Smoke signals

grilling eggplant

A lot has changed since I was a kid. Today, apparently, it’s a tragic embarrassment to have your mom call across the street that it’s time to come in from playing street hockey to eat your dinner. I’ve been instructed to text my son that his dinner is ready. Apparently, he’ll still be able to claim me as his mother if I follow such instructions. Otherwise, there’s a good chance that I’ll be sent into exile.

Not so when I was 12 going on 13. In those days the only texts I knew about were the books in my school bag and I certainly didn’t take those outside to play or want to spend any extra time with them!

One way to get attention from the ball hockey players, basket shooters or skateboarders on the street is to grill something delicious that gets them coming to you. But grilling in cool weather presents some challenges you don’t face in summer time. So, in order to produce smoke signals that create enticing foods night after crisp, autumn night, follow these cooler weather grilling tips (not be confused with my winter grilling tips.

• Cook even small foods covered to retain heat
• Likewise, don’t leave the lid open too long when turning or basting food
• Increase the setting by one notch if the air is 10 degrees Celsius or more cooler than room temperature
• If cooking over indirect heat, rotate the food more frequently than usual.
• Bring larger foods (such as roasts and whole chickens) to room temperature before grilling in cold weather
• Take foods inside as soon as they are cooked so that they don’t cool down too quickly

This  Grilled Honey Spiced Eggplant (pictured above) is perfect for autumn grilling.


7 Responses to Smoke signals

  1. Wow, I would loved that as an afternoon snack!

    Another tip – for the idiots out there – keep the grill outside. There is always someone who thinks it is a fine idea to bring the propane tank in the house instead of grilling outside. For them we have the Darwin Awards.

  2. Barb says:

    LOL I love the new rules. It’s tough being a cool 13 year old when your mom is near by.

  3. We’re in real trouble when the dog starts answering only to texts.

    Fun story but the bbq tips are good. Thanks for posting them.

  4. My heart goes out to you… you are in the long dark tunnel years. That’s how we refer to the time when our son was 13. Fortunately he emerged into the light at around 15.
    Great BBQ info!

  5. Jennifer says:

    My mom used to ring a large bell we’d hear no matter how far we’d wandered. Thanks for these helpful tips!

  6. Great Blog says:

    That is nice to once and for all locate a website where the blogger really knows what he is talking about.

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