All About Our Wood-Fire Grill

July 2, 2015 -

In honor of July 4th coming up this weekend, today we’re going to talk about summer’s favorite pastime – grilling. Grilling can be a great way to prepare a healthful meal using lean proteins and fresh produce. At Carrabba’s, we rely on our wood-fire grill to infuse our signature smoky flavor and bring out the natural goodness of our ingredients, which lets us bring you healthful dishes all year long. Below are a couple of facts about our Wood-Fire Grill.

We love our Wood-Fire Grill so much, we named ourselves after it.
Remember we’re not just Carrabba’s. We’re Carrabba’s Italian Grill.

Our Wood-Fire Grill is fueled by oak wood.
Oak wood lends mild smoke flavor without an aftertaste and also gives food a beautiful smoked color. This wood is perfect for grilling our lean* proteins, which include beef, chicken, pork and fish. Using lean proteins limits the amount of naturally occurring fat that is added to our grill. At its hottest, our wood-fire grill heats up to our target temperature of a smoldering 550 degrees. The high heat cooks our protein quickly and seals in the natural juices, which lets the natural flavors shine.

Our signature grill baste and sauces are flavorful, but don’t drive up calories and fat.
Our grilled beef, pork and chicken are lightly brushed with our signature grill baste to complement the natural wood-grilled flavors. Our grille baste is made up of olive oil and 14 herbs and spices that naturally complement our proteins. Also, the baste is gluten-free.

Many of Carrabba’s wood-fire grilled entrees are also topped with yummy sauces like tomato basil vinaigrette on our Wood-Grilled Salmon or port-wine-fig sauce on our Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin. We top our proteins with enough sauce to elevate the flavor profile, but not too much that it overpowers our wood-grill flavors and drives up calories and fat.

We have many wood-fired grilled options Under 600 Calories.
Most of Carrabba’s wood-fire grilled entrees are available in small and regular sizes. The menu options are Under 600 Calories when paired with our fresh steamed spinach. These options let you control your portions to save some calories without sacrificing on a deliciously wonderful Carrabba’s experience.

  • Pollo Sorrento, small: Wood-grilled and topped with sautéed eggplant, prosciutto, fontina cheese and our port wine fig sauce
  • Wood-Grilled Salmon, 6oz: Topped with tomato basil vinaigrette
  • Wood-Grilled Chicken, small and regular: With our signature grill baste, olive oil and herbs
  • Grilled Tuscan Skewers, regular: Wood-grilled sirloin, red onion and tomato skewers topped with our Chianti wine sauce
  • Chicken Marsala, small and regular: Wood-grilled and topped with mushrooms and our Lombardo Marsala wine sauce
  • Pollo Rosa Maria, small: Wood-grilled and topped with fontina cheese, prosciutto, mushrooms and our basil lemon butter sauce 

So before you go out and grab all your barbeque materials this weekend, make sure to stop by and see what our grill has to offer. Plus, get 20% off your entire meal now through 7/5.

*What does lean mean? The Food and Drug Administration defines “lean” as raw meat, poultry, fish  having less than 10 grams of total fat, 4.5 grams or less saturated fat, less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol per 3.5 oz/100 g serving.