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With Help, Grilling Made Much Easier

Newspaper article International New York Times

With Help, Grilling Made Much Easier

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Cooking on the grill can be a challenge, but these apps offer recipes and tips to help users serve up a tasty feast.

It's summer, the perfect time for the sizzling sun to be joined by sizzling sounds from your grill. But since grilling is an art, and it's easy to ruin a piece of meat on the flames, you may be seeking a little help from the right recipe apps to help cook up some mouthwatering feasts and avert a barbecue disaster.

That might lead you to Grill-It!, a $1 recipe app available for iOS and Android phones. The app has a list of food that you can cook on the grill, ranging from classic beef burgers to unusual seafood dishes.

The recipes are sorted in categories like pork, burgers, seafood and vegetables. You can search for recipes and mark your favorites. New recipes can be sent to your phone automatically. Each recipe has color photos to inspire you to grilling greatness, and the instructions are written clearly.

Grill-It! lacks extras like a built-in shopping list, but the app is likely to be on your phone when you're shopping, so you can still figure out what to buy. The list of recipes is also limited. But the app's menus are easy to use, and it is good to look at. While the Android app hasn't been updated in several years, that doesn't seem to affect how well it works.

Grilling: A Bon Appetit Manual is one alternative to Grill-It!, though it's available only for iOS devices. It has 100 recipes, along with demonstration videos and tips for good grilling. The recipes are perhaps more sophisticated than those in Grill-It!, with the kind of dishes you could find in a restaurant. The instructions are presented clearly, if a little formally, and the app uses lavish photos to illustrate each recipe. The app might strike some people as a smart cookbook, but it is fun to use and free.

For budding barbecue chefs looking for expert tips, the Weber Grills app is also a good option. …

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