In case you hadn’t noticed, Spring has sprung and gone. It is heating up out there, and that means two things:
1 – My offensively pale skin will be making its 2011 debut.
2 – It’s grilling season.
Though the times are a changin’ and gender roles in the kitchen have all but faded away, there is one facet of cooking that remains primarily man’s domain: The grill.
Dating back to the antiquated days when women were expected to cook all of the family meals, even the most macho men still found themselves parked over a pile of coals in the summertime, tending to the meat. Maybe it appeals to our “hunting instincts”, or maybe, like taking out the garbage, it was just something that the men were expected to handle.
But this is 2011, and thankfully, many modern men out there have embraced cooking, and no longer expect a hot meal on the table when they get home. Even today though, I can’t count how many conversations with guys that I’ve had that played out like this:
Me: So, do you cook much?
Dude: No, not really. But I grill out all the time.
Me: Ummm…I’m pretty sure that still qualifies as “cooking”…
Of the bounty of kitchen related wedding gifts that I now have the pleasure of sifting through, one gift reigns supreme. In no uncertain terms, I explained to my groomsman what I wanted from them: A Big Green Egg. I didn’t care if they had to get 20 guys to throw in on it. And hallelujah, I got one.
Aside: Yes, I know that the BGE isn’t the only quality ceramic grill on the market. Primo grills are also fantastic. And both companies are based here in Georgia.
For the last 5 years, the only grill that I’ve had at my disposal has been an old-school Weber kettle grill, little more than a metal drum with a grate and a lid. And I’ve cooked some excellent BBQ on there, if I do say so myself. But now that I have the granddaddy of smoker/grills, it almost feels like cheating. Part of the fun of the kettle grill was the challenge and labor of smoking a pork butt for 12 hours – I actually had to work for it.
It hasn’t made it out of the box yet, but I plan to set that bad boy up this weekend and break it in. And while it is nice to have a high end piece of equipment like this on my back porch, I know as well as anyone that you don’t need anything fancy to cook a good meal.
So this got me thinking…grillers of Atlanta (both male AND female…no need to be sexist here), what is your preferred piece of hardware? Did I miss the boat asking for a BGE and not something else?
What is going to be your summertime grill?
- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog