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First Look at the 8 Quart Instant Pot IP-DUO80

Amazon Black Friday 2018 Sale: Instant Pot Duos

— FCC Notice: I am an Amazon affiliate. Any purchases through my Amazon links give me a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting DadCooksDinner by buying through my Amazon links, especially on Black Friday and Cyber Monday! — It’s a Duo sale! In the USA, the big sale is on the big Instant Pot Duo 8 Quart  for only $69.99, down from $139.95 (That’s half off – the best price I’ve ever seen on an 8 quart cooker!). If the 8 quart is too big for you, there’s also a sale on the Instant Pot Duo 6 Quart, at $59.49, down from $99.95.  Which one should you get? I have thoughts: First Look at the 8-Quart Instant Pot Longer Term Testing Notes: Instant Pot Duo 6 Quart vs 8 Quart Also, my favorite Instant Pot, the Instant Pot Duo 6 Quart Plus is on sale for $87.95, down from $129.95. That’s a good price for the step-up model, but not quite the barn burner deal that you get for the Duo. …

Road Trip: Brand The Barn with Certified Angus Beef

Road Trip! I was invited to the Brand The Barn event by my friends at Certified Angus Beef® Brand. For their 40th anniversary, they’ve been painting barns across the country. The last one was at Atterholt Farms, just down the road from me in Loudonville, Ohio. It sounded like a fun event…and a great lunch from Chefs Michael Ollier and Gavin Pinto – how could I pass it up? Just to make you drool a little…they had beef two ways for lunch. First was Beef, Lettuce and Tomato sandwiches. Ribeye roast, slow-smoked to 110°F, chilled, thin-sliced, then seared on a flattop over an open fire. The beef was piled on a bun with tomato chutney and arugula.  Even better were boneless beef short ribs, smoked, then cooked sous vide for 36 hours until tender. Then they were sprinkled with rub, then grilled over a wood fire until crusty on the outside. Oh, my. Thanks again to my friends at Certified Angus Beef for inviting me down to Loudonville – it was a fun time! This …

Instant Pot Sloppy Top Round Sandwich in a bun on a white plate with a pickle and potato chips, with a cola in the background

Instant Pot Sloppy Top Round Sandwiches with Certified Angus Beef® Brand

 Instant Pot Sloppy Top Round Sandwiches. Recipe created for the Certified Angus Beef® Brand. Check them out at hashtag #BestAngusBeef and #SteakLover for more beef recipes, or join them in the Certified Angus Beef Kitchen group on Facebook. Sloppy Joes? Shredded beef? Why not both? My friends at Certified Angus Beef® Brand  commissioned me to write Instant Pot recipes using their fantastic beef, starting with these sloppy top round sandwiches. “Sloppy Tops,” as Chef Gavin Pinto calls them. Their version of the recipe is here: Instant Pot Sloppy Top Sandwiches [] I also spent the a day at Certified Angus Beef® Brand headquarters (just down the road from me in Wooster, Ohio), doing a professional photo shoot of my recipes. I got to see how photographer Mark Merryweather worked with food stylist Bonnie, Chef Gavin, and Chef Michael Ollier to plate, style, and photograph these fantastic sandwiches. Thanks again for the pictures, and enjoy the recipe, everyone! What do you think? Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below. Related Posts Pressure Cooker …

Amazon Prime Day 2018 – Instant Pot Deals? (Yes, on the IP-Duo)

Looking for a deal on an Instant Pot? You’re in luck – it’s Amazon Prime Day! I’m an Amazon affiliate, and I get a small commission on anything you buy through the Amazon links on my site. Thank you! Why is Prime Day such a big deal for Instant Pot fans? Because Amazon traditionally has a fantastic Instant Pot deal on Prime Day for Amazon Prime members. Their lowest prices of the year are on Prime Day and Black Friday. (Side note: Prime “Day” is now Prime Day-And-A-Half, starting at 3 PM EST July 16 (today), running through the end of July 17.) Which Instant Pot is on sale for Prime Day? I don’t know yet, and I’ll update this post when I find out. The sale is usually on one specific model; 2015 and 2016 were on the IP Duo 6-Quart, and 2017 was the IP Duo 8-Quart. What will it be this year? I think it will be one of these six Instant Pots: [UPDATE 2018-07-16 3PM] The sale is on the Instant …

First Look at the 8 Quart Instant Pot IP-DUO80

Amazon Black Friday 8 Quart Instant Pot Sale

— FCC Notice: I am an Amazon affiliate. Any purchases you make through the Amazon links in this email give me a small commission, at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting DadCooksDinner by buying through my Amazon links, especially on Black Friday and Cyber Monday! — In the US, Amazon has the Instant Pot Duo 8 Quart for only $81.99, down from $130. If you want a big pressure cooker, take advantage of this sale quickly – Amazon only runs the sale while they have stock, and in the past, they sell out by the early afternoon Eastern Time. Instant Pot Duo 8 Quart [] If you’re a Canadian reader, the Black Friday deal is the updated 6 Quart Instant Pot Duo Plus for CDN $89.99, down from CDN $150. Instant Pot Duo Plus 6 Quart [] As always, any Amazon purchases through my Amazon links support DadCooksDinner – not just the Instant Pots. Thank you! Country-specific Amazon links: (USA) (Canada) (United Kingdom)

Sale on the Thermoworks Classic Thermapen |

Sale on Thermoworks Classic Thermapen

A sale from my friends at Thermoworks! Limited Time Offer: Get a Classic Thermapen at Mk 1 pricing – just $59. The first Thermapen launched in 1992 for $59. For a limited time, get a brand new Classic Thermapen at our original introductory price! Here’s the link: Classic Super-Fast® Thermapen® Thermometer from ThermoWorks [Thermoworks] I’m a long time Thermapen fan – I loved my Classic Thermapen, and used it for about a decade. I wrote about it in one of the first posts on my blog, back in 2009.  Thermoworks saw that post, and sent me a newer model. I passed the Classic on to my Dad. He still using it – and I get visitation rights whenever I go over for a cookout in the backyard. If you couldn’t quite deal with the price of a Thermapen…this might be your chance. $59 is a great price for this thermometer. Don’t dawdle – this price is only good through the end of April, 2017. FCC Notice: I am a Thermoworks affiliate – if you go to from a link …

Behind the scenes Time Lapse - Chili Facebook Live Video with Certified Angus Beef |

Behind the Scenes Time Lapse – Chili with Certified Angus Beef

I know I’ve been talking a lot about my friends over at Certified Angus Beef (thanks again for sponsoring me! Check out hashtag #BestBeef!), but I still have to share this. I shot a time lapse video of my Facebook Live Chili video with Chef Michael Ollier from last week. Right before we started the live video, I put my phone on time lapse mode, out of the way in the corner. I love the quick “fly on the wall” video of what it looks like to do a live shoot: Behind the Scenes Time Lapse – Chili Facebook Live with Certified Angus Beef [] Thanks again to chef Michael Ollier, chef Gavin Pinto, videographer Matt Pinto, and everyone else at Certified Angus Beef for inviting me down and letting me talk chili. I had a great time!

#BestBeef Virtual Chili Cook-Off at Certified Angus Beef |

Watch me talk chili with Certified Angus Beef on Facebook Live!

Special thanks to my friends at Certified Angus Beef® Brand for sponsoring DadCooksDinner. Score Big with Chili and Game Day Appetizers! Don’t miss Certified Angus Beef® brand LIVE on Facebook this Thursday, Feb. 2 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern. Chef Michael Ollier and friends will share chili ideas and beefy appetizers for the big game. He’ll also announce the winner of the brand’s #BestBeef Virtual Chili Cook-off. “…and friends…” means me! I’ll be broadcasting live on Facebook from Wooster, OH – home to Certified Angus Beef – and we’ll be talking about chili, my first great culinary love. Stop by Certified Angus Beef’s Facebook page on Thursday, Feb 2, at 12:30PM EST to watch my Facebook Live debut – or check it out later; the replay will be in their Videos section. Also, you still have a couple of days to enter the Instagram chili cook-off: There’s still time to enter your homemade chili in the #BestBeef Chili Cook-off! Just post your chili photo on Instagram with hashtags #BestBeef and #certifiedangusbeef – enter by Wednesday, Feb 1(at 11:59pm ET). …

Pressure Cooker Texas Red Chili |

Virtual Chili Cook-Off from Certified Angus Beef

Special thanks to my friends at Certified Angus Beef® Brand for sponsoring DadCooksDinner. Check out their Virtual Chili Cook-Off on Instagram. My friends at Certified Angus Beef are hosting their first-ever #BestBeef Virtual Chili Cook-Off on Instagram! Think you’ve got an award winning chili? Post a picture on Instagram with the recipe title, #BestBeef hashtag, and tag @certifiedangusbeef. You could win a $150 Cattlemen’s Premium Collection of steaks. I’m going to enter my Pressure Cooker Texas Red Chili and Beef and Bean Chili. Think you’ve got something better, tough guy? (Or girl?) Bring it! For contest details, check out Certified Angus Beef’s Instagram page and Facebook Page. Good luck! View this post on Instagram WHO MAKES THE BEST CHILI? If it's you, we want to see your creation in our first ever VIRTUAL CHILI COOK-OFF! One winner will receive a #CertifiedAngusBeef brand Cattlemen's Premium Collection! (four 12-oz. strip steaks, four 8-oz. filet mignons and four 10-oz. ribeye’s. Retail value $150.00!) To enter: make your famous chili, snap a photo of your chili, then post on …

Thermoworks ThermoPop |

I’m a Thermoworks Affiliate!

You may have noticed a new entry on my sidebar: links to Thermoworks thermometers. I’ve recommended Thermoworks thermometers for years, and am a long-time user of their top-of-the-line Thermapen. Thermoworks recently approached me about being an affiliate; of course I said “YES!” What does being an affiliate mean? If you click on a link to Thermoworks on this site, I get a small commission on anything you buy. It doesn’t cost you any more, and it helps support DadCooksDinner. So, need a thermometer? Click on one of the links on my site, and thank you. Thermoworks Thermapen If you are looking for the top-of-the line thermometer, the workhorse I reach for every day, the fastest thermometer in the west, you want the Thermapen. I use this thermometer daily – if not multiple times a day. My opinion on thermometers is “buy the best, and only cry once.” The Thermapen is the best. Thermoworks ThermoPop That said, the Thermapen is expensive. If it’s too much for you, check out the ThermoPop, pictured at the top of …

Giveaway: Le Creuset Dish with Platter Lid |

Giveaway Winner: Le Creuset Rectangular Dish with Platter Lid

This giveaway was sponsored by Le Creuset and their Grilling with Le Creuset promotion. Check out the colorful Rectangular Dish with Platter Lid on We have a winner… The winner of the Le Creuset Rectangular Dish with Platter Lid, picked by Random.Org, is comment #89 – congratulations, Jillian Too! Jillian, please get in touch with me by Wednesday, 6/15/2016, with your contact information, so Le Creuset can send out your Rectangular Dish with Platter Lid. Sorry, everyone else – better luck next time! Thanks again to Le Creuset for the dish and platter to give away. They have all sorts of useful equipment for grilling family style – visit their site and check them out.

Amazon Lightning Deal on Instant Pot SMART at 1:29PM EST

Psst – Amazon has a pre-Christmas Lightning Deal on the fancier Bluetooth-enabled version of my favorite pressure cooker, the Instant Pot IP-SMART, starting at 1:29PM EST. I own an IP-SMART, and use it all the time alongside my IP-Duo. I don’t use the bluetooth features that separate it from my IP-Duo, which is why I don’t recommend it at its higher price…but with this deal, the price is only $35 more for the newer model. For that difference, I would spring for the IP-Smart.  If you’re looking for a last minute Christmas gift (or just want to treat yourself), wait until 1:29PM EST, and then grab one quickly – once they’re gone, they’re gone: &amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br /> Instant Pot IP-SMART [ Lightning Deals] Any purchases through that Amazon link support DadCooksDinner – thank  you!