Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Perfecting the Chicken Breast on the Grill

Dave Chupp is a respected Nappanee, Indiana, business owner who leads a dog breeding operation and takes pride in puppies that are healthy and well-loved. A barbecue enthusiast, Dave Chupp particularly enjoys grilling ribeye steaks, baby back ribs, and chicken. 

One of the most difficult types of meat to get right on the grill, chicken breast features uneven dimensions that mean that cooking the center properly can often result in the thinner sides becoming overcooked. One solution to this problem involves evening out the thickness through the use of a meat pounder or rolling pin, with a thickness of three-quarters of an inch ideal. 

Another vital aspect of preparation involves brining the chicken breast, as immersion in the salty solution enhances the meat’s ability to retain moisture. Thirty minutes of soaking in brine is generally enough, which conveniently corresponds roughly with the time needed to get the coals going. 

Maintaining the right temperature is another key to juicy and tender meat, with a medium-high heat of approximately 400 degrees Fahrenheit ideal. Cooking a few minutes on each side is typically long enough to create a nice crisp surface, while ensuring that the breast meat inside is fully cooked but still moist.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Michigan Wolverines Defense Ranked First after Rutgers Blow-Out

When Dave Chupp of Nappanee, Indiana is not managing his dog-breeding business, he spends his time watching college sports. Dave Chupp’s favorite teams are the University of Michigan’s basketball, hockey, and football teams.

After Michigan’s 78-0 defeat of Rutgers on October 6, 2016, the University of Michigan Wolverines topped the ranks and placed first in scoring defense, first in total yards gained per game, and first against the pass. The team’s defensive line dominated the game and continued to be the leading unit in the country with a total of 59 tackles for a loss. 

According to Taco Charlton, one of the team’s defensive lineman who recorded two sacks against Rutgers, the players tried to prove that they were the best defensive line in the country. The sentiment rang true, since the only time a team has ever punted the ball more times against the Michigan Wolverines was during the famous “Snow Bowl” in 1950.

Another Wolverines player, Jabrill Peppers, was quoted as saying that crazy things happen in college football and that it is not enough to be on top - a team should keep playing hard until they win the game.