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Easy Grilling: Meat and Potatoes!

Chlorophyll. It’s a fancy word, which to a Minnesota-bound, Patron of the Pit,  means “easy grilling! ” You’ll know you are in the presence of good chlorophyll by the cottonwood leaftell-tale beads of sweat adorning the outside tin of your man drink, not to mention your brow. You’ll know it also by the length of clock in which you can span pit-side with out in turn your feet going numb, and your eye brows frosting over. Chlorophyll is a wondrous pigment that not only tarries the summer long in tree and bush and long, steely, blades of grass, but it is also a gesture in green, to milder times and a warm, setting sun.  For there was a time, not too long ago in fact, where it felt like summer would never show. Entrenched we were, in four feet of snow, icicles clinging to our homes, and the smart people of the world all rolled their BBQ grills into the garage for the winter. But not us. Not we die hards of pit and flame. Nay, for better or for worse, we stood vigil at our posts, whilst the Alberta Clippers descended across the land. A swath of wind so cold you got the ice cream head ache thing going on, save for the benefit of the ice cream part. Not fair.

Summer time is easy grilling. I like earning my ice cream head aches the proper way, with a hot fudge malt in front of my face, with my feet up,  and an old fishing hat shading my eyes. A summer time repair, if you will. To think about how far things have come along. Like how I fancy the green leaves of the Cottonwood tree, which look so lovely, down by the pond. I like how they tremble and clack in the gentle, summer breeze. I know those leaves are hard at work, doing photosynthesis and other scientific things, along with all the other chlorophyll clad inhabitants, working together in one-accord to bring life-sustaining mojo to this fair land. I appreciate that a lot. And my does it make for some rather fine grilling. What sheer pleasure it is to repair pit-side on long summer days like these, base ball game on the radio, cool beverage in hand, warm sunbeams melting through the tree tops, and a breeze so gentle and so sweet, ’tis like a kiss blown from angels on high. It is well for a year-around pit maestro to revel in such things, nay it’s our privilege. For we have seen winter’s tempest, felt her keen sting,  and have fired up the barbie on the dark side of the moon. Today shall we say,  is easier than that.

On the pit today, nothing too special or elaborate. Just the steak and potatoes thing every man hankers for. And a couple other odds and ends you’ll probably like too. So grab a lovely beverage for yourself, and meet us out by the grill, and we’ll tell you more about it, and how it went and came to be.



It started out humble enough, with a few potatoes dice into manageable and equal sized chunks. Some people call them hobo potatoes, other folk call them tinfoil potatoes. What they really are is… Good! Diced, a couple pats of butter, seasoned with salt and pepper, wrapped in foil and placed over direct heat for the duration of the cook. About 20 minutes or so. Good eating! See our previous write up , tin foil potatoes, if you want to learn more. Next on the pit were a nice set of rib eyes, maybe our most favorite steak. Seared over direct heat a couple of minutes per side, and then tucked back indirect, lightly seasoned in garlic and onion salt. This was going to be it, a nice smattering of meat and potatoes. Everything a man needs to set him straight again. But then my bride brought home some asparagus and some corn on the cob, just in the nick of time to hit the pit. And thus it did. The little grill was filling up!

Nothing is quite so fine as some quality outdoor cooking, under lovely skies, and soft breezes. Oh we could cook all of this indoors, over the expensive, thermostatically controlled  kitchen range – but why! It would be a pity to miss out on those warm, golden sunbeams that which took a winter in the making to appreciate. Likewise the blooms of the wild Iris’s, and the playful melodies of bird song in the Spruce. Of cloud shadows sweeping past, and hard-working honey bees pollinating the radishes and the pole beans which daily reach for the sky. Nay, we don’t want to miss out on these things. These wondrous and endearing gifts, and easy grilling,  all-in-one,  and patron to the pit. Amen.



Grilled rib eyes, tin foil potatoes, asparagus spears and corn on the cob. Oh yes! It won’t get too much better than this folks. Nor be nearly so much fun.

40 responses

  1. Nice work Patrons, lovely food that warms the soul.

    July 2, 2014 at 3:11 pm

  2. Rib eye is my favorite cut, so tender and really flavorful, this is the perfect meal. That is my idea of a BBQ for the 4th.

    July 2, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    • Same here. Rib eyes are indeed the best. What can I say, they got a lot of fat!

      Happy 4th to you and yours!

      July 2, 2014 at 3:54 pm

  3. great reading as ever!

    July 2, 2014 at 3:56 pm

  4. Uh-huh, that’s right, I’ve got my knife and fork in hand…YUM! You rocked that one POTP! ALOHA y’all!

    July 2, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    • Aloha Auntidoni! Thanks. If alls I ever had for supper was meat and potatoes, I think I’d be just fine. Many thanks, and happy 4th to you and your family.


      July 2, 2014 at 4:12 pm

  5. I’ve never met a man that didn’t love steak and potatoes. This girl loves them too.

    July 2, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    • Yeah I guess it’s a worldwide, gender-spanning, favorite. And for good reason!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      July 2, 2014 at 5:18 pm

  6. Sounds like you are defrosting nicely. We’ve hit triple digits already a couple times. Fine looking ribeyes fellas, and a nicely crafted tome. 4th weekend is a big Paella cook for me (complete with guests from the South of Spain), hopefully I can add another entry with details.

    July 2, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    • Many thanks. Never had Paella before. I bet it’s tasty. You sure eat exotic out there in the land of triple digits. Stay cool then, Mr Quincho. Until next time!

      July 2, 2014 at 5:23 pm

  7. Ron Duke

    G’day Patrons, what a perfect meal and as always a beautiful read. A very happy July 4 to you all !!

    July 2, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    • Hey it’s Ron! Nice of you to drop by old chap! Thanks for the well wishes and thoughts. Hope all is good enough on your end of the world.


      July 2, 2014 at 5:29 pm

  8. Aw shit, you’ve done it again. You boys never fail to get the juices flowing!!

    July 2, 2014 at 7:46 pm

  9. You write so, so well. It’s always a treat to come over here and have a good, drool-worthy read. I also view rib eye as the best steak for an easy grill… one of my mates will argue til his nose bleeds that scotch fillet is the best, but I might just send him over here for a good read! Haha. Love the idea of the foil wrapped potatoes. And the fine beverage. This is my idea of an ideal start to the weekend!

    July 2, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    • Laura, thank you for that. Truly. I’m with you, if it gets better than rib eyes, I don’t know about it yet! Take care and many thanks for the kind words.

      July 2, 2014 at 9:35 pm

  10. Liz

    Perfect. Steak (rib eye!), potatoes, corn on the cob, asparagus–heaven on earth. As you well know, I’m a big believer in the simple stuff. And your post is exactly why. The ice cream sounded good, too 🙂 Do you have a favorite kind?

    July 2, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    • Many thanks Liz. Golly, favorite ice cream you ask? Probably anything deep in chocolate flavor. Can never go wrong down that road. We have a Big Dipper near by I’ve been making the acquaintance of now and then, and they have all matter of flavors, and two of my favorites there have been chocolate Oreo and blueberry cheese cake. There are so many I e creams I need to try, Liz. But I must pace it. Don’t wanna buy bigger pants yet.

      Thanks Liz. Happy 4th to you and yours.

      July 2, 2014 at 9:41 pm

  11. Great outdoor cooking! And nice sing-song tune that somehow rang in my ear while reading your post. Indeed is inspiring to cook 🙂

    July 3, 2014 at 4:42 am

    • Very nice! And many thanks. Hope you’re able to get outside and cook!

      July 3, 2014 at 8:13 am

  12. laurie27wsmith

    I don’t think you can go wrong with something as good as meat and potatoes. It must be thrilling having all the lovely summer weather after your epic winter?

    July 3, 2014 at 6:35 am

    • Well I’ll tell you you this, and it seems true; one’s capacity to appreciate beautiful weather is always higher having first endured the climatic inverse. Or something like that. I dunno. But yes, very much enjoying some proper weather for once.

      Thanks Laurie!

      July 3, 2014 at 8:39 am

      • laurie27wsmith

        I guess you could say that in summer the smoking’s serene and in winter the grilling is gruelling. 🙂

        July 3, 2014 at 6:23 pm

  13. Our friends at Patrons of the Pit are at it again, proving you don’t have to live South of the Red River to do great things to meat! Enjoy. It will get your mouth watering for July 4th Grilling! Hyatt

    July 3, 2014 at 10:28 am

  14. Reblogged this on THAT DANG OL' SHOW.

    July 3, 2014 at 11:45 am

  15. Happy 4th of July to you my Smokie Brutha (I know it’s tomorrow … I just wanted to be the first) 🙂

    July 3, 2014 at 4:10 pm

  16. The genius is in the simplicity!

    Looks great!


    July 4, 2014 at 12:01 pm

  17. bbqmanbe

    Reblogged this on BBQ blog by Jupilerman and commented:
    Waarom moeilijk als het ook makkelijk kan…

    July 5, 2014 at 4:55 am

  18. Well played. Looks great!

    July 5, 2014 at 9:07 am

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  20. It is our philosophy here at the mrdodd headquarters, “Why cook it indoors, when you can cook it outdoors and drive your neighbors insane with jealousy?”

    July 12, 2014 at 6:46 am

    • Nice. Yes one has never reached his true bbq potential I suppose, until he can hear his neighbors groaning over the fence.

      Take care, Mr Dodd!

      July 12, 2014 at 10:55 am

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