Since man tamed fire, we have been obsessed with burning/grilling food, with enthusiasm, passion and perhaps alcohol.
The fascination of cooking over the fire, under the open sky, may have been rather simple in the early days, with meat being thrown casually on the open fire and burned to a crisp. Not much preparation was needed, limited use of spices, and most pieces of the animals were consumed.
Over time, people started to experiment with vegetables, herbs, leaves, and different methods of cooking the meats. Some dug holes for large portions of meats, covering it with coal and hot rocks. Others used spears, grills, and various tools over open fire grilling.
All in the name of excelling the grilling experiences, perfecting the cooking of meats. It also involved baking bread, such as corn tortilla and cornbreads.
In the beginning, grilling was a regular occurrence. It was something we had to do to ensure that food was prepared for families, and it of course helped maintain some basic hygiene as bacteria were burned off the meats.
While many families enjoy BBQ, it is predominantly a sport performed by men. It is a man’s opportunity to show off his cooking skills. Impress his wife, family, and friends. Become the king of the backyard.
The BBQ journey and evolution may have started rather spontaneously. It has turned into something bigger.
Grilling has morphed into a hobby, but for some, it is more than just a hobby. It is a sport. A way of life. A religion even.
With the introduction and adoption of social media, we BBQ enthusiasts can share our love of food, and the pitmasters have fans in the thousands.
Despite the simplicity of the concept of grilling, it is by no means a cheap hobby. There’s a science behind and a multibillion-dollar industry, supporting all walks of life; from farming, foresting, meat production, metal workers, not to mention the accessories.
As you know, I invested in the Traeger pellet Pro series, which is an amazing grill. I have amazed my dear wife with my BBQ skills, wiping up some delightful dishes. The meats are juicy, full of flavors, and have left my family liking their fingers asking for more.
However, it is an investment that needs feeding too. You can easily burn through 20lbs of pellets in a week, depending on what you smoke or grill. Each bag is $18-20.
Then there’s the meats that you want to grill; beef, chicken, shellfish, fish, etc. These are not cheap either. Not to mention the dry rubs needed to enhance the flavors.
Oh, and I totally forgot a good supply of beers. There’s no grilling without a few cold beers; before, during, and after.
My desire for learning more BBQ tricks, to cook more meats, and expand my culinary adventures are growing, and so is my spending. – unfortunately.
- I enjoy talking to other BBQ enthusiasts on social media. I post my creations on my own Instagram profile and share my recipes.
- I recently invested in my own cool apron, for cooking/grilling, and found my favorite beer throughout the quarantine, Fat Tire.
- I’ve also found a renewed love for my Demerbox, which blasts music throughout the back garden as I smoke / grill meats spiced with new flavors.
Men who enjoy this culinary experience share a thick bond. We often have the same values in life, a strange sense of footwear, and enjoy food.
My biggest problem is that I cannot eat as much food as I really want, as I’m still following a rather strict diet. I eat less and have to watch what I consume.
That said, it simply means that I get to explore new ways of cooking healthy on my Traeger, experimenting with healthier meats, while still savoring the BBQ flavors.
I love standing in the back garden, preparing meats early in the day, smell the flavors coming from the grill as a piece of meat is being smoked to perfection. I stand there in my manly sandals, no socks, while Guns n Roses fill up the surroundings, and sipping on a Fat Tire beer. Even if it is only 10am on a Saturday morning.
Grilling is also used as an ice breaker when visiting other (new) friends. Men quietly examine another person’s grill setup, smirk when something is outdated or not maintained, and come with some suggestions based on their own experiences. We do this without insulting the other man.
Once we recognize each other’s passion for the grilling art, we salute each other, toast with a bottle of beer, and laugh heroically thinking we outdid each other.
As a heart warrior, I’m pleased that I can take my cooking skills outside, when weather permits, and impress my queen with healthy dishes.
It is a healthy and well-meaning competition between the BBQ tribes and kings of the back gardens.