Outdoor Living with Cal Flame

Extending your living space to the great outdoors is a simple way to take advantage of the entire square footage of your home. Instead of being “domesticated” Americans, there is a growing trend of making the backyard more comfortable to enjoy a paleolithic gathering.  GPV3032-Medium

According to HPBA, Americans have always “lived” outdoors, but the concept of Outdoor Living is a relatively new and rapidly growing lifestyle phenomenon. What is Outdoor Living? It no longer means just a few folding chairs, a picnic table, and a hibachi. It means bringing all the comforts of indoor living to the outdoors.

The mainstays of an outdoor room are:

  1. an appliance to cook;
  2. a dining table and chairs to sit and eat;
  3. a hearth product to extend the season.

Today’s consumers have an incredible selection of products to make Outdoor Living one of the most pleasurable aspects of owning a home.12143333_751258724985997_5222259300474666428_n

Cal Flame offers an entire line of grills and outdoor kitchens to enjoy a meal in the great outdoors. There is also a wide selection of outdoor fireplaces and firepits for a warm gathering at dusk.

For more information about Cal Flame, please visit the Cal Flame Website where you’ll be able to shop for the highest quality hearth and outdoor living products. Find a Cal Flame retail store near you to make the most out of your outdoor living.

Courtesy of HPBA. Read full article: http://www.hpba.org/consumers/outdoor-living 

Tips for Grilling in Winter

Cal Flame wants to ensure that you enjoy grilling all year long, including Winter! In some areas of the United States, extreme weather conditions can make grilling outdoors more difficult. Follow these tips for grilling in winter:

1.  Cal Flame Grills are Built to Last
The porcelain-enamel is glass fused to high-quality steel, and it is baked on at an estimated 1700 degrees Fahrenheit.  This superior quality that means that your grill will hold in heat well during the colder weather, and keep you grilling through the winter. Cal Flame BBQ grills are built to last and have been rigorously tested for performance. 

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2.  Cover Your Grill
Cal Flame BBQ Grill Covers are a must-have not only during the colder winter months to protect your grill from snow, but also during summer and fall to keep your grill scratch free and debris free. During the winter, your grill may be covered in snow so we suggest dusting snow off with a shovel.

3.  Keep it Charged
It’s a good idea to keep an extra tank of gas next to your grill for extra power. During the colder winter months it will take more gas to keep your grill hot how you want it. Having an extra tank will keep your grill going and prevent the need for returning to the store.grill-a-la-cart-series

4. Don’t Open Your Grill 
It is cold outside, opening your grill will reduce your grill’s temperature and extend your cooking time. Instead of peaking inside your grill to check on your food, get your grill to the desired temperature, set your meat, set your timer and close the lid. Keep the lid closed! Once your timer goes off, check on your meat.

5.  Stay Warm, Stay Safe
Make sure to keep yourself protected. Wear your protective grilling gloves and warm gear to protect yourself from extreme weather conditions. A Cal Flame outdoor fireplace or firepit also makes a great addition to your patio. 12143333_751258724985997_5222259300474666428_n

Cal Flame has a grill or outdoor kitchen perfect for your backyard or patio. Find it here: www.CalFlameBBQ.com 

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

Find a local certified Cal Flame BBQ dealer near you, click here.

Enjoy Patio Season

When cooler nights begin to creep in, it’s a sign that Patio Season is coming to an end. However, an outdoor fireplace and/or firepit is a great way to enjoy patio season for much longer than the allotted 5-6 months given to enjoy the great outdoors. Adding a fire, whether place or pit, is a rather inexpensive way to create a warm gathering space outside. According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are now the most requested design features of yards.FPT-R1050S

Before implementing a hearth product as such to your backyard, it’s important to note the following safety, liability and legal considerations:

It’s important to check with your homeowner insurance policy to make sure it allows for outdoor fires. Check your local fire ordinances for guidelines to avoid potential fines for noncompliance. Rules state that no permit is required for recreational firepits less than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height, but they must also be 25 ft. away from any structure and 10 feet away from burnable material.12143333_751258724985997_5222259300474666428_n

The end of summer brings with it the end of enjoyment from summer activities. Relaxing outside does not need to be one of them. Create a glowing focal point with an outdoor fireplace or fire pit, and add year-round enjoyment to your deck, patio or porch.

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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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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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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.

For more information about Cal Flame, please visit www.CalFlameBBQ.com. To find a local show event near you, please visit our Events Page, here.11899961_724344621010741_508641457261436673_n

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.