When the weather starts to warm up and the grass turns green, my thoughts turn to steaks, chops and chicken prepared fresh on the grill. Everyone can’t help but love dads that cook on the grill. The grill is dad’s domain and we can’t wait for winter to flee, so we can haul out the grill and commune with the barbecue gods.
Propane versus Charcoal
There has been an endless debate about the merits and problems between using a propane grill and a charcoal one. Dads everywhere are undecided, but purists believe that charcoal is the only way to go. The great thing about a gas stove is that it’s easy to light and it keeps the temperature steady for the entire time you’re cooking. You also have the ability to easily increase or decrease the heat.
Charcoal is a lot more difficult. You need to set up the charcoal, get it lit and then move the coals around to try and get as much even heat as possible. You might have some areas of really high heat and others where the heat is much less. So why would anyone choose charcoal over propane? The taste. You can buy all the artificial flavoring you want, but there is no way to truly reproduce the flavor of meat cooked on a charcoal grill and for many of us men, that’s enough to keep us using it.
We Don’t Stick to Just Meat
If you marinate a shoe long enough, it would probably taste good grilled. Grilling just adds a whole new flavor to whatever you’re cooking, so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Grilled onions go great with burgers. Kabobs are also popular and almost any fruit and vegetable can be grilled.
One of my favorites is grilled radishes. Take some tin foil, put in some sliced radishes, salt, pepper, a pat of butter and an ice cube. Fold it all in the foil and stick it in the grill. The radishes will stay moist thanks to the butter and the ice cube and they’ll soften up with a tasty smoky flavor.
When you were growing up and the family had a barbecue, where was dad? He was in front of the grill with a beer in one hand and a pair of tongs in the other. Grilling can be a great way to bond with your family. They love to watch you cook and hear the sizzle of the meat. Since the grill can be dangerous because of the high exposed heat, I would only allow older children that know how to keep themselves safe to help grill.
We dads have been grilling for generations and we’ll continue to grill for generations to come. For more information and great grilling tips, visit www.dadsthatcook.com.