When you are growing up, there are many things that you are warned are dangerous, including, but not limited to, fire. As you get older and mature, allegedly you transition from being scared of these things you were once warned about to being a master of them.
I specifically mention fire because it does hold a little of a fear factor for me, I mean fire is hot. Fire is always hot. Fire can destruct things but it also can take a piece of raw meat and turn it into some crazy deliciousness. Specifically when used in grilling.
So, the other day I had planned on making hamburgers and I thought to myself, well, it’s a balmy 32 degrees out, and I have charcoal, why not try and grill? So I did it. I packed that chimney full to the top of charcoal and put it in the grill with those those little starter pucks under it. I lit it up with a single match ( I know, ninja like, right?) and sat back and watched it smoke and flame and flame and flame. I was told that once the flames died down and the coal was ashy, I could dump my coals and begin cooking. But it took for ever…. Like at least 30 minutes and there were still flames. So finally, I just dumped it anyway, they were mostly ashy and that was when the magic happened.
I should back track and let you know that when I decided I was going to fire up the grill, I thought, well I’m using the charcoal anyway, so I pulled more meat out of the freezer. I boiled a pack of brats in beer, defrosted some chicken breasts and covered those with roasted garlic and herb seasoning and made my pound of grass fed beef into hamburger patties.
I feel like the grill could’ve been hotter but even still, it cooked my meat to beautifully brown and delicious and I couldn’t have been more proud of myself.
Now, I know that to many of you, this might not be a big deal, but here is the thing, it was a big deal. It was one of those things someone else always did for me and I felt I wasn’t able to do, but I said, f-it, I’m a grown up and I have a grill. If I want to use it, try and stop me. (inside my head, I just heard Beevus and Butthead – fire!)