As the winner of Travel Channel's "American Grilled: Memphis," Clint Cantwell says "it was fun to do" and he isn't ruling out doing future shows. Recognized as one of "10 Faces of Memphis BBQ" by Memphis Magazine, Cantwell (who is also editor of Kingsford.com and pitmaster of Smoke in da Eye competition barbecue and grilling team) has recently created Grillocracy.com. The site is described as a go-to resource for innovative and informative barbecue and grilling recipes, tips, techniques, and more.
"Some things I do are just crazy," says Clint Cantwell about the recipes
on his site, Grillocracy.com
Claim to be always "pushing the boundaries about what can be grilled," recipes include such dishes as candied bacon cinnamon roll burger
to moo-cluck-oink burger with homemade potato chips
He says he doesn't do any recipe testing. His creative process involves wandering
around the grocery store and piecing together ingredients. He also finds inspiration from cooking books and magazines.
"I am always trying to find ways to translate recipes from the kitchen to the grill. I take almost anything - like ice cream, creme brulee, butter (smoked), chocolate chip (created) - and create it on the grill."
Cantwell says one thing that is holding backyard grillers back is fear of trying something new.
"It could be doing something as simple as playing around with rubs and sauces."
Perhaps the most important tip is to know your grill and its personality. Become familiar with its varying temperatures and its hot spots.
When it comes to misconceptions and mistakes with grilling, he points out a few, like cutting into the meat.
"Cutting into meat is sacrilegious. Steaks should have a nice crust to them."
Another one is cooking chicken until it loses all of its flavor. Cantwell suggests investing in a good thermometer.
"I hope grillers use my site as guidelines to go experiment more."
photo courtesy of Clint Cantwell/Grillocracy.com (top left) Cantwell, (top right) Candied bacon cinnamon roll burger