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Kitchen Histories: The Sexist Story of Summer Grilling

Jul 10, 2014

by Sarah Lohman

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Sarah Lohman is a historic gastronomist. She recreates historic recipes as a way to make a personal connection with the past, as well as to inspire her contemporary cooking. You can follow her adventures on her blog, Four Pounds Flour. In this series, Lohman will comb Etsy for items that speak to America’s culinary past.

When I was 19, I moved into my first apartment away from home. I have fond memories of the building (allegedly the onetime home of Elliot Ness), which had an enormous porch, perfect for grilling. I threw a housewarming cook-out before the school year started, and when I pulled out the grill, one of my friends generously offered: “I could take care of the grilling, while you handle of the rest of the food.”

“You know what, that would be great!” I said and handed over the bag of charcoal.

Minutes later, I walked out to find my friend grilling over lighter-fluid flames. “No!” I wailed. “You have to let the coals burn down!”

I wish I could say this was an isolated incident. Since that day, I have constantly been elbowed out of the way at parties by well-intentioned men who insist on grilling, yet actually know nothing about the grill. I have grilled all of my life. Growing up in rural Ohio, one of the pleasures of the summer was rolling the grill into the backyard where my mom would cook up marinated chicken and steaks. I knew my way around a grill and assumed everyone else did as well.

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Garden Gal

A cookout relic from 1966.

Yes, it’s a pet peeve of mine — it’s gotten to the point where I threaten anyone who approaches the grill. But it’s not just personal paranoia. Do a search for “vintage barbecue” on Etsy and you will find men — cookbooks adorned with images of men grilling; photos, aprons, and even grilling utensils emblazoned with images of men. So what’s the deal? Why, historically, is cooking in the kitchen the realm of women, but grilling outdoors the realm of men?

In the mid-20th century, families left both the city and the countryside for a house in the suburbs. Suddenly, the summer had become a time of leisure for everyone: before, only the rich could afford to escape the sweltering city heat, and for those who lived on farms, summer was the busiest time of all. Additionally, since suburbanites had their own little patch of land to call their own, leisure activities began to be performed more often at home, with the family, and with the community surrounding the suburban development.

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A national pastime.

But grilling technology had to go through some changes before it came to the backyard. Before the 20th century, outdoor meat cooking was done on massive grills, or in pits lined with hot coals produced from logs that had burned for hours. Hot, heavy, and time-consuming, this was man’s work. But in 1897, the charcoal briquette was patented, cutting down on time and labor, and in 1948, the classic and compact Weber kettle grill was developed — from a buoy intended for Lake Michigan.

When retailers began marketing home grills, they targeted men because there was a tradition of men cooking barbeque, but also because men were the breadwinners. Would women be interested in buying another cooking appliance when they could just use their stoves? Unlikely, even if they had the capital to do so. By targeting men, advertisers were finding a new market for cooking and men were being motivated to feel that cooking outdoors over a fire was a very masculine thing to do.

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Jordan Smith

Grill chef in training, 1958.

Perhaps overworked 1950s housewives were happy to give up the cooking now and again; one vintage cookbook declares that women get a break and only have to prepare the “salad and dessert.” But perhaps women felt the same resentment that I do, suddenly being shoved aside and seen as not being capable of cooking over a grill, despite preparing endless meals inside the home.

I decided to purchase a cookbook from grilling’s heyday in the middle of the 20th century. I settled on the Big Boy Barbecue Book published in 1957, named after a line of backyard grills. Although this book was clearly geared towards dads, I scoured it to see if it could offer me any grilling tips. For example, it advises coating the bottom of the grill with aluminum foil, to reflect heat. It also tells grillers to knock the ash off of the coals before starting to cook. The ash acts as an insulator; knocking it away uncovers the coal’s hot centers. Here were two great pieces of advice I had never considered before.

And the recipes were helpful, too. My first BBQ of the year — on Memorial Day, natch — is at a friend’s house, so I needed something easy to transport. My go-to is fruit. Perhaps that does sound a bit girly, but it’s easy to prepare: for example, when you throw pineapple right on the grill next to the hamburgers, the pineapple’s sugars caramelize and it’s unbelievably tasty. The Big Boy book recommends marinating pineapple in honey before wrapping it in tinfoil and nestling it in the coals. A similar treatment is given for bananas: wrapped in tinfoil with the addition of butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar and then placed in the coals for five minutes. The oranges with rum also sound amazing.

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Sarah Lohman

The Dixie Dog.

But I couldn’t resist trying out a really strange recipe: Dixie Dogs, which are split hotdogs wrapped with bacon and stuffed with peanut butter! I used the unsweetened kind that you can get ground fresh in some grocery stores.  I love trying out these somewhat bizarre, forgotten recipes because you never know when you might find a gem. In this case, Dixie Dogs weren’t bad: imagine a hot dog covered with Thai peanut sauce. But next time, maybe I’ll get ambitious and try the “Barbecued Standing Rib Roast of Beef.” Maybe I’ll even extend the olive branch and invite my male friends to help. We’ll see.

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  • jessgreenleaf

    Jess Greenleaf from GREENLEAFblueberry said 6 years ago Featured

    I was recently at a Michael Pollan lecture and he discussed this topic a bit by bringing up the tendency for men to grill and women to boil. It seems there are some evolutionary reasons behind how it all started, but as to why it continues? Habit maybe. Personally, I'm lady who loves my weber grill.

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  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 6 years ago

    Interesting the part advertising has played. But, one sexist tradition I'm happy to exploit!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Great story! Grilling is so much fun!

  • nativestrandsjewelry

    Rachel from PeppersJewelry said 6 years ago

    Interesting post! You certainly sound like you know your way around the grill, Sarah!

  • valeriephoto

    Valerie from valeriestitchery said 6 years ago

    Thanks for this Sarah. I've always wondered why grilling has become the domain primarily of men. Really interesting, and I love those vintage photos!

  • jessgreenleaf

    Jess Greenleaf from GREENLEAFblueberry said 6 years ago Featured

    I was recently at a Michael Pollan lecture and he discussed this topic a bit by bringing up the tendency for men to grill and women to boil. It seems there are some evolutionary reasons behind how it all started, but as to why it continues? Habit maybe. Personally, I'm lady who loves my weber grill.

  • aospopup

    Adrienne Odom from aos9popup said 6 years ago

    The first day it got warm outside, you could smell grills burning all over the neighborhood... I live for the grill!

  • recycledwares

    Nerrissa W from RecycledWares said 6 years ago

    peanut butter, bacon and hot dogs? Though it sounds odd, will have to try that one just out of plain curiosity.

  • PinesVintageClothing

    Pine from GoodOldVintageOnline said 6 years ago

    Great post! Back in the hunter gatherer days it was the womans job to tend the fire and cook the meat that the men brought home. Lets take back the fire ladies!

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  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Interesting article! Move over men, I'm in charge!

  • mirabellamorello

    mirabellamorello from mirabellamorello said 6 years ago

    Thank you, Sarah, for this post!!! I love to cook, but had never even touched a grill until my husband (more of a feminist than I could ever be), taught me to cook on the simple little grill he insisted we buy the first summer we lived in our house! I'm not very adventurous about it yet, but I can tell you that I CRAVE the simple smokey taste of chicken breasts cooked on that little green grill!!!! I plan to try out some new recipes this summer (definitely pineapple!), but I for one couldn't be happier that my husband does not consider the grill solely his domain!

  • PaintStyle

    Viktoria and Elena from LekaArt said 6 years ago

    Thank you for the article! In Russia it's not a good time for grilling - it rains a lot :( And I love grilled chicken most! It's easy to prepare. But some people have a real talant to cook pork... I LOVE those people

  • Parachute425

    Terry from Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    Never much for cooking inside or outside, I drive down the road to the Weber Grill Restaurant. No bugs and it's air conditioned.

  • H88255

    H88255 from HillarysSuperfoods said 6 years ago

    Tremendous! Enjoy Memorial Day weekend and grill something everyone will enjoy!

  • creativeclassics

    creativeclassics from creativeclassics said 6 years ago

    We let my brother do the grilling, because this is the UK and it tends to rain, he doesn't seem to mind being shoved outside with an umbrella!

  • PaintStyle

    Viktoria and Elena from LekaArt said 6 years ago

    Parachute, yeah, so true about bugs and air condition :D

  • richdon1

    Rich and Dona from TheCottageMouse said 6 years ago

    I adore the Big Boy Grilling book!!!!!!!!!! I have a Viking indoor grill and we love it but once in a while I long for the charred coal taste and break out my bent metal grill and fire it up...Thanks Sarah. This post was fun.

  • richdon1

    Rich and Dona from TheCottageMouse said 6 years ago

    I have a Puerto rican pernil in the oven now. That is a slow cooked pork shoulder. Come over for dinner LeKaArt......

  • berylwellshamilton

    Beryl Wells Hamilton from meadowlandsstudio said 6 years ago

    Your article was so fun to read, and I can relate to the photos of old. Nicely done. Thank you. I like my grilled steaks and burgers seared on the outside and rare on the inside. This means the coals need to be hot and the grill close to the heat. Put a cover on it, and it's baked. I keep close guard over the grill in our family, too.

  • H88255

    H88255 from HillarysSuperfoods said 6 years ago

    There's nothing like freshly grilled summer vegetables! Yummy!!!!

  • NotoriousKnits

    Elise from NotoriousKnits said 6 years ago

    Very interesting! Thanks for the post.

  • MrsGingerandWasabi

    Marta DQ from tribomo said 6 years ago

    Great article!!! You got me thinking... I love cooking and baking, but haven't tried much grilling, maybe is because we didn't bbq at home...not sure, anyway, it;s never too late to learn! :) Thanks for sharing this post!

  • agebo

    Ann Cosgrove from acbcDesign said 6 years ago

    Fun article! Growing up Dad was always headed up the grill. Even now, my husband runs the grill - he is so much better at it than myself!

  • huntkathleen

    Kathleen Hunt from KatsKoolStuff said 6 years ago

    Now I'm Hungry :) KAT

  • NicolasKnitKnacks

    Nicola and Jessica Belton from CelticKnittingCo said 6 years ago

    Great post, very interesting read!!

  • houseoftravis

    Travis from strangepainting said 6 years ago

    This is the same feeling I get every time interact with Etsy as a brand and am bombarded with female-centric imagery.

  • DarburyCottage

    Rosemary Wascher from DarburyCottage said 6 years ago

    Loved the article, and the vintage photo's were my favorite.

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld said 6 years ago

    If only there were a way to convince some men that cooking INDOORS is manly, too! Thanks for this fascinating bit of culinary history.

  • natureguild

    natureguild from natureguild said 6 years ago

    Hi to all the vegetarians!

  • myvintagecrush

    Kathleen from myvintagecrush said 6 years ago

    I grill all the time! ..yay veggies!!

  • dizhasneatstuff

    deb fearon from dizhasneatstuff said 6 years ago

    While my son and I were building our house, we went for months without a stove. we wheeled the big Weber into one of the unfinished rooms and learned to prepare entire meals on the grill. happy to have an oven and cook-top again but often long for the smokey flavors of grilled food. Have to say fruit is my favorite on the grill. btw, we took turns grilling.

  • jenniferbranch4

    Jennifer Branch from Guineverecollection said 6 years ago

    Love the vintage photos. Thanks for the history!

  • lilyblueboston

    Caitlin and Lily Edge from lilyblues said 6 years ago

    Veggie says hello.

  • untamedrose

    Breanna from untamedrose said 6 years ago

    I'm "known" for my ribs ;)

  • myword38

    angie blunk from the5thelementshop said 6 years ago

    interesting

  • fbstudiovt

    Laura Hale from FoundBeautyStudioArt said 6 years ago

    As the daughter of a single mom, I never realized growing up that every day work could be gendered. I'm pretty grateful for having been raised to try whatever I wanted, regardless of whether or not it was "women's work". I definitely left a few exes in the dust thanks to their inability to see the inequity in the traditional division of labor - especially since we both worked full time. Fortunately, I have a partner now who is more than happy to clean and do the laundry while I handle the cooking and home repair :) And since he's terrified of the grill, that's my territory too!

  • GracefullyGirly

    Kimberlee from GracefullyGirly said 6 years ago

    I have to say that I am definitely the cook AND BBQ'er in our house. My hubby helps but I tend to burn the food less often so I end up doing it -and- the rest of dinner - running back and forth most of the time. Sometimes I wonder if he planned it that way! I think I'll stick with the more modern recipes though. : )

  • deekish

    Deeksha Lakshmi from TheColorWagon said 6 years ago

    The history behind this is pretty interesting!

  • fineartstoneware

    fineartstoneware from fineartstoneware said 6 years ago

    Interesting. Thanks for posting!

  • patspottery

    Pat Parker from PatsPottery said 6 years ago

    My first grill in the 50s was a Weber, and the recipe book had a man on the cover:>)

  • iworkartwork

    Irma Galindo from iworkartwork said 6 years ago

    In my family the tradition was going to my grandparents to make "Carnitas", I never ate carnitas as good as those. But grandpa will make the cooking outside. Very interesting. Thank you for sharing!

  • VenatorVintage

    VenatorVintage from VenatorVintage said 6 years ago

    Always enjoy your articles, Sarah. I am thankful to have learned a lot of "manly" skills- with cooking over fire, whether it is a campfire or a charcoal or gas grill, is one I appreciate living here in Florida. Grilled mango with hot turkey sausage on a toasted roll is a great grill combo! Grilled veggies, yum!

  • purposedesign

    Julie Pedersen from purposedesign said 6 years ago

    I guess it's time for me to come up with a grilling kit especially for girls!

  • GoddessOfJewelry

    GoddessOfJewelry from GoddessOfJewelry said 6 years ago

    I love grilling!!! Though, truth be told, I honestly do enjoy when my hubby does the cooking and I get a break from it! :)

  • helenesmith

    Helene Smith from helenesmith said 6 years ago

    great post!... ironically; i just posted this in my shop today!... (and i'm a good bit of a feminist)!: https://www.etsy.com/listing/152118414/summer-photography-bbq-grill-men-outdoor?ref=shop_home_active

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    We lived in a tent for 7 months many years ago, with all the cooking done over an open fire. As a consequence of that, I'm better at outdoor cooking than my better half... but he does most of the indoor cooking! I, too, get really annoyed when male barbeque guests try to shoulder me out of the way because grilling is "mens' work"... I usually point them in the direction of the bonfire where they can't do any damage! Grilled pineapple is my all-time favourite, with bananas & honey coming a close second, but sweet potatoes wrapped in foil then smothered in butter & sprinkled with sea salt is one of the most popular grilled dishes with guests, sweet & salty... nom, nom, nom!

  • christineshmisteen

    CHRISTINE SHMISTEEN from TheArtOfFinerThings said 6 years ago

    I like the smell of a charcoal grill... the pictures immediately reminded me of that :P

  • StarofSupplies

    StarofSupplies from StarofSupplies said 6 years ago

    Well, most men do so little around the house...let them grill at least!

  • sarahmoon503

    Sarah from Birchmoonrocksfibers said 6 years ago

    I loved this, didn't know grilling could be so interesting; love the old pictures! Thanks for sharing!

  • StillVintage

    StillVintage from StillVintage said 6 years ago

    This is a great article. And isn't grilling for a grown up man an extension of cooking over the campfires when they were young? Now they got to play at home, too.

  • TwoStylishSisters

    Aubrey and Nicole Goulet from TwoStylishSisters said 6 years ago

    Very interesting! We grew up in a home where Mom did most of the cooking, occasionally Dad would take a turn with one of his "specialties" (he had mastered about 3 different recipes). Now that all the kids are grown and out of the house, Mom started working longer hours, and Dad stepped up in the kitchen and acquired a few more mastered recipes under his belt. However, Mom is and always will be Queen Of The Grill in our house. She makes the JUICIEST burgers and marinated chicken.... just thinking about it is making me drool!! Dad is plenty capable of grilling, too... but hey- if it ain't broke, don't fix it!! Thanks for the article and small dose of nostalgia-- we hope it inspires more women to get out there and master that GRILL! : )

  • bedouin

    Nicole from Crackerjackarma said 6 years ago

    Love to eat BBQ ~ But I'm not so big on all of the behind the scenes techniques ~ I'm happy leaving the gender bias sport to whom ever grills up the best tasting and juicy steak as long as the margaritas keep coming.

  • woodenaht

    alex from woodenaht said 6 years ago

    I am a man, I like fire and charred flesh, ergo the grill is mineminemine not real big on the cleanup, how ev

  • lann

    Lann Kolpin from Lann said 6 years ago

    I'm with bedouin on this. I'd rather let someone else do the work but unfortunately I'm the better cook/grill master between my husband and I. I do find it funny that growing up on a cattle ranch (where the meat comes from) I never saw this stereo type. Women usually did the grilling. I don't think it was just my generation as I was raised by my grandparents and it was that way for them. Must be a suburb thing. Anyway, it's the same as with everything else, leave it up to whoever is better and cares more about it.

  • CathodeBlue

    Chris Ferebee from CathodeBlue said 6 years ago

    Apparently in these predictably hyper gender-political times, men pretty much always get caught in a damned if they do, damned if they don't situation. We're damned for wanting to cook meat on a grill,...accused of being gender-exclusive in the grilled food category, or worse, accused of being typical dumb cavemen brutes loping about in a carcinogen and beer-induced backyard ritual. And, hey, that may be true in some cases. But I say, if guys like to do the grilling, let 'em. If the ladies want to do it, let 'em. This US vs THEM gender politics gets really, really boring. ANYone can wear the "Kiss the Cook" apron, ok. Let's all just have a big backyard party, grill a bunch of good food, have some drinks and enjoy each other's company. The coals are hot, I'm wearing that apron, so somebody kiss me!

  • StarTribe

    Penelope Neil from StarTribe said 6 years ago

    You could very easily swing this the other way and call it sexist because men were always expected to do all the 'manly' cooking when they may have craved a little stove-top exploration. Frankly I think in terms of domestic development we should be glad men were courted in this way, it gives them an opportunity to be involved in their domestic life in a way that's pleasurable. When it comes to traditional man roles in the house - garbage, lawns, spiders - I'm happy to let them take over. And I have to agree with Chris - this 'us versus them' is very boring and has resulted in men feeling at a loss to their role in society and women becoming queens of judgement and derision.

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 6 years ago

    Love this post!

  • foxpots

    Carole Fox from foxpots said 6 years ago

    Great article - I've always been the official grill chef at our house.

  • rivahside

    rivahside said 6 years ago

    After the thousands of breakfasts, lunches and dinners I've prepared over decades of marriage I say, "help yourself" to anyone who would cook ME a meal!

  • WiseLines

    Connie Caldwell from WiseLines said 6 years ago

    I love grilling, and rarely use my cooktop/oven except as a foul-weather backup method. It's fast, minimal cleanup and the only food prep is a meat rub or marinade. I'm in control, and love the simplicity and how downright primitive it is... meat over fire... Call me neanderthal. The husband sets the table... where no one can get hurt. ;)

  • susio

    Susanne Ryan from TheFeltedGnomeKnows said 6 years ago

    I love a charcoal grilled meal. The banana recipe sounds fantastic. Now only to convince my gas grill loving husband that it is better...I have to say I love summers when I don't have to agonize over what to make for dinner, he comes home and cooks. What a relief.

  • BeadLady74

    Amy Spock from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy said 6 years ago

    Great article! It's like my grilling aprons were made for this! I have to say, I love when my hubby BBQ's because I get the night off!

  • cheapnchicvintage

    Samantha Palmer from MissMagnoliaVintage said 6 years ago

    Whoa, Dixie dogs look amazing. I'm the main grill lady at our house!

  • TheresasGourmet

    Theresa Ryales from TheresasGourmet said 6 years ago

    Love grilling Myself... Great story...

  • StayArtisan

    J.K. Ramirez from HudsonBlueArtisans said 6 years ago

    Welcome to the grill, enjoy

  • ASHWoodshops

    Alan Huey from ASHWoodshops said 6 years ago

    Great article. Our grill is equal opportunity! Though when the kids were growing up (2 rambunctious boys) us guys made outdoor grilling a project to do together. This was one of my ways of getting the boys out of Mom's hair for a little while. Giving her the night "off" so to speak. It is amazing how advertising has made it out to be a man's thing, but being the non-conformists that we are, my wife is equally (if not superior) adept at making perfect anything off the grill.

  • ysmeine

    Bonnie Fowler from ysmeine said 6 years ago

    The boys load the charcoal chimney and get it started. When it is ready I pour it into the grill and start the cooking. Sometimes I can get them to check on it or turn things. As with most things, including frozen pizza in the oven, they complain that they can't tell if it is done. In other words, video games are more interesting. They all love to eat it though.

  • Nemki

    Nemki from nemki said 6 years ago

    Nothing better on a summer's day!

  • AmyMeredithHutson

    Amy Meredith Hutson said 6 years ago

    Can just imagine the smell of steaks grilling while reading the article. Yum! Amy Meredith Hutson

  • NirvanaRoad

    Lisa from NirvanaRoad said 6 years ago

    Love the vintage photos! Living in the country though has turned me into a vegetarian.

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas from FreakyPeas said 6 years ago

    I love to grill too but I have to admit I let my husband do that part because it is one he is more than willing to do.....

  • Motleycouture

    Motleycouture from Motleycouture said 6 years ago

    Nothing like a summer barbecue! Hot dogs and hamburgers and corn on the cob. My husband doesn't know the stove from the sink but loved to barbecue. Great feature!

  • Circa810

    Thom Aten from Circa810 said 5 years ago

    fun and interesting write up

  • inspiringanchors

    Megan Braswell from inspiringanchors said 5 years ago

    I loved this post! I recently have just become more adamant about getting to do the grilling myself. I didn't like the fact that I didn't know how to do it because a guy was always taking over the job. Just this past July 4th I told my husband it wasn't fair he got to sit outside tending the grill and enjoying the outdoors while I was STILL in the kitchen cooking, nothing is special nor fun about that!

  • debvasbinder

    Deb Vasbinder from BabyCuteBaby said 5 years ago

    Loved reading your article and seeing the pics!

  • PamelasDesertRocks

    Pamela Morris from PamelasDesertRocks said 5 years ago

    Anyone remember the disposable one time use charcoal grill? I have great memories of using them at family beach outings. Best tasting burgers ever - yum!! Thanks for a thought provoking article on a fun subject!

  • ClassicMemories

    ClassicMemories from ClassicMemories said 5 years ago

    Fun to read and love the vintage photo's.

  • Parachute425

    Terry from Parachute425 said 5 years ago

    While my father slapped a burger on the grill and chugged a beer, my mom would assemble potato salad from scratch, clean and prepare corn on the cobb, slice tomatoes, onions, clean lettuce, gather condiments and home made pickles, fresh squeeze some lemonade, bake a peach cobbler, carry it all to the backyard along with plates, utensils, napkins and bug spray, set the table, and clean bird doo-doo off the chairs. When we were finished she would carry it all back in the house, clean up the mess, do the dishes by hand and collapse. My mom hated it when my father “grilled”.

  • StillVintage

    StillVintage from StillVintage said 5 years ago

    Well, now I am hungry

  • QueenBeeVintiques

    Kim from RiverHomeVintage said 5 years ago

    Dixie Dog...hmmm...maybe. Thank you!

  • AGORAA

    AGORAA from AGORAA said 5 years ago

    Great story! hımmmmm! I am hungry :)

  • TheCuttingBoardShop

    Larry And Valeria from TheCuttingBoardShop said 5 years ago

    I consider myself a pretty good cook - Valeria, but Larry is the master of the grill.

  • themefragrance

    Theme Fragrance from themefragrance said 5 years ago

    I grill everything all summer and into the fall! There is an art form to being a grillmaster :)

  • themefragrance

    Theme Fragrance from themefragrance said 5 years ago

    You can grill veggies and tofu BTW, it's not all about the beef. Seriously good stuff grilled corn and vidalia onions - make veggie kebabs! Eggplant chunks, amazing!

  • GracefullyGirly

    Kimberlee from GracefullyGirly said 5 years ago

    The grill is my go-to cooking source in spring and summer! I WISH my husband fought me for the BBQ tongs, but because I tend to have a little more skill in all areas of cooking, the BBQ is also my domain. Does he burn the heck out of things just so I take over !? Maybe, but he is willing to try when I'm too busy with the other "salad and dessert" to keep a watchful eye on the grill. Otherwise I get a nice amount of exercise running back and forth between the kitchen and grill getting dinner made. My favorite is when I can make the entire meal on the grill. It's always worth every minute and every bead of sweat because the grill makes anything taste delicious!!!

  • astronette

    Bridget Miller from astronette said 5 years ago

    Rad post! I love grilled whole tomatoes. Amazing how something so simple can be so great!!<3

  • thevintagejunkie

    thevintagejunkie from thevintagejunkie said 5 years ago

    Enjoyed reading this post. My guy knows how to grill and bbq ( fabulously to boot), but I like to think that I helped teach him! :D I adore grilling and bbq'ing. It is all about the technique and temp! Keep holding your own, as I do the same! Love that top photo, btw.

  • NeatoKeen

    NeatoKeen from NeatoKeen said 5 years ago

    I got a gas grill for Mother's Day and now I am the Queen of the Grill in my house! Great post - love the vintage ephemera and photos!

  • anotherghostquilts

    Nancy from anotherghostquilts said 5 years ago

    I enjoyed this post immensely! Thank you.

  • flowerpekarhandmade

    leizel from flowerpecker said 5 years ago

    My hubby not good in grilling all I can say is I much better than him..lol,we used to sell street food back in my country (Philippines) my mom and dad is really good in cooking,I learnt how to marinate food for BBQ,and hubby absolutely love it.

  • francisczarinaB

    Francis Czarina Barnfield said 5 years ago

    Wow! nice story.

  • katishainy

    Katyooshjewelry jewelry from Kattyoosh said 5 years ago

    Thank you, Sarah, for this post!!!

  • plankface

    Emily from bonmarchecouture said 5 years ago

    Thanks for writing about this! I was just reflecting recently on how ridiculous that advertising and popular culture still perpetuates this weird idea that grilling is the sole domain of men.

  • kayfish

    Kay Fish from kayfish said 5 years ago

    At my house, I even built the grill! I have a wonderful husband who is happy to either wield the grill or stir the macaroni :)

  • korenkwan

    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland said 4 years ago

    Thanks for the sharing!

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