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Char-Broil & the 2014 Grilling All-Stars

 

Diva Q Char-Broil All Star

Hey all. It is the start of the new year and what better way that to talk about a partnership I have with Char-Broil. For the last few years I have been associated with their company. I use a variety of grills and yes I even use a gas grill. I was very skeptical of any gas grills. However since I started using my infrared grill I truly love it. This post is not paid for by Char-Broil. It is an honest opinion from someone who never thought they would like a gas grill. So that in a nutshell is why I am partnered with them. I like the way the grill works. Period.

Char-Broil is a division of W.C. Bradley Co. and is one of the oldest and most respected outdoor cooking brands. More Char-Broil gas grills are distributed across the United States than any other brand. The company sells Char-Broil branded grills in the United States and Canada, throughout Latin America, and Australia. In addition to the Char-Broil label, the company manages and manufactures a portfolio of outdoor cooking brands including Oklahoma Joe’s®, New Braunfels Smoker Company® and Thermos®.

In addition to being associated with Char-Broil I get to hang out and be in the Company of some outstanding people…. the Char-Broil Grilling All-Stars. They are all incredibly talented and they make some amazing food. Not only that they are just really lovely humans. The kind you want to hang out with pop a cold one and fire up a grill with. Please give them a follow.

LINKS TO CHAR-BROIL & THE 2014 GRILLING ALL-STARS:
Char-Broil Live Webpage: http://live.charbroil.com/
Catherine of South in My Mouth:http://www.thesouthinmymouth.com/
Chef Christo Gonzales of ChezWhat?:http://alittlebitofchristo.blogspot.com/
Chris of NibbleMeThis: http://nibblemethis.com/
Curt of LiveFire Online: http://livefireonline.com/
Danielle of Diva Q http: http://divaq.ca/
David of A Bachelor & His Grill: http://abachelorandhisgrill.com/
Jane of The Heritage Cook: http://www.theheritagecook.com/
Julie of She Smoke: A Backyard Barbecue Book, by Julie Reinhardt:http://shesmoke.blogspot.com/
Scott of GrillinFools.com: http://grillinfools.com/

Six Steps to Carving the perfect Turkey

Check out this great PDF from our friends at Char-Broil – Six Steps to Carving the perfect Turkey!  You can download the PDF at the bottom of the post for easy reading or scroll through and zoom. Make sure to check out our REALLY BIG Deal Discount (25%)

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Download (PDF, 190KB)

Crazy busy from Vancouver to Calgary to Memphis in May – what a week!!

Char-Broil 4 out of 5 say its better

 

Well I had one heck of a week! It was so much fun as I crossed Canada with Char-Broil and did media for them and the Char-Broil TRU Infrared Grills.

We started out in the beautiful city of Vancouver British Columbia!

Then right to the airport as I headed to Calgary ALberta
CTV Morning Live

 

 

 

Check out the link for our segment on grilling up some delicious chicken and a grilled caesar salad HERE 

Then right to the Country 105 Radio station for The RHODES Show!

Country 105

 

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Then once again right to the airport for a flight from Calgary to Chicago then on to Memphis. Ugh. Thats where a whole bunch of lightning unfortunately delayed my  plane and sadly I ended up arriving a day late into Memphis. (This seriously impeded my visiting with friends plans and cocktail aspirations) Got stuck in Chicago for the night. ]

Now why was I headed to Memphis ?? Well Memphis in May of course one of the BIG contests.

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The Char-Broil TRU Tour goes each year!

Char-Broil TRU Tour

 

It is a lof of fun to visit with the Crew plus then we get to BBQ with The Weather Channel throughout the morning and have a lot of grilling fun with host Paul Goodloe

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Paul Goodloe

 

 

You can follow Paul on his Facebook page 

 

 



 

It was a blast of course – who doesn’t love grilling & BBQ.? All of the recipes for the segments can be found here!

After the segments I got  some time to visit with friends from all over !

Congratulations to Sweet Swine o MINE!! Memphis in May World Champions for 2013

MIM 2013 Champions

 

 

Char-Broil 2013 All Star Event Atlantic Beach Florida

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It was a lot of fun to be once again be invited to the Char-Broil all star event. (Seriously does anyone ever turn down an opportunity to be in the sun for a few days>?) This year’s event was held in Atlantic Beach Florida at the beautiful One Ocean Resort. Glorious beach views and top notch amenities was the theme for the weekend. Really – this was pretty lovely to work and learn in this environment.

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My fellow all star Char-Broil Bloggers were once again a blast to be around. You really need to check these folks out:

Meet the All-Stars

  • David Olson – “A Bachelor And his Grill”David Olson – “A Bachelor And his Grill”
    David the the author of A Bachelor & His Grill. His food blog is a mix of crazy delicious grub & original recipes, a travel log for his worldly adventuring, littering of semi-appropriate/sarcastic humor, & connection point with some of the most amazing, inspirational, & engaging people he has ever met….

    Read more →

  • Curt McAdams – “Live Fire”Curt McAdams – “Live Fire”
    Curt McAdams is an award winning competitor in all categories of several Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned competition events and a certified barbeque judge (CBJ) in that respected organization. Curt shares his passion for cooking over an open fire in photographs of his food on his web log Livefire. …

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  • Julie Reinhardt – “She Smoke”Julie Reinhardt – “She Smoke”
    Julie Reinhardt is the author of She Smoke a Backyard Barbeque Book and hands-on partner of Smokin’ Pete’s BBQ in Seattle, a place she lovingly calls “a joint.” The fragrant aroma of smoke lingers in Julies clothes as she races between her duties as restauranteur, wife and mother….

    Read more →

  • Scott Thomas – “Grillin’ Fools”Scott Thomas – “Grillin’ Fools”
    The Grillin Fools are husbands, fathers, sons and good employees during the work week – but evenings and weekends their nearly-a-century of outdoor cooking experience blossoms and they become grilling super-heroes. OK – that may be stretching it a bit but they are busy grilling year-round grilling. …

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  • Jane Bonacci – “The Heritage Cook”Jane Bonacci – “The Heritage Cook”
    Jane Evans is the author of The Heritage Cook, a web log celebrating the traditional ingredients and recipes of American family life. Jane hails from the San Franciso Bay area and her attention to the ingredients is influenced by the farms, orchards, ranches and nearby access to seafood providing an unending source of inspiration. …

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  • Chef Christo – “Chez What?”Chef Christo – “Chez What?”
    Chef Christo Gonzales or simply “Christo” hails from New York and manages a busy schedule as private chef for individuals as well executive chef for two catering companies. A prolific cook and writer he shares his thoughts on food by contributing to more than a dozen web and social media outlets including photos of his creations….

    Read more →

  • Catherine Mayhew – “The South In My Mouth”Catherine Mayhew – “The South In My Mouth”
    Catherine Mayhew is the author of The HandyMom’s Guide to Grilling (Cool Springs Press) and the sassy southern lady behind the web log The South In My Mouth.  In her own words: “I think about lunch just after breakfast and dinner right after lunch.”…

    Read more →

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The time was packed with information sessions on Char-Broil grills and accessories for the 2013 season and future plans as well. We learned a lot about presentations, TRU Infrared technology and photography.  Plus how can you resist marketing materials and information when it is held with the cutest paper clips ever.

Pig Paper Clips, Diva Q

Char-Broil is also one of the sponsors of the HGTV SMART Home located a short distance from our hotel in Jacksonville Florida.

 

HGTV SMART Home Cha-Broil

 

We got to tour the house and check out the really interesting Technology they use.

Of course we had to check out the grill station! (I need to get that lamp light over the grill it was gorgeous)

HGTV Char-Broil SMART Home Grill area, Scott Thomas

After the house tour we travelled to Mayhew Florida to visit a fish market. We had enjoyed some of the terrific Shrimp thats available locally and it was great to see cases of fresh shrimp and trawlers.

Christo Gonzales, David Olsen Char-Broil All Star Weekend Diva Q  Char-Broil All Star Blogger Weekend

There was a deep sea fishing trip booked as well but unfortunately due to high seas it was cancelled. Darnit. I was really looking forward to that.  However we all headed to the SPA instead. I know it was a tough call but I made the sacrifice and got a really cute pedicure instead.  The ocean views from the One Ocean SPA were gorgeous.

Char-Broil Spa

 

After the relaxation we had a very serious event. It was the 2013 Char-Broil All Star Throwdown Competition.  This is an annual event with no monetary prizes but bragging rights.  We randomly pull numbers to find your partner and then you get grilling. My partner this year was the lovely Jane Bonacci “The Heritage Cook” She was an excellent partner and we worked very well together.

Blackbox Competition Char-Broil 2013

 

 

The black box competition contained: Calamari, Semi Sweet Dark Chocolate, blood oranges, Prawns, Snapper, sun dried tomatoes & Collard greens. We were required to use every mandatory item.

We had old Bay seasoning, salt, pepper, thyme, parsley, olive oil, lemons and hot sauce as pantry items. Plus wood planks if we wanted.

I think we made something spectacular. We had 22 minutes. Thats all the time we had from start to finish to grill, photograph and present to the judges. Our judges were the VP of Char-Broil Marketing Michelle Zeller, a ONE Ocean team representative, and hosted by Marketing Specialist Mary Eitel from MKE Communications.

This was our entry titled Bounty of the Sea:

Bounty of the sea. Planked seafood entry

Our entry included:

  • Smoked Calamari stuffed with grilled shrimp, charred collards, finely minced sun dried tomatoes and seasonings
  • Louisiana grilled shrimp
  • Shrimp stuffed sea shells
  • Blood Orange chocolate reduction
  • Thyme grilled snapper

Jane made the absolutely amazing Blood orange,chocolate reduction for the plank that paired beautifully with the snapper.  Make sure you check out her Chocolate Monday post next week for the recipe.

The competition was intense and all of the teams put out some incredible food. Very glad to report that Jane and I won the competition and the bragging rights for the next year. Trophy widget will be coming soon from the always helpful Michael Williams Char-Broils Multi Media Content Specialist and Community Manager.

After the contest we celebrated with some refreshing cocktails and a wonderful Grouper dinner oceanside.  A great time was had by all. Its really great to hear of all the Char-Broil All Star’s successes. These are some seriously talented people that make amazing food!! Make sure to check out their blog Posts on Char-Broil and their own personal websites.

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This event is always jam-packed with information, interesting education sessions and lots of laughter with my fellow Char-Broil All Stars. Looking forward to seeing them all sooner than later.

Just a reminder: 

As one of the Char-Broil All star bloggers I get to share a really great deal for my readers & followers.  Char-Broil has given me a code to post for the year for 25% off. Thats a big chunk of change to save.

Diva Q Big Deal

 

This code will give  25% OFF All Grills and Cookers on charbroil.com.  Pls note it is not applicable to parts but to grills & accessories only. This code & link below is valid until December 2013. Just use the code when you are checking out and click the link below:

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Char-Broil 4 out of 5 say its better

Char-Broil 25% Discount Code for BBQ’s

Char-Broil All Star, Diva Q

As one of the Char-Broil All star bloggers I get to share a really great deal for my readers & followers.  Char-Broil has given me a code to post for the year for 25% off. Thats a big chunk of change to save.

Diva Q Big Deal

 

This code will give  25% OFF All Grills and Cookers on charbroil.com.  Pls note it is not applicable to parts but to grills & accessories only. This code & link below is valid until December 2013. Just use the code when you are checking out.

 

C13DD25

 

 

 

 

SO seriously how much better would it be to get yourself or your loved one a new BBQ, Smoker or Grill for Valentines??? SO much better than the chocolate, and card route.

 

Thanks to the fine people at Char-Broil for providing this great deal!!

**** Please note this code cannot be combined with any other online code****

 

 

New BBQ Cookbook – America Grills!!

I love BBQ cook books. I love reviewing the recipes and many times being inspired by them.

Recently on a trip to South Carolina I got to meet in person Barry “CB” Martin.  We have talked back and forth on twitter & facebook many times and on the phone but never in person. He is the contributing editor for this cookbook.

Barry exudes a lot of passion for all things BBQ and grilling – it really comes through in this book as well ! This is a happy book.  This book makes you want to go out and grill something ASAP. Lots of really useful information packed into this well laid out BBQ cookbook!

 

Right from the beginning the book outlines all different methods and does a fine job of it -

Beautiful pictures and 222 recipes follow all gloriously detailed!

In no way is this book pretentious. It is an easy book to read to look at and to enjoy. One of the best things about this book is that it makes you want to head to the store buy the recipes and BBQ.. That’s why I would highly recommend this book for anyone – It would be a great gift too!

The book is available from Amazon

You can find Barry on twitter and Char-broil on facebook

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