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

by Chef Mick Brown

Courtesy of http://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.

#ChefMickBrown #KingsfordCharcoal #SantaMonicaPoliceDepartment #Anniversary
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

 

Let’s Get Grilling! BBQ RESCUES! Class Coming to Culver City, CA on June 25th

Just in time for the 4th July, this BBQ Class is for Beginners, as well Home Grillers who want to improve their BBQ.
Just in time for the 4th July, this BBQ Class is for Beginners, as well Home Grillers who want to improve their BBQ.

Ready for your 4th of July BBQ? Want to learn more about Grilling? You don’t own a Grill? No problem… This BBQ Cooking Workshop is for both Beginners and for those who want to step-up their home Grilling Recipes. Receive hands-on, easy to follow instruction from Chef Mick Brown- Celebrity BBQ Caterer and Grill Master Winner on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen. In less than 4 Hours, food from your Grill will taste more delicious than the average local BBQ Shacks’. Leave Class with Recipes and your own Portable BBQ Grill to use for grilling at Home, in the Park, on the Beach or wherever you’d like.

BBQ Class Topics to Include:
-Gas vs. Charcoal
-Preparing Snacks on the Grill
-Making Better Burgers and Hot Dogs
-All Natural/Organic Grilling*
-Grilling Vegetables/ Vegetarian BBQ
-The Art of Smoking Food
and More!

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Let’s Get Grilling! BBQ RESCUES! Cooking Class with Chef Mick Brown- Saturday, June 25th, 2016- Starts at 10:00 am, ends between 1:00-2:00 pm (depending on number of Participants). Meets at Banyon Tree Professional Kitchen, 9626 W. Venice Bl., Culver City 90232. Public Parking Available around corner at 3846 Cardiff Ave.

*Note- Class involves use of Natural Wood Smoking techniques. Those sensitive to the aroma of Food Smoking may prefer to arrange Private Lessons.

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Participants can Purchase (Optional) Portable BBQ Grills for additional $70 at Registration- Now Available at

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Class Instructor is Chef Mick Brown

With over 30 years Grilling Experience, Chef Mick Brown has been teaching Private and Group Grilling Lessons, as well as Catering with Tastee BQ Grilling Co. since 2011. He has done BBQ Classes and Demonstrations from Beverly Hills, to San Diego, to New Orleans. One of his larger BBQ presentations was for the historic Los Angeles Garden Club in the Auditorium at Griffith Park. Sous Chef for a Cooking Class at the New Orleans School of Cooking, Mick has attended Cooking Seminars and classes in Costa Rica, Paris and London.

In May of 2015, he won Grill Master Champion on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen on a 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. As a Blogger, he is Author of “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. He founded California Gold BBQ Rubs in 2013, which now offers Gluten Free, All-Natural HEROIC! BBQ Rub in local retailers and on Amazon.com.

BBQ RESCUES! Smoky Grilled Potato Salad Recipe (plus Video)

By Chef Mick Brown

#potatosalad #grilledpotatosalad
Skin-on Grilled Potato Salad with chopped Fresh Parsley, Grilled Bell Peppers and Onions offers more Nutrients than the typical Boiled Potato version; Mayo and Mustard are Optional.

Potato Salad seems to be a staple on the Menus of many cultures, from all across America, to Asia and throughout Europe. It is great paired with Grilled Foods like German Sausages, as a side dish with Korean BBQ and of course with American Barbecued Chicken and Ribs. Though Potatoes are not considered the most nutritious vegetables, they are known to be be much healthier served skin-on. Another advantage to Grilling vs. Boiling is they tend to retain more nutrients.

I first thought of doing Grilled Potato Salad while in the process of experimenting with Grilled Potato “Fries”. Having a few extra disks of crispy, perfectly grilled potatoes, I diced them and shared them with a restaurant neighbor who added a delicious dressing and fresh Herbs. Adding natural Wood Smoke takes this Grilled Salad to a new even more delicious dimension. I recently served the dish at a Birthday Catering in the park for a very special 1 Year Old and 130 of her closest Family and Friends. We caught some of it on video.

GRILLED POTATO SALAD

Ingredients (for 6 Servings)

4-6 Medium to Large Red Potatoes

1/2 Green, Red and Yellow Bell Peppers (or any combination of 2)

1 Large Red or White Onion

1 Cup Italian, Greek, or Green Goddess Dressing (or Your Favorite Oil/Vinegar based Dressing)

1/2 Cup Chopped Fresh Parsley

1/4 Cup BBQ Rub ( see simple Home Rub Recipes)

Salt/Pepper to Taste

2-4 Tbsp Mayo and Mustard to Taste (optional)

Directions

1. Get your Gas or Charcoal Grill Smoking before you start Grilling. See: SMOKING USING WOOD CHIPS AND CHUNKS.

2. Wash and Slice Potatoes 1”-1 1/2 inches thick, lengthwise leaving skin on (may remove any blemishes).

3. Marinate Potatoes evenly in wet mixture of 1/2 Cup Dressing, 1/4 Cup Parsley and BBQ Dry Rub (click for Recipe). May reserve 1 Tbsp Parsley for Garish and a sprig to decorate on the side.

4. Grill Potatoes on Medium parts of Grill, flipping after 10 Minutes, checking if some pieces are cooking faster than others. Keep Smoke going on throughout.

5. Slice Onion 1” inch Thick. Cut Peppers lengthwise in Half, seed and soak all in Leftover Marinade from Potatoes.

6. Grill Peppers and Onions up to 10 Minutes per side, or until tender.

7. Once all veggies are cool enough to handle. chop into 1”- 1 1/2” inch Dice. Toss in bowl with up to 1/2 Cup Dressing, Mayo and Mustard to taste. Add more Rub and Salt/Pepper to taste.

6. For serving, sprinkle plated Potato Salad with more Parsley and BBQ Rub. May add a sprig of Parsley on side for decoration. Enjoy.

SEE YOUTUBE VIDEO- BBQ RESCUES! Smoky Grilled Potato Salad

PHOTOS (Video Stills)

#grilledpotoatoes #grilledpota
Slice Red Potatoes 1″ to 1 1/2″ for even Grilling. We catered 130 people, you won’t need so many Potatoes…
#grillingpotatoes #grilledpotatoes
Spread Potatoes evenly over Grill, top shelf OK. Leave space in between for circulation.
#chefmickbrown #grilledpotatoes #grillingpotatoes
Grill Potatoes evenly, for 10 Minutes per side. If a few get a bit crispy, even better.
#grilledpotatosalad #tasteebqgrillingco
Tray of Grilled Potato Salad, garnished with Parsley ready to serve for Catering.

Chef Mick Brown is a Food Blogger/Purveyor based in Los Angeles, with over 30 years BBQ and Grilling experience. Aside from Catering, 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. He is also author of web serial blog “The Adventures of Tastee BQ.” and BBQ Catering Confidential. He recently appeared on the Food Network for “Grill or Be Grilled” a special BBQ Edition of Cutthroat Kitchen where he won the Champion Title of Grill Master. Episode is available on iTunes. Email- Mick@BBQRescues.com 

LINKS

BBQ RESCUES! website https://bbqrescues.com/

BBQ RESCUES! TV  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4q6YWRcMgdsH_Lnw5XgqZA

BBQ RESCUES! Podcasts on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/al/podcast/bbq-rescues!/id1030435189?mt=2

BBQ RESCUES! on Blog Talk Radio- http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bbqrescues

Video: BBQ RESCUES! TV with Chef Mick Brown Smoky Grilled Potato Salad- https://youtu.be/_bHYcG9flYE

BBQ RESCUES! Smoking Grilled Vegetables Recipe

By Chef Mick Brown

#grilledvegetables #chefmickbrown #bbqrescues
Rustic Grilled Veggie Platter with Yellow Squash, Asparagus, Green, Red and Yellow Bell Pepper.

For many people, the difference between Grilling and Barbecue comes down to one simple thing- Wood Smoking. Though Chefs can now do it indoors using Smoke Guns, many Home Grillers have yet to introduce the technique into their cooking. Especially those who use Gas Grills. I was recently hired to come to the aid of a wife, who purchased 2 Grilling Lessons as Father’s Day Gifts for her husband. It seems that a brand new Built-in Gas Grill that she gave him for his Birthday, had sat unused for over 9 months.

She put me in touch with her husband, who we will call Josh, by email. He informed me that he planned to invite “a few friends” over after our Lesson, to try out his food from the new Grill. No Pressure. We agreed that he would get most of the meats in advance, so we could do an abbreviated shopping trip before getting started. We did Recipes for Grilled Vegetables, Shrimp, Steak and Chicken Breasts. In this next part, here is the Grilled Veggies Recipe.

#chefmickbrown #mickbrown
Chef Mick Brown at Corporate Catering Summer 2015. Remember to keep Veggies larger for Grilling.

SMOKING GRILLED VEGETABLES RECIPE

1. You can prep a variety of Veggies cut Thick for Grilling, as follows:

Green, Red, Yellow or Orange Bell Peppers- Sliced in half lengthwise, remove core and seeds, press flat

Zucchini, Eggplant, Yellow Squash- Remove Ends, slice lengthwise into 1” inch thick strips

Orange, Purple Carrots- Peel, Remove Ends, Slice lengthwise in Half or 1” inch thick strips

2. Marinate Veggies evenly in wet mixture of Olive Oil, Fresh Chopped Garlic, Parsley and or Rosemary to taste. Add a generous amount of BBQ Dry Rub (click for Recipe)

3. Get your Gas or Charcoal Grill Smoking before you start Grilling. See: SMOKING USING WOOD CHIPS AND CHUNKS

4. Grill Veggies on Medium, or Low Part of Grill, may also use upper Warming Rack.

5. Cook evenly for 5-10 Minutes per side, until tender. Carrots and Pepper may take longer.

6. For serving, cut bigger Veggies into 2-3” inch portions. Enjoy.

Also look for Recipes for Shrimp, Steak and Chicken Breasts from this Session.