Let’s get one thing clear.
There is a fine line between grilling and BBQ’ing.
As a Southerner, (yes, I was born and raised in Florida) I fall into a pretty passionate culture regarding these two distinctions. For those raised in the South, grilling out typically refers to cooking items over direct heat on a grill, ex. grilled steaks, chicken, hamburgers, etc.
BBQ is a whole different ballgame. It’s a lifestyle of love, patience, smoke, and mystery. Ask ten men on how to smoke a pork shoulder and you are likely to get ten independent, and fiercely debated, methods.
Instead, I’d like to let you in on a little known fact that I just discovered regarding grilling.
Most of you are probably not grilling enough.
There, I said it.
Your grill is truly the beast of all your culinary appliances. With the proper technique and know-how, you can utilize your grill as a stove, broiler, oven, and smoker; all-in-one. By harnessing all of the grill’s power, you are able to expand well beyond foods typically considered traditional for the grill.
In other words, it’s time to get creative and think outside the burger box.
What does that mean?
Try marinating chicken with...say Coffee, Beer and Cocoa.
Wrap beef cubes with Bacon and skewer them ala Kabobs.
Whip up a batch of Smoked French Onion Soup in a cast iron kettle on the grill.
USE YOUR IMAGINATION AND STOP SERVING HOCKEY PUCKS FOR DINNER!