Grilling season has officially started at the Copley house! The weekend before last I spent a few hours scrubbing the heck out of our grill to get it ready for cooking and then this weekend we hosted friends for our first barbecue of the year.
I didn’t used to like grilling very much (honestly, I hated it) but that’s changed completely in the last few years. The big attitude adjustment came when I bought my husband a gas grill for his birthday. Where charcoal is slow, unpredictable and messy, our gas grill is fast, fun and saves a ton of clean-up. I know it’s blasphemy in some circles, but to me a gas grill is the difference between dreading a barbecue and loving one.
The food is part of the fun of grilling, of course, but we keep it pretty basic around here. Burgers, sausages, steaks, veggies and the occasional batch of chicken drumsticks are about as crazy as we get. It’s fun to try a new marinade or something now and then, but what I like best are the social aspects of grilling. When I’m making dinner in the kitchen I’m usually by myself, but when I head outside to the grill I almost always have company.
If it’s just us, the kids will usually come out and bounce a ball or draw on the patio with chalk while I keep an eye on the grill. After awhile, their giggles will lure my husband out of our home office to chase them around the yard or kick a soccer ball back and forth.
It’s even better when we have friends over to grill, though. I set up our patio table right next to the grill so while I’m flipping burgers the the other grown-ups sit at the table drinking beers and chatting me up. Meanwhile the kids chase each other around the yard screaming and playing. When we’re inside our tiny house, the confusion and noise of a bunch of people can stress me out, but outside I find the chaos kind of fun.
My favorite part is after dinner. Everyone has calmed down and we’ve all grabbed our sweatshirts from inside to keep us warm as the sun sets and the fog rolls in from the bay. (San Francisco Bay area barbecues are cold!) I light a few candles and turn on the lights inside the house to give us a little extra light. Then one of the kids climbs up on my lap to snuggle while we talk to our friends about old times and new times and sip gin and tonics.
These are just some of the reasons why Grilling is my Happiness. Besides all of the tasty food, tell me what you love about grilling. One of my lucky readers who answers below will win a $25 Sears Gift Card!