Here are some of the things Alison found when researching her big appliance decision:
“I initially looked at Wolf, but for some reason I just wasn’t captured. Without the ability to customize to suit the design I wanted, and the low-BTU options for the 36″ size (max 20k, just 2k higher than what my Frigidaire has?!), Wolf left me feeling ‘meh’. I took a look at Lacanche and Le Cornue for the color customization and ‘design’y’ look, but the reviews were messy, and I can’t reconcile the brain behind a high-placed towel bar that blocks my view of ALL THE KNOBS?! Also two tiny ovens weren’t going to fit my catering-sized trays, AND only 15k-17k highest BTU, even less than my cheap little Range (which surprisingly has actually lasted many years and THOUSANDS of cooking hours). I turned instead to the Hestan or the Caliber, and honestly I feel I would have been happy with either choice. Great interior oven space, thoughtfully designed, and 25k-30k high burning BTU’s in the 36″ models. These are COOKS appliances, just what I was looking for. It came down to the smallest details, and Caliber ultimately won my heart for this round.”
Here’s also the Why behind Alison’s decision:
The first thing that struck me was the refined detailing. It looks SHARP. Thoughtfully designed and built. Milled to perfection in every detail. I’m guessing if what I can see has been meticulously designed, hopefully the bits I can’t see are as well.
I could get it in BLACK! In fact, they have a wide variety of customizations, as every single Range is built-to-order in Huntington Beach, CA. I also chose white LED vs the standard orange.
Depth! My Kitchen now and soon both feature 30″ deep counters – a standard in many of the Kitchens I’ve designed, and I’ll rave about that in another post. The Caliber is 28″-33″ deep. Perfection. This extra deep Range with a decent center-to-center measurement on the elements means my pots and pans WILL ACTUALLY FIT when I’m using all 5(6) burners!
Can we talk about the 120 individual FLAME PORTS on each burner?!?! I’m anticipating some maintenance here, but presumably in exchange for ultimate heat control.
Handy spoon rest, vs useless towel bar that blocks the view of my controls (hello, OTHER RANGES??! WHY?!). It felt like I was back at Cooking School using Commercial stoves.
BTU’s. While there was one other 36″ Range with a higher BTU option (Hestan w 30k), the 25k on the French Top here is still a good 7k more than what most other Ranges have. Also – French TOP that CONVERTS INTO A WOK spot!! Perfect for making delicate sauces all the way up to stir frys. To compare, a Commercial range typically uses about 60k BTU, not legal in a Residence unfortunately LOL!
San Diego, CA (December 2020) – Caliber Appliances, makers of award-winning grilling products, proudly announces participation in Sam the Cooking Guy’s Holiday Giveaway! You can win a stainless steel Caliber Pro Kamado Charcoal Grill/Smoker, stainless steel shelves and cart, blaze basket, and cover as part of the giveaway. Caliber is also thrilled to have the Caliber Pro Kamado and Rockwell by Caliber Grill as part of the set in Sam’s cooking show. He’s cooked some amazing recipes on these grills that can be found here: https://caliberappliances.com/category/press/sam-the-cooking-guy/ In order to enter this giveaway you must subscribe to his youtube channel and enter by tagging your post #samsgiving2020 by midnight on December 20, 2020. Winners will be announced in 2021. Here’s more information on SamsGiving2020: https://youtu.be/2kz_QY_XI7E?t=877
See Sam’s announcement of the winner in this video by clicking here.
ABOUT SAM THE COOKING GUY
Sam quit a biotech job in July of 2001 to try his hand as the host of a travel show. But a month before a trip to shoot in Tokyo and Hong Kong, September 11th happened – and that changed everything.He decided to stick with TV, but switched from travel to cooking and eventually landed a twice-weekly 2-minute cooking segment on a local morning news program. The segments caught on and grew into a 30-minute show appropriately named ‘Sam the Cooking Guy’ – an irreverent mix of humor and easy-to-replicate recipes. It’s ‘reality’ cooking – in the sense that whatever really happens when he shoots, stays in the show. Eventually, Discovery Health came along and ‘Just Cook This! with Sam the Cooking Guy’ was born. Known for his ‘big in taste and small in effort’ philosophy, Sam has 15 Emmy awards, 3 cookbooks and a dozen visits to the Today Show, He’s also creates video content for companies like Chosen Foods, Bed Bath & Beyond & Bumble Bee Foods, And his casually understandable YouTube series continues his simple style, with 6-15 minute episodes.
Caliber Appliances is dedicated to innovative design and superior engineering down to the smallest detail. Caliber’s focus on excellence in form and function has led to award-winning status for their gas barbecues and multi-function wood smokers and rave reviews in the market for its restaurant-like food. Even famed designer David Rockwell chose Caliber to build his newest line of grilling entertainment centers. Caliber delivers True American Luxury in grilling with premium products that can transform an outdoor kitchen into a commercial grade Culinary Center. The Caliber line of outdoor products includes the Crossflame® Pro Grill, Caliber™ Pro Kamado Charcoal Grill and Smoker, the Rockwell by Caliber™ Social Grill and Power Pro Dual Top Burners. The Caliber Indoor Professional Range and Rangetop series complements the outdoor suite of products. Caliber has been recognized with “Product of the Year” awards and is the recipient of two Vesta Awards from Hearth & Home magazine along with a Special Mention Architizer Award.
Looking for a unique and delicious recipe to bring as an appetizer to your next holiday party? These simple lamb meatballs can be made within any of your Caliber Appliances. Lamb is a juicy, underrated meat full of health benefits (high in protein and iron, and is known to reduce cancer risks, stroke risks, can heal anemia and improves bone health).
Decide which Caliber Appliance you would like to cook on: grill, smoker or oven, and then you are ready to start. Preheat oven or grill to 375ºF. Mix lamb, garlic, shallots, jalapeño, mint, soy sauce and black pepper together. Roll meat into 2 inch diameter round balls. As they are made, place the meatballs in an oven-proof dish or skillet. Cover with aluminum foil or lid and bake or grill for about 20 minutes or until meatballs are cooked all the way through. This recipe serves about four people as an entrée or makes a great appetizer to serve at a party.
Enjoy the amazing juicy smoky flavor of this turkey that you get from the Caliber Pro Kamado. Wash and brine your turkey with your favorite dry brine. Inject turkey under the skin with one cup of apple juice. Stuff turkey with your favorite stuffing and cover exposed stuffing with foil before cooking.
Prepare the Caliber Pro Kamado Smoker by filling the 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 so you can access it. Bring the temperature of the smoker up to 300ºF. Once the temperature has settled, place your turkey centered directly on the grate, breast facing up. Allow 1” of space between turkey and smoker lid. 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 3-4 hour cooking process (20-30 min. per pound). After this time, there should be “clean” heat exiting the top vent. Too much time with “smoke” may impart a bitter taste into your turkey. Continue to cook the turkey, checking on it every hour or so with the heat not exceeding 325ºF or falling below 250º F. If the skin darkens too quickly, then tent foil the turkey to avoid burning the skin. This will be a turkey like no other.
Ingredients for Smoked Turkey:
15-20 Lb. Turkey
1 Cup apple juice
Your favorite dry brine and stuffing
Watch Chef Vaughn of Anvil Appliances in Utah smoke and sear carne asada on the Caliber Pro Kamado. He makes a delicious rub for the carne asada using these ingredients: four garlic cloves minced, two Jalapeno’s minced, Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, two limes – juiced, one orange – juiced, two Tablespoons apple cider vinegar, and 1/2 cup avocado oil.
Chef Vaughn also adds soaked apple chips to the kamado to create a unique smoky flavor. For the full video, click here or on the video below. And, contact Anvil Appliances Salt Lake City Design Center location if you want to test drive a Caliber Appliance with Chef Vaughn.
Sam starts with creating an all-purpose compound butter that includes a half cup of butter, two crushed cloves of garlic, a large minced chipotle pepper, a handful of minced cilantro and a pinch of salt and pepper. You should definitely save the leftovers to use on bread or other recipes.
Sam then heats up the cast iron pan and adds oil, 16-18 large peeled and deveined shrimp with the tail on, and chopped red and green jalapeños and green onions.
After letting it cook for a few minutes, he lifts the pan and adds a 1/4 cup of tequila and flames it above the grill to ensure the grill doesn’t catch on fire. Lastly, he adds a large dollop of the compound butter and some chopped tomatoes.
Once the pan is off the grill, he continues to stir the shrimp and garnishes the dish with a handful of minced cilantro. For the full video, click here or on the video below. Enjoy!
Learn how to trim short ribs in Sam’s video and make a delicious marinade using: minced onions, ginger, red holland peppers and green onions in addition to brown sugar, lime juice, oil, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt and ground pepper.
Chef also experiments with smoking wood chips to impart that smoky flavor and Caliber uses a similar smoker tray on our gas grills.
For the full recipe and grilling demonstration for these ribs by Chef Sam, click on any of the pictures above or the video below or here.
Click here for the video to find out how baking these ribs in the oven first then finishing them off on the grill makes these ribs amazing.
Sam’s Rockwell by Caliber Social Grill is perfect for putting that nice crisp on these ribs, and he uses only five simple ingredients: pork ribs, white vinegar, BBQ sauce, brown sugar, and maple syrup.
For this full recipe click here or on the video below.
See also another version of Sam’s foolproof ribs with an Asian sweet, sticky, and spicy variation.
For the full recipe click here or on the video below.