will have a way for the smoke to escape so that there is a steady stream of smoke around the meat as the smoke rises and escapes from the smoker. In this was the smoke will be constantly moving with new smoke coming from the wood as it burns.

Like anything else making smoked barbecue will take some practice to become an expert, but once you get the hang of it you will love the meat you smoke.

What We Prefer: Stick Vacuums vs Upright Vacuums

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Stick Vacuum and Upright vacuum are the two most popular types of vacuums which are used by the majority of people but what are the features that make these two types of vacuum cleaners different from each other?

While choosing between these two types of vacuums, it is important that one knows about the type of flooring that these vacuum cleaners can handle and the various factors which differentiate them.

With the help of this article, you would be able to differentiate between the two types of vacuums and will be able to choose the perfect Vacuum cleaner for yourself.

Comparing the differences

When you are choosing between stick and upright vacuum, it is important that you consider its features and select the one which suits your needs. This will allow you to make an informed choice and you are less likely to make a wrong decision.

In terms of efficiency, both the vacuums have their own pros and cons and it all depends on the type of cleaning activity that you need to be done at your home.


Let’s start with the appearance. Stick Vacuum cleaners are better looking as they have their dust container inside the stick whereas an upright vacuum cleaner looks bulky and unattractive. However, a stick vacuum cleaner is not as powerful as an upright vacuum cleaner and can only perform light cleaning in your house.

If you are looking for a powerful and efficient cleaner, then upright vacuum cleaner would be the obvious choice.


The next thing to consider would be the storage space that both of these vacuum cleaners require. If you don’t have enough storage space at your home, then it would be advisable to select a stick vacuum cleaner as it is small and sleek and can be fit anywhere in the corner or the closet. On the other hand, an upright vacuum will require more space as its dust container is located outside and it doesn’t have a small design. This can make storage an issue if you don’t have a large closet space.


Another important factor to consider is the price of the vacuum cleaner. On a general note, a stick vacuum is always a little cheaper than an upright vacuum cleaner but ultimately, it depends on your brand and the features that your vacuum cleaner is offering you. Upright vacuum cleaners are usually expensive since they are more powerful and heavier than a stick vacuum cleaner.


Stick vacuum cleaners are obviously lighter than an upright vacuum cleaner as you don’t carry a dust container around with it. This makes it easier to move it around and quite easy to store it in small and compact places.


Vacuum Cleaner

There is no better vacuum cleaner, it all depends on your needs and requirements. If you need a powerful vacuum for cleaning your house then Upright vacuum cleaner is the smart choice but if you are looking for a portable and quick cleaner, then Stick vacuum cleaner is the ideal choice for you.

Need a charcoal grill? Here’s what you should know

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When it comes to flavor no other grill gets it right than a charcoal grill but even charcoal grills come in different shapes and sizes and opting for the right type will determine its cost, durability and features it offers, etc.

Types of Charcoal Grills

So let’s take a look at the different charcoal grills and what they have to offer.

1. Kettle Grills

What makes these grills so popular amongst buyers is their simple design and low cost. They are also quite lightweight and convenient to use thus making them the obvious choice for those seeking portability in a grill.

You can easily find top-notch kettle grills for less than $500 and a budget option for less $100 but keep in mind these grills are only ideal for occasional use and can cater to small crowds.  For first-time users, it makes the ideal deal.

For first-time users, it makes the ideal deal.

2. Barrel Grills

If you’ve got a slightly bigger budget and need a more versatile and large unit then the barrel grill offers a better choice. They get their name from their barrel-like design and aren’t just traditional grills. They also allow you to smoke your meats and veggies or slow cook them to get the flavors right.

Apart from that they also have a larger cooking area and cook at a faster rate and thus are ideal for bigger crowds.  Keep in mind, these grills can cost you around $500-$1000 as higher-end models come with additional frills and fancy some of you will love having.

3. Ceramic/Kamado Grills

These grills are extremely popular in the drilling industry and the features that set them apart are their ceramic build and their egg-like design thus also getting them the name, egg-shaped grills. These grills are particularly known for their greater heat control which is mainly because of the design and ceramic nature.

Not only can these grills produce smoky, charry and juicy meats but are also ideal for cooking pizzas, bread and if you’ve got a hang of the grill and are skilled griller, even desserts.

These grills can cost you up to $2000 while the budget models will cost around $200 but are worth every penny as they offer durability like no other and are unaffected by weather conditions.

They also heat up quickly and maintain a balanced heat during every cook thus ensuring better flavors. Also, maintenance or repair cost is almost zero and they are also easier to clean.


There is a lot that goes into deciding a grill such as budget, the space you have, how often you plan to use a grill etc. but if you’re looking for the absolute best, in our opinion, the Kamado Charcoal grills are the obvious choice. If you want to know about upcoming events bookmark this page, upcoming event dates and coupons are posted regularly.


Beginners Guide: How to correctly clean and maintain Coffee Makers

Coffee makers are excellent devices for people who like drinking fresh coffee every day but do not have the time to prepare a cup themselves.

With continuous use, coffee makers tend to accumulate stuff inside, which decrease flavor and freshness of coffee, therefore a coffee maker should be clean and serviced regularly to main taste and flavor of produced coffee.


Sometimes oils may drip inside the coffee maker and give a rotten and rancid taste to your coffee. To prevent that happening, here are few steps you can take.

Method 1: Cleaning the coffee maker with a cleaning solution contains equal parts of white vinegar and water

To get a perfect cup of coffee from your coffee maker, clean it at least once a month with a cleaning solution that contains vinegar, and water. The acetic acid in vinegar reduces leftover coffee oils, stains and mineral deposits.

Here is the complete cleaning procedure:-

  1. Prepare a mixture of half white vinegar and half water. The amount of vinegar you require depends on the capacity of your coffee maker. For example, if your coffee maker can make 8 cups i.e. 2 qt., then you need 1 qt. of vinegar for each wash cycle. Since we will be doing two wash cycles, get 2 qt. of vinegar and mix it will equal amounts of water to prepare the cleaning solution.
  2. Place a clean, empty filter inside the filter basket
  3. Pour 2 qt. (out of 4 qt.) mixture into the coffee maker reservoir
  4. Put the coffee maker on stove, if it is a stovetop model, or plug it into electric socket, if it an electric and model and power it on
  5. Once the brewing process is complete, let the mixture remain inside the coffee pot for at least 10 minutes. This will ensure that the cleaning mixture decomposes the oils, lime scale and mineral deposits inside the coffee maker.
  6. Get rid of the dirty cleaning solution by pouring it down the sink
  7. Repeat the brew cycle again with a fresh batch of cleaning solution
  8. Once the brewing is done, again let the mixture stand inside the coffee maker for another ten minutes before finally pouring the dirty used cleaning solution down the drain
  9. Now repeat the steps above again, but this time only with water. This is to ensure that vinegar is completely flushed out of the coffee maker.
  10. Let the water stand inside the coffee maker for another ten minutes after the brewing process.
  11. Smell the water before pouring it out. If you find vinegar smell, re-do the above process with another batch of water.
  12. Again smell the water before pouring it down the sink.
  13. Keep repeating the brewing with fresh batches of water till vinegar smell is completely gone

Method 2: Cleaning the coffee maker with a cleaning solution contains equal parts of dishwashing liquid and water

Dishwashing liquid is another effective cleaning agent that you can use to prepare the cleaning solution.

The method of preparing the cleaning solution is same as used in method 1 above. The only difference is that instead of putting 1 quart of vinegar; put two drops of dishwashing liquid.

For cleaning the coffee maker reservoir complete, follow the same brewing cycles as above – Brew in the coffee maker twice with the cleaning solution and then with water alone.

The endpoint of water brew cycle is when bubbles disappear from the water brew.

Method 3: Use special coffee maker cleaning solutions instead of homemade cleaning agent used in above two methods

If you want to clean your coffee maker like a professional, you can buy coffee maker cleaning solutions from the market.

The process of forming cleaning solutions and the cleaning process remains the same and works great with Keurig k55 and Keurig 145 coffee machines.

To ensure you are putting the required amount of cleaning agent in the cleaning solution, refer to the pack.

Now that you know three methods of cleaning coffee makers, here are some other tips that will help you in maintaining coffee makers, so that you can enjoy a great cup of coffee from your machine for a long time.

Tip 1: At least once a week, remove all detachable parts from the coffee maker and soak them in dishwasher cleaning solution for 30 minutes

To prevent coffee oil and mineral from depositing in large quantities in your coffee maker, take apart your coffee and put its components such as coffee pot, pot lid, filter, filter basket at least once a week and soak them either in dishwasher cleaning solution or white vinegar cleaning solution.

Note: White vinegar cleaning solution is prepared by mixing equal parts of white vinegar with equal parts of water.

For crevices of coffee maker that are difficult to reach, take a toothbrush, put some baking soda on it and rub the crevices.

Tip 2: Opt for caned air to clean out dust

Canned air uses pressure to remove dust that may be present on the inside or outside of the coffee maker. It is the most convenient method to clean hard to reach places.

Tip 3: Make surely cracked pots or burned power cords are replaced

Inspect your coffee maker carefully and see whether there are any cracks on the surface of the coffee pot if the power cord is burned from someplace. If there are:-

  • Replace the cracked pot immediately as they can spill coffee inside the coffee maker and the heating pad
  • Replace the power cord with new ones because burned power cords is a big fire hazard

For more information on how to maintain your specific coffee maker, refer to the user manual provided by the manufacturer.

A Quick Note on Aeropress

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AeroPress is undoubtedly the most reliable way to enhance the quality of the bad coffee. The use of lower temperature reduces the acidic content and bitter taste of the coffee, making it sweeter. However, the complex operation and technicalities of the machine might be a bit too much for the amateurs.


However, the complex operation and technicalities of the machine might be a bit too much for the amateurs. If you need something more hands-off then there are a lot of good single serve espresso brewers available.

The material used

Ceramic or plastic coffee machines are better than metal ones because they’re easier to handle (metal products can heat up pretty quick). Also, white paper filters don’t affect the taste to coffee unlike brown ones that though cheaper and eco-friendly leave a course almost bitter aftertaste

How to maintain it?

Most pour over devices are washable, i.e. dishwasher friendly. Rinsing the machine after use is a good way to ensure that the coffee bean oil doesn’t accumulate in the nooks and crannies of the products. Also, there are biodegradable powders that can clean the mess out. Grinders can pose a bit of a problem and require regular dusting and cleaning.

The bottom line

The art of coffee making is not as easy as it seems, it is surprising how there are such a lot of aspects that one must keep in mind just to enjoy a cup of coffee!

Cool Dog Cafe Events!

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Cool Dog Cafe hosted a Pet Adoption day on Saturday, September 17th, with great success.
Click below to get see a copy of the flyer for the event.


Cool Dog Cafe is having a “Student Happy Hour” Monday – Friday from 3 pm -5 pm. Just show your school ID and get 15% off your food and drink!
Click below to get a copy of the flyer for the event.


Desserts And Fries

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Desserts And Fries


Fresh-Cut Fries

Twice-Fried and Amazing! Winner “Best Fries”…South Jersey Magazine

Small – $2.99Large – $4.59

Sweet Potato Fries

Small – $3.99Large – $5.59

Dipping Sauces for Your Fries

Dipping Sauces: Dijon Mayo – $0.89 | Chipotle Ranch – $0.89 | Mexi-Ketchup (Jalapeno-Infused Ketchup) – $0.89 | Curry Mayo – $0.89 | Kaboom Sauce (Hot Sauce & Mayo) – $0.89 | Garlic Aioli – $0.89 | Atomic BBQ (hot!) – $0.89 | TNT Mustard (hot!) – $0.89 | Honey Mustard – $0.89 | Cheddar Cheese Sauce – $0.99
(Dipping Sauces available…ask for selection!)


Onion Rings$4.25
Baked Beans$2.99
Mac N Cheese$2.99
Cole Slaw$0.99


Gadzooks Dog$4.50

Hot Dog topped with peanut butter, warm brownie pieces, chocolate & caramel sauces and whipped cream. Inspired by Preston & Steve of WMMR

Chocolate Chip Brownie$1.95


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BBQ Angus Burger$6.95

Angus Burger, Cheddar Cheese, Bacon, Onion Rings, Lettuce, BBQ Sauce

Brunch Burger$6.95

Angus Burger, Fried Egg, American Cheese, Bacon, Sliced Potatoes, Mayo, Ketchup

Cool Burger$6.25

Angus Burger, Cheddar Cheese, Grilled Onions, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Pickles, COOL SAUCE

Carolina Cajun Burger$6.50

Blackened Angus Burger, American Cheese, Coleslaw, Pickles, Chipotle Ranch Sauce

Big Andy’s BBQ Chicken$6.50

Breaded Chicken, Onions Rings, BBQ Sauce, Lettuce

Southern Pulled Pork$6.65

Pulled Pork, BBQ Sauce, Coleslaw, Jalapenos

Beer-Battered Fish Filet$6.75

Beer-Battered Fish, Coleslaw, Lettuce, Thousand Island Dressing

Special Homewreckers

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1/2-pound hot dog made from 100% Angus beef.

NYC Homewrecker$7.95

Spicy Mustard, Sabrett’s Onions in Sauce, Sauerkraut (optional)

USA Homewrecker$9.95

Peppers, Onions, Chili, Cheese Sauce, Coleslaw, Tomatoes, Jalapenos. Mustard, Ketchup

Blazing Homewrecker$9.95

Baked Beans, Kaboom Sauce, Spicy Red Pepper Relish, Spicy Mustard, Jalapenos, Sport Peppers, Onions, Fried Egg

Special Hot Dogs

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Hot Dogs

We use Sabrett all-beef franks in natural casings and deep fry them to give them a perfect snap. When you take your first bite, you’ll have a hot dog experience like you never had before. We use special hot dogs machines for our special hot dogs.


Classic Chili Cheese Dog$4.65

The classic with chili and cheese sauce!

Texas Ranger$4.65

Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, BBQ Sauce

Frank N Beans$4.65

Baked Beans, Fritos, Cheddar Cheese

Sweet & Spicy Corn Fritter Smash$4.95

Crushed Corn Fritters & Sweet Chili Sauce

Thai Satay$4.75

Thai Peanut Sauce, Scallions, Sesame Seeds, Chow Mein Noodles

Jersey Shore Breakfast$4.95

Fried Egg, Bacon, American Cheese

Hey, Mac$4.35

Mac N Cheese

Chicago Dog$4.55

Neon Relish, Yellow Mustard, Onions, Tomatoes, Pickle Spear, Sport Peppers, Celery Salt

Carolina Crusader$4.75

Chili, Coleslaw, Sport Peppers


Fried Peppers, Onions and Potatoes, Ketchup, Spicy Mustard on a Hoagie Roll

Mexi Dog$4.75

Guacamole, Salsa, Onions, Jalapenos, Lettuce

Coney Island Dog$4.50

Chili, Yellow Mustard, Raw Onions

Phat Dog$5.75

Mozzarella Stick, Onion Ring, Baked Beans, Seasoned Fries, Fritos

Anthony Weiner Wiener$5.35

Pulled Pork, BBQ Sauce, Jalapenos, Coleslaw

Filipino Dog$5.35

Sticky Rice, Mango, Sweet Chili Sauce

New England Dog$5.35

Fried Clam Strips, Tartar Sauce, Salt, Pepper

Stuffed Tater Dog$5.25

Tater Tots, Bacon, Sour Cream, Scallions

Corn Dogs$3.95

2 Per Order

(Vegetarians: You can substitute our veggie dog in any hot dog on the menu. And with your first taste, you’ll think we tricked you with a “real” hot dog. It’s that good!)