If you are reading this, you are probably among the growing number of Americans who are trying to take better care of themselves, which includes increasing exercise and eating a bit healthier, This can also include Grilling BBQ with Leaner Meats, Seafood and adding plenty of Veggies at every meal. For Halloween we thought it is the perfect time to do a Recipe introducing Spirulina. No it’s nothing scary, but a delicious superfood supplement said to be the most “Nutrient Dense Food On the Planet”. Give it a try and see what you think.
Smoky Grilled Shrimp and Lobster Cocktail
For each 1 LB Jumbo Shrimp ( 16-20 or Larger Recommended). Can be served as Appetizer or Entree. Make a separate Veggie Only Plate if Vegetarian on Non-Shell Fish Eaters are expected. For Full Vegetarian Version, use Vegan Sauces, Fresh Horseradish and add more Hearty Veggies like Grilled Carrots, Parsnips, Beets,
1 LB Large Raw Shrimp
2-4 Raw Lobster Tails
Herb & Spice BBQ Rub or Grill Seasoning
Fresh Ground Pepper
Pink Himalayan Salt
3 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Dill
2 Large-Medium Purple Potatoes
2 Large-Medium Sweet Potatoes
3 Stalks Celery
2 Large Lemons
Fat Free Greek Dressing (Optional)
BBQ Cocktail Sauce
1 Cup BBQ Sauce
1/4 Cup Creamed Horseradish
2 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
Glowing Green Tarter Sauce
1 Cup Tarter Sauce (Lowfat Ok)
2 Tbsp Fresh Chopped Dill
1 Tbsp Spiralina Powder
Shrimp & Lobster
1. Clean and Marinate Shrimp and Lobster in 2-4 Tbsp BBQ, Salt, Pepper, 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice and 3 Tbsp Fresh Chopped Dill. Then place on Skewers on flat sides. Grill in Smoker 6-8 Minutes per Side until they turn white.
2. May wrap Potatoes in plastic and precook microwave for 5 minutes to make easier to cut and Grill faster. Slice into 1-1/2”- 2” Slices. Season with BBQ Seasoning, Salt, Pepper and optional Fat Free Greek Dressing. Grill on Smoker for 10 Minutes per side, until tender. Then cut on long side Slices into 1-1/2” Dipping Strips.
3. Grill Lemons in 2” Slices and marinate cleaned Celery Stalks. Grill them whole for 3-4 Minutes per side. Want to add Char but not cook them soft. Cut Celery into Sticks after removing from Grill.
4. Add all Ingredients for each Red and Green Sauce in separate Bowls. Whip each into blended smooth, with solid colors.
5. Place bowls in center of large Platter, Give a final squeeze of fresh Lemon Juice and garish each bowl with Grilled Lemon Wedges. Add a few Shrimp around the rim of each Bowl. Garlnsh with alternately colored Veggie Sicks and Half Moon Slices of Grilled Lemons.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN & Enjoy!
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“You say you want a Revolution? Well, you know. We all want to change the World. …You say you got a real Solution? Well, you know. We’d all love to see the Plan… ” [From Song “Revolution” by The Beatles]
There is no question that Ribs are America’s #1 Favorite BBQ Meat of Choice. Our thumbs remain Way Up(!) to Grill Masters everywhere- for the time you regularly spend to carefully Season, Marinate and Smoke Pork Ribs to Perfection every day. Our Fathers, their Fathers and thousands of Grill Masters for generations have invested their hearts to make Amazing Ribs more enjoyable every time. We’d never hope, nor expect traditional BBQ Ribs to go away anytime soon.
As a Hollywood BBQ Caterer and Private Grilling Instructor, it’s no secret that many Home Grillers can’t come close to making the mighty Ribs we get at America’s top rated BBQ Joints or the succulent Ribs we see on TV’s “BBQ Pitmasters”. So many of you are stuck with reheating the shrink wrapped, pre-cooked, pre-seasoned Ribs we find in most Grocery Meat Departments.
I have to give credit for this Recipe’s inspiration to two recent Private Grilling Clients. One in Pasadena- Greg (A Disney Sr. VP of Finance)- was the first to ever convince me teach him my Secrets to Ribs. As part of our Lesson we went shopping and picked up a rack of Ribs for him to marinate overnight, and then smoke the next Day. As an experiment, we also bought a small Pork Loin to see if giving it the same seasoning and smoking the Strips quickly would actually taste like real Ribs.
We followed the Recipe below, and they came out tasting so good, that Greg wondered aloud why we go through so much trouble with Full Racks. We served the RibLets poolside to his Family and they quickly disappeared.
The next time I made the Recipe was a fluke. I was doing a second Grilling Lesson with Blake Mycoskie (of Tom’s Shoes and Toms Foundation) in his famous Malibu Treehouse Estate. The original plan was to make Beef Ribs on his new Smoker, but while shopping, they were nowhere to be found. Instead, I offered to show him this new Quick Pork Ribs Recipe, and see it if would remind him of Bone-In Ribs. We served them to his wife and son. Once again, they couldn’t believe that the taste rivaled Slow Cooked Ribs.
In June I finally had the courage to try the Boneless Ribs recipe at a Sample Tasting for the high powered Board of one of Hollywood’s top Celebrity Financial Consulting Companies. They raved about the Ribs, but chose a different Caterer this time around. However, their reaction gave me the confidence to to try making them for a bigger group.
So during recent a trip to the Midwest, I served the Recipe at a large Family Reunion in Indiana, and at a private BBQ RESCUES! Foundation #GYMM Benefit, hosted at the home of my sister Marcia and her Husband Lorenzo. The Ribs were a hit at both functions. In the past, I’ve had to give Marcia credit for first getting me interested in learning the best ways to Smoke Foods. Now she earns Bonus Points for teaching me a Shortcut for Grilled Sweet Potatoes [Microwave for 5-7 Minutes before cutting]. Thanks Sis!
From there, we recruited True Made Foods and Rubbin’ Right Rubs to sponsor a cooking video- “Quick Low-Fat Smoked BBQ Ribs and Grilled Sweet Potato Fries” for the BBQ RESCUES! Foundation, Inc. To date the Video has over 28,000 Views and dozens of Shares on Facebook. Though their brands are used in the video, you are encouraged to try this Recipe at home with your favorite Dry Rub Seasoning, BBQ, and Dipping Sauces. Link below are some Recipes ideas for your own Homemade Rubs.
I am not strong at Math, but by my calculations, there are still Millions of BBQ Lovers who have yet to hear of this Quick, Delicious Low-Fat Alternative to traditional Bone-In Ribs. I strongly encourage you to try this Recipe at home. Share them with Family and Friends. Also, please share your #BBQLowFatBonelessRibs Photos with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, etc… We’d love to see (and hear) how yours turn out at Home. Until next time: Eat and Be Well.
Without further ado, here’s our Recipe for:
Quick Low-Fat Boneless Smoked BBQ Ribs
Marbled Boneless Pork Roast (Can be Shoulder, Roast, etc. Loin may be too lean)
BBQ Dry Rub
Salt and Pepper (to taste)
Wooden or Metal Skewers
Hickory Wood Chips or Chunks (depending on your Grill)
Slice Pork into 1 1/2- 2″ Inch Strips (cut against grain as much as possible.
Marinate Pork in Dry Rub, Worcestershire Sauce and Salt/Pepper to taste
Carefully Skewer through Center of Meat as much as Possible, co it stays in Contact on Grill.
Place Ribs 2″ Inches apart on Sheet of Foil (roll up edges to hold juice)
Set up your Grill for Indirect Smoking using right technique fir Grill (link)
Smoke Ribs in Low Heat for 20 Minutes, flipping halfway through to get Smoke on both sides.
Baste in Foil with BBQ Sauce on both Sides, then quickly char each side on hot side of Grill to sear in juices.
If using Wooden Skewers, you makerwant to trim off ends for a more Finger licking Rib Experience.
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 #GYMM Program, that 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.org.
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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:
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
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)
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
Thin Aluminum Pot w/Lid or Foil Pan
Bowl for Mixing/Serving
Grilled Popcorn Cooking Directions
Heat Gas, Charcoal or Electric Grill to Medium High
Mix Popcorn and Oil in Pot (or Pan) plus Sprinkle of Pink Salt, to taste
Arrange Kernel into single layer at bottom of Pan and cover tightly with sheet of Foil
Secure Top of Pan with Lid or tightly cover with Foil (to hold in air and catch popping corns)
Heat Pan directly over heat for 8-10 Minutes, shake when corn starts to pop
Remove Pan from heat once hearing popping slow down to less than 1 per 3 seconds
Make Foil Cup to melt Butter over heat (or use small Grill Safe container)
Optional- Mix 2 Tsp Dry Seasoning into Butter before drizzling into Popcorn. Sprinkle reserved Seasoning and Salt to taste. Mix Well and Enjoy!
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
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
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.