Get Outside and Fire Up the Grill this Summer
The thrill of the grill! It doesn’t matter what you’re cooking— veggies, chicken, beef, or fish — everything tastes better when it’s grilled. At least, it seems that way. One thing’s for sure: when the weather’s great and friends and family are gathered around the grill, life is good.
Grilling food has been around since the domestication of fire, about 500,000 years ago. It became popular in the U.S. in the 1950s, when many Americans moved from cities to the suburbs. Having big backyards and party-friendly patios made grilling a great way to socialize and celebrate.
American barbecue has four regional styles vying for grilling supremacy:
- Carolina-style is the oldest form of American barbecue. Carolina barbecue is usually pork, served pulled, shredded, or chopped, with a tangy sauce.
- Memphis barbecue is pit-cooked slowly and prepared either “dry” or wet”— dry and rubbed with spices or wet and brushed with a sweet-and-sour, tomato-based sauce.
- Texas barbecue is all about the beef. It’s usually dry-rubbed and smoked over mesquite with a tomato-based sauce served on the side.
- Kansas City barbecue is the best, in this author’s decidedly biased opinion. Kansas City barbecue includes both beef and pork drenched in the most delicious, sweet-hot, tomato-based sauce in the world.
Whatever your tastes, mDesign has tools and tips to make summer grilling fun.
First, let’s state the obvious: grilling is different from cooking in a kitchen. The kitchen has everything you need right there. The backyard? Not so much. Try a handy caddy or tote so you can bring supplies, like rubs, sauces, napkins, and utensils, out to the grill with you.
Next, round up your grilling tools. Yes, they are different from what you use in your kitchen. These utensils are longer and sturdier for flipping large slabs of meat. Don’t cram your grilling tools into the silverware drawer. Use one of mDesign’s clear, lidded bins to stay organized while grilling and to store when not in use. These bins are stackable so you can put your tote on top to take everything you need outside.
Grilling isn’t complete without a nice cold drink. Grab a beverage tub! This tub is deep enough to pack with ice and keeps your family’s favorite drinks cold. Plus, it has a chic, modern vibe that adds to your summer fun. No need to go back and forth to the fridge, just keep it handy next to your picnic table or grill.
Clean up doesn’t have to be a downer —try this bamboo brush combo. Great for tackling tough messes throughout your home, these brushes are ideal for scrubbing grease and grime off the grill.
Global Grilling Recipes
Grilling doesn’t have to mean plain old burgers and hot dogs. Check out these world cuisine recipes that are perfect for the grill and deliciously easy to make. Need activity ideas? Visit our S'mores and Backyard Fun blogs for more inspiration.
|Pork Banh Mi Burger|
|SERVES: 4 PREP TIME: 15 min COOK TIME: 20 min CALORIES: 55|
Pork Burger Patty
source: The MODERN PROPER
source: The MODERN PROPER
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Lisa Langford is a Senior Copywriter at mDesign
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