Dadgum! That was FUN!

A few weeks ago I had the great honor of filming a cooking/electric grill demo with John McLemore of Masterbuilt. We had such a great time and it was an all around amazing experience. John and his awesome wife, Tonya, prepared a delicious lunch for us to enjoy before we got to work and they made me feel right at home on the set. As I’m sure you can tell just by watching a few minutes of the video, John’s personality is larger than life! He’s always having fun and cracking jokes, and is just a really pleasant guy to be around. As soon as I walked in, he gave me a huge high five and said, “Look, you know what the most important thing is, right?” I of course assumed he was trying to calm my nerves so I responded, “Have fun?” He looked at me with a very serious look on his face and said, “No. Don’t screw up.” Everyone, John leading the way, burst out laughing and then proceeded to give me the rundown on all of his latest filming bloopers. So funny!

We had a great time talking about the food as we were prepping for the demo. He asked a lot of great questions about my recipe and I really enjoyed getting to share some of my food knowledge and inspiration with someone who already knows so much. We talked about the proper way to cook a skirt steak, a cut of meat that has been on the scene for a while at some of my favorite restaurants. It’s a cheap cut that goes a long way to feed a crowd, and it’s always cooked the same way…high heat for a really short amount of time. To finish it, let it rest and then thinly slice it against the grain to ensure that it doesn’t get tough.

It was also really great to sit back and listen to him enthusiastically describe different Masterbuilt products, especially the electric grill that he has been perfecting for many years. John is proud of his products and he absolutely should be. They make outdoor cooking so much more fun and easy, and always yield great results.

I hope you enjoy this little demo of the recipe I shared in John’s latest cookbook, Dadgum! That’s Good- and Healthy! It’s a great recipe for an outdoor dinner and is a breeze to throw together. Also, if you’re loving the electric grill we used, it is the special value on QVC today…check it out there or on

Dadgum That’s Good…and Healthy!

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I recently had the great honor of having a recipe and bio published in my friend John McLemore’s cookbook, Dadgum That’s Good…and Healthy! John is the President and CEO of Masterbuilt Manufacturing, a company based in Columbus, GA that designs and builds grills, smokers, electric fryers, and more. I can speak from experience in saying that these products are AWESOME! I used the indoor turkey fryer when I cooked for the Purvis family beach trip this spring and had delicious results. I used to it to fry up homemade french fries that were so crispy and perfect they were gobbled up in about five minutes, and even replaced the frying oil with water the next night and prepared a low country boil that fed 20 adults. The versatility is amazing and the results are top notch every time. My next guilty pleasure will be purchasing the updated electric smoker. I can’t imagine an easier way to prepare a meal for a crowd that not only fills everyone’s belly, but leaves them wishing for more smokey goodness. Merry Christmas to me, BJ?

This cookbook is full of delicious recipes that are super tasty and yet waistline-friendly. Some of my favorites include Bobby Deen’s Grilled Corn with Pimento Cheese on page 45, the Thumbs-Up Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches on page 91, and the Piri Piri Chicken on page 151. Also, don’t forget to check out my spread on page 127. My recipes for Salsa Verde Skirt Steak and Grilled Green Bean Salad are absolutely worth checking out.

To snatch up your own copy of Dadgum That’s Good…and Healthy! click here.