Summertime Grilling

July 24, 2009

I love  summer. On the ranch, it means warm nights and BBQs with friends. We have a custom-made, mobile grill that works really well for feeding a crowd. It attaches to a pick-up truck with a trailer hitch and can go where the crowd is. In the past few weeks, we’ve used it to grill hamburgers on our field day and steaks at our branding.

The beauty of a BBQ is its simplicity. We use oak wood and adjust the grill (via the crank) to lower the meat just far enough to cook, but not too much. We also use the grill to toast San Juan Bakery sourdough (drenched in garlic and melted butter) and kidney beans cooked in bacon, brandy and onions, in my Grandma Leite’s bean pot. With the right pan, preferably a dutch oven, you can saute a sauce to pour over the beef as it is served, right off the grill.

Summertime grill feeds a crowd

Summertime grill feeds a crowd

If you haven’t made it to one of our field days, we hope to see you next year … we promise you won’t be disappointed!

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