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BBQ 101? 
Feb. 25, 2013 5:54 pm 
Updated: Mar. 1, 2013 8:58 pm
You must remember, that I've not cooked on the bbq for almost a year, until just the last few days ago, so I'm basically a novice, once again.  My first meal was steak, and roasted veggies.  I put the veg's in my cast iron pot, no lid, and tossed with oil and salt...  They hung out on a moderate grill for almost two hours.  The steaks I tossed on over hi heat for only about 10 mins, and was glad that they were (probably) medium/well.  Lesser, would have been ok, but rare... sorry, I just can't handle it
The meal was certainly yummy, especially the veg's which roasted in the pot  on the "off" side of the grill, until cooked and crispy.

Today, I put a beer can chicken on the grill at about 2pm, and have watched as it roasted.  I also attempted to "smoke" it while it was cooking... we'll have to see about that come meal time...  I rubbed the breast (under the skin) with mesquite seasoning, and the skin itself.  In the pan, I placed some rosemary that I cut this afternoon, and splashed some beer into the pan.  As of 10 mins ago, it looks wonderful, though the proof will be in the eating!  Per directions for the "beer can" method, instead of stuffing a small onion in the neck, I took a small lemon from the tree, cut into the one end, and stuffed it... thats the "blackened" thing you can see on top of the bird.  I was surprised when I took this pic a bit ago, that the lemon looked orange in color, but what do I know?

The point of tonight's blog is to state that I'm once again learning the ins and outs...  I think that I'm doing ok, so far!  Perhaps I could have baked a couple of spuds while the bird cooked... but it's a tad too late now to go there!  Since I have l/o mashed spuds, and plenty of canned/frozen veg's, I think I can pull together a relatively balanced dinner...  I've got the bird on the grill with one of four burners on low, thinking that all I need now, is to keep it warm until close to 8pm.

So, there you have the past few days with my, and the new bbq...  I sure am liking having the "rolling island" out there for extra surface, upon which to place platters, utensils, and the like.  I'm not sure now if I want to put the doors on it, or the shelves, for that matter.  I can see a waste basket under the counter top.  With the dogs, however, it will have to be tossed into the barrel daily!  Don't need the "boys" getting sick on chicken bones, or fat! 

Till next time, be happy, be healthy, bbq crazy!
steak & veg's
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Feb. 25, 2013 6:12 pm
I love my steak rare, but it is a choice thing. I can understand why some folks just don't like it rare. If it tastes good to you, then it is the right way. That chicken looks amazing. I used to smoke grilled chicken with stems of fresh rosemary. It was really good.
Feb. 25, 2013 6:47 pm
Um, I like a nice grilled steak. slightly pink inside is good with me. Rare, nuh uh but I like Doc's comment of if it tastes right... That rolling cabinet sounded like a fantastic idea last blog. I was thinking "why didn't I think of that?" LOL! Glad you are enjoying your outdoor kitchen.
Feb. 25, 2013 9:00 pm
Doc, you're right about the doneness being a choice, used to be I wouldn't touch meat that wasn't WELL DONE, but I'm relaxing my "yuck mode" as time passes... Per the chicken, it was FAB! As good as it looked! Rosemary/lemon was a good way to go, but "smoked" kind of failed me... plenty of time to learn. Be well!
Feb. 25, 2013 9:14 pm
Cat, steak "doneness" is most definately a choice. I don't like when I cut into one and it bleeds all over the plate, but friend Rose likes hers charred outside, but mooing on the inside! Yuck! I'm loving my "rolling island!" Now I just have to figure out how to put my umbrella out there, before it's 110 degrees in the shade! Be well!
Feb. 25, 2013 9:34 pm
Oh dear, I am the minority voice here. I love rare steak, DH used to claim if I didn't finish eating it would get up and moo at me. All the different tastes make life interesting......Your chicken is yummy looking. I was never comfortable cooking chicken on the grill. It was either blackened (read cinders) or underdone (bleh!) My husband had the touch with the grill, everything came off exactly as ordered. It's still too cool and wet here for outdoor cooking, so I am envious.
Feb. 26, 2013 10:53 am
Looks like a great place to start. Both dinners look delicious. Oh and thanks to your inspiration, my outdoor kitchen is together! :) Now all I have to do is include some grilled dinners on next week's menu. I've just started getting into grilling, so I'll probably start simple with BLSL chicken and veggies. (I have cast iron skillets I can use for the veggies.)
Feb. 26, 2013 12:53 pm
Love your pictures,glad your happy with your rolling island.My husband does all the bbquing,here.I like my beef well done,but i did have a steak when we were in Arizona that was pinky inside,and i did enjoy it.I see it's still staying cool in Pheonix,i do like your city,it is so clean,no coffee cups in the street there.Enjoy your dinner,looks so good.
Feb. 26, 2013 5:35 pm
I'm sitting here looking out at a yard covered with slush and the sky throwing ice at the windows reading your bbq endeavbor. Am I jealous? YUP! ... I like how you are expanding your outdoors cooking experience and sharing it with us. You have me thinking spring!
Feb. 27, 2013 3:25 am
oh my Stevie that looks good, you had me with the steak looks yummy....keep on grilling friend.....Judy
Feb. 27, 2013 10:28 am
BigShotsMom, I used to eat lesser cooked beef many years ago, but with health issues, I was cautioned against doing so... guess I "got used" to more done! I like med or med/rare (sometimes...) Be well!
Feb. 27, 2013 10:32 am
amanda, hope you enjoy your anticipated meals! Just a note/thought... I did NOT place my pot of veggies, or the chicken, over direct heat... best to use "indirect method." B/S I'd do over heat, but personally I'd worry about drying them out (brine them, or marinate?) I'm interested to hear what you do with them! Be well!
Feb. 27, 2013 10:35 am
manella, glad that you enjoy the "greater metro area" of Phoenix! Lesser cooked steak it most definately more tender, and I think, flavorfull! Perhaps if I had a seperate plate for my meat... lol! Be well!
Feb. 27, 2013 10:35 am
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Feb. 27, 2013 10:39 am
Mike, put a "spring" in your step and think "grilling weather!" As I recall from 30+ yrs ago, it does actually warm up in Michigan (sorry, couldn't resist the "dig.") Short of rain (which we rarely get...) I've been known to stand out over a hot grill in the dead of night, in mid-winter! Be well!
Feb. 27, 2013 10:41 am
judy, guess I'd best get outside today, and clean up the last of stuff I left out there the other night! What a mess that chicken made! Well worth it, though... moist and tender! Rubbed with Sweet Mesquite Seasoning. YUM! Be well, friendd!
Feb. 27, 2013 1:42 pm
Stevie when I first saw Lansing MI I thought you really were crazycook for grilling outside in February! Lol. Then I saw Phoenix. I used to live there around 24th st and Camelback. I miss it! You can't beat that year round grilling weather! -Lara
Feb. 27, 2013 4:10 pm
AZ93, Lara, I was born Lansing, raised in Birmingham England (talk cold & damp!) back to MI. Once I was old enough to choose.... I've been in the valley 30+ yrs, and don't regret it! Only here have I grilled in February (or December etc!) Be well!
Feb. 27, 2013 6:18 pm
Hello, Stevie-Looks like your BBQ is seeing plenty of good cookin'. Send me some of that roasted chicken. Yum! It was cold yesterday here in Colorado and snowing. No BBQ yesterday or today. So enjoy your good weather and outdoor cooking. Now, what about some dessert- griled-Smores, apples and brown sugar, etc.
Feb. 27, 2013 7:48 pm
Stevie, I totally understand. Left NH in my early 20's for AZ (hence my name AZ93...for when I moved there) and found it was where my soul belonged. Went to UA later on, then lived in San Diego for a while for work. Now I live on a sailboat in the USVI. Not too shabby I know, but know what? I can't wait to get back to AZ. Another few years and I'll be knocking on your door to share some grilling recipes!! Enjoy that magical, wonderful place, I miss it with all my heart. -Lara
Feb. 27, 2013 8:43 pm
Lela, keep your SNOW, and COLD... we're just now warming back up! Sorry, but right now "dinner" is more important than dessert. So far, I'm having a great time. Now just need to "plant" my umbrella, for when it really gets hot! Be well!
Feb. 27, 2013 8:47 pm
AZ93 - Lara, how exotic (if I'm not mistaken) and can't really fathom leaving "water" for desert... but then, I've never lived on the water (don't even have a pool!) but family did have a cottage on a lake at one point. My front door is always open, until I'm carried out in a box, that is! Be well!
Mar. 1, 2013 10:19 am
Stevie, decided I'm making shrimp kabobs tonight and some corn & mushrooms w/ butter in one of the skillets. I invited my Dad over for dinner since he's the "grill master" so I know he'll help if I'm doing something wrong. :) Thanks for the tips and I'll let you know how it turns out.
Mar. 1, 2013 10:41 am
I'll remember your "dig' about Michigan actually warming up. I'll remember when you blog about the AZ heat getting you down. I have plenty of time to think up something delightfully cruel!
Mar. 1, 2013 7:54 pm
Amanda, I've eaten corn on the cob cooked right on the grill grate, left in it's husk. Don't think I've ever made it though... maybe this year! Please do let me know how your meal turned out! Be well!
Mar. 1, 2013 7:56 pm
Mike, I guess I'd best keep my trap shut this year.... lol though, "delightfully cruel" has caught my interest! Be well, friend!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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