Should I Stay or “Indiegogo” to the Gluten Free Expo?


#heroicbbqpopcorn HEROIC! BBQ Popcorn with and without Nuts. Tasting held at Los Angeles Economic Development Committee Meeting in March 2014.

Some will say “It’s about time”, but how do you sum up your life on one page?  Still, I finally got around to adding an About (me) Page for BBQ Catering Confidential. It is still a work in progress, but is good for now. In other news, we recently decided to have a go at Indiegogo.

Indiegogo what? Some may ask. [It was me (asking) about six months ago]. Of course, most people have heard of Kickstarter.com, where Celebs go for help funding their movie projects. Indiegogo is supposedly the second most popular crowd funding site. It gives campaigns the advantage of collecting any pledged funds, even if they fall short of the specified goal. If anything, Indiegogo may be good practice in case we decide to do the big Kickstarter show in the future.

#heroicbbqrub HEROIC!…

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Super BBQ Popcorn Taste Challenge!

Come on Down!

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#bbqrub #heroic! #bbqpopcorn Can a gluten free, all-natural Superfood Blend with no added Salt or Sugar actually taste better than two of the top national brands? Come try the blind Taste Test and find out.

[LOS ANGELES] You are Invited. We are putting the new HEROIC! Blend by California Gold BBQ Rubs up against two of the leading national BBQ Seasoning Brands in a Blind Taste Test. Our YouTube camera crew will be there for anyone would like to “do it” on video. Only those who sign permission sheets will be taped.
It looks like the Sun will be shining for the event, which will happen from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday- March 8th at Baller True Value Hardware in the Silver Lake (Los Angeles) area.  We will also be offering Free Food Tastings from our Grill. See You There!

Location: 2505 Hyperion Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90027

Time: 11:00 am. to 1:00 pm.

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Spice Rubs 101- 25 Ways To Transform Your BBQ Rub


by Mick Brown

Rub A Dub Dub, You hear a lot nowadays about Spice Rubs. They are being cooked up on The Chew and other popular daytime TV programs. Of course, every team on those Competition BBQ Shows is using a secret Rub. I hope to compete one of these days, under the right conditions. Would love to have the next “Award-Winning” Rub. But that’s a different article.

The terms Rub, Dry Rub, BBQ Rub, Spice Rub, etc… generally refer to a pre-measured mixture of seasonings. The word “Rub” is quite literally a noun and a verb. Most Rubs are used to marinate meat overnight. With gloves (preferably), you literally Rub the dry mixture evenly over the meat, using the natural meat juices to create a wet paste. This technique is used for Grilling, Smoking and BBQ all over the world. You can use it for Baking, as well…

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Snowy Days, and a Smoked Turkey Pot Pie

Our first Reblog ever. Hope to have more in the coming year. Ink and Embers smokes Cast Iron Turkey Pot Pie in the snow. Gotta love it.

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Early risers were greeted with a Norman Rockwell type of scene. A fresh blanket of Mother Nature’s finest quality precipitation had arrived overnight. It was the type of snow that clung to everything and anything in its path. The type of snow that breeds snowmen. The kind of snow that sledders dream of.


Old friend stood tall, however, taking everything thrown at it, as if it knew that such harsh weather demands hearty food, perhaps grilled. And today, there would be no arguing that fact.


Gathering ingredients that can only be readily available after a recent fall holiday, the choice was made to prepare a piping hot, Turkey Pot Pie on the grill for our dinner.

The vessel of choice was a nine-inch cast iron skillet, of course. And the first task at hand was to press a bottom crust into this pan. Pot pies, as far as this griller…

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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.



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

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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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How To BBQ A SuperFood Cocktail -TasteeBQ’s Recipe for “Smokin’ White Super Fruit Sangria”



Smokin’ White Super Fruit Sangria served Martini style

Got a couple of bottles of wine, some Fruit and Fresh Ginger? Get ready to take your party to the next level. Roll over Apple Martini- there’s a new kid in town. Our superhero TasteeBQ was recently invited to create a special Birthday Party Menu for gourmet Friends. With the help of “Three Pretty SuperGirls” Bartending Co., they concocted a fantastic drink called “Smokin’ White Super Fruit Sangria”.

This easy recipe is best prepared overnight. It can be made extra special by putting Apple Wedges on the BBQ for garnish, and adding a rim of a really Delicious BBQ Rub.

Drink may also be served in Wine Glass

Smokin’ White Super Fruit Sangria

First is the Easy Home Version, to be followed by the Bar Professional Recipe (furnished by Tres Jolie Mixology and Bartending- Los Angeles), for those with more extensive Bar Skills and Supples. For non alcoholic punch, use Ginger Beer and Lemon Lime Soda in place of Wine.

EASY HOME RECIPE (for one Pitcher)

Ingredients- (2) .750mls Pinot Grigio, (1) Granny Smith Apple, (1) Golden Delicious Apple, (1) Pear [D’ Anjou or one with firm texture], (1) Mango [Mexican Red/Yellow], (1)”Finger” Fresh Ginger [2 Tbls.], (1) Lemon, (1) Lime, (2) Cans Green Tea Ginger Ale and Fresh Basil for Garnish

Rim- 2 Tbls. POWER by California Gold BBQ Rub mixed with 2 Tbls. Brown or Raw Sugar—- No BBQ Rub? Substitute: 1/4 Cup Brown or Raw Sugar, 1 Tbl. Cinnamon, 1 Tbl. Cocoa Powder

-Reserving 1/2 of each Apple for Wedges, chop remaining Apple, Mango and Pear into 1/4 inch cubes. Add into Pitcher with 2 Tbl. rough minced Ginger. Section off Lemon to remove seeds, open Lime and squeeze both over fruit before adding to Pitcher. Pour in 2 bottles of Pinot Grigio, mix well and refrigerate overnight.

-Before party, cut reserved Apple halves into 1-1/2 inch wedges. If you have grill going, put them on for a few minutes to get nice grill marks. (Can also use indoor grill pan). Fold and water soak clean towel to wet glass rims, make circles with the BBQ Rub and press for even coat. Pour Sangria mixture over ice (optional), add shot of Green Tea Ginger Ale to each glass. May spoon in more fruit from bottom of pitcher for better flavor (plus Ginger tends to hang out down there). Garnish with sprig of fresh Basil.


Super and PowerFood contributors to Delicious White Sangria

-Furnished by Tres Jolie Mixology and Bartending- Los Angeles

Ingredients: (2) .750mls Pinot Grigio, (1) .750mls Musacatto, 8 oz. Triple Sec, 2/3 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice, (1) .750mls Dry Ginger Ale, (1) Cup Minced Fresh Ginger, (1) Cup Cubed Granny Smith Apples, (1) Cup Cubed Fuji Apples, (1) Cup Cubed Pears, (1) Cup Cubed Mango, Fresh Basil Leaves for garnish, Lime Juice

Rim- One part Sugar to one part California Gold BBQ Rub

Mix all ingredients EXCEPT Ginger Ale and Basil leaves together. Refrigerate for 24 hours. Next, rim glass with Lime Juice and Sugar/ BBQ Rub mix. Then fill glass with ice, pour 2/3 mix into glass and top with 1/3 Ginger Ale. Garnish with Basil Leaf.


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