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To Shed It For Life- Keep Your Goals in the Forefront of Your Mind

By Larry Bertrand

Courtesy of http://www.BBQRESCUES.com/ShedItForLife

I am officially going into my second week of the BBQ RESCUES! “Get Fit Challenge”. Now the crazy part is that I began my challenge right before the National BBQ and Grilling Association’s (NBBQA) I Am BBQ 2017 Conference. Not only that, but also right before my 30th birthday celebration in Las Vegas. However, I kept my diet in mind and stuck to it to the best of my ability- even in Vegas. I passed up the Pizza and Hamburgers and ordered Salads, Chicken, Grilled Steak, Steamed Vegetables, and various Fruits- and I still enjoyed every bite of it. I believe the trick is to still eat things you enjoy but add Fruits and Veggies to it.

#getfitchallenge #sheditforlife #bbqrescues #chefmickbrown #LarryB
Larry B filming the #GYMM BBQ Charity event hosted by Chef Mick Brown of BBQ RESCUES! in Houston in late April, 2017.

Of course when you cut back on Gluten and Dairy products you start being tempted with Cream Cheese Bagels, Donuts, Pizza, and other foods that are going off of your diet. The first thing to remember in getting started is to stay strong. Keep your goals and your reasons for entering into your challenge in the forefront of your mind. Keep those people who are encouraging you close for motivation. Most importantly, at meals try to get yourself so full of fruits and veggies so you barely have room for the unhealthy food items.
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For me personally when I was getting started I went to the gym my very first day to work out. Now I was out of shape and haven’t worked out in a long time. So as I was working out I talked to myself and motivated myself by keep saying “You got this!”  or “Ok one more time!”. Even when my phone died and I was unable to listen to my music as I worked out, I still kept going saying to myself “I’m in here so I can’t stop.”
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#getfitchallenge #bbqrescues #sheditforlife #harvestorganicgrille #houston
Salad and Mixed Grilled Meats and Veggie plate at Harvest Organic Grille in Houston, TX.

When getting started on your get fit challenge- make a list of fitness goals you wish to accomplish. If your goal is to lose weight then imagine your ideal size. Imagine yourself being able to go to the store and purchase clothes in that size. Imagine how good you will look in those clothes. If your goal is to tone up and gain abs imagine yourself walking along the beach in your bathing suit. Make up in your mind that you are going to achieve your goals no matter what. And everyday of your challenge remember you are one day closer to your goal of Shedding it For Life. Best of Luck!

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As an Assistant Director for the new BBQ RESCUES! Foundation, Larry Bertrand has recently joined the #GetFitChallenge to become more healthy and to inspire others to join him in getting fit as well. He is founder of Our Children Our Future (OCOF) and has received local Awards from the Cities of Houston and Baytown because of work he has done with Non-Profit Organizations. Larry B also practices Criminal law in the Texas area. He hopes to promote healthy eating to inner city youth by showing them that BBQ Grilling is not only delicious, but also can be nutritious. Larry B would like to invite those who have Fitness Goals to join him in the BBQ RESCUES! Get Fit Challenge. Also, anyone who is interested in sponsoring the Get Fit Challenge can reach him via email at LarryB@BBQRescues.com. Please include your contact information and Larry would reach out to you directly to go over sponsorship opportunities. Or use Contact Form:

#GYMM=GIFT Your McFastFood Money

#GYMM #HoustonTX #GiftYourMcFastFoodMoney

[HOUSTON]- Some of the smartest Teens in Texas will be donating a portion of their Fast Food money to Charity, in order to chow down on some Gourmet BBQ.  This coming Sunday March 26, the Houston, TX. Chapters of Our Children Our Future (OCOF) and Great Inspirations For Teens (GIFT) will present “#GYMM- GIFT Your McFastFood Money. The event will feature Chef Mick Brown, Host of BBQ RESCUES! TV and a Grill Master Champion of Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen”. He was also seen on last year’s season finale of “Vanderpump Rules” ( Bravo TV) catering the Barbecue Engagement Party . Celeb couple Katie Maloney and Tom Schwartz held their cookout at the famous Villa Rosa estate of “Housewives of Beverly Hills’”, Lisa Vanderpump.

The Houston event starts on Sunday afternoon with a BBQ Bootcamp, where the Chef Mick will teach a select group of Teen Volunteers how to set up for a Food Fundraiser. Then Guests will arrive at 4:00pm to taste the Menu prepared by the Teens. There will also be a Cooking Demonstration by Chef Mick to show families how to prepare the Recipes at home, for a fraction of what they would spend at the Drive Thru.

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Chef Mick Brown on the set of Bravo TV’s  Vanderpump Rules at Lisa Vanderpump’s Villa Rosa Estate.

Guests must RSVP and are encouraged to “Pay What You Can”. Proceeds will benefit OCOF’s efforts to curb youth violence and offer productive alternative activities, like Sunday’s event. A relatively new organization, GIFT’s focus has been organizing holiday toy drives for underprivileged youths. They also encourage teens to actively participate in helping the community.

#GYMM- Gift Your McFastFood Money will take place on Sunday March 26, at 4:00pm. The location will be at 16755 Ella Blvd. #216. Guests should RSVP by calling (832) 583-6263. There is also Online Registration available on the BBQ RESCUES! Website: http://www.BBQRescues.com.

Media should contact Larry Bertrand at (832) 583-OCOF (6263).

ONLINE RESERVATION FORM- #GYMM BBQ BENEFIT HOUSTON March 26, 2017- 4:00pm

How to Host a BBQ Food Fundraiser

by Chef Mick Brown

Courtesy of http://www.BBQRescues.com

Did you know that a small portion of the cash that you spend every week on Fast Food could make a big difference in your Community? The Netherlands just had an 81% Voter Turn Out! That’s a huge number for any group of people to participate in anything. Could you imagine if only 20% of the what we spent in the McDrive Thru went to our favorite Causes? What if you invested 50% of the Eating budget into your biggest asset- Your Good Health? What does this have to do with BBQ? Or Food Event Fundraising? Read on.

First, let me Thank the National Barbecue and Grilling Association (NBBQA) for inviting BBQ RESCUES! to cover their Annual “I Am BBQ” Conference in Fort Worth, TX from March 29th thru April 1st, 2017. The Conference is open to the Public in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. You can attend individual events, or buy an Annual Membership (starting at $50), which includes Discounts and other awesome Goodies all year long. There will also be Educational Seminars for anyone who may be thinking about starting a BBQ related Business. They will cover topics from Budgeting, Menu Planning to “How Do You Waygu?”

#ChefMickBrown #BBQ #SantaMonicaPolice #Department
Chef Mick Brown helping serve lunch to 500 people at the Santa Monica Police Dept. 120th Birthday BBQ in 2016.

For those around the rest of the country, BBQ RESCUES! will try to share as many Tips as possible. I also am honored to have been invited to headline a Children’s Charity benefit BBQ Cookout in Houston, TX. on Sunday March 26th, 2017. This will be the first run of a new program where we will travel the country teaching BBQ Food Fundraiser Bootcamps to Charities, Schools, and other worthy Organizations. The first part will be teaching Recipes and Fo0d Safety Tips to Volunteers. Then invited Guests will arrive later to dine on the foods we prepare as they receive a Cooking Demo on how to prepare the dishes at home.

Here are BBQ RESCUES!’ 7 Tips for How to Prepare a Charity Food Fundraiser:

1. Check Local Laws regarding Food Fundraising Events. One time, Non-Profit events usually do not require paying for the permit, but may still need to register the responsible Certified Food Professional involved and required Proof of Insurance. Laws may vary depending on whether food is served privately to invited Guests, or advertised and sold to the General Public. Some Jurisdictions also make distinctions between Baked Goods, Prepared Ready to Eat Products, and serving Potentially Hazardous Foods.

2. Set Date, Time, Budget and locate an appropriate Venue. Once again, most jurisdictions simply require the supervision of a Food Professional and Potable Hands Washing facilities. So consider whether you need to rent a Church or Commercial Kitchen venue or can do it in the Park and in a volunteer’s Backyard.

3. Plan to keep the Menu Simple, the simpler the better. For Meals- it is good to have Vegetarian, Gluten Free, as well as Meat Options to appeal to the widest pool of possible Participants. [Some jurisdictions require filing HAACP* procedures for each Menu Item.]

4. Pre-Planning is Crucial. Whether you meet by Phone, Skype, In Person or stay in contact via Email, it is important to think through each step of the Event, and assign who is responsible for completing it. First timers, be careful of piling too many tasks on one person. Good Intentions are not enough when it comes to Serving Food Safely.  Try to prepare all Volunteers well in advance, so everyone is not starting from scratch getting instructions during event. It is always helpful to prepare detailed Itinerary .

5.Day of Event- Start Early. Do not underestimate how much time it will take to get from Preparing All Food, Doing Set-Up and Coordinating Event Staff prior to receiving Visitors. Remember you always want to bring your “A” Game, when it comes to serving Delicious Food. Most potentially Hazardous Pre-prepared Foods have a 4 Hour Window to be held and served at proper temperatures.

6. Try to Have Fun! Nothing stresses Customers out more than seeing frantic, disorganized conflicts going on with the Cooking Staff. That is why people are regularly walking on the TV Show- Hell’s Kitchen. Everyone is at the Event to support your Charity so make sure they have a Good Time. They will request you to do it again and again, and you will see your Following grow, along with your Club Finances.

7. GOOD LUCK!

#ChefMickBrown #bbqcatering #cateringlosangeles
Don’t forget to add plenty of Grilled Veggies to the Menu, to help balance off some of the Meats. Pictured: Chef Mick Brown grilling Corporate Lunch in Griffith Park, Los Angeles.

Join us for a special Sunday Night BBQ Cookout to benefit Great Inspirations For Teens (GIFT) and Our Children Our Future (OCOF) of Houston, Texas. The event, “GIFT us Your McFastFood Money (#GYMM) will be held on Sunday March 26th, 2017 at 4pm, will feature a Dinner prepared by the Teens with the help of visiting Chef Mick Brown- Host of BBQ RESCUES TV. They promise a delicious and nutritious Menu on a Pay-What-You-Can basis. Also, we will demonstrate how your family can make the Meal at home, for a half of what you’d normally spend on Fast Food.

To RSVP Contact (832) 583-OCOF (6263) or Fill Out Online Registration at:

https://bbqrescues.com/2017/03/22/gymmgift-your-mcfastfood-money/

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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 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 like Childhood Obesity, Diabetes as well as other important Causes. Email- Mick@BBQRESCUES.com

LINKS

How Much Americans Spend on Fast Food- https://www.reference.com/food/much-money-americans-spend-fast-food-597cd336a3c818fb

National Barbecue and Grilling Association “I Am BBQ” Conference 2017-  https://www.iambbq2017.com/

*Hazardous Analysis Critical Control Points (Serving Food Safely- FDA) https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/HACCP/

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You Can Still Win Free Tickets to Super Bowl LI

Courtesy of http://www.BBQRESCUES.com

#bbqrescues #ribs #superbowl

 

The Big Game is coming up in less than 10 Days. Believe it or not, there are still ways to get your butt into Free Seats in Houston a week from Sunday. We have done all the busy work for you, weeded out the scams, so let’s get right to it. Share this post with all Fans of Football, the Falcons, Patriots, Lady Gaga, Free Stuff or ???.

Here are Links to the Top 12 Super Bowl Related Contests You Can Still Win. They are Organized by Deadline Dates.  Good Luck!

Deadline Sunday January 29th

Braven’s Ticket Touchdown Sweepstakes

Grand Prize- 2 Tickets to Super Bowl plus $800 Airfare Credit

To Enter- Submit Email Address & Like Braven on Facebook (optional)

https://www.braven.com/ticket-touchdown-giveaway

Deadline January 30th

Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl Sweepstakes

Grand Prize- 2 Tickets to Super Bowl, plus $1000 for 2 Night Hotel, $1000 towards Airfare

To Enter- Fill Out brief Online Contact Form, answering a couple of Questions.

http://tickets.atlantafalcons.com/falconssuperbowlsweeps/

Deadline Tuesday January 31st

Big Game Huge Flavor Giant Fiesta

Sponsored by Mission Foods and Best Buy

Grand Prize- $10,000 ($5000 Visa /$5000 Best Buy Gift Cards

First Prize (3 total)- $2500 Best Buy Gift Cards

To Enter- Submit Form with your email

http://missionbiggamefiesta.com

Deadline Wednesday Feb. 1st

One More Patriots VIP Experience Sweepstakes

Also Sponsored by Jet Blue

Grand Prize- 2 Super Bowl Tickets, Roundtrip Airfare, 3 Night Hotel & $200 Patriots ProShop Gift Certificates

To Enter- Submit Form with your email, mention your heard about Sweepstakes from BBQRESCUES.com

http://www.patriots.com/onemore

Super Bowl Charity Raffle

Sponsored by New England Patriots Charitable Foundation

Grand Prizes:

-2 Tickets to Super Bowl LI

-2 Plane Tickets to Houston on Private Team Charter

-2 Official Patriots Postgame Extravaganza Passes

-2 Tailgate Party Passes

-Transportation for 2 in Houstion

-Official Patriots and Super Bowl LI Gifts

To Enter- Purchase Raffle Tickets for $10 Dollar Online

http://special.patriots.com/offers/index.cfm?UUID=NEPCFPatriotsVIPSuperBowlRaffleGA25721012017

TailgateUS.com- Various Sponsors

Grand Prize-  5 Day/4 Night accommodations in a Houston Four-Star Hotel during Super Bowl. [Note Hotel Only, no Game Tix.]

To Enter- Submit Form and Pick your Team to Win

http://www.tailgateus.com/Tailgating_Superbowl_Contests_Entries.html

#bbqrescues #superbowl #free #tickets

There’s Always Next Year…

Deadline Saturday February 4th

Proctor and Gamble Scent of Victory Sweepstakes

Grand Prize- 4 Day Trip with 2 Tickets to Super Bowl LII in 2018 in Minneapolis, Airfare and Hotel

Runners Up- 500 “Instant Prizes”- A Free Drawstring Bag

To Enter- Special Purchases at Walgreens or Duane Reade Stores. Submit Form with your email and basic info. May enter by Mail No Purchase Necessary.

https://www.scentofvictorysweeps.com/pages/registration.php

Deadline Sunday February 5th

Cricket Wireless- ESPN Bucket List 2017

Grand Prize- $20,000 Credit towards Your “Bucket List” Sporting Event, plus Smartphone and a year’s service from Cricket Wireless. (Value $21,489)

1st Prizes (3 Total)- Samsung Galaxy S & Smartphone and 1 year’s service from Cricket Wireless.

2nd Prizes (10 Total)- A Basketball Autographed by Jalen Rose (Value $500)

To Enter- Submit Form with your email and basic info. Also, may enter with Scan Card from participating Cricket Wireess Events.

https://www.cricketsweepstakes.com/ESPNBucketlist17

Deadline Monday February 6th

Duda Foods- Dip It 2 Win It Sweepstakes

Grand Prize- Trip for 2 to 2018 Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, including Hotel & Travel

Runners Up (10 Total)- $100 Amazon.com Gift Certificates

To Enter- Fill Out brief Online Contact Form, answering a couple of Questions.

http://info.dudafresh.com/dipit2winit

Deadline Wednesday February 8th

Tabasco Game Changer Sweepstakes and Contest

Grand Prize- $17.000 Trip to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, Hotel, Travel plus $3000 to pay Taxes on Prize

1st Place Prizes (10 Total)- Tabasco Prize Pack worth over $125.00

To Enter- Post Photos of Game Day Recipes using Tabasco on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (no limit)

http://www.tabasco.com/mcilhenny-company/coupons-promotions/tabasco-game-changer-contest/

Deadline February 29th

Sabra Super Bowl Sweepstakes

Grand Prize- 4 Day Trip to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, Air, Hotel and Transportation (Value $6000)

To Enter: Submit Form with your name and email.

http://sabra.com/superbowl/

Deadline March 5th

Applebee’s All In To Win Sweepstakes & Instant Win Game

Also Sponsored by Pepsi-Cola Company

Grand Prize- Trip for 2 to Super Bowl LII 2018 in Minneapolis, Air, 2 Night Hotel & $500 Spending Cash

Instant First Prizes (Total 12)- 2 Tickets to Winner’s Choice of any Professional Sporting Event in 2017

Instant Second Prizes (Total 18,132)- Free Applebee’s Gift Cards valued at $11.02.

To Enter- Complete Text or Phone Entry or call 1-800 Number.

http://therulespage.com/AllInPepsi

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Credits/ Thanks to:

The Balance.com (Source of Contests Year Round)- https://www.thebalance.com/super-bowl-sweepstakes-887119

Sweepstakes Advantage- Directory of Sweepstakes and Contests http://www.sweepsadvantage.com/Super-Bowl-Sweepstakes.html

UltraContest.com Sweepstakes Specialist site http://www.ultracontest.com