Food for Thought – July 2, 2013

Soon we’ll be again celebrating our Independence. Lots of us will be grilling. Here are a couple of ideas from some famous people.

The first idea is a burger from Sang Yoon of Father’s Office restaurant in Santa Monica.

Burger: The best burgers are made from ground chuck roast. Start off with 8 oz. meatballs, then flatten them. (They will shrink.)  He doesn’t add anything. Just dust with coarse Kosher salt and fresh black pepper, literally the second before you put it on the grill. Leave for 4 minutes on each side for a nice, even char. For toppings he suggests chimichurri sauce, arugula, fresh tomato and gruyere.

Next recipe is beef ribs from Tom Perini of Perini Ranch Steakhouse in Buffalo Gap, TX.

Ribs: First marinate ribs overnight in picante sauce or beer. When ready to grill, season with a dry rub; garlic, salt, pepper, maybe a little beef bouillon and oregano.

For fuel, try mesquite wood chips. Soak in water beforehand for a nice smoke. Then place ribs over a medium-heat grill (275 degrees). It will take at least 3 hours, so start early.

After 2 hours, wrap ribs in foil to help them cook faster and keep them moist. Tender ribs are good to gnaw on.

The following recipe comes from Better Homes and Gardens All Time Favorite Barbecue Recipes of 1977.

Over-the-Coals Popcorn

1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

3/4 tsp. chili powder

1/4 tsp. garlic salt

Dash cayenne

1/4 cup uncooked popcorn

In saucepan, combine all ingredients except popcorn. Set on edge of grill to keep warm. Tear off two 36″x18″ pieces of heavy-duty foil. Fold each in half to make an 18-inch square. Fold up sides, using fist to make pouches. In center of each, place 1/4 cup popcorn. Bring corners of foil together, squeeze tightly to seal edges, leaving room for popcorn to pop. Tie string securely around the top of pouches; tie each pouch to long handled barbecue tool or green stick. Hold pouches over coals, but not touching. Shake 6-8 minutes, till corn is popped. Open pouches; pour butter mixture over corn, tossing to coat.

Makes 9 cups.

This last thought from Psalm 4:9: “In peace I shall both lie down and sleep, for You alone, Lord, make me secure.”

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Until next time, Ellie