Grilling and great company- perfect, right? Last week I spent the evening with Char-Broil, and let me just say this- what an amazing group of people. From the moment we arrived our eyes could not stop roaming the estate where the event was held. Yes, you just read the word estate. The “barn” on the property was gorgeous and perfect for all the food stations with Char-Broil grills.
When we first arrived our feet magically took us to the cocktail station, it was cocktail time after all. I decided to try the Cheerwine Limeade, which had North Carolina Cheerwine, limeade (cherry, strawberry, fresh lime juice) with Gin. Let’s back up just a bit, Cheerwine soda is made here in North Carolina and extremely loved by the locals. The soda is cherry flavor, kinda like Cherry Coca-Cola … BUT better in my opinion. The cocktail was perfect mix of tart and sweet, and probably went down too easy.
My friend tried the Smoked Lemon Whiskey Sour, which contained Bourbon with fresh lemon juice, smoked lemon, simple syrup, and North Carolina peach puree. She shared that the drink was excellent, and the grilled peach slice added to the drink was the star of the show. (I really should’ve made it a two cocktail kinda night.)
While we were standing waiting for each cocktail to be mixed up, my friend started chatting with a woman and they both went out to talk about the grills being highlighted at the event. I on the other hand was just grabbing my cocktail when I noticed someone- that someone was a fellow food blogger, Kita, from Girl Carnivore. We have never met, but I did recognize her since we are connected on social media. Kita is the ambassador for Char-Broil, and what a treat it was to finally meet her in real life.
OH AND, my friend, well she made her way back to the cocktail station (NO not to get a refill), and proceeded to share that the lady she was talking with was the CEO of Char-Broil. WOW! What a great opportunity.
What grill was the highlight of the night? Gas to coal. It is a propane grill, but you add the charcoal on the top area and then put the grate back on. Then you turn the propane on to start warming up the coals, once they are ready, you turn the propane off and let the charcoal continue getting hot. Once the coals are ready, you just start adding your meat- that’s it. No lighter fluid needed at all. Awesome, right?
Finally we made our way to the first food station- as Southerners we had to try the Shrimp and Grits. First off, that pan is WAY too cute and fit in the palm of my hand. It contained stone ground grits, Southern spice rubbed gulf shrimp, charred tomatoes, scallions, and a trio of sauces including white BBQ, tomato BBQ, and hot sauce. Oh my goodness, this dish was such a perfect mix of flavors.
We were enjoying the Shrimp and Grits when our eyes caught sight of the Sizzling Carolina Slider Station. Look at that pimento cheese, YUM! This beauty contained fresh ground beef burgers grilled to perfection and topped with pimento cheese, presented in a brioche bun and skewed with a bread and butter pickle. Every bite was heaven: trust me.
Now, let’s get to the crazy amazing station they had at the event- Selfies n’ S’mores! Since I have a bit of a sweet tooth, this may have been my favorite station. Also in the bowl are candied pecans for your s’mores- brilliant, right?
AND a s’more is just not a s’more without an ultra charred marshmallow … well, more like two charred marshmallows.
So, yes, a night is just not successful if it doesn’t end with this beauty. Happiness and maybe happy dances.
What a great night all around, and we were so honored to have the opportunity to be a part of the event. Char-Broil really went all out and provided amazing food and company. The chefs at the event were happy to share about the grills in full detail, and the coordinators of the event were anxious to hear our thoughts on how the evening played out. Heading home on a full tummy means they killed it for sure!
Disclaimer: Char-Broil provided the tickets to the event, all the thoughts and opinions are my own.