All Eyes On NBBQA “I Am BBQ 2018”

by Chef Mick Brown

Courtesy of www.BBQRESCUES.org

#BBQ #Steaks #ChefMickBrown #NBBQA #IAmBBQ #2017
Before and After. My first-ever SCA Competition Steaks at the NBBQA “I Am BBQ 2017 ” Conference in Fort Worth, TX. How’d they do? Video Coming Soon…

 

Only a year ago, the thought of attending my first Conference of the National Barbecue and Grilling Association (NBBQA), was quite intimidating. I was not only nervous to meet (and be judged?) by some of the biggest Legends in the BBQ Industry. Even worse, I felt that the Members have all known each other for years, so me and my West Coast “California BBQ” wouldn’t be so welcome in Texas. Fortunately, I was wrong.  And Yes, I will not only be attending I Am BBQ 2018 this March 14th-17th in Fort Worth, TX., but I also have a big Announcement. Stay tuned…

#NBBQA #IAMBBQ #2017
First Day Registration at NBBQA “I Am BBQ 2017”. Must admit, it was a bit intimidating…

Upon arriving last year,  everyone I encountered was very welcoming to this Newcomer, and they went out of their way to make me feel comfortable to be a new Member of the country’s  (maybe the world’s?) largest Association devoted to Grilling. Among the hundreds of people that I met, some will be highlighted through photos and videos in the upcoming weeks. Let me encourage anyone in the BBQ Industry (or if you are adventurous Griller), do yourself a favor and join the NBBQA today. There are tons of Resources and Benefits you can enjoy throughout the year. Also, please try your best to make it to Fort Worth for this year’s “I Am BBQ 2018” Conference.

#MarkLambert #ChefMickBrown #NBBQA #IAmBBQ #2017
At Opening Night Reception one of the first people I met was Mark Lambert. Talked to him for about 20 Minutes before finding out he was the new incoming Chairman of the NBBQA. My Bad.

Why should you go? One obvious reason is that you will have a chance to sample more delicious Barbecue than you can “Shake a Fork At”- prepared by some of the most accomplished Grill Masters in the world. Yes, people came from Mexico, China and as far away as Austraila to attend the event last year. Also, you will get a chance to check out some of the Industry’s cutting edge new products, trends and cooking equipment before anyone back at home. This year’s conference will also include a one day BBQ and Grilling Academy on Saturday, March 17th. Finally, the nice variety of Educational BBQ Seminars being offered are both Informative and Fun!

#MamaShed #ChefMickBrown #LindaOrrison #TheShedBBQ #NBBQA #IamBBQ
At the last day’s Big BBQ Bash, I was recruited by The Shed BBQ Team, led by outgoing NBBQA Chairperson Linda Orrison aka Mama Shed.

Which takes us to the big Announcement- I have been invited to join the NBBQA Faculty to help with this year ’s event. Also, I will be co-hosting a Seminar on (what else?) “Making BBQ Healthier and Authentic” along with True Made Foods Founder Abe Kamarak. A subject that is increasingly important as we move BBQ into the future. To combat the ailments affecting our Community like High Blood Pressure, Diabetes and Childhood (and Adult) Obesity. People are listening to their Doctors and Nutritionists and seeking to add Healthier Meat Recipes and fresh Veggies to their diets, while trying to limit Calories and the heavy use of Salt and Sugars that exacerbate these conditions. More and more people who love BBQ are looking to see Lighter offerings on Menus, including Vegan Options. Those BBQ Food Operations that take heed will not only attract more new Customers, but also keep their “Regulars” healthy enough to keep coming back.

Look for BBQ RESCUES! to add more on the NBBQA (National Barbecue and Grilling Association) “I Am BBQ 2018” Conference as it heads to Fort Worth, Tx. March 14th-17th in the upcoming weeks. Hope to See Ya’ll There! Until next time- Eat and Be Well.

#TyMachado #ChefMickBrown #FoodNetwork #BBQ #Champions
Two Food Network BBQ Champs. At BBQ Bash, this Cutthroat Kitchen Grill Master Champion finally got to meet Kid’s BBQ Championship Winner Ty Machado of the B&B Charcoal Team.

 

NBBQA LINKS

For Full “I Am BBQ 2018” Schedule, Rates and Accommodations:

https://www.iambbq2018.com/copy-of-conference-program

To Join NBBQA (National Barbecue and Grilling Association)

https://www.iambbq2018.com/join-nbbqa

Educational Programs/Seminars

https://www.iambbq2018.com/educational-program

BBQ & Grilling Academy- Saturday, March 17th, 2018

https://www.iambbq2018.com/bbq-grilling-academy?activate

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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 as General Manager of Tastee BQ Grilling Co.  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 #GYMM Program, that 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.org.

 

 

Spooky Smoky Shrimp and Lobster Cocktail with Spirulina

#grilledshrimp #lobster #halloween
Grilled Shrimp and Lobster with BBQ Cocktail Sauce, Green Spirulina Tarter Sauce and Grilled Veggie Sticks.

by Chef Mick Brown, Courtesy of www.BBQRESCUES.org

If you are reading this, you are probably among the growing number of Americans who are trying to take better care of themselves, which includes increasing exercise and eating a bit healthier, This can also include Grilling BBQ with Leaner Meats, Seafood and adding plenty of Veggies at every meal. For Halloween we thought it is the perfect time to do a Recipe introducing Spirulina. No it’s nothing scary, but a delicious superfood supplement said to be the most “Nutrient Dense Food On the Planet”. Give it a try and see what you think.

Smoky Grilled Shrimp and Lobster Cocktail

For each 1 LB Jumbo Shrimp ( 16-20 or Larger Recommended). Can be served as Appetizer or Entree. Make a separate Veggie Only Plate if Vegetarian on Non-Shell Fish Eaters are expected. For Full Vegetarian Version, use Vegan Sauces, Fresh Horseradish and add more Hearty Veggies like Grilled Carrots, Parsnips, Beets,

INGREDIENTS

1 LB Large Raw Shrimp

2-4 Raw Lobster Tails

Herb & Spice BBQ Rub or Grill Seasoning

Fresh Ground Pepper

Pink Himalayan Salt

3 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Dill

2 Large-Medium Purple Potatoes

2 Large-Medium Sweet Potatoes

3 Stalks Celery

2 Large Lemons

Fat Free Greek Dressing (Optional)

 

BBQ Cocktail Sauce

1 Cup BBQ Sauce

1/4 Cup Creamed Horseradish

2 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice

 

Glowing Green Tarter Sauce

1 Cup Tarter Sauce (Lowfat Ok)

2 Tbsp Fresh Chopped Dill

1 Tbsp Spiralina Powder

 

Directions:

Shrimp & Lobster

1. Clean and Marinate Shrimp and Lobster in 2-4 Tbsp BBQ, Salt, Pepper, 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice and 3 Tbsp Fresh Chopped Dill. Then place on Skewers on flat sides. Grill in Smoker 6-8 Minutes per Side until they turn white.

Veggies

2. May wrap Potatoes in plastic and precook microwave for 5 minutes to make easier to cut and Grill faster. Slice into 1-1/2”- 2” Slices. Season with BBQ Seasoning, Salt, Pepper and optional Fat Free Greek Dressing. Grill on Smoker for 10 Minutes per side, until tender. Then cut on long side Slices into 1-1/2” Dipping Strips.

3. Grill Lemons in 2” Slices and marinate cleaned Celery Stalks. Grill them whole for 3-4 Minutes per side. Want to add Char but not cook them soft. Cut Celery into Sticks after removing from Grill.

Sauces

4. Add all Ingredients for each Red and Green Sauce in separate Bowls. Whip each into blended smooth, with solid colors.

Presentation

5. Place bowls in center of large Platter, Give a final squeeze of fresh Lemon Juice and garish each bowl with Grilled Lemon Wedges. Add a few Shrimp around the rim of each Bowl. Garlnsh with alternately colored Veggie Sicks and Half Moon Slices of Grilled Lemons.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN & Enjoy!

 

Brands- Recipe Post is non-sponsored, but here are Brands used:

L’Dubyah’s Homemade Stiq and Stay BBQ Sauce

https://www.gofundme.com/ldubyahs-stiq-stay-bbq-sauce

HEROIC! BBQ Rub

http://www.californiagoldrub.com/

Beaver Brand Zesty Deli Horseradish Sauce

https://beavertonfoods.com/product/beaver-deli-horseradish-sauce-12-5-oz/

PurePlanet Spirulina Powder

https://pureplanet.com/products/spirulina

Better!Broom (background)

http://www.betterbroom.com/

Wellness Mama’s Blog on Benefits of Spirulina

https://wellnessmama.com/4738/spirulina-benefits/

 

VIDEO ON YOUTUBE

#GrilledVeggies #GetFitChallenge #HealthyBBQ

Six Rules For Eating Wisely by Michael Pollan

Can anyone use some #Positive #News? We unearthed this Gem written in 2006 by one of our favorite Authors about Six Rules For Eating Wisely. Please Share this with Everyone You Care About. Courtesy of #TIMEMagazine. #GetFitChallenge #BBQRESCUESFoundationInc

http://michaelpollan.com/articles-archive/six-rules-for-eating-wisely/

Six Rules For Eating Wisely

Once upon a time Americans had a culture of food to guide us through the increasingly treacherous landscape of food choices: fat vs. carbs, organic vs. conventional, vegetarian vs. carnivorous. Culture in this case is just a fancy way of saying “your mom.” She taught us what to eat, when to eat it, how much of it to eat, even the order in which to eat it. But Mom’s influence over the dinner menu has proved no match for the $36 billion in food-marketing dollars ($10 billion directed to kids alone) designed to get us to eat more, eat all manner of dubious neofoods, and create entire new eating occasions, such as in the car. Some food culture.

I’ve spent the past five years exploring this daunting food landscape, following the industrial food chain from the Happy Meal back to the not-so-happy feedlots in Kansas and cornfields in Iowa where it begins and tracing the organic food chain back to the farms. My aim was simply to figure out what–as a nutritional, ethical, political and environmental matter–I should eat. Along the way, I’ve collected a few rules of thumb that may be useful in navigating what I call the Omnivore’s Dilemma.

Don’t eat anything your great-great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. Imagine how baffled your ancestors would be in a modern supermarket: the epoxy-like tubes of Go-Gurt, the preternaturally fresh Twinkies, the vaguely pharmaceutical Vitamin Water. Those aren’t foods, quite; they’re food products. History suggests you might want to wait a few decades or so before adding such novelties to your diet, the substitution of margarine for butter being the classic case in point. My mother used to predict “they” would eventually discover that butter was better for you. She was right: the trans-fatty margarine is killing us. Eat food, not food products.

Avoid foods containing high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). It’s not just in cereals and soft drinks but also in ketchup and bologna, baked goods, soups and salad dressings. Though HFCS was not part of the human diet until 1975, each of us now consumes more than 40 lbs. a year, some 200 calories a day. Is HFCS any worse for you than sugar? Probably not, but by avoiding it you’ll avoid thousands of empty calories and perhaps even more important, cut out highly processed foods–the ones that contain the most sugar, fat and salt. Besides, what chef uses high-fructose corn syrup? Not one. It’s found only in the pantry of the food scientist, and that’s not who you want cooking your meals.

Spend more, eat less. Americans are as addicted to cheap food as we are to cheap oil. We spend only 9.7% of our income on food, a smaller share than any other nation. Is it a coincidence we spend a larger percentage than any other on health care (16%)? All this “cheap food” is making us fat and sick. It’s also bad for the health of the environment. The higher the quality of the food you eat, the more nutritious it is and the less of it you’ll need to feel satisfied.

Pay no heed to nutritional science or the health claims on packages. It was science that told us margarine made from trans fats is better for us than butter made from cow’s milk. The more I learn about the science of nutrition, the less certain I am that we’ve learned anything important about food that our ancestors didn’t know. Consider that the healthiest foods in the supermarket–the fresh produce–are the ones that don’t make FDA-approved health claims, which typically festoon the packages of the most highly processed foods. When Whole Grain Lucky Charms show up in the cereal aisle, it’s time to stop paying attention to health claims.

Shop at the farmers’ market. You’ll begin to eat foods in season, when they are at the peak of their nutritional value and flavor, and you’ll cook, because you won’t find anything processed or microwavable. You’ll also be supporting farmers in your community, helping defend the countryside from sprawl, saving oil by eating food produced nearby and teaching your children that a carrot is a root, not a machine-lathed orange bullet that comes in a plastic bag. A lot more is going on at the farmers’ market than the exchange of money for food.

How you eat is as important as what you eat. Americans are fixated on nutrients, good and bad, while the French and Italians focus on the whole eating experience. The lesson of the “French paradox” is you can eat all kinds of supposedly toxic substances (triple crème cheese, foie gras) as long as you follow your culture’s (i.e., mother’s) rules: eat moderate portions, don’t go for seconds or snacks between meals, never eat alone. But perhaps most important, eat with pleasure, because eating with anxiety leads to poor digestion and bingeing. There is no French paradox, really, only an American paradox: a notably unhealthy people obsessed with the idea of eating healthily. So, relax. Eat Food. And savor it.