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Summer Classics Lends a Helping Hand

An American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle delivers meals in Concord, AL. Photo by Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross

When Harold Hudson heard on the radio that the American Red Cross was in need of charcoal, fire starters and portable charcoal grills after the tornadoes ripped through Alabama, he knew that he could provide help.

Hudson is Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Summer Classics, a manufacturer and retailer of outdoor furniture, based in Alabama. Even though Summer Classics doesn’t sell grills, Hudson used his connections within the industry and with the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (Hudson serves on HPBA’s Board of Directors) to help organize a collection for the Red Cross in Alabama.

He sent out emails to the HPBA and other trade magazines, and within 2 hours he was getting responses from throughout the industry asking how one could help and make donations.

What has been collected so far?
3,879 bags of charcoal
5, 436 boxes of fire starters
129 grills
12 griddles
Various barbecue accessories

As all of us know, this destructive weather is far from over. It has been less than two weeks since Joplin, Missouri was hit by one of the deadliest tornadoes this nation has ever seen. Hudson says that the Alabama Red Cross is still in desperate need of portable charcoal grills.

Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to find ways to help within your community. A simple email or phone call can lead towards helping with relief and eventual recovery for those towns that have been torn apart.

If you are interested in donating grills or charcoal, you can contact Harold Hudson at

If you are interested in helping those in Joplin, Missouri, visit United for Joplin

American Red Cross Donations: here

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Pork Jerk Marinade from Bull Outdoor Products

We’ll be rounding up BBQ month with this recipe from Bull Outdoor Products.  Patio & Hearth Products Report also wishes everyone a happy and relaxing Memorial Day weekend.

The Lesiure Q from Bull Outdoor Products

Pork Jerk Marinade

3 cups chopped green onions
2-3 habanera peppers (fresh) minced
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp allspice (fresh)
¼ tsp fresh nutmeg
1 tbsp white vinegar
1 juice of lime
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp thyme (fresh minced)
2 tsp ginger (fresh grated)
½ tsp black pepper
4 cloves chopped garlic
A couple dashes of soy sauce (to taste)

For 2 pork shoulders about 2 lbs.

Blend in food processor until smooth paste
Mix in with pulled pork for a festive spicy jerk flavor to taste!

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Father’s Day: Going Beyond the Tie

Finding Dad the right Father’s Day (June 19th, 2011) gift can get repetitive year after year.  Do I buy him another tie or a new pair of slippers?  Here at Patio & Hearth Products Report we’ve brainstormed a gift idea that Dad will get excited about receiving, particularly if he’s a grilling fan.

A beautifully arranged gift basket is the perfect way to pay homage to dad. All you need to do is fill a portable grill or cooler with various barbecue accessories and other items. Some must-have barbecue accessories that are perfect for the basket include:

  • Tongs
  • Grill brush
  • Gloves
  • Wood chips
  • Cookbook
  • Meat Thermometer

This hot new product line from The Companion Group features four explosively flavorful spice pastes created by barbecue guru Steven Raichlen.

Along with these great accessories, it wouldn’t hurt to throw in a couple of baseball tickets, a gift certificate, or even a 6-pack of a popular beer (or you could create your own beer sampler for him by assembling a 6-pack of various microbrews).

Wrap the gift with cellophane, affix a bow and gift card, and voilà, you have the perfect gift!

Napoleon Gourmet Grills has an extensive line of barbecue accessories. For more information, go here

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Smoked Pork for Southern-Style Pulled Pork from Napoleon Gourmet Grills

With a week and a half left of National BBQ Month, here’s another BBQ recipe from Napoleon Gourmet Grills.

Smoked Pulled Pork from Napoleon Gourmet Grills


* Napoleon Smoker Chips (Mesquite, Hickory or Cherry) soaked at least 4 to 6 hours

* Napoleon Smoker Tube

1 lemon sliced

1 large onion, sliced

8 garlic cloves, minced

2 Tb. yellow mustard seeds

2 Tb. dry marjoram

2 Tb. kosher salt

3 cups Sprite (or lemon-lime soda)

1 cup water

1 pork shoulder roast ( 4-5 lbs / 2.2 kg)

1/4 cup Hot and Spicy BBQ seasoning and rub

3 cups South Carolina Yellow Mustard Sauce

12 large crusty Italian buns

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Bringing the TV Outdoors

It’s no surprise that people have started installing outdoor TVs in their patios and backyards. TV is part of the American culture and it only makes sense that as home entertainment has moved to the outdoors, so would TV. Companies such as SunBrite TV offer innovative all-weather LCD televisions and accessories that are able to withstand the elements and the insects.

from SunBrite TV

In the picture above is one of SunBrite’s newest models, 5510HD. This model sports a 55 inch screen, which is ideal for homeowners who are looking for a home-theater-quality viewing in their backyard or patio.

Now thanks to companies like SunBrite TV, one doesn’t have to miss the big game while they’re watching their barbecue!

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Grilling Tips from The Companion Group

In honor of National BBQ Month, here are some grilling tips from The Companion Group, courtesy Steven Raichlen.

1. Always light your gas grill with the lid open.  Failure to do so could result in an explosion.

2. Oil your grill grate before and after use to prevent food from sticking.

3.  Never press on a burger with the back of a spatula.  All the flavorful juices will be lost to the fire.  Avoid stabbing food with a barbecue fork: the juices will leak out.  Use long-handled tongs or a spatula to turn or move food.

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Bring the Flavor of India to Your Home

If I were to mention the word “tandoor,” what comes to mind?  Some people might think of Tandoori Chicken — an Indian roasted chicken recipe consisting of a variety of spices.  But “tandoor” really refers to the type of oven used not only in Indian cuisine, but also in many other types of Middle Eastern fare.

The tandoor is a cylindrical clay oven, essentially a large pot that does not have a bottom and is tapered at the mouth.  Charcoal fire or wood fire, burning inside the tandoor, is used to create high temperatures of about 480°C (or 900°F).  Tandoori chicken, chicken tikka, and breads like naan are foods that are typically cooked in a tandoor.

The Tandoor.

In a recent article in The New York Times, Ron Levy, a ceramic artist, described how he started getting calls years ago from the Indian community asking him if he could make them a tandoor oven.  This first order was back in 1986 and now for over the past 30 years, Levy has been making tandoor ovens for various restaurants.  Levy has since created a tandoor for the home called the “Homdoor” and he recently partnered with a ceramics company in Ohio to manufacture these cookers in order to meet increased demand.

Now homeowners who want to experience a new kind of outdoor cooking can bring India to their backyard. For more information, contact:

By Amanda Daus

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Barbecued Baked Beans from the Big Green Egg

Barbecued Baked Beans



12 oz. applewood-smoked bacon (12 to 14 slices), diced

2 cups finely diced yellow onions

3 cups barbecue sauce

1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup yellow mustard

4 (15 oz.) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed; 1 cup bean liquid reserved

1 cup water

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

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Swingin’ Relaxation

With spring here and summer sneaking around the corner, it’s time to dust off that hammock that has been sitting in the garage. Or if you don’t already own one, select one from a company such as The Hammock Source that offers a wide range of stylish and durable hammocks.

HH Royal Red Stripe Large Quilted Hammock

Hammocks have been in use since the days of Columbus in the 1400s, mainly as beds for sailors at sea.  While we may not see hammocks in battleships anymore, it’s no surprise that they have become a symbol of relaxation in the summer sun.  Swinging in the summer breeze with a good book or tall glass of lemonade is a pastime that has never gone out of style thanks to the hammock. Since hammock season is rapidly approaching, we here at Patio & Hearth Blog offer some tips for purchasing and maintaining your hammock.

– To hang a hammock, you need at least 10 to 16 feet of space. If you have less than 10 feet, the slope of the hammock will be too steep, making it uncomfortable to use.

– To clean a fabric hammock, scrub it down with a mild detergent, then rinse it off with a hose.

– To clean a rope hammock, place it in a bathtub filled with water and a small amount of bleach. Let it soak and then rinse it off inside the tub.

– In general, you should keep your hammock out of weather’s way no matter what its material. If you live in an area where winter is particularly snowy or wet, bring your hammock inside and store it to extend its life.

Nowadays, hammocks come in a wide variety of styles, from simple rope hammocks to colorful fabric hammocks.Be sure to find one that fits your relaxation style.

For one of the best selections of hammocks, visit The Hammock Source at www.thehammocksource.

By Amanda Daus