Back at the grill with Dorik

We are kicking off our Vlog series with Dorik Downing. You remember him from his earlier blog spotlight Grilling with Dorik.

Well we just had a Summer Potluck here at Classic Accessories with our Business Development team that consists of our Product Design, Development, Creative, E-Commerce and Marketing Teams and that day he made us his famous D’s Burgers.
We decided to get his process in our first Vlog. Check it out below:

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Back at the grill with Dorik

Why cover your grill?

Why Cover Your Grill

When people talk about BBQ in America, the discussion typically takes a turn towards location. Grilling and smoking are time-honored traditions that have many roots. Some states are divided by sauces, some by smoke, some by rubs and so on. As much as we can chat about the best recipe or our favorite pit to grab a bite, here at Classic Accessories, we take location a little more seriously than a sauce debate. We know the elements can vary drastically just in our lower 48. Since we are in the cover business, we look at what mother nature is serving up season after season if broken down by three of her favorite styles:
Grilling Climates
When we think of humidity, we think hot, tropical days and nights with moisture in the air that feels heavy and thick. Napoleon Grills reminds us that, “humid can also mean damp, like a foggy day in London,” which we may see more than our fair share of in the Pacific Northwest. Our grill covers are designed with air vents that keep weather out while providing maximum ventilation and minimum condensation. Our covers are also designed to not cover wheel or leg bottoms that hang to the ground. This prevents the cover from sitting in any standing water that is common in coastal climates where heavy rain and snow can be a seasonal detriment. Water, in any form, is a damaging element to outdoor kitchens and we have introduced taped seams into our NEW Madrona RainProof Grill Covers to further keep moisture from barbecues and grills

Water on patios, metals and decks
Dry climates pose another threat to your grill over time with damaging UV exposure and lack of moisture. A cover will prevent dust and debris from coating the grill and finding its way into catch pans where fires can easily be started. When we say our covers are designed for all elements, we took these environments into consideration.

Here are some quotes from various BBQ forums on covering grills:

Grill Cover Reviews

One of the best things about grills is that they are meant to be used outdoors, so they are built with some of the toughest materials. Even though price tags vary by brand, style and size, all grills have their weaker points as well. This is where a cover can come in to extend the life of cheaper metals and help keep some of the accessories like side tables, tank doors and controls working like new.

steel, enamel, cast iron, wood and porcelain

From harsh weather to daily use of your grill, you always want to have it ready to fire up at a moment’s notice. There are many tips and tricks to cleaning your grills between parties or between seasons. From informative videos to how-to articles, the last step is always the same no matter if it’s for the day or for the Winter … put a cover on it.
75 % of all Americans own a grill
75% of all us adults, or just big kids, own a grill or smoker. That’s a lot when you think about all the different regions. That’s also a lot when you think about all the different kinds of styles of BBQ and grills out there. What’s more is the style of outdoor kitchens and rooms we have to think about too. From small balconies to lavish outdoor kitchens, we know style is one thing you think about when purchasing a cover. Sure the features of the cover are instrumental to how the cover will perform for you, but we know that your grill is just as much a part of your outdoor decor as your furniture is.

Grill and BBQ Cover Collections by Classic Accessories

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We have over 10 different collections of covers, all with unique designer colorways to features. A big part of the design process here at Classic Accessories is keeping our ideas fresh and on trend. One of the biggest we see is the need for design and function have never been more apparent. We are seeing grills with numerous handle, color and finish options. Ryan Bloom, of Urban Bonfire, states that designers that choose to combine “raw cooking power with beauty see the winning combination.” We like to think that our designs nod to both camps. We have the strength and durability built into our covers with the designer features that compliment any outdoor space. Making the choice to cover you grill, barbecue or smoker should be an easy one. Finding the right size and style should be just as easy, and that’s where Classic Accessories can be a part of the solution.

Here’s to gathering around the grill this August with friends and family.
We hope you end the day, or season, with Classic Accessories.

Sources:
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BBQ Bretheren  |  The Smoke Ring  |  The BBQ Forum  |  Smoking Meats

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Why cover your grill?

Grill it up!

6 o’clock on any given week day night is one of the best times of Summer. Grilling season is here! It’s takes a whopping 2 minutes after getting out of the car and you can tell someone in your neighborhood is grilling tonight. Whether it’s something planned or a last minute burger, you can’t go wrong if the weather is nice.

Marinated steaks are always at the top of my list to enjoy and I’m not alone. 2,377 other people rated “Kookie’s” marinade the BEST Steak Marinade in Existence! Claiming:
This is a family recipe that has been developed only over the last 5 years. In this short time it’s made me famous in our close circle, but until now I’ve never shared it with anyone.”
Most of the ingredients are already found in your spice cabinets at home. Give it a try here.

At home, we try to use our grill as much as possible for cooking in the Summer. A couple steps away from our patio set and we are ready to eat!

Some of our favorites are teriyaki chicken thighs, fennel and lager oysters, lemon and dill salmon, angus burgers and any kabob you can create. One of the best parts about dinner outdoors is that clean up is a breeze! The weekends bring bigger parties, more people around the BBQ and more mouths to feed – and more memories that last well into the evenings on these warmer nights. Fun on the patio and in your own great outdoors.

We’d love to hear your favorite grilling recipe, and we’d love to be apart of your Summer nights this season with any of our BBQ and Grill covers.

Cheers to Summer!

Photo Credits
Classic Accessories
Pixabay
Colorado Party Rentals
Williams Sonoma

Grill it up!

Halloween on the Patio

When we think of Halloween and outdoors, we think of all the fun trick-or-treaters running from house to house. Why let kids have all the fun?

Celebrating outdoors can be easier than you think. DigsDigs Party Ideas tells us that an outdoor Halloween party can be even more exciting than an indoor one!

Why is that? Because nature around, trees, bushes, ponds and earth become a part of your décor and you can play very well with it. Beautiful trees with yellow leaves
can be a perfect background, and faux ravens on the table and chairs look so real! A table with gloomy trees around looks so mysterious with candles and Jack-o-lanterns on it.
If you are looking for something less traditional, choose a green tablecloth, plants and chairs and combine them with black accessories. Check out some fun ways to decorate this weekend and get inspired …

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One of the best ways to stretch your decorations for dual purpose is to use them as night falls to light pathways that will guide guests to tables or even little trick-or-treaters to your front door:

We love the outdoors – no matter what may be lurking out there. Have a safe and spooky weekend.

Image Sources:
Lisa Hallet Taylor
Homeiswheretheboatis.com
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Halloween on the Patio

Grill your way into October … and BEYOND!

Long gone are the lazy days of Summer with warm nights that lead into fireside s’mores. Wait, that was just a few days ago. Some of us are still enjoying HOT days and warm nights. September’s late days are moving right along into October and it doesn’t mean anything you grill needs to be tailgating dogs and burgers. In my house, we keep the grill going all year long not just between seasons. Living in the Seattle area, it’s more like between showers.
PureWow brings us 11 ways to fire up the grill that doesn’t have to base around what time the team is playing this weekend. It can be an easy weekday dinner or even having friends and family over for a Friday night BBQ. Check these 11 dishes out that show your grill some love this season:


#1. Brie, Fig and Apple Grilled Cheese
The perfect grilled cheese sandwich for fall! Enjoy with a bowl of warm soup!
Recipe by Two Peas and Their Pod


#2. Grilled Eggplant Roll-Ups
A perfect mix of textures and flavours, this recipe could easily be multiplied to feed a crowd
Recipe by Great British Chefs


#3. Grilled Steak and Radishes with Black Pepper Butter
The black pepper butter for this grilled steak melts into a rich sauce—and pairs well with the radishes, too.
Recipe by Hirsheimer & Hamilton/Bon Appétit


#4. Grilled Baby Portobello Flatbread
Mushrooms are the ultimate compromise when it comes to satisfying both meat and veggie eaters
Recipe by Aggie’s Kitchen

#5.  Grilled Endive with Cranberries and Feta
When cooked, endive’s distinctive taste mellows and lends itself to a variety of flavors
Recipe by Cookin Canuck


#6. Grilled Squash Tacos
The beauty of tacos is you can make them with anything. ANYTHING!
Recipe by Mountain Mama Cooks


#7. Grilled Apple Galette
It’s so, so easy. It would be the perfect no fail dessert to make for a BBQ or family gathering
Recipe by Eclectic Recipes


#8. Grilled Sweet Potato Nachos
These are veggie-LOADED, so say hello to roasted corn, black beans, and the kicker: grilled sweet potatoes
Recipe by Pinch of Yum


#9. Grilled Kale Salad with Beets, Figs and Ricotta
With a turn on the grill, the kale softens slightly and develops delightfully crispy charred patches.
Recipe by Five and Spice


#10. Grilled Eggplant over Couscous
Can’t ignore the fact that summer is history and autumn is upon us, grilled veggie salads is what we are craving.
Recipe by Kiran Tarun 


#11. Chicken Garlic and Broccoli Kebabs
I love this recipe. It remind me of a chicken stir fry but on a stick.
Recipe by Kiss my Smoke

Grill your way into October … and BEYOND!

Labor Day Love

We are celebrating Labor Day early this year, as in today – the Friday before!
Labor Day always brings a bitter-sweet close to a fun and busy Summer filled with memories and new favorite places. It can be the last trip with the boat for the year with lazy sunny afternoons that grow shorter every day.
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Maybe it’s the last trail ride of the season where you take off as far as the sun lets you go.

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This is the last long weekend of the Summer to get that last camp in. The roads will be crazy, but it’s the memories of the time getting there and spent around camp that will go down in your photobooks.

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Or maybe it’s the last round of golf all the guys can get together for an earlier Tee Time than Twilight. LaborDayCA_4
Maybe instead of ending a season, you are looking forward to game days with the BBQ!
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Whether you are ending your favorite season, or looking to forward to it, we wish you
a happy and safe Labor Day filled with new memories and favorite places.
Off Season is our season … and every one in between. Get 20% off all purchases at www.classicaccessories.com NOW through Labor Day.

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Labor Day Love

Summer Solstice

It’s here – the long days of Summer are back and the first thing that comes to mind are long nights spent outside and most of those end with glowing fire pits with family and friends, and maybe a s’more to two. 20% off all fire pit covers & accessories NOW!

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Why not kick of the season with a few fun fire pits that are worth planning a vacation around. HGTV’s Holly Aguirre takes a look at the most glamorous fire pits to get you in the mood to grab some firewood!

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1. Located at Sandals LaSource Grenada, this unique fire pit sits in the center of one of the resort’s sparkling pools. Designed by Sarah Hartman of Miami, we think it’s the perfect spot for sparking a new romance or rekindling an old flame.
Photo by: Sandals

2. Located just outside of Bend, Oregon is Brasada Ranch, a secluded resort where guests are welcomed with a s’mores kit that they can enjoy fireside after horseback riding, golfing or lounging at the organic spa.
Photo by: Brasada Ranch

3.  The Mansion at Casa Madrona, Located in Sausalito, California, the Mansion at Casa Madrona is a 5,000-square-foot guest house that boasts a huge outdoor living space with one of the most fabulous fire pits we’ve ever seen. You’ll never want to leave.
Photo by: Casa Madrona

4.  Beaver Creek, The Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek has numerous fire pits located right next to the resort’s gondola, a perfect spot to cozy up with your favorite ski bunny or slope wolf. This is one of the more secluded choices perfect for enjoying a romantic glass of bubbly.
Photo by: Park Hyatt

5. St. Regis Deer Valley, Park City, Guests of the St. Regis Deer Valley in Park City enjoy evening champagne next to the luxurious resort’s unique rock formation fire pit, one of the most spectacular we’ve seen.
Photo by: St. Regis Deer Valley, Park City

6. St. Regis Deer Valley, Entrance. Even the entrance to the St. Regis Deer Valley has an undeniably incredible fire pit offering a warm welcome to Park City.
Photo by: St. Regis Deer Valley, Park City


7. W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island, Located in Puerto Rico, the W on Vieques Island features a stunning fire pit overlooking the Caribbean. It’s a perfect spot to relax after enjoying the AWAY spa.
Photo by: W Retreat & Spa

8.Sandals Grande Antigua – The fire pits at the Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa are little islands of romance unto themselves.
Photo by: Steve Sanacore, Sandals

9.Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, San Diego – One of the best spots at La Costa Resort & Spa is the oval shaped fire pit. We think it’s quite a fabulous place to relax after a hard day at the spa.
Photo by: La Costa Resort & Spa

10.Silicon Valley’s Finest -The jaw dropping fire pit is the only one in our roundup that you cannot visit without an invitation. It was commissioned by Fire Features for a Silicon Valley resident.
Photo by: Fire Features

 

Summer Solstice

Prepare for Guests with New Outdoor Cushions

Nothing spruces up a patio quicker than adding NEW cushions and colors. Trends are even moving towards throw pillows to add to your already existing patterns.

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Check out Pillow Perfect’s Baja Collection and see how to quickly transform your backyard with pops of color. And when the weather turns or between BBQs, store them quickly with just as much design as when you have them out with our patio cushion covers.

Source: Pillow Perfect: Outdoor Living

Prepare for Guests with New Outdoor Cushions

Grilling Essentials – Cleaning tips with Alton Brown

Here’s a quick video from Food Network’s Alton Brown on how to clean your grill. GrillingEssentialsEven every day household items will do! We would also suggest after the cleaning is done and your grill has totally cooled – cover it with one of our grill collection covers to keep it ready for your next BBQ this season.

Happy Friday.

 

Grilling Essentials – Cleaning tips with Alton Brown