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In Oklahoma, barbecue is a religion. And to my husband, barbecue means only one thing — smoking meat in a proper smoker, using wood to fuel the fire.
But for many other people, the rules are much looser. Firing up the grill is a great excuse to have a “barbecue” any old weekend. Potato, po-tah-to.
And just because I tend to let him handle all the grilling in our house, does not mean I don’t know many women who fire up the grill with the best of them.
My girlfriends happen to be some pretty impressive grillers– and they mean business when it comes to brining chicken to smoke for hours, grilling succulent steaks and making delicious burgers.
Here are some fun accessories for that female grill-master in your house. Guys: These are some great Mother’s Day ideas (provided she actually uses the grill…if not, then you’re probably in trouble.)
1.Thermapen digital thermometer in mint, Thermoworks 2. Bodum Frykat Green Grill, Crate & Barrel 3. Le Creuset Silicone Basting Brush in Caribbean, Amazon 4. Chili-Lime Rub, Williams-Sonoma 5. Plaid apron in navy, Sur la Table
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I’m a slider girl, myself. I love to use fun flavor combinations. Here’s my absolute favorite slider recipe — my barbecue-lovin’ husband loves these “fancy” burgers.
1 pound lean ground sirloin
1 medium white onion
1/2 cup Gruyere cheese, shredded
1 package King’s Hawaiian Rolls
Salt and pepper
Oil or butter for buns
1. Prep charcoal grill or heat indoor grill pan on high. Meanwhile, slice onion into thin slices, add about 1 teaspoon oil to pan and slowly caramelize onions for about 30 minutes or so. (For a great tutorial on caramelizing onions, visit All Recipes. )
2. Pat out burger patties, using about 1/4 or 1/3 cup of meat per slider. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Grill the burgers until desired doneness, about 4-5 minutes on the first side, and 2 or 3 on the second. (Using lean sirloin will ensure there’s not too much fat on the grill pan, if using). Top with shredded Gruyere immediately, remove from grill to rest.
4. Slice Hawaiian rolls in half, drizzle with oil or butter and heat for about 1 minute on the hot grill pan. Remove buns, spread on the Dijon, add caramelized onions and, of course, your sliders. Say, ‘Yum.’ Repeat.