One of our recent in-store promotions called for cooking demonstrations. Our Camping Manager, James Fleullan, really showed off his cooking skills over the four-day event, preparing sample size portions of chicken nuggets, chicken wings, chicken tenders, french fries and jalapeno poppers, using equipment, spices and condiments sold at your local Bass Pro Shops!
The unique Orion Cooker was a big hit. The combnation smoker/convection cooker uses indirect heating methods to create convection currents, producing moist, tender meat. Our Camping Department also used the Bass Pro Shops Fish Fry Kit for their deep-fried options. The 12" fry basket held a generous amount of food, particularly french fries! We used Cajun Injector Turkey Gold peanut oil blend (cholesterol-free and no trans fat). The oil blend has a neutral flavor, so you can use it to fry any item and the properties of the blended oil keeps it from breaking down or burning at high heat.
We had a number of our barbecue sauces available for sampling as well. Some of the more popular brands included sriracha, Budweiser Smoked BBQ Sauce, and the Bob Timberlake Apple Cinnamon and Habanero Honey barbecue sauces. The fries and chicken were seasoned with KC Butt Spice (featuring brown sugar and savory spices) and Plow Boys BBQ Fin & Feather Grill Rub (featuring garlic, onion and chili pepper), as well as Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning.
The cooking demos were a huge success during the event and gave our shoppers the opportunity to see the equipment being used. This gave us the ability to answer detailed questions about the use of the products, how they work, etc. The sampling and use of different equipment, such as the Bass Pro Shops Better Breader Pan, allowed our guests to touch and literally taste some of our products. For more information on any of these products, visit the Camping Department at your local Bass Pro Shops.