This week’s topic is a stretch but stick with me. It will all make sense in the end. First, it’s Canada Day/Independence Day weekend which is only relevant if you live near the longest unprotected border in the world but it is the modern tradition to eat grilled food on these holidays. Also, yesterday a friend of mine burned his hand on his grill. (I don’t think it was his plan to eat his hand but burning it probably removed the option.) Which brings us around to this week’s question: What kind of grill do you have? If you live in another country, do people there do much grilling or is that more an American/Canadian/Australian sort of thing?

After a year of having NO grill while living in DC, I now have a small gas grill. It’s big enough for the three of us and since we don’t typically entertain that’s fine. The huge four burner grill I had in Michigan never got used to its full potential anyway. I like the gas better than charcoal because, again, for small meals using enough charcoal to build sufficient heat means that a lot of charcoal ends up going to waste. Also, no ashes to clean up. To make up for the lack of smoke I got anodized aluminum grill grates that have valleys where I can throw a few wood chips to smolder while I cook above them. I also have a small electric smoker for pulled pork, brisket, ribs, etc. Last week I made tea smoked duck and chicken thighs that were amazing.