Sizzling meat on open flame, the smell of burning coals that smoke the lean meat to a medium well perfection, dripping in a confection of spice and marinade that only the one standing by the fire seems to know. In my family grilling is an artform, something passed from Grandfather to Father to Son; each one wielding their own talents towards a perfection. I always thought that for men it was in their blood; since the dawn of time, when men figured out how to use fire we’ve cooked meat over the open flame. Whilst I watch my husband and my son metaphorically dance around the fire that smokes our dinner to perfection, I think of how many women before me had once done the same.
It had been raining for days. I had planned this party for the weekend actually, not thinking about how Issac would find its way up into the Midwest and rain us out the entire weekend, so much of my plans went lopsided. Today was a beautiful day though and we finally got out in the warmth of the sun to have a nice dinner, despite losing some guests.
The best beef to grill for my family is a Lean 100% Angus Beef. You can check out all the different cuts and also how to tell if your cut or burger is fresh on Types of Beef Cuts. I’m never really sure when it comes to cuts of steak and I generally leave that up to my husband, but since I am the head grocery shopper in the family I was really thankful to have these useful printout infographics to help understand how to choose different cuts.
I went through the aisles for a long time before finally deciding on making some very classic mini burgers. These were stuffed Lean Angus Beef with bacon and cheddar cheese, what’s not to love! I topped it off with some delicious potato salad and baked beans in dripping brown sugar gravy, some beautiful corn bread and tossed some pickles and tomatoes on the side. You have to have a little palate cleanser! These are essential dishes of ‘home’ and although aren’t very fancy, I just felt that it was all close comfort foods. You don’t always have to get really fancy with Beef, most of the dishes usually made are what I consider ‘home comfort’ dishes: Beef Stew, Roasts, Soups and of course, Burgers. If you want some really great recipes to spice things up though, you should check out ‘Beef It’s What’s For Dinner’!
Even though things didn’t work out exactly the way they were supposed to this weekend. It was still a beautiful day, the scent of the grill still lingers around our home giving it the warmth of the end of summer and the beginning of fall. Watching my husband working the charcoal grill, my son watching his Father and my oldest giving me tips about how he would grill the beef just made me smile and look back through all the years that I had watched the great men in my life work their wonders over fire. My Step-Father actually has 3 different grills that he works simultaneously! The summer is ripe with fire and roasting meats and this was the perfect way to bridge the gap into Autumn.
If you happen to need some help on the grill, want to know some other styles of cooking various cuts or just want to learn some new tricks, you can find out a slew of information on Beef It’s What’s For Dinner. There are different sections for the styles to cook from Grilling, Broiling to Stir-Frying! Make sure to use your Meat Thermometer though, you don’t want to be caught with an underdone piece of meat for your kids.
You can learn how to make some great burgers by Steven Raichlen and many other chefs from video tutorials to easy reading recipes. There’s still a lot of sun and warmth left in the air, get outside and enjoy what we’ve been passionate about since the dawn of time – beef and fire.
I wrote this review while participating in a In Home Party campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and received product samples to facilitate my party and review, and a promotional item to thank me for participating.