Men Who Love Women to Wear Something Red on Friday February 3, 2017- Grill Masters Too!

courtesy of http://www.BBQRESCUES.com

#Ribs #Berries #Sauce #SouthernKrunk #RandyHill #Ribs with Red Blackberry #BBQ #Sauce. Photo by #RandyHill of #SouthernKrunk of #HotSprings #Arkansas

How about a brief Heart-to-Heart? As you may know, February is National American Heart Awareness Month, sponsored by the American Heart Association. Did you know that today Friday, February 3rd is Wear Red Day to promote Women’s Heart Health? Everyone can show their support by wearing something Red. You may even go a step farther and post a Selfie on Friday of your Red Attire with Hashtags #WearRedDay #AmericanHeartAssociation, #MenWhoLoveWomenWearRedFeb3rd!, or #GrillMastersWhoLoveWomenWearRedFeb3rd.

You can even wear Red BBQ Sauce on your face- like in this Recipe from Grill Master Randy Hill, from #SouthernKrunk #BBQ Team.

Fresh Berry BBQ Sauce Recipes

For Easy (EZ) Quick Start Recipe, Chef Randy starts with McClard’s BBQ Sauce and uses Blackberries. You have option of using your favorite Red BBQ Sauce or make Homemade All Natural BBQ Sauce. There is…

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What’s That Smoking? 6 Easy Ways To Get Your BBQ “Smoke-On” at Home


Basics of BBQ #3

Courtesy of www.BBQCateringConfidential.com

#austrainsmokers Good News. You don’t have to build a custom Smokehouse to enjoy natural Wood Smoked flavors at home. Pictured: the Smoke Wagon by the Austrian Smokers. https://www.facebook.com/AustrianSmokers


1. Manufactured and DIY Outdoor Grills

2. Outdoor/ Indoor Custom BBQ Smoke Pits

3. Indoor Electric Smokers/ Devices

4. Stove Top Smoking

OK. Maybe you don’t own a custom built or manufactured BBQ Smoker. Still, it can be easy to add fresh Wood Smoke flavor to your cooking at home. Smoking always adds a delicious new dimension to foods. There are literally Thousands (1000’s) of Makes, Models and Styles of BBQ Grills throughout the world. When you add in the wide variety of DIY BBQ Pits and Grill hybrids created by home GrillMasters, the number can easily be in the Millions. We see Hundreds of photos of unique, homemade BBQ…

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What is BBQ? The Top 4 Definitions of “BBQ”

In Search for the Meaning of BBQ…


Basics of BBQ #1

Courtesy of http://www.BBQCateringConfidential.com

#bbqprok Upscale BBQ Pork Roast at La Petite Cour restaurant in Paris. France.

What is BBQ?

When you think about it, this could one of the World’s Greatest Mysteries. How did the word “BBQ” spread across the planet? Could it be with our language differences, it is just easier to say “BBQ” to describe tasty food? This all-inclusive term is used regionally around the United States, and in countries all over the world. It would take written volumes to describe all of the different styles. For the purposes of this Series, we will go over some the more common ways food considered BBQ is prepared around the world.

#bbqgrill #puertvallartamexico A sidewalk Mixed  Grill at a restaurant in  Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

 The Top 4 Ways the Word “BBQ” is Used:

1. Seasoned Foods– Many of these come nowhere near a grill, but are seasoned with…

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Bacon Cheddar BraziBurgers: Gluten Free BBQ for the 4th of July

New BBQ Recipe for Summer Grilling.


by Mick Brown

Courtesy of http://www.BBQCateringConfidential.com

#BraziBites #HeroicBBQRub #BraziBurgers Bacon Cheddar BraziBurgers are delicious and easy to make. Even better with Grilled Onion and Basil Mayoli.

I first encountered Cheese Bread Brazi Bites at the Gluten Free (GF) Expo in Pasadena in June 2014. In a ballroom dominated by Sweet GF Treats, it was really a delight to discover these savory Snacks. Made with Tapioca Starch, the texture is soft and smooth. The Cheese Bread Snacks (with Parmesan, Cheddar and Bacon) didn’t taste anything like Diet Food. In fact, the intense Cheesy flavor reminded me of the Deep Fried Cheddar Balls I used to get in Chicago and Wisconsin. I have been obsessed with Brazi Bites ever since.

#BraziBites #GlutenFreeExpo Brazi Bites were demonstarted at the Gluten Free Expo, sponsored by the Celiac Disease Foundation in June, 2014.

The opportunity recently came up for me to cater a Political Fundraiser, hosted by a friend who…

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Is Indiegogo a “No No?” My Journey Thus Far… or “A Beginner’s Adventures in Crowd Funding”

By Mick Brown



Oops I did it again… To recap, I am somewhat new to Blogging and am definitely a Freshman to the world of Crowd Funding and to Indiegogo.com. It could just be “the jitters”. However, completing the list of suggested Tasks to properly launch an Indiegogo Campaign is about as doable of making your video go Viral. Not to mention, my “day job” is getting a new product out for Memorial Day and preparing the Catering company for BBQ Season.

My jaws are so wide open, I can’t even bite. Let alone chew all of it. [A deconstructed recipe for “Biting off more than you can chew.”] With 2 Weeks in and 17 Days to go, here are the highlights of: 

“A Beginner’s Guide to Crowd Funding (on Indiegogo)”:

1. Software is Easy to Use- If you can do WordPress, the software is quickly usable to set up the Pages of your Indiegogo Campaign.

2. Launching is a Process. Don’t expect to press “Launch” and have the Campaign go Live. Be ready to spend some time to gather all of your Links, as well as Company Legal and Banking Info.

3. Fundraising. I object to “Fun” being in any part of the word. Somehow I missed the part where they suggest that you plan to raise (at least) the first 30% of your goal from “inner circle supporters” Again? As if I haven’t already asked my friends for enough . 

4. Don’t think “If you build it they will come”. Of course, this is in the Indiegogo material I studied after launching the campaign, to see how to give it a boost. Though, it was glanced at before, the info doesn’t “stick” until after you are in it. People aren’t out looking for Campaigns to support with open Check Books. [Or, at least I haven’t found them yet]. Be ready to Promote your Campaign everywhere.

5. Hired Guns? From the position of looking back at the starting line, I’d suggest before you launch a Campaign, seriously consider vetting and hiring a professional or firm to help with promotion. There are PR Firms and Marketing Companies that specialize in Crowd Funding. It is best to add them to your Goal $$ amount before launching the Campaign.

I am not saying doing Indiegogo was a mistake, but it would have been better with even more time to prepare. Maybe doing it in the Catering Off-Season would have worked smoother. Anyway, it is going OK for me so far. We were at just over 30% of our Goal last time I checked. I have also hired some professional help. So will let you know how it goes. Stay tuned, the Blog will be getting back to Food soon. Next Topic: Paella. Until then, Eat and Be Well.

Mick Brown is a Food Blogger/Purveyor based in Los Angeles, with over 30 years BBQ and Grilling experience. Aside from Catering, his passions are creating Easy Grilling Recipes and searching for the World’s Best Flavors. General Manager of Tastee BQ Grilling Co. and the new California Gold BBQ Rubs. He is also author of web serial blog “The Adventures of Tastee BQ.” Current Indiegogo Campaign is Get HEROIC! to the Gluten Free Expo- June 7th in Pasadena, CA.  Email- Mick@TasteeBQ.com



Ham It Up! With Superfoods for the Holidays- Easy Recipe for Orange Smoked Ham


Smoked Ham with Raspberry Orange Glaze is perfect for Holiday gatherings, Brunch or Buffets.

Sounds strange doesn’t it? Turning Ham into a Superfood… You may be surprised to hear that many of the delicious Spices that we traditionally use with Ham are thought to pack extra nutrition. Cinnamon is used as a Medicine is some cultures for it’s antiseptic and blood healing properties. Nutmeg and Allspice are also supposed to good for pain relief. Cloves are said to be endowed with high levels of natural antioxidants.  The Fruit we use for Glazes can also be of the Superfood variety: Pomegranate, Orange, Raspberries, Cranberries, Pineapple, etc…

Ok let’s face it. Ham will never be considered a Superfood. But it tastes Super Good to those of us who can eat it. Because many Hams already come pre-cured with plenty of Salt, there is no need to add a lot to your seasonings. Also, by marinating it in Natural Fruit Juice, you can avoid recipes that call for tons of Brown Sugar. POWER Rub by California Gold BBQ Rubs contains very low levels of Salt and Brown Sugar. It also includes the luxurious flavors of Ginger and Cocoa. HEROIC! is All Natural and comes with No Added Salt or Sugar. Feel free to add your preferred form of Sugar or Sodium to the level that you like.


The nice thing about this recipe is that marinating Ham in Natural Fruit Juice eliminates the the need for added Sugar. You can use Homemade, Organic or Low Sugar Preserves for Glaze.

Be generous when adding Spice Rub to Ham. If Spiral Cut, sprinkle a little in between slices.


1 Ham (Precooked, Spiral Sliced or Uncooked-thawed)

2 Cups Orange Juice (May Substitute Pomegranate, Pineapple, Cranberry or your Choice)

2 Fresh Sliced Oranges

3-6 Tbsp. POWER or HEROIC! Spice Blend (depending on size of Ham)

1 Cup Raspberry Preserves (May substitute or use in combination with Orange, Ginger, Pineapple, or Cranberry)

Salt, Pepper, Brown (or Raw) Sugar to Taste

Grilled Pineapple, Cloves (Optional)

Mesquite or Hickory Wood Chunks (if Grilling with Charcoal); Chips if Gas/Electric Grill



1. Day Before Cooking- Marinate Ham with 1+1/2 Cups Orange Juice and generous sprinkling of POWER or HEROIC! May add additional Salt, Pepper or Sugar, if desired. May apply Cloves every 2 inches apart and finish with Thin Slices from 1 Orange (peel attached) before wrapping in foil. Refrigerate overnight.

2. Next day, pre-heat Oven to 375 (or as directed by supplier). Pre-cooked Hams are easier to use if you are doing a big variety of dishes. For uncooked Hams, add an average of 3x Cooking time. For Grilling, set up unit for Indirect Smoking and soak Wood Chunks in water. Once Grill is ready, use 3 to 4 Chunks over Coals for every 60-90 minutes of cooking. For Gas/Electric, heat dry Wood Chips in foil or small pan over high heat. Either way, Ham will cook on the far side away from heat source.

3. Make a quick Glaze by gently heating 1 Cup Raspberry Preserves with 1/2 Cup Orange Juice and 1 Tbsp. HEROIC! or POWER. Also, slice one Orange for garnish. Add sliced ends to Glaze for more flavor.

4. Whichever method you use, Pre-cooked Hams should be warmed through for about one hour wrapped in foil, then open and glazed for second hour. Raw Hams cook in foil for 4-5 Hours (depending on size), then finish final hour open while Glazing. May also Grill Sliced Pineapples, then let them smoke on top of Ham.

5. Serve garnished with Parsley or Mint and Orange Slices. Happy Holidays.

This Ham on the Smoker is marinated with POWER and Cranberry Juice. Cloves and Red Bell Pepper Flakes are also added. Red Bell Pepper is said to contain 10x times more Vitamin C than Oranges.

Courtesy of California Gold BBQ Rubs

Website- http://www.californiagoldrub.com/

Amazon.com- http://www.amazon.com/HEROIC-BBQ-Gluten-Free-Added/dp/B00IEEYCNA