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Mad Dog & Merrill

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About Mad Dog & Merrill

Meet Mad Dog & Merrill, internationally recognized television personalities and hosts of the TV series, Midwest Grill’n.

Why I Grill

“We started grilling for the fun of it all. Now 35 years later, we enjoy teaching backyard grillers how to think out of the box, experiment on the grill, and become a ‘Grillogist’ of their own.” - Mad Dog & Merrill

With over 38 years in the business, Mad Dog & Merrill are the ideal grilling experts to further create excitement and enthusiasm for this popular pastime. They have spent decades entertaining and educating thousands of backyard enthusiasts every year on the benefits of grilling. They strive is to make everyone a better griller as they travel the country performing in front of live audiences and hosting the TV series Midwest Grill’n.

Mad Dog & Merrill grill to educate, and we at HPBA, are excited to work with them in July and beyond to share their story. Through this partnership, we will encourage grillers everywhere to answer the resounding question #WhyIGrill.

See below for recipes and tips from Mad Dog & Merrill.

All American Sweet Potato Pie

Ingredients: sweet potato, olive oil, blueberry preserves, red dried cherries, white chocolate chips

  1. Slice sweet potatoes lengthwise and coat each half with olive oil.
  2. Grill sweet potatoes over medium direct heat until brown and tender.
  3. Top each half with a spoonful of blueberry preserves, red dried cherries, and a few white chocolate chips.
  4. Grill an extra three minutes and serve a delicious dessert.

Pig Candy

Ingredients: bacon, brown sugar

  1. Coat bacon with brown sugar, and grill using indirect heat for 20 minutes.


  • Preheat your grill on high for at least 5 minutes before grilling. This will burn off some of the burnt-on foods from the previous cookout. That’s the Griller’s High Five!
  • When grilling with charcoal, make sure your coals are good ’n grey before putting the food on.
  • Use a different plate to serve your meat than when you started.


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