If you’re here, you love cooking outdoors. It doesn’t matter if you’re male, female, other or decline to state. You may even be a cat and that would be just fine. Together, let’s explore our love of gourmet meals enhanced by being in nature (or at least the back yard or patio area).
We may get into the charcoal vs. gas debate. In my ideal outdoor kitchen, I’d have both plus a smoker. Haven’t you ever wanted to make your own bacon?
I know I do.
I’m not sure I want to try outdoor deep frying, but definitely appreciate when someone makes me a turkey that way.
I want an outdoor pizza oven more for baking sourdough bread than pizza. I live in Silicon Valley where the yeast is in the air.
And at the end of the day, what’s more fun than putting your feet up to a chiminea and toasting marshmallows?
I’m still learning and thought I’d set up this site to tell the tale of what worked, and what didn’t.
Like, I’m still trying to figure out how to keep fish from sticking when I cook it directly on my Weber kettle. I’m thinking I need to switch over to a wood plank. And last year, a friend cooked shrimp simply marinated in olive oil on a salt plank, and they were the best ever.
I want to explore questions like should you cook breakfast on your grill? I haven’t tried it yet since I’m not that awake in the mornings.
Poke around. Leave some comments. Let me know what you enjoy cooking outside. What’s worked for you and what are your spectacular failures.
Myself? Right now, I have a big Weber kettle and a smaller Weber kettle. I was trying to keep one for chicken and fish and the other for ribs and beef. No, I don’t know why. My goal is to put together a nice built in kitchen so I can have a gas grill, a smoker, and a pizza oven. I’ll need to keep a charcoal grill somehow for my husband since that’s all he likes to cook over.
And we need outdoor seating again. We tend to grill more when we can sit outside and drink adult beverages.
My family used to go camping when I was growing up. I remember waking up and having it be absolutely freezing cold even in the summer. It probably wasn’t but you know how memories are. My Dad would already be up and getting the Coleman stove fired up to heat up water. He’d make himself instant coffee and I’d get hot cocoa. We’d drink out of 1970s blue and yellow plastic cups. Nothing tasted as good as something we cooked outdoors.
What’s your favorite way of cooking?