Now that Memorial Day weekend has arrived, this sound can be heard across the land, Gentlemen, fire up those grills! Summer, for all practical purposes, has begun.
Wives everywhere have been awaiting this time of year all winter – the time when husbands begin showing off their culinary skills for families and neighbors alike. In fact, being crowned GRILL KING of a particular area is second to few other awards a man can win.
With Father’s Day just around the corner, why not provide your favorite dad a set of new grilling utensils or a cookbook containing favorite grill recipes? Those gift ideas are sure to be a hit at any home.
If cleaning the grill is a concern for dad, why not pool your money as a family and buy him a Grillbot, an automatic grill-cleaning robot? All dad has to do is push a button to start the Grillbot’s three rotating wire brushes to go to work, cleaning the grill in just minutes. This jewel for an easy cleanup costs $99.95 and can be ordered at grillbots.com.
Just in case grilling may be a new skill for dad, why not share the Daily Press newspaper’s Top 10 Foods for Grilling. He is sure to love the suggestions.
Let the summer grilling begin!
When the marble from your favorite cut of choice steak drips down into the grill fire, the flames jump up and sizzles the meat intensely. This will make all the mouths by the backyard grill begin watering in anticipation.
No matter the time of year, hot dogs don’t cost much and can be cooked in large numbers, making it easy to feed a lot of people at the same time.
If you don’t mind getting your hands messy, baby back ribs give backyard chefs creative control when it comes to developing your own glazes and sauces.
For the best, most consistent quality and taste, use grass-fed or grain-fed ground beef for your hamburgers. The size, shape, toppings and sauces are left to your taste and that of your guests.
To make this an all-day event, go fishing as a family first; bring home the catch; clean them; and cut out some nice-size filets for grilling. Caution, fish must be grilled carefully.
Chicken can be grilled in different ways – on the bone, boneless filets, or strips to add to salads. There is also a large variety of sauces which can be applied before, during or after the grilling is complete.
When grilling shrimp, cooks should ensure they all large enough not to fall through the cooking grid or are placed on skewers. In any event, larger shrimp are the best choice for grilling.
Sometimes your family may want a change from hotdogs. Sheboygan bratwurst has spicy varieties and has consistent quality, although there are other varieties available.
Grillmasters can combine beef, pork, chicken, or shrimp (any or all) with various vegetables and potatoes. Shish-ka-bobs provide many opportunities for cooks to experiment to find which combo fits their tastes best.
Corn on the cob
Corn on the cob is the definitive favorite of the vegetables to be grilled. It is fun to eat and receives almost 100% approval by backyard guests.