Hard to believe that this is my 10th Father’s Day.
What better way to celebrate than a pile of charred animal flesh (and meat like products).
We were expecting to have about 12 people this year, slightly more than usual, so there will need to be lots of chow.
No, I’m not ashamed to use boxed burgers.
A nice slab of back ribs. I would rather have had St. Louis style, but couldn’t find them when I was shopping.
It was about that time to disassemble the grill and clean it up thoroughly. Some of the gas vents were clogged and needed to be reamed out a little. I think this grill may be close to 8 years old and I’m surprised that only the top piece had any blowouts on it. (Upper right hand corner)
If you look at the pieces in the previous picture, you can see the little round tab that goes into the little round holes in this picture. There were little teeny, tiny cotter keys that held them in place that were a #*#!& to get out with big stumpy hands like mine.
All cleaned out and ready to produce large amounts of BTU’s !!!
Going to make a big nasty pot of baked beans and of course we need bacon for that.
“Can we have some more beans Mr. Taggert?”
Mmmm, bacon bits
Toss in some brown sugar and a good zap of Tabasco and it’s ready for the cooking.
My daughter likes grilled onions so I will make that too.
Oh look, more bacon.
The beans were prepped the day before and I needed to make some bacon for the salad.
This is where I had an ABRE (Adverse Bacon Related Event). I had just got finished with spooning out the bacon drippings into a jar when I carelessly tipped the jar over. The good news is that no bacon was lost, no one was hurt and parts of the stove and the floor were cleaned that may have not ever been so cleaned !!
The grease was on top of the stove and spilled down most of the front.
So here we have our copious amounts charred animal flesh and the meat like products (Hot dogs). These were actually high quality dogs and were very good. I have the onions charring in the cast iron skillet.
Dang those were great !!
Platter of meat.
Salad and deviled eggs.
My first plate of food.
My dad has a large patch of rhubarb so my mother made a rhubarb pie.
I was even able to take time while cooking to work up the compost pile too !!!
Over the past (insert time period here), we have had dinner out. Just a few photos of the aforementioned dining experiences:
A night out at Applebee’s. I had the Riblet basket and fries. It was fine, but I should have had a hamburger.
“A shareable stack of green beans, battered, seasoned and lightly fried. Served with two sauces – cool and creamy BBQ bacon ranch and a zesty horseradish.”
They tasted pretty good, not too “green beany”
Another night out at Applebee’s. This time it was the “Hand-Battered Fish & Chips”.
They were pretty good but I should have had the hamburger.
This time we ate at “Buona Beef”. This was a gosh darn good meatball sandwich.
Hamburgers were not an option at this restaurant.
As a token of appreciation by someone at work, I was given a gift card to Chili’s. Trying something different, I had the “Crispy Honey-Chipotle Chicken Crispers®”. They were “OK”, but I should have had the hamburger.
We ordered the “Skillet Queso” appetizer. Pretty good.
Because we had a coupon for a free appetizer, we also ordered the “Texas Cheese Fries”. These were definitely sub par.
This dining experience was also marred by a customer service issue that I wish that I would have pursued.
Ahhh, good old “Luigi’s Pizza”. This is a very local pizza and game room. Almost always a great pie.
A night out at Portillo’s. I had the hamburger.
A new hamburger joint opened up in my area (It’s been here about a year, but I just got around to going to it).
It’s called “Smasburger”
I like burgers. I like burgers a lot !!
To me, a good burger is a patty and a bun. That’s really all I need. Maybe a nice shot of horseradish mustard.
Since I was at a “specialty” type burger joint, I decided that to properly evaluate the burger, I should order something other than just a simple burger. I ordered the “Spicy Baja” (Pepper jack cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, onion, spicy chipotle mayo and fresh jalapeños on a spicy chipotle bun)
The fries are “shoestring cut” and they are actually hard to eat because they are small.
The chipotle sauce was quite zingy but over all, there wasn’t a whole lot of taste. I had a much better jalapeno burger at Applebees.
It was a $5.99 burger and the price was right since we had a “buy one, get one” coupon. If I get another coupon, I might go back just to try a plain burger.
My wife and I both concur that if we are in the mood for going out for a burger, the choice still is Portillios.
We’ve been to Red Robin twice. This is the kind of place that I think gives burgers a bad name. Too many choices, too many “things” to pile on . Kind of like have a salad or a side entree stacked on the burger.