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How to Host a BBQ Food Fundraiser

by Chef Mick Brown

Courtesy of www.BBQRescues.com

Did you know that a small portion of the cash that you spend every week on Fast Food could make a big difference in your Community? The Netherlands just had an 81% Voter Turn Out! That’s a huge number for any group of people to participate in anything. Could you imagine if only 20% of the what we spent in the McDrive Thru went to our favorite Causes? What if you invested 50% of the Eating budget into your biggest asset- Your Good Health? What does this have to do with BBQ? Or Food Event Fundraising? Read on.

First, let me Thank the National Barbecue and Grilling Association (NBBQA) for inviting BBQ RESCUES! to cover their Annual “I Am BBQ” Conference in Fort Worth, TX from March 29th thru April 1st, 2017. The Conference is open to the Public in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. You can attend individual events, or buy an Annual Membership (starting at $50), which includes Discounts and other awesome Goodies all year long. There will also be Educational Seminars for anyone who may be thinking about starting a BBQ related Business. They will cover topics from Budgeting, Menu Planning to “How Do You Waygu?”

#ChefMickBrown #BBQ #SantaMonicaPolice #Department
Chef Mick Brown helping serve lunch to 500 people at the Santa Monica Police Dept. 120th Birthday BBQ in 2016.

For those around the rest of the country, BBQ RESCUES! will try to share as many Tips as possible. I also am honored to have been invited to headline a Children’s Charity benefit BBQ Cookout in Houston, TX. on Sunday March 26th, 2017. This will be the first run of a new program where we will travel the country teaching BBQ Food Fundraiser Bootcamps to Charities, Schools, and other worthy Organizations. The first part will be teaching Recipes and Fo0d Safety Tips to Volunteers. Then invited Guests will arrive later to dine on the foods we prepare as they receive a Cooking Demo on how to prepare the dishes at home.

Here are BBQ RESCUES!’ 7 Tips for How to Prepare a Charity Food Fundraiser:

1. Check Local Laws regarding Food Fundraising Events. One time, Non-Profit events usually do not require paying for the permit, but may still need to register the responsible Certified Food Professional involved and required Proof of Insurance. Laws may vary depending on whether food is served privately to invited Guests, or advertised and sold to the General Public. Some Jurisdictions also make distinctions between Baked Goods, Prepared Ready to Eat Products, and serving Potentially Hazardous Foods.

2. Set Date, Time, Budget and locate an appropriate Venue. Once again, most jurisdictions simply require the supervision of a Food Professional and Potable Hands Washing facilities. So consider whether you need to rent a Church or Commercial Kitchen venue or can do it in the Park and in a volunteer’s Backyard.

3. Plan to keep the Menu Simple, the simpler the better. For Meals- it is good to have Vegetarian, Gluten Free, as well as Meat Options to appeal to the widest pool of possible Participants. [Some jurisdictions require filing HAACP* procedures for each Menu Item.]

4. Pre-Planning is Crucial. Whether you meet by Phone, Skype, In Person or stay in contact via Email, it is important to think through each step of the Event, and assign who is responsible for completing it. First timers, be careful of piling too many tasks on one person. Good Intentions are not enough when it comes to Serving Food Safely.  Try to prepare all Volunteers well in advance, so everyone is not starting from scratch getting instructions during event. It is always helpful to prepare detailed Itinerary .

5.Day of Event- Start Early. Do not underestimate how much time it will take to get from Preparing All Food, Doing Set-Up and Coordinating Event Staff prior to receiving Visitors. Remember you always want to bring your “A” Game, when it comes to serving Delicious Food. Most potentially Hazardous Pre-prepared Foods have a 4 Hour Window to be held and served at proper temperatures.

6. Try to Have Fun! Nothing stresses Customers out more than seeing frantic, disorganized conflicts going on with the Cooking Staff. That is why people are regularly walking on the TV Show- Hell’s Kitchen. Everyone is at the Event to support your Charity so make sure they have a Good Time. They will request you to do it again and again, and you will see your Following grow, along with your Club Finances.

7. GOOD LUCK!

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Don’t forget to add plenty of Grilled Veggies to the Menu, to help balance off some of the Meats. Pictured: Chef Mick Brown grilling Corporate Lunch in Griffith Park, Los Angeles.

Join us for a special Sunday Night BBQ Cookout to benefit Great Inspirations For Teens (GIFT) and Our Children Our Future (OCOF) of Houston, Texas. The event, “GIFT us Your McFastFood Money (#GYMM) will be held on Sunday March 26th, 2017 at 4pm, will feature a Dinner prepared by the Teens with the help of visiting Chef Mick Brown- Host of BBQ RESCUES TV. They promise a delicious and nutritious Menu on a Pay-What-You-Can basis. Also, we will demonstrate how your family can make the Meal at home, for a half of what you’d normally spend on Fast Food.

To RSVP Contact (832) 583-OCOF (6263) or Fill Out Online Registration at:

https://bbqrescues.com/2017/03/22/gymmgift-your-mcfastfood-money/

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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 like Childhood Obesity, Diabetes as well as other important Causes. Email- Mick@BBQRESCUES.com

LINKS

How Much Americans Spend on Fast Food- https://www.reference.com/food/much-money-americans-spend-fast-food-597cd336a3c818fb

National Barbecue and Grilling Association “I Am BBQ” Conference 2017-  https://www.iambbq2017.com/

*Hazardous Analysis Critical Control Points (Serving Food Safely- FDA) https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/HACCP/

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Recipe Video- The 3 Greatest HEROIC! BBQ Burgers, Smoked Chips, Grilled Watermelon Fries

Published on Sep 8, 2016

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.

#ShroomBurger #GrilledWatermelonFries #BBQRescues

The 3 Greatest HEROIC! Super Duper BBQ Burgers- The Recipes

by Chef Mick Brown

Courtesy of www.BBQRESCUES.com

#ShroomBurger #GrilledWatermelonFries #BBQRescues
The “Shroom Burger Delight has Grilled Portobello Buns and Grilled Watermelon “Fries”. It is now Official- BBQ is no longer “All About The Meat”. #HEROICBurger #WatermelonFries

How do you Grill a Better Burger? Isn’t it about time to try? Not only for Holidays, but for any day of the year. Restaurants are now charging upwards of $15 for a decent Grilled Burger. You can make juicy and delicious Burgers at home for a fraction of the price. Most importantly, you’ll really get to “Have it your way.”  For parties, it is even better nowadays to allow Guests choices for the Paleo Diet, Vegetarian and Gluten Free options, as well as fluffy Brioche buns. Some creative additions of Fruits and Vegetables to the Menu will be appreciated by Diabetics and others who are trying to eat healthier. These were inspired by a big event I catered for the Employees of the Santa Monica Police Department. So Labor Day is the perfect time to share them.

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Chef Mick Brown thanks Kingsford Charcoal and Pit Barrel Cooker Co. for helping with supplies for the 120th Birthday Celebration for the Santa Monica Police Dept. A crane in the background tries to steal his Top Secret Burger Recipes. #KingsfordCharcoal #SantaMonicaPoliceDepartment

I  own the noteworthy distinction of having one of my BBQ Burger dishes described as “Too Healthy” and “UnAmerican” by Food Network Judge Simon Majumdar, right before I was named the first Cutthroat Kitchen Grilling Champion. [The dish was a Smoked BBQ Cheeseburger with Grilled Broccolini]. For over 2 years, I had been distributing a Gluten Free, All-Natural Herb and Spice Rub. It is a delicious blend of internationally recognized Superfoods (like Smoked Paprika, Garlic, Onion and Turmeric, etc…), with No Added Salt, Sugar or Preservatives. The blend is called HEROIC! by California Gold BBQ Rubs. Fortunately, more and more people are starting to find it on Amazon.com.

#BBQRub #GlutenFree #Superfoods #NoSalt #NoSugar
HEROIC! by California Gold BBQ Rubs is All Natural, Gluten Free with No Added Salt, Sugar or Preservatives. The only BBQ Rub made with an exclusive combination of delicious, Internationally recognized Superfoods. #HEROICRub

Just so you know, the event was the Santa Monica Police Department’s 120th Anniversary “Birthday” Party. They were expecting up to 500 people! Fortunately, Kingsford contributed plenty of bags of Professional Charcoal. The Pit Barrel Cooker Co. pitched in new Grills for us to use (plus extras to give the Police Dept.). Many of the Celebrants were into fitness, and had their Hot Links, Burgers and/or Chicken Breast “Sandwiches” without the buns.  I also learned from the Vegetarian and Gluten Free Guests that they prefer to eat All Natural and don’t want to settle for the engineered Soy based Meat and Dairy substitutes.

#BBQ #CiaoBellaStaffing #SantaMonica
Thanks to Ciao Bella Staffing for providing Tastee BQ Grilling with some extra help at the Santa Monica Police Department 120th Anniversary BBQ. #TasteeBQGrillingCo #BBQRESCUES

If you don’t happen to have HEROIC! (or another favorite BBQ Rub) on hand, check out some of these Homemade Rub Recipes. The point of these Recipes is to infuse amazing flavors into your Burgers before adding the Ketchup, Mustard and BBQ Sauce. Also, eat plenty of Fruits and Veggies (Raw or Grilled), for a more balanced BBQ Experience. It is also easy to add Natural Smoke flavor to your Grilling (see link below).  For those on Social Media, please share photos of your Super Duper #HEROICBurgers (and #WatermelonFries Pics) with #BBQRESCUES! on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google+. Have a great Holiday. Until next time, Eat and Be Well.

 Here are my Picks for The 3 Greatest HEROIC! Super Duper BBQ Burgers:

1. Paleo “Diet” Style Burger- Superfood Seasoned Ground Beef with Fresh Grilled Onions.

#BBQBurger #Paleo #Diet #GrilledOnions #HEROIC #GlutenFree
The Paleo “Diet” Burger has Super Duper flavor with Grilled Onions seasoned with HEROIC! by California Gold BBQ Rubs. #HEROICBurger #PaleoBurger

2. BRIOCHE! SUPERFOOD! DELUXE!- Fresh “Salad” Piled High on top of your Superfood Patty.

#BBQBurger #HeroicBBQRub #Superfood #CaliforniaGoldBBQRubs
Brioche! Superfood! Deluxe! Burger has Lettuce, Tomato and Grilled Onion with side of HEROIC! Smoked BBQ Potato Chips. 99.9 out of 100 Nutritionists recommend Burgers with more Veggies than Meat. #SuperfoodBBQ #HEROICBurger

3. ‘SHROOM BURGER DELIGHT with GRILLED WATERMELON “FRIES”- Use two large Grilled Portobello Mushrooms as the buns. A hint of Pink Himalayan Salt added to Quick Grilled Watermelon “Fries” will take your taste buds into uncharted territory.

#Grilled #WatermelonFries #Superfood #BBQ
Grilled Watermelon “Fries” are a creative way to incorporate Fresh Fruit with your BBQ. A hint of Pink Himalayan Salt and/or HEROIC! Rub makes them even tastier. #WatermelonFries

RECIPES

INGREDIENTS (For 4 Servings):

Burgers

  • 1 lb. Ground Beef
  • 2 Tbsp. HEROIC! BBQ Rub (see Homemade BBQ Rub Recipes here)
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tsp. Himalayan Sea Salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 Tsp. Fresh Ground Pepper (or to taste)

[For Vegetarian Version, Substitute 2″ Thick sliced Eggplant, and season the same way]

Buns

  • 4 Brioche Hamburger Buns; or
  • 8 Grilled Portobello Mushrooms (for ‘Shroom Burger)

 

Superfood Rubbed Potato Chips

  • 1 Bag Potato Chips
  • 2 tbsp HEROIC! Rub
  • Aluminum Foil Pan or Handmade Foil Basket

 

Watermelon “Fries”

  • 1 Watermelon (5+ lbs.)
  • Pink Himalayan Sea Salt (to taste)
  • HEROIC! Rub (optional)

 

Condiments (optional)

  • 4 Slices All Natural Cheddar Cheese
  • 8 Thin Slices Roma Tomato
  • 4 Slices Onion (Grilled Optional)
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Hamburger Pickles
  • Ketchup (Low Sugar/Sodium OK)
  • Mustard (Yellow or Deli)
  • BBQ Sauce (see All Natural Homemade BBQ Sauce Video Below)
  • Seasoned Mayo (1 Cup Low Fat Mayo mixed with 1 Tbsp HEROIC! Rub)

DIRECTIONS:

Preparation

  1. Heat Grill. Gas or Charcoal- may use Wood Chips/Chunks to add Smoky Flavor. Kingsford Charcoal/ Products Recommended for Reliability. See Article on How to Smoke on Any Grill.
  2. Prep Burgers. Combine all Seasonings with Ground Beef and separate into 4 Patties. May use Burger Press for more uniform shapes.
  3. Prepare Seasoned Mayo, and slice Onions, Tomatoes and Lettuce for Burgers.
  4. Cut Watermelon into 2 inch Slices and remove Rinds to make Rectangular shape. Keep Chilled.

Cooking

  1. Sear Burgers on high, move to low heat for 4-8 Minutes, depending on desired doneness. Melt Cheese for final 3 Minutes.
  2. Rub Mushrooms with Olive Oil (to prevent sticking) and Grill 3-5 Minutes/per side (depending on thickness). Do not overcook or will be too mushy.

    #Grilled #WatermelonFries #Mushrooms
    #Grilled #WatermelonFries #Mushrooms
  3. Keep Watermelon chilled until ready to use. Quickly cook 2-3 Minutes/ per side on hot part of Grill for Grill Marks, but should stay crisp. Serve Immediately.
  4. May also briefly Grill Buns for the Brioche Superfood Burger.
  5. Add desired amount of Potato Chips to aluminum pan (or homemade foil basket), Add BBQ Rub and Smoke for 8-10 Minutes (see video).

VIDEOS

The 3 Greatest HEROIC! Super Duper BBQ Burgers (Preview):

The 3 Greatest HEROIC! Super Duper BBQ Burgers (Full Technique Video)

How To Make Homemade BBQ Rub/ BBQ Sauce

How to Smoke BBQ Chips

Cutthroat Kitchen “Grill or Be Grilled” After Show

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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 (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

 LINKS

BBQ RESCUES Homemade Rub Recipes BBQ RESCUES! Smoking Recipes for Homemade BBQ Rubs

How To Smoke Food on Gas or Charcoal Grills BBQ RESCUES! Smoking Food on Charcoal Grills, Ceramic Eggs or Gas Grills

Santa Monica Police Department http://www.santamonicapd.org/

Kingsford Charcoal https://www.kingsford.com/

Pit Barrel Cooker Co.  http://www.pitbarrelcooker.com

Tastee BQ Grilling Co. http://tasteebqgrilling.com/

Ciao Bello Staffing https://www.punchbowl.com/vendors/ca-california/santa-monica/c-staffing

California Gold BBQ Rubs   http://www.californiagoldrub.com/

HEROIC! on Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IEEYCNA/ref=pe_11480_113080030_emwa_email_title_1