Two Men, Two Pits and a Blog

Fire and Ice: The Rise of the Snow Weber

Over a steaming cup of tea, I glance out the window at the pit, watching spindrift swirl off the house in a fashion suitable maybe, for the weathered,  icy,  flanks of Everest. The mercury gauge read a sporty 5 degrees F, but the weather man said it felt more like minus 15, and I guess believed him. You kind of have to believe him I concluded, when it feels like your parking brake is engaged when you back down the driveway in the morning, only it isn’t  Yeah, it was cold out there alright. A vintage January day in Minnesota. The kind of day where you put on two or three shirts in the morning, and then you go about the business of getting dressed. I curled my toes in my warm socks, fingers cradling the hot, porcelain cup , and after a dash of consideration, I decided to do the only sensible thing I could think of – to go outside naturally, and ignite the Snow Weber!

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The Snow Weber, that’s what I’m calling it at least, is the tactile end result of our latest BBQ brain thrust. A frozen monument if you will, erected in a semi-stately homage, symbolic to all the keepers of the grill out there, who do not, and will not, save for a trip somewhere with a blue tag on their big toe,  take the winter off.  The faithful remnant possessing the macaroni to lay meat to flame whence the jaws of winter hath conspired against them. Carry the flame proudly brethren, for this is our story. A tale of fire and ice.
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Robert Frost postulates in his poem the virtues of world destruction either by the fire or by ice, figuring either, if we had to, would be pretty nice.  I wonder tho if he ever grilled in winter, or knew that the two forces could harmonize together for the betterment of his tummy. Because they can. And so it was, with pork chops in hand, I stepped out onto the wind-swept patio, and at once my left eye lid seared tight from the keen northern wind. I love it! Tenderly I placed the two chops on the hot grate, and admired them there for a spell.  The previous owners of which I’m sure knew each other back on their farm. Perhaps routinely getting together for morning slop, to discuss their lives, their hopes, and their dreams. Maybe they even aspired to make it on to this blog one day. Hmm. I shook off the thought, and dusted the chops with some Louisiana Fish Fry Cajun Seasoning instead.

After a while, and maybe even longer than that, I felt the compulsion to put the lid on, and go think about my life. Nothing quite so fine as repairing out in the yard with a 15 below cross-wind, whilst two pork chops sizzle on the snow grill. Glory! The art of winter grilling, if your wondering, is not to fight it. But to embrace it. To make the proverbial glass of lemon aid out of it. To meet it on it’s terms and not your own. That, and a degree of lunacy doesn’t hurt none either.

And supper is served, courtesy of, and inspired by:

Fire and Ice

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

-Robert Frost

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139 responses

  1. great post, especially after CT just got hit with 3 feet of snow

    February 11, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    • Three feet! Man! We had that much in one dump, many years ago. It was glorious. Allot of folk hated it, but I wasn’t one of them. That’s the sort of snow you remember through the years. The winter you will look back fondly on, and remember when. Take care.

      February 12, 2013 at 8:06 am

      • Thats exactly how i feel! Everyone hates it but i think its so cool. How many ppl get 3 feet of snow in one shot in their lifetime, not to many (unless u live in like alaska)

        February 12, 2013 at 8:22 am

  2. I love the poetry!

    February 12, 2013 at 10:59 am

  3. Genius idea

    February 12, 2013 at 1:40 pm

  4. Capt. Richard Barone

    Very original, thanks for such a mind opening twist of Minnesota culture and tasty photos.

    February 13, 2013 at 8:36 am

  5. Reblogged this on Specter6 and commented:
    Team Kilt should do something like this, don’t you think Arron? And blog it!
    ~S6

    February 13, 2013 at 4:34 pm

  6. Freakishly AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 13, 2013 at 9:13 pm

  7. This is awesome! If only I could set one of these up in NYC where I live!

    February 14, 2013 at 11:43 am

  8. millerjr

    Meat poetry? We over at Third Cardinal have found a pair of kindred spirits. Compelling and juicy writing. Thanks for it.

    February 14, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    • Indeed. Just expounding on the glories of meat, and where we cook it! Thanks for stopping by.

      February 14, 2013 at 5:29 pm

  9. This is so awesome! I’ve never seen anything like this before but it’s so unique and interesting. I would have never thought of a concept like this.

    February 14, 2013 at 5:19 pm

  10. Hilarious! All fiery totem and whatnot.

    February 14, 2013 at 10:06 pm

  11. I’m so glad I found someone who also knows the joys of snow braaiing (as we Saffers call BBQ-ing) There was a long time I thought I was the only loony!
    I do the Christmas roasts on the BBQ… come hell, high water or snow!! ;-)

    http://ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/busy-days-and-christmas-traditions/

    February 17, 2013 at 12:54 am

  12. So freakingly crazy that you are a genius …cannot see me doing it here in australia though !!

    February 22, 2013 at 7:17 am

    • Thanks!, Yeah such antics are kind of hindered by geographical boundaries. Unless you get yourself a snow machine and make your own. Hmm. The Snow Weber would indeed be more impressive standing on the fiery desert soils of Australia. Good luck on that!

      February 22, 2013 at 9:55 am

    • strivingfortiny

      Build one from sand and water :D

      February 22, 2013 at 8:21 pm

  13. strivingfortiny

    I have no doubt that if primitive man had a camera their Snow Weber would look just like that as well :D

    February 22, 2013 at 7:57 am

  14. Awesome!

    February 27, 2013 at 8:35 pm

  15. We are in full-on summer here, so it is lovely to see snow. What a cool idea

    February 28, 2013 at 3:57 am

    • I bet it is rather refreshing to see a pile of snow. Thanks for stopping by!

      February 28, 2013 at 9:50 am

  16. Cool blog, can I re-blog some of your recipes? I also write for 2 other blogs, and food editor on another.

    March 7, 2013 at 11:00 am

    • Certainly, go for it, Chef! Most people don’t even ask, but it’s cool that you did. We appreciate it.

      What are the other blogs your associated with? Would be fun to check them out some time.

      Take care,
      -POTP

      March 7, 2013 at 2:34 pm

  17. Lovely blog, great visuals!

    March 10, 2013 at 10:09 pm

  18. Truly, thou hast thy stones intact:
    Thou cringest not at Nature’s act,
    But bravely thou dost venture forth
    To grill, though wild winds from the North
    Do threaten all thy strength to seize,
    And from thy bod, thine ass to freeze.
    Thou grillest chops in climes most rude:
    Thou provest that THOU ART THE DUDE!

    March 19, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    • Dang! That was awesome. You move me. Easily the most creative reply of the bunch. Thouest art the real dude! Carry on!

      March 19, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      • I be a babe, rather than a dude… but I do thank thee all the same. Keep on grilling, man! :-)

        March 20, 2013 at 5:33 pm

  19. I can’t imagine how you dudes found our little garden website but thanks for the “like”! Your experience with the winter Weber had me remembering the days when we used to barbecue on cold winter nights after a hard day’s skiing in Quebec. Of course, only my husband was actually outside; the rest of us supervised, drinks in hand, from our chairs near a cosy indoor fireplace.

    March 19, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    • Well, I actually like gardening. Not saying I’m any good at it, but there is a desire to learn. Plus there is something very comforting to the soul, about watching a garden grow. Even more so when I can pick something from it, and toss it onto my grill!

      March 19, 2013 at 5:51 pm

  20. Found your blog through ‘foodisthebestshitever’ and glad I did – love the poetry, love the dedication to the pit – there’s some seriously good shit happening on this blog :)

    April 9, 2013 at 5:56 pm

  21. That is simply kick ass. I loved this article!

    May 31, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    • Thanks Mike! Just checked out your blog. You got something good brewing over there yourself! Keep after it!

      May 31, 2013 at 2:30 pm

  22. Brilliance! It’s a cross between a snowman and an oven!!! :-P

    January 17, 2014 at 11:00 am

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