Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Meet Fourie Jordaan- Recently Named New Zealand's Best Griller!

Hogwild Barbecue from New Zealand.  Named NZ best grillerFourie has been a grate customer for several years and we communicate regularly about his adventures.                                                                                                                                         Fourie recently won the title of Best Griller in New Zealand in a contest sponsored by the NZ Lamb & Beef Council and a local radio station.  Fourie ROCKED the contest with stuffed jalapeno burgers that he grilled on GrillGrates!  His prize is fantastic!  A trip to  Memphis in May!  Fourie and his wife are coming to America and I know the BBQ community will treat him well!   
Prize for being named best griller in New Zealand a trip to Memphis in MayPS- Fourie has two people on his hope to meet list:  Mike Mills and Meathead Goldwyn!  The man knows his American BBQ.  
All of Fourie's grills use GrillGrate
Just a few of Fourie's Grills!
Check out Fourie's recipes on his Blog

Meet:  Fourie Jordaan JD

Your Day Job / Career:                           Computer Teacher and Financial Service Provider
Grilling is your passion, that is for sure! How did you become a master griller? 
"My dad use to make drum BBQ's for people when I was still in primary school, as a South African I have always loved to BBQ. BBQ for us is not low and slow we call it a "Braai" with charcoal or hardwood we use to use "Thorn-Bush" to BBQ with. When I came to New Zealand I missed home so much that BBQ became my absolute life line and passion even more. I Buy BBQ's for $1 or more, revamp them cook on them and then sell them for very little again every holiday, therapy I call it. I really started enjoying grilling when I got my grates! Among friends and family and students I am known as the BBQ Guy "JD Hogwild" Hog Wild for BBQ! I have been grilling and BBQ'n for other people for over 30 years now, I have started young bbqen for family!"
Who do you regularly grill for?   
Family, friends normally about 10 - 25 at a time, school fundraising, African days in Auckland, Birthdays for friends
What Signature Dishes Do You Grill Regularly?  
Rump Steak "better than any restaurant" with pepper sauce, Chorizo Red Onion Cheese and Jalapenos Stuffed Burgers number one, Ribs, BBQ Pie my favorite number two.
Do you have GO TO Meals when you grill for a crowd?  
25 - 30 rump steaks at a time for fundraisers or birthday parties, 25 stuffed burgers at a time, lots of ribs at special occasions etc.
How Many Grills do you own?   I don't want to count them up as it will upset my wife!
Congratulations Fourie!  The American BBQ Community looks forward to hosting you!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Super Bowl Game Day Grilling

For me game time grilling is out of the question and halftime is too!  Nobody wants to be at the grill unless a TV is nearby.  Pre-game grilling is where it's at for this big game day. An early evening kickoff makes an afternoon appetizer party a great way to nosh, nibble and 'pre-game' as my kids would say, before kick-off.

Grilling appetizers is fun, fast, and an easy way to mix it up with a variety of offerings. Just think of the fun serving grilled cheese sticks, pot-stickers, ravioli, quesadillas, and more to your appreciative guests!

Here are three ideas to make your Super Bowl grilling a fun and easy game day party.

1. Hit the Freezer Section at the Supermarket:

Grill frozen cheese sticks fast and easy on GrillGratesGrilled large ravioli with beautiful searmarks.  Dipped in Vodka sauce

Cheese Sticks and Bread Sticks make easy appetizers right from the freezer to the grill.  Medium to low heat- you'll know when they're done.

Large Ravioli, fresh (we love Costco for these) or frozen is another easy finger-food appetizer.  Coat lightly in olive oil, grill at 400F.  Add a simple dipping sauce such as marinara or vodka sauce.  Raviolis crisp and puff-up when grilled at medium heat.

Potstickers are easy to grill with GrillGrates.  Frozen or not with little coat of oil to the grill at medium heat.  Postickers usually come with their own sauces another time saver.

2. Grill Cheese Quesadillas and Hit the Refrigerator for Salsas & Toppings:

Quesadillas on the grill and a nice platform to put salsas, sour cream, guacamole etc. 
  • Two flour tortillas with a cheese mix in the center is a 5 minute grill at 400F.  
  • Lightly coat with olive oil- a mister is real handy for applying the oil. 
  • A couple of turns for nice grill marks and stiffness.
  • Add toppings on or off the grill.  
I make a plate of cut slices for people to build their own toppings.  Grill peppers, brats and other goodies for toppings if you are looking for extended grill time.  OR- raid the refrigerator and clean out your sauces, greens and sour cream!


3. Throw a Pizza Party for the Super Bowl!

Use either MamaMary's par-baked crusts, make your own or buy the pre-made pizzas and grill them at 400F.  Check out dozens of grate pizza recipes on
Grilled pizza with golden brown and crispy crusts using MamaMary's Gourmet Pizza Crusts from the deli section of the supermarket.
  • Pizza Grilling Tip:  At temps above 400F the bottom will burn before the toppings are hot.  The more toppings just lower the heat and the crust will stay golden brown and crispy.

What are you grilling for the Super Bowl? 

Share you pictures and recipes!

GrillGrate, Eat Well!  Game ON!