MythBusting Backyard Barbeque Myths

With Summer sneaking up, I thought I’d talk a bit about some of the evil myths out there about backyard barbeque….

The best cooked rib meat falls off the bone

Properly roasted ribs are tender but still have some chew, similar to a tender steak. They don’t fall off the bone. If they do, chances are they have been boiled. In KCBS and FBA competitions, the judges do not like the meat to fall off the bone. The meat must have some consistency and not be too dry or mushy. What this means is the meat must stick to the bone well enough so you can pick a bone up and eat it without the meat falling off the bone by itself. But when you bite it, the meat should easily pull clean from the bone. If you can bite into the rib and get that "half moon" bite and then the rest of the meat comes off easily with subsequent bites, then you have probably hit the nail on the head.

This is from the KCBS judges instructions…

"Judging pork ribs can be very subjective. However, when judging competition ribs you must consider a few factors. When sampling a properly cooked contest rib the area of the meat where the bite is taken should be pulled cleanly from the bone with very little effort. The exposed bone of a well cooked rib will often dry immediately. Ribs should be moist, flavorful and possess good texture. They can be presented with or without sauce. Ribs may be presented in single or multi bone presentation. Any questions should be directed to the KCBS Contest Representative. When a rib is overcooked most or all of the meat comes off the bone when sampled. Additionally the meat of an overcooked rib has a tendency to be mushy and have a poor texture."

Always use tongs

Famed butcher/author Merle Ellis years ago punctured the myth of having to use tongs. He said that a piece of beef is multicellular, not like a balloon. Its more like a sponge. Think of it….a side view of a piece of steak. The fibers are running top to bottom, and the fork tongs merely go between the fibers, not pierce or break them. When you cook, however, you can lose up to 20% from heat pressure forcing the moisture out of the muscle. Worry more about overcooking than using a fork. That being said, I generally prefer tongs just because I can grip the meat and get a feel for how done it is without sticking my finger in it.

Salt toughens meat because it pulls out the moisture

I always salt and pepper my steaks, it’s one of the things that adds a nice crust to the surface of the meat and enhances the flavor.  The key here is that you’re not making beef jerky or smoking salmon and trying to preserve the meat.  So in order to get a nice flavorful crust you want to pull the meat from the fridge, season it, and then get it on the grill.  If you salt your meat several hours before you cook it, you’re doing it wrong.

Turn steaks often when you grill them

Well, only if you want to knock off all that great seasoning you just applied when you salted your steak.  I believe this little myth came about because people want to evenly cook their steak, so turning it gets both sides cooking together.  But now you lose that wonderful maillard reaction and you end up heating and cooling both sides of the steak giving you a nice grey steak.  Put the grill on the steak, leave it alone, flip it once.  You get an awesome crust and tasty browning reacting that comes with roasted meats that we all crave.

Thermometers aren’t for the pros

Forget all the rules of thumb, they are inconsistent and quite frankly very subjective.  I personally use an instant read digital thermometer and it comes out perfect every time, here’s a chart on the ideal temperature to cook your meet to:

Beef Fahrenheit
Rare 120° – 125°
Medium-rare 130° – 135°
Medium 140° – 145°
Medium-well 150° – 155°
Well done 160° and above
Rare 135°
Medium-rare 140° – 150°
Medium 160°
Well done 165° and above
Chicken 165° – 175°
Turkey 165° – 175°
Pork 150°

Pink meat is uncooked meat

Having recently had this conversation with my in-laws about properly cooking pork, I can absolutely tell you that just because there is a pink ring just below the surface of the meat that doesn’t mean it’s uncooked.  When you slow cook meat you get that awesome pink zone, sometimes called a smoke ring.  When you oven cook poultry you can also get pink flesh.  This goes to the point above that you always want to use a thermometer when you are cooking because different cooking techniques, the age of the animal the meat came from, how fat they were, even what they ate will ultimately affect how their cooked meat will turn out.

Boil ribs to make them tender

When you boil meat and bones, you make soup. Seriously, take a good piece of meat and try to drown it?  I’ve heard many times that you need to boil ribs or they won’t be tender.  Boiling also removes vitamins and minerals. That’s why the water is cloudy when you’re done.  Ribs are most flavorful when roasted and allowed to keep all that yummy goodness.  Remember that as the surface of foods heat above 310°F, amino acids and sugars react together, scores of new compounds form, and the surfaces start to brown, a process called the Maillard reaction, and it develops a richness and depth of flavor, not to mention crunchy texture.  If you’ve boiled away those compounds, you loose that goodness.

Sizzling steak tastes best fresh off the grill

Meh, only in restaurants that want to go for flare and not flavor.  You eat something hot of the grill and you get a somewhat dry and leathery texture (not to mention a burned tongue).  Just like with turkeys and roasts you want to let the meat rest for a few minutes before tucking in to your meal.  This gives the muscle a chance to relax from the heat pressure and reintegrate with the juices that got pushed out during the cooking process which in turn gives you a more juicy and tender steak that doesn’t gush juices out on the plate the minute you cut into it.

Soak wood before using it

Turns out not a lot happens when you soak wood overnight.  The penetration into the wood isn’t worth the effort and it quickly evaporates anyways.  You give your meat a nice 10 minute steam bath and then the soaked chips are dry as a bone again.  Worry more about the flavor of the wood (apple, oak, mesquite) than how long it has been soaking, after all it’s not a Palmolive commercial.

Meat should be room temperature before cooking

Not quite sure how this one got started, but leaving meat out at room temperature for any length of time is just a really bad idea.  Now if you’re dealing with frozen meat (And I often do because we get a lot of our meat from a local farm as a cow share and need to store an entire side of beef for up to a year) you’ll want to put it in the fridge to thaw, and only take it out the moment you are ready to season it and throw it on the grill. On the grill the internal temp heats up nicely and takes you quickly past the danger zone.

The juices from a steak are blood

Blood is thick and coagulates when exposed to air. There is very little blood in the juice. The animals are bled at the slaughterhouse. Most of the color of the juice is due to a protein, myoglobin, that is stored in the muscle.  At about 140F red meat begins to turn pink as the myoglobin begins to change. As the temperature rises above 140F myoglobin starts to go from pink to clear, and the meat turns tan. At that temp the meat starts to toughen as the proteins denature.

Getting Started with SharePoint 2010 Development Kit

SharePoint 2010 includes numerous new capabilities and features for professional developers.  Microsoft has just released a very nice training “kit” for offline use that can be installed locally and accessed through your web browser.  Great for those of use who don’t want to eat up our bandwith if we’re mobile and on laptops.

Per the website at:

The SharePoint 2010 Developer Training Kit provides developers with deep guidance on how to develop for SharePoint 2010. Through PowerPoint decks, Hands-On Labs, Source Code, and Instructor-Led Videos, the developer kit walks you through an array of important developer topics–including Developer Roadmap, Visual Studio tooling, Workflow, Business Connectivity Services, and much, much more.


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SharePoint 2007 vs SharePoint 2010

Everything on this page is contained in Microsoft documentation, on the Microsoft website, on MSDN, on Technet, or in the Microsoft webcasts and presentations. This page is meant as my all-in-one reference area for comparing the two systems


○= Feature Included

●= Improved In Office Sharepoint Server 2010

☻= New In Office Sharepoint Server 2010


Feature Name / Area

Sharepoint Server 2007

Sharepoint Server 2010

Office Integration

Line-Of-Business Integration

  • Read/Write Capabilities

Enterprise Management Operations

  • Management Tools And Reporting

  • Web Analytics

Mobile Connectivity

  • Full-Fidelity Viewing

  • Editing To Mobile

Office Interaction

  • Read/Write Capabilities

Robust User Experience

  • Contextual Ribbon

  • Microsoft Silverlight

Office Web Applications




Audience Targeting



Feature Name / Area

Server 2007

Server 2010

My Site: People Profile & Personal Site

Photos And Presence

Status Updates

Ask Me About


Note Board


Recent Activities


Organization Browser


Add Colleagues

Social Bookmarks




Tag Clouds


Tag Profiles


My Network




Enterprise Wikis




Colleague Suggestions

Keyword Suggestions



Feature Name / Area

Server 2007

Server 2010

Compliance Everywhere


Flexible Records Management


Shared Content Types And Managed Metadata Service


Content Organizer


Rich Media Management


Document Sets


Word Automation Services


Support For Accessibility



Feature Name / Area

Server 2007

Server 2010

People And Expertise Search

Search From Windows 7 And Windows Mobile

Common Connector Framework For Indexing And Federation

Scale And Performance Via Improved Topology Architecture

Ability To Build Search-Powered Applications

Refinement Panel And Sorting


Search In Context


Social Behavior Improves Relevance


Thumbnails, Previews, And View In Browser



Feature Name / Area

Server 2007

Server 2010

KPI Details


Dashboard Designer

Enhanced Navigation, Including Filtering And Sorting (Top/Bottom 10, Switchable Measures)


Publish More Workbooks


Javascript Object Model


Powershell Scripting


Richer Fidelity With Excel Workbooks


Support For Analytical Services Formatting


Additional Data Sources, Including External Lists And “PowerPivot” Workbooks


Improved Strategy Map Connection And Formatting


Seamless Management Of Dashboard Content

Integrated Filter Framework


Calculated KPIs


Improved Visualizations


Chart Web Parts


Business Intelligence Center

(Report Center)


Feature Name / Area

Server 2007

Server 2010

Browser-Based Customizations

Business Connectivity Services


Sharepoint Designer

Human Workflows

Forms Services

Visio Services


Access Services


Sandboxed Solutions


Microsoft Office 2010 with Different Versions of SharePoint

Feature Name/Area


SharePoint 2010

SharePoint 2007

Documents and Presentations

ideas with other people simultaneously and see what areas of a document have

coauthoring, work together in Microsoft Office Word 2010 and Microsoft Office
PowerPoint 2010, and see others’ changes tracked in documents hosted in
SharePoint 2010.


Edit Spreadsheets and Notebooks

together on content using a Web browser

together in Microsoft Office Excel 2010 and Microsoft Office OneNote 2010 Web
applications simultaneously and see others’ changes in real time.


Changes in Shared Notebooks

multiple people to add to and change the same shared notebook. Author names
appear in near real time as changes are made.

OneNote 2010 notebooks provide a clear trail of what other authors have
changed since the last user opened the notebook.


Slide Shows in PowerPoint

a PowerPoint presentation over the Web for remote or networked viewers.

do not need to have PowerPoint 2010 installed; they can see the presentation
in high fidelity in a Web browser.


Documents and Presentations Directly to SharePoint

discover SharePoint document libraries to make saving content easier and more

can save Office 2010 documents directly to the SharePoint 2010 document
library from Office Backstage view.



for Excel 2010 provides streamlined integration and Web-based analysis in
SharePoint. Use data from multiple sources and manipulate large data sets
that have up to hundreds of millions of rows.

and share analysis with less effort and enable others to enjoy the same Data
Slicers and fast-query capabilities, even when working in Excel Services


and Share Information Through Excel Services

analysis and results across the organization by publishing Excel 2010 spreadsheets
to the Web or other SharePoint sites (intranet, extranet).

Backstage view in Excel 2010 to selectively publish selective parts of a
worksheet, hide formulas, and stage data to SharePoint 2010.

Backstage view in Excel 2010 to selectively publish parts of a worksheet to
SharePoint 2007.

Office Access Design for the Web

Office Access 2010 applications developed in Design for Web mode can be designed
and edited for publishing to SharePoint, so people can share, collect, and
report on data.

Access 2010 to publish data, forms, logic/macros, and reports with nearly the
same look and feel in the browser as in Access 2010 on a PC.


Metadata Capture

better, automated metadata capture in SharePoint to make information more
findable, perceptible, discoverable, navigable, manageable, and re-usable.

Word 2010 to provide better and more automated metadata capture from
Backstage view, including document information either added automatically or
typed quickly in AutoComplete fields.

2010 provides automated metadata capture from Backstage view, including
document information added automatically.

Office Backstage View

connect Office 2010 applications with SharePoint to provide workflow
integration, the ability to enter metadata, and social context.

using Office Backstage view in Office 2010 applications, people can enter
metadata, interact with workflows, access authors’ profiles, view recent
content the author has created in SharePoint 2010, and more.

using Office Backstage view in Office 2010 applications, people can enter
metadata and interact with workflows

SharePoint Templates

Office 2010 document templates stored in SharePoint more quickly and easily.

can access document templates stored in SharePoint 2010 via the New Document wizard in Office 2010


PowerPoint Themes to SharePoint

customization of SharePoint sites more flexible by using themes used in
PowerPoint 2010 presentations.

can apply themes to SharePoint 2010 sites by using the same themes as in
PowerPoint 2010.


Reusable Workflows

workflows to be used multiple times and provide workflow templates for later
use in SharePoint.

Designer 2010 supports reusable workflows and workflows attached to content



a workflow designer to see the steps in a SharePoint workflow in a visual

developed as drawings and exported from Office Visio 2010 can be imported
into SharePoint Designer 2010 for modification and deployment.


Forms-Based Applications

applications connect with back-end data and include workflow, reporting,
custom Web pages, and other components.

InfoPath 2010 forms with back-end data by using external lists in SharePoint
2010, and include custom sandboxed solution code.


the Office Ribbon for InfoPath Forms Web Services

the Fluent Office Ribbon interface for Web-enabled forms so people can easily
find, access, and use the features they want when designing Web-enabled

used with SharePoint 2010, InfoPath Forms Services provides Web-enabled forms
with their commands in a Ribbon interface.


and Edit Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, and Notebooks in the Browser

editing, even if applications are not loaded on a PC.

and make light edits to documents through Office Web applications in a
browser. Document formatting and content are maintained when changes are made
in the browser and Web applications can be hosted on the premises running in


Access Enhancements

and edit documents from a mobile device even when on the go.

Office 2010 documents from virtually anywhere by using Web applications,
without losing fidelity, and make changes with limited editing capabilities.


Offline with an Improved Experience in Microsoft Office Access

Office Access 2010 forms, reports, queries, and macros offline and
synchronize changes in SharePoint when reconnected to the network.

in SharePoint 2010 list is cached in the Access 2010 by default.


Offline and Online

offline with SharePoint contents and when reconnected to the network, changes
are synchronized.

offline in SharePoint 2010 document libraries and lists through SharePoint
Workspace 2010.


In Forms Offline

list forms are synchronized so people can work offline.

2010 list items open in an InfoPath 2010 form that is hosted in SharePoint
for edit in display mode.


the Reach of Forms

in InfoPath 2010 forms in a Web browser, while online or offline, and from a
mobile device.

InfoPath 2010 forms solution offers embedded solutions that use InfoPath
controls that can be hosted.


Access Databases to the Web

publish database applications to the Web so IT managers can meet data
compliance, backup, and audit requirements.

publishing data, Access 2010 checks for incompatible objects and builds a
report of any runtime differences between the client and server.


Business Data Applications

forms for SharePoint that create, read, update, and delete business data from
a back-end system.

data applications start with an external list in SharePoint 2010 and use
InfoPath Designer 2010 to create custom forms on top of the list.


and Online LOB Integration

LOB data offline and synchronize changes automatically when back online.

LOB data in both directions between SharePoint Workspace 2010 and enterprise
line-of-business systems by bringing LOB data into SharePoint 2010 Sites and
then taking it offline via SharePoint Workspace 2010.


Information Security and Integrity with Digital Signatures

ensure the integrity of information contained in forms with the controls
necessary to enable single, co-sign, and counter-sign scenarios for the full
form or portions of the form.

2010 and SharePoint 2010 support CNG digitally signed content.


Forms More Easily

easily manage form versions, updates, and upgrades in SharePoint to ensure
that team members are working in the correct version of a form.

template version management with SharePoint 2010 and InfoPath 2010 to provide
an improved process for checking for template updates.


Line of Business data in applications

a SharePoint-based framework for creating Office Business Applications.

Connectivity Services (BCS) provides the read/write capability to connect
SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft Office client applications to external data
sources (such as SQL, Oracle, SAP, CRM, Siebel, Web services, and custom

Business Data Catalog within SharePoint to provide read access and surface
line of business information in Office client applications

Connectivity Services: Use Data as Document Properties

LOB data as document properties to make critical information more findable,
perceptible, and re-usable in SharePoint.

BCS data as Word 2010 document properties and insert it into documents.


and More Easily Move SharePoint Applications

InfoPath applications more easily from site to site and server to server.

InfoPath 2010 applications more quickly and easily packaged by using Windows
SharePoint Services solutions (.wsp) and SharePoint site template (.stp) file


Architecture Comparison



Web Services/Object Model

Available with SharePoint 2007:

  • Administration
  • Alerts
  • Authentication
  • Data Retrieval
  • Permissions
  • Sites
  • Search
  • People and Profiles
  • Workflow

New with SharePoint 2010:

  • List REST access with ADO.NET Data Services
  • Excel Services REST access
  • Client Object Model
  • WSRP (v1.1) Consumer Web Part


v Enterprise Client Access License

v Standard Client Access License

v SharePoint Server 2010 for Internet Sites, Enterprise

v SharePoint Server 2010 for Internet Sites, Standard

v SharePoint Foundation 2010 (Free)

v SharePoint Designer 2010 (Free)

Microsoft has created a fantastic interactive chart here that goes through each edition.

What’s New For Administrators

Available in SharePoint 2010:

IT Pro Productivity

SharePoint Best Practices Analyzer

Backup And Restore Configuration Data

Site Collection Migration

Content Recovery Down To The Site And List Level

Content Restore Of Site Or List

Windows PowerShell™ Snap-Ins And Commands

Managed Accounts

Correlation IDs

Scalable Unified Infrastructure

Shared Service Applications

Hosting And Multi-Tenancy Architecture With Site Subscriptions

Claims-Based Authentication

Profile Synchronization

High Availability Automatic Failover

Content Type Syndication

Sandbox Solutions

List Throttling

Remote Blog Storage

Flexible Deployment

Prerequisite Installer

Visual Upgrade

Configuration Wizards

Scriptable Deployment

On-Premise Or Online


Unified Logging Service (ULS)

Usage Database

Developer Dashboard

Reliability and Monitoring

SharePoint Maintenance Engine (SPME) Rules

System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) Monitoring


Out of the Box Usage Reports

SCOM Reports