When it gets hot like it has been in Savannah, we really love inviting our friends and family over a cookout. It’s always nice when everyone can get together over a burger and a cold beer while the Jack and his friends can run around in the sprinkler or a pool.
In fact, we can’t think of a better way to spend Father’s Day then good ol’ cookout, grilling burgers, hotdogs, and corn on the cob. You name it, and we’ve probably grilled it. Good friends and good food, it’s what life’s all about! We used to love cooking outside with our dad. We’d eat outside and then play all day until we heard Dad whistle, and that’s when we knew it was time to come home.
We’ve got some really great tips so that you can host a really special Father’s Day Cookout. We’re happy to share these with y’all in our latest cookbook The Deen Bros. Get Fired Up. So this is the just a sampling. For tons more tips and recipes, pick a copy up for yourself- you’ll love it, especially now that it’s grill season!
We hope that you’ll find them useful, and if you’ve got some tips of your own, feel free to leave them in the comments below.
Looking for that tasty recipe for those burgers in the image? Those are our Hot Buffalo Burgers with Blue Cheese!
Gas vs. Charcoal?
We generally use our gas grill when we’re grilling at home. Since it can be preheated and ready to go with just the flick of a switch and turn of a dial, it’s just easier. On the other hand, charcoal-burning kettle grills are great when you don’t have a lot of space to set up the grill or if you want to wheel it over to one section of your yard.
Must-Have Grilling Tools
While some tools and gadgets are unnecessary, you can’t grill without long-handled tongs, a long-handled basting brush, metal skewers, a grilling basket, and a good pair of heavy-duty grilling gloves. These simple items will make your outdoor cooking experience much more enjoyable.
The Perfect Burger
When it comes down to it, a good grilled burger is all about the meat. We like to use a blend of fatty ground chuck and leaner sirloin (at a ratio of about 80 to 20 percent), for a nice, juicy burger.
It’s All About Ambience
Christmas lights on the patio are a perfect way to light up an after-dark barbecue. Hurricane lanterns work nicely if you don’t have access to electrical outlets, and citronella candles will do double duty, lighting up the backyard and keeping mosquitos at bay.
Use brown craft paper instead of a tablecloth for outdoor dining. It makes cleanup much easier, and you can put out a jar of crayons for the kids to color with while they’re waiting for second helpings.
Get Fired Up Giveaway Contest
Thanks everyone for your great grilling tips in yesterday’s contest! Congratulations to Tricia! You’ll be contacted privately so we can send you your copy of the The Deen Bros. Get Fired Up.
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Photo courtesy Ben Fink.
Dear, Paula Deen
Well I think you are the most amazing person, you are my role model if they took you off from the set I would of died inside your the best cook and I can't waite to see you again
Alexis Conner in Summer Salad Days on December 04, 2013 at 4:59 pm
Paula, I used to watch your show on Food Network a lot when I still had the TV and cable many year ago. You weren't even that big a star back then. I always love watching you cook on Youtube after I ditched my TV and cable and read your recipes on Food Network Magazines. I hope one day you can return to Food Network and the Food Network Magazine. I stop buying the magazine since you were gone.
Orindary Jane in Love at Last on December 04, 2013 at 2:32 am
Great blog Cindy!!!! I always enjoy reading your post. This Thanksgiving centerpiece is absolutely beautiful and so easy to make.
Ann in A Perfectly Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece on December 03, 2013 at 8:10 pm
Paula, made your Zucchini Custard Casserole for Thanksgiving and it was Fantastic!!! Thank you so much! Love you & your family. Happy holidays!
Pat Walker in Love at Last on December 02, 2013 at 8:45 pm