Customer Testimonial - Pat & Susan M., Fort Myers, Florida
When planning our outdoor kitchen, we consulted with many companies before finding Elegant Outdoor Kitchens. Ben and Andrea were so helpful, came to our home and quickly defined out wants and needs. Their expertise and professionalism made this project hassle free with help and direction in product and material selection. Our kitchen was completed… Read more »
The shrimp can be marinated 3 hours before putting it on the grill. This is also a great marinade for chicken. 1 lb. shrimp, peeled 3 tbsp. olive oil 3 tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice 2 cloves minced garlic 2 tsp. tequila 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper 1/4 tsp. salt
Stir shrimp, olive oil, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, tequila, cayenne pepper, and salt together in a bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate shrimp in marinade for at least 30 minutes. Preheat outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil the grate. Remove shrimp from bowl and thread onto skewers; discard marinade. Cook on the preheated grill until shrimp turn pink, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
We all know basic hygiene and that includes keeping your hands clean. However, it is worth noting that food sanitation starts with your hands, be certain anyone handling food at any stage of its preparation has clean and sanitary hands. Dirty hands is one of the most common ways that food gets dirtied or contaminated. Washing your hands isn’t just about using the restroom or being visibly dirty. Tasks such as smoking a cigarette, or even just scratching your nose introduces a world of bacteria to your hands. When in doubt, Wash it out!
Wash all outdoor kitchen cooking equipment
Nothing quite beats the awesome feeling of cooking outdoors in your outdoor living space! However, it’s important that we remember to clean all food preparation and cooking surfaces. Just as important is to ensure all cooking equipment, utensils, and dishes are cleaned before use. While on the surface all of this cleaning seems obvious but it’s imperative to follow through with because just about anything can lead to contamination including raw meat, eggs, and poultry. If you wash a dish or surface that contained raw meat, be sure to clean and rinse the sponge you used to clean the item!
Rinse and wash all Fruits and Vegetables
Meat and poultry
aren’t the only contagions we have to worry about. When it comes to
fruits and veggies the big concern is the soil attached to them. The
dirt has the potential to contain bacteria such as e-coli so it best
to wash the produce in a bowl under running water. This is especially
true for loose produce as it more like to have soil attached to it
compared to pre-packaged fruits and vegetables.
Keep all food cool
It’s easy to get caught up in hosting and cooking responsibilities, but its important to keep foods such as cheese, coleslaw, or chicken salad inside your outdoor fridge or cooler until your ready to serve the complete meal. Foods made with mayonnaise should especially be kept cool as the high dairy contents lead to bacteria when left in a warm environment. Keep raw meats and chicken separate from other surfaces and foods, using plastic bags is a great way to keep them from one another.
Invest in a meat thermometer
The amount of time on heat and minimum temperature vary from meat to poultry and from the frying pan to an outdoor grill. Chicken, for example, has a minimum cooking temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, which is where your meat thermometer comes in handy. Ground beef is especially sensitive by its very nature, hamburger meat is chopped and reduced which can lead to bacteria being internalized. Best Practice is to cook the hamburger meat until its also brown through the center.
If I had my way, I’d cook every meal outside on the grill! However, I quickly learned that you shouldn’t have red meat more than three times a week, which equals 12 – 18 oz. Learning to cook other foods on the grill was my only option. Grilling vegetables can dramatically alter their flavor profile and grilled chicken is a great alternative protein! Let’s take a look at our options to ensure we can grill dinner every weeknight without repeating the same meal.
Lets Talk Grilled Vegetables
Grilling vegetables such as cauliflower and broccoli give them a sweeter less bitter texture and flavor. If you need to plate the vegetables quickly, consider peeling or dicing your vegetables to increase surface coverage and lower cook time.
Broccoli and Cauliflower are excellent sources of fiber but let’s not forget about our carbs, which is when we introduce potatoes. For precision grilled precision potatoes, lightly coat them with salts and black pepper, then poke holes throughout the length of the potato. Add a bit of butter and then wrap in aluminum foil and allow to cook for about an hour. If you want your veggies crunchy keep the grill lid open, keep it closed for softer vegetables.
I just can’t get enough time on the
grill, and I’ve learned that you can alternate almost at random your
produce and proteins when shopping, and they will still create a
delicious and filling meal when grilled together in your outdoor
We were going to post another recipe in observance of the 4th of July but opted to post a spectacular BBQ Sauce recipe from the Food Network. It’ll take about an hour and twenty minutes to make but is worth every minute. We posted two amazing recipes already and thought a BBQ Sauce would serve you well. Instead of purchasing a store-bought BBQ Sauce, get creative and make your own. We’re sure your guests and family members will fully appreciate the effort.
Elegant Outdoor Kitchens hopes that you and your family have an amazing 4th of July. We only ask that you drink responsibly and remember why we celebrate this historical day. Our Independence Day celebration is a time to take pause and reflect on how far America has come. Happy Birthday America!
A Day to Reflect and Remember Our Country and the Independence we Enjoy
Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire. The Congress actually voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2.
Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.
The 4th of July is tomorrow! As Americans, we celebrate this historical day in remembrance of our Independence. The 4th of July is the day our original thirteen colonies declared our Independence from England. It was the day we officially became a free country. At Elegant Outdoor Kitchens, we feel that it’s our duty to remember. Celebrate the 4th with your family and friends and please take a moment to reflect on the reason we celebrate this day.
In observance of the 4th of July we’re posting another amazing outdoor grilling recipe for you to try. We decided that nothing says the 4th of July better than BBQ Ribs. When it comes to grilling those ribs, having a professional barbecue grill and outdoor kitchen area can make preparing and cooking your meals much easier. Believe it or not, the professional grill brands we sell here at Elegant Outdoor Kitchens are designed for optimal performance. The most common features you’ll benefit from when using a professional grill is the overall BTU output, evenly distributed heat on the grilling surface, infrared burners, rotisserie, and many other upgraded components. Also, the grills we sell have a more than reasonable life span. They’re not grills that you throw out every two years. We just wanted to impart some of our BBQ Master secrets that we’ve learned over the years. When buying a grill, you always get what you paid for.
Best Barbecue Ribs Ever
We found one of the best Barbecue Rib recipes on the Food Network and decided to share. We’re hoping that some of our suggestions will help you decide what you’ll serve for our Independence Day.
Recipe courtesy of Jeff Stehney | Show: BBQ with Bobby Flay
In observance of the 4th of July, we thought we’d share a BBQ recipe everyday leading up into the 4th. Here at Elegant Outdoor Kitchens we wanted to remind our customers of some of the reasons why they built or are planning to build an outdoor kitchen area. The outdoor kitchen is designed for Holidays and gatherings. It’s a time to relax and enjoy the family and friends we hold dear to our hearts. What better way to gather than around a wonderful meal that was grilled and enjoyed outdoors. Elegant Outdoor Kitchens is Southwest Florida’s go-to outdoor kitchen manufacturer. We design & build custom BBQ Island cabinetry that’s built to fit your unique outdoor living space. If you can dream up an outdoor kitchen, we can build it for you.
In our effort to celebrate our freedom along with remembering just how great this country truly is, we wanted share a recipe from the Food Network. Specifically, a BBQ recipe from the show “BBQ with Bobby Flay”. Below you’ll find it, along with a link giving credit to the Food Network.