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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.

“Not-So” Fat Tuesday Grilled Gumbo

By Chef Mick Brown

Courtesy of http://www.BBQRESCUES.com

#healthybbq #gumbo #getfitchallenge #bbqrescues
‘Not So” Fat Tuesday Grilled Gumbo/Jasmine Rice with Grilled Vegetables, Smoked Chicken, Shrimp and Sausage. Being naughty never tasted so Good.

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!

#Kingsford #Applewood #Charcoal #BBQ #Gumbo #GetFitChallenge
“Not-So” Fat Tuesday #Grilled #BBQ #Gumbo lightens up on the #Calories but loads up on Flavor by adding sweet smoky #Kingsford #Applewood #Charcoal and #Hickory #SmokingChips #GetFitChallenge

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.

Ingredients:

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

Preparation:

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.

3. Reserve Green Onions and Parsley for Garnish.

VIDEO

Related Recipes:

How To Grill Veggies Recipe

Grilled Shrimp Recipe

Kingsford Grilled Chicken Recipe-https://www.kingsford.com/how-to/boneless-skinless-chicken-breasts/

Smoking Sausage, Hot Links or Hotdogs (Youtube)-https://youtu.be/l18zVDOyous

LINKS

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

HEROIC! Rub on Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/HEROIC-BBQ-Gluten-Free-Added/dp/B00IEEYCRQ

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

Urban Press Winery/ Wine Club https://www.urbanpresswinery.com/Homepage

From The Wall Street Journal 2/17/17

#ribroast #bbqrescues
A Gratuitous Food Pic? Maybe not. Where and How would you like to eat in 2016? Rib Roasts are a fine source of Protein, just add plenty of Veggies on the side. A big Thanks to Chef Eric for preparing this great Holiday Roast.

Stop Freaking Out About Body Fat

Fat is a vital organ that our bodies work hard to protect—so instead of battling fat, we should focus on maintaining a healthy level of it

The holidays are long over, but many Americans still have something to remember them by: extra pounds of fat. Our collective effort to fight the bulge makes the first few months of the new year the peak sales period for the U.S. dieting industry. Americans spend a fortune each year trying to get rid of fat, but the flab often creeps back, despite our best efforts. It seems as if our fat has a mind of its own—which, it turns out, isn’t as far-fetched as it sounds.

We usually think of fat as unhealthy excess storage to be gotten rid of at all costs, but researchers have reached a different conclusion: Fat is actually a vital organ that releases essential hormones and sends crucial messages to our brains. And because fat is so important, our bodies work hard to protect it. Instead of simply battling fat, we need to focus on how to maintain a healthy level of it.

See Full Article at The Wall Street Journal

Men Who Love Women to Wear Something Red on Friday February 3, 2017- Grill Masters Too!

courtesy of http://www.BBQRESCUES.com

#Ribs #Berries #Sauce #SouthernKrunk #RandyHill
#Ribs with Red Blackberry #BBQ #Sauce. Photo by #RandyHill of #SouthernKrunk of #HotSprings #Arkansas

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)

Rum

Grenadine

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 in  1/4 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:

2 Tbsp Granulated Garlic

2 Tbsp Granulated Paprika or Smoked Paprika

2 Tbsp Granulated or Powdered Onion

1 Tbsp Ground Allspice

1 Tbsp Ground Fennel

Optional

1 Tbsp Brown Sugar

1/2 Tbsp Salt

1/3 Tbsp Fresh Ground Pepper

LINKS

American Heart Association Go Red for Women Day

http://honor.americanheart.org/site/TR?fr_id=5042&pg=entry

Southern Krunk BBQ Society

http://www.southernkrunk.com/

BBQ RESCUES! Smoking Recipes for Homemade BBQ Dry Rubs

https://bbqrescues.com/2015/09/12/bbq-rescues-smoking-recipes-for-homemade-bbq-rubs/

McClard’s BBQ Sauce

http://www.mcclards.com/

Luvafoodie Grill Master and No-Salt Herb Blends

http://luvafoodie.com/

HEROIC! No-Salt, No-Sugar Superfood Rub

http://www.californiagoldrub.com/

DIY ALL NATURAL BBQ SAUCE VIDEO

February is National Heart Month- 4 Ways You Can Help Save Lives, plus Grilling Hot Buttered Popcorn

Courtesy of http://www.BBQRESCUES.com

#popcorn #heart #healthy #luvafoodie

Dear Chef Mick (@BBQ Rescues)-

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


Dear Michelle-

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) 

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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

Supplies:

Thin Aluminum Pot w/Lid or Foil Pan

Aluminum Foil

Bowl for Mixing/Serving

Grilled Popcorn Cooking Directions

  1. Heat Gas, Charcoal or Electric Grill to Medium High
  2. Mix Popcorn and Oil in Pot (or Pan) plus Sprinkle of Pink Salt, to taste
  3. Arrange Kernel into single layer at bottom of Pan and cover tightly with sheet of Foil
  4. Secure Top of Pan with Lid or tightly cover with Foil (to hold in air and catch popping corns)
  5. Heat Pan directly over heat for 8-10 Minutes, shake when corn starts to pop
  6. Remove Pan from heat once hearing popping slow down to less than 1 per 3 seconds
  7. Make Foil Cup to melt Butter over heat (or use small Grill Safe container)
  8. Optional- Mix 2 Tsp Dry Seasoning into Butter before drizzling into Popcorn. Sprinkle reserved Seasoning and Salt to taste. Mix Well and Enjoy!

 

#grilled #steak #lettuce #wraps #tacoseasoning #homemade
Grilled Steak Butter Lettuce Wraps. Marinate Steak and season Veggies with Fiesta Taco Blend.

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

VIDEOS

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

Luvafoodie No Salt Spice Animated Video

BBQ RESCUES! “Popcorn Love” Recipe Video

 

LINKS

American Heart Association website

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

American Heart Association “FunRaisers” page

http://honor.americanheart.org/site/TR?fr_id=5042&pg=entry#

February Heart Month Tool Kit- U.S. Government Healthfinder.com

https://healthfinder.gov/nho/FebruaryToolkit.aspx

HHS Million Hearts Educational website

https://millionhearts.hhs.gov/news-media/events/heart-month.html

CBS- WCCO News Minnesota

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/video/category/food-drink-cocktailsbeer/3592990-a-seasonal-spin-on-your-favorite-libations/

Luvafoodie.com website http://luvafoodie.com/

Follow BBQ RESCUES TV Youtube Channel

 

 

A Grilling Season Finale of Vanderpump Rules…5 Healthy BBQ Tips You Can Use

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Caprese Salad Skewers are a refreshing addition to any Backyard BBQ. Cherry Tomatoes, Mozzarella Cheese and Fresh Basil Leaves are drizzled with a BBQ Seasoned Balsamic Vinegar Reduction. They can be Smoked for a minute and served warm.

By Chef Mick Brown

LOS ANGELES- If you tune in to this week’s Season Finale of Bravo TV’s hit show Vanderpump Rules – “When Push Comes to Shove”- you’ll witness the big Engagement Party (“Of the Year”) for Katie Maloney and Tom Schwartz. The event is held at Villa Rosa, the mansion owned by Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump and her husband Ken. The episode includes beautiful people, exciting drama and- oh yeah- Barbecue.  By now you may have guessed, my crew-Tastee BQ Grilling Co.- was honored to be invited to cater the big event.

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A look at the Buffet Table after Lunch, with Carrot Cake and Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Desserts served on the side.

Why us? I’d like to think of it as a reward for my many years of blogging Healthier BBQ Recipes online. Or because of the perfect 5-Star Yelp reviews from our exclusive group of clients? Most likely, it was a result of my recent win as Grill Master Champion of Cutthroat Kitchen on Food Network. In the Vanderpump Rules episode, most of the action takes place after the BBQ Lunch, but some of the Food is featured during montages. The staff and I are briefly seen Grilling, and my voice can be heard in one Clip describing Grilled Asparagus with Balsamic Reduction.

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Chef Mick Brown gathering some of the extra Sliced Smoked Chicken to leave for the Hosts.

 Even if your  home doesn’t happen to be on top of Beverly Hills,  you can still use these ideas for your Backyard  BBQ’s this upcoming Summer. Here are 5 Tips for Delicious and Healthy Backyard BBQ Dishes:

1. Smoked Multicolor Tortilla Chips with Green and Red Grilled Salsas- Red, Green and Blue Tortilla Chips are sprinkled with a Low Salt/Sugar BBQ Rub and smoked with Hickory on Indirect Heat for 8-10 minutes. Serve in separate bowls or in colorful sections on a large platter. Add Grilled Onions to the Red Salsa, Grilled Tomatillos to the Green Salsa and Fresh Chopped Cilantro to both.

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Caprese Salad Skewers as seen on the BravoTV Vanderpump Rules website.

2. Caprese Salad Skewers- To cut the Calories, us Part Skim Mozzarella, cut the Cheese Cubes smaller (1/2’’ inch), and put at least 2 Cherry Tomatoes and 1 Fresh Basil Leaf and on each Skewer. If you have time, smoke the Skewers on Foil for a minute before passing them warm to your Guests. Finish with a drizzle of BBQ seasoned Balsamic Vinegar Reduction.

3. Southwest BBQ Pinto, Garbanzo and Black Beans w/ Chopped Grilled Veggies- Use low fat Canned Beans and add Cumin, Cilantro and Chili or Taco Seasonings (or a Mix). Also add dashes of BBQ Rub and Sauce, to taste. Make it even Healthier with Chopped Grilled Red, Green and Yellow Bell Peppers and Onions in the pot.

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Grilled Asparagus with a Garlic Balsamic Reduction, as seen on the BravoTV website. When watching the Episode, listen for audio of Chef Mick Brown describing the dish.

 

4. Grilled Asparagus with Balsamic Reduction-  It isn’t easy being Green. Toss Asparagus in your favorite combination of Olive Oil and Herbs, or use BBQ Rub and rotate while grilling for 5-8 minutes.There is nothing like tasting fresh Asparagus  from a Smoky Grill with a drizzle of Garlic Balsamic Vinegar Reduction.

5. Smoked BBQ Chicken Breasts, Sliced with Citrus BBQ Sauce on Side- Use your favorite marinade and smoke Chicken on Indirect heat. Note the Calories and Sugar content before purchasing BBQ Sauce, as most claim a serving is only 2 Tablespoons. Who are they kidding? Lighten it up by heating and mixing the sauce with up to 1 cup of Orange Juice and (skin-on) Wedges of Fresh Lemons and Oranges.

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As an alternative to Slices, serve juicy Pulled Smoked Chicken Breasts so Guests have the option to choose various sizes for adding to Chili, on top of Salad or making Smoked Chicken Sliders with Ranch and BBQ Sauces on the side.

Sorry I don’t have any backstage “dirt” to spill about the event or any of the participants. The cast of Vanderpump Rules were very friendly and gracious to me (and the staff)- in between the fights seen on the Show. Especially Hosts Katie and Tom- they were a total delight and I wish them the very best as they pursue a (hopefully) long and happy marriage together. Tom even mentioned that they are looking for someone to cater their upcoming Wedding…

Vanderpump Rules Season Finale “Push Comes to Shove” (Episode 20) Originally aired on March 14th, and has encore showings this Weekend and scheduled through March 28. The episode is also available online at BravoTV On Demand, and on the BravoTV Smartphone App.

Links:

Vanderpump Rules Episode Schedule- http://www.bravotv.com/vanderpump-rules/schedule

Watch “Push Comes to Shove” Bravo On Demand- http://www.bravotv.com/node/1107181

Chef Mick Brown is a Food Blogger, Caterer and Grilling Instructor based in Los Angeles, with over 30 years BBQ experience. Aside from this new project BBQ RESCUES!, 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 career blog 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. His episode is now available on iTunes. Email- Mick@BBQRESCUES.com 

Helpful Links from BBQ RESCUES!:

How to Smoke Food on Any Gas, Charcoal or Ceramic Grill

https://bbqrescues.com/2015/09/12/bbq-rescues-smoking-food-on-charcoal-grills-ceramic-eggs-or-gas-grills/

Recipes for Homemade BBQ Rubs

https://bbqrescues.com/2015/09/12/bbq-rescues-smoking-recipes-for-homemade-bbq-rubs/

How to Make Fresh Smoked BBQ Chips- BBQ RESCUES! TV on Youtube

Recipe for Grilling Vegetables

https://bbqrescues.com/2015/09/17/bbq-rescues-smoking-grilled-vegetables-recipe/