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
Yes- I am aware that some bad stuff is happening to really good people, all around the world. Be that as it may… you have to drive something. Right? Plus, we could all use a ZEV [Zero Emission Vehicle] to help others. For example, I hope you’ll meet me at the American Cancer Society (ACS) “Relay For Life” Rally at Griffith Park on May 20th. I’ll do Cooking Demonstrations and sales of HEROIC! will be donated to ACS and the new BBQ RESCUES! Foundation. I also plan to volunteer at the Celiac Foundation Expo on June 3rd in Pasadena, CA. Why shouldn’t I arrive in one of the planet’s most environmentally friendly vehicles?
One problem for Tesla is that the they are outpacing available ZEV Credits in California. It’s almost like the State is saying “Ok- You’ve done enough for Clean Air. Now go back to making Gas Guzzlers.” I hope they come out with a solar powered Car Battery soon, to free up more ZEVS. Tesla recently partnered with Solar City, so they can help Golden State customers take advantage of existing CSI Bonuses (no Crime Scene Investigations- it means California Solar Initiatives). This will save money on Home Energy Bills that you can use to pay for your Tesla.
With that said, here are the top 5 Reasons Why I Need a Tesla Model X-
1. Fuel Efficiency- Yeah, the $1000+ monthly Lease could get a bit steep. But think of all the Gas Money I’ll save… Even more affordable if Tesla will Donate a car to the Foundation.
2. Long Distance Trips- If you live within 10,000 Miles of California, I will gladly drive my Tesla Model X to your Private Lesson, Catered Affair, Lecture, Expo, Bat Mitzvah or and other occasion. Put #TeslaForMick (hashtag) on your Social Media and I will let you take a free Selfie, or a ride in “our” new Tesla, as time permits.
3. No Waiting List Please-It hurts my heart to hear about those of you with cash money, who have to wait months for the delivery of the Tesla of your Dreams. [I lose sleep over this sometimes]. BBQ Season has started. May is National BBQ Month. So I need a Tesla Model X now. I’m not picky- I will accept a Tesla Model X Donation of Any Color, Seat Type, Tinted Windows or not. Even a used one with gentle mileage will suffice… Ship It!
4. I’m Old- That’s right. I occasionally get carded because a 22 year old Cashier thinks that I’m Millennial. Heading South of 50 years, my eyes and feet grow tired after a long day of Catering Parties and Charity Events. Today, the Median Average Salary of a full-time Chauffer is over $32,000/year. Using the Model X’s self-driving features will help save money and allow me to rest my tired aching feet. Maybe even catch some sleep while on the Highway. [Yes I went there. JUST KIDDING!].
5. With the help of Tesla, and Solar City we can Save The Planet- with the World’s 1st DIY Solar BBQ Flower Pot Smoker. [Yes the DIY Smoker is back and better than ever.] Could you imagine replacing every Charcoal, Gas, Propane and Pellet Grill with Solar Power? In can happen… [See Video].
Look- the lease on the Silver Beast SUV that I have been driving for the past couple of years is about to expire. What Private Grilling Lesson Client or BBQ Party Guest wouldn’t appreciate that their food has been transported in a ZEV? I’d appreciate the Free Trip to New York if I win the Tesla/Solar City #ProjectLoveday Contest. But what I really need is a new Model X I can drive for “Research” while we create affordable Solar BBQ Smokers for everyone. Remember, promote #TeslaForMick and I hope to see you on the road soon.
Mick Brown is a Food Blogger/Purveyor based in Los Angeles, with over 30 years BBQ and Grilling experience. Aside from Caterer and Private Grilling Instructor, his passions are creating Easy Grilling Recipes and searching for the World’s Best Flavors. General Manager of Tastee BQ Grilling Co. and Superfood Spice company California Gold BBQ Rubs. In May of 2015, he won Grill Master Champion on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen on special BBQ episode “Grill or Be Grilled” (Season 8, Episode 3). He also recently appeared on Bravo TV, catering for the Cast of Vanderpump Rules (Season Finale). He is also author of web blogs The Adventures of Tastee BQ and BBQ Catering Confidential. His latest media project BBQ RESCUES!, includes a Blog Talk Radio Show, Youtube TV Channel and Podcasts on iTunes. The new Non-Profit BBQ RESCUES! Foundation is sponsoring the #GetFitChallenge, does outreach to the Barbecue Community to promote Smarter and Healthier Grilling in the fight against preventable diseases likeChildhood Obesity, Diabetes as well as other important Causes. Email- Mick@BBQRESCUES.com
Thanks for taking time to find out how you can help. Individuals, Organizations and Business are all welcome to contribute to the BBQ RESCUES! Foundation, Inc. (BBQRF). Our Mission is to improve the lives of everyone who loves BBQ, whether they own a Grill or not. We produce Entertaining and Educational BBQ, Grilling, Fitness and other Socially Conscious content for Youtube, iTunes, Blog Talk Radio as well as all major Social Media outlets.
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WISH LIST- If your Organization can help out even more, here is a list of specific projects that could use special Professional and Financial Support:
#GetFitChallenge– Funds to support our Research and Social Media sharing of information to include Nutritional and Fitness Advice as well as ways to combat preventable diseases like Hypertension, Diabetes 2 and Childhood Obesity. Products can be submitted for General Review or Blog coverage on Shed It For Life by Larry B.
Products/Premiums- For all occasions, Expos and Special Events. We can work together to find useful Gifts and Giveaways supporting the BBQ RESCUES Foundation, Inc. while also featuring your Company’s Logo.
BBQ RESCUES! Foundation Cookbook- Most of the content has already been created. Need experienced Writers, Editors and Publisher to bring original Heathy BBQ and Grilling Recipes to the public. All Proceeds to benefit the BBQRF Foundation.
BBQ RESCUES!- The Movie!!! Oh Yes, it’s coming- the only Question is: “When”? Looking for help in All Areas of Production to bring it to both Big and Small Screens as soon as possible.
The #GYMM (Gift Your McFastFood Money) Training Program to help teach Non-Profits how to put on local Food Fundraisers across the Country to raise money while providing Healthy and Delicious BBQ to their Communities.
Any other Fundraising or Outreach Ideas are more than welcome. We like to keep our content fresh and fun to help BBQ Enthusiasts “Enjoy Every Bite, and not Gain Weight Left and Right.” [Yeah know, needs help…]. We look forward to hearing from you today. THANK YOU!
NOTE:The BBQ RESCUES! Foundation, Inc. is a registered Non-Profit in the State of California, where donations are tax deductible. Federal 501(c)3 Tax Exempt application is pending. The first pubic BBQ RESCUERS! List (of Supporters) is expected to be posted on June 10, 2017, and will be updated weekly.
Sin. Repent. Repeat. Can you really make a #Grilled #GlutenFree version of #Classic #NewOrleans #Gumbo actually #Healthier and #Tastier than the Original? Even #Vegan/#Vegetarian with “Hot #Grilled #HolyTrinity” (#Celery, #BellPeppers & #Onions) and/or with #Smoked #Shrimp, #Chicken and #Sausage? YouBetcha! Add the sweet flavors of #Applewood and Hickory? Fuggedaboutit! Check out this Robust #Calorie #Shredding #Recipe inspired by the #UrbanPressWinery in #Burbank, CA., using their #PinotNoir as part of the #Recipe. #ChefMickBrown also uses #Kingsford’s new #Applewood #Charcoal, #Hickory #SmokingChips and #HEROIC! Gluten Free #NoSalt/#NoSugar Blend by #CaliforniaGoldBBQRubs. #Vegetarian, #Seafood and Classic Mixed #Meat “Not So” #FatTuesday #Gumbo #Recipes are available on http://www.BBQRESCUES.com. Part of the #BBQRESCUES #GetFitChallenge where #LowFat, #LowCalorie #Grilling is #Delicious & #Fun!
Grilled Vegetarian Gumbo (Serves 8)
Catering or Hosting a Big Party? It is better to start with a pot of Well-Seasoned, Mild, Vegetarian Gumbo. It can be perfectly delicious served with Diced Grilled Vegetables. Then split into a second pot to add Smoky Grilled Shrimp, Crawfish, Chicken, and/or Andouille (or Mild) Sausage. Another option is add Meats, and Spicy Hot Sauce to individual Servings. Be mindful of any Guests who may want to avoid Shellfish, Pork or Hot Spicy foods.
8- Variety Yellow, Red and Orange Bell Peppers
3- Bell Green Peppers
1- Bunch Celery
4- Large Carrots
2- White Onions
2- Cups Urban Press Petite Wine
1- 16 Oz. Can Stewed Tomatoes
1- Cup Chopped Garlic
1/2 Cup- Chopped Green Onions
1/2 Cup- Chopped Fresh Parsley and/or Rosemary
4 Tbsp- Superfood BBQ Rub or Seasoning
2 Tbsp- Browning and Seasoning Liquid
2 Tbsp. File Powder
4 Cups Vegetarian or Onion Broth
2 Tbsp. Louisiana Cayenne Hot Sauce (optional, to taste)
Salt/Pepper to taste
1. Season, Marinate and Smoke Peppers, Celery, Carrots and Onions for at least an hour. Reserve 1/2 for Puree, Dice 1/2 for soup and cover with 3 Cups Vegetable Broth, simmer slowly.
2. Pan Roast Chopped Garlic, heat with Wine and remaining Veggies. Puree until smooth and combine with 1 Cup Broth to make Smooth. Add to pot with Stewed Tomatoes. Season well with BBQ Seasoning, Browning and Seasoning Liquid, File Powder, Salt, Pepper and Hot Sauce to taste.
How about a brief Heart-to-Heart? As you may know, February is National American Heart Awareness Month, sponsored by the American Heart Association. Did you know that today Friday, February 3rd is Wear Red Day to promote Women’s Heart Health? Everyone can show their support by wearing something Red. You may even go a step farther and post a Selfie on Friday of your Red Attire with Hashtags #WearRedDay #AmericanHeartAssociation, #MenWhoLoveWomenWearRedFeb3rd!, or #GrillMastersWhoLoveWomenWearRedFeb3rd.
You can even wear Red BBQ Sauce on your face- like in this Recipe from Grill Master Randy Hill, from #SouthernKrunk #BBQ Team.
Fresh Berry BBQ Sauce Recipes
For Easy (EZ) Quick Start Recipe, Chef Randy starts with McClard’s BBQ Sauce and uses Blackberries. You have option of using your favorite Red BBQ Sauce or make Homemade All Natural BBQ Sauce. There is also a Quick Sauce you can make by mixing BBQ Dry Rub with any Ketchup you may have in the Pantry.
INGREDIENTS LIST (OPTIONS)
Prepared Red BBQ Sauce
Prepared Ketchup (May by Organic, Low Salt, etc…)
Fresh Berries (Blackberries, Blueberries or Raspberries)
Berry Jam (Blackberry, Blueberry, Cranberry or Raspberry)
BBQ Dry Rub
Fresh Lemon Wedge
EZ No-Cook Berry BBQ Sauce
-Mix 2 Cups of Red BBQ sauce or Ketchup with 2-3 Tbsp. BBQ Dry Rub
-Smash 1/4 Cup Fresh Berries to release Juice and Mix into Sauce
-Finish by mixing in 1/4 Cup Whole Fresh Berries and squeeze of Fresh Lemon
EZ Quick Cook Berry BBQ Sauce
-Mix 2 Cups of Red BBQ sauce or Ketchup with 2-3 Tbsp. Dry Rub
-Smash 1/4 Cup Fresh Berries to release Juice and Mix into Sauce
-Heat with 2-3oz Rum, 1-2oz Grenadine, and 2-3 Tbsp. Blackberry Blueberry or Raspberry Jam for 10 Minutes until everything dissolves
-Finish by mixing in1/4 Cup Whole Fresh Berries and squeeze of Fresh Lemon
Homemade DIY BBQ Dry Rub
This Simple Rub is set in Tablespoons, but feel free to multiply portions or use 1/4 and 1/2 Cup measuring cups. Mix together:
I want to help other women and men detect Heart Disease and live a healthy lifestyle. With symptoms and at a (younger)age- atypical for having Heart Disease, my doctor misdiagnosed me as having Costochondritis in September, 2015. After only one year (on September 1, 2016) I had an Angiogram test that showed an 80%(!) blockage in my left anterior descending artery. I was then diagnosed with Heart Disease and had to undergo invasive surgery, with a stent put into my artery.
As a recent survivor, my company Luvafoodie is about having a joy and passion for food and beverages. Due to my love for food and cooking, my brand is launching a new gourmet salt free spice line that will still be delicious for all Foodies to use. A low sodium diet is best for controlling Heart Disease. Too much salt can lead to high blood pressure, stroke and heart failure. Most Americans eat too much processed foods, 77% of salt comes from processed foods.
February is National Heart Awareness Month for American Heart Association. Friday, February 3rd is an important day for all men and women to wear red and help bring attention to the prevention of Women’s Heart Disease. More women die each year of heart disease than any other disease. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year- approximately one woman every minute. Every 80 seconds a woman dies of heart disease or a stroke.
The new salt free spice line is available from the beginning of November 2016. Enclosed you will find our new Salt Free Spice Blends:Happy Heart, Garlic and Green Herb, Countryside Herb, and Chillin Chili-Lime.
We greatly appreciate you Chef Mick Brown and your support in producing top notch Luvafoodie spice videos both for our grilling spices and also our new salt free spices. Luvafoodie is a Gourmet brand for people who share a passion for food and beverage. We have a growing social media following on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube channel.
Happy New Year 2017 and Help us Save Lives at Luvafoodie.com!
Michelle Mazzara, CEO Luvafoodie.com
I’m glad to hear that you are feeling better. Thanks so much for the opportunity to help spread the word about this timely issue. We like to encourage everyone to try cooking a little healthier, especially when it comes to Grilling and BBQ Recipes. Also Michelle, Congratulations on the recent appearance on your local Minnesota CBS affiliate, the WCCO Morning Show. It’s never too early to talk about Wine Pairings…
With that in mind here are 4 Easy Things You Can Do to Help Save Lives for February Heart Awareness Month-
1. Share a Link to this Blog, with anyone and everyone. Whether your page is about Pet Care, Auto Mechanics, or even Politics- (both Democrats and Republicans have hearts to take care of).
2. Wear Something Red on Friday, February 3rd to help spread awareness of Heart Disease.
3. Support the American Heart Association Fundraiser by Donating or Participating in a February “FUNRaiser”.
4. Try purchasing and/or preparing Lower Sodium versions of your favorite foods. There are Low Salt options of many Snacks, Soups and other Groceries you buy.
-Ask for Less Salt when ordering Eggs and Made-To-Order Dishes
-If you Cook, try adding 1/4 one quarter (or none) of your regular amount of Salt. Then you can season lightly at the end or with Salt Substitute.
-Enter Luvafoodie’s Recipe Contest. Free No-Salt Blends for Winner of Best Recipe with Red Ingredients. (Entries Due by Jan. 31st)
GRILLED HOT BUTTER POPCORN
1 Cup White or Rainbow Popcorn Kernels
2 Tbsp Sunflower Oil
2 Tbsp Low Salt Butter
1/2 Tsp Himalayan Pink Salt (or to Taste)
2 Tbsp Luvafoodie No Salt Seasoning (of Your Choice), a Favorite BBQ Rub or Following Recipe
Thin Aluminum Pot w/Lid or Foil Pan
Bowl for Mixing/Serving
Grilled Popcorn Cooking Directions
Heat Gas, Charcoal or Electric Grill to Medium High
Mix Popcorn and Oil in Pot (or Pan) plus Sprinkle of Pink Salt, to taste
Arrange Kernel into single layer at bottom of Pan and cover tightly with sheet of Foil
Secure Top of Pan with Lid or tightly cover with Foil (to hold in air and catch popping corns)
Heat Pan directly over heat for 8-10 Minutes, shake when corn starts to pop
Remove Pan from heat once hearing popping slow down to less than 1 per 3 seconds
Make Foil Cup to melt Butter over heat (or use small Grill Safe container)
Optional- Mix 2 Tsp Dry Seasoning into Butter before drizzling into Popcorn. Sprinkle reserved Seasoning and Salt to taste. Mix Well and Enjoy!
SUPERFOOD NO-SALT FIESTA TACO/CHILI SEASONING
Add this for anything (and everything) to bring Southwest or “South of Border” Flavor. Use it to Season Tacos (Beef, Chicken, Veggie, etc..), Red Beef (Chicken or Vegetarian) Chili. Make Low Fat Homemade Doritos by Baking, Pan Crisping or Grilling Tortillas, then Season. Add to Fresh Buttered Popcorn for sensational Party or Game Day Snacking.
Mix These Dry Ground or Powdered Spices:
3 Tbsp. Smoked Paprika
2 Tbsp. Onion Powder
2 Tbsp Red Bell Pepper
2 Tbsp. Garlic
2 Tbsp. Cumin
1 Tbsp. Cinnamon
*Optional For Spicy Add 1 Tsp or more Ground Red Ancho Chili or Cayenne Pepper Powder
**If you wish to add Sodium Finish by sprinkling small amount of Himalayan Pink or Salt Substitute right before Serving
Chef Mick Brown is a Food Blogger/Purveyor based in Los Angeles, with over 30 years BBQ and Grilling experience. Aside from Caterer and Private Grilling Instructor, his passions are creating Easy Grilling Recipes and searching for the World’s Best Flavors. General Manager of Tastee BQ Grilling Co. and the new California Gold BBQ Rubs. In May of 2015, he won Grill Master Champion on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen on special BBQ episode “Grill or Be Grilled” (Season 8, Episode 3). He also recently appeared on Bravo TV, catering for the Cast of Vanderpump Rules (2016 Season Finale). He is also author of web blogs The Adventures of Tastee BQ and BBQ Catering Confidential. His newest project BBQ RESCUES!, includes a Blog Talk Radio Show, Youtube TV Channel and Podcasts on iTunes. Email- Mick@BBQRESCUES.com
Michelle Mazzara on WCCO Morning News talking Salt-Free Diet 1/25/17
Michelle Mazzara on WCCO Morning News Food and Wine Pairings 12/12/16
Not just another Burger Recipe. These delicious Grilled BBQ Burger Combos feature Superfoods, with Paleo and Gluten Free Options. Also, unique Grilled Watermelon “Fries” Recipe. Hosted by Chef Mick Brown, with footage from the Santa Monica Police Dept. 120th Anniversary Birthday BBQ, Kingsford Charcoal, Tastee BQ Grilling Co. (Los Angeles). Homemade DIY BBQ Rub Recipe and HEROIC! by California Gold BBQ Rubs.