Football Season is here-Do you have the right tailgating tools?

Many of our clients are talking football–stats, injuries, forecasts and rankings. But the question we’re asking is, are you ready for the tailgate?

Here are the top tailgating items that you’ll want to have on game day:

The Grill – Whether you are entertaining at home or at the game, the most essential tailgating tool is the grill. SABER, Memphis Wood Fire Grills, AOG, Wilmington, FireMagic, DCS, Broilmaster and Big Green Egg all make a variety of grills. Styles and options range from permanent to portable to built-in to rolling carts. But our favorite, portable option is the MINI EGG. The MINI EGG is the perfect solution for tailgating when you want to take The Ultimate Cooking Experience with you!

Accessories – You’ll need the right grilling tools. From tongs to a meat thermometer to a spatula, you’ll want to have the right accessories at your fingertips. Our favorite Game Day grilling tool is the collegiate spatula and apron, ensuring everyone knows which team you’re pulling for.

Chairs – There are many options for portable chairs but our top consideration is comfort and durability. These wooden chairs are both, and feature a variety of fabric color options to coordinate with your team colors.

Recipes – Once you have your tools, you’ll need the best tailgate recipes and The Food Network’s Guy Fieri has compiled a list of the top 50 Tailgating recipes.

We’ve reviewed the list and here’s 3 Game Day recipes we’ll be trying this season:
#1 Bobby Flay’s Grilled Chicken Wings with Spicy Chipotle Hot Sauce & Blue Cheese Yogurt Dipping Sauce
#2 Duff Goldman’s Grilled Sausage with Spicy Sauce
#3 Philly Cheese Steak Pizzas (of course, we’ll cook our pizzas on the grill!)

Are you a tailgating champ? Be sure to share your favorite recipes and tailgating tips on our Facebook page!

Now, we’re ready for some football!

Bay Breeze Patio Expands Outdoor Kitchen Offering

As the trend in outdoor living continues to grow, our clients are seeking ways to create outdoor rooms that are as well appointed, attractive and functional as their indoor counterparts while increasing the value of their homes.

Today’s outdoor kitchens include storage and organization, prep areas, specialized cooking appliances, and entertaining and support appliances such as wine refrigerators, beer taps with kegs, ice makers and refrigerators.

We’re excited to announce that Bay Breeze Patio recently became an official retailer for Challenger outdoor kitchens , cabinets and tables as well as Brown Jordan outdoor kitchens and outdoor cabinets.

Challenger Outdoor Kitchen

Challenger offers a great line of products built with decades of expertise and craftsmanship. With so many cabinet options that are both appealing and very durable, including Challenger bar and grill combination, grill cart and rolling bar, rolling tailgate system, Big Green Egg cart as well as diverse array of stand options, you can easily create an attractive, versatile and long-lasting outdoor kitchen in a wide array of colors and styles with unique features and options.

Brown Jordan, one of the leading brands in outdoor leisure furnishings, is now producing outdoor kitchen options that begin with the company’s hallmark style and quality. Designs beautifully complement Brown Jordan’s furniture lines and colors, and range from contemporary to classic to modular designs.

Brown Jordan Commercial Grade Stainless Steel Doors

The commercial grade 20-gauge stainless steel doors, drawer fronts and cabinet interiors are durable and attractive. Brown Jordan outdoor kitchens stainless kitchen cabinetry is warranted to hold up for years under the most severe weather conditions. Kitchens may be designed in concert with stucco or stone to complement the landscape architecture of the outdoors.

And after you install your new outdoor kitchen, we hope you’ll share pictures on our Bay Breeze Patio Facebook page so we can see your fabulous outdoor kitchen in action (and we’ll even reward you with a Bay Breeze Patio gift certificate for your effort)!

Just Married & Cooking

We had the pleasure of traveling to Italy last month and made some wonderful new friends. James Briscione and Brooke Parkhurst, authors of Just Married & Cooking, were among the group of couples who ate and drank their way through Italy with us.

We shared our love of cooking (and grilling) while experiencing Italian traditions. We sampled local meats and cheeses, enjoyed a private tour of the local butchers personal prosciutto aging cave, savored the first tomatoes of the season with house made feta, and delighted in making pizzas in the wood fired oven. It was a memorable week and we continue to look for ways to recreate our Italian experience at home.

Making my world famous pizza crust

James loading the wood burning oven

James and Brooke recently appeared on the Today Show to share some of their favorite recipes. We look forward to staying in touch and sharing tips on cooking. (And learning a few things about garnishes and presentation. Their meals looked gorgeous!)

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In the end, I couldn’t keep my competitive side down so I was sure to let them know that they may have a book, but I have my own line of Wayne’s Get Grillin’ Rubs. (I think they were impressed or they faked it well. Probably the later.)

Trend in Upholstered Outdoor Furniture Takes Off

What’s the next big thing in outdoor furniture you may ask? We’re seeing the trend in upholstered outdoor furniture taking off!

Outdoor furniture designer, Richard Frinier, commented on the trend this spring in his interview with Elle Decor, stating “we’ve seen slipcovers and cushions, but there are companies now making fully upholstered furniture using completely weather-resistant materials. It looks exactly like indoor furniture.”

We agree. We’re watching some of the leading outdoor furniture brands, including LaneVenture and Lloyd Flanders, introducing more options for upholstered patio furniture that looks as though it should be inside the home. The breadth of style and fabric options has grown exponentially in the last year.

By using weather-resistant fabrics, which are durable, comfortable and washable, these fully upholstered outdoor furniture collections bring a new level of style and comfort to an outdoor room. Here’s a glimpse of some of the options from the leading outdoor furniture brands:
Lane Venture – Kelsey Collection

LaneVenture Kelsey Collection

LaneVenture’s WeatherMaster Outdoor Upholstery addresses the current trend in the marketplace that is moving towards more solid shapes and forms that are created with fabric. Available in over 100 fabric options.

LaneVenture Kendall Collection

LaneVenture Kendall Collection

LaneVenture’s WeatherMaster Outdoor Upholstery Kendall collection offers stylish comfort and long-lasting durability. Available in over 100 fabric options.

Lloyd Flanders Sea Island Collection

Part of the Coastal Living collection, casual styling and billowy comfort are the pillars for the Lloyd Flanders Sea Island Collection. This refreshing collection brings casual elegance and indoor comfort to an outdoor room.

Most importantly, don’t let all of that fabric scare you. The slipcovers can be simply pulled off and thrown in the washing machine and air dried (do not throw in the dryer). We like Oxy-Clean when we wash ours. Cold water only and the fabric is good as new.

Outdoor Furniture & Decor for Summer

We are working with many clients to ensure their outdoor rooms are comfortable and stylish for summer gatherings. If you’re selecting new outdoor furniture, our number one piece of advice is to select pieces that are durable and fit your lifestyle. At Bay Breeze Patio, we carry outdoor furniture brands that stand behind their products with strong warranties.

We’ve also been suggesting little additions that go a long way in making your patio look great and feel comfortable for summer. Here are some suggestions:

Pillows. Add throw pillows and colorful outdoor cushions to make outdoor seating attractive and comfortable. Fabrics today are light years ahead of where they used to be. Today’s outdoor fabrics can be plush, velvety, suede-like and loaded with patterns and colors. Eye-catching throw pillows are an inexpensive way to change out the look of your outdoor furniture. At Bay Breeze Patio we stock fabulous throws from Elaine Smith, Lane Venture, Tran-Ocean, and Lloyd Flanders.

Foliage. Another way to enhance your outdoor space is to add foliage. Greenery makes a space feel inviting and can also provide shade to areas with harsh afternoon sun. We also recommend housing plants in ceramic or glazed clay pots, which are functional and attractive. If you are concerned about plant maintenance, we suggest silks. There are many options for silk plants and foliage that look as good as their living counterparts. While most silk plants are not made to be outside, they will survive a couple of years under cover.

Rugs. Another option is to add an outdoor rug. Outdoor rugs can help pull together an outdoor living area by “warming” up the floor, adding color and giving the feet a little comfort too. Outdoor rugs today can be so plush that they look like indoor rugs – but they can withstand the elements and simply need to be hosed down occasionally. We stock rugs from Capel, Trans-Ocean and Tommy Bahama.

Lighting. To avoid the “fishbowl” effect – you know, where you are sitting outside in the evening with just an overhead light and feeling like you are in a fishbowl – try an outdoor floor or table lamp. Today’s outdoor lighting looks like indoor lighting from the living room, but again, it can withstand the elements. And nothing warms up a room faster than a pretty lamp. At Bay Breeze Patio, we stock lamps from Kenroy and Summer Classics.

A little goes a long way. So start with a small space and a few items and you’ll quickly see and feel the difference.

Set Up, Shoot, Share & Save!

We’ve heard from many satisfied customers that they’re enjoying their outdoor living space thanks to the team Bay Breeze Patio, but we rarely get to see our products in action. So we’re offering a $25 Bay Breeze Patio Gift Certificate for customers who share pictures of their new product(s) on our Facebook page.

Step 1: Set up and arrange your new outdoor furniture, bed swing, grill, etc. just the way you envisioned.

Step 2: Shoot. Grab your smart phone or digital camera and shoot pictures of your new product(s) in action. Product shots are good but pictures of your friends and family enjoying your outdoor living space are even better!

Step 3: Share your picture(s) with us on the Bay Breeze Patio Facebook page ( We’ll send you a $25 gift certificate, good toward your next purchase. And while you’re there, we hope you’ll “LIKE” us because we like having friends.

It’s that easy!
(And if you don’t know how to share a photo on our Facebook page, ask a friend or teenager in the neighborhood, and we’ll throw in a free Wayne’s Grilling Rub for them.)

Here’s a another creative example of a beautiful outdoor living space. We look forward to seeing yours!

Sizzling Summer Special: 50% off Lloyd Flanders Furniture (limited time offer)

As we kick off summer, many of our friends and clients are realizing it is time to freshen their outdoor space. For others, Father’s Day, graduation, weddings and birthdays have them racing to find a special gift. In an effort to help stretch your budget, we’re excited to partner with Lloyd Flanders to offer our clients 50% off Lloyd Flanders premium outdoor furniture.

With a reputation for creating long-lasting furnishings enjoyed by many generations, Lloyd Flanders features fine woven outdoor furniture that has great design, craftsmanship and durability.

Lloyd Flanders’ products are known for comfort. With the patented Comfort Plush premium outdoor seating, the Comfort Plush cushions are made using Spring Bond Premium cushioning, which incorporates 1.5 density High Resilience California Fire Rated Foam and a special Spring Bond Fiber. The fiber is wrapped in a jacket composed of two layers of spun bond fabric, which sandwich an inner layer of meltblown fabric. The meltblown material literally sheds water, making the cushions inherently mildew and bacteria resistant.

This offer is only good in conjunction with the 20% off coupon available through Lloyd Flanders website. To view the Lloyd Flanders collections and print the 20% off coupon, visit Bay Breeze Patio will more than match the brand discount for a total of 50% off the suggested retail price. This limited time offer is only good through June 15, 2013 so call or come by today.

Smokin’ Good Ribs

This morning on WJHG, News Ch. 7, we continued our celebration of National BBQ Month and shared tips and recipes in preparation for Memorial Day Weekend.

If you’re looking for the insider’s guide to get smokin’ pork ribs that are “fall off the bone” good, simply follow these seven steps.
The ideal way to cook ribs is on a smoker. We used the Memphis Wood Fire Grill today.

Step 1. After purchasing your ribs, remove the silver skin on the back side of the ribs.

Step 2. Take yellow mustard and spread liberally over the front and back side. Then apply your favorite rub. Our favorite happens to be ANY of Wayne’s Get Grillin’ Rubs. (yes, we’re a little biased.)

Bay Breeze Patio Grill Master Wayne Paul Prepping the Ribs

Ideally you do this the day before to let the rub penetrate the meat. This is not absolutely necessary, but helps develop the flavor.

Step 3. Light your smoker and set to 225-250 degrees. Add wood chips if desired for an additional smoky flavor.

Step 4. Place ribs on smoker and smoke for 3 to 4 hours, depending on your temperature.

Smoke ribs 3-4 hours

Step 5. For the “fall off the bone” experience, try wrapping your ribs in foil after the 3rd hour and cook for one more hour in a little apple juice. If you like BBQ sauce, start saucing around the four hour mark. Be careful with sauces that have a lot of sugar, it will burn.

Step 6. The ribs are done when the meat has pulled back from the top of the bone and you can easily pull the remaining meat away from the bone. We like to wrap and put into a cooler for an hour. This seems to redistribute the juices.

Step 7. Get plenty of napkins and dig in!!!!

For more grilling advice or assistance finding the perfect grill or smoker for your backyard barbecue, call us at 850-269-4666.

10% Discount On All Gas Grills for National BBQ Month

FireMagic Grills

FireMagic Grill

Grilling season makes us excited here at Bay Breeze Patio! In honor of National Barbecue Month, we’re pulling out all the stops to enhance your grilling experience AND the delicious results. For this month only, we’re offering a 10% discount off ANY gas grill, including Firemagic, Broilmaster, AOG, Gas Joe, Saber, and Wilmington grills. This deal is good toward free standing or built-in grill models. Offer good through May 31, 2013.

Happy Grilling!

National Barbecue Month – Tips for Cleaning Your Gas Grill

Since it is National BBQ month, we want to help you get your grill in prime condition for summer. It is very important to do preventative maintenance. Just as you get your car tuned up before you travel for summer vacation, you want to prep your gas grill for grilling season. Whether you’re grilling in Destin, Florida or somewhere else in the country, these tips will help keep you safe and make you look like a grilling superstar.

Here are 5 tips to keep your gas grill operating at peak performance:
1. Visual Inspection. Start with a visual check to see if all the parts look good. Double check hoses, grates and burners. Contact the dealer for any parts that may need to be replaced.

2. Cleaning. If the grill has been stored or not used much during the last few months, this would be a good time for a “spring cleaning”. Wash the exterior of your grill with soapy water and/or Stainless Steel cleaner, then polish with a high quality wax or Stainless Steel polisher. If the grates are really crusty, try cleaning with oven cleaner. Grates should be fully washed with clean water before applying oven cleaner, which is highly toxic so follow the directions very carefully. If the cleaner is ineffective, you can either purchase GrillGrates, interlocking panels that sit on top of any grill to form a new grill surface, or contact your local dealer to purchase replacement grates. Next clean the burners, and reinstall as shown in the owner’s manual. Most importantly, make sure that all the connections are tight when you replace. Confirm the seal is tight by taking soapy water and spraying around all the connections. If you see bubbles, redo the connection.

3. Test the flame. Turn on your grill and see how quickly it lights and how the flame looks. If it does not light right way replace the battery in your igniters. The flame color should be blue with a tint of yellow at the top. If not, you have some work to do! Once the burners have cooled off, remove them from the grill and examine them closely. If there is rust, the burner is no good and you should replace it. Is there anything nesting in the orifice area that is preventing gas traveling around the burner? If so, clean it out. As long as you have the burners out, you can drill all the holes to make sure they are not clogged. Follow your owner’s manual.

4. Air Shutters. Most grills have air shutters that you can adjust to get the correct flame color and height. By doing this you will get maximum heat from your grill. The shutter is usually at the point where the burner connects to the gas input. Depending on the color and height of the flame, you may have to open or close the shutter.

5. Clean Grease Tray. The grease tray is one of the leading causes of gas grill fires. Be sure to clean out the grease tray so there are no flash fires.

This will keep your grill working at peak performance. I can already hear the sizzle of the 2″ ribeye. I’ll take mine “medium rare,” please.

National Barbecue Month:Celebrating Broilmaster–Made in the USA

As we continue our celebration of National Barbecue Month, this week we recognize one of the most reputable grill brands, Broilmaster. Since 1966, Broilmaster has been producing premium gas grills in the USA.

Broilmaster’s durable surface, including adjustable stainless steel lid and aluminum grill body casting with limited lifetime warranty, make the Broilmaster grill well-suited for homes in Destin, Fla. and backyards around the country.

Here are some of the top reasons that we’re a Broilmaster fan:
• Broilmaster’s patented stainless steel Bowtie Burners deliver unmatched heat distribution and precise control at any setting. Separate Left/Right Controls allow for indirect cooking.
• Broilmaster’s exclusive stainless steel Smoker Shutter allows you to convert your grill to an indirect cooking system with one pull of the lever–ideal for smoking, roasting, slow cooking, baking and more.
• The QRave. When Broilmaster introduced the QRave late last year, they claimed it was the most versatile, durable cooker known to man. So of course, we had to put it to the test. Slow cooking, steaming, smoking, grilling, the QRave performed impeccably.

Broilmaster has proven to be an industry leader for nearly 50 years and they continue to be one of the most respected brands on out on the market.

Check out this 1972 Warm Morning Broilmaster II, Model G-2000DX. What a beauty!

May is National Barbecue Month

In honor of National Barbecue Month, each week we’ll be featuring our favorite grilling machines, recipes, grilling tools/technology, and tips for keeping your grill operating at peak performance. To kick off the month, we’re featuring Fire Magic.

Fire Magic Grills are known for their superior design, consistent heat, and durability. Fire Magic has always been known for professional quality grilling, giving the chef unparalleled heat to sear meat (sealing in the natural juices) and cooking control. We also like that they are manufactured here in the US. Here’s your options:

Fire Magic Portable Grills – Fire Magic offers 8 professional grade free-standing barbecue grill models in a variety of sizes as well as 4 free-standing charcoal grills.

Fire Magic Island Grills – Fire Magic offers 11 professional grade island grills. These build-in gas barbecue grill models are ideal for creating your dream outdoor kitchen (we speak from experience).

Fire Magic Echelon Diamond – The Mac Daddy of grills! Fire Magic has taken premium grilling to the next level. The Echelon Diamond series won the prestigious Vesta award for the best new gas grill on the market. Here are some of the advanced features that impressed the Vesta judges.
• unique burner system (4 cast stainless steel E Burners are powered by 30,000 btus each), removable zone dividers designed to give greater consistency of cooking
• Hot surface ignition insures that it lights every time – even in the pouring rain
• Built-In LCD digital meat and grill thermometer has 4 sensors inside the grill so you know the temperature at the cooking surface of each zone as well as a stainless steel meat probe.
• Rotisserie rod storage, giving you a place to cleverly store it right behind the hood
• The Echelon hood is spring assisted (Feather Lite) so even on a massive hood it only takes a finger to open or close it
• Optional Magic Window to see your food inside the grill without opening the hood
• Optional Power Hood (we admit this is the ultimate show-off to your friends) just hit the button on the remote and the hood goes up or down by itself
• Dual Fuel (simply add a Charcoal Basket to any FireMagic and you have a charcoal grill that is lit by gas)
• Personalized – If you’re going to splurge go all the way; Each Echelon Diamond can be personalized with a stainless plaque with your name

Are you salivating yet? Stay tuned, this month will have you dreaming of the possibilities. Just in time for Father’s Day!

Five Tips for Achieving Your Dream Outdoor Living Space

Thanks to everyone who was able to join us for our Anniversary Event! We had a great time sharing tips and hearing stories about your outdoor room in use.

For those who could not join us, we wanted to share some of our top tips for making your dream outdoor room a reality.

1. Appliances: If you’re starting from scratch, begin by defining appliances you cannot live without. Begin with necessities such as grill, sink, refrigerator, and burners. Next start a wish list of items such as pizza oven, warming drawers, beer tap or wine cooler. There are many options, but you’ll have to work within space limitations, making room for core items first and leaving space for items that you’ll purchase down the road.

2. Patio furniture: Next think about your patio needs. Do you mostly have friends over for drinks and snacks? Are you eating outside or just preparing the meal? Are you using your space for cocktail parties and entertaining? Once you determine how you’ll use the space the majority of the time, consider the shape and size of furniture that will work best for your space. Our online room planner is a helpful planning tool.

3. Prioritize: If you’re working with a fixed budget, prioritize to purchase items you’ll use the most first. Put your money in the chairs you’ll spend the most time using. If you love to sit outside and lounge, then that’s where you’ll get the most enjoyment. You can set a goal to add side tables and additional seating down the road.

4. Accessorize: A great solution to help you feel like you’ve updated your outdoor space is to add throw pillows, update cushions, bring in foliage or silks or add an outdoor rug. A little goes a long way. Also, don’t be afraid of color. By adding comfortable pillows with bold accent colors, outdoor rooms come to life and immediately feel more welcoming and become more comfortable for relaxing and entertaining.

5. Make a plan: Like anything in life, in order to achieve your dream outdoor living space you need a plan. Define your dream space, and set goals for items you’d like to add and set a target date. By creating an actionable plan to build your outdoor living room in phases, you’ll get the outdoor room you want without sacrificing quality or comfort along the way.

Beef & Bourbon Cooking Class at Clemenza’s at Uptown Station

Join me, Grill Master Wayne, tonight (3/21) at Clemenza’s at Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach for my special Big Green Egg cooking demonstration.

The Beef & Bourbon Cooking Class starts at 6 p.m. You won’t want to miss the fun tips, tricks and tools that make grilling on the Big Green Egg even more exceptional. Our menu includes:

Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad

Bourbon Marinated Beef Tenderloin

Grilled Veggies

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Grilled Pineapple Topped with Coconut Ice Cream

Don’t miss this evening of delicious delicacies!

Call 243-0707 for reservations and we will see you there!

Join us for Our Anniversary Event, April 5-7, 2013

We’re delighted to celebrate another year serving the Emerald Coast and want to thank you for your support and patronage. Since our specialty is outdoor entertaining, we’re bringing out all the stops for our annual event.

We’ll have all our vendors participating in this fun weekend that celebrates the finest in outdoor living. Grilling demonstrations, outdoor living experts, log demonstrations, fire pits, special sale prices, door prizes and more. We’re even adding a competitive cooking contest (think Food Network “Chopped”). We hope you’ll make plans to join us for the exciting weekend!

Great brands and products will be featured with specials throughout the weekend.

Grills: Big Green Egg, Broilmaster, DCS, Fire Magic, Memphis Wood, Fire Grills,

Hearth: Vantage Hearth, RealFyre, Oriflamme, Empire

Outdoor Kitchens: True, DCS

Accessories: Treasure Garden

Patio Furniture: Brown Jordan, Breezesta, Casual Creations, Jensen Leisure, Lane Venture, Lloyd Flanders, Seaside Casual, Tropitone, Winston, Windward

When: April 5-7, 2013

Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday noon- 5 p.m.

32 Forest Shore Drive, Destin, FL

Nominations Open for Annual Barbecue & Grilling Readers Choice Awards “Annual Barbecue & Grilling Readers Choice Awards” is accepting nominations.

This is your chance to help select the best Barbecue & Grilling products and restaurants that will be on the ballot for 2013. By nominating your favorites in many categories, including best charcoal grill, best gas grill, best pellet grill, best backyard smoker, best competition smoker, and best barbecue rub among others, you’ll help ensure your favorites make the list.

Nominations will be tallied and the top five in each category will be put to a vote starting February 22nd. In the past hundreds of nominations and tens of thousands of votes were submitted.

We hope you’ll nominate “Wayne’s Get Grillin’ Rub” for Best Barbecue Rub. We would be honored to among the top 5 list of contenders!

Susan’s Marinated Smoked Prime Rib Recipe – Great for a Holiday Feast

Marinated and smoked prime rib ready to serve

I notice that all the grocery stores are featuring prime rib for Christmas. While just serving prime rib makes an excellent meal, we suggest taking a new approach. Cook your prime rib on the smoker or grill!

Whether you use the Big Green Egg, Traeger Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker or the Broilmaster QRave, smoking your prime rib will result in a richer flavor and juicier, more tender meat.

A couple of years ago, Susan found a simple prime rib recipe for marinating and smoking prime rib. First you want to start with selecting the perfect cut of prime rib. Of course, bigger is better and the quality of meat will depend on what is available where you shop.

We have found that a simple marinade of olive oil, red wine, garlic and your favorite herbs, (we use rosemary), works best. Blend these ingredients together.

Seasoning the prime rib

Place the prime rib in a plastic food bag or non reactive pan. Pour the marinade over the meat, making sure that it is covered or be prepared to turn the meat over after 12 hours.

Marinate for 24-36 hours. Once done, remove meat and pat dry. Re-season with your favorite herbs and place in rack and roasting pan.

Have your smoker running at 225-250 degrees. Place extra wood-smoking chips into the smoker along with the meat.

*Note: If you have a gas grill, you can make a smoker packet out of aluminum foil and soaked wood chips. Poke small holes into the tightly sealed pack so smoke can escape.

Place prime rib on smoker with corded meat thermometer

Your length of cooking time will depend on temperature of smoker, size of the meat, and some weather conditions. Figure around 30-50% longer than the standard indoor cook at 375 degrees.

Place your corded meat thermometer in the prime rib and close the smoker up tight. Cook to 5 degrees of your desired temperature. Take off grill/smoker, cover with aluminum foil and let rest for 10-15 minutes. Then take plenty of photos so you can share pics of your prized prime rib.

We’d love to see the results! Send pics to or post to our Facebook page.

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Outdoor Lifestyle

We’re quickly learning that the question of the moment is “What can I get [insert name of friend or loved one] for Christmas?

Fortunately, we’re full of ideas! Here a few of our top picks:

Big Green Egg-cessories – Do you have a Big Green Egg owner on your list? If so, gift giving is easy. Bay Breeze Patio carries all the hot “Eggcessories.” From pizza/baking stones to the Big Green Egg BBQ Guru (a temperature control so precise, it’s like having your own personal valet), Bay Breeze Patio has the perfect gift for the Green Egg-straordinaire on your list.

LED outdoor lights – Who doesn’t like shiny things? We have many styles of outdoor LED lights that will make you the most popular gift-giver for illuminating the party.

Hammocks – Lay back and say ahhhhh! You’ve found the perfect gift. By giving the gift of a high quality Hatteras Hammock, you will give the gift of relaxation. Hatteras recently added an array of new fabrics and styles that prove that relaxation can be a beautiful experience.

Personalized items-Everyone loves a personalized gift with their own surname or moniker. Bay Breeze Patio now offers customized cutting boards and 2-gallon ceramic crock pots that can be personalized with your friend or family member’s name.

Don’t forget our decorative accessory sale continues until Christmas! Bay Breeze Patio carries wall decor, art, picture frames and more. Call us for more ideas and we’ll help you make everyone on your list smile.

Sheryl Hebert Wins the luxurious 5-piece Brown Jordan Furniture Set!

Sheryl won this luxurious 5-piece Brown Jordan furniture set

We recently caught up with Sheryl Hebert of Canon City, Colorado, and winner of the, Bay Breeze Patio, Brown Jordan Facebook promotion. She will be receiving the luxurious 5-piece Brown Jordan furniture set from the new Tangiers Collection.

We were thrilled to learn that she and her husband are working on an expansion of their outdoor living area and the Tangiers sofa, loveseat, club chair, end table and coffee table will fit perfectly. She thinks it will be a big hit with family and friends due to its comfort, durability, wicker braiding and attractively simple design.

It is especially fitting that Sheryl is our winner since she just celebrated a big birthday and considers this set as a special birthday gift waiting for her back home. She’s been living in New York and working around the clock in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. As an insurance adjustor, she told us they simply cannot get enough adjustors up to the Northeast right now to deal with the massive amount of damage. She’s working tirelessly to help get claims filed quickly for the many victims of this brutal storm. Living along the Gulf Coast, we know the devastation a hurricane can cause and our heart goes out to the many families that have lost so much.

Kudos to our new friend, Sheryl, for all her good work! We’re thrilled that Bay Breeze Patio and our partner Brown Jordan could do a small part in making Sheryl’s life more comfortable and enjoyable when she returns home. We know she’ll love experiencing the finest in outdoor living.

Sheryl is the winner of the, Bay Breeze Patio, Brown Jordan promotion

The Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

Turkey day is rapidly approaching. Have you decided how you are going to prepare the bird?

We have three favorite suggestions for preparing your turkey differently than the traditional oven-baked turkey. In fact, we leave the oven open for all accoutrement.

All of our ways are outside–on the grill, in the smoker, or fried. All are delicious! Our friends who host us for Thanksgiving do a turkey each way!

One of the favorites around the beach is smoking the turkey in the Big Green Egg or Memphis Pellet smoker. This allows you to have a wonderfully rich smoky flavor. Be careful not to over smoke in case some of the guests do not “love” that flavor. (Of course, why are you inviting these people?)

Finished turkey on the Big Green Egg

Everyone should try a fried turkey. It is very easy to do with the right equipment and especially quick, about 3-4 minutes per pound. Skin comes out extra crispy with a juicy inside.

Turkey ready for frying in the Timber Ridge Fryer

For a more conventional taste, the rotisserie on your grill is perfect. The rotisserie on a Fire Magic can hold up to 65 lbs, in case you want to cook more than one at a time. If you do not have a rotisserie, you can do indirect grilling.

Turkey on the rotisserie on a FireMagic

Special hints:

1. If you have not started to thaw the turkey, get to it. Larger turkeys can take up to 3 day in the refrigerator . If you run out of time, you can thaw in cold water in your refrigerator. Always cook the turkey completely thawed.

2. If you have time, you might want to brine the bird. You can brine for up to 2 days. Use any flavor of herbs that you like. A simple brine is one gallon of water with a half cup of salt and sugar. We like adding a variety of fresh herbs and garlic.

3. Make sure that you check all your equipment the day before. Do you have enough charcoal, wood chips or gas? If you are adding flavor wood to the smoker, make sure you have soaked it at least 2 hours in advance.

4. The best piece of equipment you can invest in is a high quality thermometer. Make sure that you test for accuracy ahead of time. For long cooks, I always recommend a thermometer that you can see without opening the hood of your smoker/grill/fryer.

5. Figure out approximate cooking time. This will depend on the temperature and size of the bird.

6. Take the guest of honor out of the refrigerator about 1 hour in advance.

6a. Mix your favorite herb with softened butter. Carefully lift the skin and rub the meat with the butter herb mix. Replace the skin and rub with the herbs.

7. Use drip pans to catch all the juice and make gravy later. We like to keep water with herbs in the pan under the bird to add extra moisture.

7a. Unless you like a full smoked turkey, smoke for about 1- 1 1/2 hours and then raise the temperature for the final roasting.

8. Use your thermometer to determine when the bird is done. Most people are after 160 degree breast and 170 for dark meat. Tent the white meat if the turkey is cooking unevenly. Remember the more you open the grill to look at it, the longer it is going to take. Just like the inside oven.

9. When the turkey hits your desired temperature, pull from the heat and let it rest at least 15 minutes for a small bird and up to 30 for a larger bird. Cover with foil to keep it warm.

10. Show off to all the guests and bathe in the accolades.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

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P.S. Our family always does a marinated prime rib on the smoker. Great treat for those who do not like turkey. Yes, we like everyone full and happy.