Two Men, Two Pits and a Blog

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 hot birdAmazon 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!

20130710_190811_edit0Let 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. 20130711_172624_edit0 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.

Grill on!!



14 responses

  1. Cooking outdoors is certainly a pleasure in the summer my friend, and you have put together an even stronger argument for folk to get out and cook.

    July 12, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    • Thanks Marcus. Just another excuse to play with fire!


      July 12, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      • Now, I love this one! All the best to you guys! No wonder all children want to be birds rather:-D

        July 13, 2013 at 2:35 am

      • A bird’s life indeed. Thank you sir. All the best and then some back at you!


        July 13, 2013 at 12:44 pm

  2. DUDE! It’s Hades HOT here in AZ!! You got it straight! Thank goodness for the grill!!!!

    July 12, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    • Amen. I’ve been to Arizona in the spring time before. And I’ve been there in the Autumn too. But I cannot divine living there in the summer. Yikes. Bless ya auntiedoni!


      July 12, 2013 at 10:29 pm

  3. Reblogged this on JeanClaudePitre.

    July 12, 2013 at 5:30 pm

  4. Liz

    I thought of your blog each night this week as I went grill-crazy. Just too hot to cook inside–everything you said about the cow tipping, thirsty tweety birds, etc is true.Knew you’d be really proud of me as I grilled bacon last night for BLTs. Hoo boy–it was good. And my cedar planks came yesterday 🙂 Hope you’ve liked deLizious on facebook as I’ll be posting photos hopefully soon. Also, you got a shout-out in my last blog post. You’ve really inspired me this summer!

    July 12, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    • Oh very cool! You’re coming along just fine. Bacon on the grill. Now cedar planking in your future. Life is good. Thanks for the shout out and will check in on your face book page soon!

      Thanks much Liz!

      July 12, 2013 at 10:27 pm

  5. Grilling is the only way to cook in this hot sticky weather!

    July 13, 2013 at 7:00 am

  6. Jake

    Normally agree – but my area had nearly 11″ of rain in June. July not much better. Can’t get outside!

    July 13, 2013 at 10:35 pm

  7. Reblogged this on Tangent and commented:
    Nicely written!

    July 14, 2013 at 5:17 am

  8. Reblogged this on მაგიური სამყარო.

    July 14, 2013 at 1:29 pm

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