Bacon Cheddar BraziBurgers: Gluten Free BBQ for the 4th of July

by Mick Brown

Courtesy of http://www.BBQCateringConfidential.com

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Bacon Cheddar BraziBurgers are delicious and easy to make. Even better with Grilled Onion and Basil Mayoli.

I first encountered Cheese Bread Brazi Bites at the Gluten Free (GF) Expo in Pasadena in June 2014. In a ballroom dominated by Sweet GF Treats, it was really a delight to discover these savory Snacks. Made with Tapioca Starch, the texture is soft and smooth. The Cheese Bread Snacks (with Parmesan, Cheddar and Bacon) didn’t taste anything like Diet Food. In fact, the intense Cheesy flavor reminded me of the Deep Fried Cheddar Balls I used to get in Chicago and Wisconsin. I have been obsessed with Brazi Bites ever since.

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Brazi Bites were demonstarted at the Gluten Free Expo, sponsored by the Celiac Disease Foundation in June, 2014.

The opportunity recently came up for me to cater a Political Fundraiser, hosted by a friend who happens to be Gluten Free. The Menu was to be substantial Hors D’oeuvres that people could grab and go while having conversation. When I mentioned the possibility of making Mini-Burgers using Brazi Bites, the hosts loved it. So did the crowd on the day of the party. The Fresh Baked Buns made them especially delectable. Perfect for the 4th of July, or any party. No one even guessed that the Mini-Burgers were GF.

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BraziBurgers are made with Brazi Bites Cheese Bread Snacks and seasoned with HEROIC! Herb and Spice Blend.

BACON CHEDDAR BRAZiBURGERS with SMOKY GRILLED ONION AND BASIL MAYOLI

(For 10 Mini-Burgers)

Ingredients:

1 lb. Ground Beef (80/20 suggested)

2 tbsp. HEROIC! Herb and Spice Blend (by California Gold BBQ Rubs)

1 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce

1 tsp. Fresh Ground Black Pepper

1/2 tsp. Salt

10 frozen Cheese Bread Brazi Bites with Bacon

For Mayoli:

1 Cup GF Mayonnaise

1/3 Cup Chopped Fresh Basil

2 Thick Slices White Onion

1+1/2 tbsp. HEROIC! Blend

Cooking Instructions: (If no access to Grill, feel free to use indoor Grill Pan, Skillet or Broiler)

1. Preheat Oven to 400 Degrees and BBQ Grill to Medium High. Mix Ground Beef evenly with BBQ Rub, Worcestershire Sauce, Salt and Pepper. Separate into 10 Mini 1.5 oz. Burger Patties.

2. Place frozen Brazi Bites 1 inch apart on Baking Sheet (slightly greased or parchment lined). Bake for 20 Minutes or until Golden Brown.

3. Season Onion Slices on both sides with 1 Tbsp. BBQ Rub, then Grill for 5 Minutes each Side. Grill Mini-Burgers for 2 Minutes per side (or to desired doneness). Don’t walk away, they cook really quickly.

4. Once Onions are done, Chop them into a small mince, and mix with Mayonnaise, Basil and 1/2 Tbsp. BBQ Rub.

5. Gently slice Brazi Bites in half to form Buns. Fill each with one Burger and a generous Dollup of Mayoli. Serve and Enjoy. [We had optional GF Mustard, Pickle Chips and HEROIC! Ketchup/BBQ Sauce as condiments.]

LINKS

Brazi Bites (Available in Los Angeles at Whole Foods)- http://www.brazibites.com/

The Brazi Bites Story on Martha Stewart American Made- https://my.marthastewart.com/content/brazi-bites

California Gold BBQ Rubs- http://www.californiagoldrub.com

HEROIC! on Amazon.com- http://www.amazon.com/HEROIC-BBQ-Gluten-Free-Added/dp/B00IEEYCRQ

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Getting to the Fun 2014 Gluten Free Expo in Pasadena

by Mick Brown

http://www.BBQCateringConfidential.com

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With over 100 Exhibitors, there is plenty of Free Loot at the 2014 Gluten Free Expo in Pasadena, CA.

Food is King (or Queen) at the 2014 Gluten Free (GF) Expo in Pasadena. Sponsored by the Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF), the event is fun and well attended. Here is a preview for those who already have Tickets for the Expo today. If you on the fence about going, Jump Off and get down to the Pasadena Convention Center! Of course, all proceeds benefit the foundation’s Outreach, Research and Educational activities. You will get to taste some of the latest and greatest GF food products now available (as opposed to perusing the packaging on the shelves). Event is today Sunday, June 8th, 10:00am to 4:00pm. Tickets are $20 at Door. Link for basic info. http://celiac.org/get-involved/conference-expo/attendee/

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Here I am entering the Expo. Ready to dive in for the Food Booths.

My original Indiegogo campaign to get my product HEROIC! to the Pasadena Expo, took a fortuitous turn in San Diego (See Stars of Gluten Free Blog). So my current mission is for Education and to help raise Donations for the CDF. I mentioned the event being “Queen” because I got to meet the “Queens of Gluten Free” at the National Gluten Free Conference on Saturday. There was Pamela Giusto-Sorrels, founder of Pamela’s Products and Rachel Berliner, the co-founder of Amy’s. I also got personal advice on building customers (as a new brand) from Dr. Lucy Gibney, MD of Lucy’s healthy snack brand. Not sure if the “Queens” will be at the Expo again today, but their food will be. Pamela’s expansive booth is in front, a big full kitchen with both savory and sweet treats to sample.

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From the Conference at the Gluten Free Expo, Pasadena 2014.

Doors are open now, so I will get to some of my Highlights of the Gluten Free Expo:

Lucy’s GF, no Dairy Chocolate Chip Cookies. They can be served at any party and non-GF Kids won’t even tell the difference.

So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk, Chocolate Almond Covered Ice Cream Bar. Same as above. Delicious Ice Cream doesn’t taste like “Diet Food”.

Mary’s Gone Crackers Super Seed Crackers- Fresh tasting and delicious Superfoods. Would go great with a sprinkle of GF Superfood BBQ Rub. (We’ll have to talk).

Pamela’s Figgies & Jammies; GF version of classic Fig New-somethings.

-The nice variety of the GF Beers and Wines were refreshing and delicious.

-Who knew Fritos were GF? and Lay’s Potato Chips…?

BraziBites Cheese Bread Snacks with Bacon. OMG- tastes as good as the deep fried Cheddar Cheese Balls we used to eat in Chicago.

The Gluten Fighters– a creative new project teaching Kids with Allergies how they can be also be Heroes. Wish them well www.GlutenFighters.com.

Finally, the reason I may be going back- “Gluten Freedom” a new book by Dr. Alessio Fasano, MD. The books weren’t shipped to Pasadena in time for Saturday.

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A highlight as Keynote Speaker at the Conference. It was nice to meet Dr. Alessio Fasano, MD. Unfortunately, the books hadn’t arrived for him to sign.

Next time, I will give you more details on the National GF Conference, which was the opening event on Saturday. Until then, Eat and Be Well.

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Mick Brown is a Food Blogger/Purveyor based in Los Angeles, with over 30 years BBQ and Grilling experience. Aside from Caterer and Private Grilling Instructor, his passions are creating Easy Grilling Recipes and searching for the World’s Best Flavors. General Manager of Tastee BQ Grilling Co. and the new California Gold BBQ Rubs. He is also author of web serial blog “The Adventures of Tastee BQ.” Email- Mick@TasteeBQ.com