Summer is upon us and the big ole gas (propane) grill is just too much for the two of us. The kids are all grown and out of the house so do we really need that monster any longer? So, I decided to look around for a smaller grill - now to decide what kind I really wanted.
For the past I do not know how many years I have cooked on a gas grill and believe I have really good flavor with it as well. However my husband says he really loves the flavor that Charcoal grills impart. So, charcoal grill it was. Therefore, with it being just the two of us - I did not really want something that took a lot of briquettes as feel that is kind of a waste too. Hence, I let my fingers do the walking on the internet and came up with this little gem. It is a ceramic table top grill & it is just perfect. I put a handful of coals in each side and cooked 4 steaks on it to perfection. The grill has two openings on the side that can be opened & closed to control the air flow. It does come with the grate on top but not a cover. I found the smaller cookie sheet I have fits perfectly. I will also tell you that cookie sheet gets very very hot so use something to protect your hand (see my last picture of essential tools I used for grilling out). The mitt is by Wolf Gang Puck and I can use it to handle the meat too but I just used my grilling fork for turning / picking up the meat. On the plus side, I just used the baking sheet to take my meat back into the house when it was done.
And always - be sure to check your meat temperature with a meat thermometer before removing them from the grill. Remember Salmonella illness peaks in the summer time so take care not to give yourself or family members food borne illness! AskKaren is the USDA/FSIS website with tips for keeping your food safe (see link below).
Now all that is left is to grill & chill (maybe with a mean Margarita :)).