Floating Cal Flame Installation

The convenience of installing a grill in the backyard is something that you can benefit year-round. Cal Flame BBQ offers stand alone grills, carts and full outdoor kitchens so you may use all square footage of your home. The best thing about Cal Flame grills is the ability to customize them, take this floating Cal Flame grill installation for example:

IMG_1544 Not only does it look beautiful, but it also saves space on the deck.

This grill installation was curated by Mr. Tony Hermanutz, from www.IronTreeSculptures.com, at his Washington mountain side home. Hermanutz, whose artistic element is usually in metal sculptures, decided to take this unique idea and give it a go.

The result? Breathtaking.

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Cal Flame: Were there any problems you were faced with during the installation? How did you overcome them?

Hermanutz: I had to make sure the railing was strong enough for the Cal Flame grill. The railing was mad out of 3/8 wall rectangular tubing and channel iron. I wanted the rain cover to have a low profile but also be strong enough to handle the winds we get up on this Mountain. Not to mention it would be 1,000 foot drop if something went wrong, it took 4 of us to get the grill in place. The rain cover has a pivot so it be let down and cleaned when needed. The custom enclosure is made out of 304 stainless buffed and clear coated. The conversion to Natural Gas was easy. I had Industrial Supply make up a custom ½ inch natural gas hose, not sure if it made a difference but this BBQ heats up faster than I expected from Natural Gas.

Cal Flame: With you artistic eye, what advice would you give a customer looking to implement a barbecue into their backyard? Where would be the best place in a backyard to install a barbecue?

Hermanutz: On the cool/artistic side this BBQ speaks for itself, 304 stainless construction and for me the Cast Stainless burners. Since you should not have to worry about changing out your BBQ every 2 to 4 years because the burners burn out it makes sense to install this in a custom spot. The location can vary depending on the customer needs. But in most cases it should be close to the food prep area, kitchen or if you have the room/money go mac daddy with everything in one location. If you can do that then it can be located anywhere you like. For me the driving force for my design  was my view  from my deck. I wanted the lowest profile possible.

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Gas or Charcoal?

The ever standing questions still stands: Gas or Charcoal? Though either can get the job done, many chefs swear by one or the other. What’s the right cooking technique for you?Cal Flame Outdoor Kitchen

Here are some pros and cons, first for charcoal:

Pros: Most professional cooks prefer charcoal grills. It gives a deeper smoky flavor, and, used properly, it produces a clean heat with a high temperature. Cooking over coals gives a seared crust, and once you’ve got it, you can move the meat to a lower-heat area to finish cooking. Some charcoal grills have a “gas-assist” feature that helps light the charcoal but uses the charcoal for cooking.

Cons: It is time-consuming to light the fire and wait for the coals to burn to the right degree. Like, say, 2-year-old kids, coal fires can be unpredictable and messy to clean. The charcoal may need to be replenished during the cooking process to handle long, slow-barbecued meats.Food-on-grill-1024x807

And now for gas:

Pros: Gas is convenient, easy to use and quick to light, and gas fires have an even heat. Longing for that smoky flavor? You can create it by allowing the juices and fat to drip onto the stones and briefly catch fire (be vigilant watching for a bonfire when cooking chicken with skin on). The fuel supply can be used over and over again and is easy to replace.

Cons: Most gas grills won’t burn as hot as a charcoal grill, although a few high-end gas grills hit the heights of heat. Drippy fat or no, gas doesn’t quite give the level of smoky flavor that charcoal grills do.

Cal Flame BBQ offers additional add-on features to increase the flavor and intensity of your barbecued meats. From rotisserie baskets, to sear zone burners and smoke trays, Cal Flame makes sure that each and every meal grilled on a Cal Flame is the ultimate feast!Charcoal Helper Tray

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New Infinity Outdoor Kitchen

iStock_000025324356_FullCal Flame BBQ, the industry leader in innovative hearth and barbecue products, is pleased to announce the launch of the new Infinity BQ834 Outdoor Kitchen Island. The BQ834 was designed as three (3) individual sections that allow consumers to personalize and design their Outdoor Kitchen to fit their needs and yard capacity.

U shape    The individual sectionals can be placed in a variety of ways to provide ample counter space, a cohesive look and an overall personalized grilling experience. “We want to continue a long‐standing tradition at Cal Flame of providing the most value on each investment made on our products,” said Casey Loyd, President of Cal Flame. “Each Cal Flame customer has a unique need to be met. The new Infinity Outdoor Kitchen gives consumers the ability to arrange their island to what is more convenient for them allowing for a better overall experience.”Right straight
The Infinity BQ834 Outdoor Kitchen configuration is simply altered by maneuvering the sectional units to a shape that best fits each consumer’s backyard space. Each sectional comes complete with a single piece granite countertop which can be placed together for a larger counter space, or can standalone as separate units.BBQ Angle Open
With one (1) 27” storage door, two (2) 18” storage doors and two (2) built‐in shelves, the BQ834 includes all the storage capabilities any outdoor grilling connoisseur will ever need. The Infinity BQ834 is available in 8‐foot or 9‐foot in length, and gives consumers an infinite number of ways to arrange their Outdoor Kitchen.

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So Many Delicious Things!

Well, looks like July came and went really fast this time, didn’t it? The hours of Summer are now slowly drifting away as we welcome August with wide arms and sweater vests. But the grilling fun doesn’t need to stop here, no sir! Many of our favorite vegetables and fruits are in peak season and make a perfect companion to go with our grilled meats!avo4

Thanks to BUZZFEED for providing a handy-dandy list of everything fresh and ready to be devoured this August.

SO MANY DELICIOUS THINGS! Obviously, last-chance summer berries are the perfect excuse to eat dessert twice a day. Also, to drink sangria on the regular.

(This will vary depending on the time of the month and where you live):

– Apricots
– Basil
– Bell Peppers
– Beets
– Blackberries
– Blueberries
– Boysenberries
– Cantaloupe
– Chard
– Cherries
– Corn
– Cucumbers
– Eggplant
– Fennel
– Figs
– Grapes
– Green beans
– Green onions
– Kiwi
– Mangoes
– Melons
– Nectarines
– Okra
– Peaches
– Peas
– Plums
– Raspberries
– Scallions
– Strawberries
– Summer squash
– Tomatillos
– Tomatoes
– Watermelons
– Zucchini

Many vegetables, and even fruits, can be grilled and enjoyed directly from your Cal Flame BBQ Outdoor Kitchen. Crowd favorites include grilled avocados (brush with olive oil, season with salt and place face-down on your grill), eggplant (do I really need to explain this one?), Summer squash (get ’em while they’re hot!), and roasted tomatoes (for your burger, salsas and everything in between).

Get more August Cooking Recipes at Buzzfeed by clicking, here.

For more information about Cal Flame BBQ product and service, and to find a Cal Flame store near you, please visit www.CalFlameBBQ.com.

Orange County Fair

OC-fairIf you are looking for a barbecue grill or island, and if you are in the Southern California area, stop by the Orange County Fair and visit our stand to save big on Cal Flame products! We have tons of products on display, including full-sized outdoor kitchens and barbecue islands, and stand-alone grills.

Summer is not over yet! Stop by the OC Fair and shop Cal Flame!waterfront hotel restaurant outdoors phuket thailand

Make sure to visit www.CalFlameBBQ.com for more information and to find a dealer near you!

Kamado Smoker Grilling

There isn’t much difference in cooking with a Kamado than with a traditional grill, however it is something you must accustom to before feeling comfortable. Kamados are capable of holding low temperatures for extended periods of time, which is excellent for slow cooking, which might cause a learning curve. Kamado smoker grills also provide the flexibility to achieve a variety of cooking styles, it’s up to the grill master to choose 1742236_444266102392466_324367846_n

Kamados naturally produce a natural convection effect, perfect for grilling and even baking, although it may take a little longer to enjoy your barbecue food, the end result will be well worth the wait. With that being said, here is my favorite brisket recipe you could use to your advantage on your kamado thanks to www.bbqguys.com.

SMOKED BRISKET

INGREDIENTS

    • 5-7 lb. beef brisket
    • 3-4 cups wood chunks or chips
    • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 T. dried rosemary
    • 2 T. garlic powder
    • 2 T. turbinado sugar
    • 2 T. paprika
    • 2 T. cayenne pepper
    • 1 T. dried oregano
    • 1 T. dried thyme
    • 2 T. kosher salt
    • 2 T. fresh cracked black pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. After trimming the fat layer down on the brisket to about 1/4 inch and removing any large membranes or “silverskin”, rub generously with olive oil and rub in your spice blend with the backs of your hands (this is more fun than it sounds).
  2. Next double wrap your brisket tightly with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, but preferably over night.
  3. While waiting, soak your wood chips and set up your grill or smoker for indirect cooking.
  4. When ready, remove brisket from refrigerator and place straight on a 225°F degree grill, fat side down.
  5. If spraying your brisket, blend the apple cider and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz every 2-3 hours.
  6. Your brisket will take between 1 1/4 – 2 hours per pound, depending on many different factors. With that said, insert an internal temperature probe into the thickest section of meat on your brisket at around 1 1/4 hours per pound of actual cooking time and begin to monitor.
  7. When your brisket reaches an internal temperature of 180°F, remove and double wrap with heavy duty aluminum foil; followed by wrapping tightly with a clean towel or newspaper.
  8. Now place the whole package inside of a cooler. When the internal temperature reaches 190°F, you are ready to un-wrap one of the best tasting cuts of beef you have ever had.

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Kamado Smoker Grill

By popular demand, Cal Flame BBQ, leading barbecue and hearth manufacturer, announces the launch of Kamado Smoker Grill as part of a new line products being offered in 2015.10948837_417414951749894_233735330_n

“The launch of the Kamado Smoker Grill is a new direction for the Cal Flame brand. Kamado grills bring on traditional cooking styles that I am sure expert barbecue enthusiasts will enjoy experimenting with,” said Casey Loyd, President of Cal Flame. “Our loyal customers will be impressed by the Kamado’s flexibility to achieve different cooking techniques. I am sure the Kamado is going to be a great success!”

Made from heavy ceramic material, the Kamado Smoker Grill allows for excellent heat retention and features a fireproof fabric seal to maintain heat within the vessel. Desired temperature can be achieved and maintained by precise control of airflow via the top and bottom vents. The Cal Flame Kamado Smoker can be used to grill, smoke and even bake your favorite dishes year-round. 1742236_444266102392466_324367846_n

Ceramic grills have been used by civilizations for over 4,000 years. This traditional form of cooking allows meats to remain moist and juicy, the shape of the dome kamado allows for different forms of cooking styles to be achieved through the airflow vents located on the unit.

The interior layer retains the heat inside the Kamado. Heat is absorbed and refracted within the firebox located on the bottom of the smoker. Perfect for slow and cool smoking, it doesn’t require constant fire tending, unlike traditional smokers. The Kamado cooks food thoroughly without drying it out, leaving it moist with full, smoky flavor.Kamado Grill Enviroment

The Cal Flame Kamado Smoker is now available to the Cal Flame dealer network and will be a stunning addition to any dealer showroom.  Consumers are encouraged to visit a local Cal Flame BBQ dealer for purchase information. For additional information about Cal Flame products visit, www.calflamebbq.com.

Fourth of July Cookout

Okay everyone, this is it: the biggest barbecue day of the YEAR! While some of us might be preoccupied wondering what the headliner on their plate will be at this year’s Fourth of July Cookout, and others have made up their mind after wrapping up last year’s feast. But this isn’t about the main dish, oh no ladies and gentleman, contrary to popular belief the delicacies are only a portion of what makes a cookout a real EVENT. It’s really all about coming together on a warm evening to celebrate with friends, family and food. Here are some Independence Day-inspired activities you could share with family at this year’s Fourth of July Cookout!4th of julyFourth of July is, for the most part, a warm day/evening, cool off with some water activities that the entire family can join in on. Water balloons are a fun, and cost-effective way to cool down while waiting for the food to be ready. Hot Potato is an all time favorite.

For dessert, host a watermelon eating contest. Whoever wins gets first-pick on fireworks or an extra sparkler. How about having a ring-toss game with glowsticks? Stake down some sticks upright and toss glowstick necklaces, and see how many you can make in.

When your Fourth of July get together begins to wind down, get in a last sugar rush with some tabletop s’mores. Place a foil cover inside small terracotta pots, drop-in some charcoal and let the sparks keep flying.Al-La-Cart-Deluxe-medium

Of course, these are only a few of the many activities that can supplement your enjoyment this Fourth of July. For the ultimate Fourth of July Cookout experience, why not get a Cal Flame BBQ Outdoor Kitchen? The ultimate customizable BBQ Island that will cater to each one of your needs Make sure to visit www.CalFlameBBQ.com to shop through our extensive BBQ Island selection.

 

 

 

 

Stay Cool with Cal Flame BBQ

Your backyard patio is your very own personal sanctuary where you can sit back, relax and unwind after a long day at work. It’s important to set a relaxing space for yourself that YOU and YOUR family can enjoy, personalize your outdoor living space. Stay Cool with Cal Flame BBQ this summer!FRP-906 Environment

Cal Flame offers a variety of outdoor patio and hearth accessories to enhance your backyard experience this summer. Whether you are looking for an outdoor kitchen, big or small, or want to add a focal point to your patio, Cal Flame has something to make your backyard more enjoyable.

Add a lounge area to your outdoor room. Use accent pieces to match your outdoor decor by creating a seating area set around a Cal Flame firepit or fire place. Cal Flame outdoor fireplaces add a sense of enchantment, magic, and nostalgia to any backyard or garden. Homeowners will enjoy the beauty and dynamics that a fireplace brings to their Home Resort while guests will appreciate the year-round nighttime entertainment. These Cal Flame fire fixture will be a source of elegance and entertainment for years to come. FRP910 Enviroment

Cal Flame Firepits can be customized with your choice of Ameristone Stucco in 5 different colors, 8 beautiful Cultured Stone Styles, and accent trim with Porcelain Tile or Natural stone Tile. Also available on selected models: LED lighting, multi-setting light show or simply program to your favorite single color. FPT-R1050S

Cal Flame BBQ is known for it’s amazing fully loaded outdoor kitchens. From the inside out, the quality construction is undeniable. Each BBQ Island begins with a sturdy metal frame constructed from commercial-grade 16-Gauge Galvanized Steel. The island is then dressed in Hardibacker ceramic tile backer board for added durability and moisture resistance. Additionally, your outdoor kitchen is finished in the material of your choice and fitted with the cooking equipment you selected. Best of all, with premium electronic options to choose from, you can build a complete entertainment center outdoors!Cal Flame Outdoor Kitchen

For more information about Cal Flame BBQ products and to locate a dealer near you, please visit www.CalFlameBBQ.com.

June Gloom Summer Kickoff

The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and June Gloom is in full swing. What better way to kickoff Summer than with a June Gloom Summer barbecue?grill-a-la-cart-series

It seems although burgers might be the unpopular option this Summer during your big backyard barbecue. Ground beef prices in April rose to a record $4.23 a pound, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as beef prices have risen 14 months in a row, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Just five years ago, hamburger prices were almost half that, at $2.36 a pound. Americans spent about $298 per person on beef in 2014, and $170 on pork, according to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the highest dollar amounts in 25 years.Cal Flame Outdoor Kitchen

The good thing, however, is that pork prices have fallen the lowest in nearly five years, and half of what they were a year ago. Bacon and its beloved smoky taste have become ubiquitous, popping up in foods like all-bacon burgers, bacon-flavored milkshakes and even bacon-topped maple and chocolate doughnuts.

This year, why not grill something new? Try the following recipe at your outdoor barbecue:

Caribbean-Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Peach Salsa Recipe

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Grill: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

3/4 cup chopped peeled fresh peaches
1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon Caribbean jerk seasoning
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 pork tenderloin (1 pound)

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the first nine ingredients; set aside. In another small bowl, combine the oil, brown sugar, jerk seasoning, thyme, rosemary and seasoned salt. Rub over pork.
  2. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 9-11 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 145°. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with salsa. Yield: 4 servings (1-1/3 cups salsa).

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