I like to cook – its relaxing, and its rewarding when you make some thing others enjoy. And I especially like grilling – haven’t always been very good at it, though. One of the running jokes in my house is about my famous “Three Alarm Pork Chops”, named after an incident when I was a paramedic in Jensen Beach and literally burned up the pork chop dinner I was making for my partners and my wife. It wasn’t pretty…
I’ve gotten a little better… with a little help from friends and the occasional “ah ha” moment. Like the one I had a week or two ago when I cooked ribeye steaks exactly as one of my cookbooks dictated. Best steaks ever, my guests said. The book? Weber's Big Book of Grilling. Got it as a Father’s Day gift maybe 5 or 6 years ago. I’d occasionally pulled a recipe out – a rub here, a marinade there – but I’d never really read the grilling instructions. Scary – grilling over very high heat, with the lid closed… never done it. But, I can tell you first hand – it works!
Tonight it was burgers. Make burgers (however), heat grill to 500 degrees, turn the gas to Medium, put the burgers on and close the lid. In 4 minutes, turn. In three minutes, put the cheese on for a minute, then take them off. Check for 160 degree internal temperature – and perfect burgers! How easy was that?