Posts Tagged ‘Barbecue’
Owning BBQ Pro Shop has it’s advantages and one of them is sampling tools and spices that help us stay ahead of the game and remain on the cutting edge in BBQ. Yes, I just said “cutting edge” because the Apple “iRevolution” has changed the way we will grill and BBQ forever. JM, host of the World Famous The Celebrity Grill Show is taking his game to another level with an iPhone app that instantly allows you to stay connected.
We absolutely love listening to their podcasts and Gretchen and I have been featured on two of them, CGP #28: “Roundtable – Ceramic Cookers” and CGP #17: “Roundtable – Burgers” so we are big supporters of the show and the medium. The app provides instant access to new Podcasts. No need to download and sync to get access to the latest show. You can stay in touch with JM via Twitter, Facebook, Web Site or email. It also provides support if you should run into issues while on the run. You can star your favorite episodes as well.
If you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and want easy access to the latest in grilling tips and tricks, then this is the App for you! Click Here to learn more and download the app on iTunes. It costs $1.99, supports a great show and keeps you on the cutting edge of all things grilling.
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Tom takes his tweeting pretty seriously and is a big member of the Twitter BBQ Community, I saw all of the chatter about this on Twitter. Didn’t know that he had mad YouTube skillz and was an amateur rapper as well, oh the talent! Thought that I should share with you the man behind Big Butz BBQ Sauce, our newest addition to BBQ Pro Shop. You can follow Big Butz @BigButzBBQ. (Imagine what he might do when he hits 1000?)
UPDATE: Legal Disclaimer from @BigButzBBQ: Small children and pregnant women warning: Could result in deep emotional scarring.
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Cripple Creek Barbeque – The Little Company With a Big Conscience as their web site says, was someone that we stumbled upon while following our BBQ Tweets on Twitter (@BBQPRO). BBQ Pro Shop is working hard to search for rubs and sauces that are not only tough to find, but that are so good and wholesome that you cannot BBQ or Grill without them! When we went to their site, we realized that we needed to taste their products:
Cripple Creek Barbeque started from a love of good barbeque, the actual art of grilling, and the sauces and flavors used to create an unforgettable experience for the palate. Chef John Lynch, in a quest to create foods that aren’t full of sugars, artificial flavors, and chemicals, first created the spice combination that gives CCB its distinct flavor. That combination became the base of the sauces – blended with other all natural ingredients his sauces became rich, deep, and full of flavor. All of our sauces are all natural and contain NO High Fructose Corn Syrup.
That last piece was the kicker for us, we love all natural and organic products and some of the sauces we taste just seem like they are glorified ketchup. Not Cripple Creek Barbeque! First of all, their All Purpose Spice Rub is one of the most aromatic spice rubs I have ever had the pleasure to inhale. It has a fantastic blend of natural herbs and spices and it is not predominantly salt and sugar like some we have tasted. As part of our “BBQ Pro Shop” test we rubbed two chicken breasts and two pork chops with some Cripple Creek Barbeque All Purpose Spice Rub and the result was heavenly. If you like a southwest, chipolte flavor, this is the rub for you. We cannot wait to try them on Baby Back Ribs.
Their Chipolte BBQ Sauce and Original BBQ Sauce is a whole other story, but we will cover that in a future post. All of Cripple Creek Barbeque’s products are now available at BBQ Pro Shop and we have them on special so you can get them on your table!
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Gretchen and I fancy ourselves as BBQ Purists, love the charcoal, we do not make ribs in the oven, we grill more than we cook in our oven and if we can grill it, we grill it. So when Brad Barrett from Grill Grate in Georgia met with Mike Mills and Amy Tunicliffe in NYC back in June, we heard about his product and had to give it a try. Elizabeth Karmel spoke about them in a recent interview and that lit the fire so to speak, to get these on our web site.
Brad shipped us a sample and we put it together and had it on the grill in about five minutes. We were cooking homemade Italian sausages and so we thought we would put it to the test. So we did and the results were spectacular! I have been cooking Poeta’s sausage for at least 25 years, a Highwood Illinois staple and this was by far the most juicy and perfectly cooked I had ever done it. We loved the product so much we placed an order and now carry the GrillGrate Hard Anodized Grill Grate Kit in www.bbqproshop.com.
So what is the idea behind this? Well Gretchen and I have a four burner and six burner Weber Summit 450 and 650 which we are so happy with and have been using for ten years as our go to gas grills. The only issue is that over the years of use, they develop hot spots or areas of the grill that get a lot hotter and cook a lot faster than other parts of the grill. So you are constantly rotating the food, and looking out for the food in the hot spot and rotating in the ones that have not cooked so well.
So the GrillGrate lays over the existing grate system on your grill and conducts the heat over the super conductive Aluminium GrillGrates and gives you an even heat that gets the hottest at the tip of the grate. So you get really professional looking grill marks and because of the raised grate, you can access the food from underneath it and you are not “scraping” the food off the grate with your spatula. In fact, the GrillGrate Hard Anodized Grill Grate Kit includes a spatula called the GrateTool that makes it even easier to flip fish, burgers, chicken, ravioli and even bacon, yes bacon on the grill.
This technology makes burning your meat a thing of the past and helps you to avoid the flare ups from marniades and or greasy and uses that juicy to cook right back into the meat. The panels interlock and extra Grill Grate Panels are sold seperatly so that you can actually cover any grill surface with the grates. You can slide them together or remove them to fit your needs and grill surface size which we loved them. Brad tells me that he has professional teams using them and from the looks of his photo gallery, you can cook just about anything on the grill!