FATHER'S DAY BARBECUE ESSENTIALS
Father’s Day is a wonderful time to honor the amazing, supportive men in our lives. What better way to celebrate than an old fashioned backyard barbecue? The smell of delicious food on the grill, the sound of children laughing, and the warm spring breezes will evoke a feeling of sweet nostalgia for days gone by.
There’s just something special about the flavor of food cooked on the grill. But, if you don’t have much experience with outdoor cooking, it’s easy to undercook or burn your food.
You don’t need to be a grilling expert to make an amazing outdoor meal. Here are the 5 most essential grilling techniques to guarantee peak flavor.
- Preheat your grill
Always preheat your grill prior to using it by lighting a fire and closing the lid for about 10 to 15 minutes. The heat will also loosen any remaining food bits, making it easier to brush them off.
Preheating your grill also helps prevent the meat from sticking to the grate for that perfect sear.
- Keep the grill lid down
We know it's hard because we always want to keep our eye on the food, but keeping the lid closed speeds up the cooking time and prevents the food from drying out. It also traps the smokiness which increases the flavor.
- Master the Heat
Fire directly under the food is best for small tender pieces of food. Indirect heat is best for larger cuts of meat that require more than 20 minutes of cooking.
- Tame the flame
Too many flares can burn your food. Keep the lid down to limit the oxygen inside the grill, which will also help extinguish the flare-ups.
What's so unique about a grilling is the seared taste. To develop this taste, avoid turning the food too much. Your patience is essential to allow the food to caramelize and brown. Most meats don't have to be turned more than once.
THE MAGIC'S IN THE DETAILS
Details are everything when it comes to presentation. A red checkered tablecloth paired with The Johnny Stoneware Dinnerware Set will both accentuate the feeling of nostalgia and provide a hint of modernity.
Consider adding a few small vases of wildflowers such as brown eyed susans or daisies to add a sweet, sentimental vibe to your table.
Meat isn’t the only thing that tastes better on the grill! The open flames bring out the best in many different kinds of vegetables including:
- Corn (serve it with Aioli)
- Sweet Potato
- Portobello Mushrooms
And even fruits such as:
- Peach (serve it with cinnamon or on top of a salad)
- Pineapple (serve it with honey)
Even your meat-eating guests will appreciate the delicious variety that these grilled fruits and vegetables provide.
Salads are another fantastic addition to your table. For an appetizing, filling option, consider a Mexican salad.
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- ½ cup corn
- ½ red onion
- 1 cup cooked black beans
- 1 avocado (ripe but firm)
- 1 jalapeño
- ½ cup cilantro
- 2 limes
- Salt and Pepper
Finely chop the red onion, jalapeño and cilantro. Dice the tomato and set everything aside. Add the quinoa, black beans, corn and all the chopped vegetables to a big bowl. Cut the avocado in half. Pit, peel and dice. Add to the salad. Season with salt, pepper, evoo and lime juice. Mix and Serve.
EASY PEASY, LEMON SQUEEZY
For a sweet twist on an old favorite, make a pitcher of strawberry pink lemonade. It only takes a few minutes to make, but your guests will be savoring the sweetness all afternoon.
- 1 ½ cups fresh squeezed lemon juice (around 8 lemons)
- 1 cup sugar
- 8 ounces fresh strawberries (remove stems)
- 6 cups water, divided
- Ice and fresh mint leaves
Juice the lemons. Reserve
Add the strawberries, sugar and 2 cups of warm water to a blender. Blend until smooth. Strain and add to a large pitcher. Push the liquid through with the help of a spatula. Add 4 cups of cold water and the fresh squeezed lemon juice. Add ice and garnish with extra strawberries, fresh mint and lemon slices.
Family games are a fantastic way to create a day full of laughter and unforgettable moments. To get your family moving, play a lively game of cornhole, volleyball, or flag football. Trivia or word games are a great way to allow elderly or disabled relatives to participate.
For unique family fun, consider creating a backyard obstacle course using hula hoops, milk crates, or whatever interesting hurdles you have in your own yard.
You’ve gathered your loved ones, cooked the perfect barbeque meal, and laid out the elegant Johnny Stoneware Dinnerware Set. All that’s left to do is enjoy making beautiful new memories with the people you cherish the most.