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It’s hard to believe that it’s already July! The time has just flown by with get-togethers and trips leaving little time to just enjoy our surroundings and relax. One thing that we always say we’re going to do is stay home one night and cook dinner. Recently, I was at The Home Depot and saw the Kingsford Original Twinpack and decided it’s time to have that dinner.
That sweet scent of the grill is the best. With the cooler night air, it’s nice to just take it easy outside with some home cooking. The Home Depot is currently running a special on the Kingsford Original Twinpack – 2 bags for $9.88!!! Found in the camping/outdoor grilling section (right as I walked in) and huge in-store displays. The price is great too as The Home Depot is currently running a special that has nearly cut the cost in half! (The timing is perfect for this holiday weekend!)
Once I had the Kingsford Original charcoal, it was time to get the food in gear. We headed to the grocery store determined it was going to be our best, first home grilled dinner. We went home, ready to prepare delicious and easy portions to cook out. What’s great for cooking with charcoal is that you can take it essentially anywhere. A small grill in the back deck / patio or even venturing out to the park to enjoy the fresh air.
How to use the charcoal: If you’ve never grilled using charcoal before it’s incredibly easy. Place the briquets close together on the bottom of the grill (about 40 pieces). Light (with newspaper or lighter fluid) and let them burn for 10-15 minutes. They’ll be ready for cooking once the they are lightly covered in ash and gray in color. Ensure this is done prior to any food being placed on the grill. (There are directions to reference on the back of the bag.)
Charcoal is great because it allows you to control the heat. We kept the charcoal mostly on one half of the grill for high heat and allowed the other half to have a bit of a lower temperature. This is dependent on what’s being placed on the grill. The following items were prepared ahead of time – easy preparation and transportation to the grill.
Grilled potatoes is one of my favorites.
1. Chop potatoes into small bite-sized portions (the smaller the size, the quicker they will cook). 2. Season evenly with Montreal Steak seasoning, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a couple small scoops of butter on top.
3. Don’t be afraid to get your hands in there to mix them around. Wrap / seal in aluminum foil. These will take a little longer so be sure to throw these on the grill first.
This grilled corn on the cob is also my favorite. Who am I kidding, I was all about the veggies! 1. Prior to placing the corn on the cob on the grill, soak in water for 10 minutes. This will prevent the corn from drying out (unless you’re going for popcorn). The corn will also take some time so place shortly after the potatoes and rotate frequently.
2. Check the corn by opening the husks and checking the tenderness. This will be the best corn you’ve ever had. Pretty sure, I surprised Spencer with this one. He loved it!
The grilled zucchini and asparagus were easy as well.
1. Slice, drizzle on the olive oil and sprinkle with season salt (on one side).
These will be the quickest items that we cooked so only give them 8-12 minutes so so. Ensure they’re rotated while on the grill.
The steak! We picked up this great steak and it was really fit for two people. Seasoned with season salt and/or fajita seasoning and thrown right on the grill.
The tip to grilling steaks is to not touch them very often. Let them sit and cook to your preference on one side and flip. Remember, they’ll continue to cook once taken off the grill.
The best in our opinion is medium-rare, and Chef Spencer aced this one.
This was the perfect date night for us after ending a busy weekend. Sometimes it’s nice and relaxing to just make the meal yourself and stay closer to home, enjoy your surroundings and the ones you are with. We’re already planning the next grilling night!
Are you now in the mood to grill? What’s your favorite grilled dish? Head on over to your nearest The Home Depot store to pick up Kingsford Original Twinpack. (Click here to find the store nearest you.)
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