#ChefMickBrown #BBQRESCUESFoundation #LaniDapolani #Volunteers #HBNH #HomelessButNotHelpless #Ministries #Salads #ChristmasEve #2017 #LosAngeles

Spotlight on BBQ RESCUES! Foundation- Part III- Closing out 2017 from Arizona to Skid Row

#BBQRESCUESFoundation #Redfoo #LMFAO #ChefMickBrown #VeganBBQ
Chef Mick Brown of the BBQ RESCUES Foundation seen with pop sensation Redfoo of group LMFAO (“Party Rock Anthem”) fame. The Foundation was challenged to create a Vegan BBQ Menu for the star and his family’s Thanksgiving Dinner. Pictured Dish- Smoked Sweet Potato/Rainbow Carrot Mash with Mint and Smoked Coconut Flakes.

To end out 2017, the BBQ RESCUES! Foundation was active with Social Media outreach to promote Fitness and Healthier Grilling, as well as participate other important Community Projects. We traveled from Arizona, to Palm Springs and spent Christmas Eve handing out hundreds of Holiday Salads to the Homeless on Skid Row in Los Angeles. Here are some Highlights of our Activities. Check back soon for Updates.

September 2017

#BBQRESCUESFoundation #FraternalOrderofEagles #AgapeHouseofPrescott #PrescottArizona #BBQFundraiser
Promotional sign for Fraternal Order of Eagles BBQ fundraiser to benefit the Agape House of Prescott in Prescott, AZ.

Chef Mick Brown made appearance at Fundraiser in Prescott, Arizona to promote Healthy Grilling and support the Fraternal Order of Eagles’ efforts to help Agape House of Prescott in their mission to serve the Homeless.

http://agapehouseprescott.org/about-us/

https://www.foe.com/

#ElksTheatre #ChefMickBrown #PrescottArizona
Chef Mick Brown of the BBQ RESCUES! Foundation, meets with Volunteers to tour the Historic Elks Theatre in Prescott, Arizona.

Met with Staff at historic Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center. Agreed to work on bringing “Broadway to Prescott” benefit to support local youth charities, and serve Healthy Gourmet BBQ to Supporters.

http://www.prescottelkstheater.com/

#FarmatSouthMountain #Phoenix
Creative Warning Sign at the Farm at South Mountain in Phoenix, where they specialize in fresh Farm-to-Table Cuisine, including BBQ!

#FarmatSouthMountain #Phoenix #ChefMickBrown
Chef Mick Brown at the Farm at South Mountain in Phoenix. Hoping to hitchhike ride in old Pick-up.

Met with staff at The Farm at South Mountain in Phoenix, Az. Along with tasting some amazing food from their Grill, we agreed to come back sometime for a workshop to teach Phoenix how to smoke the nuts from their Pecan Trees.

https://www.thefarmatsouthmountain.com

#ChefMickBrown #BBQ #HardrockPalmSprings
Caught last year of Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs. Chef Mick Brown with poolside Grill Master.

Talked with Executive Chefs at Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs about doing a poolside “Bikini BBQ” fundraiser. Unfortunately, the resort closed before we could make it happen.

https://www.kesq.com/news/breaking-hard-rock-hotel-in-palm-springs-to-cease-operations/733590471

October 2017

Did healthy Spooky Grilled Shrimp Video sponsored by Luvafoodie.com. Has over 55,000 views to date.

https://luvafoodie.com

#ChefMickBrown #AmericanCancerSociety #WeCanSurvive
Chef Mick Brown at We Can Survive 2017 concert to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Attended We Can Survive concert to benefit the Breast Cancer Awareness. Enjoyed Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Sam Smith, The Weekend and surprise act Rihanna.

https://variety.com/2017/music/news/pink-harry-styles-hollywood-bowl-we-can-survive-concert-1202596126/

#ChefMickBrown #NaheedenceStudios #CutThroatKitchen #Winner #BBQ #GrillMaster #Champion
Chef Mick Brown in “BBQ and Politics Don’t Mix” by Naheedence Studios.

Released iconic “BBQ and Politics Don’t Mix” Photos courtesy of Naheedence Photography.

http://www.naheedence.com/

November 2017

#ChefMickBrown #SaharAndrade #ReinventYourself
Chef Mick Brown with Ted Talk Speaker and Reinvent Yourself motivational coach Sahar Andrade.

Attended first “Dream and Brainstorm Together” workshop with expert motivational coach (and Ted Talk Speaker) Sahar Andrade in Burbank, CA.

https://www.saharconsulting.com/

#ChefMickBrown #MarkCasanova #StephanyCampos #HomelessHealthcareLA #Thanksgiving #2017
Chef Mick Brown with Mark Casanova and Stephany Campos of Homeless Healthcare LA. Thanksgiving 2017.

Foundation donated services to prepare Thanksgiving Turkeys, Stuffing and Vegan Glazed Yellow Squash & Veggies for Homeless Healthcare LA Holiday Party for Staff.

https://www.hhcla.org/

#Vegan #Thanksgiving #2017 #ChefMickBrown #BBQRESCUES #Foundation #Redfoo #Smoky #RainbowCarrot #SweetPotato #Grilled #MixedGreens #Kale
Vegan Thanksgiving 2017 dishes prepared by Chef Mick Brown of the BBQ RESCUES Foundation for pop star Redfoo and Family. Smoky Rainbow Carrot & Sweet Potato Mash with Mint, Coconut and Grilled Veggie Mixed Greens with Kale.

Foundation answered challenge to demo Vegan Thanksgiving dishes for pop star Redfoo . and Family.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redfoo

https://partyrockclothing.com/

December 2017

#ChefMickBrown #HawaiianDancers #2017 #IslandBeerandFoodFest #San Diego
Chef Mick Brown with Hawaiian Dancers at 2017 Island Beer and Food Fest in San Diego, CA.

Mick+IslandFest

Promoted Foundation and Healthier BBQ at 2017 Island Beer and Food Fest in San Diego, CA.

https://www.sandiegoreader.com/events/2017/dec/02/island-food-and-beer-fest-san-diego/

#SimonsCafeandCatering #SanDiego
Simon’s Cafe & Catering, San Diego

Discovered Simon’s Cafe and Catering in San Diego. One of the highlights of national food tour. They do Charity and Grill Veggies!

Released the first nutritious White Asparagus Mac N Cheese video on Youtube.

#Volunteers #LosAngelesMission #Holiday #Luncheon #2017.
Volunteers at Los Angeles Mission’s Holiday Luncheon 2017.

Promoted LA Mission’s annual Holiday Luncheon. Hope to be invited to participate more next year.

http://abc7.com/society/la-mission-provides-holiday-feast-toys-to-families-in-need/2812851/

#BBQRESCUESFoundation #LosAngeles #Volunteers #ChristmasEve #Homeless #SkidRow #Downtown #LA #JackeyHall #AaronCollins #RachelMilstein #December #2017
BBQ RESCUES! Foundation’s Los Angeles Volunteers preparing Christmas Eve Grilled Salads for the Homeless on Skid Row, Downtown LA December 2017. Pictured: Actress Jackey Hall, Aaron Collins, Rachel Milstein.

#BBQRESCUES #Foundation #GrilledVeggie #Salad #SmokedHam.
BBQ RESCUES! Foundation’s Grilled Veggie Salad with Smoked Ham.

#BBQRESCUES #Foundation's #GrilledVeggie #Salad #SmokedHam #SkidRow #ChristmasEve #2017
BBQ RESCUES! Foundation’s Grilled Veggie Salad with Smoked Ham. Handed out hundreds to people on Skid Row on Christmas Eve 2017.

#ChefMickBrown #BBQRESCUESFoundation #LaniDapolani #Volunteers #HBNH #HomelessButNotHelpless #Ministries #Salads #ChristmasEve #2017 #LosAngeles
Chef Mick Brown of BBQ RESCUES Foundation with Lani Dapolani and Volunteers of HBNH (Homeless But Not Helpless) Ministries passing out Salads Christmas Eve 2017, Downtown Los Angeles.

Foundation donated nearly 300 Salads to Homeless people on Skid Row, Christmas Eve 2017. Others necessities also passed out by Lani Dapolani, founder of HBNH (Homeless But Not Helpless) Ministries and the LA Mission.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/HBNHMinistry

Stay Tuned For Exciting 2018 Updates!

#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.

#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

 

#HEROIC!Rub #Smokedham #Seasoning

My Top Secret Recipe: Easy DIY Smoked Holiday Ham in 3 Simple Steps

HamPlatedTable
Fresh Smoked Spiral Sliced Ham will be a hit at this year’s Holiday Dinner. Leftovers (if any) will make the best Ham Sandwiches, ever.

by Chef Mick Brown

Want to really Wow them at this year’s Holiday Dinner? This easy Recipe is my Gift to you. Smoking a raw, thawed Ham at home can take up to 6-8 Hours. Why not start with a Pre-Cooked Ham? Most cooked Hams found in grocery and specialty stores come labeled as “Smoked”, but do you really taste anything other than liquid smoke? The natural Wood Smoked flavor you love in BBQ Ribs and Chicken will also take your Ham to the next level. You can shave hours of cooking time by starting with a cooked, rather than raw Ham. No Grill? No problem- use an old Roaster Pan, Pot or Dutch Oven with a Rack (and Lid) to smoke your Ham indoors. Either way, the final results will taste much better than any Ham baked in the oven. Your dinner guests will praise your efforts. Try it, you’ll see…

#HEROIC!Rub #Smokedham #Seasoning
Before Smoking, season Ham with your favorite BBQ Rub or savory Seasoning Blend for at least an hour or overnight, to enhance the flavor. Nowadays, you can save the Brown Sugar for the Desserts.

Ingredients

1 or 2 Cooked Spiral Sliced or Baked Ham(s)

BBQ Rub or Make a Rub of Smoked Paprika mixed with Dry Garlic

Hickory Wood Chunks (for Charcoal Grills); or

Hickory Wood Chips (with Foil for Gas Grills or Stovetop)

Ham Glaze (Dry mix usually comes with Ham, or get a jar)

1/4-1/2 Cup BBQ Sauce (to taste)

Orange Juice and Fresh Orange Wedges for Garnish (optional)

Cloves (optional)

#SmokedHam #IndirectSmoking
Indirect Smoking- Charcoal Grill. Note soaked Wood Chunks go directly on Coals on side of Grill. Ham is on other side with Pan of water underneath. Foil bottoms keeps Ham from sticking and collects juices as it cooks (which you can then pour into Pan).

Here are the 3 Simple Steps:

1. Liberally season a Pre-Cooked Spiral (or Half) Ham on all sides with BBQ Rub. To infuse the most flavor, this should be done at least an hour before cooking or overnight. Of course, our favorite Rub is HEROIC! by California Gold BBQ Rubs, it is Gluten Free with no added Sugar or Salt. Feel free to use your regular go-to seasoning blend to enhance the flavor. Or make a Rub with 2 Tbsp. each Dry Smoked Paprika and Garlic (Add Brown Sugar if you must). Want to do Cloves? Go For it!

2. Heat Ham for 1- 2 Hours (or until thoroughly heated.)  Soak Wood Chunks or Chips for at least 15-30 minutes. [I prefer Hickory, but you may substitute Apple or Cherry Wood]. Cook Ham with Indirect Smoke using one of the following methods:

For Charcoal Grill– Cook Ham over a Pan of Water. Pile hot Coals on opposite side of Grill. Place 3-4 soaked Wood Chunks on Coals for Indirect Smoking. Close Grill as it fills with Smoke, replace Chunks as needed.

For Gas Grill– Turn burner on one side of the Grill on High. Place 1/2 Cup of Wood Chips in a Foil Pouch or Pan), on High over one side of Grill. Please Ham on tother unheated side of Grill to heat with Indirect Smoke. Replace Wood Chips as needed.

Stovetop Smoking– Heat Ham in Oven (as directed) until warm. Put 1/2 Cup of Dry Wood Chips in a Foil Pouch (or Pan), on bottom of large pot. Then place Ham on top of Rack indirectly over heat (to side). Cover Pot , then heat on High until Wood Chips start to Smoke. Once pot is filled with Smoke, turn off heat and leave Pot covered with Ham for 1/2 Hour, or until smoke dissipates.

3. Glaze, Reheat and Serve. Most Cooked Hams come with a packet of Dry Glaze. In small Sauce Pan, combine Glaze with 1/4 Cup of Water or Orange Juice. Stir until smooth, then mix in 1/4 to 1/2 Cup of your favorite BBQ Sauce. You can also purchase jars of prepared Ham Glaze near the Jelly/Jams section of the grocery store. Between the Glaze and added BBQ Sauce, there is enough sweetness to eliminate the need to add Brown Sugar. However, feel free to add some if you “Gotta Have It!”.

Remove Ham from Grill or Oven, thoroughly apply Glaze with brush to all sides, then return it to heat for about 20 Minutes, or until Glaze clings to Ham and is dry to touch.

BONUS Spiral Ham Serving/Slicing Tips- While holding Ham with 2-Pronged Fork, use a long sharp knife to cut along the side of the bone, for meat to fall off easily. You may also slice Ham into sections for trouble-free serving.

Garnish with a fresh drizzle Orange Juice. Decorate serving plate with Green Herbs (Parsley) and Sliced Orange sections. Enjoy!