by Sam Hickey | Nov 2, 2018 | Featured Projects, Latest News, Outdoor Lifestyle
Creekstone Outdoor Living is pleased to announce that they have been honored as a 2018 Pinnacle Award Winner by Luxury Pools + Outdoor Living Magazine! Sam Hickey, the owner of Creekstone Outdoor Living, teamed up with Regal Pools to create an outdoor living masterpiece that won top honors for Ultimate Outdoor Entertaining Space.
Luxury Pools + Outdoor Living Magazine
Each year, the magazine Luxury Pools + Outdoor Living hosts the Pinnacle Awards honoring the most prestigious pool builders and outdoor landscape designers. Esteemed judges seek out outdoor projects that represent the year’s best designs. Creekstone Outdoor Living’s outdoor entertainment design wowed the judges and ended up being highlighted on the cover of the Fall/Winter 2018 issue. Copies of this issue are still available through the Luxury Pools + Outdoor Living website.
Ultimate Outdoor Entertaining Space
Creekstone Outdoor Living enjoyed creating the ultimate outdoor entertaining space with the help of Regal Pools. Their three-layered pool design caters to all ages and swimming preferences, and the 1,500 square foot covered outdoor living area is perfect for relaxing after a nice swim or eating a delicious meal cooked in the outdoor kitchen.
Creekstone Outdoor Design
This amazing project was created using all exposed Douglas fir beams, 12×12 solid columns with custom fabricated trusses and automated lighting to light up the night while you entertain friends and family. This same design also won the prestigious GHBA Prism Award (Greater Houston Builders Association) for best Outdoor Living Space.
Contact us to learn how you can get a beautiful, custom-designed outdoor living space for your own Houston-area home.
by Sam Hickey | Oct 19, 2018 | Featured Projects, Outdoor Lifestyle
Did you just purchase a new Big Green Egg grill? Or are you considering purchasing one and wondering what all the fuss is? This grill has created a cult following, and it’s no secret why. The Big Green Egg’s design differences allow for multiple cooking styles, helping you cook up the tastiest vittles around.
How to Grill in a Big Green Egg
So, how do you create perfect meals time and time again in your ceramic, egg-shaped grill? If you’re new to this amazing device, don’t be intimidated. You’ll be grilling up delectable meats in no time.
1) Natural Lump Charcoal
Always choose natural lump charcoal when using your Big Green Egg. Because of its unique shape, your grill works as an oversized chimney, meaning no lighter fluid is necessary! Make sure to open all the vents and lid when first lighting your charcoal, then close it after 7-10 minutes until your grill reaches the perfect temperature.
2) Burp Your Big Green Egg
Your eyes aren’t deceiving you. Yes, it says ‘burp’ your Big Green Egg. Once your egg is hot, do not open the lid immediately. Instead, raise the lid a few inches to release a little heat. Do this a couple times to help prevent a blast of ‘back flash’.
3) The Perfect Temperature
Getting to the perfect temperature on your Egg is imperative to grilling mouthwatering meats and meals. For direct grilling, open top vents wide and heat to 600 to 700 degrees. When your meat juices drip down, they will send fragrant smoke up, giving your food an unforgettable taste and aroma.
If indirect cooking is your choice, install the convEGGtor in the top of the bottom section of the firebox. This heavy, 3-legged plate lets you slow cook the perfect meal.
5) Slow Smoking
You can also slow smoke meats and fish in your Big Green Egg, too! Add the normal amount of charcoal and then mix in two handfuls of hardwood chips. Close the lid after starting your coals, and let the grill reach your desired temperature. The fire will spread slowly, allowing as much as 16 to 18 hours of cooking on a single load of charcoal.
ProTip: Whether you enjoy cooking indirectly, directly, or slow smoking your meats, the Big Green Egg lets you do it all, making it the right tool for the perfect meal every time.
Get Cooking on Your Big Green Egg
With fall here, there is no better time for inviting over friends and family and grilling up a delicious meal. Visit your local outdoor appliance shop to talk to a professional about getting your own Big Green Egg. You, too, will be an Egg-head before you know it.
Contact us to learn more valuable tips for grilling on your Big Green Egg.