Wednesday, June 17, 2009

throw a shrimp on the barbie

Tis the season for BBQ! Father’s Day is rapidly approaching and if it ever stops raining I know that our fam will likely be celebrating outside on the grill. (No one said Dad’s actually got to rest on Father’s Day, right? I joke, I joke, AJ will do plenty of relaxing on the golf course, I am sure) After all he deserves it ;).In an effort to ensure we are all eating some tastetastic BBQ I found these great tips from National Champion Pit Master Mike Davis of Lotta Bull BBQ. I am guessing he sports a title something along the likes of "Master BBQer" (just like you, Aje...only his title was actually given to him by someone other than himself! hah!) He published some tricks of the trade on how to keep your grill in high demand this Father’s Day and I thought I would pass along:

• When cooking larger cuts of meat, always use an indirect heat as a source. Using the direct heat method will char the outside of the meat without allowing the inside to cook properly.
• When grilling, use a "smoker" box of aromatic hardwoods such as mesquite, hickory or pecan to give that distinctive wood smoked flavor. **Note to self: Purchase a smoker box for Father's Day :)
• Use olive oil or any other cooking oil to coat the surface of vegetables to add crispness and to hold on spices and seasonings.
• Pay careful attention to pork and poultry when grilling, you must make sure both meats are properly cooked through.
• Just like I prepare for my competitions, frequent heartburn sufferers should come prepared to enjoy the foods you love and start your 14-day course of Prilosec OTC in advance of your BBQ event. **Note to self... purchase Prilosec OTC to put with smoker box for Father's Day... we are approaching our mid thirties you know...grey hair, hearing aids and heartburn are on the horizon. hah.

Mike's Basic BBQ Rub
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup turbinado sugar
1/2 cup paprika
1/3 cup garlic salt
1/4 cup kosher salt
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon black pepper
Who knows... maybe AJ will post with a few BBQ tips of his own!

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