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Great Garden State Summer Craft Beer

We haven’t lost our passion for PBR. Rather, we’ve gained an appreciation of the artistry involved in brewing. Today’s beer drinker wants to experiment, as does the modern brewmaster. This collision of curiosity and creativity culminates in modern craft beer, a canvas for which brewmasters to experiment freely.Craft beers, although required to contain a majority of traditional ingredients (malt barley, yeast, hops, etc.), are known for their unique takes on classic variations and innovative, bold new styles. While the beer itself still speaks volumes to its popularity, the story behind…

Swine & Brine: The World’s Greatest Pork Chops

Maybe pork chops are the forgotten favorite of barbeques nationwide because they’re so damn hard to cook. If you’re anything like us, you had more tough and tasteless pork chops than ones you actually enjoyed. A well prepared pork chop promises full, juicy flavor that’ll smack you in the face. The next time you invite the gang over for a barbeque, your guests will likely be expecting burgers and dogs, hallmarks of any great grilling fiasco. Don’t ditch either, but consider adding some pork chops to complete your arsenal of…

Valentine’s Day: It’s Here Yet Again

   Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be the Hallmark cliché shitshow you've grown fatigued with. You're a grown-ass man now, you don’t have dances with hands on their shoulders anymore, and Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be something you dread. This occasion like most in life, is what you make of it. Bring out romance, entertain the notion of passion, be unique—unlike anything they’ve ever seen. Romance with that special someone is difficult to come by in today’s society of technology and burning time with Tinder. The hustle, bustle and pressures of the…

The Amazing & Easy Pasta

We heard that you like to eat. We know that you know how to make the basics - you’re adequately familiar with applying heat to a food item so that its resulting form is edible and, most of the time, delicious. If you’re like us, though, you’re antsy and ready to see where those old staples can take you. Pasta is gastronomy’s great canvas. You can paint any picture with the sauces, veggies, and meats you decide to add; you can tell any story and create any aesthetic landscape that…

The Amazing & Easy Grilled Cheese

  Most of us have consumed countless grilled cheese sandwiches either when we were a kid or when we got home after a long night of bar hopping. So we know that you know the basics – you’re adequately familiar with applying heat to the sandwich resulting form is edible and, most of the time, delicious. If you’re like us, though, you’re ready to see where this old tried and true staple you love... a little bit better. Few things on Earth have the ability to comfort and satisfy the way a…

4 Great Barbecue Recipes For 4 Great Summer Drinks

Gentlemen, summer barbecues are right around the corner, and we can’t wait. Why? Because there are few greater sounds than those of various meats sizzling to perfection on a charcoal grill. And there are few greater sights than people enjoying the food you’ve graciously provided. You eat, you sip on refreshing summer drinks and you laugh as you enjoy the company of your friends and family. Fellas…barbecue season is upon us.

With Memorial Day so close, arguably the unofficial springtime kickoff to summer’s barbecue season, we at of Iron & Oak decided to compile a list of great barbecue recipes…with a twist. Each recipe will be strategically paired with a delicious summer drink for the best possible barbecue experience. Tie those aprons on, guys! Here are four great barbecue recipes for four great summer drinks. 

5 Manly Recipes For Food With Alcohol

5 Manly Recipes For Food With Alcohol

There’s something about pairing the perfect drink with your meal that just intensifies the whole experience. There’s no denying that. But what happens if you skip the middleman and just cook food with alcohol?

We here at of Iron & Oak are always trying to push the boundaries of our readers, introducing them to new skills and exposing them to new and exciting things that will enhance their overall manly stature.

We know some of you guys haven’t cooked anything more than Hungry-Man TV dinners and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. We also know that some of you men out there are tried and true gourmet chefs in your own right, and for that, you get a gold star. Because, after all, providing delicious foods for others sort of goes hand-in-hand with the age-old testament of being manly. No?

We’ve already covered basic grilling skills, which can be applied here, but we want to dive deeper into the culinary arts. We want to expose our readers to even more manly recipes by cooking food with alcohol. Bourbon steak. Beer can chicken. Whiskey-flavored pork chops.

You see, cooking in itself is a bit of a science. Add a bit of alcohol to the equation and you’ve got yourself a full-blown, deliciously badass experiment. Here are five manly recipes for food with alcohol fit for a king. Give them a try, gourmet chef or not, and let us know how your meals turned out. Hell, let us know what your ladies even think of them. And if you have any manly recipes of your own, feel free to share. 

Every Man Should Know: How To Man The Grill

At of Iron & Oak, we pride ourselves on being able to man the grill with ease. Up until now, we were under the impression that it was simply built into our DNA.

However, it has been brought to our attention that a lot of young men don’t actually know how to grill. Apparently grilling is not instinctive to all men, so here’s a comprehensive eight-step guide to grilling the juiciest, most tender meat you’ll ever sink your teeth into. We present to you the Eight Commandments of Grilling. 

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