Rockford’s ACE high royal flush BBQ boot camp

“Grillin’ Guy” Bob Nurmikko displays a perfect Grist Mill brisket supplied by Canonsburg’s Don Kurylowicz. Let the grillin’ class begin!	Photo by STACY NEIDZWIECKI, stacyn.com

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL “It was awesome”, said Rockford master plumber Blaine Kellermeier after the second of two summer grilling seminars, complete with sit-down dinners, which were hosted by Pete Kruer of Rockford’s ACE Hardware. “I consider myself a fairly accomplished backyard griller,” continued Kellermeier, “but I’ve managed to learn something new while attending […]

Rockford Ace holds Grillin’ Extravaganza

All the way from Kansas City, BBQ expert Rob Russell explaining the finer points of BBQ grilling and smoking.	Photo by STACY NIEDZWIECKI, stacyn.com

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL On a recent Monday evening, “Ace was the place” to be. Pete Kruer, of Rockford Ace Hardware, was hosting his first ever “BBQ Boot Camp” and everyone who had signed on for the evening was in hog heaven! Kruer had secured the services of Rob Russell, a real Kansas City […]

Meatloaf recipe a big hit

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by PETE KRUER Rockford Ace Hardware  Well, we learned more than we probably wanted about charcoal grilling. Ha! Ha! Now we are going to get into the fun stuff: cooking! Rob Russel from “The Good Ones” and “Three Little Pigs” has a meatloaf recipe that is a big hit at the barbeque circuit around the […]

Barbecuing with charcoal

by PETE KRUER Rockford Ace Hardware Last time, we looked at the history and the different styles of BBQ,so our next step is to delve into the original BBQ technique: wood (charcoal). There are two types of charcoal: lump and briquette. Lump charcoal has been made for thousands of years and is consider the purest […]

Barbequing: an American tradition

by PETE KRUER Rockford Ace Hardware Americans love to cook and entertain outside. Some people think the reason is that we have so much outdoors to enjoy. Europeans are starting to cook outside more, but they just don’t get into it quite like Americans. Some of the best memories with family and friends are at […]