Troubleshooting: Traeger Grill Won’t Power On

I love my Lil’ Tex Traeger Grill. The thing is amazing, churning out delicious meaty meals time and time again. It’s getting on in years, and after this latest winter, it seemed like the grill had smoked its last brisket. It wouldn’t turn on, and I wasn’t sure what to do. Thankfully, I’ve got it working again — but it definitely took some trial and error, so I wanted to share my troubleshooting process for anyone else who thinks they may have killed their beloved smoker.

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Whiskey Review: Tahwahkaro Four Grain Texas Bourbon Whiskey

While the Austin, Texas whiskey scene is absolutely bursting with energy, that’s not to say that the rest of the state is bereft of quirky and interesting whiskey distilleries coming onto the scene. One that just hit the shelves with their very first product is Tahwahkaro, a company whose name I almost guarantee you won’t pronounce or spell correctly the first time but is definitely worth the effort to learn and remember.

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Whiskey Review: Widow Jane Oak & Apple Wood Aged

I might live in Texas, but I was born and raised in New York. I appreciate all the flavors and the history of that state, and it seems I’m not alone in that – in NY, a number of distilleries have been popping up over the last decade trying to capture that local essence and bottle it. One of those producers is Widow Jane, and their Oak & Apple Wood Aged Rye Whiskey piqued my interest when it appeared on my local store shelves.

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Whiskey Review: Copperworks American Single Malt Whiskey

I was visiting Seattle on a work trip a couple months ago and, as usual, I was looking for a good place to grab a drink. Much to my surprise, I found that there was a fully operational distillery located within walking distance of the Pike Place Market. They didn’t have any tours that day, but pretty much the entire facility (including their stills) can be seen from the tasting room where I tried their unique take on malt whiskey.

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Whiskey Review: Game of Thrones House Stark Edition Dalwhinnie Winter’s Frost Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Winter is coming! In honor of the last season of Game of Thrones, the Diageo company (who owns a good chunk of the distilleries in Scotland) has decided to put out a series of scotch whisky bottlings branded with the emblems of each of the major houses of Westeros. Today we’re drinking the House Stark edition from Dalwhinnie and mentally preparing ourselves for the Battle of Winterfell.

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Cigar Review: Corona Cigar Co Nicaraguan 20th Anniversary FSG Robusto

Recently, I was in Orlando, Florida for a work-related conference and had an afternoon to myself. I thought about going to Disney, but one look at the wait times for the rides (and all of the screaming kids) and I decided that a nice quiet smoke was the better option.

After a quick Google, I found a cigar lounge near Orlando that boasted its own bar and a large selection of cigars. Sure enough, I walked in the door to find pretty much every stick I could ever want at my fingertips. From Montecristo to Acid and everything in between — it was all there.

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Whiskey Review: Sound Shore Single Malt Whiskey

I’m sure when we think of whiskey regions, New York isn’t the first place that comes to mind. But when we were recently in Westchester, NY for our bar takeover, we had the opportunity to work with the folks at Good Shepherd Distillery (a family owned distillery in Mamaroneck) and taste their latest creation: a single malt whiskey that’s 100% New York. And if their product is any indication, we’ve been sleeping on the NY whiskeys.

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