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Happy Memorial Day!  I have to say, we're not really doing anything all that special this holiday.  Our daughter and her family may come over so the kids can either use my sister's pool or the wading pool we bought them.  We always grill-so I'm sure tonight won't be an exception to the rule.

You'll notice I said grill not BBQ, ask any true BBQ fanatic or chef and they will gladly was poetic and with a lot of fervor about how different the two forms of cooking are.  BBQ takes hours of low heat over coals and lots of care.

Grilling is when you flick on the gas unit, heat up the grills and cook your food.  Do it right and no one cares whether you've taken all day or a half hour-just as long as the food is NOT totally black and can possibly give you cancer in the not to distant future.

What do we grill?  Name it?  Sometimes it is best to start some of the food in the house.  Such as potatoes.  I like to microwave them about ½ way through and then finish them up outside.  Same with ribs, believe it or not.  Artichokes also do better if you steam them first and then split them in half and give them a few minutes outside.

Should you use rub or sauce?  To marinate or not?  This depends solely on personal taste and what you are planning on serving.  I like to marinate veggies, pork, chicken and the less expensive cuts of beef.  Adds a lot of flavor and it helps to keep things moist and juicy.  Potatoes-NO!  Don't wrap them in foil-then they steam, not roast.  

Same with corn-those are best if you leave the husks on, but pull them back and soak the ears in ice water.  Shake off the water and rub on a compound butter.  Or use olive oil.

Our favorite is olive oil (evoo), minced garlic and kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.  Brush it on, put back the husks and grill about 10 minutes on each side.  Yum.

On Friday-even thought the holiday's over-let's talk about those rib bones!

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