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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Barbecue Hacks

Barbecues call for family and friends to gather in the backyard to eat, laugh, and catch up with one another. Although barbecues are a great American classic pass time, they can sometimes be dreading. Between cleaning up, preparing food and getting ready to host a gathering, we can use all the help we could get. Follow these barbecue hacks to ensure your next barbecue is a success.Food-on-grill-1024x807

1.) Ice Cube Burgers – Keep your burgers moist by adding a single ice cube inside the burger meat to grill your burgers to perfection. To keep the ice cube from melting before cooking, make sure to add the ice cube right before placing on the grill.

2.) Smoking Herbs – Not exactly what it sounds like! Add fresh rosemary over hot coals to add a unique flavor to your meats. Smoked rosemary also serves as a natural mosquito repellent.

3.) Cooler Heater – Use a separate cooler to keep your meats hot! Meats should be kept at least at 140 for safety reasons, but also nothing beats enjoying a hot, fresh meal!

4,) Black Eggs – Use an empty egg carton filled with charcoal to help you start your barbecue fire.

5.) Clean Your Grill  – If you don’t have time to scrub your grill down, use a half sliced onion to wipe down your grill. The acidity of an onion and the ridges can loosen up caked on grime and will add a delicious flavor to your grilled foods.

6.) Write Orders with Ketchup – Write your order on the inside of your bun with ketchup so you make sure you get your burger done the right way! Your way!

7.) 6-pack – Use an empty six-pack beer carrier to carry condiments around. Not only will it organize your condiments, but also make it easier to carry them around.

8.) Double Your Fun – Using two skewers instead of one when cooking smaller foods will keep the food from rotating when it’s time to flip. It also ensures even cooking.

9.) Check Your Fuel – Heat water to a boil, tilt your propane tank to the side and pour lightly over the side. This will help you find your propane tank levels, where the tank stays cooler is how much propane you have left.

10.) Lying on a Bed of Lemons – Infuse and keep fish from sticking to the grill by cooking your fish over a bed of lemon slices. Top with garlic and butter, and vuala.Kamado Grill Enviroment

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