Category On the Grill

The Best Grilled Chicken

Chicken – especially chicken breast – is one of those things that tends to strike fear into the heart of every enthusiastic backyard griller.  Grilled chicken though, should be moist and delicious and a simple alternative to burgers and dogs.  Never fear, this fool-proof recipe can take as little as 45 minutes to prepare start […]

Hack Your Gas Grill: Use it as a Smoker

If you’ve got a gas grill, you can still turn out some truly amazing, authentic BBQ.  Here’s how. I know there are those people out there who are going to hate this post.  Trust me, I understand.  But ultimately, I’m about results – And if the technique yields sound results, then it’s a sound technique.  […]

Seared Lamb Loin with Garlic and Lemon

Lamb tends to be one of those things that people either love or hate.  For a long time, I hated it because the only way I’d ever had it prepared was slow braised in a crockpot, stew-style, and served with mint jelly.  While that may be some people’s cup of tea, it wasn’t mine.  Then […]

BBQ Chicken Quarters with ‘Bama White Sauce

Served with an authentic but lesser-known Alabama White Sauce, this BBQ chicken is succulent and tender on the inside with crispy, bite through skin on the outside.  Daintily eat with knife and fork, or gnaw off the bone caveman style.  Your choice. Time: 120 Minutes Level: Intermediate Cost: $2-3/plate (chicken only and sauce only) Serves: […]

Classic BBQ Rub

A Classic BBQ Rub for Beef, Poultry, Pork, Burgers, and anything else… While I am often not a fan of complex rubs and marinades – largely because I like the meat to speak for itself – this BBQ Rub is fabulous on just about anything and doesn’t detract from the flavor of anything you might […]

8 Tips for Making the Perfect Burger

“And If I’m in luck, it’s broiled hockey puck…” (Tom Lehrer, “She’s My Girl”) Ah, the glorious hamburger.  So delicious.  So simple.  Or is it? We’ve all been there.  At least I have.  Burgers that are either still frozen in the middle, or turned into broiled hockey pucks.  Over the years, I’ve come up with […]

Santa Maria Tri-tip, Grilled Corn, Arugula Salad and Garlic Sourdough Toast

A California Central Coast classic, this meal is the perfect complement to a warm summer evening spent near the grill with friends and family. Time: 60 – 90 Minutes Level: Intermediate Cost: $6-8/plate Serves: 4-6 About This Meal Tri-tip is a California classic cut of beef that comes from the bottom of the sirloin.  It […]