With the days growing longer and the evenings getting warmer the urge to play with my grills is getting strong. This year in addition to eating great I plan on refining my skills on the grill. I’ve spent the winter working on knife skills and traditional cooking skills, time to tackle those things that always give me trouble at the grills.
Things to get better at:
Judging cook time for whole chickens and potatoes
I always underestimate the time needed to cook bone in chicken and potatoes. This has resulted in too many meals of hard potatoes and chicken that has to be microwaved for a few minutes after sitting down. I think this has been a result of trying to rush weeknight dinners more than it has been an inability to cook. I need to remember that the first rule of BBQ is to relax, it’s done when it’s done.
I’m pretty meticulous when it comes to food safety and cleanliness but I could do a better job of keeping my grill area tidy. It’s always the little things I avoid, like cleaning out my ash tray, putting covers back on grills and putting away my chimney. Hopefully by writing this here for all the world to see I will keep myself accountable.
Using my offset smoker
I didn’t play with my offset smoker at all last summer. It’s only a cheap one but I think tending to the firebox is a great reason to avoid household chores and keep hydrated for a long cook.
My other goal for the summer is to expand my horizons. I’ve always kept things relatively simple around the grills and smokers, lots of Southern BBQ flavours when BBQing and some lots of the same flavours on the grill. I’ve also used a lot of the same proteins and cuts. I want to try new things this year.
Things to try this year:
Not just haddock, salmon, shrimp and scallops. I want to play with some more exotic fish like red snapper and mahi mahi.
Having access to the whole world’s spices and herbs at the Historic Farmer’s Market I want to try some different cuisines from around the world and create authentic recipes, not bottled sauce versions.
What about you are there any flavours you want to try this year or things you want to get better at?