A decking plan has actually been on your mind for a long period of time, right? You’ve been dreaming of that deck, lined with flowers, patio furniture and the barbecue – a new shiny one, of course. Actually, now is a good time to build the dream deck you have always wanted. Why now? Because now is all you’ve got! And when you’re doing it, don’t forget that next to that huge barbecue you’re going to buy, the biggest accessory on the list is the brand-new hot tub. So make it a big deck!
Too Much Bread
We were at a friends house last weekend and they had just put in a brand new deck. Near the tables, they had the barbecued steak in 2 flavors, standard and spicy. We had the standard barbecue and it was pretty good. But the weird thing was that my husband could not get enough of the homemade dinner rolls. I had a small one, but my spouse liked the rolls so much that he ate four. This was in addition to the huge sandwich he had. I wonder if he’s going to be one of those old guys with the big flat tire around the middle? I’ve seen what all those processed carbs can do to a body. Oh well, it’s his body.
Anyway, the point was they were making jerky on their new smoker and we got to try some samples. A lot of major brand names of jerky are so packed with sugar, tenderizers and preservatives that all of the natural meat tastes are gone. I never realized this until I tasted the fresh homemade jerky right out of the smoker. Bite into a piece of jerky and determine if you can taste the real flavor of beef, just as you ‘d taste in a chunk of bbq steak or roast tri-tip. I have a lot of allergies, so I can’t eat commercially prepared foods like that or my face breaks out within a couple of hours. But I had no problem with the homemade jerky at all. SO I’m thinking we should get a smoker and make it ourselves too.
Speaking of allergies, here are a few tips if you have problems with allergies and want to eat out. Order simple dishes. Plain dishes are less most likely to consist of allergens. Food such as a plain baked potato or steamed broccoli are quite safe. Food made of numerous ingredients present too much of a mystery as to what all is in them so the chances of it being a problem for you are greatly increased. Really, dining out with allergies doesn’t have to be a big stress-out. It can be done and should be pleasant. You might discover, as I have, that you will just need to be careful about where you eat and what you order. Commonly the plain foods I mentioned can be the more expensive choices. It is worth the cost though, when you consider the personal expenses and potential misery of allergic responses.
Moving on. One of my favorite outdoor deck foods is a barbecued pizza. It’s a good idea to use a bbq grill mat so the raw dough doesn’t sag down through the grates. After it’s cooked you can put it directly on the grill to get some grill marks on it. Actually, we use a Chef Caron bbq grill mat and it does the grill marks right through the mat. We love it. You can read a bbq grill mat review about it on their website. A barbecue pizza needs to have barbecue sauce rather of marinara sauce or the traditional Italian sauce in my opinion. I like to top it with onions and a barbecued meat, like chicken, and add some cheese.
Breakfast with a BBQ Grill Mat
I love doing breakfast on the barbecue grill. There’s nothing like the early morning air combined with cooking outdoors with a fresh cup of coffee nearby. With our bbq grill we can do hashbrowns, eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage and anything else we want. And it even leaves grill marks on everything even though you’re cooking on a mat. Pretty cool. If you do decide to get a barbecue grilling mat this summer share your grill mat experience on Twitter!
There are a wide range of viewpoints about exactly what the perfect temperature level must be when using a bbq grill mat because they are made with PTFE which is the same stuff you find on your indoor nonstick cookware. . Your safest bet would be around 350 degrees (F) to 400 degrees but you can go up to 500. That’s the limit set by the FDA for the grill mats. You may find you have better results with a greater or much lower temperature level. But the something you wish to be watchful about is keeping the temperature level as even as you can. That’s the vital point here.
So get that new deck built, get your barbecue and hot tub on there and get to work enjoying the summer in style! Do it!