Stay Warm Outdoors This Winter

You’ve created an outdoor Home Resort for you to enjoy and relax year-round, but it might be a little too brisk to enjoy a backyard barbecue cookout this time of year. Don’t get frost bite, you should be allowed to enjoy baby back ribs anytime you want! Stay warm outdoors this winter with Cal Flame’s fireplaces and fire pits.

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Create an enjoyable year-round resort by implementing a hearth centerpiece for your family and friends to gather round on those chilly days. Essentially, it is necessary to place your Cal Flame Fireplace or Fire pit in a location that is not susceptible to incremented weather. When installing your new fire piece, pay attention to the direction the wind blows and choose a spot where winds may be blocked.

Same concept applies to grills, if you own a portable grill or thinking about installing a barbecue island, choose a location near the entrance to your home. The easier the access to your kitchen, the easier it will be for your guests to enjoy a barbecue cookout in winter. Remember, you never want to barbecue in an enclosed area, and you never want to place a firepit under a short roof which might cause a fire hazard.firepit-fpt-h401

The very best thing about Cal Flame fireplaces and fire pits is the ability to customize to your liking. First you’ll begin with the size best suitable to your area, then choose from 8 Culture Stone colors and from 5 different Ameristone stucco colors to match your outdoor decor and home. Cal Flame also offers modern stainless steel fire pits that add a touch of elegance to your backyard or patio.

Find the perfect heat feature for your home by visiting www.CalFlameBBQ.com. To find your local showroom, click here for pricing and availability information in your area.

Stay warm this Winter with Cal Flame BBQ!

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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:

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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.

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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All About Fireplaces

With Fall only a few days away, there’s no better way to enhance the look and feel of your backyard experience than with a warm and cozy fireplace. Fireplaces help to create a second living space outside your home instead of within. It provides a warm gathering place for friends and family to sit around and enjoy a nice conversation while enjoying the outdoors. However, there are a few things to take into consideration to have a perfectly placed fireplace outside your home.FRP908 Environment

Placement – Where you put your fireplace has more of an effect than which fireplace you get. Because of their size, fireplaces become a focal point in your backyard make sure to place the fireplace against a wall or corner which won’t take away from other focal points in your backyard or patio.

Codes – Different cities, have different fire codes and regulations. It’s best to decide a placement for your fireplace after familiarizing yourself with your city’s fire codes.

Privacy – Since most fireplaces are enjoyed from the front side only, they are great to use as a “privacy screen” between you and your neighbor. Create an intimate private space by setting matching patio furniture in your backyard around your fireplace.

Wind Direction – Take into account the way the direction blows in your backyard. Use the fireplace as a wind break so create a warmer environment during cooler weather. It will also help the fire stay lit.FRP-906 Environment

Find the perfect fireplace at CalFlameBBQ.com for your backyard this Autumn. We also offer firepits and barbecue grills and islands to enhance your backyard Home Resort. Cal Flame helps you spend more time in the home with family and friends. To find a Cal Flame Dealer near you, click here.FRP910 EnviromentCelebrate the Fall in style with your very own Cal Flame Fireplace!

 

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.

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.

For more information about Cal Flame BBQ products and services, please visit www.CalFlameBBQ.com