I have a fascination with the grill — I think most guys do. There's something about igniting a fire that lights up my soul. Maybe it's a momentary power trip. Let there be light! Maybe it's the smell of burning wood. Maybe it's the ice cold margarita in my hand as all the magic happens. Whatever it is, this is why summer (even Texas summers) are my favorite time of year.
Some people eat something and think, "I could fry that!" This is how 99.9% of fair and carnival food is born. I, however, see something and think, "I could grill that!" This is how a lot of my posts are born.
From cauliflower to dutch baby pancakes, the grill provides the thrill. In practice, I've also found that grilling is a test in patience for any man. I always have the urge to take a peek and see exactly what's going on under that hood. This is where a salted margarita makes the perfect companion. Mixing it gives me something to do, sipping it lets me take my mind off the cooking rate.
Where I stand, I could grill and drink margaritas just about year-round, but there's something about this time of year that makes it particularly special. The two together not only smell like summer, they taste like summer.
Here are a few recipes to try to get into your summer groove.
• Spicy Roasted Shishito Pepper Margarita
• How to Grill Oysters at Home
• How to Grill Pizza
• Grill Salmon on a Cedar Plank
• Grill the Best Steak of Your Life in 6 Steps
• Margaritas Made with Beer
• Strawberry Basil Margaritas
• Blood Orange Jalapeno Margaritas
(Images: Chris Perez)
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