Healthy Grilling

Millions of Americans promise themselves on January 1st to live a much happier and healthier lifestyle in the New Year. Most of those New Year’s resolutions involve either becoming wealthier or losing weight. Though, wealth is contingent on several other factors, did you know an efficient grill is an effective way to help you achieve your fitness goals? As a rule of thumb, weight loss is generally 75 percent diet and 25 percent exercise. Which means, its more important to watch what you put in your body than what you do to your body. waterfront hotel restaurant outdoors phuket thailand

Unlike cooking on a conventional stove top, grilling gives you the versatility to cook with more flavors while excess fat drips right off. Additionally, choose lean meats to cook to reduce fat intake, or trim any skin or visible fat to reduce fat. Marinade meats before cooking to transform recipes into a flavorful dish ready to be enjoyed. Some favorite marinade ingredients include wines, vinegars, lemon or lime juice, low-sodium soy sauce, honey, garlic, onions, herbs, and spices. Grills can also be used to cook vegetables and fruits to prepare healthy and delicious side dishes.

Meal Preparation – Instead of having a cookout for a single day, have a cookout for the week and retain your meals in containers to be enjoyed throughout the week. This way you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious homemade meal that can be reheated and consumed at your convenience. This will save you money and will save you the extra calories by practicing portion control.avo4

Cal Flame BBQ also offers convection grills that allow you to bake your favorite meats  and vegetables without any extra calories. Find the prefect grill for your home today at www.CalFlameBBQ.com. Make your resolution and keep it this year, with Cal Flame and healthy home grilling.

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Grilling Thanksgiving Day Turkey

The big day is upon us, Thanksgiving is only a few short days away. Many of us may have tucked our grills away from the remainder of the year, but there are some true barbecue enthusiasts who insist on grilling their Thanksgiving Turkey!

Grilling a turkey doesn’t sound too bad, right? I mean, a chicken is a bird, a turkey is a bird, there aren’t many differences, right? Wrong! how-to-grill-a-turkey

Beside being much larger than a chicken, whole turkey must be paid close attention to while grilling (you only get one shot a year to make this scrumptious perfection).Kamado Grill Enviroment

Butterball has got the perfect step-by-step guide on how to grill a Turkey on a Charcoal and Gas Grill this Thanksgiving:

OUTDOOR CHARCOAL GRILLING

Charcoal grilling can give you an amazing flavor when you use the right technique. For tasty results use these instructions:

  • Prepare charcoal-covered grill by removing cooking grate and opening all vents.
  • Position drip pan in center of charcoal grate and place 25 to 30 briquettes along each side (lengthwise) of drip pan. Burn briquettes until covered with gray ash, about 30 minutes. Place cooking grate in grill over coals.
  • Prepare fresh or thawed turkey by removing giblets and neck, draining juices and patting dry with clean paper towels.
  • Turn wings back to hold neck skin in place and tuck legs. Brush or spray entire turkey with cooking or vegetable oil.
  • Place turkey, breast up, on cooking grate over drip pan. Cover grill, leaving vents open.
  • Add 6 to 8 briquettes to each side every 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Using meat thermometer, cook turkey to internal temperature of 180° F in thigh and 170° F in breast.
  • 10 to 16 lb. turkeys will take 2 to 3 hours to grill. When done, remove and let stand for 15 minutes before carving.

For the gas grill directions, click here.

To give the gift of a perfect grill this season, shop Cal Flame BBQ to find grills, island, firepits and fireplaces to extend your outdoor living space.Food on grill

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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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Grilling Orange

The season of orange is here. No, not the fruit, the color! Leaves change to different shades, pumpkins grow and, of course, pumpkin spice! This sort of fascination with the color not only gets us ready for the holiday season, but it also brings back memories of Autumns past. Why not incorporate the color orange into you home grilling this Fall?Food-on-grill-1024x807

Fine Cooking has a delicious Honey-Glazed Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Peach Skewers recipe ready to enjoy on your Cal Flame barbecue grill. Check it out below:051111071-01-chicken-peach-sweet-potato-kebabs-recipe_xlg

Juicy chunks of chicken, sweet potatoes, peaches, and onions are grilled with a sweet-tart glaze, then sprinkled with crunchy grilled spiced pecans. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 medium sweet potato (about 3/4 lb.), peeled and cut into sixteen 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbs. honey
  • 2 Tbs. canola oil; more for the grill
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 16 pieces
  • 4 small ripe but firm peaches, quartered and pitted (about 1-1/2 lb.)
  • 1/2 small sweet onion, cut into 1-1/2-inch chunks, layers separated (about 4 oz.)
  • 1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2  tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2  tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Directions: Prepare a medium gas or charcoal grill fire. Soak eight 12-inch wooden skewers in water.

In a 4-quart saucepan fitted with a steamer basket, bring 1 inch of water to a boil over high heat. Steam the sweet potatoes until nearly cooked but still a bit firm, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the heat; cool slightly.

Put the vinegar, 1/2 cup of the honey, 1 Tbs. of the oil, 2 tsp. salt, and 3/4 tsp. pepper in a 3-quart saucepan. Simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until reduced to 2/3 cup, 13 to 15 minutes. (The glaze should brush on easily but be thick enough to coat the chicken. If it’s too thick, add a few drops of hot water.) Meanwhile, thread the onion, chicken, sweet potato, and peach onto the soaked skewers.

Reserve half the glaze. Brush the skewers with the remaining half of the glaze. Thoroughly oil the grill grate. Arrange the skewers on one side of the grill grate and grill, covered, until well marked on one side, 4 to 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, toss the pecans in a small bowl with the remaining 1 Tbs. honey and 1 Tbs. oil, the cumin, pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 tsp. salt, and a pinch of pepper. Put a large piece of foil on the other side of the grill and scatter the nuts on the foil. Flip the skewers. Grill until the chicken is cooked through and the nuts are bubbling, 3 to 5 minutes more. (Keep a close eye on the nuts; stir if they threaten to burn.) Transfer the skewers to a serving platter, brush with the reserved glaze, and sprinkle with the pecans.

Delicious!

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Win tickets to LA County Fair!

It’s that time of year again, the LA County Fair is back in town from Friday, Sept. 4 – Sept. 27, 2015. Win a Family 4-pack of tickets to the Los Angeles County Fair from your friends at Cal Flame and join in on the MIND BLOWING FUN!Untitled-1

 

“Like Us” on Facebook, and enter to win, now through Sept. 8th to enjoy thrills and chills on the luscious Pomona Fairplex where you can find just about anything deep-fried. Enjoy thrilling carnival rides and watch pigs go snout-to-snout at the famous pig races.

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4 Winners will be chosen on Sept. 8th and tickets will be mailed out to winners once mailing addresses have been confirmed. Only one (1) Family 4-Pack of tickets per household.

Don’t forget to visit the huge Cal Spas and Cal Flame booth and say “Hello!” and check out our DEEP discounts. The LA County Fair is your only opportunity to buy-direct from the manufacturer and save big dough on the barbecue island you have always wanted.

The LA County Fair is open on Select Days and runs through Sept. 27th. Visit www.LACountyFair.com for more information.

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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.

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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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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.