Charcoal Grilled Chicken Under a Brick With Rosemary & Lemon on the Grill this Saturday at Hearth & Grill Shop

What does an every day building material and dinner have to do with each other?  If you want a perfectly grilled whole chicken with crisp skin and moist white and dark meat finished at the same time – try this simple technique.  The chicken should marinate at least 6 hours, but over night is preferable for maximum flavor.  The heat and weight from the brick ensures the chicken will cook evenly and the skin will crisp to grilling Nirvana.

 

For the Chicken:

 

1 (4 to 5 – pound) Chicken

 

With the chicken breast side down on a cutting board, using a chef’s knife or a pair of kitchen shears, cut the chicken alongside the backbone from the neck to the tail.  Repeat on the other side of the backbone and completely remove the backbone from the carcass.

 

Turn the chicken breast side up on the cutting board and with the heel of your hand press down in the center of the bird to crack the sternum.  Press down hard enough to flatten the chicken into two equal attached halves.  Place in a shallow dish for marinating.

 

For the Seasoning/Marinade:

 

2 cloves garlic, chopped

2 tablespoons rosemary, chopped

½ teaspoon red chili flakes

1 lemon, zest and juice, + a little juice to drizzle at the end

2 tablespoons Extra-Virgin olive oil + some to drizzle at the end

1 teaspoon fresh black pepper

1 tablespoon salt, preferably kosher or sea salt

 

In a mixing bowl combine the garlic, rosemary, chili flakes, black pepper, and lemon juice & zest.  Whisk in ½ tablespoon of the salt, then whisk in the oil.

 

For the Brick:

 

2 standard bricks or pavers

Heavy-duty aluminum foil

 

Wrap the bricks or pavers in layers of the aluminum foil and reserve.  

  

  

 

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Preheat a Big Green Egg, Weber Kettle, or other charcoal grill to medium heat building the fire on one side of the grill.  Place the cooking grids on the grill and place the aluminum foil covered bricks inside directly over the fire to also preheat.

 

Remove the chicken from the marinade, allowing some of the excess olive oil to drain off, and season both sides with the remaining salt.  Place the chicken skin side down on the opposite side of the hottest coals.  A good trick is to have the drumsticks the closest to the direct heat, as they will take a little longer to cook.  Place the hot bricks on top of the chicken and cook skin side down until the skin becomes crispy and browned, about 15 to 20 minutes.

 

Set the bricks to the side and turn the chicken over to finish cooking another 15 to 20 minutes.  The chicken is done when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.  Remove the chicken to a warm platter and cover with aluminum foil.  Allow the chicken to rest 5 to 10 minutes before carving to allow all of the juices to be reabsorbed.

 

Carve the chicken into serving pieces and drizzle with a little more lemon juice and olive oil.

 

The Hearth and Grill Shop is your Super store for Charcoal Grills and both Natural and Propane Gas Grills.  Come by this Saturday to see The Best Chicken Under a Brick recipe in action as we cook on a Big Green Egg.

Best Grilled Leg of Lamb Recipe Grilling on Big Green Egg Saturday at Hearth and Grill Shop, Nashville, TN

 

 Spring has sprung and Easter is this Sunday.  This Saturday The Hearth and Grill Shop will feature a simple and delicious Grilled Leg of Lamb cooked to perfection on the Big Green Egg.  The preparation time is minimal and the outcome is a flavorful grilled lamb dish, just in time for Easter.  There is not a better way to celebrate Easter, than bringing the wonderful Spring flavors of lamb, lemon, olive oil and fresh herbs together.

 

Best Grilled Leg of Lamb

with Olive Oil Infused with Mint

 

1   7 to 8-lb leg of lamb, butter flied

 

For The Marinade:

 

2 Onions, peeled and sliced

8 Cloves of garlic, crushed

2 Cups dry white wine

1 Cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 Tablespoon chopped Rosemary

1Teaspoon chopped Thyme

Fresh black pepper to taste

 

Combine the onions, garlic, wine, olive oil and herbs in a shallow dish, and then season with pepper to taste.  Place the lamb leg in the dish and turn over to coat well.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours up to over night.


For the Mint infused Olive Oil:


1 Bunch fresh mint,

1 clove garlic

1 Lemon

1 ½  Cup extra-virgin olive oil

 

Roughly chop the mint and garlic.  Using a blender puree the mint and garlic together.  Squeeze in the juice from the lemon and then stream in the oil to produce a flavor, green oil.  Reserve.

 

Preheat the grill.  Remove the lamb from the marinade and season with salt.  Over medium heat, place the lamb on the grill and cook until medium-rare, about 10 to 12 minutes per side.  Remove the lamb to a warm platter and cover with a piece of aluminum foil to keep warm.  Allow the lamb to rest for 10 minutes before carving to reabsorb the natural juices.  Remove the rested lamb to a cutting board, but reserve the platter.  Carve the lamb into slices and arrange back onto the platter.  Garnish with fresh mint and drizzle with the mint infused olive oil.


Our Hearth and Grill Shop Showroom has the largest selection of Big Green Egg Smoker Grills and Accessories in all of Middle Tennessee.  Come visit us this Saturday to see how a Big Green Egg can cook to Perfection a Grilled Leg of Lamb!

 

Shopping For Vented Gas Logs

 

When shopping for gas logs, the first question you will be asked at The Hearth and Grill Shop is whether you would like vented gas logs or vent-free gas logs.  There are several factors that will go into your decision.

 

Before that decision can be made, here are a few things to be aware of. The way vented and vent free gas logs operate are completely different. They are not interchangeable and an old set of vented gas logs cannot be turned into vent-free.  Vented gas logs operate more closely to a real wood fire than they do their vent-free cousins.

 

The vented gas logs by Real Fyre, sold exclusively at The Hearth and Grill Shop,  provide all the characteristics of real fire and flames without the mess. Eliminated are the hassles of buying or cutting and stacking wood. As effortless as the flip of a switch, you’ll have all the comforts and enjoyment of a real wood fire. No more waking up to a pile of ashes, or worries of hidden embers.
There are several different types of controls for your new vented gas log set. The easiest is a manual gas floor valve on the outside of the fireplace and with a match or wand lighter the fire is lit manually. This manual ignition may be prohibited in some areas (varies from county to county) and local codes may dictate that a safety pilot be required for vented gas logs. A safety pilot system on vented gas logs is recommended for families with young children. A safety pilot eliminates the worry of potential gas leaks in the event the pilot is accidentally blown out or extinguished improperly The remote control makes lighting your new vented log fire fun and easy. The variable remote control puts you in charge of the flame by providing you with an on and of switch, and control of the size of the flame, making this the most popular choice with our customers. The final control choice is the electronic pilot ignition. These units don’t have standing pilots, and only ignite when turned on.
The dimensions of your fireplace and the type of controls will determine what size vented gas logs will be best for any fireplace. A masonry fireplace is only limited in size by your individual taste and have no specific standards for dimensions. Every bricklayer or mason can make a fireplace the size a homeowner desires. When considering a vented gas logs set, it is important to have the following measurements available when coming to the Hearth and Grill Shop.

 

 Please measure:
1. Across the back wall of the fireplace
2. Across the front of the fireplace
3.The depth and height of the fireplace.

 

These dimensions with the controls and gas line

factored in will ensure the perfect size logs for a fireplace.vented gas log

Some positive features of Vented-Gas Logs

o The most realistic looking flame pattern to imitate a real wood fire.
o The flame dances and engulfs logs like a real wood fire.
o The flame is more substantial and has the best ambiance
o The ease of use over wood fires

 

Please keep in mind that vented gas logs are not intended to provide a significant heat source. The fireplace damper must be open during operation, causing the heat to rise and exit. A vented gas logs would be best suited for a room where the fire is there for ambiance and appearance. Depending on how often and how high you choose to burn your flame, a vented gas log set has the potential of using a significant amount of fuel. For your individual circumstances, a vented log set may be just what you are looking for to add that special touch to holidays or any gathering of family and friends.

 

There are many reputable producers of vented gas logs. The Hearth and Grill Shop is proud to say we have carried Peterson, Real-Fyre Vented gas logs for 35 years. Their unmatched quality, realistic appearance, consistency and the availability of more than 40 authentic styles have made Peterson, Real-Fyre Vented gas logs the number one choice of
The Hearth and Grill Shop.

Shopping for Vent Free Gas Logs

 

When shopping for gas logs, the first question you will be asked at The Hearth and Grill Shop is whether you would like vented gas logs or vent-free gas logs.  There are several factors that will go into your decision.

 

Before that decision can be made, here are a few things to be aware of. The way vented and vent-free gas logs operate are completely different. They are not interchangeable and an old set of vented gas logs cannot be turned into vent-free.  Vented gas logs operate more closely to a real wood fire than they do their vent-free cousins.

 

Example of a vent-free firebox
Example of a vent-free firebox

The Hearth and Grill Shop offers over fifteen choices for vent-free gas log sets from three of the leading manufacturers in the United States. Empire Comfort Systems, Real-Fyre by Peterson and Vanguard offer a variety of sizes and styles sure to please even the most discerning eye.

 

But before you can make that decision, let’s go over some of the logistics of vent-free gas log products.

 
A vent-free gas log system operates with the damper closed on a wood burning fireplace or in a UL listed vent-free firebox. Fire box manufacturers include Vanguard, Empire Comfort Systems and Martin Industries. 100% of the heat produced from a vent-free gas log set emits into the room making it not only attractive but an efficient source of heat on a blustery day. With a vent-free gas log set, power outages won’t leave you in the cold. Vent-free gas logs require no electrical power and will be a welcome source of viable heat even if you are in the dark.

 

A vent-free gas log set also uses a fraction of fuel compared to their vented cousin.
The question often comes up as to exactly how do vent-free gas log operate with the damper closed on a fireplace? The first thing that makes a set of gas logs vent-free is the burner is designed to use 99% of all the gas that comes into it. Since all of the gas is combusted, the only byproducts are heat, water vapor and carbon dioxide(the same thing we breathe out).  Vent-free gas logs are not designed to be a primary heat source. They are designed to be an attractive, efficient, and dependable source of supplemental heat. Extended use of vent-free gas logs as a primary heat source isn’t recommended, as water vapor emitted can cause mildew issues over an extended period of time.

 
The second part of the vent-free gas log equation can’t be overstated. It is extremely important that the gas logs themselves  be set up and operated strictly per the manufacturer’s instructions. The gas logs and burner are designed to have the flame move up between and around the logs, but not to be in contact with the gas logs. Proper installation and placement of the logs are paramount in successful and satisfying operation of vent-free gas logs.

 

There are several different types of controls for a vent-free gas log system. The most cost effective is manual control on the valve of the unit. This manual valve turns the unit on and off and the flame up and down. Please bear in mind a manual control unit cannot be upgraded to another control type. The next option is the remote ready or Millivolt units that can be turned on and off from a switch or an on/off remote control. The remote ready units also have the ability to be controlled with various forms of thermostats or a wall switch. Due to the number of different types of control and the fact a remote can be added at any time, the remote ready units are the most popular. Variable flame remote controls are available from some manufacturers, such as, Peterson and Empire Comfort Systems. Variable remote control units boast the capability of being able to control your flame as well as turning it on and off.

 

The dimensions of your fireplace and the type of controls will determine what size vent-free gas log will be best for any fireplace. A masonry fireplace is only limited in size by your individual taste and have no specific standards for size. Every bricklayer or mason can make a fireplace the size a homeowner desires. When considering a vent-free gas log set, it is important to have the following measurements available when coming to The Hearth and Grill Shop.

 

Please measure:
1. Across the back wall of the fireplace
2. Across the front of the fireplace
3.The depth and height of the fireplace.

 

These dimensions with the controls and gas line

factored in will ensure the perfect size logs for a fireplace.

It's important to always consult a professional for the best results

It's important to always consult a professional for the best results

The positive features of Vent Free Gas Logs are:
o The best heat output the fireplace may obtain.
o Higher efficiency and less gas consumption.
o Less pollution
o Availability of various types of controls.

 

Though a vent-free gas log set has many features that their vented cousin can’t claim, a draw back of a vent-free set is that by nature of the way it must operate to be vent-free, their realistic look of wood can’t be reproduced as intricately. Also, with many new products, proper installation of a new vent-free log set will help eliminate the odors associated with its initial use. Another factor to take into consideration is that vent-free log sets emit enough heat that a hood may need to be installed. The hood will eliminate any possibility of damage caused from heat emissions from operating your vent-free log set with a closed damper in a fireplace setting.

 
The Hearth and Grill Shop has been proud to carry our vent-free products from Empire Comfort Systems, Real-Fyre by Peterson and Vanguard for over twenty years. Efficiency, dependability, appearance and savings on your gas bill have made vent-free gas logs a great investment and one of the most sought after items by The Hearth and Grill Shop customers.