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Surf n’ Turf your way into the ultimate dinner spread. Learn how to pull off a chef-like meal at a fraction of the cost. Pick up your steak and lobster today and get cooking!

Use our Compound Butter recipes to bring your Steak & Lobster to new heights!

Baked Lobster

Ingredients:

3 lobster tails (8-10oz each)

1 cup water

Compound butter of your choice

1/8 tsp salt

Dash of pepper

2 tbsp lemon juice

Lemon Wedges and additional melted butter (optional)

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Start by splitting the lobster tails in half, lengthwise. Place the cut side up and with scissors or a knife cut along the shell to loosen the tail meat and cartilage. Discard cartilage and move on.

Use a 13×9 inch baking disk and add your water and lobster tails in.

Take your compound butter and spread over lobster. Drizzle with lemon juice.

Leave uncovered, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lobster is firm and color is opaque. Serve with additional lemon wedges and butter (optional).

Baked Steak

Ingredients:

2(10-12oz) top sirloin steaks

Compound butter of your choice

Salt

Peppercorns

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with foil, and add a baking rack over the baking sheet.

Rub the steaks with compound butter and season with salt and peppercorns. Then place the steaks onto the rack.

Grill in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes to your desired cook temperature.

While steak is baking, heat a cast iron skillet (or nonstick) over medium heat with butter or olive oil until hot.

Remove steaks from the oven and transfer to skillet. Cook steaks for 2 to 3 minutes per side, depending on thickness, until they are browned or crisp to your liking.

Transfer cooked steaks to a cutting board, and let them stand for about 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Combine your lobster and steak on a plate and congratulate yourself on putting together such a divine spread. Enjoy!

Grilled New York Strip Steaks with Tomato, Olive & Feta Relish

Grilled New York Strip Steaks with Tomato, Olive & Feta Relish

Grilled New York Strip Steaks with Tomato, Olive & Feta Relish

Treat yourself to a tender New York Strip Steak without having to go to a fancy restaurant. This easy and delicious recipe is perfect for any occasion that deserves something extra special on the table!

Watch the video recipe here, and get the weekly ad here.

Prep: 20 minutes plus marinating and standing • Grill: 10 minutes • Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 4          boneless New York strip steaks (about 6 ounces each)
  • 1          tablespoon crushed garlic
  • ½         cup red wine
  • 2½       tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • ½         teaspoon salt
  • ¾         teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1          medium shallot, finely chopped
  • 3          medium vine-ripened tomatoes, diced
  • 1/3       cup drained and quartered kalamata olives
  • 1          tablespoon drained capers
  • 1          tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ½         cup crumbled feta cheese

Recipe

  1. Cut slits in fat on sides of steaks; place steaks in a single layer in a glass dish. In a small bowl, whisk 2 teaspoons garlic, wine, 2 tablespoons oil, 1½ teaspoons parsley, salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper; pour over steaks. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 or up to 4 hours, turning steaks once halfway through marinating.
  2. Remove steaks from marinade; discard marinade. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
  3. Prepare outdoor grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat. In a large skillet, cook shallot and remaining 1 teaspoon garlic and ½ tablespoon oil over medium heat 2 minutes or until shallots begin to soften, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, olives, and capers; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in vinegar and remaining 1½ teaspoons parsley and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Fold in cheese; cover to keep warm.
  4. Place steaks on hot grill rack; cook, covered, 10 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 135° for medium-rare, turning once. Transfer steaks to cutting board; tent with aluminum foil and let stand 10 minutes. (Internal temperature will rise to 145° upon standing.) Serve steaks with Tomato, Olive & Feta Relish.

Chef Tips

Cutting slits in the fat sides of the steaks prevents them from curling during cooking.
To create crosshatch marks on steaks, turn the steaks a quarter turn halfway through the grilling time on each side.

Nutrition

Approximate nutritional values per serving: 572 Calories, 38g Fat (12g Saturated), 127mg Cholesterol, 890mg Sodium, 9g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 4g Sugars, 0g Added Sugars, 41g Protein

Grilled New York Strip Steaks with Tomato, Olive & Feta Relish

Grilled New York Strip Steaks with Tomato, Olive & Feta Relish

Grilled New York Strip Steaks with Tomato, Olive & Feta Relish

Treat yourself to a tender New York Strip Steak without having to go to a fancy restaurant. This easy and delicious recipe is perfect for any occasion that deserves something extra special on the table!

Watch the video recipe here, and get the weekly ad here.

Prep: 20 minutes plus marinating and standing • Grill: 10 minutes • Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 4          boneless New York strip steaks (about 6 ounces each)
  • 1          tablespoon crushed garlic
  • ½         cup red wine
  • 2½       tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • ½         teaspoon salt
  • ¾         teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1          medium shallot, finely chopped
  • 3          medium vine-ripened tomatoes, diced
  • 1/3       cup drained and quartered kalamata olives
  • 1          tablespoon drained capers
  • 1          tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ½         cup crumbled feta cheese

Recipe

  1. Cut slits in fat on sides of steaks; place steaks in a single layer in a glass dish. In a small bowl, whisk 2 teaspoons garlic, wine, 2 tablespoons oil, 1½ teaspoons parsley, salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper; pour over steaks. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 or up to 4 hours, turning steaks once halfway through marinating.
  2. Remove steaks from marinade; discard marinade. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
  3. Prepare outdoor grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat. In a large skillet, cook shallot and remaining 1 teaspoon garlic and ½ tablespoon oil over medium heat 2 minutes or until shallots begin to soften, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, olives, and capers; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in vinegar and remaining 1½ teaspoons parsley and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Fold in cheese; cover to keep warm.
  4. Place steaks on hot grill rack; cook, covered, 10 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 135° for medium-rare, turning once. Transfer steaks to cutting board; tent with aluminum foil and let stand 10 minutes. (Internal temperature will rise to 145° upon standing.) Serve steaks with Tomato, Olive & Feta Relish.

Chef Tips

Cutting slits in the fat sides of the steaks prevents them from curling during cooking.
To create crosshatch marks on steaks, turn the steaks a quarter turn halfway through the grilling time on each side.

Nutrition

Approximate nutritional values per serving: 572 Calories, 38g Fat (12g Saturated), 127mg Cholesterol, 890mg Sodium, 9g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 4g Sugars, 0g Added Sugars, 41g Protein

Grilled New York Strip Steaks with Tomato, Olive & Feta Relish

Grilled New York Strip Steaks with Tomato, Olive & Feta Relish

Grilled New York Strip Steaks with Tomato, Olive & Feta Relish

Treat yourself to a tender New York Strip Steak without having to go to a fancy restaurant. This easy and delicious recipe is perfect for any occasion that deserves something extra special on the table!

Watch the video recipe here, and get the weekly ad here.

Prep: 20 minutes plus marinating and standing • Grill: 10 minutes • Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 4          boneless New York strip steaks (about 6 ounces each)
  • 1          tablespoon crushed garlic
  • ½         cup red wine
  • 2½       tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • ½         teaspoon salt
  • ¾         teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1          medium shallot, finely chopped
  • 3          medium vine-ripened tomatoes, diced
  • 1/3       cup drained and quartered kalamata olives
  • 1          tablespoon drained capers
  • 1          tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ½         cup crumbled feta cheese

Recipe

  1. Cut slits in fat on sides of steaks; place steaks in a single layer in a glass dish. In a small bowl, whisk 2 teaspoons garlic, wine, 2 tablespoons oil, 1½ teaspoons parsley, salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper; pour over steaks. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 or up to 4 hours, turning steaks once halfway through marinating.
  2. Remove steaks from marinade; discard marinade. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
  3. Prepare outdoor grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat. In a large skillet, cook shallot and remaining 1 teaspoon garlic and ½ tablespoon oil over medium heat 2 minutes or until shallots begin to soften, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, olives, and capers; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in vinegar and remaining 1½ teaspoons parsley and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Fold in cheese; cover to keep warm.
  4. Place steaks on hot grill rack; cook, covered, 10 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 135° for medium-rare, turning once. Transfer steaks to cutting board; tent with aluminum foil and let stand 10 minutes. (Internal temperature will rise to 145° upon standing.) Serve steaks with Tomato, Olive & Feta Relish.

Chef Tips

Cutting slits in the fat sides of the steaks prevents them from curling during cooking.
To create crosshatch marks on steaks, turn the steaks a quarter turn halfway through the grilling time on each side.

Nutrition

Approximate nutritional values per serving: 572 Calories, 38g Fat (12g Saturated), 127mg Cholesterol, 890mg Sodium, 9g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 4g Sugars, 0g Added Sugars, 41g Protein

Grilled New York Strip Steaks with Tomato, Olive & Feta Relish

Grilled New York Strip Steaks with Tomato, Olive & Feta Relish

Grilled New York Strip Steaks with Tomato, Olive & Feta Relish

Treat yourself to a tender New York Strip Steak without having to go to a fancy restaurant. This easy and delicious recipe is perfect for any occasion that deserves something extra special on the table!

Watch the video recipe here, and get the weekly ad here.

Prep: 20 minutes plus marinating and standing • Grill: 10 minutes • Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 4          boneless New York strip steaks (about 6 ounces each)
  • 1          tablespoon crushed garlic
  • ½         cup red wine
  • 2½       tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • ½         teaspoon salt
  • ¾         teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1          medium shallot, finely chopped
  • 3          medium vine-ripened tomatoes, diced
  • 1/3       cup drained and quartered kalamata olives
  • 1          tablespoon drained capers
  • 1          tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ½         cup crumbled feta cheese

Recipe

  1. Cut slits in fat on sides of steaks; place steaks in a single layer in a glass dish. In a small bowl, whisk 2 teaspoons garlic, wine, 2 tablespoons oil, 1½ teaspoons parsley, salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper; pour over steaks. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 or up to 4 hours, turning steaks once halfway through marinating.
  2. Remove steaks from marinade; discard marinade. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
  3. Prepare outdoor grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat. In a large skillet, cook shallot and remaining 1 teaspoon garlic and ½ tablespoon oil over medium heat 2 minutes or until shallots begin to soften, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, olives, and capers; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in vinegar and remaining 1½ teaspoons parsley and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Fold in cheese; cover to keep warm.
  4. Place steaks on hot grill rack; cook, covered, 10 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 135° for medium-rare, turning once. Transfer steaks to cutting board; tent with aluminum foil and let stand 10 minutes. (Internal temperature will rise to 145° upon standing.) Serve steaks with Tomato, Olive & Feta Relish.

Chef Tips

Cutting slits in the fat sides of the steaks prevents them from curling during cooking.
To create crosshatch marks on steaks, turn the steaks a quarter turn halfway through the grilling time on each side.

Nutrition

Approximate nutritional values per serving: 572 Calories, 38g Fat (12g Saturated), 127mg Cholesterol, 890mg Sodium, 9g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 4g Sugars, 0g Added Sugars, 41g Protein

Grilled New York Strip Steaks with Tomato, Olive & Feta Relish

Grilled New York Strip Steaks with Tomato, Olive & Feta Relish

Grilled New York Strip Steaks with Tomato, Olive & Feta Relish

Treat yourself to a tender New York Strip Steak without having to go to a fancy restaurant. This easy and delicious recipe is perfect for any occasion that deserves something extra special on the table!

Watch the video recipe here, and get the weekly ad here.

Prep: 20 minutes plus marinating and standing • Grill: 10 minutes • Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 4          boneless New York strip steaks (about 6 ounces each)
  • 1          tablespoon crushed garlic
  • ½         cup red wine
  • 2½       tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • ½         teaspoon salt
  • ¾         teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1          medium shallot, finely chopped
  • 3          medium vine-ripened tomatoes, diced
  • 1/3       cup drained and quartered kalamata olives
  • 1          tablespoon drained capers
  • 1          tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ½         cup crumbled feta cheese

Recipe

  1. Cut slits in fat on sides of steaks; place steaks in a single layer in a glass dish. In a small bowl, whisk 2 teaspoons garlic, wine, 2 tablespoons oil, 1½ teaspoons parsley, salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper; pour over steaks. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 or up to 4 hours, turning steaks once halfway through marinating.
  2. Remove steaks from marinade; discard marinade. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
  3. Prepare outdoor grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat. In a large skillet, cook shallot and remaining 1 teaspoon garlic and ½ tablespoon oil over medium heat 2 minutes or until shallots begin to soften, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, olives, and capers; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in vinegar and remaining 1½ teaspoons parsley and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Fold in cheese; cover to keep warm.
  4. Place steaks on hot grill rack; cook, covered, 10 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 135° for medium-rare, turning once. Transfer steaks to cutting board; tent with aluminum foil and let stand 10 minutes. (Internal temperature will rise to 145° upon standing.) Serve steaks with Tomato, Olive & Feta Relish.

Chef Tips

Cutting slits in the fat sides of the steaks prevents them from curling during cooking.
To create crosshatch marks on steaks, turn the steaks a quarter turn halfway through the grilling time on each side.

Nutrition

Approximate nutritional values per serving: 572 Calories, 38g Fat (12g Saturated), 127mg Cholesterol, 890mg Sodium, 9g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 4g Sugars, 0g Added Sugars, 41g Protein

Grilled Steak and vegetables

T-Bone Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Steak and vegetables on a grill

As Summer is winding down, take advantage of all the grilling weather you have left to make the king of all steak, the T-bone.

Check out the video recipe here!

Check out our weekly ad here!

Grilled T-Bone Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce

Prep: 15 minutes plus standing • Grill: 10 minutes • Serves: 6

Chimichurri Sauce

4          garlic cloves

2          green onions, coarsely chopped

¼         cup packed fresh cilantro leaves

¼         cup packed fresh Italian parsley leaves

¼         cup white wine vinegar

1          teaspoon dried oregano leaves

¾         teaspoon kosher salt

½         teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

¼         teaspoon ground red pepper

¾         cup extra virgin olive oil

Steaks

2          T-Bone steaks (about 1 pound each)

1          tablespoon olive oil

1½       teaspoons favorite steak seasoning

1. Prepare Chimichurri Sauce: In food processor with knife blade attached or blender, purée garlic, onions, cilantro, parsley, vinegar, oregano, salt, black pepper and red pepper; with processor running, slowly pour oil through feed tube and purée until emulsified.

2. Prepare Steaks: Prepare outdoor charcoal grill for direct grilling. Let steaks stand 30 minutes at room temperature. Brush steaks with oil and sprinkle with steak seasoning.

3. Once grill temperature reaches 450°, place steaks on hot grill rack; cook, uncovered, 10 minutes or until internal temperature of steaks reaches 135°, turning once.

4. Transfer steaks to cutting board; tent with aluminum foil and let stand 10 minutes before slicing. (Internal temperature of steak will rise to 145° upon standing for medium-rare.) Slice steaks across the grain and serve with Chimichurri Sauce.

Approximate nutritional values per serving: 548 Calories, 50g Fat (12g Saturated), 79mg Cholesterol, 611mg Sodium, 2g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 24g Protein

Chef Tips

Letting the steaks stand at room temperature up to 1 hour before cooking results in even cooking, and tender, juicier steaks.

To prepare a charcoal grill for direct grilling, remove the top grate from the charcoal grill. Place coals in a chimney starter. Spark the coals and let the coals burn until they are covered with a thick layer of gray ash. Spread the coals onto the bottom grate. If the grill does not have a built-in thermometer, attach an oven thermometer to the top grill grate, replace the top grate and close the grill.

To create crosshatch marks on steaks, turn the steaks a quarter turn halfway through the grilling time on each side of steaks during first 8 minutes.

Grilled Steak and vegetables

T-Bone Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Steak and vegetables on a grill

As Summer is winding down, take advantage of all the grilling weather you have left to make the king of all steak, the T-bone.

Check out the video recipe here!

Check out our weekly ad here!

Grilled T-Bone Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce

Prep: 15 minutes plus standing • Grill: 10 minutes • Serves: 6

Chimichurri Sauce

4          garlic cloves

2          green onions, coarsely chopped

¼         cup packed fresh cilantro leaves

¼         cup packed fresh Italian parsley leaves

¼         cup white wine vinegar

1          teaspoon dried oregano leaves

¾         teaspoon kosher salt

½         teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

¼         teaspoon ground red pepper

¾         cup extra virgin olive oil

Steaks

2          T-Bone steaks (about 1 pound each)

1          tablespoon olive oil

1½       teaspoons favorite steak seasoning

1. Prepare Chimichurri Sauce: In food processor with knife blade attached or blender, purée garlic, onions, cilantro, parsley, vinegar, oregano, salt, black pepper and red pepper; with processor running, slowly pour oil through feed tube and purée until emulsified.

2. Prepare Steaks: Prepare outdoor charcoal grill for direct grilling. Let steaks stand 30 minutes at room temperature. Brush steaks with oil and sprinkle with steak seasoning.

3. Once grill temperature reaches 450°, place steaks on hot grill rack; cook, uncovered, 10 minutes or until internal temperature of steaks reaches 135°, turning once.

4. Transfer steaks to cutting board; tent with aluminum foil and let stand 10 minutes before slicing. (Internal temperature of steak will rise to 145° upon standing for medium-rare.) Slice steaks across the grain and serve with Chimichurri Sauce.

Approximate nutritional values per serving: 548 Calories, 50g Fat (12g Saturated), 79mg Cholesterol, 611mg Sodium, 2g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 24g Protein

Chef Tips

Letting the steaks stand at room temperature up to 1 hour before cooking results in even cooking, and tender, juicier steaks.

To prepare a charcoal grill for direct grilling, remove the top grate from the charcoal grill. Place coals in a chimney starter. Spark the coals and let the coals burn until they are covered with a thick layer of gray ash. Spread the coals onto the bottom grate. If the grill does not have a built-in thermometer, attach an oven thermometer to the top grill grate, replace the top grate and close the grill.

To create crosshatch marks on steaks, turn the steaks a quarter turn halfway through the grilling time on each side of steaks during first 8 minutes.

Grilled Steak and vegetables

T-Bone Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Steak and vegetables on a grill

As Summer is winding down, take advantage of all the grilling weather you have left to make the king of all steak, the T-bone.

Check out the video recipe here!

Check out our weekly ad here!

Grilled T-Bone Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce

Prep: 15 minutes plus standing • Grill: 10 minutes • Serves: 6

Chimichurri Sauce

4          garlic cloves

2          green onions, coarsely chopped

¼         cup packed fresh cilantro leaves

¼         cup packed fresh Italian parsley leaves

¼         cup white wine vinegar

1          teaspoon dried oregano leaves

¾         teaspoon kosher salt

½         teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

¼         teaspoon ground red pepper

¾         cup extra virgin olive oil

Steaks

2          T-Bone steaks (about 1 pound each)

1          tablespoon olive oil

1½       teaspoons favorite steak seasoning

1. Prepare Chimichurri Sauce: In food processor with knife blade attached or blender, purée garlic, onions, cilantro, parsley, vinegar, oregano, salt, black pepper and red pepper; with processor running, slowly pour oil through feed tube and purée until emulsified.

2. Prepare Steaks: Prepare outdoor charcoal grill for direct grilling. Let steaks stand 30 minutes at room temperature. Brush steaks with oil and sprinkle with steak seasoning.

3. Once grill temperature reaches 450°, place steaks on hot grill rack; cook, uncovered, 10 minutes or until internal temperature of steaks reaches 135°, turning once.

4. Transfer steaks to cutting board; tent with aluminum foil and let stand 10 minutes before slicing. (Internal temperature of steak will rise to 145° upon standing for medium-rare.) Slice steaks across the grain and serve with Chimichurri Sauce.

Approximate nutritional values per serving: 548 Calories, 50g Fat (12g Saturated), 79mg Cholesterol, 611mg Sodium, 2g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 24g Protein

Chef Tips

Letting the steaks stand at room temperature up to 1 hour before cooking results in even cooking, and tender, juicier steaks.

To prepare a charcoal grill for direct grilling, remove the top grate from the charcoal grill. Place coals in a chimney starter. Spark the coals and let the coals burn until they are covered with a thick layer of gray ash. Spread the coals onto the bottom grate. If the grill does not have a built-in thermometer, attach an oven thermometer to the top grill grate, replace the top grate and close the grill.

To create crosshatch marks on steaks, turn the steaks a quarter turn halfway through the grilling time on each side of steaks during first 8 minutes.

Grilled Steak

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Your Smoker Grill

You head to your patio, spatula and tongs in one hand, a plate of meat in the other, then it hits, that passing thought about the health risks of grilling meats. For years our BBQ bliss has been tainted with talks of heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and their association with various types of cancer. HCAs are produced when meat is exposed to high temperatures like the heat from grill flames and PAHs are found in the smoke from burning meat drippings and subsequently deposited on your meat.

Then along came the smoker grill with promises of reducing the risk of HCAs by sheltering meat from direct flames and protecting us from PAHs by collecting meat drippings. Unfortunately, burning wood (or wood pellets) also produce PAHs, meaning smoked foods may in fact contain more PAHs than grilled food and our hearts were broken once again. While the internet is filled with articles about how to reduce the risk from grill cooking, there is little info about PAHs and smoking food to help with our new beloved smoker.

Is there really a reason to get worked up about PAHs or even HCAs for that matter? We don’t know. Studies have shown that exposure to large doses can increase the risk of certain cancers among animals, but observational human studies have been mixed with some finding increased risk and others with no increased risk. A 2015 report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) determined there was not enough data to reach a conclusion about whether the way meat is cooked affects the risk of cancer. Further complicating the matter, PAHs or HCAs aren’t the hazards, rather it’s the byproducts produced when they are metabolized that cause the risk. Certain genotypes have been shown to produce more of these PAH and HCA byproducts than others meaning the health hazards could be greater for some than others.

Back to your plate of meat:
Humans have been grilling since the dawn of man and smoking for centuries with no obvious harm. Any health risk from these cooking methods is likely very small. Steady your shaking hands so you can use the tongs to load up the smoker grill and follow these tips for reducing PAHs (just to be safe):

  1. Use low PAH producing woods. One study found apple and alder produced significantly lower amounts of PAHs compared with juniper, spruce, maple, hazel, plum, aspen, and bird-cherry.
  2. Keep smoking time under 5 hours. The less time your meat is exposed to smoke the fewer PAHs it will pick up. Keep in mind, however, that food poisoning is a far greater risk thank PAHs so ensure your meat is cooked thoroughly.
  3. Buy a grill with a separate combustion chamber. When the fuel is burned in a separate chamber from the food, PAHs are reduced.
  4. Watch your portions. A serving of meat is typically 3 oz or about the size of your palm. Try to limit your intake to one serving.
  5. Save the smoker for special occasions. Smoking meats a few times a month isn’t likely anything to worry about. If it becomes a nightly ritual, however, it may be time to look into some other cooking techniques.