LOS ANGELES- “We want to make Healthier Grilling FUN!”, according to BBQ RESCUES! (BBQR) Foundation Director, Chef Mick Brown. “And to broaden the way that people think of Barbecue. In 2017, BBQ it is no longer ‘All About the Meat’.” The BBQR Foundation encourages people to use creative and delicious ways to include Fresh Vegetables into their regular BBQ Cookouts, and to consider adding Vegan BBQ Entrees (gasp!) as options for Guests. Brown credits this style of cooking to the success of his top rated Los Angeles catering firm Tastee BQ Grilling Co., which has catered everywhere from a Pool Party at the Beatles Mansion to the Katie and Tom Engagement Party on the Season Finale episode of “Vanderpump Rules” (Bravo TV) in 2016. The event was filmed at Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd’s Villa Rosa Estate in Beverly Hills. Brown claims to be the first (and last) Grill Master to ever cook at the famous Manor.
The BBQR Foundation also plans to share recipes with other BBQ Caterers and Restaurants throughout the U.S., encouraging them to add Healthy Grilling options to their Menus. The new organization is already an active Member of The National Barbecue and Grilling Association (NBBQA). The Foundation has been endorsed by Michelle Mazzara, Minnesota TV News Personality and Owner of Luvafoodie.com, Los Angeles Magazine Food Critic Patric Kuh. They have also released an entry to the Tesla/Solar City’s Project Loveday Contest- a unique DIY Solar BBQ Smoker video which they hope will go viral in the upcoming months..
Their first California BBQ RESCUES! Foundation Fundraiser will happen on Memorial Day Weekend at the Urban Press Winery in Burbank on Sunday May 28th and Monday May 29th from 12 to 4pm (or until the BBQ sells out). The Wine-Inspired $5 Menu will include Grilled Angus, Chicken Breast, Turkey and Veggie BBQ Sliders, as well as Smoked Jumbo Angus Beef and Turkey Dogs. Gluten Free and Vegan Supporters can order the Grilled Italian Veggie Salad (or add any of the Meats for $2 Bucks), or nosh on Smoked BBQ Chips with HEROIC! Sriracha Sauce. The Urban Press Winery is located at 316 N San Fernando Rd. in Burbank,CA. 91502. The Foundation would appreciate support from anyone near the Burbank Area, Small and Larger Orders can request Pick-Up in advance at www.BBQRESCUES.org.
“Grilling with Wine” Benefit for BBQ RESCUES! Foundation, Inc.
Memorial Day Weekend Cookout at Urban Press Winery in Burbank
Sunday May 28th and Monday May 29th (Memorial Day)
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Brioche BBQ Sliders (Plate with Chips and Side Salad)
[Your Choice of Grilled Angus Beef, Chicken Breast or Turkey Burger]
Grilled Veggie Sliders (Plate with Chips and Side Salad)
Jumbo Smoked Hot Dogs (Plate with Chips and Side Salad)
[Angus Beef or Turkey]
Grilled Veggie Italian Salad (Add Meat $2)
Smoked BBQ Chips ($2 w/Dipping Sauce)
Advance Order Form
*Please Allow 24 Hours in Advance for Larger Orders. No Phone Orders Please
Smoky Portuguese Shrimp at The Blue Shrimp Restaurant on the Beach.
Sadly, my time here in Puerto Vallarta Mexico is winding down. Last night’s wedding was a huge success. Congratulations to the happy Newlyweds Jacki and Andre. They would have easily won Wedding Wars on TLC. The Catering staff of Casamagna Marriott Resort and Spa, led by Supervisor Carlos, did an amazing job with the food. There wasn’t much from the Grill, but I’ll attach some gratuitous delicious Wedding Food pictures at the end of the article, anyway.
The Blue Shrimp owner Martin’ mixes drink at table while nearby Server makes a fresh Caesar Salad table side.
Before I toured the Grills around La Playa De Los Muertos, we stopped for a “snack” at the Blue Shrimp Restaurant. Mission Impossible. The place is popular among tourists for it’s name and excellent…
My first Grilled Dish was this Steak. Finally, cooked through to Medium Rare on third try. Restaurant shall remain nameless because they were nice folks with good reputation.
By Mick Brown
Was (not so) recently invited to a wedding in Puerto Vallarta. I say “not so” recent because the invites went out nearly eight months ago, so I couldn’t give the excuse “I have a Catering Gig”. For a forced vacation situation, it is lovely to be here in Mexico. Especially with Jamzilla going on in Los Angeles. I ordered a Medium Rare grilled Steak on the first night here. It arrived raw, and I made the mistake of tasting it. My stomach is still paying the price for the faux pas.
Onto Grilling. Wherever in the world I travel, I try to make it a point to check out the local Grilling Scene. There is always something new to…
By Chef Mick Brown Courtesy of http://www.BBQCateringConfidential.com (via http://www.BBQRESCUES.com) This was originally written in 2014 for my big “BBQ Made Easy” Cookbook. Much has happened since then. Hopefully, it will help put ‘All Things BBQ” into better perspective for you. Since my Food Network appearance, and with the growing international popularity of BBQ RESCUES!, this is the perfect time […]
Marshall, TX.- Neely’s BBQ Restaurant has been The Hangout Place since 1927 in Marshall, TX. It is the home of the World Famous Brown Pig Sandwich, a favorite of TV and Sports Celebrities. Chef Mick Brown stops by for an engaging chat with some of the Owners and Friends. See the Brown Pig Sandwich in all It’s Glory. [Running Time- 13:53 Mins.]
Oh come on- admit it- whether you watch the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) or not… When you see those commercials for “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” on any channel, don’t you just want to inhale a huge platter of Soul Food? When it’s my “Hall Pass” or “Cheat” Day (from healthier eating), I choose my indulgences very carefully. Why waste hours of exercise on typical fast food when you can get Southern Down Home cooking just North of Universal Studios? Yes, tj’s Sweetie Pie’s is now open at 5230 Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood (NoHo), CA. Ready to taste some of the best Fried Catfish around? What are you waiting for?
Opened this past August, the new location is a spin-off from the popular restaurant featured in the OWN Network show Welcome to Sweetie Pies. The new season premiered last week and tonight we will see food from the new NoHo Menu for the first time.
New to the Sweetie Pie’s story? Here is a bit of background. The original restaurant was opened in St. Louis by Miss Robbie. She was actually a back-up singer for the Ike and Tine Turner Revue back in the ’60s. Her son Tim is responsible for bringing the new branch to North Hollywood, and adding his son’s name “TJ”to the marquee. Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s premiered in October, 2011. The show is now in it’s 6th Season.
I went expecting to encounter a long hot table full of Soul Food, as seen in St. Louis episodes of Welcome to Sweetie Pies. Instead, the West Coast satellite location is a cozy railroad Diner Car, occupying the space formerly held by Phil’s Diner- a NoHo venture that took 10 years of planning to stay open for all of 9 months. But that’s another story… The Greater Los Angeles Metro area- North of Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles (in Hollywood)- is a virtual “Soul Food Desert”. Bringing Sweetie Pie’s to the North Hollywood area was a stroke of genius.
OK, Yada Yada- what we really care about is the Food. Right? Let’s start with the culinary bright spots of my visit. Having tried to call several times in advance (only to get a busy signal), I had to show up in person to place a rather large order “On the Fly”. The goal was to sample much that is being offered with my Peeps. Our hands-down favorite was the Fried Catfish with Hot Sauce. This dish is found almost everywhere in the South, but is sorely missing around Los Angeles area Restaurant Menus. Sweetie Pies’ version of the tender fish is seasoned and fried perfectly. It is so light and non-greasy, that it almost seems like it is baked.
The highest highlight of Sweetie Pies is their Desserts. No contest! They offer arguably the best Peach and Pear Cobblers to be found anywhere. The hint of Cinnamon in the sauce and velvety smooth Pastries will make you want to jog extra miles to have Seconds. The Banana Pudding tastes fresh like it was just picked from a nearby tree. It is finished with intoxicating Whipped Cream.
I also got to sample Sweetie Pie’s Fried Chicken. It was also cooked at a perfect temperature, and seemed to be grease-free. Paired with the Hot Sauce makes for a winning combination. Jumbo Belgian Waffles are also available as a Side Dish, and are served with Maple Syrup and Butter.
The Side Dishes I tried were also worth coming for, starring Mac-N- Cheese, two different ways. The traditional Mac is nice and creamy, hitting all of the right flavor notes. The Deep Fried Mac-N-CheeseBalls are huge, and boast a slightly spicy Cayenne Pepper coating. The Slow Cooked Greens taste fresh from the field with Smoked Turkey, but may be a bit on the tart side for some. The Southern Style Green Beans are adorned with tender chunks of Potatoes and Turkey Tails. Sweetie Pie’s Buttermilk Cornbread is among the best I have ever tried.
Finally, about the BBQ… As a fellow Grill Master, I try not to judge local BBQ, unless it is from my favorite Smoke Houses that are included in the Private BBQ Tours of L.A.At the end of the day, Barbecue is all about the love and care put into the preparation, and how much diners enjoy it. With that said, feel free to try some of tj’s Sweetie Pie’s BBQ Ribs and Smoked Half Chicken. They are prepared in a real Smoker, which Miss Robbie quipped “Is bigger than the Restaurant!”.
Another big highlight of my visit was meeting Miss Chloe, the Manager. Hailing from St. Louis, she has been featured in previous seasons of Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s. A total Sweetheart, bubbling with Southern Hospitality and Charm, I was thrilled to receive her Autograph! Miss Chloe was really helpful when a new employee overcharged my credit card, and was very receptive to the issue I had with my batch of BBQ that night. I will definitely be back again for the Fried Catfish, and may even sample the BBQ again.
In the meantime, tune in tonight to Welcome to Sweetie Pies on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). I’d like to see if they reveal more about how they procured the super Smoker, or more secrets to frying the Catfish.
For those who can’t make it to Sweetie Pie’s (St. Louis) or tj’s Sweetie Pie’s (North Hollywood), here are some of Miss Robbie’s Recipes from around the web, along with links to the Show. I am sure these would be more than welcome at your next Barbecue, “Cheat Day” or Holiday Dinner.
“Hooray for (North) Hollywood” Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s– Season 6, Episode 1
Our very first BBQ RESCUES! mission is tough, yet very Fun. Help us help Chef Carolyn Manning of Blue Southern Comfort Foods in Shreveport, Louisiana get her Mushroom Burger to the Better Burger Project Cook-Offs in New York City. The Contest is hosted by the James Beard Foundation. Watch as Chef Mick Brown and Chef John Cariere stop by the Restaurant to wish Chef Carolyn Good Luck. Special Cameo appearance by Baxter the Dog.
Chef Mick Brown is the first (and current) Champion Grill Master Winner on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen (Season 8, Episode 3- “Grill or Be Grilled”). With catering company Tastee BQ Grilling Co. he also does Private BBQ Lessons and BBQ Tours in Los Angeles. He recently catered a 4th of July party at the former Beatles Mansion in the Hollywood Hills above the Sunset Strip. As a Blogger, he is author of “BBQ Catering Confidential” and “The Adventures of TasteeBQ”. Chef Mick also has a No Salt/Sugar HEROIC! superfood blend by California Gold BBQ Rubs available on Amazon.com.