What is BBQ? The Top 4 Definitions of “BBQ”- Part 2

By Chef Mick Brown

Courtesy of http://www.BBQCateringConfidential.com (via http://www.BBQRESCUES.com)

This was originally written in 2014 for my big “BBQ Made Easy” Cookbook. Much has happened since then. Hopefully, it will help put ‘All Things BBQ” into better perspective for you. Since my Food Network appearance, and with the growing international popularity of BBQ RESCUES!, this is the perfect time for an Update. And Yes, that Cookbook Project is officially back on track. Stay Tuned…

#bbqprok

Upscale BBQ Pork Roast I had at La Petite Cour restaurant in Paris, France.

What is BBQ?

Have you ever considered where the phrase “BBQ” comes from? When you think about it, this could one of the World’s Greatest Mysteries. How did the word “BBQ” spread across the planet? Could it be that- among international languages- it is easier to say “BBQ” to describe tasty food? The all-inclusive term is used regionally around the United States, and in countries all over the world. I could write volumes to describe the million different styles of Grilling and Smoking Food. However, the most common ways food considered BBQ is prepared around the world can be put into 4 Simple Categories.

#bbqgrill #puertvallartamexico

Checking out a sidewalk Mixed Grill at a BBQ Restaurant in  Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

 The Top 4 Ways the Word “BBQ” is Used:

1. Seasoned Foods– Many of these come nowhere near a Grill, but are seasoned with Dry Rub mixtures that possess familiar sweet and smoky flavors; i.e. BBQ Potato Chips, Pork Rinds, Sunflower Seeds, etc…

#bbqchips

BBQ Seasoned Sweet Potato and Veggie Chips.

2. BBQ Sauces– They come in a wide variety of flavors and colors all over the world. Most are commonly used to coat Grilled or Smoked foods. Many are also added to Broiled, Baked, Slow Cooked and Fried Dishes; or as Condiments (for French Fries, Baked BBQ Chicken. Fried BBQ Chicken Wings, Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork, etc…)

#bodeans

Loved the Texas style Homemade BBQ Sauces at Bodean’s BBQ in London.

3. Grilled Foods– There are a vast array of cooking styles and techniques that people consider Grilling. From using a Griddle, to a Grill Pan, charring food in a Skillet or Wok, Stovetop and Countertop Grilling Devices. Of course, there is plenty of Outdoor Grilling with Open Flame, on a Grill or in a Pit.

#MoroccanGrilledChicken #MomosLondon

Moroccan style Grilled Chicken with Couscous and all the Trimmings we had at Momo’s in London.

4. Smoked Foods– For some people, food isn’t BBQ unless it has been infused with some form of smoke flavor. This can be done with Liquid Smoke, Wood Chips, Wood Chunks or cooked in a Wood Burning Oven, Terrine or Pit.

#smokedribs

Smoked Ribs are very popular at The Joint restaurant in New Orleans.

Of course, there are many exceptions. For some reason, when it comes to Vegetable and Seafood dishes, people tend to refer to them as “Grilled” or “Smoked”, as opposed to BBQ. This is true even when they are cooked using the same techniques as the Meats. The popular dish BBQ Shrimp in New Orleans is sautéed in a skillet and served with a pan BBQ Sauce. A big food chain in Korea is called BBQ Chicken. For them, the term “BBQ” stands for “Best of the Best Quality. While Grilled Chicken is on their Menu, the chain is best known for Fried Chicken. Go Figure…

I probably end up eating something from each of the 4 Categories of BBQ at least every week. Sometimes I get the “Quadruple BBQ Crown” all in one day. Feel free to share your Thoughts or Experiences with foods from The List. We’d be especially interested in seeing your BBQ Photos from around the world.

Until next time, 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. In May of 2015, he won Grill Master Champion on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen on special BBQ episode “Grill or Be Grilled” (Season 8, Episode 3). He also recently appeared on Bravo TV, catering for the Cast of Vanderpump Rules (Season Finale). He is also author of web blogs  The Adventures of Tastee BQ and  BBQ Catering Confidential. His newest project BBQ RESCUES!, includes a Blog Talk Radio Show, Youtube TV Channel and Podcasts on iTunes. Email- Mick@TasteeBQ.com

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All Natural/ Organic BBQ Grilling Class Comes to Los Angeles

#bbqchicken #grilledvegetables

BBQ Chicken with Grilled Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables.

By Mick Brown

Could this be a first for The City of Angels? The first ever all-natural, organic group BBQ gathering since the Paleo Age? Maybe not, but there will be fun to be had, Grilling to learn and delicious Food for the tasting. A few slots are still available for my first-ever Grilling Workshop at The King’s Roost, in Silver Lake. Following years of doing mostly Private Lessons and occasional Group/Event Demos, a class is finally being offered to the public. The King’s Roost is known as L.A.’s “Urban Homesteading DIY Center” so this Workshop with focus on Organic and All Natural BBQ Techniques and Recipes.

#ChefMickBrown #bbqcatering #cateringlosangeles

Grilling Veggies while catering Corporate Picnic in Griffith Park.

After winning Grill Master on Cutthroat Kitchen (Food Network) things have started to slowly pick up for me. You may have heard that we catered at the former Beatles’ Mansion last Summer, as well as several well-attended Private Events. Then last month, we were featured on Bravo TV, on the Season Finale of Vanderpump Rules. We catered the Engagement Party at the famous estate (Villa Rosa) of Beverly Hills Housewife Lisa Vanderpump to celebrate the long anticipated engagement of Katie and Tom.

#tasteebqgrillingco #bbqcatering #losangeles

Online Still from Vanderpump Rules. Smoky Caprese Salad Skewers were a prelude to BBQ Buffet.

I am also getting on track with my new project BBQ RESCUES! It has gained thousands of followers on Facebook and views on the Youtube BBQ RESCUES! TV Channel. There are also a few podcasts available on Apple iTunes and at the BBQ RESCUES! Blog Talk Radio website. The purpose is to reach out to new and developing Grillers, to share some of the “Secrets” to making great BBQ. I am forever indebted Randy Hill (one of my Cutthroat Kitchen competitors) for staying in touch and helping out with the Radio Show whenever asked.

Things are also picking up on the Catering end. I just completed filming my first shoot as a BBQ Food Stylist for an International Commercial. [Will get you details soon.] Also, we have been selected to BBQ for the Santa Monica Police Department’s 120th Anniversary celebration. The Cookout will be held in May, and they are expecting around 500 Policemen (including Family and Friends). We have already added Kingsford Charcoal as a Sponsor, and I hope to include a couple of more soon. Finally, this month, my first ever in-depth interview with Keith Kurlander debuted online at Parkbench/Los Feliz (link below)

Regarding the Workshop… actually, “All Natural” and “Organic BBQ” are about lessening the effect of chemicals and pollutants that can sometimes be by-products of Grilling. We will use recycled paper, untreated wood, and all natural (chemical, hormone and preservative free) ingredients. Class Participants will not only cook Healthier BBQ, but they will learn how to make it taste more delicious than most of what is being offered out there Commercially.

If you will be in or around Los Angeles this Sunday (April 24, 2016), check out the website to see if Tickets are still available (link below). We also have a few slots reserved for Press and Food Bloggers, you can still contact me to confirm if you want to attend. Looking forward to all of us making our Best BBQ Ever(!) this coming Summer. Another Class may be added in time for the Memorial Day Holiday. Until next time, Eat and Be Well.

Grilling Class with Chef Mick Brown- Sunday April 24th, 2016- 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Meets at King’s Roost, 3732 W. Sunset Bl., LA 90026. Limited Parking Available; enter driveway next to 3730 Sunset. (in Back).

Ticket/Info Website: https://squareup.com/store/kingsroostLA/item/april-am-pm-grilling-w-chef-mick-brown

Press Release: https://www.prlog.org/12550047-organic-bbq-grilling-class-hatches-at-kings-roost-in-los-angeles.html

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Mick Brown, is Chef/Caterer and General Manager at Tastee BQ Grilling Co. With over 30 years Grilling Experience, he teaches Private BBQ Lessons to Individuals and Groups. In 2015, he won Grill Master Champion on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen on special BBQ episode “Grill or Be Grilled” (Season 8, Episode 3). As a Blogger, he is Author of “The Adventures of Tastee BQ” and “BBQ Catering Confidential”. His newest project BBQ RESCUES!, includes a Blog Talk Radio Show, Youtube TV Channel and Podcasts on iTunes. He founded California Gold BBQ Rubs in 2013, which now offers Gluten Free, All-Natural HEROIC! BBQ Rub in local retailers and on Amazon.com.

LINKS-

The Kings Roost website http://www.kingsroost.com/

Cutthroat Kitchen “Grill or Be Grilled” (Youtube $1.99)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEsVRWGLK7M

Cutthroat Kitchen “Grill or Be Grilled” -Alton’s After Show  http://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/sc/cutthroat-after-show-grill-0231539.html

Vanderpump Rules ‘Push Comes to Shove” http://www.bravotv.com/node/1107181

BBQ RESCUES! website https://bbqrescues.com

Tastee BQ Grilling Co. website http://tasteebqgrilling.com/

Interview with Parkbench by Kurt Kurlander  http://parkbench.com/usa/california/losangeles/losfeliz/blog/chef-mick-brown-g-m-of-tastee-bq-grilling-co-some-of-the-tastiest-bbq-in-los-angeles

 

 

What’s That Smoking? 6 Easy Ways To Get Your BBQ “Smoke-On” at Home

Basics of BBQ #3

Courtesy of www.BBQCateringConfidential.com

#austrainsmokers

Good News. You don’t have to build a custom Smokehouse to enjoy natural Wood Smoked flavors at home. Pictured: the Smoke Wagon by the Austrian Smokers. https://www.facebook.com/AustrianSmokers

THE 4 MOST COMMON WAYS TO SMOKE FOOD:

1. Manufactured and DIY Outdoor Grills

2. Outdoor/ Indoor Custom BBQ Smoke Pits

3. Indoor Electric Smokers/ Devices

4. Stove Top Smoking

OK. Maybe you don’t own a custom built or manufactured BBQ Smoker. Still, it can be easy to add fresh Wood Smoke flavor to your cooking at home. Smoking always adds a delicious new dimension to foods. There are literally Thousands (1000’s) of Makes, Models and Styles of BBQ Grills throughout the world. When you add in the wide variety of DIY BBQ Pits and Grill hybrids created by home GrillMasters, the number can easily be in the Millions. We see Hundreds of photos of unique, homemade BBQ Grill creations each week on Google+. Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

#stovetopsmoking

The World’s easiest way to add Smoky flavor in your home kitchen. Make a DIY Stovetop Smoker using a dedicated Pot, Foil Wood Chip Pouch and a Food Rack (not pictured). Best used gently with Pre-cooked foods.

Smoking has been used as a technique to preserve food for centuries. Along with natural Wood Smoke, cooks would also use some form of Salt or Sodium to cure meat. Of course, Salt adds plenty of flavor, but most Nutritionist’s agree that “Less is more”.  That is one of the reasons I made POWER Rub with much lower amounts of Sea Salt and Brown Sugar. We decided to produce HEROIC! with No Added Salt or Sugar.

 

#charcoalsmoking #woodchips

A common way to add Smoke for Charcoal Grilling. Place soaked Wood Chips or Chunks directly onto the hot coals.

When you are ready to add Smoke, here are 6 Easy Ways To Get Your BBQ “Smoke-On” at Home:

1. Outdoor Smokers or Custom Smoke Pits/ Boxes- Most common, really not too difficult to use once you get the hang of it. The more time you spend experimenting, the better you become at it.

2. Charcoal Grills- The more interior space the better, but any size will do. Whether using Wood Chips, Chunks, Pellets or Cubes- food comes out better by the use of Slow and Indirect Smoking. The technique will differ for each Grill. The best way to learn is to search “Indirect Smoking on (Add Your Model) Grill”. The internet shall reward you with a wealth of knowledge.

3. Gas/ Laser Grills- Indirect Smoking techniques differ with each model. Some have built-in smoker drawers, for others you can purchase a metal smoke box or tube. Or you could use an aluminum foil pan, or make your own foil basket (or “Hobo Pouch”). Another good occasion to search “Indirect Smoking on (Add Your Model) Grill”.

4. Electric Smokers- There is a good selection available for outdoor and indoor use. However, this category is a favorite for creative and inventive BBQ cooks all over the world. The fact is: you can use any high heat element or source to create natural wood smoke. The level/duration of smoking and chamber used makes all the difference. A good search would be “Homemade Electric Smokers”. You’ll be surprised by the DIY variety.

5. Stovetop Smoking- This technique is best used to add quick, natural Wood Smoke flavor to pre-cooked foods. Some Stovetop models are commercially available. This can be easily done DIY at home by using a dedicated Pot, Chip Pan and a Food Rack. Stovetop Tea Smoking has been used by Chefs around the world ever since stoves were invented.

6. Smoke Guns/ Countertop Chambers- These new devices are easy to use, but may be difficult to obtain for your kitchen. Each model comes with it’s own instructions. We are seeing them more and more on cooking shows. An affordable home version can’t be too far away in the future.

#indirectsmoking

Indirect Smoking on DIY outdoor Electric Smoker using a Single Burner, Rack, and Pan of Wood Chips.

If you have never tried Smoking before, go ahead- try it today or the next time you cook. You don’t even need to fire up a Grill. Use the above methods to bring natural Wood Smoked flavor to everything from Chips, Nuts, to Seafood, Sausages, Hams, Turkeys and even Rotisserie Chickens. Go for it- get your “Smoke-On”! Until next time, Eat and Be Well.

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Thanks for being among the first to visit the new “Basics of BBQ” Series. I am happy to preview it here on the Blog. Some material will be used for a current book project, tentatively called “The BBQ Catering Confidential Cookbook”.  A version will also be shared on the California Gold BBQ Rubs Recipes Pages, under the New Owner’s Manual. Stay tuned, next time we will explore “Grilling vs. BBQ”.

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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

To get started, here are Links to few Recipes with more detailed Smoking Instructions.

Short Story- “TasteeBQ Goes to the Superbowl” http://tasteebq.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/burgers-and-beyond-tasteebq-goes-to-the-super-bowl-ii/

Gas Smoking- http://www.patiodaddiobbq.com/2011/03/how-to-smoke-on-gas-grill.html

DIY Electric Smoking: “How to build a DIY Smoker”-http://tasteebq.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/make-diy-ceramic-bbq-pot-smoker-in-5-easy-steps-tasteebq-uses-gluten-free-bbq-rub-for-citrus-pulled-pork/

Stovetop Smoking: Rotisserie Chicken, Salmon- http://tasteebq.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/how-to-make-a-diy-stovetop-smoker-for-just-99-cents-tasteebqs-holiday-recipes-for-smoked-nuts-and-salmon/

Facebook- The Austrian Smokers:  https://www.facebook.com/AustrianSmokers

 Video “Indirect Smoking: Smoking Mussels, Oysters and Bacon”- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K78HE89N-c

 

Courtesy of California Gold BBQ Rubs  www. CaliforniaGoldRub.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaGoldBBQRubs

California Gold BBQ Rubs on Amazon.com

POWER (Lower Salt and Sugar) http://www.amazon.com/California-Gold-BBQ-Power–10oz/dp/B00CVCMR88

HEROIC! (No added Salt or Sugar) http://www.amazon.com/HEROIC-BBQ-Gluten-Free-Added/dp/B00IEEYCNA

New BBQ Tasting Tours Los Angeles and Best of Barbecue in London

By Mick Brown

Courtesy of www.BBQCateringConfidential.com

#PittCo #BBQBeefRibs

Pitt Cue Co. Smoked Beef Ribs with Bone Marrow Mashed Potatoes and Pickled Red Cabbage. The Best BBQ Dish I had in London.

 

Barbecue Season is in full swing in countries all over the world. If you are like me, you’re always searching for something exciting and new in your travels. Especially when it comes to Food. Since my interest is Grilling, I always try to find something grilled on restaurant menus wherever I go. Wish every city had a BBQ Tour, where I could link up with a BBQ Chef and explore some of the best local places to eat (and avoid the over-priced tourist traps with mediocre food).

 

#SteakCoLondon #BBQLondon

Steak & Co. is a Class Act with a variety of Rib styles. They are said to have some of the Best Mac and Cheese in London.

As it turns out, I usually end up creating culinary tours for myself whenever I visit cities outside of Los Angeles. I utilize a combination of Yelp, Trip Advisor, “Local BBQ Restaurant Reviews” (Google Searches), and good old “Word of Mouth” from Locals. Thanks to Facebook and Google, I am also creating a Friends’ network of Gluten Free and BBQ Foodies and Chefs from all over the U.S., and abroad.

 

#MickBrown #RipleysLondon

At Ripley’s Museum London, I quiz a friendly Local about where to find the best BBQ.

When I am not doing BBQ, I like to take city tours of the best local Cuisines and do Cooking Classes to learn how to make them. In the past couple of years I have been fortunate to tour exciting food destinations like New Orleans, Paris, Mexico, Miami, Costa Rica and Chicago, among others. Some of these experiences have been subjects in “The Adventures of TasteeBQ”.

 

#BodeansLondon #BBQBurntEnds

Authentic Texas style BBQ is alive and well at Bodean’s BBQ in London. They are popular for house made BBQ Sauces and delicious Burnt Ends.

Recently, I have been hearing from people who are planning travel to London, so I decided to share one of my favorite BBQ cities ever. I was there in the Fall of 2012, following the Olympics. Hopefully, the London BBQ scene hasn’t changed too much in the past year, or so. Please share any updates if you have more recent Pics of BBQ in London.

#AdamsRib #LondonBBQ

Tender Chicken and Ribs taste a more baked than BBQ at Adam’s Ribs. But the BBQ Sauce is great with the Fries.

 

#WestEndLondon #TheatreRow

From Adam’s Ribs, you get great views of Theatre Row in the West End.

Of course, throughout my travels there have been “Hits and Misses” when it comes to BBQ restaurants. The Catering part of my company has recently branched out to offer BBQ Tasting Tours in Los Angeles. Open to both L.A. Locals and visitors alike, friends have asked why would I promote the competition?  I look at it a different way.  As a Caterer, I seldom cook for groups of less than 10, and I have no intention of ever opening a BBQ restaurant in L.A. [Been there , done that with Chicago Pizza.] Plus it is a chance to take my BBQ Classes on the road, meet new people and nosh on some of the Best BBQ in town. The next Tour is coming up in a couple of weeks (details below). In the end, BBQ Tasting Tours is another small step in my company’s mission to Make the World a Better Place to Eat. Hope to see you there. Until next time, Eat and Be Well.

#MoroccanGrilledChicken #MomosLondon

As a fan of International BBQ is was great to have Lunch at Momo Restaurant in London. Their Moroccan style Grilled Chicken was phenomenal, and came with Couscous and all the Trimmings.

FAVORITE 5 PLACES FOR BBQ IN LONDON

1. Pitt Cue Co.- 1 Newburgh St, London W1F 7RB, United Kingdom +44 20 7287 5578- Great quality Smoked Meats, creative Side Dishes and Daily Specials.

2. Steak & Co.- Irving Street.London WC2A 0HAEngland, 0207 839 8100- Elegant Steakhouse with nice variety of Ribs and traditional American BBQ Dishes.

3. Bodean’s BBQ- 10 Poland Street London, W1F 8PZ  020 7287 7575- A slice of the South with authentic Texas Style smoked BBQ, and more.

4. Momo Restaurant- 25, Heddon street London W1B 4BH + 44 207 434 4040- Lavish Moroccan Restaurant with excellent Grilled Chicken and the works.

5. Adams Rib- 9/23 Shaftesbury AvenueLondon W1V 7HAEngland +44(0)20 77346811- BBQ is tender and tasty. Great location for Theater Row.

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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

 

 

LINKS

For More see The Adventures of TasteeBQ “Best of BBQ in London” http://www.buzzfeed.com/tasteebq/the-best-of-bbq-in-london-2kzn

Pit Cue Co.,  London http://www.pittcue.co.uk/home/ 

Steak & Co., Lmdon http://www.steakand.co.uk/

Bodean’s BBQ, London http://www.bodeansbbq.com/

Adams Rib, London http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g186338-d2200833-Reviews-Adams_Rib-London_England.html

Momo Restaurant, London http://momoresto.com/restaurant/london/momo/restaurant/

BBQ Tasting Tours Los Angeles- Tickets, Info Tour July 26, 2014 http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/774599

BBQ Tasting Tours- Tastee BQ Grilling Co. http://tasteebqgrilling.com/bbq-tasting-tours-los-angeles/

Spice Rubs 101- 25 Ways To Transform Your BBQ Rub

by Mick Brown

Rub A Dub Dub, You hear a lot nowadays about Spice Rubs. They are being cooked up on The Chew and other popular daytime TV programs. Of course, every team on those Competition BBQ Shows is using a secret Rub. I hope to compete one of these days, under the right conditions. Would love to have the next “Award-Winning” Rub. But that’s a different article.

The terms Rub, Dry Rub, BBQ Rub, Spice Rub, etc… generally refer to a pre-measured mixture of seasonings. The word “Rub” is quite literally a noun and a verb. Most Rubs are used to marinate meat overnight. With gloves (preferably), you literally Rub the dry mixture evenly over the meat, using the natural meat juices to create a wet paste. This technique is used for Grilling, Smoking and BBQ all over the world. You can use it for Baking, as well. Anyone who has seen my Facebook page knows that International BBQ is a strong interest of mine. Stick with me, and I will show you that the world is a very small place when it comes to BBQ.

25 WAYS TO TRANSFORM YOUR BBQ RUB

Whether you make your own Homemade Rub or are using a good commercial one, it usually acts as a background “symphony” of flavor. Most Rubs are created to taste great on their own. But if you are in the mood to add a new spin- Here are 25 special ways to Transform the flavor:

SWEET TREATS

1. Add Cinnamon with Sugar– Brown, White or Raw Sugars are fine. Especially good for Pork, Ham and Bacon.

2. Sugar, Soy and Sesame Oil- A Teriyaki style spin on your Rub.

3. Honey and Lemon– Especially good for Chicken. Can be added to BBQ Sauce for Ribs.

4. Molasses– Adds a rich natural sweetness to anything.

GET FRUITY

5. Orange Slices– Squeeze and cover to add a bright fresh Citrus Flavor.

6. Lemon Slices– Be careful as acid will begin to “cook” fish or meats. Adds pungent Citrus, best with with something sweet.

7. Pineapple Slices– Fresh is best, use canned if you must. Squeeze the juice and Rub into Hams, Chicken, Turkey, Pork Roast.

8. Lime– It adds nice tangy flavor. Great for Chicken and Fish.

HERBAL POWER- These are best fresh, but you can substitute dry herbs.

9. Parsley– Nice natural Herbal flavor. I like to stuff it into cavity after seasoning Chicken, Turkey or Duck.

10. Fennel– Chop the leafy part and Rub it in. Great for Seafood and Fish.

11. Fresh Dill– No need to chop, break off and spread branches.

12. Rosemary– Can chop branches or pull off leaves. Especially for Steak and Pork.

13. Basil– Unique mild flavor. Especially great for marinating Veggies. Add a bit of Olive Oil to spread flavor.

14. Oregano– Love it with Veggies and Pork Chops.

15. Thyme– Great for Steaks and Beef Ribs.

16. Garlic– Of course. Chopped, or Rub it thinly sliced, can put in slit holes for Beef, Pork Roasts and Lamb.

17. Mint– Generally with Pork and Lamb.

HEAT IT UP!- Use a little or a lot, depending on taste. When Rubbing meat it is good to wear gloves. Especially with these.

18. Jalapenos– Mildly spicy, pickle your Chicken, Pork or Beef.

19. Dry Cayenne– No need to buy a spicy Rub. Add Cayenne.

20. Crushed Red Pepper– Adds general heat and little bursts of flavor.

21. Hot Sauce– Add your favorite, may want to dilute slightly with water or another wet ingredient to spread evenly.

22. Chipotle Pepper– Especially good with Smoked Chipotles in lieu of liquid smoke.

23. Red or Green Chile Peppers– Spicy Southwestern flavor for Chicken, Pork, Beef or Fish.

24. Habanero– Light ‘em up, I’m on fire…

25. Bell Peppers and Onions– Not especially spicy, but will add distinctive flavor.

You don’t have to wait to use Rub or fire up the grill. Feel free to add any combination of these flavors to any recipe. Especially for Baked or Crockpot BBQ Pork, Ribs or Chicken. The nice thing about cooking is the wide variety of alternatives. I am sure there are at least another 1000 ways to transform your BBQ Rub. I welcome your ideas or “tried and true” recipes. I’d be glad to compile another list to share with everyone, of course giving credit to your ideas. Post them here, or email me at Mick@TasteeBQ.com. Until next time, 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 Catering, 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

Related Articles:

LINKS– Some of the latest in BBQ around the Web

Top 10 Brisket Rub Recipes- http://bbq.about.com/od/brisketrubrecipes/tp/Top-10-Brisket-Rub-Recipes.htm

Videos

BBQ-Pork Ribs low and slow – English Grill- and BBQ-recipe – 0815BBQ– He makes a Rub and amazing views from the Grill.

Pakistani style BBQ in the Netherlands– Nice looking Grilled Chicken and interesting glimpse of grilling Naan near the end.

5 of L.A.’s Best Hidden Places for the Freshest Meats- Pt. 2- Where are the Fish Tanks?

by Mick Brown

#freshlobster

Fresh Lobster picked from tank at California Market in September 2013.

It is no secret that the best meals start with fresh, quality ingredients.  In this new blog, we are talking about some of the hard-to-find places where you can send a Caterer for the best quality Meats in the Los Angeles area. Sad to report that the Fish Tanks have been removed at California Market, 4317 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA., 90004  (http://www.yelp.com/biz/california-market-los-angeles). I had driven past this place for years, with no idea of what they had inside. From Beverly Boulevard it may look like an abandoned grocery mart. The entrance is actually on the other side, facing away from the street. Once you enter their bustling parking lot, you know there is plenty of shopping happening here. I’ll pay homage to what was, while at the same time asking the title question. If anyone knows of somewhere else where fresh (edible) fish is sold from the tank, please leave a comment.  [A full list of my picks, with Links, appears at the bottom.]

#livelobster

Where else can you find Live Lobsters for only $5.99 per Pound?Really, where???

One of my best bargains ever was two live whole lobsters from California Market for the grand total of less than $16.00. Took them home and boiled them in a pot of BBQ Rub seasoned water. Then Grilled them and served with Seasoned Garlic and Herb Butter. Delicious.

#grilledlobsters

Grilled Lobster served with Seasoned Garlic and Herb Butter.

California Market also had fresh Abalone and tanks of live Halibut for $16.99 per Pound. They would help you pick the right one for your desired weight. Then the Butcher would perform “the deed” and send you home with flawless filets. Why go on and on about what used to be available? Because I want to find anyone who knows of a similar place that still exists.

#livefishtanks

Goodbye to the Fish Tanks at California Market. Thanks for the Memories.

The good news is that you can still find great deals on Fresh Frozen Fish at California Market. You can also ask the Butchers for the fresh Catch of the Day and they will point you to it.  If you want prepared food, the Noodle House at the store entrance sells some amazing sweet or spicy Fresh Noodle Bowls you can eat there or take-out. On Yelp, some of the reviews are misleading. Like the one that says they don’t have Kimchi. California Market makes it fresh every day and has a whole aisle full of selections. My day job is to run a Los Angeles catering biz, which has recently expanded into manufacturing a new line of BBQ Rubs. Hope you don’t mind if I leave a couple of links below. Eat and Be Well.

5 Most Hidden Places for Fresh Meat in Los Angeles

1. California Market- 4317 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90004  http://www.yelp.com/biz/california-market-los-angeles . The Live Fish Tanks are gone, but ask the Butcher for the Catch of the Day.

2. Marconda’s Meats and Puritan Chickens- Farmer’s Market, 6333 West 3rd St #514. Los Angeles, CA 90036-3183 (323) 938-5131  http://www.marcondas.com/  This butcher has the best Fresh Meats with reasonably priced Sales, as well as premium steaks such as Waygu. They also make their own Marinades, Sausages and Side Dishes.

3. Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market- Farmer’s Market, 6333 w 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA 90036   http://www.mrmarcel.com/gourmet-markets/  The Deli has fine Cheeses from all over Europe and other parts of the World. You can get premium Meats, including Paris Ham at prices that cost only a bit more per pound than the gelatinous Hams you get blister packed from the Grocery Store.

4. Harvey’s Guss Meat Co.-949 S. Ogden Drive, Los Angeles, CA. 90036 (323) 937-4622 Miracle Mile http://www.harveysgussmeat.com/home.html Talk about hidden. There is no store sign above the back Alley entrance. We are talking top grade Aged Meats here.  Hanging on hooks in a Walk-In Refrigerator. Hours are limited.

5. Boccato’s Groceries-3127 Manhattan Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 Phone:(310) 376-0574  http://www.yelp.com/biz/boccatos-groceries-hermosa-beach The Meat Dept. has everything from Steaks, Chickens, Lamb and more. You can get it plain or pre-marinated in their special seasonings. They have a fully functional kitchen to go along with the Deli. Our favorite find is their Rotisserie Turkey Sandwich.

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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 Catering, 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

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LINKS

Tastee BQ Catering Co.- http://www.tasteebq.com

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

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaGoldBBQRubs

Available on Amazon-  http://www.amazon.com/California-Gold-BBQ-Power–10oz/dp/B00CVCMR88

5 of L.A.’s Best Hidden Places for the Freshest Meats- Pt. 1- The Turkey Edition

by Mick Brown

#smokedturkey

Smoked Turkey with Fresh Cranberry BBQ Glaze.

It’s no secret that the best meals start with fresh, quality ingredients.  For the first run of this new blog, I’d like to talk about places where you can send a Caterer for some of the best quality Meats in the Los Angeles area. With Thanksgiving around the corner, I’d thought I share two of my favorite places where you can order Fresh Turkeys. This series will focus on each Hidden Meats Location in the upcoming weeks. [A full list with Links appears at the bottom.]

#Marcondaslosangeles

They also make fresh Sausage at Marconda’s.

1. Marconda’s Meats and Puritan Chickens- Farmer’s Market, 6333 West 3rd St #514 Los Angeles, CA 90036-3183 (323) 938-5131  http://www.marcondas.com/ Located inside the always bustling Original Farmer’s Market. Their selection is so big, that Marconda’s has two locations. I usually get lost going from the Poultry Section to locate their Meat Dept. This butcher has the best Fresh Meats with reasonably priced Sales, as well as premium Steaks such as Waygu. They also make their own Marinades, Sausages and Side Dishes.  The Rotisserie Chicken Salad is unbelievably good. They also have great selection of BBQ Rubs and Seasonings.

Marconda’s is talking orders for Willie Bird Turkeys until Nov. 23rd or while supplies last. http://www.williebird.com/

#Boccatosgroceriesfreshmeat

Fresh Filet Minon at Boccato’s Groceries, Hermosa Beach.. Also some Marinated Skewers.

2. Boccato’s Groceries- 3127 Manhattan Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 Phone:(310) 376-0574  http://www.yelp.com/biz/boccatos-groceries-hermosa-beach  Not exactly hidden, this is the only location that actually has their front door visible from the street. But check closely for the address, because there is no store sign bearing the name of the place. Follow your nose. They have a fully functional kitchen to go along with the Deli. We are usually greeted by the smell of cooked Bacon or Rotisserie Chicken. The Meat Dept. has everything from Steaks, Chickens, Lamb and more. You can get it plain or pre-marinated in their special seasonings. Take it home ready for the Pan, Oven or Grill.

Our favorite find is their Rotisserie Turkey Sandwich. Who does that? They do. Actually roasting Turkey Breasts on the Rotisserie, slicing them up and serving it to you on a rustic French Roll. It has to be one of the best Turkey Sandwiches in (or out of) town. A perfect stop on the way to the Beach. The store also has a nice variety of carefully selected BBQ Rubs and Seasonings.

Boccato’s is taking orders for fresh birds from Diestel Turkey Ranch until Monday (11/25), or while supplies last. http://www.diestelturkey.com/diestel-products/the-diestel-family-of-turkeys/

That’s it for now. Hopefully you have discovered a convenient Hidden Place for a last minute Fresh Turkey. My day job is to run a Los Angeles catering biz, which has recently expanded into manufacturing a new line of BBQ Rubs. Hope you don’t mind if I leave a couple of links below. Eat and Be Well.

5 Most Hidden Places for Fresh Meat in Los Angeles

1. California Market- 4317 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90004  http://www.yelp.com/biz/california-market-los-angeles You never know what you will find in their Live Fish Tanks. Yes. We are talking Live Halibut, Lobsters, etc… at really reasonable prices.

2. Marconda’s Meats and Puritan Chickens- Farmer’s Market, 6333 West 3rd St #514. Los Angeles, CA 90036-3183 (323) 938-5131  http://www.marcondas.com/  This butcher has the best Fresh Meats with reasonably priced Sales, as well as premium steaks such as Waygu. They also make their own Marinades, Sausages and Side Dishes

3. Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market- Farmer’s Market, 6333 w 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA 90036   http://www.mrmarcel.com/gourmet-markets/  The Deli has fine Cheeses from all over Europe and other parts of the World. You can get premium Meats, including Paris Ham at prices that cost only a bit more per pound than the gelatinous Hams you get blister packed from the Grocery Store.

4. Harvey’s Guss Meat Co.-949 S. Ogden Drive, Los Angeles, CA. 90036 (323) 937-4622 Miracle Mile http://www.harveysgussmeat.com/home.html Talk about hidden. There is no store sign above the back Alley entrance. We are talking top grade Aged Meats here.  Hanging on hooks in a Walk-In Refrigerator. Hours are limited.

5. Boccato’s Groceries-3127 Manhattan Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 Phone:(310) 376-0574  http://www.yelp.com/biz/boccatos-groceries-hermosa-beach The Meat Dept. has everything from Steaks, Chickens, Lamb and more. You can get it plain or pre-marinated in their special seasonings. They have a fully functional kitchen to go along with the Deli. Our favorite find is their Rotisserie Turkey Sandwich.

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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 Catering, 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

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LINKS

Tastee BQ Catering Co.- http://www.tasteebq.com

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

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaGoldBBQRubs

Available on Amazon-  http://www.amazon.com/California-Gold-BBQ-Power–10oz/dp/B00CVCMR88