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BLUE RHINO LAUNCHES 2014 MR. BAR-B-Q® TOOLS & ACCESSORIES
FOR YEAR-ROUND, ENHANCED GRILLING EXPERIENCES
Grilling Large Cuts
OLD BETHPAGE, NY (March 15, 2014) – Mr. Bar-B-Q®, www.MrBarBQ.com
, a Blue Rhino brand and the world’s expert in designing innovative, premier barbecue accessories and outdoor lifestyle tools, has created its 2014 collection in response to the nationwide consumer demand for multi-functional, easy-to-use products that provide more enjoyable grilling experiences at home and in every season.
“Eighty percent of U.S. households owning a grill or smoker, and 60 percent of grill owners use it year-round*, so it’s important to offer products that make grilling easier and more fun for everyone,” said Marc Zemel, President, Blue Rhino Products US. “Since 1972, Mr. Bar-B-Q has followed my father’s original mission to offer products that appeal to both men and women, whether they’re novice, intermediate or expert grillers.”
Mr. Bar-B-Q’s 2014 collection joins more than 400 SKUs of ‘Everything for the Grill’™—from deluxe tool sets and brushes to grilling accessories. “We search the globe for inspiration year-round, concentrating on popular food trends,” Zemel says. "This allows us to develop tools that complement the latest cooking techniques and translate into a better grilling experience.”
Over the last 12 months, 40 percent of grill owners have cooked a beef or pork roast, and 24 percent have cooked a whole chicken.* Mr. Bar-B-Q’s Digital BBQ Temperature Fork
helps ensure that meat is cooked to the proper temperature. With a comfort contoured handle, the fork fits easily into a hand and the anti-slip coating helps keep it in place. When it’s time to lift and carve large pieces of meat, Mr. Bar-B-Q’s Barbecue Grilling Claws securely hold them in place. The claws provide extra stability when grabbing, lifting and shredding large cuts of meat like pork, beef roasts and chicken. They are made with commercial strength wire for durability and ultra-soft grip thermoplastic rubber handles that stay cool.
Cooking experts from Emeril Lagasse, Tyler Florence and Cristina Ferrare, to Food & Wine and Epicurious.com, encourage the use of marinades to infuse flavor into large cuts of meat and keep them moist. In fact, 31 percent of grill owners almost always or always marinate meat before they grill.
Mr. Bar-B-Q’s Marinade Injector
helps season all types of poultry, roasts, steaks and pork from the inside out, helping to keep them moist while cooking and smoking. The commercial-grade, stainless-steel, extra-long needle easily plunges into meats to eliminate any hassle.
During the winter when the sun sets before grilling time, Mr. Bar-B-Q’s Magnetic Barbecue Light
features three powerful LED bulbs so grillers don’t have to bend close to see what’s going on. For all-night grilling, the light is so bright that a cook can see whether the chicken is still pink and needs to stay on the grill a little longer. A swiveling magnetic base attaches to a barbecue utensil and provides multi-directional lighting. Mr. Bar-B-Q’s Handle Mount Grill Light
features 12 super-bright LED bulbs and two specially designed rotating heads that provide light at just about any angle. A universal clamp design fits most grill handles, and is fully adjustable. Individual on/off switches allow lighting on one or both sides of the grill.
Improving the Experience
Mr. Bar-B-Q has also introduced several products that make grilling and cleanup more efficient and easier:
Marinade & Serving Caddy: features FLIP & FLAVOR™, a universal locking lid that allows both sides of foods to be marinated with a flip of a tray. Marinating waves cause the marinade to flow around all parts of the meat, not just the bottom. The three-piece set, which also includes marinade and serving trays, is a simple way to marinate and store foods in the refrigerator for later use, and then to serve and store grilled foods.
2-Piece Burger Basket Kit: Includes a single burger press that makes perfectly rounded thick patties every time, plus a non-stick basket that cooks and flips up to four burgers at a time. The patented release system means that burgers will not stick to the press or fall apart.
BBQ Kabob Skewers: Feature a double prong design that keeps meat, poultry, fish and vegetables from spinning while on the grill. A built-in pusher makes it easy to remove cooked food.
S’mores Non-Stick Melting Tray: Makes up to four gooey, chocolatey smores at a time, and features folding legs for easy storage. It’s an easy, clean and quick way to bring a campfire taste to backyard barbecues.
Grilling Glove: helps protect hands when placing and removing items from the grill top. The one-size-fits-all grilling glove can be used on either the right or left hand. It’s made of fire-resistant fibers and a non-slip silicone grip.
Over one-third of grill owners believe food cooked on their grills rather than their ovens is more healthful.* Mr. Bar-B-Q’s toppers are designed to keep small, delicate food such as seafood, vegetables and stir-fry on
the grill and out of the fire.
Making Popular Grill Tools Better
Stainless Steel Mini-Wok Topper: Designed for tastings or smaller groups of people. Measuring just 9.5”x8”, the Mini-Wok Topper also uses less space on the grill.
Fusion Grilling Non-Stick Topper: Features three high-sided walls for stir-frying and an open side for easy removal and turning of delicate food. Extra-long handles allow for easy on-off handling, and the non-stick, solid piece construction helps make clean-up easier. The topper measures 12”x12”, and also comes in an oversized 16”x12” option.
According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, long-handled tongs, forks and spatulas, as well as grill cleaning brushes, are considered the most essential barbecue utensils.* Mr. Bar-B-Q improves on these popular tools with stainless steel construction, maximum comfort and control, and better cleaning power. New tools for 2014 include:
3-Piece Ergo Handle Tool Set: Includes long-handled spatula, fork and tongs. The set is made with high-quality stainless steel construction and patented, arched handles for maximum comfort and control.
5-Piece Stainless Steel Tool Set: Includes a 4-in-1 spatula, fork, tongs, silicone basting brush and black nylon storage bag to provide safer transport and storage. Mirror polished finish prevents rust and corrosion. Stainless steel construction, which carries a lifetime warranty, helps ensure that tools stand up to the hottest temperatures.
Deluxe Turner/Tongs: Grip and flip foods, even delicate ones like fish. The convenient scissor-like construction allows grillers to easily grip handles, securely grab foods from the top and bottom, and quickly lift them off the grill. Thermoplastic rubber handles keep hands cool while using.
Onion Seasoning Grill Brush: Offers a quick, natural way to add flavor to grilled foods, while also cleaning the grill. The brush holds half an onion, saving the tears and extra work.
Dual-Handle Scrubber Brush features two stainless steel scrubber pads for durability and a more effective clean. It’s the bristle-less option for keeping cooking grids spotless.
Long-Handle Scrubber Brush features a stainless steel scrubber pad for durability and a more effective clean. It’s the new bristle-less way to keep cooking grids spotless.
BBQ Grill Cleaner: Cleans tough burned-on grease, foods and residue from barbecue grills, grates, ovens, pots/pans and more. It comes in a 24-ounce spray bottle for easy application.
Stainless Steel Grill Cleaner: Cleans tough soil, smudges, oil and fingerprints from all stainless steel appliances and furnishings, including barbecue grills, countertops, metal fixtures and more. It comes in a 24-ounce spray bottle for easy application.
Mr. Bar-B-Q’s full product line can be found at www.MrBarBQ.com.
About Mr. Bar-B-Q/Blue Rhino
Mr. Bar-B-Q®, the world’s leader in designing innovative, premier barbecue accessories at an excellent value, joined the Blue Rhino family of brands in March 2013. Blue Rhino—named for the color of a propane flame and the endangered animal—launched America’s first branded propane tank exchange service in 1994. Today, Blue Rhino is more than propane, with a full line of products at the heart of outdoor living. This includes grills, heaters, fire pits, fireplace accessories, mosquito traps, charcoal and barbecue accessories sold under brands such as Mr. Bar-B-Q®, Endless Summer®, UniFlame®, and SkeeterVac®. Blue Rhino’s leading propane exchange brand is available at more than 45,000 retail stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico and is based in Winston-Salem, N.C. Blue Rhino is a division of Ferrellgas, L.P. For more information, visit www.BlueRhino.com or www.MrBarBQ.com
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* 2013 Barbecue Consumer Research Report from the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association