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Grilled Chicken & Steak Kebabs

Chef Sam the Cooking Guy creates juicy grilled spicy teriyaki steak and buffalo chicken kebabs on his Caliber Pro Kamado Charcoal Grill/Smoker. In these simple recipes he uses filet mignon steak, red onion, red and yellow bell peppers, and for the sauce some teriyaki with a touch of sriracha for added flavor in the first skewer. For the second kebab, he uses chicken thighs and celery, and for the sauce he heats together Frank’s Hot Sauce, butter and honey.

Both sets of skewers received some sprinkles of kosher salt, but the sauces are brushed on continually after they are placed over the charcoal. Sam says to also make sure to keep cut your proteins all about the same size for even cooking. And, to complete the full tasting for the buffalo chicken kebab, it is a must to create this dipping sauce using blue cheese, sour cream, Japanese mayo, celery salt and buttermilk. For the full recipe click here or on the video below.

To learn about the mystery patties to the right of the picture above and the foiled skewers to the left in the video below, you will need to watch Sam’s full video by clicking here or below.

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Outdoor Kitchen Design Store (Bedford, NY)

For over three decades the Outdoor Kitchen Design Store by Preferred Properties has served Connecticut, New York and Southampton. President and founder Michael Gotowala has been designing outdoor kitchens with Caliber products and we are featuring one of his Country Contemporary Bedford, New York installations this month.

This upscale second weekend home nestled in the woods of Westchester County, New York was the perfect project for the Outdoor Kitchen Design Store to connect the lifestyle of the owners for ease of use and outdoor dining with the cooking location out by the pool. The Rockwell by Caliber Social Grill and Power Pro Dual Top Burners make this project the perfect featured Caliber installation.

The disappearing grill canopy was the focus of this creative island design and allows the chef to cook and serve the guests near the pool and also take in the beautiful mountain view from the grill area. To see more “seriously fabulous” photos of this installation click here.

Owner Michael Gotowala says, “A rewarding lifestyle shared with family and friends celebrating life’s most memorable events outdoors in one’s own backyard is the Outdoor Kitchen Design Store’s signature to every outdoor kitchen they build.”

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Smoked Brisket Chili

Do you still have brisket left from your last barbecue? Here’s a crowd-pleasing way to transform those leftovers. Place your 14” Caliber Cauldera Iron Cooking Pot in the holder above the charcoal prior to lighting your fire. Heat your Caliber Pro Kamado smoker to about 250-300ºF (approximately 15-20 minutes) using lump charcoal within the center of the bottom charcoal plate.  Once the pot is heated, sauté your bacon in the Cauldera until it is crispy. Add the onions and cook until soft (about 5 minutes). Add the bell peppers and garlic and cook an additional minute to soften. Add the raw ground beef and dry seasonings. Once cooked, add the brisket. Deglaze the pan wiht the beer and cook off the alcohol (about 1-2 minutes). Then add the coffee, Dr. Pepper, tomatoes, sauce, beans, corn and green chilies.

Add a small handful of pecan wood chips to the fire to give it an even smokier taste. Close the lid to cook a minimum of one hour. At this point, add salt to taste. The longer it simmers, the more flavorful the chili will become. If the chili starts to get too thick, you can add water (1/2 cup at a time) to thin it out.

Ingredients to fit the 14” Caliber Cauldera Pot (CTP22-CCA):
12 oz pack of bacon, chopped
2 large sweet onions
2 red peppers and 1 orange pepper, chopped
6 teaspoons of garlic, finely diced
1 lb of ground beef
5-6 cups leftover smoked beef brisket (cut up into 1/2” cubes)
4 tablespoons chili powder (more if you prefer spicier)
2 tablespoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon dry chipotle seasoning
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 (12oz) bottle of beer and 1 can of Dr. Pepper
1/2 cup coffee (cold and leftover from your morning pot)
2 (15 oz) cans diced tomatoes
2 (15 oz) cans tomato sauce
1 (15 oz) can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 (15 oz) can white beans (drained and rinsed)
1 (15 oz) can kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
1 (15 oz) can of corn (drained and rinsed)
2 small (4 oz) cans of diced green chilies
Salt to taste at end

Additional Toppings:
Sour cream
Shredded cheddar cheese
Chopped cilantro
Chopped sweet onions
Chopped serrano chilies

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Smoked Brisket

Kick off the summer with this great recipe! A brisket, when cooked right, is a delicious and less expensive meat to serve at a BBQ party.

Prepare the Caliber Pro Kamado Smoker by filling the indirect blaze basket accessory with lump charcoal. The basket should sit on the charcoal plate at the rear of the smoker with the hinged part of the grate above it for easy access. Bring the temperature of the smoker up to 230-275ºF. Trim the fat from the brisket. Dust a light coating of salt and pepper or your favorite meat dry rub on your brisket and place it on the top grate once the temperature has settled.

Now add a small handful of apple and pecan smoking chips to the blaze basket and close the lid. The smoker will “smoke” for the first 30-60 minutes of the 9-10 hour cooking process. After this time, there should be “clean” heat exiting the top vent. Too much time with smoke may impart a bitter taste. Continue to cook the brisket, checking them every hour or so with the heat not exceeding 250-275ºF until the brisket reaches an internal temperature of 200ºF.

You will be amazed by how juicy this brisket is without having to inject broth into it or refuel your coals during the process. There are also lots of fabulous recipes out there to change up your brisket and create other meals with your leftovers.

Ingredients for Smoked Brisket:
12-15 pound brisket with fat trimmed to 1/4”
Your favorite meat dry rub, or just salt and pepper

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Grilled Chili Lime Corn Steak Salad

The grilled corn makes this the perfect summer salad. Before setting the corn on your Caliber grill (Sam’s Rockwell by Caliber Social Grill featured above) brush it with a little avocado oil and prepare to grill it for about twenty five minutes. Create an amazing chili lime buttery sauce to brush over the corn while it’s cooking with one and half sticks of melted butter, a Tablespoon and a half of chili powder, two cloves of smashed garlic cloves and the juice from one lime.

Sam grills a ribeye steak sprinkled with a little salt and pepper and sets it aside to rest before cutting it for the salad.

Sam additionally sprinkles some cojita Mexican cheese and tomatoes over arugula with the steak and corn to make a delicious and bright summer salad. For the full video click here or below.

If you love grilled corn try Sam’s Mexican Style Street Corn recipe by clicking here or below.

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Bread Creation

Thank you Home Chef Christina for this wonderful “Bread Creation” tutorial and recipe on your Caliber Indoor Professional Range! Now take it away Christina with your tutorial:

This is more of a creation than a recipe.  I have been keeping a bread journal . . . . Yes, a bread journal.  I have been trying different techniques and also asking friends who bake bread.  So this is a combo of CREATING BREAD from online tutorials, my brother-in-law’s kitchen, and a book I’m obsessed with called Flour Water Salt Yeast.

This creation uses a sour dough starter instead of yeast to rise.  It takes 7-10 days to create a sour dough starter.  I created mine using a few different methods and – changed things up along the way – couldn’t tell you how to get my exact method, if I tried, (thus the reason I started the bread journal).  I suggest you look up recipes online or better yet, if you have a friend who has a starter – beg, borrow or steal it from them.

TOOLS:

  • Food Scale (non-negotiable)
  • Container for your starter (I use a Weck Tulip Jar – size large)
  • Container with Lid – for primer
  • Bowl
  • Spatula or spoon
  • Kitchen Towel
  • Pastry Scraper
  • Parchment paper
  • Dutch OVEN (I use LODGE cast iron and STAUB)
  • Proofing basket (or parchment lined bowl)
  • CALIBER RANGE

INGREDIENT LIST:

  • Sourdough Starter
  • Bread Flour
  • Water (lukewarm)
  • Salt
  • Rice Flour for dusting – only necessary if using a proofing basket

STEP 1:  THE STARTER! A healthy starter is the key to this.  I feed mine the day before I’m going to bake with 3 TBS bread flour and 2 TBS lukewarm water.  Stir it up and make sure it’s been allowed to rest for 8-16 hours from feeding.

STEP 2: Make the PRIMER  

  • 100 grams of lukewarm water
  • 75 grams of sourdough starter
  • 100 grams of bread flour

Start with water and then add in your starter.  Stir to combine then add the flour and stir to combine: done in this order, it mixes up better.  In the end, your scale should read 275 grams of primer.  Put the cover on and place in your oven with the oven light on.  This is called proofing.  The Caliber oven light is strong enough that even in the cold winter months, my primer was able to activate within 2-4 hours.

STEP 3: Make the DOUGH

  • 400 grams of lukewarm water
  • 200 grams of primer
  • 600 grams of bread flour
  • 16 grams of salt

Measure out the water and add 200 grams of primer into the water.  The primer should float slightly on top of the water.  This is an indicator of a good primer and will ensure you get a BEAUTIFUL looking loaf.  Stir to combine.  Add bread flour and salt.  Stir to combine.

Cover with a wet dish towel or a lid and let it rest for 1 hour.  This allows the flour to fully incorporate.

STEP 4: PULL and PUSH

This is the first step to incorporate air and get that dough moving.  With your hand grab a portion of the dough from the outside and gently lift it into the air (PULL) but don’t let it separate from the rest of the dough and then put (PUSH) it back into the dough, placing it into the center.  Turn the bowl a quarter turn and grab the next section.  You will do this 4-5 times depending upon how much you turn your bowl.  Don’t worry, if you do this 3 times or 8 times, it ends up the same (bread journal notes talking here) cover and allow it to rest for 3-6 hours. There are great tutorials online to show you this technique

STEP 5: KNEADING

One you have seen the bread rise and poof up a bit – you know that it’s ready to knead.  I don’t use flour for this part.  The bread will be slightly sticky – but if you keep things moving – you won’t have too much waste.  I can describe my kneading technique as a SLAP, PULL, ROLL, TURN process.  Take all of the dough out of the bowl and SLAP it down onto a clean hard surface (I use my quartz countertop).  PULL or lift the dough off the surface and ROLL as you’re doing this to and then TURN it and SLAP it down, PULL up and ROLL the dough over and TURN to continue.  I do this 20-40 times.  It really depends upon how the dough FEELS at this point.  The dough should become less sticky and roll easy and start to feel fuller of air.  COVER and let rest for 2-4 hours. Cleaning out your bowl in between may help it stick less.

STEP 6: SHAPING before the final rest

Flour your working surface and pastry scraper.  Turn your dough out onto the surface.  Your goal here is to add a little more air and shape the dough before its final rise.  First, fold the dough over itself to make a half circle.  Second, fold again to make a quarter circle.  Now grab your scraper and use your other hand to turn the quarter circle while scraping and lifting with your other hand.  You should be turning and scraping and lifting the dough off of the surface and forming it into a rounded mound.

STEP 7: FINAL RISE

Your bread will rest while you rest – it needs at least 6 hours for this step, but I have left it for 14 hours (because life happens) and it turned out great.  The final rise happens in your FRIDGE.

Option 1:  Use a proofing basket. Ensure there is enough rice flour in the proofing basket to keep the dough from sticking.  Place your dough rounded side DOWN into the basket.  So starring up at you is the bottom of the mound.  Cover with a DAMP dish towel and put in the fridge.

Option 2:  Use a parchment lined bowl.  No need to add any flour or anything.  Just make sure the parchment is large enough to overhang off the bowl once the dough is placed in.  This will make the transfer to your Dutch oven easier.  Use your scraping tool to put the dough rounded side UP into the bowl.  So starring up at you is the smooth side of the dough.  Cover with a DAMP dish towel and put in the fridge.

STEP 8: PRE-HEAT the oven and the Dutch oven

This is where the Caliber SHINES – this is your most important tool on the list.  By just turning the lights on in the Caliber Indoor Pro Range it creates enough heat for the perfect environment for proofing bread. I bake 2 loafs at a time and use a STAUB and a LODGE Dutch oven and both come out fantastic.

Place your Dutch oven inside for the pre-heat process.  Set your oven to 475 and pre-heat for 30 minutes.

STEP 9: BAKING (finally)

Pull your dough from the fridge

CAREFULLY remove your Dutch oven out of the oven and put your dough directly into the Dutch oven.

Option 1:  Proofing basket.  Place a piece of parchment paper over the top of the basket and turn it out so that the rounded dough is looking up at you.  Lift the dough and parchment paper into the Dutch oven.  

Option 2:  Parchment lined bowl.  Lift the parchment out of the bowl and place directly into the Dutch oven.

Trim off any parchment that sticks above the Dutch oven.  Score the dough to allow air to properly escape.  You can get lost in technique and design here – I have attempted a few, bought some fancy scoring tools, and I use kitchen scissors now.  I create a simple X pattern on the top of the dough using my kitchen scissors to cut through the dough.

Put the lid on and place in the oven.  CONVECTION BAKE at 475 for 28 minutes or 30 minutes if you want a CRUNCHIER crust.  The bread will rise and be a LIGHT blonde color

Take the lid off and CONVECTION BAKE at 475 for 20 minutes.  This is where the brown color and crunchy exterior comes in.

Remove from the oven and immediately put bread on a rack to cool.  You don’t want to leave the bread in the Dutch oven – as it will continue to cook.  I put my Dutch oven back into the oven and find that it cools down while the oven cools down.

STEP 10: WAIT . . . the hardest part.

If you want to have this bread for the week – it’s best to wait 4 hours before you slice into it.  This keeps the bread from getting gummy and it makes it easier to slice.  

But if you’re having company over – or plan to eat it all – go for it – who doesn’t love HOT bread.

Store on bread board covered with a dry kitchen towel or in a bread bag.

TIMELINE: It works best for me to bake in the am, so that’s how I came up with this schedule.  If you keep your starter on the counter and have it ready – it only takes 18-24 hours to make bread. . . . You can start at “DAY TWO” portion of the timeline.

DAY ONE

  • 8pm – Feed starter

DAY TWO

  • 9am – make primer
  • 1pm – make bread dough
  • 2pm – first pull and push on dough
  • 6pm – first round of kneading
  • 8pm – last kneed and put in the fridge

DAY THREE

  • 6am – heat up oven 
  • 7am – remove bread from fridge and prepare to bake
  • 8am – bread is cooling
  • 12pm – earliest I will cut the bread