Sunday, 17 August 2014

Corn on the cob on the BBQ

Today I was shopping at a local farmers market and saw some fresh corn on the cobs. So I decided to get some to grill on the BBQ. Nothing better than fresh corn on the cob on the BBQ. These are actually quite easy to grill and the results are amazing.


Directions:

To grill these you first have to soak your corn in the cob with its husk still on in water for about one hour! This lets it require its necessary moisture it needs to grill perfectly;


Meanwhile you want to prep your BBQ and pre-heat it to a temp of 325 to 350 degrees;




Now that the corn on the cob has been soaking for one hour it’s time to place them on the BBQ and you want to cook them for approximately 25 minutes and you want to turn them one quarter turn every 5 minutes;

Turn them 1/4 turn every 5 minutes or so

When they have been grilling for about 20 minutes cut a little slit in one of the husk to check the corn for readiness if ready remove from grill (until kernels are tender when pierce with a knife);

Almost ready to take off the grill
 now ready and time to do the cut to ensure they are fully cook
Cut a slit in the corn husk with knife to ensure the corn inside is tender

Now you want to cut the corn the upset end of the hairy end approximately up 1 inch. Then grab the corn from the hairy end and carefully shake the corn out of the husk. They are now ready to serve them the way you prefer.

 cut opposite end from the hairy end
 Grab from the hairy end and shake out

I personally like to coat them with a light coating of butter, with a sprinkle of salt, smoked paprika and fresh grind black pepper.

Also a good friend of mine Chef Dean from a Winter Grilling Group I belong suggested this Mexican style topping which will definitely make your pallet dance!


  • Brush them with Mayo;
  • Then sprinkle them with Chili powder, Cumin, Paprika, Cayenne Powder and Parm;
  • Now squeeze some fresh Lime Juice after topping.
Thanks Dean for sharing this osom Mexican topping for corn! 

Bonne appetite and happy grilling!



Monday, 4 August 2014

Bella’s Mini Sweet Peppers and Mushrooms on the grill.

Well this weekend I decided to grill some sweet mini peppers and mushrooms on the BBQ! These are quite easy to grill. You just have to remember that mushrooms cook’s a lot quicker than pepper. I will use my cast iron Craycort grill to cook them. Let’s get grilling shall we!

Ingredients:

Bella’s Mini Sweet Peppers
Fresh ground black pepper
Club House Lagrille vegetable rub
Olive Oil



Direction:

1. Cut your mushrooms in half-length wise;

2. Cut your Bella Mini Sweet Peppers in four length wise;


3. Coat your vegetable with a light coat of olive oil using brush;


4. Sprinkle fresh ground pepper on the vegetable and some Club House Lagrille Vegetable rub to taste;


5. Now place vegetable in fridge for 45 minutes to let the flavors absorb in the vegetables;

6. Pre-heat BBQ and grates to 375 Degrees;


7. Lightly coat the Craycort cast iron grates with canola oil;


8. Cook vegetable for 15 too 25 minutes or to taste but turn them at least ounce during the cooking process. The mushrooms cooks very quickly so keep eye on them.





Enjoy and Happy Grilling!

Sunday, 3 August 2014

BBQING with kids and how to get them involved

I am a firm believer that BBQing should involve everyone. This is why I am a big supporter of teaching my daughter and son the art of grilling.  By doing so it builds good lasting memories, lasting bond and teaches them how to expend there culinary horizons outdoor to the grill. Furthermore it teaches them to respect and love good food a lot more and the process of prepping, making it, and the clean up after! Kids these days rather play on their electronics devices this is why it’s key to get them involved since memories aren't created in front of the TV.


There’s nothing better than spending quality time bonding with your family and children. Life is so short so why not appreciate and make the most of it while you still can. This is why I keep saying get them out and involved with you every time you fire up your grill!


When teaching them how to BBQ be sure to take age into consideration. For young children you can get them to mix ingredients, form burger patties, brush meat with sauces, etc.., you can get them easily interested in grilling by getting their own apron, and grilling tools.


With older children teaches them how to safely light the grill, the danger of hot grills, and how to properly extinguish, or turn off the grill. Also don’t forget to teach them proper food prep safety and very importantly how to take proper temp reading of meats to ensure they are fully cooked. Also ensure you teach them how to use a fire extinguisher in-case emergency ever arise near the grill. 


Don’t forget to teach them on how to follow recipes and how think outside the box when creating a unique meals. Get them involved in creating their own recipes or get them to inspire you with recipes ideals. You might be surprise of the food and excellent flavors that usually turns out from this. 


Here's some easy things to start them on the grills are Hot dogs, Sausages, Hamburgers, Corn on the cob, etc..,

Happy Grilling! :)

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Garbage Can BBQ

While on vacation at the Lagace family reunion I saw a pretty unique way of BBQING! Two relative Daniel and Michel came up with the genius way of using garbage cans to cook Turkey, Chicken, and Pork. They call there cooker the Garbage Can BBQ! J


These are quite simple and cheap to make and very efficient believe it or not!


What you do is well a metal ring around the opening of garbage can about 4” in width all around. Then well a 3 inch high wall of steel around it. You can also cut the bottom of an old steel drum to do this. All you would have to do is cut the hole the size of garbage can.  


Next you build a 1/4 thick metal disc that fits in the center and weld a metal piece with hole drill in the center which will hold a rotisserie bar and fork vertical in place. You can also use a deep socket as the rotisserie holder. 



To use the garbage can BBQ you put your me on the Rotisserie rod then place the rod with meat vertically on the metal plate with rod.

Then you place garbage can on top and fill the ring with pre-light brickette charcoal from your lighting chimney. 


Before cooking with food do a few burns to ensure no zink is left from the galvanized steel. (since zink melts at lower temps!) In cold condition I recommend also putting some charcoal on top of the garbage can. When using this BBQ I recommend using the maverick ET-732 to monitor the temp of meat and of the Garbage Can BBQ.

Enjoy and happy grilling! :)





Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Tips to prevent the dangers of BBQ Brush Bristle

Tip: Don't use plastic wire brush to clean BBQ grill. when plastic is heated it expends and bristles fall out posing serious health hazard.
When done brushing grill always run a rag quickly on the grill to ensure no wire bristles are left.
I recommend using good quality wooden BBQ brush or The Grillion which uses onions to clean the grill 

Here's a news article of someone that almost died from this recently!


"CALGARY - A Red Deer, Alta., woman had to undergo two surgeries and spend a week in hospital after wire from a cheap barbecue grill brush ended up in her food and lodged in her throat.

Kim Schellenberg wants other people to be aware of the potential hazard,

"It's not something that ever crossed our minds," Schellenberg said. "It went from just this thing caught in my throat to the ability to kill you, that's when they decided to go in from the outside."

Schellenberg now has a four-inch scar on her throat.

The wire bristle attached itself to a hamburger and before Schellenberg knew what was happening, it was too late.

She tried to get the bristle out herself but the pain was too much, so she asked to be taken to the hospital.

Problem was Red Deer no longer has an ear nose and throat specialist so they had to go to Calgary.

By the time they reached the hospital the wire had worked its way further down Schellenberg's throat.

After hours of surgery followed by more X- rays, doctors made an incision on Schellenberg's throat and went in from the outside looking for the wire.

They never found it and Schellenberg was hospitalized for five days while being monitored. The fear was the wire could puncture her bowel or cause other complications.

Experts warn that the cheap brushes can break during cleaning, leaving sharp pieces of wire stuck to the grill.

Schellenberg Googled "barbecue bristles" and discovered it's not the first time this has happened. There was a case last June in Montreal and in 2012 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning in the United States after six cases in the state of Rhode Island."
Source: Youtube
This is the second case of this I came across in the pass couple of weeks.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Grilling breakfast during Power Outage

Well today I woke up with no power due to the tropical storm Arthur. With no power I decided to cook breakfast on the BBQ. No storm will stop me from grilling lol! I decided to use my Kamado Joe cooker instead of the propane grill because the high wind would constantly knock out the flames.


I was quite impress how easy the Kamado Joe was to light in the high wind condition. To make my breakfast I decided to use the Kettle-Q griddle since I could cook multiple eggs and ash browns on it at ounce. It was a real challenge to put spices on the breakfast while I was grilling. The wind gust of 110km/h was a challenge and half. The wind blew away my spice bottle a few times and even blew one of my plate away. But with a little determination, speed and a juggling act I managed to cook my breakfast on the grill in this storm. Griller won Arthur lost J






Happy Grilling!



Monday, 30 June 2014

Kick Ash Basket Review

Well this month I got the opportunity to try and test the Kick Ash Basket which is a basket design to allow you to shake the ashes out of your fire box and to allow your charcoal to breathe easier.  I am real excited in trying this new innovative product that make prepping and lighting the grill a lot easier.  Before we start this review I would like to thanks Chad for providing me a sample of their product to make this review possible. Let’s get this review started shall we!



If you follow lots of ceramic cookers blogs, forums, etc.., you will find that lots of folks out there have been complaining that ceramic cooker fire grate doesn't allow enough air flow for high temp cooks. Well I am kind on the fence on that one but I did experience that issue before but it was the result of dirty cooker (too much ash between the fire box and base or too many small pieces of lumps). Later in this review will put the Kick Ash Basket to the test to actually see if it actually helps the grill in obtaining desired temp faster by providing more air flow.

I received the Kick Ash Basket via USPS and it was very well packaged as you can see in the pictures bellow!





Here’s the story how the Kick Ash Basket was born (info from there website):

“After 10 amazing years with my Weber Genesis gas grill, I bought my Grill Dome Kamado Style charcoal grill in 2009. I was an instant convert to charcoal: I immediately fell in love with cooking over the hot and flavorful coals, and used my grill several times a week.  However, I learned some lessons the hard way. If you have too much smoke rolling for your first chicken, your family will not fall in love with your over-smoked blackened cooking style!  Plus, several times within the first couple months, I had a hard time getting a fire started. After trying different levels of charcoal in the cooker, I talked to my buddy at the local BBQ shop. He told me that I needed to make sure I cleared out all of the ash so the leftover charcoal could breathe.
With that advice (and my background in "gotta make things better," a.k.a. engineering), I wondered why I couldn't put some kind of perforated bucket or basket in the bottom of the grill to hold the charcoal. That way I could just lift the whole batch of cold charcoal and shake the ash out. This would help the remaining charcoal breathe and make starting the fire a lot quicker and easier. I searched the Internet for a charcoal basket to purchase, but found none. So I decided to build my own.

I made the first basket from 16-gauge expanded metal, coat hanger wire, and some amateur welding. It worked awesome and I used that basket for well over a year, cooking two to three times per week. I showed this idea to a couple of buddies who had Big Green Egg charcoal grills and they immediately said, "That's a great idea! When can I get one?!"

And that's how the Kick Ash Basket was born!”

Features of the Kick Ash Basket

They are made of 8 gauge (.162”) and 11 gauge (.1205”) Raw American Steal C1008 Bright Basic Wire;

The metal as a melting temp of 2500 degrees F which is way beyond what you will achieve in your ceramic cookers;

They are built to last;

It comes in two different sizes:

The KAB-14 fits in the Large Big Green Egg and any grill that will hold a basket with dimensions of 9" Bottom Diameter, 14" Top Diameter , 4-1/4" Deep and is 448 cubic inches;

The KAB-15 fits in the 18" Kamado Joe, Saffire Grill and Smoker, Large Vision Ceramic Grill, any grill that will hold a basket with dimensions of 9" bottom diameter, 15" top diameter, 4-1/4" Deep and is 490 cubic inches;

The spacing between the grill section of the basket varies between ~1/4" to 3/8";

It makes it real easy to remove the ashes on the remaining lump charcoal before each cook;

Its design provides more airflow allowing the lump charcoal to breath better;

It’s made in the USA

Top View

Side View

View from underneath

How its sits in the Fire Box

Basket full of Fresh lump charcoal




Well I have now been playing with the Kick Ash Basket for about a week now. Let me tell you prepping the grill before each cook is now actually quite easier and quicker.  You just grab the basket by its handles and lift it about 6 inches in the air and give it a few shakes and all the ashes immediately fall underneath the fire box. But you can also shake the basket over a metal garbage can which makes clean up a lot faster. (Safety reminder: It’s very imperative to ensure that the grill is completely extinguished and no ambers are left when removing ashes or cleaning your grill). After shaking the ashes out of the basket you just have to use your ash tool and clean out the ashes from the bottom vent underneath the fire box. After this process you just light your grill and enjoy! After doing a bunch of cooks using the Kick Ash Basket I found that the grill actually lights faster and achieves higher temp faster. Having said this you will have to pay a closer eye to you grill temp since it can creep up on you a lot faster do to the added air flow. Another point that I noticed is that on low and slow cooks it actually uses about 5 to10% more lump charcoal using the Kick Ash Basket which is quite minor and expected. Another huge benefit of using the Kick Ash Basket is that it eliminates the issue of accidentally hitting the fire box and cracking it with the ash removal tool which I seen it happened a few times! It also eliminates the issue of small pieces of lump getting stuck in the fire grate holes. I strongly recommend using the Kick Ash Basket without the fire grate.  Some folks were saying on the Egghead forums that the Kick Ash Basket bottom has tendency to warp at high temps. So I decided to ramp up my grill to 1000 degrees F which is beyond what someone would use and held it there for 30 minutes. I did this twice and it showed no sign of warping and the basket showed no sign of heat damage.  When the Basket is first used (new) I recommend to bring up grill to 600 degrees F to burn off the coating of the metal for 15 minutes then your good to go.

Kick Ash Basket at 750 degrees!

Here’s a video of a ceramic cooker put to the test to see how fast it can achieve 500 degree F without the Kick Ash Basket:



Here’s a video of a ceramic cooker put to the test to see how fast it can achieve 500 degree F with the Kick Ash Basket:



Here's a couple of demo video made by Kick Ash Basket!





I used the two video above produced by Kick Ash Basket because I didn't want to re-invent the wheel!

The Kick Ash Basket actually made it easier and faster to achieve desired temps and I am quite impressed on how easy it is to clean the ashes out of the fire box using it.  There’s other grates you can get on the market to provide more airflow but this one is definitely more bang for the money since it also provides an easy and efficient way of removing ashes. I also love the fact that these are made in the USA not in china. This is grill accessory is must have for the avid BBQER that uses ceramic cookers.

You can order the Kick Ash Basket from here: Kick Ash Basket Store

There website: Kick Ash Basket website

There Facebook Page: Facebook Page

Contact info: chad@kickashbasket.com/


Enjoy and Happy Grilling!