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.
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
BACON! Need I say more? The Smoking Bacon & Hog Cookbook bucks the culinary tradition of the big alluring Food Photo cover. Instead, the outside sports a butcher paper theme, with a few small BBQ Pics on the back. However, the inside photos do not disappoint. They boast amazing full page images of some very creative BBQ Dishes. For Example- who would have thought of Pulled Pork Egg Rolls? Or using a “Tortilla” of weaved, Smoked Bacon on a Quesadilla?
Joined by Tim O’Keefe, main Author Bill Gillespie is regularly seen on the National circuit of BBQ Competitions. He has lead his Smokin’ Hoggz BBQ Team to loads of victories, including Championships in both the American Royal and Jack Daniels’ Invitationals. They also offer Smoking’ Hoggz BBQ Sauce for available shipping on their website. As an added personal Bonus, my all-time favorite Food Network Judge- Simon Majumdar- is quoted in the back cover.
The Smoking Bacon and Hog Cookbook is as insightful as it is indulgent. It opens with a discussion of the various breeds of Pigs, and is straight-forward and easy to read. Next, Gillespie offers his take on several types of Smokers, Wood Chunks and Charcoals. Chapters include Recipes for Curing and Smoking Homemade Bacon to Pork Sausages, Side Dishes to Ribs, and even Tips for Cooking a Whole Hog. The final section features Recipes for a nice variety of Seasoning Rubs and BBQ Sauces.
Instructions and Techniques are clear and easy to follow. The level of difficultly is mostly based on Commitment. How much time are you willing to commit to learning Barbecue? For example, the Bacon curing process can take up to 7 days. Smoking Pork Butt or Shoulder can take 12 to 14 Hours. While a 200 lb. Hog can go from 23 to 25 Hours to fully cook. Sometimes you can utilize shortcuts like store bought Bacon and Sausage while keeping the Recipes for inspiration.
Thankfully, we have been given permission to share a couple of my favorites. The Bacon Weave Quesadilla puts Chicken, Cheese and Salsa in-between two layers of Smoked Bacon (I’d suggest also adding Chopped Fresh Cilantro to take it even further over the Border). The Grilled Bacon, Banana and Peanut Butter Sandwich will have both you and (the late) Elvis “All Shook Up”.
[Excerpted from The Smoking Bacon & Hog Cookbook by Bill Gillespie and Tim O’Keefe]
Bacon Weave Quesadilla
What’s a Bacon Weave Quesadilla? It’s a quesadilla with bacon in place of the tortilla shell. Let me repeat that for ya: a quesadilla with bacon in place of the tortilla shell. Think about melty cheese, smoky chicken, chunky salsa and spicy jalapeños melding into the crispy bacon layer. Now let your taste buds be happy!
Serves: 4 • Cook time: approximately 15 minutes
2 Bacon Weaves (page 42), precooked
½ cup (60 g) shredded cheddar cheese
1 lb (455 g) chicken, cooked and sliced about ½ ” (1.3-cm) thick
1 cup (160 g) thinly sliced cooked onion
1 cup (150 g) thinly sliced cooked red and green peppers
½ cup (60 g) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
½ cup (120 g) queso fresco (Mexican cheese)
1 cup (240 g) chunky salsa
¼ cup (60 g) diced jalapeños
1 cup (240 g) sour cream
½ cup (50 g) sliced green onion
Lay out one of the bacon weaves and cover with cheddar cheese. Add the chicken, onion, peppers, Monterey Jack, queso fresco, salsa and jalapeños, then top with the other bacon weave.
Fire up your charcoal grill for two-zone cooking. Fill up a charcoal chimney with hardwood lump charcoal and light it. When flames start coming out of the top of the chimney, the coals are ready. Dump onto one side of the cooker. Keep the other side clear for indirect cooking.
Place the quesadilla on a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil, and then place the foil onto the cooking grates. Cook on the indirect side of the grill for about 10–15 minutes, until the cheese is melted. You may want to spin it 180 degrees after about 5–7 minutes so it will cook evenly. Once the cheese has melted, remove from the grill and let sit for about 5 minutes.
Cut into squares and serve with the sour cream and green onions.
Bacon, Banana and Peanut Butter Sandwich
Elvis has just reentered the building. The King, whose favorite sandwich was banana and peanut butter, would be proud of this one! The crispy bacon adds a hint of crunch to the softness of the sandwich.
Serves: 4 • Cook time: 5–7 minutes
8 pieces thick-cut Texas Toast
1 cup (260 g) all-natural chunky peanut butter (I like Teddie brand)
Set up your charcoal grill for two-zone cooking. Fill up a charcoal chimney with hardwood lump charcoal and light it. When flames start coming out of the top of the chimney, the coals are ready. Dump onto one side of the cooker. Keep the other side clear for indirect cooking. Start heating up a cast-iron skillet.
To assemble the sandwiches, lay out 2 pieces of Texas Toast. Spread ¼ cup (65 g) of peanut butter on one side and about 2 tablespoons (30 g) of pepper jelly on the other side. Slice up 1 banana and place the slices on the peanut butter side of the sandwich. Put 4 pieces of bacon on top of the banana slices. Place the second piece of toast on top, jelly side down. Repeat for the other 3 sandwiches. Spread 1 tablespoon(14 g) of softened butter on each side of the sandwiches.
Place a sandwich in the cast-iron skillet. Cook for about 3 minutes, or until it is a nice golden-brown color. Flip over and do the same for the other side. Depending on the size of your pan, you may be able to cook 2 sandwiches at one time.
When the sandwiches are cooked, cut each in half on the diagonal and serve with a nice glass of ice cold milk!
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
By Chef Mick Brown Courtesy of http://www.BBQCateringConfidential.com (via http://www.BBQRESCUES.com) This was originally written in 2014 for my big “BBQ Made Easy” Cookbook. Much has happened since then. Hopefully, it will help put ‘All Things BBQ” into better perspective for you. Since my Food Network appearance, and with the growing international popularity of BBQ RESCUES!, this is the perfect time […]
Ready for your 4th of July BBQ? Want to learn more about Grilling? You don’t own a Grill? No problem… This BBQ Cooking Workshop is for both Beginners and for those who want to step-up their home Grilling Recipes. Receive hands-on, easy to follow instruction from Chef Mick Brown- Celebrity BBQ Caterer and Grill Master Winner on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen. In less than 4 Hours, food from your Grill will taste more delicious than the average local BBQ Shacks’. Leave Class with Recipes and your own Portable BBQ Grill to use for grilling at Home, in the Park, on the Beach or wherever you’d like.
BBQ Class Topics to Include:
-Gas vs. Charcoal
-Preparing Snacks on the Grill
-Making Better Burgers and Hot Dogs
-All Natural/Organic Grilling*
-Grilling Vegetables/ Vegetarian BBQ
-The Art of Smoking Food
_______________________________________________ Let’s Get Grilling! BBQ RESCUES! Cooking Class with Chef Mick Brown- Saturday, June 25th, 2016- Starts at 10:00 am, ends between 1:00-2:00 pm (depending on number of Participants). Meets at Banyon Tree Professional Kitchen, 9626 W. Venice Bl., Culver City 90232. Public Parking Available around corner at 3846 Cardiff Ave.
*Note- Class involves use of Natural Wood Smoking techniques. Those sensitive to the aroma of Food Smoking may prefer to arrange Private Lessons.
Participants can Purchase (Optional) Portable BBQ Grills for additional $70 at Registration- Now Available at
With over 30 years Grilling Experience, Chef Mick Brown has been teaching Private and Group Grilling Lessons, as well as Catering with Tastee BQ Grilling Co. since 2011. He has done BBQ Classes and Demonstrations from Beverly Hills, to San Diego, to New Orleans. One of his larger BBQ presentations was for the historic Los Angeles Garden Club in the Auditorium at Griffith Park. Sous Chef for a Cooking Class at the New Orleans School of Cooking, Mick has attended Cooking Seminars and classes in Costa Rica, Paris and London.
In May of 2015, he won Grill Master Champion on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen on a 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. As a Blogger, he is Author of “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. He founded California Gold BBQ Rubs in 2013, which now offers Gluten Free, All-Natural HEROIC! BBQ Rub in local retailers and on Amazon.com.
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.
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.
Chef Mick Brown gathering some of the extra Sliced Smoked Chicken to leave for the Hosts.
Even if yourhome 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.
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.
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 Asparagusfrom 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.
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.