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Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the Ontario Gas BBQ’s Media Day. Ontario Gas BBQ is one of my all time favorite places in the world. They have so much stuff. So many BBQ’s.  I have to show extreme self restraint every time I go. I want to buy everything. They also are the largest BBQ store in the world. Unfortunately the day was cold and wet. Ugh. But the grills never stopped the beer was flowing and the media were all about….

Their BBQ showrooms are incredible. They carry everything you can imagine and more….

So many BBQ’s ……………….

There was a great selection of BBQ Companies there to demo their products and to provide tastings..Traeger’s menu for the day was ABT’s  Grilled Asparagus with a curry aioli, and hot & fiery chili dipping sauce, pulled pork sliders, Bacon Bombs (Ill be posting about those next week!!) and of course a little bit of chocolate heaven. All done on Traeger BBQ’s

Celebrity BBQ & grilling chefs Ted Reader (Teds BBQ World) and Rob Rainford (Food Network- License to Grill) were also on hand making some incredible food (pulled pork and foie gras burgers from Teddy!- so decadent)

Rob looking as stylish as ever and he always has the megawatt smile.

Here is a picture of Ted’s Ass bending over his grill. You can see it is a much smaller ass now. He has lost a lot of weight.

I have no clue what he was looking for here. You never know with Teddy what will happen next.

I got to try some of his new Apple Brown Betty Grilling Sauce (and I forgot to bring my bottle home) it was damn good. Go get some.

For some serious comedy please watch this video of us chatting after the show on Teddy’s weight loss secrets – they are truly inspirational.

Heres a link to some of the media coverage from yesterday.  It was a really fun day !! Thanks to the folks at Eventrix for organizing the entire event.

Global TV April 2010


 


Well today has been a very exciting BBQ day!! I got to see the new Traeger 300 in person right after it was unloaded. It is even more impressive in person. Really solid design. I am looking forward to playing on one in the upcoming weeks.

Here are some pictures of the unit

As soon as I get the spec sheet I will update this post!


 


Along with my love of BBQ and food in general I have a serious affinity for butchers shops. I have my own here in Barrie- Hovey’s Gourmet Meats and I believe everyone needs a good butcher. Last year I had the opportunity to do a Traeger demo at an incredible butcher store Schinkels Gourmet Meats in Chatham Ontario. Due to some technical difficulties (ok I admit it I lost the pictures) I haven’t posted before now but here are some pictures of this terrific butcher store. If you are ever in the area I suggest you stop in and pick up some of their great products.Additionally they have some of the nicest and most helpful staff you will ever encounter.

They have terrific meat counters that are full service

Great selections of lots of cheeses

Lots of spice mixtures and also BBQ sauces

Plus their owner is an all around great guy who really knows his stuff:

Stop in if you are in the area!

Schinkels’ Gourmet Meats
145 Richmond St.,
Chatham, Ontario.
Canada
N7M 1P1

Ph: (519) 351-2117
Fax: (519) 436-0961


 


Just wanted to share something I am finally able to post… had to wait till this weekend as it is being unveiled at the Traeger HPBA expo booth.

This is the picture of the brand new Traeger 300. It is really cool and I get to play on one next month. I can’t wait. Monday I’ll post more specs on it. Its going to be awesome.


 


Well I am once again adding to my ever increasing list of BBQ books. The folks at Big Green Egg were kind enough to give me a copy of their latest book. Just for the record. I don’t have a Big Green Egg. Yet. I am a firm believer that having multiple types of grills is a good idea. They all have different personalities. I love my Traegers. I compete with my Traegers. I really do believe they are the easiest BBQ to own and to operate. So I am definitely a pellet head. However I love playing with charcoal too. Playing with fire can be a lot of fun and certainly a challenge at times. Some women collect shoes I prefer to collect BBQ’s. It makes the whole BBQ experience fun.

So the cookbook is really quite expansive. This is a big cookbook. 320 pages. It is a gorgeous cookbook to own. The pictures are incredible. The recipes many I have tried and would recommend -Smoke Beef Short Ribs done with hickory chips for example. I have found many of the recipes are easily transferable to other BBQ equipment in addition to Eggs.

Some of the recipes also use the stove top (ex Kale on page 307 with the apple wood smoked bacon). It is a delicious recipe.

I like the format of this cookbook. I enjoyed reading the Chef & Pitmaster Biographies. Overall this has to be one of the best laid out cookbooks for BBQ I have ever seen. Plus God bless them they realize there are Canadians and International Folks that BBQ since they even included a Metric Conversion table as well.

From the Gourmet (ex Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Creme Fraiche & Caviar) to the most basic (ex Italian Sausage subs) this cookbook has it all for anyone who loves to grill & BBQ. I would highly recommend it for the recipes whether you own a Big Green Egg or other grill/bbq.

The book is only available at Green egg dealers, it will be late summer before it’s available through Amazon


 


Just an FYI we have announced two classes for 2010 with more dates being announced in the future. Please see our Classes tab for more information. Please note all of our past classes have sold out continuously so sign up soon.


 


This weekend Ill be with Traeger Canada in the Traeger Grill Zone at Bradford Greenhouses Garden Gallery in Barrie. Its a indoor show featuring lots of interesting indoor ideas, live stage shows and loads of fun. Bring the family! Best part is there is free admittance! Come meet Frankie Flowers as well Frank will be there on Sunday doing a demo on enviro gardening!


 


Day 23 – 25 Days of Christmas BBQ Blogging..

ABT’s, Puff Pastry Wrapped Brie with smoked garlic and walnut wine preserves, Cevapacici wrapped eggs

More prep today so there will be no finished products till everything goes on the BBQ’s tomorrow afternoon.

The first item I started out with today are the ABT’s (Atomic buffalo turds) which my FIL and husband both love dearly. I sure like them as well.

I love making ABTs They are fun little jalapeno packages of goodness. I rarely make the sme kind twice. These just get better and better.

I started out with 23 whole jalapenos that I split, cleaned the seeds out and washed. I use a tomato corer for this. Its a great tool for this task.




Then I mixed up 2 packages of cream cheese, some applewood smoked cheddar that I received in my Traeger gift basket this year, a bit of my own BBQ rub, spring onions and some minced garlic – thats about it.


Piped the mixture into the jalapenos. (* if your mixture is too stiff to pipe put the piping bag in microwave for 30 seconds) added a small slice of kolbasa to the tops of each.


Wrapped each with bacon. They are ready for the grill tomorrow.

The next item I worked on is a puff pastry wrapped brie. This is where store bought items really come in handy.

I had received a wonderful package from my sister in Smoke Angie Quaale owner of Well Seasoned a gorgeous gourmet food store in Langley BC. Angie sees some of the best food items there are and she sent me some of her favorites from this year. In amongst these food gems was a lovely jar of turkish fig and walnut wine preserves. Now I love figs and brie so this is a natural fit for me. In addition I had smoked some garlic the other day. I really don’t have the time to make my own puff pastry so PC brand works for me.

The rest is just a matter of assembly. This is not hard at all and best of all it can all be done the day ahead before it hits the grill.



Roll out the puff pastry


I scraped the top of the brie with a steak knife. I then spooned on some of the delicious fig and walnut wine preserves.


Pile on the individual cloves of smoked garlic


Wrapped all up in the puff pastry. I also gave it an egg wash so it will be shiny coming out of the grill or oven. Lastly I sprinkled on some smoked salt.


Off into the fridge it goes till tomorrow.

The last item I prepped today was something I haven’t tried before with this type of sausage.

Usully we have cevapcici with a roasted red pepper dip (Ajvar) for Christmas eve and as a snack on Christmas day. I fell in love with these shortly after marrying my husband who is Macedonian. These are a staple in his parents house- caseless sausages made of pork and beef. Unfortunately I forgot to pick up another case from D&S Meats in ajax Ontario. I did not have enough time to make my own.

So what to do?? I only had a few left in freezer. 24 to be exact. Not nearly enough for both Christmas and Christmas eve. I love scotch eggs and I hope this turns out to be a fantastic BBQ’ed version of them.

I started with 8 boiled eggs and made a patty out of the sausage. I did this all on plastic wrap to make it easier to assemble.



Then for color and flavour contrast I laid down pieces of roasted red peppers and some spring onions.


Next up you just have to add cheese. I picked an aged cheddar that was in the fridge. ( I would have used just about any type of hard cheese.)




Then here is where the plastic wrap comes in handy. I used it to help lift up the sides and then formed it into a ball.


I just repeated that over and over till all 8 were covered then sprinkled some House of Q BBQ rub on them.


I hope they work out well so I can slice them into wedges. Ill post the pics tomorrow. I am off to my favorite place to shop-my butchers Hovey’s Gourmet Meats to pick up my turkeys and some other tidbits of yummy goodness.