Monday, September 26, 2016

MY BARBECUE SEASON IS OVER!

     What's that you say? Barbecue season is never over.

     I know you can barbecue all year including where I live. I barbecued a Christmas turkey with my daughter one year. It was great.

      Well barbecue season is over and I'll tell you why. I have the cleanest barbecue in North America! The micro manager is meticulous about cleaning the barbecue. You clean your barbecue?  Yes we do.  Every last surface is cleaned of grease and grime. The briquettes are taken out and wiped off! The whole barbecue is dusted. The racks are soaked in the house so all buildup is removed.

     Now if you're going to do this much cleaning it has to be warm. Today was a warm day and it might be the last so the barbecue was cleaned today.

    So what did we barbecue yesterday?  Well steak! (Not one of my favorites.) But we did have one of my all time favorites which I will never get tired of. I like sliced potatoes, carrots and onions with margarine wrapped in tinfoil. Throw in a little salt and pepper and you have some tasty eats. If it browns a little on the bottom so much the better. You can also put in tomato slices if you like.

    Now another one of my favorites is to have sliced onions, grated carrot and hamburger. Don't forget the salt and pepper. Wrap it in tinfoil and away we go. I first had this at a large cub camp. The kids came through a line and took as much of each item as they wanted. They wrapped it in tinfoil. Their initials were put on their  package. An adult did the barbecuing. This was a big hit with the cubs and me!

    So my barbecue has been put to bed for another winter!

     How about your barbecue? Does it get scrubbed? Do you barbecue all year? How's winter barbecuing with you?



36 comments:

  1. Since we don't have a true winter here in Hawaii, I guess we can barbecue all year long. My husband hates to barbecue because he HATES cleaning the grill. I love the idea of grilled veggies on the barbecue though. Yum...

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  2. Nope we have a brush and it gets brushed and then let the heat burn off what it can! Oh steak on the grill is one of my favorites. My girls call the hamburger, onion, potato and carrot foil wrapped dinner Gorslop, I call it Hobo Dinner and I love it especially topped with a bit of cheese before serving:)

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    1. Most people are not particular about the grease and stuff on their barbecue. I see that there are many variations of foil cooking!

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  3. Looks like a nice evening with friends. I haven't had an outdoor barbeque for many years. I don't like to clean it.

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    1. The photo shows people at a buffet that was catered to.

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  4. Grilled veggies are the best! We have a barbecue but it belongs to our landlord, and I don't think we've ever used it. Dave insists that he cooked on it once but I don't remember it so, as far as I'm concerned, it doesn't count. :)

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    1. Foil wrapped veggies have an endless combination.

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  5. I admit we don't use the barbecue that much. It is always a hassle to get the fire on with lots of puffs and it takes ages to get something well-done. We apparently are doing something wrong...

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    1. You barbecue the real way with briquettes. It's harder but you do learn and it works very well.

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  6. mine hasn't been used in well over a year. :)

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    1. You do have to make an effort to get out and barbecue. It's easier if you can eat outside.

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  7. No barbeque for me at all, but that first vegetarian number sounds great! Good for you for having a spic and span BBQ! :-)

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    1. You can do an endless combination of veggies in foil.

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  8. Oh I used to make foil dinners when my kids were in scouts and on family camping trips. They were so good! We usually put the grill away around late October when the rains start in earnest.

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    1. I guess I'm just a big kid at heart when it comes to barbecue eats.

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  9. Not often in the winter. I kept ours spotless for a while but found I avoided grilling because I didn't want to get the grill dirty. I finally said to heck with it.

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    1. Good idea to say the heck with it and enjoy some good food.

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  10. I don't think my mom ever cleaned her grill. She'd be lazy enough to get a new one instead though hers were always the small ones

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    1. Some people use them until they fall apart. If they're not kept up they soon fall apart.

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  11. I don't scrub my BBQ. When finished, I cover the grill with aluminum foil and leave the as on for twenty minutes until the grill is covered in ash, which I brush away.

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    1. That sounds like a good hint. I'll try it.

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  12. I cook year round. I let the fire clean the gill and use a wire brush. I like foil meals and sides also.Memorial Day I cooked with a friend and we cooked 7 whole briskets and seven cases of baby back ribs for a thank you to Hospice for caring for his wife.His grill is on a trailer.

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    1. Most people let the fire do the work. This is what happens when the barbecue is used in the summer. when we put it away , it gets the special cleaning.

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  13. I hardly ever clean our barbecue. I think the charred blackness of the wires adds to the barbecue taste. By the way - we always use charbon du bois lit with kindling wood. No fancy gas barbecue for us.

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    1. You use the original barbecuing method. I used briquettes for many years and you get used to it and do a good job. I think flavor is better using briquettes.

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  14. I think it's fantastic that you clean your BBQ. We don't have one anymore (we got rid of it last year and have yet to pick one up) but when we did, we used to clean it. Not as thoroughly as you, but still.

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    1. The cleaning I described is at the end of the year when the barbecue is put away.

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  15. We do foil packet potatoes, and foil packet meals too. Love them.
    We use a gas grill now, except for cooking the Christmas turkey on the Weber Kettle grill. The racks get scraped, but that's about the limit of the cleaning.

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  16. I love those foil packet meals! Called Hobo meals here in Texas or Scout meals. We are in the country at our camper this week and this sounds like a perfect dinner for tomorrow...or the next day....

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  17. We are probably the only people on our street that doesn't have a barbecue Red. We gave ours away years ago. Don't think badly of me :)

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  18. Hi Red, Wow, where was the banquet? Sure like the looks of it! Well, yes, I BBQ the year around. I occasionally clean the grease out of the bottom, however, I just let the flames clean the grate during the preheat before I start cooking. I am surprised steak is not your favorite ... it sure is mine! :-) Steak and baked potato is my all time favorite meal. Now, I do enjoy those "wrapped in foil" meals! However, I've never tried hamburger wrapped up with vegetables as you mention. Gonna do it ... maybe tonight! :-)

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  19. We do clean the barbie well from time to time, but we don't put it away now that I live in South Carolina. There is no month it doesn't get used at least a couple times. We love grilled veggies as well as veggies cooked in foil. Have you tried grilling your potatoes, onions, carrots, etc? So delicious!

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  20. Wish my husband would cook more on the grill. He did grill each of us a small steak on several Saturday evenings this summer, but it's my job to clean the grill before he cooks. I need to try those vegetables in foil. That sounds good.

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  21. Growing up, we didn't have a barbecue. I think my parents didn't really care to do all that, so it wasn't something that was around.

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  22. I used to have a Franklin Stove in the basement of our first house with a grate that could swing in and out. BBQ and picnic season never ended even in the dead of Minnesota winter...:)

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