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Barbecued Picnic Chicken – TasteOfHome.com Recipe

Barbecued Picnic Chicken Recipe - Courtesy of TasteOfHome.com
Total Time Prep. Prep: 15 min. Grill: 45 min.
Makes 8 servings

The recipe is courtesy of https://tasteofthehome.com.

If you’re looking online for a blow-your-hair-back barbecue chicken recipe, you might want to give the “Barbecued Picnic Chicken” recipe a try! This smok’in recipe is courtesy of TasteOfHome.com. We’ve included the video recipe as well, for all you non-readers out there. If you’re still stuck using your indoor kitchen, you might want to give Elegant Outdoor Kitchens of Southwest Florida a call. We’ve got you covered within the outdoor living area department. We build beautiful, custom outdoor kitchens that not only look amazing, but they will bring a whole new world of diversity when it comes to your meal plans. Call EOK now at (239) 229-9033!

Ingredients

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon celery seed
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 dashes hot pepper sauce
  • 2 broiler/fryer chickens (3-1/2 to 4 pounds each), cut up

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, saute garlic in butter until tender. Add the next 8 ingredients. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  • On a lightly greased grill rack, grill chicken, covered, over medium heat for 30 minutes, turning occasionally. Baste with sauce. Grill 15 minutes longer or until a thermometer reaches 170°, basting and turning several times.

Test Kitchen Tips

  • This sauce is best when made a day or two in advance, giving the flavors time to come together.
  • If you don’t have chili sauce on hand, you can use 1/4 cup extra ketchup or 1/4 cup cocktail sauce.
  • Try this cool-guy move if you don’t have a basting brush: Tie a few sprigs of rosemary or another hearty herb together with twine, then baste with it.
Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 296 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 761mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein.

Easy Marinated Grilled Flank Steak – Courtesy of tasteofhome.com

Easy Marinated Grilled Flank Steak
Total Time Prep. Prep: 5 min. + marinating Grill: 15 min.
Makes 8 servings

Here’s a recipe that’s quick, easy, and extremely delicious! The “Easy Marinated Grilled Flank Steak” is a recipe you can’t go wrong with, especially when it has “easy” in the title. Here at Elegant Outdoor Kitchens, we whole-heartedly understand that sometimes you need a meal that you can prep and put on the grill. This Flank Steak recipe is one of those quickies that the family will love!

The recipe is courtesy of https://tasteofthehome.com.

Nutrition Facts

3 ounces cooked steak with 1-1/2 tablespoons reserved marinade: 195 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 271mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 fat.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup burgundy wine or beef broth
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 beef flank steak (2 pounds)

Directions

  • In a small bowl, whisk barbecue sauce, wine, and lemon juice until blended. Pour 1 cup marinade into a shallow dish. Add beef and turn to coat. Cover; refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
  • Drain beef, discarding marinade. Grill steak, covered, over medium heat until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°), 6-8 minutes on each side. Let stand 5 minutes before thinly slicing across the grain. Serve with reserved marinade.

The Original TasteOfTheHome.com recipe can be found here.

A Very Popular BBQ Sauce – Courtesy of allrecipes.com

A Very Popular BBQ Sauce Recipe
This recipe has a lot of sweetness and spice, so if you’re looking for a classic BBQ sauce that’s easy to make, look no further. It is very popular with users of ‘ceramic’ type smokers and grills, (i.e. Primo, Kamado, Big Green Egg, etc.)
 

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist

  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cups ketchup
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 ½ tablespoons dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 dashes hot pepper sauce
 

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Total: 10 mins
  • Servings: 32
  • Yield: 4 cups

Directions

Instructions Checklist

Step 1

In a blender, combine brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, water, and Worcestershire sauce. Season with mustard, paprika, salt, pepper, and hot pepper sauce. Blend until smooth.

Notes

This will fill a 32-ounce ketchup bottle exactly. Cut back on the brown sugar to make it less sweet, or add more Worcestershire for more ‘steak sauce’ appeal.

Nutrition Facts
Per Serving:

42.7 calories; protein 0.4g 1% DV; carbohydrates 10.2g 3% DV; fat 0.3g 1% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 278.4mg 11% DV.

Outdoor Kitchen Component List – Essentials on a Budget

The Essential Outdoor Kitchen Component List to Include When On a Budget

We understand that not everyone is a Rockefeller; that’s why we assembled this article that covers the essentials where it concerns outdoor living.

Your outdoor kitchen is built primarily for one purpose, and that’s to house your professional barbecue grill. Running back and forth from your indoor kitchen to your outdoor kitchen happens, but if we can help you reduce those trips, we’re all for it. Most people don’t just eat barbecue when they grill. You tend to serve the meal with a few side dishes. So, the first must-have component of the list is going to be a side burner/s (preferably a double side burner, to heat more than one side).

The Essentials Article The Side Burner - Elegant Outdoor Kitchens
The Essentials Article The Side Burner – Elegant Outdoor Kitchens

This precision cut, handmade side burner is made of stainless steel and will provide you years of outdoor cooking enjoyment. If you are looking to create a gourmet outdoor meal complete with soups or side dishes, a drop-in side burner is an ideal addition to your outdoor kitchen. As of March 15, 2016 — Blaze side burners have a lifetime warranty that warrants against any defects in the manufacturing and workmanship of the burner, burner grate, body, lid, and control valve. While the ignition system is covered for one (1) year after the date of purchase. The product must be registered within thirty days for the warranty to apply.
Gas Conversions

Blaze Single Side Burner
SKU: BLZ-SB1 Category: Side Burners & Power Burner Components
Additional information: View Additional Information about the Blaze Single Side Burner

Next on our essential outdoor kitchen component list is the built-in mini-refrigerator. There’s just something so satisfying about having quick access to a cold beverage. Believe us when we say that this mini fridge will get its use.

The Essentials Article The Built-In Refrigerator – Elegant Outdoor Kitchens

The Blaze 4.5 Compact Refrigerator is the ideal space-saving solution for family rooms, game rooms, apartments or anywhere else. Interior design offers plenty of shelf space for all your favorite refreshments and foods. The refrigerator, including the compressor, is warranted for 1 year to the original owner against defects in manufacturing and workmanship. This warranty extends to the original purchaser against manufacture defects for products purchased for ordinary single-family home use.

Stainless Front Fridge 4.5 Cubic Feet
SKU: BLZ-SSRF130
Additional Information: Stainless Front Fridge 4.5 Cubic Feet

The Mandatory Outdoor Kitchen Component

The last item on our essentials list is a functional requirement. It serves a few purposes, the first being the accessibility to your internal gas, electrical, and plumbing lines for your barbecue grill and any other components you install, and the second is acting as a dry storage area. Your outdoor kitchen cabinet has plenty of space that you can convert into a dry storage area. Depending on the size of your outdoor kitchen, you’ll need to install at least one access door. In our experience, though, a combination access door and drawer unit will only lend to both the aesthetic appeal and functionality of your outdoor living area.


The Essentials Article Outdoor Kitchen Access Door - Elegant Outdoor Kitchens
The Essentials Article Outdoor Kitchen Access Door – Elegant Outdoor Kitchens

The Blaze 25 inch Double Access Doors feature an ideal access size for an island and an outdoor kitchen. Blaze’s commercial grade 304 Stainless Steel construction is made for withstanding outdoor elements. The access doors are the perfect storage solution for any outdoor kitchen! Door opening measurements 20 3/4 W x 16 3/4 H.

Blaze 25″ Double Door
SKU: BLZ-AD25-R
Additional Information: Blaze 25″ Double Door

There are a plethora of other components that can you can add that will expand the functionality of your outdoor living space. You can add elements such as a trash receptacle, sink & faucet, ice maker, warming drawer, ice maker, beverage station, ice bin, power burner, and many other components. You can, in my opinion, make your outdoor living area better than your indoor kitchen, and some people do just that.

Elegant Outdoor Kitchens is your source for professional outdoor kitchen design and contracting services. If you’ve been considering an outdoor kitchen area, give us a call today to schedule an on-site design consultation. We know that once you see your outdoor kitchen mocked up as a 3D design, it’ll be an easy decision when it comes to starting the construction process.

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Recipe: Margarita Grilled Shrimp

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.

3 Must-Have Outdoor Kitchen Appliances

Outdoor rated stainless fridge

The Blaze 4.1 Outdoor Compact Refrigerator is the ideal space-saving solution for outdoor kitchens built into your island. Interior design offers plenty of shelf space for all your favorite refreshments and foods. 

4 Burner Outdoor Grill

An affordable commercial style grill that was designed with your outdoor BBQ desires in mind. Blaze gas grills feature precision cut, 304 stainless steel components that bring the promise of lasting durability to your outdoor BBQ!

Outdoor Kitchen Island

Enjoying outdoor kitchen grilling and entertaining has never been easier than with the Blaze Island. Featuring lightweight, all-aluminum construction with a welded frame for durability, the Blaze Island is light enough for two people to easily install and set up!

5 tips for cooking safely outdoors

Keep Your Hands Sanitary

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.

Outdoor Kitchen Designs L-Shape

Designing an outdoor living space has it’s challenges and many things to consider. We all have plans to to entertain company in our outdoor living space, but there are other factors to consider including our personal tastes and how everything will tie together. With that said why not consider a kitchen classic the L-Shape design. A popular choice for traditional in home kitchen, its a versatile design that is ideal for entertaining. When applied to an outdoor living space it offers a considerable amount of counter and social space. Whether your prepping the meal or serving up a few cocktails, you can be certain you will appreciate the additional counter space.

What makes the L-Shape Design Unique?

The L-Shape design isn’t just limited to entertaining, if your priorities are having a functional outdoor cooking space, than look no further than this classic design. The L-Shape is designed with the cook in mind, offering a functional “work triangle” that includes easy access to cooking, preparation area, and cleaning. These three elements are a powerful and efficient trio when combined into a single space. Your outdoor kitchen will match your every move, ensuring that you and your guests are both safe and comfortable.

outdoor kitchen design L shape

Outdoor entertaining redefined

Entertaining guests in your outdoor living space is both thrilling and challenging, as you’ll be working overtime! Cooking is one thing but making sure your guests are entertained is also your responsibility in your outdoor living space. The additional counter space provided by L-shape design provides ample space for guest seating and can act as a bar top!

Advantages provided by the L-Shape Outdoor Kitchen Design

• Perfect solution for a outdoor corner space

• Adaptable to most outdoor spaces, including small and medium kitchen areas

• Counter tops and cabinets can be adjusted to your available space

• Efficient “work triangle” ensures you have everything you need to make an amazing meal

• Ideal use of space for an open outdoor living space

Maintaining and Cleaning your Outdoor Kitchen

You’ve done it! You are now the proud owner of a Custom Outdoor Kitchen, undoubtedly you’ve hosted a few outdoor cookouts and relaxed under the sun with friends and family. It’s easy to enjoy your investment but let’s not forget to keep up with maintaining our wonderful Outdoor Living Space. By its very nature, our outdoor kitchens will attract dirt and, and not to mention wear and tear from the elements. Let’s go over some basic tips and guides for maintaining and cleaning our outdoor kitchens.

Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances and Surfaces

Our outdoor living spaces were designed to meet the outdoor weather head-on! However, that doesn’t make them invincible against wear and tear. As a general rule of thumb, never cut on a stainless steel surface, instead bring out or store a cutting board in your outdoor living space. With that said stainless is really easy to clean! Typically you’ll only need soapy water a microfiber towel and good helping of elbow grease. Be sure to clean these surfaces regularly by including in your weekly cleaning schedule.

How to make it Shine!

We’ve all been there, after a few months or a year of heavy use, oil and finger smudges accumulate into a fine but noticeable haze that covers the surface or certain spots of your shiny stainless steel appliances and surfaces. Never fear! Stainless Steel Polish is here! Apply a penny-sized drop of polish to a microfiber towel and rub the polish into the stainless steel in a single direction, working it in circular motions can lead to “swirling” which will only complicate resurfacing it next year. After applying the polish be sure to rinse it off completely using a CLEAN microfiber towel and soapy water. Once down rinsing dry the stainless steel with another microfiber towel as the chloride found in most tap water will stain your shiny new surface.

Protect that new shine

For this step, you may want to consult a professional but it is a task that most outdoor fanatics can tackle. To protect your stainless steel appliances and surfaces from corrosion and rust you can add a few coats of powder or clear coat. Clearcoat with brings out another level shine that polish alone cannot produce, while powder coating surfaces can add a layer of color and texture. Think of this step as you would a leather jacket, it will keep you both safe from the weather and most minor abrasions.