BBQ Cookout Ideas
I live in a house divided. By that I mean that I live with an amazing woman who loves me despite all my faults and quirks, and I’m lucky for it. She just happens to also be a vegetarian. She’s not vegan, as she does eat the occasional egg and will eat fish and seafood. She just won’t partake of the bird or the beast.
Now I know that many of you will say… “Her Loss.” However, there are times when my love of BBQ really does “rub” her the wrong way per her desire to let the cows, chickens, and piggies live long into their old age. But she understood when I took my KCBS Certified Barbeque Judges class that I really enjoy competition BBQ, and she doesn’t complain when I head out for a day and 1/2 to a local or… not so local… BBQ event. And I love her for that.
A Quest for the BBQ Grail…
So, I’d like to take my “que” from Mr. Larry Gaian’s work over at The BBQ Grail and stretch my BBQ wings (no blue cheese – please) out towards the land of the fish and veggies. You can see what I mean by checking out his posts showcasing his efforts with Grilled Tilapia, Swiss Chard & Bok Choy and today’s Meatless Monday post featuring Larry’s culinary rendering of some tasty looking Portobello Mushroom Tacos.
Larry started his blog back in 2007 as a means of documenting his “quest to find the perfect backyard BBQ experience.” Quest… Grail…. Get it? I love it – as I’m a huge fan of history / Authurian Legend and, of course, Monty Python (See their Holy Grail Video for tons of laughs).
On a personal note, I want to take a minute to thank Larry. All of the BBQ folks I’ve talked with over the past couple of years have proven to be some of the friendliest of foodies out there, and Larry is no exception. He’s been awesome to talk with over twitter (@BBQGrail), and he’s just listed The BBQ Smoker Site on is blog roll… which I consider a particular honor.
So, we’ll see how my own quest for varied grillable wonders goes as we move on through the rest of this year. I’ve been checking the web, and posting what I find on this site and my BBQ Smoker Site Page on Facebook. There are some excellent recipes out there, and I tend to stick to independent bloggers rather than the Epicurious.com or Foodnetwork.com type sites. These are great for “hey that’s cool” finds now and again – don’t get me wrong. I guess I just like the idea that I might actually one day talk with … maybe even hang out with… the folks whose recipes I end up using.