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5 Things You Need to Know about the SBA: Small Business Saturday Episode- TasteeBQ VS. The Sharks Part II

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*As of now, POWER Rub appears at #3 on Google Search for “Gluten-Free BBQ Rubs”.  Today the California Gold BBQ Rubs page is set to surpass 4200 Likes on Facebook.

#SBA
One of the things the SBA can do for you.

He knew it would happen one day, but didn’t think it would come so soon. Nowadays, every new business dreams of getting hooked up on television’s most popular Business Dating Game. There he was- our superhero TasteeBQ- in the same room with the famous “Angel” Investors from the TV show “Shark Bait”. With thousands of witnesses, to boot. A few months ago, our hero attended a “Shark Bait” audition, but only got to meet with a Casting Director. It seems his new BBQ Rub Business is too small (and new) to make it onto the Big Show. You can read all about it in the previous Episode “TasteeBQ vs. The Sharks”.

#sharktank
TasteeBQ’s Shark Bait wristband from the audition in May, 2013.

For Small Business Saturday, TasteeBQ would like to thank the people who work hard to help us every day at local Small Business Administrations (SBA) and Small Business Development Centers (SBDC). They managed to work straight through the recent government shutdown, urging us to stick with business-as-usual despite the uncertainties. Now the DOW is breaking records. But that’s big business- and another story.

At six months old, POWER Rub isn’t earning million$ yet. However, the company has made great strides thanks to the agencies’ help. As well as breaks from the small restaurant and retailers who have agreed to carry the product. In fact, the first run of POWER is almost sold out and the company is ready to release a second new Rub, to be called HERO. TasteeBQ also wants to thank the other Small Businesses that have helped, including Retailers, Advisors and the Consulting Team that is currently helping him bring HERO to market. (Will name real Names at the end article).

#marcondasmeats
Lou at Marconda’s Meats (Farmer’s Market), one of POWER’s most popular outlets. It is also now available at 11 other locations in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Hermosa Beach. Also now on Amazon.com.

Here are 5 of the BEST SMALL BUSINESS TIPS that have helped TasteeBQ so far:

1) Make a Business Plan– TasteeBQ should take his own advice and do an update for the new phase of the company. It is important to have a plan reflecting where you are and where you want to take your business. The SBA offers a Free Template which is easy to use (and to save) at: www.sba.gov

2) Attend Seminars/ Classes- This is another one we all can do more of. After attending a brief SBDC Orientation meeting, TasteeBQ was offered convenient morning seminars with great information for both new and expanding Small Businesses. And some of them are FREE! Even ones that charge a modest fee cost a fraction of what you would have a pay a professional consultant. To grow his company, TasteeBQ has had to hire a few consultants and they charge large Chuck$ of Change in advance.

3) Take advantage of Free Online Seminars and Webcasts. Our Superhero loves making dates to catch live Webinars from some of the Retail Industry’s brightest experts. The price is right. They are not only offered by the SBA, but free ones are also sponsored by Amazon.com, Google AdWords, American Express and Constant Contact (to name a few).

4) Get Free One-on-One Business Counseling- Many Business Consultants charge anywhere from $80.00 to $400.00 an hour, or more. After Orientation, TasteeBQ was given a main SBDC Counselor to help him improve his Business Plan. Then he was eligible to receive more Free 1 Hour Sessions with experts in Marketing and Social Media. They have been an invaluable help and only take 2-3 Hours a month.

5) Receive Help Funding Your Business- Stop wasting hour after hour chasing those Online Business Loan schemes. Believe it or not, TasteeBQ spent days web surfing for leads. Instead of Loan Sharks, he found himself swimming away from lots of Phishes. After a one hour meeting with his knowledgeable SBDC counselor, he walked away with the tools for his company to land expansion help from the big bank Swells Largo. The SBDC can help you find credit for Small Businesses of all shapes and sizes.

#monsieurmarcel
At Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market (Farmer’s Market). people from France, Australia, India and Canada enjoyed POWER and took some home.

Back to the Sharks, from the TV Show “Shark Bait.” Unfortunately, our hero didn’t bring any POWER Rub with him while attending last week’s live taping of the American Muzak Rewards show. TasteeBQ was there, enjoying live music from top acts like Katie Sperry, Justhim Woodlake, Rhiaria, Mylita Cyrcus and Laydie Gotcha. The Sharks must have known that TasteeBQ would be there. Why else would they agree to hop a jet to L.A. and give out a paltry award to the Best Pop/Rock Duo/Group/Band? Of course it was won by Won Direction.

#americanmusicawards
TasteeBQ arrives at entrance of 2013 American Muzak Rewards.

The 4 Sharks waited over 2 1/2 Hours to hit the stage. Could you imagine how much that would cost per hour for a consultation? While sitting around, they pretended to enjoy all of the live music. While secretly, they hoped that TasteeBQ would bring them some BBQ Bacon Popcorn. As a last ditch effort, when they came on stage, the 4 Sharks gave a Free One Minute Consultation on how Forming a Rock Band is like Building a Business. One even looked directly at TasteeBQ and said “You have to Plan, Budget and Execute Baby!” (Like he’s read the Costa Rica Episode of The Adventures of TasteeBQ).

#AMA
TasteeBQ’s view to the AMR stage, Sharks are only a few rows away.

No worries. With help from the SBA and SBDC, our hero will be once again in a room with the Sharks.  Their BBQ Bacon Popcorn will be warm and waiting. Follow the above 5  Tips and maybe one day you will end up in a room with them, too.

*As of today, POWER Rub appears at #3 on Google Search for “Gluten-Free BBQ Rubs”.  It is still on page 10 for “BBQ Rubs” and moving up. Today California Gold BBQ Rubs is set to surpass 4200 Likes on Facebook.

Special Small Business Saturday Thanks to: SBA, SBDC, WorkSource Center, Wells Fargo for Small Business, Cheech’s Pizza, Baller’s True Value Hardware, Marconda’s Meat’s and Puritan Poultry, Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits and Cheese, Monsieur Marcel Restaurants and Gourmet Markets, Bocatto’s Groceries, Big Hungry Catering, Rubi Studios, Lacey Baker, JCB Consulting, JG Marketing, The Aliso Kitchen, The Graphic Element, Small Business Friends Worldwide via Facebook, Twitter , Linked In and Continuous Inspiration from Hollywood’s Oldest Grill at Musso and Frank Grill.

#BBQBaconPopcorn
BBQ Bacon Popcorn

RELATED STORIES:

TasteeBQ vs. The Sharks: http://wp.me/P3B3EW-B

TasteeBQ Discovers the Magic of Cocoa in Costa Rica: http://wp.me/p3B3EW-aH

SBA Links for Small Business Saturday: http://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba_initiatives/small_business_saturday_2013

American Express Small Business Saturday Tools: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/Shop-Small/

American Express Open Forum – Last Minute Marketing Tips for Small Business Saturday:  https://www.openforum.com/keywords/small-business-saturday/

LINKS

SBA Free Business Plan Template and Instructions:

http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/starting-managing-business/starting-business/how-write-business-plan

Small Business Administration:

www.SBA.com

Comprehensive source for providing information, training, loans, etc.. Register here and use free Templet for building a Business Plan

Small Business Development Centers:

http://www.aSBDC-us.org/

Enter your zip code to find the centers nearest you. Partially funded by the SBA, this organization provides classes, seminars, loans and individual business counseling. Call and tell them TasteeBQ sent you.

CA Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development:

http://business.ca.gov/

Offers resources and help to those trying to start a Small Business in California. Look for similar programs in other states through your local SBA.

WorkSource California:

http://www.WorkSourceCalifornia.com

This agency has been invaluable for TasteeBQ. WorkSource programs are regional, so use Google to find the agency in your state. They do training for unemployed workers and pair them with businesses. Also offer free training for Small Businesses.

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L.A. BBQ Catering, Private Lessons, Recipes: www.TasteeBQ.com

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The Ultimate Easy Recipe for Smoked Turkey with Cranberry BBQ Sauce

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Let’s face it, some of you are Pros at making the family Turkey for the Holidays, while others will be doing it for the first time. Still others would prefer to forget the last time they attempted to make a Turkey. Don’t despair- this easy recipe delivers a delicious bird that everyone will still be talking about as you ring in the New Year. Whether you decide to Smoke or Bake your Turkey this year, the Fresh Cranberry BBQ Sauce is also something to try.

Smoking a raw Turkey is a low and slow process that can take 8-10 Hours (or more). You need to monitor and maintain the heat and smoke throughout. Thawed frozen Turkeys take longer to cook than fresh pre-ordered ones. Carefully check the final temperature after cooking it.

The great advantage to this recipe is using a pre-cooked Turkey (usually frozen, thaw in the fridge for a week)…

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Fall Recipes- Cheesy Tuna Macaroni Casserole with Eggs

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Too chilly for cold Tuna Salad Sandwiches? Take comfort to the next level with this warm Cheesy Tuna Casserole. It is easy to make, quick to bake and deliciously satisfying. Make a nice big Casserole- the good news is that it tastes even better the next day.

INGREDIENTS (4-6 Servings)

2 Cans Albacore Tuna

4 Cups Cooked Macaroni (2 cups uncooked)

4 Boiled Eggs

2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream

1 Can Sliced Mushrooms

1 Large Red Onion

1 Cup Chopped Chives

1-1/2  Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese (may substitute slices)

1-1/2 Cups Shredded Swiss Cheese (may substitute slices)

3 Tbsp. POWER by California Gold BBQ Rubs

1/2 Cup Crushed Potato Chip (we used Onion Flavored)

Butter for Casserole (May also add to Drained Macaroni)

Optional- Bunch of Fresh Thyme, Grated Parmesan

Salt and Pepper to taste.

 

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS

While boiling Macaroni to al dente, boil Eggs and Pre-heat Oven to 420…

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TasteeBQ Discovers the Magic of Cocoa in Costa Rica- Cafe Mocha Recipes for National Chocolate Day

courtesy of http://www.TasteeBQ.com

Note- For National Chocolate Day- Oct. 28, this is a short story from The Adventures of TasteeBQ.  It explains the time honored process of making Chocolate by the Bribri Tribe in Talamanca Costa Rica. Bonus video has Guide showing some technique used by Shaman. Also, Home Recipes for Cafe Mocha. Enjoy.

#CacaoHouseCostaRica
Cacao House on Bribri reservation in Costa Rica

Making the World a Better Place to Eat can sometimes lead to the wildest adventures. Our superhero TasteeBQ was summoned to the jungles of Costa Rica on behest of a tribe known as the Bribri. The exact purpose wasn’t quite clear. Over the phone they said they needed him for something that sounded like “Walk a day”, “Work it Baby!” or “Work away.”

#CacaoCostaRica
Ripening Cacao fruit growing on Tree

Always ready to “Work it Out”, our hero flew to an area known as Puerto Viejo (or “Old Door” in Spanish). It is located on the Caribbean Coast of Southern Costa Rica. Upon arrival, TasteeBQ was greeted by a large family holding basket after basket of what looked like ripened mangos. He thought “How generous. They must greet all visitors with a bounty of fresh fruit.”

#cacaotreeCostaRica
Ripening Cacao fruit growing on Tree

TasteeBQ helped them load his gifts into sturdy burlap bags. It was a little strange that he was saddled down with nearly all of them. He felt it must be part of the “Welcoming Ceremony.” The family rode horseback as our hero marched along, displaying his gifts to all onlookers for nearly a mile. Finally, they arrived at a vast fortress. It was so nice of the Bribri to provide such elaborate guest quarters. The place was already endowed with countless more bags of fruit offerings.

#CostaRica
The crowd cheers on our Hero during his great journey through town.

Next, the tribe guided him to another part of the structure, which featured a group of tables. “This must be the guests’ private Dining Room”: he thought. But instead of eating, the hosts seemed to be showing TasteeBQ how to prepare the fruit at home. He quickly learned how to split the globes in half and remove a core of seeds that resembled a cob of corn. They were delighted by how our hero could do it with lighting speed. So they had him do it over and over again until large vats were filled to the core with cobs. He must have been quite a sight because various tribe members would come watch him at different intervals. They would smile and nod for him to show it again.

#cacaofruit
The Cacao seeds form a “cob” at the center of the fruit. [At Cacao House]
Then they performed what seemed to be the “Ceremony of the Dead”. The brood relocated to a somber, pungent room where the cobs had sadly been left out for too long. Rather than trashing them, the Bribri performed a ceremonial mediation where they would sing while grinding the dark kernels in a magic bowl until they turned into a fine dust. TasteeBQ entertained his hosts with a rendition of “La Vida Loca” while making quick work of the seeds. Hopefully this would cheer them up, he thought.

#cocoabeans
Dried Cacao/ Cocoa Beans

At about this time our hero was hit by a series of unsettling thoughts. What was their real motive for including him in these precious ceremonies? Were they intending to groom him as the new leader of the Bribri Tribe of Costa Rica? How could he explain that his mission to save the world from the evil BoreNG’Food requires travel? And why was the family trying to force him to ingest some the this mixture from the ground dead seeds? Was it some sort of trick???

BONUS VIDEO- Guide shows how Chocolate is used by Shaman

The matron mixed the dark powder with what looked like natural raw sugar, then added it to a steaming hot cup of what they called Tarrazu. She insisted that the guest of honor take sip of the dark liquid. Then it hit him. That aroma— it was unmistakable. TasteeBQ was being treated to the best cup of Cafe Mocha, ever. As he sipped, they explained how for centuries the tribe has used Cocoa as medicine. Mixed with Cinnamon, it used as a sanitizer. Mixed with Nutmeg, it promotes good health. With Ginger it is supposed to help you recuperate from whatever ails you.

#SnapperCostaRica
Grilled Snapper

As some of the group moved to the kitchen to prepare black beans and rice, others went outside to fire the grill. Spying a supply of fresh caught fish, our hero was inspired to prepare Spice Rubbed Grilled Snapper for everyone. [Recipe coming soon].

#FishCostaRica
Droves of locals bring fish to big cookout.

The dinner turned into quite the feast. It was as if grilling the fish sent up smoke signals to nearby families of the Bribri tribe. They came in droves and the fish seemed to multiply. Fresh fruit was served for dessert, which they sprinkled with some to the spice and sugar mixtures. TasteeBQ played with the spices so the tribe was able to sample even more varieties of coffee:

#MochaRecipes
Make your own easy Mocha recipes at home.

Make Your Own Mocha Mix- Cafe Mocha Recipes

Add these to taste, to hot cup or pot of Costa Rican or Tarrazu Coffee:

CAFE MOCHA MIX- 2 to 3 parts Raw or Brown Sugar/ to 1 Part powdered Cocoa
CINNAMON CAFE MOCHA- Add a pinch of ground Cinnamon
MINT CAFE MOCHA- Add a drop of Peppermint Extract
CAFE MOCHA LATTE- Add hot Milk or Cream
CAFE COCONUT MOCHA LATTE- Add hot Coconut Milk and a pinch of ground Nutmeg
CAFE “QUE PASA ANOCHE?”- Add a splash of your favorite Caribbean Rum

#medicinalcocoa
Bribri tribal Medicines with Cocoa, Cinnamon, Ginger and more.

TasteeBQ was relieved that he didn’t have to convert the Cacao fortress into a guesthouse. Instead, he slept the traditional way- in a 10’ x 10’ hut with a family of 5. He was also relieved to hear the Bribri tell him “Walk Away” the next day. Were they fans of Kelly Clarkson? But then the tribe started chanting something about “Colones”, while gestering towards his posterior. Always happy to help, our hero retrieved his wallet and made a nice donation- before soaring off to his next adventure. Rumor says it involves a magical BBQ Rub enriched with Cocoa, Cinnamon and Ginger… Stay tuned for more of The Adventures of TasteeBQ…

For more on Costa Rica

Read more about the Bribri Tribe and Chocolate making in Costa Rica

The Workaway Project- volunteer opportunities on Costa Rican Cocoa farms

workaway.info

Chocolate Cacao House

ticotimes.com

Cocoa Good for your Heart

treasuresofwonderment.com

Indigenous Chocolate

naturelandings.com

Blog- Chocolate Making (more photos)

http://%20http://www.travelexperiencecostarica.com/2010/08/18/traditional-chocolate-making/

Blog- Visiting the Bribri Reserve in Costa Rica

costarica.com

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IS BBQ COOKING WITH TERRA COTTA SAFE? TasteeBQ & Return DIY Ceramic BBQ Pot Smoker

Here is TasteeBQ’s long awaited update to the DIY Ceramic BBQ Pot Smoker article.

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courtesy of www.tasteebq.com/ www.californiagoldrubs.com

Note- This article is a follow-up to a home cooking experiment. It is not intended to insure the the safety of anyone who tries it home. To be sure your DIY Smoker is safe, you may want to have it inspected by Fire and Food Safety Professionals. This project is not recommend for those under 18, without parental supervision. Original Article: ” MAKE DIY CERAMIC BBQ POT SMOKER in 5 EASY STEPS” http://wp.me/p3CG2Q-1v

It all started innocently enough. Having mastered  many methods of Grilling, Barbecuing and Smoking food, our superhero TasteeBQ was in the mood to try something new. He had read about Alton Brown’s $50 Ceramic Flower Pot Smoker and decided to build something similar to try at home. The experiment was going well. The new DIY Ceramic BBQ Pot Smoker had beautifully cooked some juicy 11 Hour Smoked Pulled Pork and tasty 16 Hour Smoked…

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September Photo Giveaway

Check this out for FREE STUFF. Show TasteeBQ what you’ve been cooking.

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September Photo Giveaway Contest. Show us your Food Pics on Facebook for Free Stuff. Tailgating or Backyard Cuisine OK. It’s a first-time event. Let’s see how it goes- Maybe more prizes next time. Winner receives a Free BB Cap, Long Sleeve T-Shirt and Bottle of POWER Rub (Value $60). To enter by September 27th, share a photo on our Facebook Page with your comment, along with “Entry”.
Or Email Pics to: POWER@CaliforniaGoldRubs.com

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MAKE DIY CERAMIC BBQ POT SMOKER in 5 EASY STEPS- TasteeBQ Uses Gluten Free BBQ Rub for Citrus Pulled Pork

Courtesy of http://www.TasteeBQ.com

NOTE: The following article details a home cooking experiment. It is not intended to insure the the safety of anyone who tries it home. To be sure your DIY Smoker is safe, you may want to have it inspected by Fire and Food Safety Professionals. This project is not recommend for those under 18, without parental supervision.

9/9/13- A big thanks to Marc Farris, Producer of the BBQ channel on YouTube. Thanks to his tip, we researched the latest FDA Guidelines on Terra Cotta. Until more testing is done, we do not recommend you do this at home. Otherwise, hope you enjoy reading about our little experiment.

Some “Lead-Free” Pottery Can Still Taint Food- FDA

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/UCM234334.pdf

 

#bbqrub #pulledpork
11 Hour Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich with Grilled Cabbage Broccoli Coleslaw. Smoked POWER Chips.

You love the smoky flavor of Pulled Pork, but are tired of the long lines at the local BBQ Stop? The wait is over. You can build your own Electric Ceramic BBQ Pot Smoker at home. It is fast, easy, environmentally friendly and affordable. The commercial Ceramic Giant Egg can easily cost more than $1000, with all the accessories. Even Lady Gaga could have trouble affording one. TasteeBQ was recently inspired by vintage 2007-2008 Alton Brown videos which made Ceramic Flower Pot Smokers for $50. Now, he hopes to take you to the next level.

#ceramic #bbqpotsmoker
Which comes in first- the Chicken or the Egg? Homemade Ceramic BBQ Pot Smoker. Venus seems to approve.

The concept of using plain Terra Cotta pots didn’t seem so appealing to TasteeBQ. He needed something that could be presentable on the front patio next to his cherished Venus Di Milo. So TasteeBQ set a budget of $100 to see if he could build a Smoker with a little more visual appeal. In the end, he only spent $77.38 (tax not included) to build an environmentally friendly Electric Ceramic BBQ Pot Smoker, which uses less Wood and little to no Charcoal. Also, no Propane Gas or Lighting Fluid required.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR BUILDING CERAMIC BBQ POT SMOKER

#ceramic #bbqpotsmoker #bbqrub
Here you see set up. Burner is sitting on layer of Rocks, then Wood Chip Tray, Grate and your POWER Rubbed Meat. We lined inside of Pot with Foil for easier clean up.

Here are the Parts Needed, where we got them and for how much:

2- 19″ Wide Terra Cotta Vases from Home Depot $13.98 ea.= $27.96

1- Proctor Silex durable Fifth Burner from Rite Aid= $19.99

1- Weber Charcoal Grate (#7441) from Home Depot= $10.99

1- Instant Read Meat Thermometer from Target= $7.39

1- Decorative Terra Cotta Chicken (retail $19.99) on Clearance at Target= $5.98

3- Decorative Cobblestone Base Bricks from Home Depot ($1.69 ea.)= $5.07

TOTAL= $77.38

Additional Materials Needed (from around the house): 

Wood Chips/ Chunks (Mesquite, Hickory, Cherry, or Applewood, etc..)

Metal Pan for Chips,

Aluminum Foil

2 Bricks (clean) to hold up Hot Plate,

Outdoor Extension Cord

Oven Mitts

BBQ Tongs or Poker for stirring Chips

Fire Extinguisher (Always good to have around whenever cooking.)

#ceramic #bbqpotsmoker
“Midnight in the Garden of Good and Enticing.” Meat has been smoking for 8 Hours. Smell of Pork is Amazing. Still has 3 Hours to go.

EASY 5-STEP SET UP takes less than 1 Hour. Of course, it is good to check that everything fits before doing final assembly.

1.  Set Pot on Base Bricks in steady position, leave gap to run Cord through.

#ceramic #bbqpotsmoker
Make sure Pot is steady on Bricks, leaving room for Cord to wind through.

2. Line Bottom Pot with Aluminum Foil. Then place level Holding Bricks at bottom inside Pot.

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Smooth Bricks would probably work better, assuming they are at proper height for holding Burner. These odd ones did the job for now. Make sure they are cleaned.

3.  Set Burner on top of Bricks. Position Control Knob in open spot where it can be reached. Run Cord through bottom hole. Outdoor extension Cord may be needed to reach nearest outlet. Be sure connection is at safe/dry location.

#ceramic #bbqpotsmoker
Burner is set level. Check that there is space to reach Control Knob. We were a little concerned plastic Knob would melt. So far it seems to be heat resistant. Plus temps will probably never go over mid-200 degrees range.

4. Place Metal Pan with Wood Chips on top of Burner Coil.

#woodchips #ceramic #bbqsmoker
An old Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Pan was re-purposed as Wood Chip Tray. Though centered, we cheated it away a little for Knob access. Also experimented with variety of Mesquite and Hickory Chips and Chunks. We found that the Chips eventually smoked, while the Chunks provided more of a smokeless incense while cooking the Pork.

5. Place Grate on Top of Bottom Pot. Now you are ready to get Smoking. First time starting it up, we checked that Burner was working before adding Meat. The Burner had to be turned up to Max to make Wood Chips smoke and heat entire oven.

#grate #weber #ceramic #bbqpotsmoker
The Chicken supervises as assembly is completed. Try to find a store that has a good selection of (both) Flower Pots and BBQ Grates. Otherwise, it is best to take Grate with you to find the right Pot. Can’t tell you how many combinations we had to try before finding the right fit.

We used the Terra Cotta Chicken to cover top hole and hold in the heat. Once it started to smoke, we placed Meat Thermometer in top hole until it topped 190 degrees, so we knew we had a hot Oven.

#meatthermometer #ceramic #bbqpotsmoker
Not gonna lie. It felt amazing to see Pots smoking for the first time. And watching the Temperature Gauge rise over the top.

Before moving on to the Pulled Pork Recipe, here are some general Pros and Cons:

PROS

– Smoker is electric and environmentally friendly. We only had to replace Wood Chips once, at the beginning (to get sufficient amount). After that, it did aromatic wood cooking with very little actual clouds of smoke. The Wood Chunks worked (sort of) like smokeless incense, while the smaller Chips seemed to smoke better. If you want more constant smoke, try adding Ceramic Charcoal and replenish wet Wood Chunks every hour or so, as needed.

#bbq #ceramic #bbqpotsmoker
Here is next day “Autopsy” photo of inside of Smoker. After 11 hours of smoking, Wood Chunks are still intact. Looks like they’d be good to go for another 10 hours. We do not recommend using them again, as they may have juice residue.

– It is easy to use as Slow Cooker, would be very difficult to overcook Meat. At least with our sized Smoker. It you build smaller one with 12″ Grate, your Smoker is likely get much hotter, so you may have to adjust heat accordingly.

-The Flavor- This is real deal Wood Smoking technique. Food came out tasting great. If you don’t like the flavor of coal, it is even better the the Giant Egg, which uses Charcoal.

– Cost: The $77.38 is less than you would spend for one Smoked HoneyBaked Ham. Smoke two DIY Hams and you have already saved money.

CONS

– The Lid can get a bit hot, awkward and heavy (our Pot weighs over 25 lbs). There are no handles so use Oven Mitts to pick up Lid. Be careful to clear it above the Meat, as to not knock it away. Once again, if you build a smaller 12″ Grate model, Lid should be lighter to handle. Once you get Recipes (and curiosity) down, You can do no-peek cooking for hours at a time.

– Smoker is for Low and Slow BBQ Only. Not for Grilling. One advantage of the Giant Egg is that it cooks at extreme heats as well as low temps. This Ceramic Smoker cannot replace your regular Grill for quick fire Hamburgers and Steaks. It would be next to useless if you are into Vegan Cuisine, which almost always calls for quick Grilling Recipes. (though we may experiment with Smoked Kale Chips). This Smoker is best for Chicken Pieces, Sausages, Roasts and Whole Bird Cooking. It could also used to smoke Fish.

#meatthermometer #bbq #ceramic #bbqpotsmoker
Meat Thermometer does double duty to make sure your Roast reaches proper temperature. Though Pork is technically done at 160 degrees, you want your Roast well done to at least 175 or more. Then Fats will break down and give up the goods.

-Emphasis on Slow. Our 5 lb. Pork Roast took 11 Hours to get well done (and probably could have gone for 3 more). We could normally Smoke a Pork Roast in 4-5 Hours on a regular Charcoal Grill. While experimenting with Smoker, give yourself extra time to be sure your Meat gets fully done. Make alternate back-up plans if you are on deadline for dinner. You can always transfer Meats to finish in oven. Even an hour on the Smoker will impart Natural Wood Flavors that you can’t get from Oven cooking alone, or from Liquid Smoke.

[Consider Smoking your Pork Roast the Day before your party. Refrigerate it after it cools down (1-2 Hours). Then reheat it in foil at 420 degrees in Oven for 40 minutes on day of Party, before pulling Pork.]

RECIPE: CITRUS PULLED PORK (Gluten Free)

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Tender and juicy, Citrus Pulled Pork. The smoky aroma is impossible to describe. Remember how Emeril always wanted to create “Smell-a-vision”. TasteeBQ wants to do something similar for the Internet. Maybe he will invent #WebAroma or #WhatTheSmell? so you will be able experience these smells next time.

If you have shopped lately for fresh Ribs, we don’t have to tell you how expensive they can get. Especially if you are feeding a large crowd. Serving Pulled Pork is an affordable alternative. One 5 lb. Roast will render enough meat for about 10- 12 sandwiches. If you are only serving a few (and can afford Ribs) you can also use Smoker to cook them. We will do Rib Recipe soon.

Many Pork Roast Recipes call for the traditional Salt and Sugar Brine. Our Brine uses Orange Juice, which contains enough natural Sugar and Acids to do the Job. Extra Sodium is in the Gluten Free Italian Dressing and Worcestershire Sauce. You can also try this with Apple Juice, Cider and Cloves for the Holidays. Or an Orange Juice/ Lemonade Combo might be nice.

INGREDIENTS-

Pork/Brine

1 5lb. Pork Picnic Shoulder or Butt Roast

1 1/2 Cup Orange Juice

1/3 Cup Gluten Free Italian Dressing

4 Tbsp. POWER BBQ Rub

2 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce

Salt & Pepper (if desired)

BBQ Sauce

1 1/2 Cup Orange Juice

2 Tbsp. Apple Cider

2-3 Tbsp. POWER BBQ Rub

1 Tbsp. Molasses or Raw Sugar (if desired)

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Place Pork Roast in resealable Bag, with enough Orange Juice Brine to cover. Keep Bag upright and sealed tight in the Refrigerator.

In Large Ziplock, cover Pork Roast with Orange Juice, Italian Dressing, BBQ Rub, Worcestershire Sauce and Salt and Pepper. Shake Well and Refrigerate overnight. May place on Foil or in Bowl in case of leaking.

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Note Roast is placed on side to avoid dripping into Pan. We leave bottom unlined so it can absorb smoke for first hour (or so) before juices start to flow.

Next Day- no need to rinse off Brine. Shake off extra liquid and move Roast to Smoker Place Meat on the Grate to the side, to reduce juice dripping into Wood Chips. After 1 to 1-1/2 hours place Foil underneath, leaving Meat open to absorb more smoke.

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Roast at 4 hours, juice being released.

After 4 hours, wrap Roast completely in Foil to get it to heat up inside, and catch the oncoming flow of juices.

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Completely wrap in Foil during last few hours of cooking, to maintain heat. Smoke will still get in.

Ours Pork Picnic Roast took 11 hours to get done, you may smoke yours for up to 14 hours.

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Once done, allow Roast to rest for about and hour. Then pull away!
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Super simple Gluten Free BBQ Sauce Recipe.

You will have plenty of time to make this simple BBQ Sauce. Heat 1 cup of Orange Juice, mixing in 2 Tbsp. POWER BBQ Rub and 1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar. Once it boils, reduce to simmer and (you may) add Raw Sugar or Molasses. Stir frequently. Sauce will thicken as it simmers. It will be ready to use in about 15-20 minutes.

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First break Pork into chunks. Then use 2 Forks, to shred it to desired consistency.

Once Pork is done let it rest for about an hour. Pull Meat off bone and separate into chunks. Use 2 Forks to shred Pork to desired consistency. Add BBQ Sauce to drench (not drown) Pork. Add a little more BBQ Rub, as well. Stir and let Meat absorb sauce for a least a few minutes. Serve on your favorite Grilled Bread Roll with Coleslaw & Chips.

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Pulled Pork is mixed with BBQ Sauce & Rub

RECIPE: GRILLED CABBAGE BROCCOLI COLESLAW

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Grilled Cabbage Broccoli Coleslaw is the perfect companion for your Smoked Pulled Pork.

INGREDIENTS:

1 bag Trader Joe’s Broccoli Coleslaw Mix

1 Cup Sliced Yellow Cabbage

1 Half Cup of Gluten Free Mayo

1 Tbsp. Apple Cider

1 Tbsp. POWER BBQ Rub

Salt and Pepper (to taste)

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Place Cabbage directly on Grill. Has enough moisture, no need to marinate. Chop afterwards for Coleslaw.

We grilled 1 Cup of sliced Yellow Cabbage. You can put it on Smoker to wilt for 30 Mins. Julienne Cabbage and add to Broccoli Coleslaw Mix with Mayo, Cider, BBQ Rub and salt and Pepper to Taste. Refrigerate for up to 1/2 hour before serving. We topped our Pulled Pork Sandwich with Slaw. Delightful.

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One final look at 11 Hour Smoked Citrus Pulled Pork with Grilled Cabbage Broccoli Coleslaw. [Cue “Applause”.]

BONUS VIDEOS

Alton Brown’s original homemade video on How to Make Ceramic Flower Pot Smoker

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAydLWYGoJA

Original Episode of Good Eats where Alton Brown builds Ceramic Flower Pot Smoker

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtJ7nkslBv8

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Using BBQ Rub To Transform Rotisserie Chicken – TasteeBQ Reveals the Truth (PART 2)

Courtesy of  www.TasteeBQ.com

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One Hour Smoked Rotisserie Chicken with Red Hot BBQ Sauce.

Most GrillMasters will tell you that the secret to smoking fresh Chicken is Low and Slow for hours, with careful temperature control. By starting with a precooked, Rotisserie Chicken it will absorb the smoke as you reheat it on the Grill. TasteeBQ recently went on a worldwide quest to assemble a Magic Rub with 9 of the greatest SuperFoods on the planet.

Brief Summary- Part 1:

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HELP ME! Rotisserie Chickens are moist and affordable, but can sometimes fall short on flavor.
BBQ Rub seasoned Rotisserie Chicken
Simply season Baked or Rotisserie Chicken with Magic Rub, and it’s already good to go. In Part 1, Tastee BQ also shared a recipe for Temporary Home Rub Potion.

TEMPORARY HOME RUB POTION
2 Tbsp. Smoked Paprika
1.Tbsp. Garlic
1. Tbsp. Cumin
1. Tsp.Turmeric
1. Tsp. Raw Sugar
1/2 Tsp. Sea Salt
1/4 Tsp. Pepper
[Salt and Sugar optional]

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Transform Rub Rubbed Chicken into Heated Rubbed Chicken (shown here with Red Hot BBQ Sauce), using Grill, Oven or Skillet. TasteeBQ also discussed the benefits of Turmeric and Garlic.

Part 2

TasteeBQ grew up in the Midwest. Flavors from Texas, South Carolina and Tennessee influenced folks to create a variety of Chicago Style BBQ Sauces. Most of these Sauces use Ground Mustard, which is rarely Gluten Free (GF). Forced to solve this dilemma, our Hero decided to visit Okinawa, Japan- where people are said to live longer than Dinosaurs. He found that these heathy beings traditionally drink Turmeric Tea on a daily basis for as long as the oldest person can remember. So to be friendly to his GF friends, TasteeBQ decided to make Turmeric part of the Magic Rub.

Recipe #3- Homemade RED HOT BBQ SAUCE

As delicious as the Chicken is after Rubbing and Heating, for some people the BBQ experience isn’t complete without a Sauce. Over centuries of exhaustive research and testing, TasteeBQ has found that the Magic Rub can be used as a base for an infinite variety of BBQ Sauce Recipes. But today, he is going for something sweet and Cinnamon-ey, so he will utilize a highly specialized weapon: Hot Tamale Candy.

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Start with your favorite fresh Orange Juice and a splash of Apple Cider Vinegar. No-Pulp juice will make for a smoother sauce.
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Add desired amount of POWER (or temporary Rub). Heat and stir until blended.
Red Hot BBQ Sauce
The Secret Ingredient.
Chop Hot Tamales
Chop the Hot Tamales before adding to pot. May chop more finely for faster melting. If any tasty candy chunks are left in the sauce, guess you’ll be forced to eat them.
Homemade Red Hot BBQ Sauce
Heat and Stir until thick and you are ready to enjoy “Red Hot BBQ Sauce” (TasteeBQ didn’t call it “Hot Tamale Sauce” for fear of Susan Feniger). You may also add a Tbsp. of Tomato Paste for flavor and redder sauce, or a Tsp. Molasses for richer sweetness.

RED HOT BBQ SAUCE TECHNIQUE

1. Heat 1 Cup fresh Orange Juice with 2 oz. Apple Cider Vinegar.
2. As it warms, stir in 2 Tbsp. BBQ Rub, then 1/5 Cup chopped Hot Tamale Candy.
3. Stir until thick, and Candy dissolves. May also add chopped Grilled Onion or Garlic.

“In the Middle Ages, a time when spices were relatively rare, cumin was one of the most common spices. It was thought to promote love and fidelity. People carried it to weddings and walked around with it with their pockets. It was reputed to keep lovers and chickens from wandering. Thus, married soldiers were sent off to battle with a fresh baked loaf of cumin bread.” – InDepthInfo.com

[TasteeBQ remembers the time, so he decided to add Cumin to the Magic Rub- especially for the Chickens.]

Recipe #4- MARINATED ONE HOUR SMOKED CHICKEN

This is “The Most Amazing Thing You Can Ever Do to Transform a Rotisserie Chicken” (in TasteeBQ’s humble opinion). This recipe can be done on the run, if necessary, but marinating the Chicken overnight adds tremendous flavor. Plus a cooled Chicken holds up on the Smoker much better than a warm one. It would help to marinate and refrigerate it for even a couple of hours.

Wood Chips on Charcoal
If you have any sort of outdoor Grill, it can be used as a smoker with the help of Wood Chips. Use them dry for Gas Grills and wet for Charcoal. Be sure to cook chicken with indirect heat.

EASY TECHNIQUE:
1. Buy Chicken a day in advance (grab two when you find them on Sale for $5.00). Thoroughly season Chicken with Rub, top and bottom. You may also rub in some Fresh Chopped Garlic. Refrigerate Chicken overnight.

2. Next day, set up to smoke Chicken on low for 1 Hour. Be sure to replenish wood chips, as needed. There should Grill space to smoke 2 or three Chickens. Great for a group, or if you want left over Smoked Chicken for Salads, Sandwiches and other Dishes throughout the week.

3. You may also try smoking sliced Onions and/or Garlic. Chop them to add smoky flavor to your BBQ Sauce.

Smoked BBQ Rotisserie Chicken
Baste Chicken with Red Hot BBQ Sauce for the final 10 minutes of cooking for even more smoky flavor.

TasteeBQ hopes you will try some of these Recipes. Rather than buying a myriad of Spices and Herbs, try finding a delicious BBQ Rub to make cooking them much simpler. It is also the most cost-effective way to make sure the blend of ingredients are equally fresh (rather than breaking out that bottle of 2 year old Paprika). These easy and affordable Recipes will make Your Kitchen the most delicious BBQ Joint in Town.

LINKS:

Article- PART 1

buzzfeed.com

HOW TO USE BBQ RUB TO TRANSFORM ROTISSERIE CHICKEN
TASTEEBQ REVEALS THE TRUTH (PART 1)

Recipe for Turmeric Tea

blog.seasonwithspice.com

More on Cumin

indepthinfo.com

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How to use BBQ Rub to Transform Rotisserie Chicken– TasteeBQ Reveals the Truth (Part 1)

Courtesy of TasteeBQ.com

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The key ingredient: Rotisserie Chicken. Available, affordable and ready for Transformation.

This is one of the greatest mysteries of all time. Where do those Chickens come from? Why are the prepared ones cheaper than buying fresh ones? What road did those (same sized) Chickens cross to get to our table side ? Why are they so good? TasteeBQ had no time go ponder these deep thoughts. It was dinner time, traffic stucked, and those Rotisserie Chickens at the grocery looked mighty fine.

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Is Rotisserie Chicken the best convenience food since sliced bread?

But hadn’t he consumed a whole Rotisserie Chicken every night for the past four days? He considered getting that $5.00 Fried 8-pc Chicken deal tonight… Nah maybe next time. So our Hero had to come up with a scheme. Some way to make the same, tasty Rotisserie Chicken taste not so… same. TasteeBQ came up with a Plan. Why not fly all over the world and seek Herbal Wisdom in a jar?

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Seasoned chicken looks good enough to eat? Go for it. Recipe #1-POWER Rubbed Chicken. Or this could be Step 1 for Recipe #2.

Recipe #1 RUB RUBBED CHICKEN (Not Jerked)

Enough pondering. Time for dinner. The first recipe he tried was really fast and easy. TasteeBQ used his Magic Rub with 9 Sacred SuperFoods. He simply removed the Chicken from the plastic tub, sprinkled it with the Rub- and Yum! Those who have yet to acquire the Magic Rub can use the following potion:

TEMPORARY HOME RUB POTION

2 Tbl. Smoked Paprika

1.Tbl. Garlic

1. Tbl. Cumin

1. Tsp.Turmeric

1. Tsp. Raw Sugar

1/2 Tsp. Sea Salt & 1/4 Tsp Pepper

[Salt and Sugar optional]

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POWER Rubbed Chicken is the first step to quick marinating Chicken before heating it by Grill, Oven or Skillet.

This is not to be confused with Jerked Chicken. TasteeBQ found that Paprika is considered a SuperFood by some. Paprika is said to have famously dueled with Citrus Foods and won the title for “Most Vitamin C”. Who knew? Our hero found the spice to be popular everywhere from Hungary to Spain, Morocco, Mexico and in the Caribbean. The dishes ranged from Sausages, to Stews, Paellas and more. He also learned that applying heat to Paprika brings out even more of it’s natural smoky flavor. This led him to a brilliant idea.

Baked Rubbed Chicken, corn
Baked Rubbed Chicken w/ Corn

Recipe #2- HEAT RUBBED CHICKEN

Simply genius. Who could of thought that adding flame to a re-seasoned Rotisserie Chicken could make it taste better? After applying the Magic Rub, TasteeBQ tried heating it, using several techniques. The results came out the same- Delicious!

Grill- Cut in half (lengthwise) and marinate Chicken in Rub (or Potion) for 15 minutes while firing up the Grill to Medium.  The longer you grill Chicken on indirect heat the more BBQ flavor you’ll get. Use wood chips for even more flavor.

Oven- After marinating, bake whole Chicken at 400 degrees for 1/2 hour. Then Broil for 5-6 minutes to get tasty, crispy skin.

Skillet/ Grill Pan- Heat up a little oil. Cut marinated Chicken into 4-6 sections. Pan sear Chicken on both sides, to caramelize. For extra flavor, you can saute’ Chopped Onions and/Garlic along with Chicken.

Grilled Rubbed Chicken with BBQ Sauce
Grilled Rubbed Chicken with BBQ Sauce.

If Grilled Chicken makes you Scream, Smoked Chicken is the Mona Lisa. It is almost impossible to describe the beauty and deliciousness of nicely smoked meat. But the flavor is simply unmistakable. That reminds TasteeBQ of Garlic, which he considers the Mona Lisa of Spices. Garlic has been used as both food and medicine in many cultures for thousands of years, everywhere from China to Japan, Egypt, India, France, Russia, South Korea, South America and here in the U.S.

Gratuitous Bonus Video- The Mona Lisa

Check out the crowd on pilgrimage to see the Mona Lisa in Paris. Could have been an International Garlic Convention.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCTH8ht2RuA

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One Hour Smoked Rotisserie Chicken w/Red Hot BBQ Sauce.

Next time, TasteeBQ will reveal the techniques for making Homemade BBQ Sauce and Smoked Rotisserie Chicken. Stay tuned.

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How To Use A BBQ Rub For Healthier Gluten Free Grilling– TasteeBQ’s Recipe for Grilled Steak Tacos in Butter Lettuce Cups

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Grilled Steak Tacos in Butter Lettuce Cups. A dish you can really wrap your tongue around. Hot Sauce optional.

Are you trying to eat healthy, but feel like you are stuck in a hard place between a Taco Truck and a BBQ Shack? Consider this recipe the gluten free (GF), grain free, good for you alternative. Many of us think of traditional Barbecue (or Barbeque) cuisine as being comprised of sweet heavy sauces, fatty meats and greasy side dishes… And we love all of it! However, nowadays more and more people are seeking healthier BBQ choices- for fitness, nutritional and medical benefits. Many chefs are now recommending that you use a dry BBQ Rub as a way to achieve bold flavor without all of the fat.

TasteeBQ has heard you, and offers this simple, delicious and heroic dish:

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Grill Steak for 4-6 Minutes per side, depending on thickness.

Grilled Steak Tacos in Butter Lettuce Cups

If you don’t have a Grill available, the main ingredients can be Pan Roasted or Broiled in the Oven. Not into the Meat thing? Feel free to substitute juicy Portobello Mushrooms or your favorite Vegan Meat Substitute. These are also great with Grilled Chicken Breast.

INGREDIENTS (for 4 servings)

1 1/2 to 2 Lbs- Boneless Steak (New York, Sirloin, or Skirt Steak)
1- Large Onion (White or Yellow)
1- Head of Butter Lettuce (approx. 8 layers)
4- Roma Tomatoes
2- Red Peppers (May mix with Green or Yellow)
1 to 2- Large Carrots
1/2 Cup- Chopped Green Scallions
2 Tbl- POWER or HEROIC! BBQ Rubs by California Gold BBQ Rubs
[May substitute a packet of Taco Seasoning, check for Gluten Free (GF) if important]
1 Tbl- Dry Cumin
8 oz- Crumbled Goat Cheese (optional)
Salt/ Pepper
Olive Oil

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After grilling, chop Steak and Vegetables to be ready for assembly.

COOKING DIRECTIONS:

1. Chop Peppers and Tomatoes in half, removing seeds. Cut Onion and Carrot (lengthwise) into 3/4” slices. Rinse and Dry Steak, set aside.

2. Put Veggies and Meat in separate containers or foil pouches. Lightly coat with Olive Oil. Toss with Dry Rub, Cumin- Salt and Pepper (to taste). Be sure to finish Veggies, then the Meat. Try to marinate everything for at least 15 minutes to 1 hour before cooking.

3. Grill Steak 4-6 Minutes per side, depending on thickness. Grill Veggies for same amount of time (Note- Carrots may take longer cook time to tenderize).

4. Chop Veggies and Steak into 1” pieces. Place meat, then Veggies into individual Butter Lettuce Cups. Sprinkle a little extra rub on top, along with Chopped Green Scallions and Crumbled Goat Cheese (optional).

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Make platters of Grilled Steak Tacos in Butter Lettuce Cups for parties. Make them go “Wow”.

These Tacos are great for a party first course or appetizer. As a main dish add more Meat or Grilled Avocados. It can also be served with Rice and/or Beans on the side. Go for the grain with Tortilla Chips or add colorful Veggie Chips (as a GF alternative). Of course, sprinkle the Chips with a delicious BBQ Rub and Enjoy!

BONUS VIDEO- TASTY FREEDOM

Tasty Freedom is a YouTube series with a refreshing new take on living Gluten Free. (4:50 minutes)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-4HkAh7Fsm8

LINKS:

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Introducing POWER- a delicious BBQ Seasoning and Marinade; Gluten Free with 9 SuperFoods. See website for Recipes, including healthier homemade Gluten Free BBQ Sauce.

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POWER (Lower Salt and Sugar) http://www.amazon.com/California-Gold-BBQ-Power–10oz/dp/B00CVCMR88

HEROIC! (No added salt or Sugar) http://www.amazon.com/HEROIC-BBQ-Gluten-Free-Added/dp/B00IEEYCNA

 

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Los Angeles Onsite Catering. Also offering Group Demos and Private Grilling Lessons.

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