Saturday, April 28, 2007

The Thrill of the Grill



Big picnic this afternoon and I volunteered to cook. I don’t often get a chance to cook on such a massive scale so it is a nice change of pace burgers and dogs were on the menu, simple fare, but a picnic mainstay. There was a nice grill already built in so no worries, there. I had a lot of help from Mrs. Phos and used an old trick where as the burgers near completion I toss them into an aluminum pan to simmer in beer. They finish cooking in the brew and the beer adds a little flavor.



The Wx was very cooperative, it was supposed to be scraping the bottom side of 100 today, but it only made it up into the low 90s – a real plus when standing in front of a hot grill. I wore welder’s gloves to protect my hands, but have to see about finding some that come further up my arm. I have a bit of a burn where unprotected flesh met the heat.

I had a lot of fun, the grilling was a hoot and the people were great; it was a very pleasant way to spend the afternoon.



18 Comments:

At 6:51 PM, Blogger /t. said...

sounds
great, phos

here's a tip
from north of the border... we throw our burger patties on buns and drink our beer cold

you're braver than me offering to cook for all of those hungry folks (quite a good number judging by the bottom photo) -- must be very satisfying to bring it all off

/t.

 
At 7:29 PM, Blogger wallycrawler said...

Man I wish I was there with ya . I had to work . Beer and Hamburgers eh ? I gotta try that . Thanx !

 
At 9:40 PM, Blogger Dino aka Katy said...

in germany they spray the grill with beer (while drinking the rest) mhh have to try your way some day - sounds like you had fun was this work related?

 
At 10:42 PM, Blogger Cherry! said...

YUM!! Looks fabulous!

Check back at mine in around half an hour and you will see all the pics........FINALLY!!!

 
At 11:03 PM, Blogger Hammer said...

Nice looking grill I need a new one.

I did fajitas and home made guac salsa black beans and spanish rice today.

 
At 11:18 PM, Blogger L>T said...

Oh God I'm hungry now. For red meat even. Since I started this vegetarian diet you would not believe how great meat grilling on a BBQ smells. It's the only time I ever miss it.

that is a big crowd. Family reunion?

 
At 4:59 AM, Blogger Little Lamb said...

Looks good, I'd like my burger rare, please.

 
At 5:05 AM, Blogger Kirsten N. Namskau said...

Ohhh Phos ... This looks so good. And it's such a nice time when you enjoy what you are doing.

 
At 11:50 AM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

/t.: Good tip /t., we usually do that as well, however, if you grill some bratwurst to get a nice crisp outside, then simmer them slowly with chopped onions in beer for an hours you’ll have a real treat, I promise.

wc: You’ll have to come on over next time. Actualy naytime, a sit is a rare day I don’t; have the grill fired up for dinner. It si so nice out here it would be foolish not to grill – that and it keeps from heating up the house.
The soak in hot beer is a great way to finish off the burgers after you sear ‘em on the grill – works great for brats – even better if you toss in some chopped onion!!! I keep a disposable aluminum pan of beer and onion right on the grill. Next: Beer can chicken.

dak: I miss Schwenkbraten. I actually thought of you because I got to visit with a German customs officer visiting from Stuttgart. It was nice to talk about Germany. I miss it a lot. This was a squadron picnic, and as they have been so nice to me I feel it is a good way to pay back a little of their hospitality. I play Santa for their kids as well (if you can imagine ol’ Phos as Santa).

Cherry:I did stop by, but must’ve been too quick on the trigger – I will visit today though, I promise!!

hammer: It is a built in at the park. I like it, but there’s no way to take the grid off to add charcoal, you have to lift it as high as it will go on the brackets and kind of push the charcoal in. I have a Barba-Chef charcoal grill at home and I don’t know how I ever grilled without it. I have had it seven years and it still cooks like a champ.

l>t: Vegetables are great – I grill a mixture of zucchini, chayote, and summer squash with red onion, yellow bell peppers, and Portobello mushrooms. I have just cover with a splash of olive oil and a dash of Italian spice, and grill it in a special pan I have (it is like a non stick wok with small holes in it to let the heat and smoke through. The folks are part of the squadron I work with, so it is kind of an adoptive family.

ll:That’s how I like mine. I have a theory that the more you cook meat the more flavor evaporates. I love my steaks browned on the outside and thawed in the middle. Come on over on your vacation– AZ is near TX. Let me know when you’re on your way and I will toss something on the grill for you!!

kirsten:Right you are Kirsten. I love to cook for folks and couldn’t pass on this opportunity. Everyone comes away happy!!

 
At 4:09 PM, Blogger C&J said...

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At 4:15 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

c&j: Not a bad idea...

 
At 4:30 PM, Blogger Fuff said...

Whoops! Sorry Phos. Was signed in as someone else!

 
At 5:29 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

fuff:Aha! The Secret Life of Fuff revealed!! Nice Flat.

 
At 5:48 PM, Blogger Little Lamb said...

We know how to eat our meat.

 
At 5:59 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

ll: Why yes we do!! My favorite is very rare prime rib...

 
At 2:54 AM, Blogger caramaena said...

Mmmm looks yummy. I'm hungry now :)

 
At 9:43 PM, Blogger Chickie said...

Mmmm, that looks tasty! Food cooked on the grill is the best! I like your hat.

 
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