Grilling Greatness!

18 Jan

I have been living without a grill.  Only for a couple of months, but that has been enough time to make me miss it!  I just had to go out this past weekend and get a new one.  I love to grill.  But many folks think that grilling is a guy thing. A testosterone infused event.  I beg to differ!

Girls can grill.  I have no problem rolling my gas grill out of the screen porch to my grilling perch.  Starting the grill.  Managing the temperature.  Oiling the grates.  Then tossing all sorts of goodies on the grill.

Everyone has their own grilling philosophies.  My brother tells me that grilling in a flannel shirt is essential.  My friend said that I have to drink a beer while grilling.  And then the technique advice comes rolling in at full force.  Dry rubs, wet marinades.  Turn the meat only once.  Start meat cold.  Start meat at room temperature.  Its all good, but I think everyone likes to develop their own techniques.

Dry rubs are good for certain types of meats.  My children are fans of the beer can chicken.  For those of you that have not yet become fans, try it!  Turn half the grill on.  Close the lid and let that grill heat up.  Take a whole chicken and rub it with some good olive oil.  Then pat it down with your favorite seasonings.  Inside and out.  Go under the skin too!  And don’t forget to salt and pepper it.  Stand that bird up, slip it onto an open beer can, wrap the tips of the legs that rest on the grill in tin foil, and get it on the grill standing up nice and proud!  Put the chicken on the opposite side of the fire, and let it cook.  Indirect heat is the key here.  Let it cook for about an hour or so.  Take it off the grill, slip it off the beer can, and eat!  Yum!

My favorite dry rub is one that I  make myself.  You can adjust the seasonings to taste, but I start with combining approximately:

  • 1 T. Oregano
  • 1 T. Basil
  • 1 T.  Parsley
  • 1 T. Rosemary
  • 1/2 T. Thyme
  • Salt and pepper

This is so savory on chicken.  Start with these dried spices, and then add your own touch.  I usually cook 2 chickens at a time so there are plenty of leftovers.  Grilling is not just for the guys to enjoy.  So go grab your favorite flannel shirt, a beer, and get grilling girl!


One Response to “Grilling Greatness!”

  1. mommy512 January 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    I have to say, this recipe was amazing. I used it last night and my kids loved it! You are such an inspiration for healthy family cooking. My grill doesn’t get much use but you are inspiring me to experiment more and instill healthy eating habits in my children! Thank you so much, and keep the blogs coming!

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