Friday, August 14, 2015

CLR BBQ Grill Cleaner - Good Stuff

CLR Now Has Grill Cleaner

I've been using CLR inside for a long time. It helps a lot on the hard water we have out here in the country. CLR cuts through the lime and leaves the fixtures nice and shiny.

When CLR got in touch about their new grill cleaner, I was excited. It wasn't around here yet, but I thought it would be a good pick, since the inside CLR was so good.

The company sent me a bottle of the new grill cleaner, and my son even agreed to clean the Weber smoker. It had a good amount of gunky barbecue sauce from smoking ribs.

Eli Using CLR to Clean the Smoker

With CLR Grill Cleaner, the grates were clean in no time. Eli also cleaned down the water pan which wasn't too bad, since it had been covered in aluminum foil. The outside got a quick wipe. The smoker looked almost like new.

Easy Grill Cleaning with New CLR for BBQ Grills

You can see here that the grate is cleaning up nicely. Eli has finished most of the main spokes and is getting the crud out from the center part (which is where the build up is usually the worst).

I would certainly recommend CLR. I liked it so much that I'm already out. I'll have to check Lowe's or Food Lion and see if they carry CLR BBQ grill cleaner. It really does make clean up easier.

Monday, August 03, 2015

How to Make White Barbecue Sauce - Alabama Style BBQ



Starting to Lather on the Alabama White Barbecue Sauce 

In Alabama and other places in the South, white barbecue sauce is popular. It’s a mayonnaise based barbecue sauce and very rich. It’s also sinfully tasty.

White barbecue sauce is a great change of pace for a grilled chicken party. It does look and taste different which is part of why it’s fun. If you’re used to tomato based barbecue sauces, then this may catch you by surprise. It did when I first tried it. White BBQ sauce looked odd, but I was sold after just one bite. It’s now one of my all-time favorite barbeque sauces. And, it’s great as a dip as well.

Alabama White Barbecue Sauce


• 1 cup mayonnaise
• 1 TBS lemon juice
• 1/4 cup vinegar
• 1 TBS pepper (fresh ground is fabulous)
• 1 TBS sugar


*Note - You can add a splash of hot sauce or pepper seeds and other ingredients to give the white barbecue sauce more zip.

Directions:

Simply mix the sauce ingredients together and chill. Very simple!

Tips:

Don’t use white barbecue sauce as a marinade. It’s too rich and thick. If you slather this on before the meat goes on the grill, the sauce will burn. Cook the chicken about ¾ done on the grill and then begin basting with the white barbecue sauce.

White barbecue sauce is also excellent as a dip with the cooked chicken. Do not use the same white barbecue batch that you used for basting. That can be contaminated. If you want baste and dip, make a double batch and reserve half in a separate container for dipping.

Friday, June 05, 2015

Nonni's THINaddictives - Yummy Snacks - Low Calorie with Protein

Nonni's THINaddictives - New Flavor

Readers of my blog may know that I love Nonni's THINaddictives. They are delicious biscotti cookies that are low calorie and include protein. They made a good snack for fall/winter slow barbecue smoking.

The newest flavor is Mango Coconut with almonds. The tropical flavor has a more summer feel but would be good anytime. 

Fresh Single Serve Snack Packs

The single packs are good for travel and camping or just to have on hand if you start craving a whole box of doughnuts. THINaddictives are just sweet enough to take the edge off that sort of day but are under 100 calories for a pack of three. It is, I must confess, hard to stop at three though.

Yum. THINaddictives are Good.

For summer these are great as an appetizer or dessert with grilled pineapple. Just grill up your pineapple and put these coconut/mango treats out which can be eaten or dipped in a beverage (coffee is classic of course) before or after a cook out.

TIP: Check Nonni's on Facebook. They have a contest going June 2015 to win a free box and also store coupons. If you keep an eye out, they have specials like this from time to time. 

THINaddictives did send me a box to check out in exchange for an honest review. I've loved all their flavors, so I was looking forward to trying the summer inspired tropical thins. They did not disappoint. I would recommend all the flavors in the line. None have disappointed.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Macho Mayo - Mayonnaise That Hits It Out of the Park

 Now This is Some Mayonnaise That I Can Embrace

Macho Mayo got in touch to see if I'd like to test out their zippy mayonnaise. I must confess I've never been a big mayonnaise fan, but that's because it really does taste quite bland. I use mayo in sandwich salads like ham salad, but generally I skip over it. Some mayo with a kick sounded more in line with my palate, so I decided to give it a try.

The two flavors arrived. The medium is Roasted Green Chili. The hot is Roasted Jalapeno (red label). You can see the jars above.

I decided to charcoal grill some hamburgers to try out the mayonnaise.

  Grilled Burgers Over Charcoal

Once I finished grilling the hamburgers, I broke out the Macho Mayo Green Chili. Sometimes "hot" is over the top, so I opted for medium to start with.

Normally I dress out my grilled hamburgers, but I decided to go with just the Macho Mayo to get the full effect. This is spread style in a jar. I could have put some in a squirt bottle to make a prettier photo, but I think readers should see what things actually do look like (so I don't photoshop my photos either - other than cropping). I also put the mayo on the meat rather than the bun, so you could actually see it.

All I Can Say is "WOW"

Macho Mayo was so yummy that I added more mayo after I took the photo and started eating my burger. I also warmed up a leftover burger for lunch the next day and had another Macho Mayo burger.

I come across lots of really yummy products, but this is one of my favorite new flavors. It's great on sandwiches. It is wonderful as a dip like Ranch for chips or veggies. And, I'm planning to try this out on White Barbecue Chicken (Alabama style).

This is a total thumbs up. Medium has a mild kick and should work for everyone. Hot Macho Mayo is still good for a lot of people. Just use less if you don't want a whole lot of heat. I say: "Try out Macho Mayo. It really is THAT good" (even for someone who was not big on mayonnaise before).

I hope Food Lion adds this product. Crossing my fingers. 

Here some other information about Macho Mayo

  • Gluten Free
  • ½ the calories & fat compared to traditional mayo (good news)
  • No Sugar (my step dad can have this - yay)
  • Perfect as a dip (so true)
  • Great for use in tasty recipes- crab cakes, chicken salad, Mexican Street Corn, dips and more (crab cakes my Granny made are on my list to make)
  • Comes in 2 flavors- Zesty Roasted Green Chili (medium heat level) & Spicy Roasted Jalapeno (hot heat level).   
  • Macho Mayo has a 3rd flavor hitting the shelves by late 2015. (Now that's good news!)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tastefully Simple Chipotle Honey Grill Sauce with BBQ Pork Chops

Tastefully Simple Chipotle Honey Grill Sauce
I've been using Tastefully Simple products for quite some time now, so I was looking forward to trying out the new Chipotle Honey barbecue sauce.

The sauce smelled great when I opened the bottle. I picked up the honey smell right off the bat.

I decided to grill pork chops with the Tastefully Simple BBQ sauce. We've been doing pork chops quite a bit lately with some good sales in this area. If you tend to dry your pork chops out, check out my tips for grilling boneless pork chops.

Chipotle Honey Pork Chops Setting up on the Grill
The pork chops grilled quickly. Above you'll see them the last couple of minutes while the barbecue sauce "sets."

I grilled these when my older son was home, since the younger son does not like much heat (but he does love honey). The Chipotle note was there but just a hint. The honey was the stronger flavor. The balance was very nice. This is a barbecue sauce that you could serve to any group. I plan to grill something for my younger son with the Tastefully Simple barbecue sauce, because I'm sure he'll love the honey flavor, and the peppers are not hot enough to put my mild guy off.

* Tastefully Simple did send the product free in exchange for an honest review. Regular readers will know I am one to say what I think.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Smokin-O's BBQ Smoke Rings Add Flavor to Gas Grilling


I joined the Great American Chicken Challenge. My mission was to decide if using Smokin'O's Barbecue Smoke Rings take gas grilled chicken from okay to terrific. 


Here's a close up look at the Smokin'O. It's compressed wood along with flavorings. You just put it on your gas grill on high, and then reduce the heat and grill your chicken as usual. 


I followed the directions. My photos with smoke did not turn out very good with the sun hitting hard from the right. The Smokin'O did put out a good amount of smoke. 


If I'm judging by looks, the Smokin-O sure does smoke up a pretty piece of chicken. These are organic chicken breasts without bones or skin. I added the flavor pack provided by the company and then topped off the chicken with a lime barbecue sauce. That's a mild barbecue sauce, so I could really check the taste of the Smokin'O's.

I loved the idea but was not sure the execution would be there, but it was. We eat a long of boneless, skinless chicken breasts off the grill. I lean to charcoal but sometimes use gas for chicken. The Smokin-O smoke ring did make a big difference. The flavor was like wood smoked chicken, but those extra spices packed more flavor, and it was a natural tasting flavor.

My son happened to be in, and I asked if he noticed a difference. He also thought the chicken was better with the smoke rings. Two for two so thumbs up.

Note: I was invited to be part of this challenge. The company sent the chicken, flavor pack, and Smokin-O's in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid - just provided the testing items.


Friday, February 27, 2015

Follow Your Heart Cheese is Very Good - Healthy and Vegan


Healthy Follow Your Heart Cheese

Follow Your Heart non-dairy, vegan cheese is really good. I'm real picky on cheese, so I wasn't sure what I'd think of this new product line that should be in a grocery store near you soon.

The first low fat and dairy free cheese I had was in high school (yes-that was long ago). I made a grilled cheese sandwich. It would not stick together. The fake cheese was hot, but I could lift it up all in one slice. It did not hold the bread together. The taste was even worse than the freaky factor of getting hot but not melting.

Follow Your Heart asked if I'd like to check out their cheese with a sample. I was hesitant, but it had been ages since I'd had non dairy cheese. I decided I'd give it a try and let readers know if it really is tasty of not.


Grilled Cheeseburgers with Follow Your Heart Cheese

You can see that Follow Your Heart did actually melt around the burgers. The back burger shows this best. The front one did melt down and around the burger.

I did not mention that I used a different cheese and one that was healthy and vegan. I did not want to taint the reactions.

When I took a bite of my burger, I was pleasantly surprised. The non-dairy cheese did melt and have the texture of regular cheese, and it had a good flavor. These are basic American slices, so I'm not talking a gourmet cheese flavor but a basic cook-out cheese. Had I not set up the meal and known the cheese was not regular cheese, I really would not have guessed.

If you can't have dairy or if you eat vegan, I would certainly recommend Follow Your Heart Cheese. It way exceeded my expectations. It was not like that awful non-melting cheese I had years ago, and the flavor was spot on. I think very few people would take a bite and know these was not regular American cheese.