This post is part of a weekly series where I talk about the top ten things I'd like to focus on this summer. Each week I'll focus on one of the goals and share my thoughts behind it and any progress to date. You can read the original post here.
Goal #4: Use my grill at least once a week.
One of my goals for the summer was to use my grill at least once a week. I love grilled food, but sometimes it seems like too much work, or the weather doesn't cooperate, or I just forget to grill. I figured if I set it as a goal for the summer I would be more likely to make it happen.
I have a charcoal (Weber) grill, not a gas grill, which is why I think it's "work". I know a gas grill would be much easier and quicker, but there's something about food cooked on a charcoal grill.
This year I bought a basket for grilling vegetables, which have become my favorite thing. Last weekend I grilled kielbasa, new potatoes, onions, red peppers and green beans. I didn't grill the kielbasa in the basket but added them at the end in order to carry them into the house.
As usual, I learned a few things grilling vegetables. First of all, even though I cut the potatoes into quarters they still took longer than everything else. Next time I think I'll put them on the grill for a while before I add everything else.
I also learned that green beans don't really work in the basket because they slip through the holes. Next time I plan to wrap them in foil rather than putting them in the basket.
I typically grill on the weekends because I can get an earlier start than the days I work. I love putting everything on the grill and then sitting nearby with a cold beer while my dinner cooks.
Seriously, summer time is the best.