Sunday, May 2, 2010

Two women and a charcoal grill

Dad was heading out for the night, leaving mom and I to cook together and eat a yummy dinner together. Our goal - beef kabobs on the grill. Mom and I are very capable women, so we could handle it.

Dad, anticipating a wrong move, kindly pulled the grill out of the garage, filled it with charcoal, set out the lighter fluid, and gave us strict grill instructions before driving away for his stag party.

Why do men think we women are incapable of grilling? I just don’t get it. I always hear men saying things like, “Yeah, I can grill a meaaann steak” or “Grilling is the man’s job, ho ho ho,” or “You gotta have that charcoal juuust right.” Ok, boys, just so you know – we know your secrets. And today, I’m going to reveal them to all my fellow women followers. Listen up girls, because this man-only knowledge is rarely revealed and it’s also quite technical...

First, find yourself a nice charcoal grill

Second, open the lighter fluid (this is a CRUCIAL step – some men can’t even figure this out)

Third, pour lighter fluid on the charcoal (no rhyme of reason. The more fluid the bigger the flame)

Fourth, light the charcoal with a match

Fifth, wait until it turns white (we do know what white looks like guys)

Sixth, lay the food (usually prepared and seasoned by the wife, girlfriend or butcher) on the grill. And yes, it will be OK if you open the lid a time or two to check on it while it's cooking.  This does not ruin the meat.

Seventh, when it's done cooking, take the food off the grill

Eighth, eat the food

Mom and I figured out these secrets without a hitch and lemme tell ya, these were the meanest kabobs I’ve ever had! Try for yourself:
Sweet Soy Marinade
Soy Sauce – 1/3 cup
Granulated Sugar – 2 tbsp
Cooking oil – 2 tbsp
Worcestershire sauce – 1tbsp
Garlic clove, minced - 1
Red wine vinegar – 1 ½ tbsp
Pepper – 1/8 tsp

Beef steak cut into cubes.
Use the veggies you like best. We used: Zucchini, red onions, mushrooms, green peppers, and red peppers.

Combine the first 7 ingredients. This makes around ½ cup of marinade for the meat. Soak meat for around 30 min. (We did 6 hours for ultimate yumminess!)

Throw ‘em on a skewer, throw ‘em on the grill, brush the remaining marinade on the skewers and enjoy!

....It is pretty close to rocket science, but I think we ladies can handle it.

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