Eat Healthy with Cal Flame BBQ Grills

Healthier Cooking Methods: Grilling versus Frying / Nutrition / Healthy Eating
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Cooking methods have a significant impact on the quality of food you consume. Grilling and frying are two popular methods used to cook food. To grill foods, you place them on a wire grid placed under or above a dry heat source. The food is cooked by thermal radiation. It is also referred to as broiling or pan grilling.

Fried foods are usually dipped into a fryer or pan that contains very hot oil or fat. Foods may be deep fried or shallow fried. The high temperatures and high heat conductivity cooks the food. This yields attractive, crispy food with a great aroma. However, the quality of food drops considerably when fried. Many fried foods can be grilled as a healthier alternative.

Disadvantages of Frying

When foods are fried, they absorb a lot of fat. Even if the food was a low fat item, it ends up with a high fat content when fried. When consumed, it increases the blood cholesterol level. High cholesterol levels pose greater risks to health. Arteries get clogged over time. This prevents the smooth flow of blood and increases blood pressure. High cholesterol levels also increase the risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

Higher calorie intake from fried foods results in weight gain. It becomes more difficult to manage a healthy weight program when fried foods are eaten regularly in the diet. Other foods, such as vegetables, loose much of their moisture and easily perishable vitamins when fried. This is because of the extremely high temperatures of the heated oil. Although fried food may be tasty with a great texture, it is harder to digest than grilled foods. This is because of the high amount of fat absorbed by the food as it cooks. Foods with a high fat content exert more pressure on the digestive system and organs. This contributes to disorders of the digestive tract. It also exacerbates conditions such as ulcers and gallstones. A healthier cooking alternative to frying is grilling.

Health Benefits of Grilling

Grilled meats have a reduced fat content. This is because the fat drips off as the food cooks. It results in healthier meals and makes it easier to manage a low fat diet. Grilled foods also have lower calorie content than fried foods. This helps in weight management and keeping fit. Reduced fat intake helps to lower bad cholesterol levels in the blood. Healthy cholesterol levels improve cardiovascular health. Various health conditions such as obesity, stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes become a risk with fried foods.

When you grill your food, it helps to reduce the risk of such diseases. It also ensures that you get more value out of your food. This is because of the shorter cooking time involved when you grill. It results in minimal loss of moisture and vitamins from vegetables. This ensures that as much of the nutritional content is retained in the food when cooked. Healthy cooking contributes to good health and overall wellbeing.

Cal Flame Found 3 Secrets to Perfect BBQ!

Chris Lilly of Big Bob Gibson BBQ and Ray Lampe of Southern Hospitality share
3 Secrets to Perfect BBQ!
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Everyone loves ribs. But most folks have no idea how to cook them at home. So when the National Pork Board invited me to a cooking demo at Rib Fest 2011, I couldn’t refuse. Firing up the charcoal was Chris Lilly of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Alabama, and Ray Lampe of Southern Hospitality here in Manhattan. Both men are legends within the grill game and the stage was set for a serious pork throwdown.

Lilly started out by emphasizing the seductive allure of his ribs. “I could serve you pork ribs six days in a row, Monday through Saturday,” began Lilly in his quintessential southern drawl, “and on the seventh day you’d come in here and guess what you’d ask me for…”

You get the picture.

We had two different racks to choose from. Ray prepared the smaller, leaner Baby Back variety, while Chris grilled up the larger, more indulgent Spare Ribs. Both involve a three step cooking process that anybody can complete on their own grill:

Step 1: Season the rack.

Create your own dry rub starting with even amounts of salt and sugar and adding whatever spices you like. Don’t be shy. Use a charcoal grill whenever possible, wrap your wood chips in foil and place them on the coals. Keep the coals to one side of the grill and the meat on the other for indirect heat. Never cook ribs over direct heat.

*Common Misconception: Rubs should be rubbed in. FALSE: you don’t need to grind seasonings into the meat. As a matter of fact both of our chefs simply sprinkled it on by the handful and moved straight to the grill.

Step 2: Foil the rack

After about two hours (less for the Baby Backs), remove your rack and wrap it in foil. Add a splash of apple juice, Jack Daniel’s or some other refreshing combination to moisten and tenderize the pork. Follow up with more of the rub (both sides, please). Wrap tightly and return to the grill.

Step 3: Sauce/Season and Serve

Give the ribs about 30-60 minutes in the foil. It’s important to note that if you leave the meat in the foil for too long, the added liquid will wash out that smokey flavor you worked so hard to impart in Step 1.  Remove from the foil, add more of your dry rub or homemade BBQ sauce, divide into serving sizes and dig in. A connoisseur will serve Spare Ribs as singles and Baby Backs in pairs.

 

 

Cal Flame Top Gun Gas Grill Review

Top Gun Grill
By Chef Tony Matassa, ShoppersChoice.com, LLC.

The Skinny:
Convection technology means faster cooking time & even heat; innovative glass window lets you watch food cook; rugged cast stainless burners that last; full line of outdoor accessories.

Things To Love:
The first thing that catches our eye is the hood mounted glass window. This lets you monitor your BBQ while it’s cooking, and when you turn on the interior lights it looks really cool. We also like the angled hood design and stylish curved handle which stands out nicely. Cal Flame also has exclusive v-shaped cooking grids and multicolored control lights. Another nice feature is the front splash guard with vent to help keep grease away from controls.

The grill is powered by five, commercial-grade cast stainless burners. Cast stainless is popular on premium gas grills, mostly due to their unyielding strength and ability to radiate extremely high heat. Top Gun also uses Cal Flame’s exclusive convection technology, which uses a fan to circulate hot air evenly throughout the grill (the same technology can be found in many indoor ovens).

A couple of other nice extras include independent ignition on each burner, and any cast burner can be swapped out with an optional searing burner for even more grilling options. (Searing burners are excellent for creating the grill marks that everyone loves.) The grill also includes rotisserie and a built-in smoker box.

Cal Flame produces a complete line of outdoor kitchen products, which is a nice benefit if you’re building an outdoor kitchen and would like to have matching components.
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Things To Consider:
Top Gun has innovative features and good performance, but it doesn’t excel with flare-up control since it uses flavor bars instead of stainless grids to reduce flare-ups. The cast burners offer high temperatures but doesn’t have a wide temperature range when you need to cook at low temps. This grill also doesn’t have a double lined hood, to hold in high heat and protect the hood from discoloration. Even though this grill doesn’t include the searing burner, you can still add it as an option.

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Host a Mother’s Day Barbecue

Host a Mother’s Day barbecue: Recipes, entertaining ideas, a checklist and more

Plan a Mother’s Day barbecue with these great recipe and entertaining ideas for a hearty and delicious backyard repast.

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Consumer Impressed by Cal Flame G4 Grill

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I bought this grill after reading glowing reviews about Cal Flame in a magazine. As soon as I saw the G4 Grill, I was very impressed. This grill is heavy duty and to me, both looks and feels professional and top grade. I swear that this grill is magic because every time I cook on it, my food turns out perfectly. I totally want a whole outdoor kitchen area now and can’t believe how great the G4 is. I’ve also gotten a lot of compliments from friends and neighbors, which is always nice. I definitely plan on buying more Cal Flame items in the future – I don’t think you can beat the quality or value of this grill. Awesome A+++. 

Chelse Murphy, Atlanta, GA

Cal Flame featured on Yard Crashers

Yard Crashers did a wonderful job transforming a Vegas backyard into a beautiful outdoor living space. The outdoor kitchen is equipped with a Cal Flame P4-4 Burner Grill and accessories. 

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Vesta Award Winners Make an Impact at HPBExpo

March 14, 2014 by patiohearthblog

Patio & Hearth Blog features Cal Flame Master Chef Outdoor HPB Island

At this month’s Hearth, Patio, Barbecue Expo (HPBExpo) in Salt Lake City, a number of manufacturers won Vesta Awards for product innovation and product excellence. The Vesta Awards are sponsored by Hearth & Home Magazine. Here is an overview of some of the Vesta Award winners. Congratulations to all.

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The Master Chef Outdoor HPB Island features an illuminating countertop with raised bar seating for up to ten guests to comfortably enjoy a wide range of eye-catching innovations including under counter lighting, a kamado grill and a large open cooking space.   At the center of the island is Cal Flame’s exclusive Four-Burner Convection Grill – built to provide superior heat distribution and designed to reduce grilling times. The Cal Flame Convection Grill provides an 800 square inch cooking surface with (4) 15,000 BTU high powered burners that grill, simmer, and sear your favorite meats to perfection.  Programmable LED lights add ambiance and décor while two cascading waterfalls, a luminous fire pit, and heart warming fireplace provide a calming therapeutic show that is sure to soothe the senses.  www.calspas.com

 

Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Island!

Cal Flame Master Chef Hearth Patio Barbecue Island

Cal Flame Master Chef Hearth Patio Barbecue Island

From entertaining guests to relaxing at home, transforming your backyard and patio into the ultimate home resort destination has never been easier with the Cal Flame Master Chef Outdoor Hearth, Patio, Barbecue Island. You can grill, cook, cool, store, and wow your family and friends with countless hours of relaxation and entertainment.

The Master Chef Outdoor HPB Island is the perfect blend of sophisticated style and innovative design that encompasses the idea – home is where the hearth is.  An illuminating countertop with raised bar seating allows for up to ten guests to sit comfortably and enjoy a wide range of eye-catching innovations.  Programmable LED lights add ambiance and décor while two cascading waterfalls, a luminous fire pit, and heart warming fireplace provide a calming therapeutic show that is sure to soothe the senses.

Under counter lighting and a large open cooking space also compliment the Master Chef giving any culinary enthusiast enough room and tools to prepare their favorite recipes while creating an environment that can be enjoyed by all. At the center of the island is Cal Flame’s exclusive Four-Burner Convection Grill – built to provide superior heat distribution and designed to reduce grilling times. The Cal Flame Convection Grill provides an 800 square inch cooking surface with (4) 15,000 BTU high powered burners that grill, simmer, and sear your favorite meats to perfection.

In addition to a grilling area, the Master Chef also includes an integrated kamado built into the island and accessible from the countertop. The versatile design and shape of the kamado grill make smoking meats and baking breads possible.

A complete beverage center rounds out the island, adding convenience and functionality. Cal Flame’s Stainless Steel Refrigerator and Ice Maker make entertaining guests easy while offering a storage solution for fresh ingredients and an ice solution for preparing exotic drinks and spirits replacing the need to visit your kitchen indoors.

The Master Chef HPB Island is also equipped with a state of the art iPod® dock, four 6” waterproof speakers and a fully integrated sound system that works with any personal Bluetooth® enabled device.

For added convenience, the Master Chef Island also includes a durable Cal Flame 30” Stainless Steel Double Access Door and recessed shelves which provide staging and shelving for condiments, accessories, and tableware.

For more information about the Master Chef Island from Cal Flame, please visit www.calflamebbq.com or follow us on Facebook

A Grill Masters Dream!

The Grand Pavilion Outdoor Kitchen by Cal Flame is every grill master’s dream and completely stocked with everything you need to grill the ultimate meal.
Photo: The Grand Pavilion Outdoor Kitchen by Cal Flame is every grill master's dream and completely stocked with everything you need to grill the ultimate meal.