Grilling Must-Knows

Grilling is an art form, it’s a skill that is learned and acquired through practice. If you own a Cal Flame BBQ grill, then you will most likely know the following grilling must-knows to survive the summer season. If you are a new to the grilling world, then follow us this way to simple tips & tricks to get the most out of your grill:

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1. Set up 2 grill zones — one for direct heat, and the other for indirect heat. Use the direct heat to sear meats and veggies, and move them to the cool side to allow the food to finish grilling without overcooking.

2. Leave the lid off for ingredients that cook quickly like shrimp and vegetables and put the lid on for longer-grilling items like poultry and steak.

3. Season burger meat liberally with salt, pepper and canola oil. Allow cheeses to melt completely by closing the lid for a delicious melted cheesy goodness.

4. If you don’t have time to marinate your meats, a dry rub is a quick way to add flavor to grilling. Keep a well stocked spice rack for the kitchen and the grill! Double points!

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5. Keep vegetables whole or in larger sections so they’re easier to manage on the grill and keeps them from falling through the grates. For smaller items, use water-soaked wooden skewers it makes transferring and flipping easier and quicker.

6. Do not open and touch the food too much. Let the grill do it’s job and let is stand a bit before flipping. If you check on the food and it’s sticking a little, it’s not done cooking. Turn the food only once and let the fire be your guide.Premium 4 Burner Grill

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Grill a Little Greener

In recent years, more and more people are becoming aware of the Eco-Friendly Movement. When it comes to grilling, we can choose to grill a little greener to reduce and limit the permanent damage being done to Mother Earth. Between choosing products that reduce the use of natural resources, to being a little smarter when cleaning our grills, it’s really up to us to make a difference.

Though there doesn’t seem to be an obvious eco-friendly choice when it comes to what fuels your grill, there are still a few things you can do to lessen the environmental impact of your weekend barbecue.17_Family Cal Flame_Lg

Follow these simple tips from ChowHound.com on how to grill and be environmentally friendly.

Use Nontoxic Cleaners
It’s best to clean your grill with a heavy-duty grill brush and some elbow grease, but if you’re going to use a spray-on cleaner, go for one that’s nontoxic.

Buy Sustainable Charcoal
If you’re buying lump charcoal, look for brands like Wicked Good, Nature’s Own Chunk Charwood, and the Original Charcoal Company, which are made from sustainably harvested wood. Lazzari also produces a 100 percent mesquite lump charcoal made from prunings, dead and fallen wood, and selectively harvested wood.

If you opt for briquettes, avoid instant-light varieties—they’re soaked in petroleum products—and conventional briquettes that use fillers like coal dust and petroleum binders.

Grill Good Food
What’s on top of your grate is just as important as what’s underneath it. Try to use seasonal, local, and organic produce and meats.

Put Down the Lighter Fluid!
There’s no need to use toxic lighter fluid to ignite charcoal when you can use a chimney starter. They’re simple: Stuff some old newspaper in the bottom, fill the top with charcoal, and light the paper. At around $10 to $15, they’re also cheap. Plus, your food won’t have any off flavors from unburned lighter fluid residue.  You can also make one out of an old coffee can by removing both ends, using a church key bottle opener to cut holes around the bottom rim, placing the chimney on top of your grill, and proceeding with the newspaper, charcoal, and ignition.Food-on-grill-1024x807

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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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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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Spring Showers

Barbecuing is a cultural phenomenon that some people partake in year-round. Unfortunately, it’s the season for sporadic rainfall but after all, Spring showers bring May flowers.

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Don’t let a little rain prevent you from enjoying a delicious meal prepared right off your Cal Flame BBQ. Of course, it probably won’t be smart to take the task of BBQing in heavy torrential rainfall, however light spring rain should be no problem.

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Protect yourself and your BBQ. Try using a large umbrella or a patio to keep yourself and your unit dry. Remember to allow enough free-flowing air to rid of any excesses smoke and carbon monoxide. The last thing you’ll want to do is get lightheaded while cooking over a flame. Also, pay attention to the winds that accompany rainfall, if you have a lighter grill make sure to use weights to keep your unit from toppling over.

Cooking times. If you don’t have an umbrella with you, and prefer to stay warm and comfortable inside, you must remember to constantly check on your meats! Rain is often accompanied by cooler temperatures, which means it’ll take longer for your barbecue to heat up and longer for your meats to cook. Give yourself a little extra time to prepare your meals on a rainy day.

Don’t leave the grill unattended. Beside winds and heavy rainfall, it’s easy to forget you have meats cooking outside on a barbecue. Don’t let your perfect steak burn and ruin your  entire day! Constantly check-up on your grill and food to make sure everything is going smoothly. Don’t forget to use a meat thermometer to check for readiness.

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Are you looking for the perfect BBQ unit to grill on this Spring? Visit Cal Flame BBQ to find the barbecue that was created with you in mind. You can also visit any of our nationwide dealers’ showrooms to see one of these bad boys in the flesh.

Don’t let the spring showers get you down, you can still grill in the rain with Cal Flame BBQ.

BBQ Herb Garden

It is time to plant your very own BBQ Herb Garden! The weather is warming up and spring is here. If you plan to sow your seeds, now is the time. If you want to start from nursery stock, then you have a few more weeks. Planting a barbecue herb garden can be easy and fun.Sound of Music Audio Panel

If you are unsure of digging up a part of your yard for this, then plant in containers. Container gardening offers mobility, easy access and beauty, plus you get more bang for your buck. Most any kind of a container can be used for container gardening. Making sure that the container has good drainage is the most important thing. Different heights, widths and even colors can make the garden interesting. Just be aware that the smaller the container, the faster that the plants will dry out. Another thing to consider is to keep plants that share the same kind of watering, sun and soil preferences together. For instance, rosemary, thyme, sage and basil like to dry out between watering, where as parsley, chive and mint prefer more moisture.waterfront hotel restaurant outdoors phuket thailand

Start by picking a sunny spot, preferably near your grill or kitchen, so the picking is easy. Most herbs need about 6 hours of sun a day, but that means morning sun preferably. The sun during the hottest part of the day will scorch most plants and dry the containers out, so make sure that the plants are shaded during the hottest part of the day. Make sure that the soil used is high quality potting soil that has good drainage. Most herbs are happier when they are not fertilized, but if you feel you must, make sure that they have been watered first. Putting fertilizer on plants that have not been watered will burn the roots and kill the plant.

Pick plants that you find yourself cooking with the most. Basil might be a real favorite to use in the summertime with tomatoes. Rosemary might be an herb that you not only cook with, but like the look and fragrance. There are not many rules in container gardening other than mixing the plants that have common soil, water and sun preferences.Cal Flame BBQ Island with Cabana

There are perennial and annual herbs. The perennial herbs come back year after year. Perennial herbs include Mint, Rosemary, Thyme and Sage. Annuals or biennials last one to two seasons and need to be replanted each season. Annual herbs are Parsley, Dill, Cilantro and Basil. Each has its own value for cooking. Now to the herbs and what herbs you might want in your own container garden….

Read the rest of the article, and see which herbs to plant here: http://bonesuckin.com/Bone-Suckin-BBQ-Garden.html

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Newest in Outdoor Design Trends

Yes, it’s true! A Cal Flame BBQ grill or island can help convert your backyard or patio into a Home Resort experience. But did you know the newest outdoor design trends, combined with Cal Flame’s outdoor patio and hearth products, can help you transform the overall look and feel of your entire home?

Thanks to HGTV, we are updated with the latest trends in backyard design!

Here are 5 ways to transform your backyard or patio into the Home Resort you want!

1.) Low-maintenance gardens, drought-tolerant plants and less turfgrass have become the norm in landscape design. Homeowners now assume sustainable design will be a major part of the plan — both for economic and environmental reasons.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

2.) Blended gardens that incorporate edibles and ornamentals do double duty, giving gardeners a bountiful harvest of fruit, vegetables and herbs and an alternative to turfgrass. Edible gardens also create community as urban farmers share their bounty around the neighborhood.

3.) Post-recession: Over-the-top, showy landscapes are out. Now, homeowners prefer to invest in quality and natural materials. Think about creating a patio for your Cal Flame grill or island made of sustainable materials.GPV3100 Outdoor Kitchen

4/) Thanks to new outdoor fabrics, which are made from acrylic fibers and are fade-resistant and waterproof, homeowners can create permanent living spaces outdoors with comfortable fabrics and furniture.FRP910 Enviroment

5.) One of the ecofriendly elements of the HGTV Green Home 2012 is the barbecue courtyard. The outdoor space replaces the conventional backyard, which would have required major regrading of the site and the construction of retaining walls. Instead of being indoors, think green and be among nature.Cal Flame Outdoor Kitchen

See the rest of the gallery from HGTV, here.

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