#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.



#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.


#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.


#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.


October 2017

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


#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.


#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.


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.


#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.


#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.



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.


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


#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.


#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.


Stay Tuned For Exciting 2018 Updates!

Grilling Turkey with “Bobby Flay’s BBQ Addiction”- 5 Tips To Improve Your Holiday Dinner

by Chef Mick Brown


Let’s talk Turkey.  I am someone who has been a fan/follower of Chef Bobby Flay ever since his 1990’s show Grillin’ and Chillin’ with Jack McDavid. I have long admired Bobby Flay’s impressive culinary skills- on and off the Grill. Most recently, I enjoyed viewing the “Give Thanks for Barbecue” episode of Bobby Flay’s BBQ Addiction where he made Cajun Turkey Two Ways. Filmed in 2011, the Food Network is showing it again for this year’s Holidays. While most of the episode is incredibly informative, allow me to add a few things to help make your Holiday Turkey even better.

Long before winning the title of Grill Master on the Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen, I have blogged Easy Grilling and BBQ Recipes for years. With all due respect, I’d like to add a different perspective, to help some of you avoid “Holiday Dinner Disasters”.  Bobby Flay’s BBQ Addiction is seen by millions of viewers, so surely much of the material is scripted. Hopefully, Bobby Flay will agree that a few things could be explained a little more.


1. A Word on Spices. Bobby’s Cajon Rub combination is excellent. However, spicy food isn’t necessarily a part of traditional Creole/Cajun Cooking. Hot Cayenne Pepper and Spicy Chilis were introduced to New Orleans cooking in the 1980’s by (the late great) Chef Paul Prudhomme. Which is fine. For home cooks that are sensitive to spicy food (like me), the Rub without hot spices will still be delicious, and boast Cajun flavor.

2. Make Brine with Less Salt. Bobby’s original Recipe calls for 1 + 1/2 Cups of Kosher Salt for a 24 Hour brining period. For families on a Diabetic or Low Salt Diet, your Turkeys can be brined with a lot less Salt by using a combination of Low/No Salt Chicken Broth, Orange Juice, Apple Cider and/or Water to brine your Turkey for the first 24 Hours. It will still come out tender and juicy.

3. Dry Season for the Next 24 Hours. On the “Give Thanks for Barbecue” episode Bobby suggests a second 24 Hour drying period with the Naked Turkeys out from the Brine. Then he re-seasons the Turkeys with BBQ Rub on the outside only, right before putting them on the Grills. I suggest that instead, you add the additional BBQ Rub coating a day in advance. The flavors will really penetrate the meat during this second 24 Hour period. Also, be sure to season the Turkey top and bottom, as well as inside the cavity. Some people also stuff it with fresh Parsley, Thyme and/or Skin-on sliced Oranges or Lemons to flavor it from the inside-out. Others also add Dry Seasoning and Herbs underneath the skin to marinate for the 24 Hours.

4. Use Smoke to Add a Delicious Dimension of Flavor. A big “Thumbs Up” to Bobby for showing us such a great variety of Grills on the “Give Thanks for Barbecue” episode. The one he calls a “China Box” is popularly made by the brand La Caja China (guess they weren’t a paid sponsor). Also- Green Egg, Gas Grill, Weber Kettle, Open Flame Cooktop and Santa Maria Style Grills are employed during the show. That should cover what most of us have at home.  For Smoking, you should add Hickory Wood Chunks to the Charcoal on all Grills. See Smoking on Gas or Charcoal Grills for more info. Note- the China Grill will need special instructions (Link below.)

5. Finally, Allow for Extra Cooking Time. On the episode, Bobby cooks two 13 lb. Turkeys in only 2 Hours and 15 Minutes. You at home may be cooking Turkeys up to 20 to 25 lbs, which will take considerably more time. The key is to use an embedded Grill Safe or Instant Read Thermometer. Also be ready to replenish the hot Coals as many times as needed. Before taking the Turkey off the Grill to rest, be sure the Breast temperature is at least 165-175 degrees.

Thanks again Bobby Flay for teaching us so much about Cooking over the years. Though I have not seen an official poll, I would bet that he has appeared on more food shows than any Chef since Julia Childs. Keep up the great work Bobby!  To everyone Grilling/Smoking Turkey this year,  I wish you the happiest and most delicious Holidays ever. Also have an awesome New Year!


Chef Mick Brown is a Food Blogger/Purveyor based in Los Angeles, with over 30 years BBQ and Grilling experience. Aside from Catering, 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. He is also author of web serial blog “The Adventures of Tastee BQ.” and career blog BBQ Catering Confidential. He recently appeared on the Food Network for “Grill or Be Grilled” a special BBQ Edition of Cutthroat Kitchen where he won the Champion Title of Grill Master. His episode is now available on iTunes. Email- Mick@TasteeBQ.com 


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