The day I found out my husband is really good at BBQing was the day my life became easier. I know, I know. Its one of those stereotypes that dad grills and mom bakes, but I’m a Girl Scout dang it, and I know how to light things on fire as good as any dude. I wasn’t going to let society tell me that my place was in the air conditioned kitchen when I could be cooking pork steaks over an open flame.
But the truth is, trying to get a fire going and not setting the steaks on fire while cooking things indoors and watching the kids and oh, did I forget to unload the dishwasher… Yeah. It’s a hassle.
So I was a little annoyed when my husband pointed out that I didn’t have to do EVERYTHING myself. If I’d just wait for him to get home, he’d take care of the grill. He’s not a barbarian who demands dinner on the table when he gets home. I should relax. Besides, he likes sitting outside with a beer and a podcast.
Make the Most of Grilling Night
Grilling still takes a lot of work, and it seems silly to go to all that trouble to just cook a couple beef patties. That’s when we started loading up the grill with extra meat. Instead of just doing a couple brats or a quick piece of salmon, the hubs will do a couple pounds of chicken AND whatever we want to eat that night.
The grilled chicken is saved for the next night. It’s great in tacos, bean soup, sliced over a salad or just warmed up with BBQ sauce. I don’t think I’ve baked a chicken in years!
When the hubs grills on a weeknight he doesn’t want to waste time setting up the fire. He’s used some questionable fire starting technics, and honestly, with all the charcoal starter he’s used I’m surprised he still has eyebrows.
BBQ Dragon sent us a grill fan to try out. It reduces the time you needed to get charcoal from lit to roasty-toasty to just a few minutes. It’s battery operated, so you just clip it on the side of your grill and direct the air to where it’s needed. This is pretty handy when you want to grill on a school night and actually eat BEFORE the kids have to get to bed!
It can get a charcoal fire going in about 5 minutes and does a fine job on your fire pit too. Just don’t use it after starting the fire with newspaper. (Can you say, ash confetti?)
Now because I hate trying to hide disclosures–which are gov’t required folks–let me tell you that I received the BBQ Dragon free to review and was not paid for this post. So I can honestly say it works awesome for fire starting instead of a chimney and way faster than just using lighter fluid. If you want more info, go check out their website here.