The summer season is upon us. That means cold beers, long days, and hot grills cooking great cuts of meat, or vegetables if that’s what you’re into. I love sitting outside with the smell of smoke and grilled meats wafting on the breeze. It’s the one thing I love doing outside even when it’s too hot to do anything else. However, grilling has been, for me, a tough thing to figure out. For many years I just couldn’t seem to get anything to go right when I tried to use a flame and grates. I tried both charcoal and gas, it didn’t matter, either the meat was coming off the grill undercooked or the vegetables would all burn. I struggled and felt ashamed.
Luckily, as time has passed and the years have added wisdom, I have started to figure out why I struggled so. The struggle was my lack of patience. Looking back I realized I was working with the idea that the hotter the better when cooking on the grill. Why I thought that I don’t know. It’s not like I stood at the stove with the burners full gassed trying to cook. Once I began understanding the nuances of patience when it came to grilling the outcome of my meals improved and I began to make better choices when working at the grill.
I honestly think patience was and still is the only thing holding me back. I still struggle at times trying to rush a piece of the meal because I didn’t time it right or started one of the components too late and when I do, the food and guests suffer. Now I’m not saying when I show complete patience grilling my meal is amazing, I’m saying that now I know what my weakness was I can work on it to do better.
This summer I’ve decided to dedicate more time to cooking outdoors. I’m creating meal plans specifically for the grill and trying to change the way I cook outside. Cast iron pans have helped me transition outside and the fact that you can cook almost anything over a flame makes creating meals for the family to enjoy makes it all the easier.
I’m hoping over the next few weeks to start sharing more of my accomplishments and struggles with the grill with you all and I hope to also add a charcoal grill to my deck to go along with my gas grill and electric smoker to challenge myself even more. I’m also working on some recipes I want to share but am needing to make some tweaks before allowing others to try them.