You get a very unique and authentic experience cooking over a wood fire when the weather turns cooler and the trees are ablaze with their fall colors. I particularly enjoy the warmth created by the grill when cooking on a fall night.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 2, 2009
With football season underway and the fall holidays fast approaching, Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet™ says it's time to kick off grilling's second season.
The Hearth, Patio and Barbeque Association estimates that 40 percent of Americans close up their grills for the fall and winter seasons.Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet™ thinks that amounts to too many people missing out on the enjoyment that comes from grilling in their outdoor kitchens later into the year.
"Fall, with its newly harvested produce and numerous pre-game parties, make it the ideal second season for grilling and outdoor entertaining," said Russ Faulk, vice president of product development for Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet. "You get a very unique and authentic experience cooking over a wood fire when the weather turns cooler and the trees are ablaze with their fall colors. I particularly enjoy the warmth created by the grill when cooking on a fall night."
Faulk's number one tip for a truly enjoyable fall grilling experience: keep cooking for your friends and neighbors. You can still enjoy good outdoor cooking even if you eat indoors. The cornucopia of fall ingredients is perfect for the grill. Try Grilled Pumpkin Crab Cakes or Blackened Turkey Breast Stuffed with Blue Cheese and served with Cajun Corn Beurre Blanc "Gravy.". More fall-inspired recipes can be found by visiting the Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet online recipe library at: http://www.kalamazoogourmet.com/recipes.php
Faulk's second tip: Try hybrid grilling by using a combination of gas, charcoal and wood while cooking. Gas gives you even heat and more control while charcoal and wood impart additional flavor.
The third tip for fall grilling: Close the grill lid and keep it shut. This allows you to lock in the smoke from the wood and charcoal and it prevents heat loss. Picking up the lid on a grill routinely sheds 50 to 100 degrees, which upsets and delays the cooking process. Keeping the lid closed causes a grilling conundrum. You have to continue adding wood to the grill to keep its smoke rolling. So how is that accomplished without breaking the third tip?
Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet solved the conundrum by inventing a grill that features hybrid grilling drawers. The drawers, which slide in and out of the front of the grill, sit above the grill's gas burners and below its cooking surfaces. Outdoor cooks can load up the drawers with charcoal and wood, get the fire started with the gas burners, and easily reload the drawers without opening the grill's hood or having to lift a grilling grate.
The benefits of hybrid grilling have not gone unnoticed in the culinary community. Chef Rick Bayless, winner of Bravo TV's Top Chef Masters reality cooking program, a Food & Wine magazine Best New Chef of the Year and James Beard and IACP Chef of the Year, award winner, cooks on a Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet K900HB in his home outdoor kitchen. He frequently showcases the versatility of hybrid grilling on his show "Mexico One Plate at a Time".
Bayless' tips for effective hybrid grilling in your outdoor kitchen during the fall and any other season are found on the Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet website: http://www.kalamazoogourmet.com/grillers_skills.php.
"Grilling enthusiasts are starting to discover what the culinary community has already embraced," says Faulk. "No other grill so seamlessly combines the convenience of a gas grill with a high-performance charcoal and wood grill."
About Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet
Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet has a rich heritage of bringing gourmet lifestyles outdoors and is the leading manufacturer of premium-quality outdoor kitchen equipment, including revolutionary hybrid grills that cook with charcoal, wood and gas, and the most powerful and energy efficient outdoor refrigeration available. Please visit http://www.KalamazooGourmet.com for more information or call 1.800.868.1699 to speak with an outdoor kitchen design expert.
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