One of the best parts of summer is the grilling. I know you can grill any time of the year, but it just tastes better in the summer, doesn’t it? It goes so well with the sun, the pool, the wonderful weather. Everybody has their own way of grilling, but I wanted to share some tips with you, to maybe help out or give you some new ideas.
Get everything ready beforehand. Make sure you have utensils, seasonings/sauces, meat, and whatever else you need ready to go when you start cooking. That way you won’t have to run back into the house for any forgotten items.
Stay dry. While I am a big fan of sauces for barbecuing, there is something to say about dry rubs as well. Not to mention it can be a whole lot healthier, and gives it an awesome flavor, without too much mess.
Don’t forget the rest of the meal! Remember that grilling isn’t just for meats! Vegetable skewers (make sure to soak bamboo skewers before grilling), potatoes, fruit, even sliced pound cake, so many things are scrumptious when grilled. Plus there’s the added bonus of not heating up your house while cooking the rest of the meal, and there are less dishes to wash afterwards.
Be fresh.Make sure to use the freshest ingredients that you can, and local, if possible. Meals made from fresh ingredients taste so much better than ingredients brought in from other countries and shot full of chemicals to simulate freshness. Organic is another great idea.
Applegate Farms is a great choice for organic meats. As my family works to clean up our diet, and now with the whole GMO madness going on, our options for certain foods are very limited. Have you ever read an ingredient label on a package of hot dogs? Pretty scary stuff. Stuffed full of preservatives and fat, along with who knows what else. But they taste so good! Applegate Farms thinks so too, and so they made, along with some great varieties of hot dogs, an Organic All (grass-fed) Beef hot dog. They are gluten-free, casein-free, dairy free, and low carb. Their ingredient list is actual food, not something that sounds like a list coming out of a laboratory (which is pretty much unheard of in the hot dog world.) Included in the list are: Organic Grass-Fed Beef, water, and a small assortment of spices. Plus, they are lower in fat than other hot dog brands, only 8 grams compared to an average of 15! They are available here in the PNW now! To find the closest store to you, head over here.
You can like Applegate Farms on Facebook via the like box below, and head over to Pinterest to check out my Summer Grilling board for some great ideas!
Do you have a favorite grilling tip or recipe to share?
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