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The BBQ Queens Share Their Favorite Gadget 
May 21, 2012 11:42 am 
Updated: May 21, 2012 11:47 am

By Nan and Jan

Curious which tools food pros treasure the most in their gadget pantries? Jan and I are posing that question to food celebrities around the country and are reporting back in this and future GadgetGals blogs.

They are known as the BBQ Queens. And for good reason. Tiara-wearing and tong-toting Judith Fertig and Karen Adler have competed—and beat out—some of the best guy grillers in the country—and they’re a lot better looking! They didn’t have to wink twice when we asked them about their favorite gadget.

“The Oscarware Wok Topper for stir-grilling,” said Karen. “With it, you can cook a colorful assortment of small-cut veggies and seafood that might otherwise fall through your regular grill grates. I bought one in 1992 and have been using it ever since. The porcelain-coated square metal basket has holes punched out of it and is large enough to easily stir and toss without having items fall out of the basket. One wok can hold enough to serve two to four people. If you entertain a lot it’s worth buying a second one so you can stir-grill a bigger quantity at once.”

We like to use a handful of several different vegetables, cut so they're of fairly similar size. Drizzle with a homemade or store bought vinaigrette. Place the wok on a baking sheet. Pour the vegetables into the wok, letting a little of the vinaigrette drain off, and place directly over the fire. Toss the vegetables occasionally, grilling for about 5 to 10 minutes until vegetables are charry, crisp, and tender. You can also place the wok over the fire to let it heat up, then add the veggies or tender seafood like shrimp or scallops. Heating up the wok first speeds the cooking up to a minute or two. And if you lightly spray it with non-stick spray on both sides before grilling, clean up is a breeze. Even better, it goes in the dishwasher.”

Details: The OscarWare Gourmet Grill Wok (Model 06081P) is a porcelain-coated stainless steel 12-inch square with flared sides and hundreds of evenly space holes. While there are other brands on the market, this is the ORIGINAL grill-wok, created by OscarWare owner and inventor Debra Dudley in 1992. It also is the ONLY brand made entirely in the USA. Available at for $14.

Charred Green Beans

Adapted from The Gardener and The Grill cook book by the BBQ Queens.

1 1/2 pounds slender fresh green beans

2 teaspoons olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1. Prepare a hot fire in your grill.

2. Toss the beans with olive oil and place in a perforated grill wok set on a baking sheet. Place the grill wok directly over the fire and stir-grill, tossing the beans with wooden paddles or grill spatulas until crisp-tender, about 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer the beans to a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Meet the BBQ Queens

Karen Adler and Judith Fertig have been spreading the sizzle about slow-smoked barbecue & hot and fast grilling in magazine and newpaper articles, cooking classes, television and radio guest appearances, and special events. And they have finally figured out that their working tiaras made darn good sun visors, too, even if the rhinestones can be a little dazzling. In their newest book The Gardener and the Grill  (their ninth barbecue book written together), these fun friends take fresh foods from seed to sizzle, appetizers to desserts.

BBQ Queens Judith Fertig and Karen Adler
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We are GadgetGals-tm, a team of two women who love food and write about kitchen gadgets at allrecipes and at our own website The website provides news, reviews, and know-how about all kinds of kitchenware and small appliances. We have been writing about kitchenware since 2003. Nancy lives on a farm in Iowa and Jan lives in an apartment in New York City. Nancy is left handed and Jan is right handed. Good for testing the comfort of many gadgets. We love to help any and all with food questions gadget advice and concerns related to food prep.
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We both like to bake. Nancy lives on an apple farm, so she is more of the expert for all things apple related. Since we both have families, fast daily cooking is a concern to both GadgetGals-tm. Jan loves to entertain and tries out new menu ideas on her guests. Nancy never knows who will drop in at her farm, so she always has a cup of coffee ready to serve with a "treat."
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We both celebrate the holidays, through the year, from New Years to Fourth of July to Christmas. We both try to add a new idea or recipe to the menus of the traditional foods the family expects. Jan loves to grill. Nan always holds a Christmas cookie baking day with cousins Cathy and Ann and sometimes Cathy's grandkids.
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Nancy trying many times to bake a two layer pie of pumpkin and pecan pie with the nuts on top. Never got it to separate into layers though it tasted good! For Jan, sprinkling salt on Bosc pears, thinking it was sugar then baking them. What a taste surprise everyone had at dessert time!
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