I’m thinking we grill for dinner tonight.
I don’t even really care what it is: Meat, vegetables, fruit, bread, bits of old string – everything’s a treat on a charcoal grill. Even the cheapest of hot dogs, charred ever so slightly? Who cares what they’re made of? What you got yourself there is a tasty dinner!
There are people who will tell you that a propane grill is just as good as charcoal, even better, because it’s “more convenient”. Those people are lying to you and cannot be trusted.
A propane tank may be more convenient, but it sacrifices flavor; and if we’re willing to sacrifice flavor, where do we go from there? What are the other shortcuts we’ll be taking?
Next we’ll be replacing showers with “pre-moistened towelettes”; and once our standards are gone we’ve nothing left but the hope of steady employment and three-day weekends.
Convenience is not the name of the summer-grillin’ game. It’s all about the flavor. (That’s “flavor”, and not “flava”, something else entirely that may result in your own reality show and perhaps gold orthodontia – a completely different kind of “grill”.)
Summers in Minnesota are precious and prized seasons. You know the joke, don’t you? Minnesota: Nine months of winter and three months of bad sledding. It may have been five months since we last walked through our own yards, and we've assembled outdoors, stumbling, gratefully, toward our patios, our garages, looking for our grills, our croquet sets.
Don’t tell me we can’t wait another 45 minutes for the coals to get ready!
So much of what we do and how long we allow ourselves to do it has boiled down to convenience, hasn’t it? Well dagnab it, people, I’m taking a stand! No more hot dogs blown up in the microwave! No more food that’s been delivered to me through a drive-through window! No more microwaveable queso dip! No more canned soup!
OK. Well maybe I’ve gone a bit far with that. There’s nothing – ahem – wrong with canned soup. Canned soup has many redeeming qualities, can keep you from having to run out and spend ridiculous amounts on lunch during the workweek and has recently become an office desk-drawer staple.
Canned soup is very convenient, you know.
But propane versus charcoal?
I remain firm on my charcoal grill stand.
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