After another night of thunderstorms and rain, I was up early to roll the trash barrel out to the street. I figured if I put it out last night, it could have been blown over by the wind, dumping out garbage all over the street…so I got up a 7:30 (yes!) today, and by the time I was done with that, I was wide awake and decided to stay up.
There are more prescriptions to pickup, but have chosen to wait until the last possible minute to go get those.
I did crank up the bbq pit yesterday, and cooked some Italian dressing with lemon pepper marinated chicken breasts, my bbq hot wings, and some burgers, that I flattened out to the size of a fry pan with a roll pin.
I decided to cook them mid afternoon to beat the rain…good thing too, as the rains came later, after I finished cooking, and put the grill away.
I usually use ground buffalo mixed with ground chuck for the burgers, but my ground buffalo turned out to be Angus beef disguised as buffalo; they are packaged the same in the squares. The buffalo will keep the burgers from shrinking as much, due to the low fat content. I cooked 4 8oz patties, that shrunk to the size of a large bun, which I didn’t have…no matter. Very good. The buffalo burgers can break easily, and that’s why I mix the ground chuck; with it’s fat content, it makes the burgers more…pliable, shall we say. A broken burger on the grill is bad, as they usually fall into the fire.
I cook the burgers with the chicken breasts, as the breasts were HUGE. I had to leave them on until everything was cooked to get them done, they were so thick.
The hot wings are on second after burgers come off as they have to be brushed with their marinade, and cooking on too high a heat will burn the sauce, so they cook slowly and are turned often.
I also discovered that I need to replace both grates on my Weber; lo and behold, both Lowe’s and HD were out of them. My chimney starter needs replacing too, as it has now rusted through. It was a shitty one anyway, the way the handle attaches.
The grates are supposedly stainless steel, but they rust badly. I figured it is because I leave the charcoal in to burn down before covering, and leave everything there. Even though technically, the charcoal is not hard wood, it has hard wood in it. Hard wood ash mixed with water makes what?……Lye…very corrosive.
I bought some welding gloves to aid in handling the hot utensils, and being so close to the fire…they work well. I haven’t figured out how to keep the smoke from following me around though except for wearing goggles.
I made some oven fries, and they were the best I ever made.
I think I’ll take the night off from cooking tonight, unless there is a request for more fries.
Sure would like some cheesecake though…