I admit I used to always leave the outdoor grilling to Todd because I thought it was “his domain”. For some reason the grill itself fell into the category of a lawn mower( i.e. a dirty piece of yard equipment that could hurt me if I got too close) and I wanted no part of it. I would willingly relinquish all control of the meat, including its seasonings, marinades and rubs. I assumed there were complex secrets about grilling that only guys could comprehend. It probably came from my childhood. I don’t ever recall my lovely mother being in close proximity to the grill, and my dad would guard it with his life. I believed the myth that only men could tame the flame. And then I met Susie Bulloch from Hey Grill, Hey.
Meet Hey Grill Hey
We invited her to demonstrate the Broil King grill for our grilling season kickoff. She lovingly explained to me that there are no great mysteries about grilling and that women should feel empowered to face the grill head on. She came armed with a killer recipe for Garlic Butter Burgers made from grass fed locally raised beef and proceeded to work her magic. In no time at all these babies were loaded with burst cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and fresh basil. Not only do I believe that I can become a grill master, I believe this was the best burger I have ever tasted. Just look at it!
Kicking Off Grilling Season
I have never seen Ben, one of our awesome salesmen, as happy as he was on the day of the kickoff. We did nothing but grill and eat and he could not wipe the smile off of his face. I think he is still wondering how he managed to get paid for doing something he loves so much. He fired up the Napoleon grill and created a meat masterpiece with a special secret marinade we hope he will divulge at a later date. Ben is very protective of this family recipe so it will take some time and persuasion to squeeze it out of him. He also baked cookies in the grill on a baking stone. Who knew you could do that? I learned that the grill is basically an oven, so there is really nothing you can’t do with a little adaptation and creativity!
Since outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more popular as an extension of the home, we are selling all kinds of appliances that can withstand the weather. Things like outdoor refrigerators, ice makers, and pizza ovens can be installed into cabinets and counter space outside along with the grill, which is the heart of the outdoor kitchen. My favorite higher end grill is the Lynx . It has incredible features like side burners, cutting boards and rotisseries. During the kickoff I learned how to grill pineapple on the rotisserie and I was amazed at how delicious it was. You should give it a try this summer. Come in and I’ll show you how!
Susie will be back on Memorial Day (May 30) from 11-2pm. We’ll be doing a #GIVEAWAY of a 5 piece Napoleon grilling tools set so head over to our Instagram accounts @duerdens and @heygrillhey for details!
She will also be here on Father’s Day weekend (June 18) from 11-2pm to dazzle us some more with her grill skills. She’ll be giving samples so you don’t want to miss out. In the meantime go check out her blog for incredible grilling recipes!