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BBQ Crawl Season 2 !

BBQ Crawl Season 2

 

It became official yesterday that BBQ Crawl has been renewed for Season 2 ! Very excited to finally share this with everyone. Here is the press release segment about BBQ Crawl from Blue Ant Media/Travel & Escape!

Canada’s BBQ Champion Danielle Dimovski will be back for seconds with BBQ Crawl Season 2 (13 x 30 min). In its first season BBQ Crawl drew the largest audience of any of Travel+Escape’s original productions garnering an unprecedented viewership for an original production on the channel. Season 2 continues the journey in the American South. Kicking off in Nashville Tennessee and ending up in Kansas City Missouri, Danielle will dig deep into BBQ culture and explore new hotspots along the way. Produced by RTR Media, Season 2 will premiere Spring 2014

For the full press release please go here.

So here it is I just want to say Thank you. Thank you to all the amazing places we went in Season 1 Thank you to all of the owners and the places and the friends that allowed us into their worlds. Huge thanks to all of my BBQ family and friends and all the fans of the show. I am blessed beyond blessed to have you all along for this journey. The team at RTR Media rocks. They worked so hard on season 1 and they have been working for months already diligently for Season 2. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I appreciate each and everyone of you all. We leave next week to start Season 2 -this year we kick off in Nashville there will be new places new adventures some new and old friends making appearances and of course awesome kick a$$ BBQ along the way. Can’t wait for you all to see it unfold. Big hugs much Love from me to you all!! XXOO Danielle

RTR Media  Blue Ant Media  Travel & Escape

 

BBQ Crawl Season 2

Visiting a BBQ Competition? Here are a few tips on BBQ Etiquette

Visiting a BBQ Competition ?

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Visiting a BBQ Competition?

Here are a few tips on BBQ Etiquette

 

  1. BBQ Teams have paid to compete – please note most take it seriously. Teams pay for everything from the competition fee to the meats and supplies.
  2. IF you see someone walking a turn in box (usually a 9×9 Styrofoam box) please move out of their way.
  3. IF you see someone walking a tray of food items please move out of their way.
  4. Do not under any circumstances ever take any food from tables within a competition site without asking first. Most competitions do not allow public sampling. Please visit the vendors to purchase food and support the event.
  5. Be respectful of the competition sites. Do not cut through a team’s site to get to another section of the competition area. That’s like walking through someone’s house.
  6. Mind your manners, your pets and your children. Children and their parents should be aware that there are hot grills and sharp knives at every site. Do not let your children or dogs run around team sites. Do not let your drunk friends run around team sites either.
  7. Do not touch another person’s grills ever…. without asking first.
  8. The clock rules everything at a competition. Teams need to turn in items on a specific schedule.  During those turn in times teams may not want to have a conversation or stop to talk. It is nothing personal. These times are approximately 1130am-2pm however at each contest times can vary.
  9. Please ask before taking pictures of teams preparing their entries or of the teams themselves. Some teams would rather not have pictures of their items out in the public.
  10. Some events have adult beverage tents. Please enjoy responsibly.
  11. There are quiet hours at every BBQ contest. Please respect them.
  12. Please come out to the awards ceremony and cheer for all the teams. The more the merrier.
  13. Ask questions from teams in the non-busy hours. We love to talk about all things BBQ.
  14. Visit team websites like www.divaq.ca  & www.kcbs.us for more information about competition BBQ.

 

BBQ Crawl – Travel Channel July 3, 2013 8pm EST

BBQ Crawl Official Logo

 

Super excited for all our friends family and US to be able to see BBQ Crawl. It will premiere July 3rd on the Travel Channel at 8pm EST for 2 back to back episodes!!

Hope you tune in and enjoy our road trip…it was delicious fun for sure!!

 

BBQ Crawl Travel Channel

Team Diva Q World Bacon Champion

This ROCKS.

World Bacon Champion

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.

MIM

 

 

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

 

 

Playoff Party Food- your team may not be winning but at least you will munch well.

So there are so many games on each and every day! For the record…. I am an eternal optimist. I am a Toronto Maple Leafs Fan. For good or for bad its been a long 9 years…..

Toronto Maple Leafs Fan

 

Lots of parties and that means super snacking and of course great munchies!!

Here are some great links to delicious munchies you can serve at your playoff parties…

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Diva Q MOINK balls inspired by Larry Gaian from the BBQ Grail

MMM Shrimp & Sausage Bites - pork & seafood come together for a power packed bite of goodness!

4 Cheese ABT’s – stuffed jalapenos wrapped in bacon and smoked to yumminess!

Diva Q Jalapeno Dip & Grilled breads – so easy to make it should be illegal.

Chevaps – Because meat on sticks makes people happy!

Pizza Pizza Pizza – Everyone loves a good pizza.

 

 

May is National BBQ Month!

May is National BBQ Month

 

 

May is National BBQ Month!!

 

Get out & grill everyone!

A clean grill is a happy grill… Spring cleaning tips for BBQ Season.

I BBQ all year round. I understand there are people that put away their BBQ’s at the end of summer –  (We need to talk people – you can BBQ in winter and fall!) You need to perform ongoing maintenance and grill inspection -remember a clean grill is a happy grill.

 

 

Spring is just about sprung and its always a good time to take stock of your grills, sauces and rubs as the warmer months approach..

REMINDER: You should always check with your Manufacturers Owners Manual prior to cleaning, replacing or refinishing anything on your grill. Not all grills are created equal and what works for one many seriously damage another.

BBQ Tip:

Clean all of your BBQ’s exteriors with hot soapy water. You can also use a store brand degreaser.  Wipe down with cotton towels (Not the good ones from the bathroom – consult your spouse on this)

BBQ Spring Cleaning Tips, How to clean your grill

 

BBQ Tips:

Inspect all hoses and lines for cracking and fraying. Replace if necessary and consult your manufacturer’s operation manual and warranty on instructions.  Tighten all nuts and bolts to make sure your grill is solid.

There are types of tube cleaning brushes that are designed to help remove debris, spiderwebs and clogged lines. Check if your type of BBQ needs this type of cleaning brush.

Flaking paint is not tasty. If your grill hood is flaking you may need to sand it down and use some high heat touch up paint. Consult your owners manual.

Replace any knobs, dials and thermometers on your grill. Most manufacturer’s have many of these instock and available for order. This will help refresh your grill.

 

BBQ Spring Cleaning Tips, How to clean your grill
BBQ Tip: Spring Buy a new good quality cleaning brush preferably with a replaceable head.

BBQ Tip: Inspect your propane tanks. They have a shelf life make sure yours is current and where necessary replace.

BBQ Spring Cleaning Tips, How to clean your grill

BBQ Tip: Spring Check out your wood chip, chunk & charcoal levels. Stock up so you are always ready to get your grill on !!

BBQ Tip: Some types of grates need to be seasoned often and ongoing (ie Cast iron) Check with your manufacturer owners manual for recommended instructions for seasoning.

BBQ Spring Cleaning Tips, How to clean your grill

BBQ Tip: Spring Check your rubs and sauces out make sure to replenish and replace any that are out of date or stale. Try some new ones!

BBQ Spring Cleaning Tips, How to clean your grill
BBQ Tip: Spring Along with maintaining a safe grilling/bbq area inspect your fire extinguisher gauge to make sure you are in the green area. Recharge if necessary.

BBQ TIP: Level your BBQ. This only takes a minute but is really important to make sure your heat is evenly distributed.

BBQ Tip: SPring is the ideal time to remember to check your thermometers for accuracy and calibrate if necessary.  Boil a small pot of water and insert the thermometer. The temperature should be 212F or 100C

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BBQ Tip: Spring Buy a few large boxes of baking soda and have them handy- great to use for cleaning and snuffing out grease fires.

BBQ Spring Cleaning Tips, How to clean your grill

 

 

BBQ Tip: Spring Invest in a small notebook or online recipe database – keep a cooking log of food you make. That way if something is a success you can repeat the results!

BBQ Spring Cleaning Tips, How to clean your grill

BBQ Tip: Spring is a great time to try some new recipes check out Youtube, BBQ forums, and of course recipe sites for new inspiration!

BBQ Tip: Find a good butcher & get to know your meat. They can provide you with tons of tips, advise on deals & share knowledge
BBQ Spring Cleaning Tips, How to clean your grill, beef chart
BBQ Spring Cleaning Tips, How to clean your grill, Pork Cut chart

 

 

BBQ Tip: Spring is an excellent time to invest in a new grill or BBQ. Get out & buy something new- Pellets, Charcoal & Gas all have different unique features.

BBQ Spring Cleaning Tips, How to clean your grill

BBQ Tip: Spring is a fantastic time to kick it old school with a stick burner. Imagine cool nights, thin wisps of smoke & the smell of wood & meat… awesome !

BBQ Tip: Check out a BBQ Class – you just never know what you can learn! I am biased but ill recommend this .

Roc CIty, BBQ Spring Cleaning Tips, How to clean your grill

 

Above all keep your grill clean, well oiled and full of tasty food!! Enjoy !!

BBQ Spring Cleaning Tips, How to clean your grill

 

How to make a simple Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce

 Simple Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce

Ingredients
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in saucepan.
  2. Simmer until smooth and thickened to desired consistency—approximately 15 minutes.

How to make Memphis style Pulled Pork – YUMMY!

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