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The Juicy Lucy : A Minnesota Original

A golden sun waned over the house tops, casting long shadows across the green grass, whilst I banked a chimney full of coals to the side of the oldgoose in formation kettle grill. A delightfully cool breeze mingled through the pit-side Spruce and Cottonwood, and the heat from the fire, oddly enough, felt good for once. Tho you wouldn’t think from looking around, one sort of might get the sense that summer might be fading slightly. The sun, that precious, glowing orb aloft,  sure was a lot lower at supper time now, much lower than it was a couple of months ago. And darkness swallows the land earlier these days, when once we were still strutting up the 7th fairway, lovely beverage in hand, and basking in the warm, bright light there. And what about this breeze that felt so cool.  And the frequent fly overs of the Canadian geese, honking proudly on the wing. Something shifts amid us. Something elemental. Diurnal rhythms and little children afoot with colorful school packs. In Minnesota, we call this Autumn, or, the end of summer. And it is a glorious time to be alive. And even a better time in which to grill something edible.

Come with us, won’t you…To the pit, and let us show you what’s for supper.

We Patrons of the Pit, least wise we two blokes who offer forth this stuff, well, were from Minnesota. A place, don’t you know, of significant contribution to the betterment of man kind. For example, masking tape was invented in Minnesota. So was the roller blade. And if you’ve ever spent a winter up here, you’d also appreciate that we invented the one-piece long underwear get-up better known as the union suit. Later modified for that all-important “flap in the back“. Glory be, the game of Twister and the Breathe Right nasal strip, also, material spawn of Minnesota.  All good things, I think. But our personal favorite invention, and monument to food technology, has to be the venerable, Juicy Lucy.

The Juicy Lucy. Man. If you’ve never had occasion, lets just say that a closer marriage between meat and cheese, you will not soon divine. It’s rather simple, if not brilliant. Done proper, these hamburgers have residing inside them a copious pocket of molten cheese. Yes, cheese swaddled in meat. Every man’s caloric ideal. So pop your cholesterol pills as we continue on in our burger series, and take yourself a closer look at this Minnesota original.



Prep is easy. Easy as wrapping ground beef around a hunk of cheese. You can use any cheese you’d like too. We used Velveeta, which we admit, ain’t cheese. But it was all we had on hand, and besides, it melts like an iceberg in the Gobi desert. So wrap your ground beef, or baring that, if you’re the wife of a deer slayer, ground venison, around a commendable wad of your favorite cheese, and form it into a patty suitable to thee. Season it lightly, and make way for the grill. We seasoned ours today, with Lipton Onion Soup Mix, because it’s not just for soup you know. Proceed to ply your grill craft with great effect, and do hence what you were born to do.

We tossed on an onion for good measure. We like onions at the pit, and they are elementary to do.  One small onion was ample for this cook. Peeled and set over direct heat. Rolled about like an unsinkable pool ball. Whence the outer layers become tender, they will peel off with great ease, at the pinch of a tong, into gastronomic, smokey-tinted  petals that which shall adorn your monolith of meat. Graced with cheese. And patron to the pit. Man!

And of course, we toasted the buns.


The Juicy Lucy. A taste of Minnesota. And sure to win over your belly, where the wood smoke rises, and the seasons gently ebb. Amen.

*Note to our fellow patrons, who look forward to our weekly smattering of meat and prose. We will be on vacation next week, and unless the meat gods intervene, there shall be no post to speak of. We thank you for your on-going patronage, and may your grills and lives be active and full. 



25 responses

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  2. My mom used to make us these when we were little, and now I make them for my son – he likes grilled onions and blue cheese inside his! I may have to try Velveeta though – down here in the south, it counts as a cheese!

    September 20, 2013 at 9:59 am

    • Well, the south sounds more open-minded than the north!

      That’s cool tho, the little family tradition you have going. Food has a way of spanning the generations. Good stuff!

      September 20, 2013 at 10:03 am

    • Nick Trandahl

      Grilled onions sound amazing inside. I’d throw some pepperjack in there, however. I crave heat!

      September 20, 2013 at 11:07 am

      • Oh yes, that sounds good. That’s the joy of a Juicy Lucy!
        Now I need lunch

        September 20, 2013 at 11:11 am

      • That sounds great! I will have to use that next time!

        September 20, 2013 at 12:25 pm

  3. Nick Trandahl

    Indeed, you’ve done it again, gents! My stomach is a tumultuous snarling beast and my mouth seems to by the Land of a Thousand Lakes. This looks and sounds delicious, and as is usual for me, the descriptive naturalist prose in the intro set things in motion. Thank you for the great read!

    September 20, 2013 at 10:01 am

    • Thanks kindly, Nick! Hope you are able to tame the snarling beast with agreeable results.

      The opening paragraphs are my favorite too. They really don’t have all that much to do with the subject, but I don’t care. Somethings just need to be written. You know how it goes.

      Thanks again Nick. What a loyal readership you have become!

      September 20, 2013 at 10:07 am

      • Nick Trandahl

        The fools that are not among your loyal readership need to get their heads checked. PotP is one of my favorite blogs to read.

        September 20, 2013 at 10:57 am

  4. Liberty of Thinking

    Take care ye Good People, you will be missed!:-D

    September 20, 2013 at 1:13 pm

  5. Ahhhhhhhh, the venerable Juicy Lucy. Make mine Blu Cheese please 🙂 *salivating*. Enjoy the vaykay my Smokie Brutha … catch you on the flip side.

    September 20, 2013 at 4:52 pm

  6. laurie27wsmith

    Another tasty post, you guys have a future in writing. I guess you already know that. 🙂

    September 20, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    • Well we’ve been told that, at least. Still figuring out exactly how that might work tho. In due time.

      Thanks much Laurie!

      September 20, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      • laurie27wsmith

        I can only imagine it would be putting your recipes and prose into either an eBook or a paper one.

        September 21, 2013 at 12:57 am

  7. I had no idea how many things hail from Minnesota and a juicy Lucy, sounds really really good. Must introduce my Brooklyn friends to a Juicy Lucy!! Great post as always.

    September 20, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    • Ah yes, Brooklyn Blokes will take right to the Juicy Lucy I bet.


      September 20, 2013 at 6:26 pm

  8. The love of the Juicy Lucy began for me after seeing it on an episode of Food Wars. Oh how I wisheth forthwith right now for one. lol

    September 21, 2013 at 12:22 am

  9. You forgot perhaps the most useful office tool in the world that comes from Minnesota – Post-it Notes! Most of the world of schooling and business could not live without those!

    I feel for you with the changing seasons – Autumn in MN truly is awesome, but soon… (one year for me it snowed in early October and that that fell on the north side of the house stuck around until late March) winter will sweep in. I know that will not stop you and your hearty Minnesota cohorts.

    I will be thinking of you while I sit poolside eating a Juicy Lucy stuffed with queso fresca or queso blanca smothered in ajo and aji!

    Have a great vacation!

    September 21, 2013 at 6:56 am

  10. Get this in my face! In Germany eating some gnarly meats but now all I want is a juicy Lucy!

    September 21, 2013 at 6:30 pm

  11. Meat, cheese, onion and bread. How can you go wrong! Love your writing style. And I think I just might have to set myself up one of those snow webers this winter. Cheers!

    September 29, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    • Well then you sound like our sort of fellow!

      Thanks for checking in!

      September 30, 2013 at 8:44 am

  12. Cheers for liking my Collateral Lettuce post about KC bbq!

    I’m disappointed I didn’t get to try the Juicy Lucy, for I was too busy in St. Paul eating Hmong food. Though, if a long layover was in the cards…

    November 13, 2013 at 10:33 am

    • Aw too bad, if you like cheese burgers, you would have loved a Juicy Lucy! Maybe next time.

      Take care!

      November 13, 2013 at 10:38 am

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