Need the Perfect Gift? We Can Help!

You have ten days left to get your shopping done and check everyone off your list…how are you doing? If you need some inspiration, we’d like to offer some ideas on outstanding gifts to help you out.

  • Give the ultimate massage to someone every single day with the Infinity Massage Chair. This chair is a real treat to someone who has circulation issues, achy joints, back issues, stands on their feet all day at work (or at home!)… It can really be paradise and a terrific way to reward yourself after a busy day. Plenty of massage options, lumbar heat, music, foot rollers. Get it today and it will be delivered to your door!
  • You likely love a good barbecue as much as the next person—and do we have the best grilling choice! Treat someone to a Big Green Egg. There’s a reason it has such an avid fan base—it’s amazing! Incredibly versatile, you’ll be able to grill everything to perfection and really be a hit with the entire gang.
  • If you’re spare on space but love the idea of surprising someone special with a hot tub, the ideal gift is a J-315 2-Person Jacuzzi. It has a small footprint, but still allows plenty of room for two to soak in style!

Of course we have plenty of other terrific gifts. These are just a sampling. Visit our showroom today and let us help you make this holiday really special.

Baked Sweet Potatoes on the Big Green Egg for Thanksgiving

It seems there are always a plethora of sweet potato dishes that turn up for Thanksgiving—most of them tossed in with marshmallows and more. For a twist this coming holiday, how about baking up sweet potatoes on the Big Green Egg? For sweet potato lovers, this might be an excellent alternative to the traditional dish normally served for the holiday. Give it a try!

Wishing you the very best for Thanksgiving and the coming holiday season from everyone here at Jacuzzi Hot Tubs Portland!

Baked Sweet Potatoes on the Big Green Egg

What you’ll need

  • 4 sweet potatoes (double the recipe if needed)
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 tbsp buckwheat honey
  • 1 oz spiced rum
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • Kosher salt to add to taste

Make it

  • Set the Big Green Egg for indirect cooking at 500°F
  • Set the sweet potatoes on the Egg grill and close the come. Give the potatoes 40-60 minutes to bake. Potatoes should be tender when pierced with a knife or fork.
  • While the potatoes bake, place the butter, honey, rum and orange juice in a saucepan. Heat until the butter melts, then season to taste with kosher salt. Keep warm.
  • Remove the potatoes from the Egg. Take an injection syringe, fill it with the butter, honey, and rum mixture and inject directly into the center of each potato.
  • Cut each potato open and enjoy!

Grill up some bratwurst on the Egg for Oktoberfest

Today marks the start of Oktoberfest in Germany! Why not has your own celebration? Break out the Big Green Egg and grill up some brats (soaked in a beer bath first of course) and eat up!

 

What you’ll need

  • A good hearty dark beer
  • Red onion slices
  • Crumbled bacon
  • Sauerkraut
  • Good bratwurst
  • One stick butter
  • Hardwood chunk charcoal

 

Make it

  • Fill your Egg with hardwood charcoal & open the draft door. Once you’ve lit the coals and a few are burning, heat until Egg reaches 350° F.
  • Place the brats and butter in a foil ban. Pour enough beer in the pan to cover the brats. Use sauerkraut, red onion slices & bacon as flavoring for the bath.
  • Heat the pan on the grill until the beer simmers. Continue to simmer for up to 15 minutes. You’re looking for the internal temperature of the brats to reach 160° F with a meat thermometer.
  • Remove the pan from the grill and place the brats on the grill. Grill until browned on all sides. You can return the brats to the beer bath and place back on the Egg to keep them moist until ready to serve, or just eat up!

 

Serve up with a great beer, plenty of fixin’s, and a good German potato salad wouldn’t hurt.

 

Happy Oktoberfest!

Can an infrared sauna help combat depression?

A recent article posted on WebMD finds that infrared sauna use could help those with depression or anxiety issues.

A study was recently conducted with individuals struggling with major depression. In the study, 16 individuals were exposed to infrared heating to induce hyperthermia. It was discovered that, with a single hyperthermia session, depression scores in the participants dropped by nearly 50%–no small number!

A second study was conducted, introducing a blind treatment that would mimic the hyperthermia mixed in with the genuine treatment from the first study. Upon completion of that trial, only those exposed to true hyperthermia therapy produced by infrared heating resulted in a similar result. And, it was noted that even after six weeks the benefits of a single hyperthermia treatment remained a depression deterrent!

From our perspective, one of the reasons this could be so positive is the natural endorphin release that results from sauna sessions. Since endorphins are the body’s natural “feel good” peptide that causes a positive analgesic effect, it would seem logical that sauna use would certainly make you feel good. It certainly does to us!

Finnleo Infrared Saunas feature the added benefit of chromatherapy to your sauna session. As far back as Egyptian times, it was noted that bathing in certain colored lighting would generate different physiological responses in the human body. In the case of using infrared sauna therapy to help combat depression, we think that the following might be especially helpful:

  • Red—Known as the symbol of love and life, it is a color reputed to generate enthusiasm
  • Turquoise—A color that encourages mental relaxation and combatting psychological obstacles
  • Blue—Acknowledged for having a calming effect; helpful with sleep disorders and headaches

We’re enjoying the long days of summer right now, but sometimes with the fall and shorter/darker days, depression can attack even those with the strongest mental outlook. Investing in your own infrared sauna could not only help out with depression, it could also stave off short bouts of feeling low.

Visit one of our showrooms today and check out our line of Finnleo Infrared Saunas. All set up indoors in minutes, and several require only a standard household outlet to operate! You’ll love how it will make your body and mind feel.

Grill up some great spare ribs on the Big Green Egg for the 4th

Dr. BBQ seems to always come up with some mouth-watering ideas for the Big Green Egg (http://www.oregonhottub.com/big-green-egg). We came across this one, and it’s definitely not an exception to that! With the 4th of July just around the corner, we thought we’d offer this up as a great option for your holiday meal. Grill it up with some corn on the cob, potato salad, and serve up some watermelon. We can’t wait! All of us at Oregon Hot Tub wish you a safe and happy Independence Day!

 

Dr. BBQ’s Spare Rib Surprise

What you’ll need

  • 2 slabs of whole spare ribs (about 4 lbs)
  • Secret Apple Juice Injection (recipe & ingredients below)
  • Barbecue Rub (recipes & ingredients below)
  • ½ cup apple juice

Make it

  • About a half hour before cooking, peel the membrane off the back of the ribs and cut the flap of meat across the bone side off. Trim excess fat from the ribs.
  • With a kitchen injector, inject the Secret Apple Juice in between the bones from both ends until you run out of the juice injection.
  • Season the ribs liberally on both sides with the Barbecue Rub. Refrigerate until ready to place on the Egg.
  • Set your Egg for indirect cooking at 275°F. Use your convEGGtor for cooking, as well as a small amount of Applewood for flavoring.
  • Place the ribs with the meatiest side up on the Egg and close it. Cook them for two hours, then flip the ribs over and cook for an additional hour.
  • Prepare two large double-thick sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Lay each slab of ribs meatiest side up on the foil, folding the foil up around the ribs. Take ¼ cup of the apple juice and pour over the ribs in the foil, capturing the liquid inside the foil. Close the foil into a package and return to the Egg.
  • Cook on the Egg for an additional hour.
  • Remove the ribs from the foil and place back on the Egg meaty-side up. Cook for another 15 minutes, then remove and place meaty side down for cutting and serving.

 

Secret Apple Juice Injection

What you’ll need

  • 1 ½ cups apple juice
  • ¼ cup Sugar in the Raw
  • 1 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ tsp cayenne

Make it

  • Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk till well blended. Cover and refrigerate the mixture for up to a week before use.

 

Barbecue Rub #34

What you’ll need

  • ¼ cup Kosher Salt
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp granulated onion
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 2 tsp black pepper

Make it

  • Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well till fully blended. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry location for up to two months before use. 

 

Stuffed burgers on the Big Green Egg for the 4th of July!  

stuffed-burgers-july4th-960We don’t always get a warm sunny 4th of July in the Northwest. This year, it seems like we’re going to be enjoying a smokin’ hot 4th of July to be sure, with temps nearing 100° in the greater Portland area!

Whether you love this kind of heat or not, one thing is sure: Americans do love a good barbecue on the 4th of July. If you’ve got a Big Green Egg, we’ve got a terrific recipe from Dr. BBQ sure to be a hit for the holiday—stuffed burgers. What could be more all-American than burgers on the 4th?

Enjoy…and have a safe, happy and healthy Independence Day!

Stuffed Burgers on the Big Green Egg

What you’ll need:

Ground beef (80% lean/20% fat)

Sliced tomatoes

Sliced mozzarella cheese

Sliced prosciutto

Crumbled bleu cheese

BBQ Rub (or other seasonings)

Make it:

  1. Set up your Egg for direct cooking at 400° F
  2. Make a generous sized patty, pressed out quite thin (you’re going to need a second thin patty to make this burger!)
  3. Once formed, combine the two following ingredients on top of the patty…Either:
    1. A slice of tomato topped with a slice of mozzarella; or
    2. Sliced prosciutto topped with crumbled bleu cheese
  4. Place a second thinly formed patty on top of the ingredients, and close the edges to keep the ingredients inside the patty for the Egg.
  5. Season the patties, either with a great BBQ Rub, salt & pepper, or other seasonings of your choice.
  6. Place the patties on the Egg. Cook on each side for about 5-6 minutes.

That’s it! Simple, easy and oh so good! Serve them up with potato salad, cole slaw, corn on the cob, watermelon…all the terrific foods that make a 4th of July outing a treat for the palette!

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with your Big Green Egg

Big Green Egg Extra LargeMaybe some of you have been letting the winter doldrums prevent you from breaking out that Big Green Egg and using it. St. Patrick’s Day is nearly here, and it’s an excellent excuse to bust out that Egg and get it back in grilling mode! Here’s a terrific recipe for steak complemented with a mushroom & whiskey cream sauce—what a great way to celebrate the day!

Steak with Mushrooms & Whiskey Cream Sauce

Ingredients

4 New York Strip Steaks

4 tbsp Dizzy Gourmet® Cosmic Cow™  Seasoning

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp olive oil

8 oz baby Portobello mushrooms

½ cup Irish whiskey

½ cup whipping cream

Fresh chives, chopped

Make it

                Set your Big Green Egg for direct cooking at 650° Fahrenheit.

Grill your steaks to your desired meat temperature, and set them aside.

Reduce the Egg heat to 350°. Take a Big Green Egg Stir-Fry & Paella Grill Pan   and heat the butter and olive oil in it. Once the butter has melted, add the Portobello mushrooms and cook them about four minutes. Add the whiskey and stir; cook for about two more minutes. Next, add the whipping cream and cook about five more minutes until the sauce thickens.

Add the steaks for the pan, working the sauce over the steaks. After a few minutes in the sauce to warm, sprinkle with chopped chives and serve.

May the luck o’ the Irish be with you, and may you eat with relish!