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Gas Grill Tips and Tricks for the Chaldean Outdoor Cook
By Ann Bahri :: Monday, May 31, 2010 :: 36155 Views :: Living & Lifestyle

Michigan, USA  – The cold air has thawed in the great lakes states and Chaldeans are fast enjoying the summer days.  With temperatures getting warmer, many Chaldeans are firing up their barbeque grills.  Grilling is one of the most treasured outdoor activities to do every summer for Chaldean Families.  Shish Kabob, chiken tooka, and grilled vegetables folded in warm grilled pita bread with garlic sauce and a nice cold drink is usually enough to give any Chaldean a glimpse into the essence of back-home joys. collects a number of community tips on choosing the best gas grills.  Next week we complete our report on Chaldean barbeque tips.  Community members are asked to send in their best tips when barbequing Chaldean foods to

Choosing the Best Gas Grills

Adil Yasso, owner of Hometown Hardware says Chaldeans should select a gas grill large enough to accommodate the number of people at your table and with features that suit your cooking style. “We have big families and no one wants to wait on the food,” says Yasso. 

Adil and his friends are known as some of the Chaldean community’s best grillers.  Invited to their home, Adil Yasso and his friends treat our readers to a collection of their best tips. 

“Kabob on the Barbie” reads Ismail Kuza’s apron as he turns over a golden brown Cornish hen after dipping it in some olive oil.  “You see the flame.  It makes the hen crispy on the outside and locks in the juices.”

In between gulps of cool milky white shanina and delicious bites of shish tawook sandwichs I was able to record the following:

  • Higher Btu does not translate to faster heating or better cooking, even at higher temperatures. 
  • Chaldeans should always bring a magnet with them to the store to test the stainless steel on the gas grill. (Cheaper stainless is usually magnetic, so if your magnet sticks, it could be a warning flag of material that is more likely to corrode over time.) 
  • To hold in flavor, Chaldeans need to sear the meat effectively.  That means they ought to opt for heavier, stiffer grates made of thick stainless steel or porcelain-coated, heavy cast iron. 
  • The burners are the most frequently replaced grill parts. Chaldeans should choose those made of brass. 
  • Give the grill a gentle bump from several angles to see if it tips; the more stable the grill, the safer. 
  • Check out the handle on the grill; metal handles get hotter than wooden or plastic ones. 
  • Flare-ups are good when you are the one controlling the flare.  Uncontrolled flares burn the meat and leave a bad taste.  Check the distance of the drainage between the fire and collected grease the less the chance of flare-ups when cooking fatty foods. 
  • A clever trick Adil shares when check for gas leaks is to periodically spray a soap and water solution over the connections and along the hose. Soap bubbles can indicate a worn part that needs to be changed. 
  • Once you've decided how much you will spend, look for Memorial Day and July Fourth sales, coupons, and rebates—given the state of the economy, they might be more deals this year. Keep in mind that many retailers assemble grills free but charge $40 to $100 for delivery.

Enjoy the summer and remember to e-mail your best barbeque tips when grilling Chaldean food. 

Sacred Heart Parish, MI USA


Sacred Heart Parish
310 W. Seven Mile. Rd.
Detroit, MI 48203
Tel: (313) 368-6214
Fax: (313) 891-0132

The parish was established by Rev. Jacob Yasso in 1973

Rev. Jacob Yasso

Rev. Jacob Yasso was born in the village of Telkaif, Iraq.  After completing high school he was recruited to Rome and Urbaniana University where he completed his Masters Degree in philosophy and Theology.  Fr. Yasso was ordained a priest in 1960 and served the Diocese of Mosul, where he worked in the public school system. Fr. Yasso was also asked by the Patriarch to teach at the Patriarchal Seminary in Baghdad, where he served as administrator, professor of philosophy and religious life, and rector of the minor seminary. 

In 1964, Fr. Yasso was appointed to the United States to serve the growing Chaldean community in Detroit.  There he served as the 4th Pastor of Mother of God Parish.  .  In 1972, the Patriarch charged Fr. Yasso with building a new parish for the Chaldeans in Detroit.  In taking great pains to care for the community Fr. Yasso accelerated the development of a new church and community center.  In 1975, Fr. Yasso completed the development of Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit and shortly thereafter he added the Chaldean Center of America in 1980, 

A few years later in 1982, Fr. Yasso was asked to assist the late Fr. Kattoula at St. Peter’s Church in San Diego, CA.  Before long, Fr. Yasso was once again recruited to Rome to study new Canon Law of the Church.  While in Rome Fr. Yasso completed his third Masters Degree in Church Law, making him the only Chaldean priest trained in Canon Law. 

In 1988, the Patriarch and Vatican authorities asked Fr. Yasso to travel to Canada and establish a parish and community center.  While there he served as a Tribunal Judge for the Archdiocese of Toronto.  Four years later Fr. Yasso returned to Sacred Heart church in Detroit to help care for the remaining Chaldean community residence in the Detroit area.  To this day, Fr. Yasso continues to serve as the parish pastor creating activities and advising the City of Detroit on community related matters. 

Fr. Yasso is a member of the International WYCLIF Bible translators, since 1975, and has completed the translation of the New Testament from Greek and Aramaic into Arabic and spoken Chaldean.   The publication of his scholarly work is set to be released soon.