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Father’s Day is almost upon us, and for so many of us, that means grilling outside. If your husbands or dads are anything like mine, they’d like to skip the restaurant and chill out in their own abode with nothing more than a great grilled piece of meat. Essentially, that’s Mr. Houseful on a regular basis. He doesn’t make a big to-do about Father’s Day, but I still like for him to feel special while respecting his wishes. That’s why I’m turning to The Home Depot and grilling to get the job done!
Ever since we’ve moved into Nicholes Manor we have been guests of The Home Depot almost weekly. Okay, I may be fudging the truth a bit here. I have been a guest of The Home Depot almost weekly. Often stopping to pick up things for the garden, or various home projects that we’re planning for (we’re finishing our basement, and hope to document that like we did the building of the house.) or getting my grill items. Yep. If you didn’t know, you can go to The Home Depot closest to you and pick up anything that your grilling heart desires. While there the other day, I saw a big open spit roaster that I could imagine roasting a full pig during a night out in our backyard. But I digress. Anyhoo, I totally loaded up on the Kingsford Original Twinpacks for $9.88 because we grill like it’s going out of style over this way. We grill for Thanksgiving. If it snows, we’ll shovel out to our grill and light it up then as well. We currently have 8 bags of Kingsford sitting in our garage because I just can’t pass up a great deal. It’s serious. You shouldn’t pass it up either. We’ve been fans of Kingsford for as long as we’ve been grilling, and always enjoy being able to pick up 2 packs.
One thing that I’ve learned about my husband is to KISS everything that I do for him. Keep It Simple Sweetie. I want to go all crazy with the gifts, while he enjoys simplicity. He wants to get the gift and enjoy it, so that he can get back to enjoying his family. It’s actually a pretty awesome quality to have, and I’ve learned to appreciate it. However, when it comes to grilling, I come to a crossroads. We BOTH enjoy firing up the grill, and I love having all of my tools in order, while he’ll work with whatever is on hand. This year, I’ve decided to end that madness, and present him with an early Father’s Day gift that includes all of the tools that he will need in order to grill successfully. We’re prone to put anything on the grill, as evidenced by our grilling of short ribs. BEST THINGS EVER! They grill up easy, and can be paired with a great salad to finish it off. You can let them marinate in the afternoon while running errands, and then fire up the grill and have them finished in less than fifteen minutes!
You’ll want to try this recipe as soon as you finish reading this post! If you need more recipe inspiration check THIS place out!
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup Chinese oyster sauce
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup sake (Japanese rice wine), Chinese rice wine, or dry sherry
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 piece (1 inch) peeled fresh ginger, minced
- 2 scallions, white parts minced, green parts thinly sliced
- About 3 pounds bone-in individual beef short ribs, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-wide pieces
- 1. Place the sugar, oyster sauce, soy sauce, sake, garlic, ginger, and scallion whites in a large, nonreactive mixing bowl and whisk to mix. Stir in the short ribs. Cover the bowl and let the ribs marinate in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours.
- 2. Set up the grill for direct grilling and preheat to high
- 3. When ready to cook, brush and oil the grill grate. Place the short ribs on the grate and grill until sizzling and darkly browned on the outside and cooked to taste, 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium.
- 4. Transfer the ribs to a platter or plates, sprinkle the scallion greens on top, and serve.
So, what makes a SIZZLING grilling season, other than great food? I turned to Mr. Houseful for the answer to that. Here’s what he had to say:
- Make sure you have high quality charcoal: Kingsford Charcoal is great because it doesn’t need any lighter fluid to be lit. Lighter fluid gives a HORRIBLE taste on food, because people tend to put meat on the grill RIGHT AFTER using the fluid. A BIG no-no.
- Invest in a charcoal chimney: This way you don’t have to use that pesky lighter fluid, and your coals will be nice and hot through and through.
- Learn the difference between indirect and direct grilling: Direct grilling is great for burgers,steaks, hot dogs, brats, etc. Anything that you want to be done with grilling in 20 minutes or less. Indirect grilling is great for whole chickens, ribs, etc. You want that great smokey flavor to be embedded in it.
- Invest in good tools: The last thing you want to do is burn yourself while you’re grilling. Make sure that everything that you’re using has long WOODEN/NON-METAL handles. You don’t want metal because metal heats up and burns you. If you like grilling fish, make sure to have a WIDE spatula, not a regular width one. You’ll thank me later.
- Have fun with grilling: Try new foods. Mrs. Houseful is always up for grilling randomness. Pork belly, all types of fish, seafood, PIZZA. If it can be cooked in the oven. It can probably be grilled. You can even take your cast iron skillet out to the grill and cook things that way. Trust me.
Starting today, you can pick up your Kingsford Original Twinpacks charcoal for $9.88 at The Home Depot. That’s over half off the regular price! If you’re worried about where The Home Depot is located, look no further, I have you covered. You can click HERE and enter your zipcode, and they’ll tell you where to go.