How To Lower Your Electric Bill : Cooking Out!
Well, its hot outside, and getting hotter, with a relative humidity to match the sultry basins of the Amazon jungle. What once seemed like an eternal Minnesota winter is nothing but a distant memory now, something we paw for in the parched recesses of our minds. A thermal reality has settled in over the land, by and far, and our pavement is like that of cookie sheets. Cows have willingly tipped themselves over, for to mire in the green grass there beneath the dappled shade. Community swimming pools and beaches are froth with wee screaming children and ageing women. Slurpee machines have run dry, and slip-n-slides have been deployed in red-carpet fashion, to usher in the summer heat. Even the tweety birds seek relief but from a small stream of cool water. Its hot out there folks. And what do think we’re going to do? Well light a fire of course!
Let it be said, the BBQ sciences lend themselves well to the warmer seasons. Firing up the grill is glorious in any dash of season, we’ll give you that, but grilling in summer has the distinct advantage of keeping your house cooler. Bringing the heat outside, as it were, for to rendezvous where it belongs. Why fight it. We keepers of the pit have long rolled with the flow of nature, and it’s not like our arms need be torqued to go forth and ignite our beloved cookers. It is our privilege, nay our duty, to procure our meals under such a beautiful sky. Whence the mercury soars headlong with the eagles, yes we are to be out there amidst it, putting meat to flame. And if all goes right, to tarry in the wake of these soft, lingering days, and revel in the moments patron to the summer folds.
Last night, with guests coming over, I was asked to produce some of our vintage hickory smoked sloppy joes. Now a loose meat sandwich like that is a perfect example. Here is a traditional dish, of which we have been told for years and even decades, that it had to be cooked over the kitchen range. Or does it? The more you delve into the smokey arts, the more you realize how many needless rules and postures, shackle our culinary experience. Who says you can’t make sloppy joes on the grill. Just do it. It has since become a pit favorite around here, merging the venerable loose meat sandwich with plumes of wafting hickory smoke. Man! For more on how to do this project on the grill, iffin you want to know such things that is, read our recent write-up matter. And then try it yourself!
So next time you’re pumping needless heat into your house whilst your air conditioner is slaving away, do it and yourself a favor, and bring your cooking to the pit. It might lower your electric bill a little, and probably your blood pressure too.