Posts Tagged ‘Big Green Egg’

Big Green Egg: The winter grill?

February 9, 2011

The Star Tribune reported that winter grilling is on the rise, and credited the uptick — in part — to our very own favorite smoker, the Big Green Egg.

But a big reason that winter grilling is on the rise is almost certainly the increasing popularity of the Big Green Egg, whose kiln-like structure keeps the heat sealed in and the chill wind out. Chuck Bulson, manager of the Warners’ Stellian store in Edina, said sales of the Eggs and their specially made charcoal have climbed steadily in recent winters.

Compared with our sales in the winter, our grilling accessory sales understandably slow down. But, Bulson observed, “People with the Eggs really want to grill in winter.”

I love hardy Minnesotan grill die-hards, refusing to migrate their cooking from the (Egg) nest just because of some subzero temperatures.

Any Eggheads want to personally vouch for this trend, and explain to the nonbelievers why Big Green Egg grilling or smoking is worth braving the elements (photos encouraged)?

Christmas-Holiday gift ideas

December 15, 2010

Because most people don’t shop till now anyway, I’m not even going to call this last-minute. But here’s a roundup of unique gift ideas for the people in your life worth gifting to!

For the wine lover, a 16-bottle countertop wine cooler:

For your wino friends (or wannabe winos), this compact wine cooler ($150) stores and displays 16 bottles behind a sleek, mirrored finish door. Adjust temperatures for various wines with the soft touch controls with digital display.

For the tailgater, a mini LP grill:

How awesome would this Weber Q gas grill ($150) be for all those early morning grill outs and picnics? It’s also a very discreet option for those whose apartments or condos don’t allow grills (speaking from experience). This mini grill crams 889 sq. inches of cooking space into a 27″x16″ footprint of only 60 pounds. And you can purchase the optional Weber Q Grill rolling cart for $45.

For the new homeowner or pet owner, a HEPA vacuum cleaner:

For friends and family who’ve recently gained a furry friend, the Dyson Animal DC25 ($550) is probably the ultimate gift. This root cyclone vacuum is designed for homes with pets and is certified asthma and allergy friendly with a washable lifetime HEPA filter.

Miele vacuums, rated to last 20 years, are a great gift for someone just starting out in her home. Plus, they come in cute colors, like this Miele Polaris vacuum in light blue ($399). I’ve blogged about them before, because I love how quiet they are, how well they clean, and how long they last.

Plus, all of our vacuums ship for free nationwide. If you hurry, you could still get it by Christmas!

For the grilling enthusiast, the ultimate smoker:

There aren’t many grills that produce the a fanatic with their own name, like the Big Green Egg does. “Eggheads” rave that this ceramic smoker is the ultimate for meats, fish, vegetables and any other creation grillers cook up.

The Large Big Green Egg (shown, $750) — which is the most popular size — can cook:

  • 20-pound turkey
  • 12 burgers
  • 6 chickens vertically
  • 8 steaks
  • 7 racks of ribs vertically

For the cigar aficionado, a sophisticated stainless steel humidor:



The Liebherr humidor XS-200 is definitely one of those big, spendy holiday gifts, at $2,599. But it’s completely distinctive, with European-style stainless steel and glass displaying cigars housed with premium preservation elements (humidity, temperature and hygienic conditions).

>>See Liebherr cigar humidor blows no smoke

Winter grill storage tips

November 19, 2010

What not to do

So, I know this one’s a little late for us Minnesotans, as it’s already snowed 8 inches.

But I asked our resident King of the Barbecue, Stu Glock — who represents Holland Grill and the Big Green Egg — what to do with my gas grill over the winter.

Once he got past the initial shock that I wouldn’t be grilling in the snow (Stu will be grilling his Thanksgiving turkey and Christmas dinner, for sure), he shared these grill storage tips with me.

  1. Partially dismantle grill to access all areas of grill
  2. Clean all parts with warm soapy water and rinse thoroughly
  3. Note any damaged or worn parts that need replacing – now is a good time to fix
  4. Use hi-temp paint to touch up any worn areas
  5. Reassemble grill, light it and run to ensure it is thoroughly dry.
  6. Disconnect tank and store tank in a well-ventilated area – NOT GARAGE – protected from weather
  7. Store grill with cover on it.

Thanks Stu!

As Seen On TV: Grilled Caesar salad and tomatoes

June 16, 2010

Stu “King of the BBQ” Glock stopped by the KARE 11 backyard studio last Friday with his Big Green Egg and made a delicious grilled Caesar salad with tomatoes, which would compliment our “3 Takes on Steak” recipes perfectly.

Grilled salad? Really?

(Yes, really.)

Watch how he does it and see the full recipes.

Grilling recipes: 3 takes on steak

June 11, 2010

If you ask most dads what their ultimate meal involves, beef will probably be an ingredient.

Sure they like chicken and fish, and of course pork, but when push comes to shove, dads want steak.

Our resident King of the Barbecue, Stu Glock of Holland Grill and Big Green Egg, and I thought these three recipes for beef were the perfect Father’s Day flavor.

Stu grilling on his Big Green Egg at our last BBQ Grill Expo. (Note the Carolina Seasoning in the lower-right corner.)

And even if dad usually rules the grill, these recipes are simple enough that you won’t have to be calling him over to rescue you (isn’t that what dads do, though?).

Watch Stu demonstrate Grilled Caesar Salad and Tomatoes on KARE 11 News @ 4 today. He’s an absolute hoot, I swear.

He’ll also be grilling at Warners’ Stellian Maple Grove this Saturday from 10-4 and Sunday from noon to 4 for our BBQ Grill Expo. We’ll also have live grill demonstrations (and food…) at our St. Paul, Edina, Apple Valley, Woodbury and Rochester locations — so stop by!

For those two days, any grill $499 or over qualifies for free delivery and assembly. And trust me that you don’t want to assemble your own — or your dad’s!

(Please forgive Stu for insisting to name two of the three recipes after himself. I sure do, and you would too if he’s fed you before!)

Stu’s Beef Bites Marinade

I can personally vouch for the addictiveness of these guys as I’ve eaten them (many of them…) at our in-store events. This recipe works well with any cut of meat, but Stu usually uses sirloin or prime rib.

1 cup water

1 cup soy sauce

1 cup pineapple juice

¼ cup oil

¼ cup sugar

1 Tbs garlic

1 Tbs ginger

Combine all ingredients.  Place 1-inch beef cubes in shallow glass dish or Ziploc bag, pour in marinade and cover. Marinate for 18-24 hours in fridge.  Grill to desired doneness on Big Green Egg or Holland Grill, and enjoy.

Stu’s Stuffed Ribeye

Stuffed meat is like a sandwich that won’t be bothered by bread. This one oozes cheese and meaty portabellas.

Preheat your Big Green Egg to 600 degrees. Butterfly a 1 1/2-inch thick ribeye steak. Fill with sliced sweet onion, sliced portabella mushroom and provolone cheese. Suture with toothpicks to hold together.

Season with Holland Carolina Seasoning and Butt Rub. Sear for 2 minutes on each side. Close vents on Egg and dwell for 4 minutes on each side. Plate and let rest five to 10 minutes, and enjoy.

Prime Rib on the Big Green Egg

Prime rib might not seem hard, but Stu argues many people who grill don’t know how to grill and get used to dried out meats. Sound familiar? Try this method for the perfect prime rib for dad.

Set up the Big Green Egg with platesetter/indirect at 500-degree grill temperature.

Place prime rib — well-seasoned with Carolina Seasoning, Greek Seasoning and Butt Rub — on the grill. Immediately reduce grill temperature to 325 degrees.

Grill for approximately 15 to 20 minutes per pound or until internal meat temperature reaches 125 degrees for rare, 130 degrees for medium rare or 135 degrees for medium.

Remove from grill and loosely tent with foil. Let rest 20 minutes. Carve and enjoy.

Another successful Grill Expo

April 13, 2010

Another delicious day at work for me -- cedar plank-grilled salmon on a gas DCS grill

Our 4th annual BBQ Grill Expo fired up gas grills and charcoal grills at all Warners’ Stellian stores this past weekend, April 10-11.

Representatives from Weber, DCS, Vermont Castings, Holland Grill, Wolf and the Big Green Egg cooked up meats, sides and desserts (“S’moretilla,” anyone?) for hungry and curious guests.

Kind of intrigued/grossed out by the "S'moretilla" (marshmallows and Nutella grilled between two tortillas) on the Vermont Castings gas grill

Almost as quickly as the food vanished, $50 Von Hanson‘s gift certificates flew out the door for those who purchased a grill $599 and over. (And Warners’ Stellian dressed them up with some nice swag, too — see below.)

This apron takes its cue from me.

The deals are still hot (pardon all the bad puns), and I’m especially excited about grills this season, because I’ll actually be buying one myself. (If you have opinions, please share!)

Check out more pictures from the BBQ Expo, including grills and grilling fare, on Facebook and Flickr.

Stu "King of the BBQ" Glock grills chicken wings on the Big Green Egg charcoal smoker.

Epic battle: Gas grills vs. charcoal grills

April 9, 2010

At the risk of being controversial, I’ll just say it: grilling is grilling — no matter what fuel source you use.

Both involve the radiant transfer of heat from the fuel source to the food resting on a cooking grid. Drippings come off of the food, land on the heat source and sizzle and smoke. The smoke rising into your food creates barbecue flavor.

So, really, it just depends on what you like.

I like quick, convenient and fool-proof. So I like gas grilling.

Gas grills offer more control over temperature and often have options for high-temperature searing and low-temperature, indirect cooking. Many gas grills have small shrouds that shield the burners from incoming drippings to minimize flare-ups and control temperatures.

See? It’s convenient, and it’s quick. So gas grilling gets my personal vote. (Please feel free to battle me in the comments.)

But grilling purists swear charcoal’s the only way to roll (nice rhyme, eh?). The smoky, barbecue flavor created by the drippings sizzling and smoking off the charcoal can’t happen in a gas grill, they say.

And they are more simple in their essence. Charcoal grills lack the mechanical sophistication (i.e. stuff that breaks) of gas grills, such as burners, shields and igniters. They require only charcoal, meaning no mid-party trips to the store for another propane tank.

And did I mention the flavor? Apparently, charcoal grills lend a distinct flavor to their foods — especially meats.

I’m going to check out this weekend’s BBQ Expo at our Edina store (across from the Galleria) Saturday. Maybe I’ll be convinced that charcoal is doable. Maybe I’ll just eat.

We’ll be having live grilling demos 10-4 Saturday and 12-4 Sunday at all of our 7 Warners’ Stellian store locations. All grills (except UMRP, like Wolf) are on sale starting Saturday. And we’ll assemble it, deliver it and take an old one if you have it for free with purchase of a grill $499 and up.

You’ll get $50 to Von Hanson’s Meats if you buy a grill priced $599 and higher. Von Hanson’s is this cool, old-fashioned meat market with expert cuts of the best quality meats. And it’s local joint, so you know I love ‘em already.

My friend Stu “King of the Barbecue” (he’ll stop feeding me if I don’t add that part) Glock says most expo-goers already have their mind made up on their fuel preference. But he also says, “You have two cars, why not two grills?” He advocates for a workhorse Holland Grill gas grill and a charcoal grill, maybe a Big Green Egg smoker grill, for when you really have some time to spend outdoors.

So comment away: I’d love to hear about why others like gas grills and I suppose I’d entertain some hating from barbecue purists as well ;)

Weigh in: What’s the strangest/best thing you’ve grilled?

April 2, 2010

While my grilling exploits rarely exceed the pedestrian (burgers, brats, veggies), others get enviably creative with outdoor cooking recipes.

I’d love to hear what people have grilled themselves or eaten off the grill that’s a bit different. Or even a new twist on a BBQ classic.

Next weekend, April 10-11, we’re having our 4th annual BBQ Expo with grilling demos at all of our stores. From 10-4 Saturday and noon to 4 Sunday, we’ll fire up the latest gas, charcoal and smoker grills with everything from smoked sirloins to pizzas to even pineapple upside down cake. And it’s all the best you’ve ever tasted. (Trust me, because I taste a lot.)

Grilling geeks: this event’s for you. Come chew the fat with our expert grillers about recipes, techniques, tools — you name it.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Fruits…

Breakfast…

I could see this coming in handy at the cabin or tailgating party

Desserts…

Even pizza…

Alright, your turn: what crazy fare can be found on your grill?

Outdoor kitchen ideas: Part 2

January 18, 2010

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As Susan Serra, CKD pointed out in Outdoor kitchen ideas: Part 1, it’s easy to choose outdoor kitchen appliances like a geek in an Apple store (my words).

We Minnesotans get so excited when we get to spend time outside that doesn’t involve snow shoveling, it’s hard not to want it all when designing our three-months-out-of-the-year haven.

Be smart and think about your own entertaining and lifestyle needs when considering all the options in outdoor kitchen appliances.

Do you want a second kitchen or simply a spot to grill a burger and grab a beer while enjoying the great outdoors?

Gas grill

The workhorse of an outdoor kitchen, gas grills’ speed and convenience work best for weeknight dinners and impromptu get-togethers. If you’re looking to do more, some brands offer innovative features such as:

  • Searing zone to reach high temperatures (700 degrees!) quickly to give your meat a steakhouse-quality exterior
  • Rear infrared burner to deliver consistent, evenly distributed heat for rotisserie cooking
  • Smoker boxes to fill prepackaged hickory or mesquite chips, which give foods a distinctive, smoky flavor
  • Side burners to prepare sauces and sides like beans or vegetables or to keep food warm until it is ready to be served
  • Lighting to illuminate the cooking surface for late-night grilling

Charcoal grill/smoker

As our own grilling guru Stu Glock (also our rep for Holland Grill and the Big Green Egg) says, “You have two cars. Why not two grills?”

Charcoal grills, smokers  and/or cookers deliver flavor you can’t get in a gas grill — if you have hours to get it. Owners of the Big Green Egg rave about the unique flavor of their ribs, brisket and roasts they get in this ceramic cooker. Viking also makes a ceramic cooker, but with a stainless steel finish.

If you have the time to kick back and just grill, the extra time is definitely worth the flavor.

Warming drawers

Cut down on the running back back and forth from your main kitchen. Warming drawers keep grilled food warm (and sanitary) once prepared and work great for make-ahead dishes from your main oven.

I’d probably end up throwing some towels in mine to keep them cozy after a late-night swim. Now if I only had a pool..

Kegerator/beer tapper

Arguably as important as the grill itself is beer on-demand. Aside from the convenience, an outdoor keg fridge makes an unbeatable conversation (and party) starter. DCS, Viking and Marvel make draft beer dispensers specifically for the outdoors.

Outdoor kegerators come in built-in or freestanding. Again, if I only had a pool...

Wine chiller/beverage center

If you’re more of a wine-o than a beer gal like me, you might consider storing your bottles outside, in the proper wine chiller, of course. Look for models with precise temperature controls, racks to accommodate various bottle sizes and minimum vibration.

This Marvel Wine Cellar holds 54 bottles.

Beverage centers, though less precise in temperature control, make a viable option for combination beer/wine/soda, etc. storage.

Refrigeration

“But I already have a wine fridge!”

But your wine fridge is 55 degrees, remember? Even your beverage center isn’t designed to refrigerate food and condiments. Please don’t keep your barbecue meats in a beverage fridge!

Ice maker

If mixed drinks and soda are more your thing, maybe you’d like an ice maker. Marvel‘s and U-line‘s have UL Listed suitable for outdoor use clear ice makers that store 25-30 pounds of ice.

Patio heaters

Denial: it ain't just a river in Africa. It's an outdoor barbecue in St. Paul in October.

I might not have a pool, but living in Minnesota, you better believe I have a patio heater. Fueled by a the same kind gas tank you use for your grill, these easily extend construction season into early winter (or “fall”).


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