It’s that time of year once again. Ever heard the phrase “You Can’t Go Home Again”? It may be true in some instances. However, you’d never hear it from anyone who has ever attended a Relay For Life benefit for the American Cancer Society. Volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 27 countries give of their time and effort because they believe it’s time to take action against cancer. If you can’t join me in Griffith Park on this Saturday May 20th, at 10:00am, check this link to find a gathering in your area. https://secure.acsevents.org
Whether you have been before or not, the people at Relay For Life always make you feel right at home. For the fourth year, I will be doing Cooking Demonstrations and Samples from 9am-11am. This year’s sales of HEROIC! will benefit the ACS and the new BBQ RESCUES! Foundation. That’s why I always look forward to going “Home Again”. See you there.
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
2. BRIOCHE! SUPERFOOD! DELUXE!- Fresh “Salad” Piled High on top of your Superfood Patty.
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.
BBQ Sauce (see All Natural Homemade BBQ Sauce Video Below)
Seasoned Mayo (1 Cup Low Fat Mayo mixed with 1 Tbsp HEROIC! Rub)
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.
Prep Burgers. Combine all Seasonings with Ground Beef and separate into 4 Patties. May use Burger Press for more uniform shapes.
Prepare Seasoned Mayo, and slice Onions, Tomatoes and Lettuce for Burgers.
Cut Watermelon into 2 inch Slices and remove Rinds to make Rectangular shape. Keep Chilled.
Sear Burgers on high, move to low heat for 4-8 Minutes, depending on desired doneness. Melt Cheese for final 3 Minutes.
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.
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.
May also briefly Grill Buns for the Brioche Superfood Burger.
Add desired amount of Potato Chips to aluminum pan (or homemade foil basket), Add BBQ Rub and Smoke for 8-10 Minutes (see video).
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
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
A little over a year ago a friend contacted me about this event I had never heard of. Called National Night Out, she wanted to know if I could contribute some food. What’s it all about? Since 1984, the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) has sponsored gatherings in over 16, 000 neighborhoods around the country. Along with community outreach with info about crime prevention, safety tips and helpful community programs, the gatherings usually include some sort of Cookout. In most cases, that means BBQ! With over 38 Million Members, the NATW also sponsors a national Dog Walkers Watch program to train the to make our neigh’s even safer.
They also include a Memorial for Police Officers who were lost in the line of duty and donations to local Charities. More than ever, it is an important time to Communities to come together with the dedicated members of Law Enforcement who provide invaluable service for all of us every day. Based on recent events, a couple of Bad Eggs may have to be cracked (on both sides of the law). However, the vast majority of U.S. Citizens and Officers alike are out to do the right thing. We are all much stronger together, than to leave the streets in the hands of Outlaws. [With that said, I can put aside the Soapbox and we can get to the Food].
Last year I participated in the festival at The Greek Theatre in Griffith Park (Los Angeles). In between doling out slices of Smoked BBQ Pizzas from Cheech’s and samples of HEROIC! Rub, I also took the opportunity to launch my new project called BBQ RESCUES! At the time, I had been recently crowned Grill Master Champion on Food Network show Cutthroat Kitchen. It was fun to do interviews with several Police Reps, Community Volunteers and discovering this great A Cappella band called Jondo.
This past May, I was honored to cater the 120th Anniversary Cookout for about 500 Officers and Staff of the Santa Monica Police Department. The event went great for the Tastee BQ Grilling Company. We were pleased to use HEROIC! Rub to grill some of our best Hot Links, Burgers and Smoked Chicken ever. Special Thanks to Kingsford Charcoal and Pit Barrel Cookers for contributing extra supplies for the event. Dunkin Donuts were also supplied the Police event with most of the most impressive Donut Stands we have ever seen. Also Thanks to the SMPD for providing photos and Ciao Bella for extra staffing help.
I plan to release a Kingsford sponsored video for the Perfect Burger sometime before now and Labor Day. In the meantime, you can get mood for this years event by listening to last years podcast “National Night Out at the Greek (Parts 1 & 2)” with slideshows on the BBQ RESCUES! Blog Talk Radio website or download them on iTunes. There are also links to find the National Night Out event in your area. Finally, I couldn’t resist adding a couple of my favorite Youtube Videos of Policemen around the country dancing at recent BBQs. Enjoy. Until next time, Eat and Be Well.
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@TasteeBQ.com
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