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NEW Website coming soon~~!!!

Just an update we have a new website coming soon! Lots of new functions an online merchandise store and lots of video content.

Can’t wait for it to launch in the upcoming MOnth!

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Grilled Tomatoes with Parmesan and basil – It is like a little bit of Italy in each bite.

I have an abundance of Roma tomatoes from our garden each summer. This is a perfect appetizer for any size gathering. Simple. Easy Delicious and Fresh it makes me happy.

How to Spatchcock and cut up a whole chicken.

I buy a lot of whole chickens for my family. I cut them up grill them etc. Whole chicken is much more economical than buying pre-cut pieces.

How to spatchcock

 

I learned a lot of cooking tips from my Grandma.  My Grandma never wasted a single thing ever. So even the backbone from spatchcocking would go into the freezer until she had a bag filled and she would make stock. It is a great tip for saving money.

Here are my steps and 2 videos on how to cut up a whole chicken first for spatchcock then into 8 pieces :

BIG HUGE Awesome news for my American Friends!

BBQ Crawl is coming back to the travel Channel much sooner than originally scheduled. This is so awesome. So many people lamented the fact they could not see it until much later this year. So here it is the new date:

BBQ Crawl Travel Channel

Wednesday July 2 at 10pm & 10:30pm EST. That’s right my American Friends get to see 2 back to back all new episodes from Season 2!!

 

Ill also be live tweeting the show somuch sure you come on over and visit & follow our the twitter account https://twitter.com/DivaQBBQ

BBQ Crawl Travel Channel

Grilled Pork Chop & Mango Chutney

Diva Q Grilled pork Chip mango chutney

 

Who doesn’t love a beautiful grilled pork chop. Check out my post and recipe  on this Month’s Char-Broil Live 

Perfectly pink and positively delicious Potato Salad

Potato Salad, Diva Q Potato Salad, Dukes Potato Salad, Hellmann's Potato Salad, Pimento Paste

 

I love potato salad as a side dish. This is a super creamy version. I really love using mini potatoes. They  have such a creamy texture when steamed or boiled. Also the addition of sweet pimento paste has been one of my secret ingredient additions for years. I love adding it to a basic potato salad. This recipe is really best the following day so resist the urge and chill it down for 24 hours. The flavors will be so much better.

Diva Q Potato Salad, Pimento Paste, Hellmann;s Potato Salad, Duke's Potato Salad    Potato Salad, Duke's Potato Salad, Pimento Paste    Potato Salad, Duke's Potato Salad, Hellmann's Potato Salad, Pimento Paste

Recipe Title:Pretty in Pink Potato Salad
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
    Servings: 10

 

 

Ingredients:

 

2.5 pounds mini potatoes

1 cup Dukes/Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise

½ cup sweet pimento paste

¼ cup finely shredded carrot

¼ cup finely diced celery

1 medium red onion finely minced

1 tablespoon dried dill

½ tablespoon celery seed

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon finely ground black pepper

½ teaspoon granulated onion

 

Optional add: 6 hard-boiled eggs chopped, 6 slices cooked bacon crumbled

 

Instructions:

 

Boil or steam mini potatoes till fork tender. Slice each in half and set aside.

In a medium size bowl whisk mayo, pimento paste, carrot, celery, red onion, celery seed, dill, salt, pepper and granulated onion.

Add in warm potatoes to mayo mixture tossing to coat gently.

Refrigerate 24 hours then serve topped with additional chopped chives.

 

Potato Salad, Duke's Potato Salad, Pimento Paste

Coffee Chili Rubbed Rib Eye Recipe

Coffee Rubbed Rib Eye
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

 

 

Ingredients:
4 Boneless Rib Eye steaks

For the Rub:
2 tablespoons piri piri chili powder
2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
1 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon ground black pepper

Instructions:
In a small bowl mix all of the rub ingredients. Coat each steak with canola oil and season generously with the rub. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.
Prepare your grill for medium high heat.
Grill each steak for 5 minutes per side or until done to your liking.
Remove from grill and rest for 5 minutes prior to serving

Fathers Day Gift Giving ideas for the BBQ & Griller

happy-fathers-day

Looking for the perfect gifts for that grill lovin’ BBQ making Dad of yours? 

Here are some suggestions for gift giving this Fathers Day:

Gastro Grilling for Fathers Day

 

Gastro Grilling is for everyone who loves to fire up the grill at any time of the year and turn an everyday meal into a gastronomic delight!

Within these pages you’ll find recipes like Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Fire-Roasted Red Pepper and Goat’s Cheese, Grilled Half Chicken with Kick O’Honey BBQ Glaze, Grilled Squid with Prosciutto-Wrapped Radicchio and Caper Balsamic Sauce, and Grilled Pork Chop with Candied Chile Glaze.

Or how about the ever-succulent Stone-Grilled Butter Burgers or Hot English Cheese Steak with Pale Ale and Stilton?

http://www.tedreader.com/product/cookbooks/gastro-grilling

A-Maze-N

Smoker Tube

A-Maze-In Starter Kit with Smoker Tube

I got to play with this recently and I like their smoker tube. It works well for adding more smoke to your grilling experience. 

Thermopop

THERMOPOP ®

MODEL #TX-3100-XX (SELECT FROM 9 COLORS)

Rotating display
Left and right-handed use
Super-Fast® 5 to 6 seconds
Splash-proof design
Big backlit digits
Temp range: -58 to 572°F (-50 to 300°C)
Switchable °C/°F

Timestick

TIMESTICK ®

MODEL #TX-4200-XX (SELECT FROM 9 COLORS)

One-handed use
Pocket-sized, fits chef coat pocket
Count-down, count-up and clock
9 Colors
Splash-proof
Count-down bar graph
Includes neck lanyard

Thermapens are my number one recommended gadget for any home griller or BBQ’er. Thermoworks now has two great products in addition to their line up the Time Stick and the Thermopop. Available in a multitude of colors so you can co-ordinate your Dad to his gadgets 

Beerology

Mirella Amato is so incredibly talented – her knowledge of beer is outstanding. I got to experience a beer tasting workshop with her and it was exceptionally fun. I would highly recommend her new book Beerology. Perfect to give to anyone who loves beer & more.

Creekstone Farms

Give your Dad meat. Trust me – a box of meat is an awesome present. The people at Creekstone farms take a lot od pride in what they produce. I have tried many of their products. They ship all over the US.

Weber Copper

I have a serious affinity for Weber Kettles. This new copper colored Weber 221/2″  is sooo pretty. You always need more grills. I got mine at Ontario Gas BBQ. The largest BBQ store in the world. 

Stainless Steel Vented Cap Big Green Egg

For the eggheads and I am one of them- I suggest a new product the vented Stainless Steel Chimney Cap. Love it. From Dickson BBQ Centre Toronto.  I love my Big Green Egg and this aftermarket product is a nice addition. 

Fast Eddy Cookshack

Cookshack PG1000

Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack Pellet Grill Model PG1000 (Patent #7900553)

I have been playing on this grill for the last couple of months. Want low & slo ease of use from a pellet cooker? Plus super hot and fast searing as well ? This grill has it all. So spectacularly easy to use as well. One of the sturdiest grills I own the cart is impressive as well. 

http://www.cookshack.com/store/Grills-old/Fast-Eddys-by-Cookshack-Pellet-Grill-Model-PG1000

Disclaimer:

I was not paid or compensated in any way for this post. All of the items are things I personally have tried and liked. 

 

BBQ Words- Get to know the lingo

Diva Q BBQ Sign

 

Ready for a Black and Blue, Hot Guts and Burnt Ends plate? Do you even know what that means? There are lots of terms in the barbecue and grilling worlds that may be confounding. Here’s a guide to demystifying the special lingo of outdoor cooking.

BBQ, Bar-B-Q, Barbecue, Barbeque – A noun, and also a verb. It doesn’t matter how you spell it. Just go out and do it.  To cook food over/under/beside coals/gas/wood etc. or an open fire. Original origins highly debated.

Check out my post at Char-Broil on all things BBQ Lingo

http://live.charbroil.com/articles/bbq-words-talk-the-talk-of-the-experts

Salted caramel apple cheesecake galette on the grill

Salted caramel apple cheesecake galette

 

I love caramel. I love salted caramel even more.

Check out my recipe for this beautifully easy Salted caramel apple cheesecake galette on the grill:

http://live.charbroil.com/articles/salted-caramel-apple-cheesecake-galette

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