Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Fourth of July Beach Cookout

Grilling on the beach was something I'd really been looking forward to doing this year, and it did not disappoint. Around 5pm the wind started to pick up a little and cleared away all the sun bathers, so we though it would be a good time to light the coals. It was slightly challenging getting coals started in direct wind without the charcoal chimney I normally use. Once the flame caught I put the lid back on leaving a 2 inch game over the side with the coals banked. This in conjunction with the side air vents on the Smokey Joe Gold seemed to keep things burning.

Take that, offshore winds!

I wanted to let the ribs smoke for at least an hour, using the apple wood chips I had found in the local hardware store. To tide us over, I made some kabobs with fresh pineapple, onion, peppers and shrimp. These cooked real fast, and kept us entertained while some more of that delicious corn we had on sunday was streaming. One thing I noticed was that the shrimp readily absorbed the smokey flavor and also dried out rather quickly. I'm not sure if this was because they were on the small size for grilling, or if it was because they had been pre-cooked when we bought them. Either way, I'm going to have to delve into shrimp grilling a little bit more and try to crack this. The fresh pineapple was delicious as usual.

I guess thats the cool thing to do now?


The ribs cooked for just about an hour and a half, with the rub forming a delicious looking crust. I brushed them down with some Sweet Baby Ray's honey bbq sauce and let that caramalize for another 15 minutes. Just as we were getting ready to take them off a few drops of rain sizzled on the grill lid. As we got the ribs inside it just started to pick up so we dodged a bullet and enjoyed our meal while watching the storm go by.

Ribs and Corn

Delicious Ribs

Please note Cassie's delicious home made sangria in the above photo. The ribs were delicious, with just enough of a smoke ring around the inside to convince myself that one can take a serious stab at doing actual barbecue on a grill, even a small one like the Smokey Joe.

//update: the Flickr photo group Bar-B-Qued Ribs asked for me to submit that photo to them! Super cool, check out all the food porn they've collected.

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Vacation Begins

Today Cassie and I arrived in Provincetown on Cape Cod and spent a wonderful afternoon of doing precisely nothing. Eventually we got around to venturing out and acquiring some of the goods that make doing nothing so much better, specifically food and beer. At the local hardware store I picked up a Smokey Joe Gold and some charcoal. We weren't looking to break into any culinary circles quite yet, so the evening menu consisted of some good corn and a few hot dogs.

Provisions

Ah, that new grill smell.

The Smokey Joe Gold has one neat feature that my alley grill at home lacks: a built in handle that also serves to lock the lid in place, making it possible to carry the grill while the coals are still somewhat hot. I'm thinking this should make it feasible to take the grill down to the beach, a whole 20 feet away from our porch, to grill in the sand on of these nights, and then bring it back up after cooking. Can't imagine a better fourth of July.

Breaking in the new grill.

Classic

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