Multiple Bunk Bed Baskets on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I’m always on a search for ways to add more cooking capacity to my Char-Broil Big Easy. I started with my homemade Wingin’ator 3000, which works great but you do have to make it yourself. Then Char-Broil came out with a cooking rack that gave you 5 cooking levels. Sadly, the rack wasn’t available for sale for long. A reader of Life’s A Tomato mentioned something to me the other day that should’ve occurred to me long ago: you can use two of the Char-Broil Bunk Bed Baskets at once, giving you 3 cooking levels! Doh!
Multiple Bunk Bed Baskets on the Char-Broil Big EasyIt’s as easy as it looks. Grab the basket that comes with your Big Easy and just lower two bunk bed baskets down into it, securing it with the handles on the sides. You’ll need to offset the two baskets by 90 degrees, otherwise the handles from the lower basket will interfere with the top basket. You can kind of see that in the picture on the right, above.

You’ll get about 3″ of cooking room on each level, plenty for wings or drumsticks. You can fit up to 6 chicken breasts on too, if they aren’t too huge. All in all, it’s a win-win!

The nice thing about this approach is that all of the baskets are dishwasher-safe, readily available, and easy to use. You don’t get quite as much cooking room as with a Wingin’ator 3000 or the (now unavailable) cooking rack, but 3 levels is plenty for a good cookout!

Did you know you can also use a wok on the Big Easy? Check out my post on how to stir-fry on the oil-less fryer.

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Easy Owl Halloween Pumpkin

We’re taking a break from carving pumpkins this year. First up was our candy corn covered pumpkin, which came out great. Then we made this fantastic looking owl pumpkin. It’s quite easy to make, taking maybe 15 minutes from start to finish.

Owl PumpkinAin’t it cute?

PS: I like to roast my pumpkin seeds on Big Easy! They’re crazy delicious!

Easy Owl Halloween Pumpkin

Ingredients

  • 1 pumpkin pulp and seeds removed from the bottom (just cut a hole in the bottom big enough for your hand, but reserve the piece you cut out)
  • A pencil
  • Sunflower seeds use the ones from the snack aisle, they're bigger, and not the ones for birds
  • Hot glue gun with glue sticks
  • 2 craft sticks or better, 4 pointed flat bamboo skewers
  • A battery-powered pumpkin light
  • A stick from your yard, to use as a perch

Instructions

  • Hand-draw two circles for the eyes and an upside-down triangle for the beak.
  • Cut out the eyes and beak.
  • Working a few seeds at a time, glue the sunflower seeds around the eye holes, beginning with the outer circle first. Then add the inner circle, overlapping slightly with the outer row.
  • Cut each craft stick to be about 1 1/2" long and stick into the pumpkin for the ears and two feet. Leave about 3/4"of the stick protruding from the pumpkin for the ears and 1/2" for the feet.
  • Hot glue sunflower seeds onto the craft stick pieces. For the ears, glue 4 seeds at 45 degree angles, then one last seed at the top, making a point. For the feet, glue 2 seeds at 45 degree angles, then one last seed at the tip.
  • Place light on the base of the pumpkin and lower the pumpkin down onto it.
  • Place the stick below the feet as a perch.
  • Enjoy your work of art!

 

Candy Corn Covered Halloween Pumpkin

Anita and I always come up with at least one pumpkin each Halloween. Sometimes we carve them. Sometimes we paint them (chalkboard paint works great and it gives kids something to write on). One year we had a self-serve pumpkin that was awesome. And this year… candy corn covered Halloween pumpkin! It’s awesome!

Candy Corn Covered PumpkinOh, yes, it does take a while to make this pumpkin. We used a pretty big pumpkin, and it took about 2 hours for the two of us to complete, however we only had one glue gun. With two we could’ve cut the time in half I’m sure. It was worth the time, though. And yes, we did the back too!

Candy Corn Covered PumpkinWe kept our pumpkin hidden inside until Halloween because I’m quite sure the squirrels or raccoons or something would come along and eat all the candy off of it!

Also make my easy owl pumpkin. It’s always a big hit!

PS: I like to roast my pumpkin seeds on Big Easy! They’re crazy delicious!

Candy Corn Covered Halloween Pumpkin

Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 large pumpkin
  • Glue gun
  • 8-10 glue sticks
  • 5 large bags candy corn

Instructions

  • Clean your pumpkin and dry it completely.
  • Fire up the gun and load it with glue.
  • Start by outlining the eyes, nose, and mouth with candy corn.
  • To apply the corn, squirt a 2"-3" line of glue and quickly apply the corn. You want the corn to go on in fairly random patterns. Or not. It's your pumpkin.
  • Now, just fill in the rest of the pumpkin with candy corn!