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February 24, 2007

Grilling in Winter

David and I grill all year round. We grill in the dark, in the rain, in the snow. Our friends often express amazement at our propensity to grill all year, but fire is fire, and charcoal burns in all weather (though it can take a bit longer in the cold, wind, or rain).

David grew up eating nothing but grilled meat. It is the only way his dad knows how to cook, so if it wasn't grilled, it was take-out. Or sometimes both: take-out food reheated on the grill! David's dad is the grill master, and David has learned quite a bit from him. He makes excellent steaks, chicken, fish, ribs, porkchops -- really any meat tastes great when David grills it. His secret? "Salt and pepper the f--k out of it." Really, all it takes is salt, pepper, and charcoal. I love when David grills because I hate to cook, and he usually makes enough meat for two or three meals. Last night he grilled a whole chicken, so I'm off the hook all weekend. Grilling a whole chicken is something we learned how to do in the past year, and it is a fabulous technique. David cuts the spine out of the chicken (or we just have the butcher do it), so that it opens up and lays flat. Then we grill it skin side down for 12 minutes, skin up for 15, and skin down for another 10. It doesn't take much longer than grilling chicken in parts, and it stays much juicier.

Last night, David had to run out to the video store, so I got the chicken started. When I went out to put the bird on the grill, I was amazed to run into our neighbor, who was also outside grilling. This wouldn't have surprized me if the temperature were above freezing, but I thought only Merchants grilled in the dead of winter. Our neighbor, however, has a gas grill, and I'm still convinced that only Merchant do charcoal in the dead of winter.

Posted by eklanche at February 24, 2007 08:47 AM


Sounds yummy - I'd like to tickle my chicken-loving friends here. Do you cover the grill? And did you salt and pepper it first? Luckily, the only element I might have to contend with is the rain, and soon the dark will be less and less of a problem too. Thanks for the heads up about DST, by the way, I had no idea!! On one hand I'm delighted for the extra daylight. On the other, it's even further removed from when it used to be, the last Sunday in April, which was actually your birthday 28 years ago!

Posted by: khilfman@earthlink.net at February 24, 2007 10:14 AM

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