Posts Tagged ‘Big Green Egg’

Sample and save at this weekend’s Grill Expo

May 17, 2013

Our tastiest event of the year happens this weekend – the Warner Stellian Grill Expo!

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This Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 at all Warners’ Stellian Appliance stores (except Minneapolis Outlet), you can see ­– and taste –­ the difference among the latest models of quality gas, charcoal and smoker grills during grilling
demonstrations by experts on top brands, like Weber GrillHolland GrillVermont Castings and DCS Outdoor.

So what’s new in grills? Japanese Kamado-style smoker grills like the Big Green Egg and the Primo Grill have soared in popularity. This ceramic charcoal barbecue and smoker can reach extremely high temperatures (past 700 degrees) to quickly fire a Neapolitan pizza, but allow total control — maintaining accuracy within a few degrees. They can cook a hotdog in four minutes or smoke a brisket low and slow overnight.

Like we’ve seen with ranges, gas grills are becoming bigger, more powerful and more feature-heavy (i.e. built-in rotisseries, side burners, sear burners and sleek stainless steel styling).

Warners’ Stellian will have discounts on all grills, plus free assembly and delivery on grills priced $499 and up. Better yet, buy a grill $599 and get 3 certificates for free products from No Name Premium Meats & Seafood.

WHEN:  Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. & Sunday, May 19 from noon to 4 p.m.

Buy Big Green Egg, get a pizza oven too

May 13, 2013

Some get excited for grilling season for smoky ribs, crispy chicken wings and veggies.

Not me.

I get excited for pizza.

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Pizza on the grill? Duh. Ceramic smokers like the Big Green Egg work very much like a wood-fired or brick oven you see used in Neopolitan-style pizzerias (but cheaper and in your backyard).

Because the Green Egg Smoker can reach temperatures upwards of 750 degrees, it can quickly fire dough and produce the slightly charred, chewy crust you probably overpay for at your local ristorante.

Once you get started, you’ll get hooked on the endless possibilities. Most grocery stores now keep fresh pizza dough behind their deli counters, and pizzas work for every meal and every craving. Crack eggs on top with crumbled sausage for breakfast pizza. Spread on chocolate ganache and peanut butter for one of my favorite desserts. Make a bunch of flatbreads and set out toppings for a fun and unique summer dinner party. And of course, you can’t go wrong with the classic Margherita.

How to turn your Big Green Egg into a pizza oven

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1. Buy Big Green Egg (sorry, couldn’t help myself)

2. Choose the proper Big Green Egg accessories (called “Eggcessories”). You’ll want the plate setter, to enable indirect heat cooking, and the pizza stone, for even  heat and brick oven crustiness. Note: you can buy Big Green Egg accessories online from Warners’ Stellian and get free shipping, too.

3. Fire it up. With the baking stone on the plate setter, heat the grill to 600 degrees. You’ll get the best crust if you start from a super hot Big Green Egg grill and pizza stone. Dough-only grilling should take about 5 minutes, so add time accordingly for toppings. You’ll learn as you go how long it takes to get the doneness you desire. I’ve learned that pricking the dough prior to grilling it keeps disks of dough from ballooning into footballs :)

Buy a grill cover to protect your new barbecue grill

June 12, 2012

Warner Stellian prides itself on carrying appliances that truly fit anyone — from a replacement refrigerator for your budget kitchen to a high-end suite for your dream kitchen.

But as for grills, well, as my dad likes to say: “We don’t sell toy grills.”

Our Weber gas grills start at $399, definitely affordable for those who want to buy a simple grill that won’t kick the bucket after a couple years.

That being said, if you’ve invested in a beautiful gas grill (or smoker grill), Minnesota weather will do its best to blemish it with high humidity and extreme temperatures.

A quality gas grill cover with extend the life of your new barbecue.

Most grill covers are fitted around the center of your grill and hang straight down, sometimes stopping just above the ground.

Many barbecue grill covers use heavy-duty vinyl on the outside to protect the exterior of the grill, but use a more absorbent material on the inside to keep moisture from building under the hood of the grill (i.e. the grates and burners).

Many gas grill covers also include vents to pipe moisture out, but make sure they’re well positioned so they don’t let in the moisture they claim to keep out!

Just make sure to let your gas grill or smoker BBQ cool down before you cover it.

Most grill covers cost between $40 and $60, depending on the grill. Buy a grill cover and BBQ accessories over $50 from Warner Stellian and it ships for free in the U.S. See our selection:

Weber grill cover

Vermont Castings grill cover

Holland Grill cover

Big Green Egg grill cover

Primo Grill cover

American Outdoor Grill (AOG) cover

Have you hung up your grilling tools yet?

October 6, 2011

My favorite 2011 grilling momentwas doughnuts with my aunt Carla Warner for "Twin Cities Live" reporter Emily Engberg.

Right now in Minnesota, we’re experiencing quite the Indian summer — which is awesome considering 2011 cheated us on spring.

So maybe you’re still grilling.

(Select hardy Minnesotans enjoy firing up their Big Green Eggs in the winter, God bless them.)

Or maybe the beautiful weather simply makes your fall chores more enjoyable.

One of my fall chores this weekend is retiring my gas grill.

Our King of the BBQ Stu Glock helped me out last fall with proper storage tips, including NOT storing the LP tank in the garage.

>> You can see all of Stu’s winter grill storage tips here

Big Green Egg accessories to complete the ‘best smoker’

July 8, 2011

The Big Green Egg is truly the “World’s Best Smoker & Grill.” The Green Egg’s unique design as a ceramic kamado produces some the best barbecue I’ve ever had.

But it also requires unique tools: Green Egg accessories, also known as “EGGcessories” to all you EGGheads out there :)

If you’re in the Minneapolis/St. Paul or Rochester area, swing in to one of our 7 appliance stores.

Otherwise, buy over $50 of any accessories, and we’ll ship for free within the contiguous U.S.!

Here are the must-have Big Green Egg accessories:

Plate setter

On a gas grill, you create indirect heat by only lighting the burners adjacent to your food. For indirect heat or Big Green Egg pizza and baked items (seriously tasty!), you’ll need a plate setter. Legs up, the plate setter sits under the grid for low and slow convection oven-like cooking. Legs down, the plate setter allows multiple levels of cooking and a surface for the baking stone. Because it’s ceramic (like the grill itself and the baking stone), we can’t ship the plate setter UPS. Locals only, sorry :(

Big Green Egg cover

Even heavier than the massive ceramic grill is the Big Green Egg’s price. So protect your investment with a cover. Made of heavy-duty material, the Big Green Egg Cover also vents moisture to prevent bacterial growth.

Ash Tool

A Big Green Egg Ash Tool is used to remove the ash that collects at the bottom of the Egg. Using the bar at the end of the Ash Tool, you simply pull the ash out of the Stainless Steel Draft Door into a fireproof receptacle that can be easily emptied. The Ash Tool also works as a rake to stir up the old charcoal and incorporate in fresh charcoal.

Grill Gripper

The Big Green Egg Grill Gripper is used to easily and safely remove the cooking grid from the Green Egg, even when it is hot. Or you can try picking it up yourself, and learn the hard way…

Fire Starter

Bury a couple Big Green Egg Fire Starters cubes into your charcoal for easy lighting of the natural wood charcoal without a chemical taste. Fire Starters are made from sawdust and paraffin.

Natural Charcoal

Because the Big Green Egg’s ceramic technology holds heat so well, it uses a very small amount of charcoal. This 20-lb bag of Big Green Egg natural charcoal will last about four to six months, even if you use your Egg several times per week! You’ll be able to reuse about 80% of the charcoal each time you grill.

Also, the natural charcoal is made from a selection of 100% hardwoods. It burns hotter and cleaner and lights faster and easier than briquettes. The amount of ash produced is a fraction of what briquettes produce, which means less frequent ash removal is required.

Is your grill ugly?

May 17, 2011

Is your grill ugly? Well, this one isn't...

If your grill harbors summers’ worth of fat drippings and charcoal buildup with a broken lid and missing wheels, you wouldn’t think you’d want to talk about on live TV.

But you should.

If you live in or around the Rochester area, your ugly grill could win you the ultimate grill — The Big Green Egg Smoker Grill — in KTTC’s Ugliest Grill Contest 2011.

Take a picture with your ugly grill and email it to grill@kttc.com by June 1.

If the judges think your grill is among the 5 ugliest, you’ll get to make your plea top voters during NewsCenter Today the week of June 6.

The grill with the most votes wins its owner a brand new Big Green Egg and EGGcessories worth more than $1,000.

You’ll also win $1,000 to complete your BBQ prize package with meats and liquor from Hy-Vee.

RECIPE: Caribbean Chicken on the grill

April 25, 2011

Because this is exactly what I have on the to do list this week, here’s my post on waking up your grill ready after winter hibernation.

Need some motivation?

Thanks to our Holland Grill and Big Green Egg expert, Stu “King of the BBQ” Glock, for sharing this recipe for grilled chicken that’s anything but ordinary. It looks like a lot of ingredients, but if it’s coming from Stu, I know it’s amazing (i.e. 3 takes on steak).

I’m going to try it soon…let me know if you do!

Grilled Caribbean Chicken

Courtesy of Derrick Agate

  • 1 Tbs allspice
  • 1 Tbs thyme
  • 1- 1/2 tsp each – cayenne pepper, black pepper and ground sage
  • ¾ tsp each ground nutmeg and cinnamon
  • 2 Tbs each salt and garlic powder
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ¾ cup white vinegar
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 jalapeno or haberneros, finely chopped
  • 1 cup white onion chopped
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • 3 lbs chicken

In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients.  Whisk in olive oil, soy sauce, orange juice, vinegar and lime juice, then the peppers and onions.

Add the chicken, cover, and refrigerate overnight or up to 48 hours.  Cook on the Holland Grill or the Big Green Egg at 350 degrees until the internal meat temperature reaches 165 degrees. Remove the chicken from the grill and let it rest 5 minutes before serving.

BBQ Expo: Taste and compare this Saturday and Sunday

April 8, 2011

A delicious view from last year's BBQ Grill Expo

Hey Grillmeisters (or wannabe grillers), this Saturday and Sunday marks Warners’ Stellian’s tastiest event…our BBQ Grill Expo.

Experts on top grill brands such as Weber, Holland, Big Green Egg, Vermont Castings, Viking and DCS, will be out demonstrating so you can compare the latest features in gas grills, charcoal grills and smoker grills. Grills demos will going on at all our 7 locations (St. Paul, Minneapolis, Edina, Woodbury, Maple Grove, Apple Valley and Rochester).

Plus, delivery and assembly are free on grills $499 and up. AND those who buy a grill $599 and up will score a $50 gift card good at any of the 9 Twin Cities Kowalski’s Markets.

>>See more pictures of last year’s event

Grilling doughnuts on ‘Twin Cities Live’

April 7, 2011

Carla Warner and I got to spend some time grilling outside with the awesome people at KSTP’s “Twin Cities Live” yesterday.

>> See the video

A rare picture of me, left, posing with TCL's Emily Engberg and Carla Warner in front of the Grilled Doughnuts on the Viking gas grill.

I love to cook, so I volunteered to whip up 3 unconventional recipes on 3 of our favorite grills.

On the Big Green Egg, we made Bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers

Hollow jalapenos and completely fill with cream cheese. Wrap with raw bacon and secure with toothpick. Grill on the Big Green Egg or other grill using indirect heat at 350-375 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

On the Vermont Castings, we made Margherita pizza

Heat grill to medium heat. Sprinkle with cornmeal and roll out fresh, refrigerated pizza dough ball to no more than 1/4-inch thickness. Either oil grill grates or place pizza stone on grill. Grill dough covered for 5 minutes. Top with Kowalski’s Signature Pizza Sauce, slices of Kowalski’s fresh mozzarella and sliced Roma tomato. Grill for another 3-5 minutes or until cheese is golden brown. Top with fresh basil and serve.

And on the Viking Grill, we made — you’ll never guess — Grilled doughnuts

Grill Pillsbury Grands refrigerated biscuits on a cookie sheet (or well-oiled grill grate) using indirect heat at about 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Meanwhile, melt a stick of butter in a grill-safe bowl away from direct heat. Dip warm biscuits in the melted butter and roll in cinnamon sugar.

Barbecue smoker – Beef Brisket recipe

March 30, 2011

Barbecue brisket smoked on a Big Green Egg smoker grill

Especially since it’s starting to “heat up” (40 degrees, anyone?) for those who love putting a hunk of meat on the smoker grill and letting it go all day, here’s a recipe to consider for Saturday or Sunday, courtesy of the Big Green Egg website.

In choosing the meat, Big Green Egg suggests ordering (probably in advance) a whole “packer trimmed” brisket from a butcher shop.  An 8- to 14-pound whole “packer trimmed” brisket will cook for approximately 14 to 18 hours.

To prep the meat, trim any fat thicker than 1/8 inch. Because you should always slice brisket against the grain when serving, identify which way the grain in the brisket runs and cut a notch in the end so you will know where to initiate the first cross-grain cut after smoking.

Smoked brisket recipe

From biggreenegg.com

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coarse kosher or sea salt
  • 1/3 cup black pepper
  • 1/4 cup granulated garlic
  • 1/4 cup ground mild chilies such as ancho or chimayo
  • 2 tbsp celery seed
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • Optional: Wood Chips

 

Place all of the seasonings in food processor or blender and pulse until thoroughly blended. Spread the rub generously over the brisket, wrap in foil or plastic wrap and let rest for one to two hours.

Set the Big Green Egg up for indirect cooking with a plate setter at 250°F. Add in soaked wood chips (oak, hickory, apple or cherry) if you choose.

Cook until the internal temperature of the meat is 150°F, and then reduce the EGG temperature to 225°F. When the meat temperature approaches 185°F, begin checking for tenderness (insert a fork into the brisket and give a slight twist; if the meat gives easily without much resistance, then the meat is done). Wrap tightly in foil with a half-cup of beef broth and place in a warm ice chest for 1 to 3 hours.

Slice brisket against the grain (see note before recipe), reserving the juice to brush on or use as a dip.


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