It’s happened. I saw my first back-to-school ad this week and it immediately inspired dread. While I haven’t attended school in, erm, quite some time, I still feel joy at the end of June and sadness when September hits. That’s some solid childhood programming right there. And every year I feel indignant when people lament the end of summer when the season is barely over a month old. We wait for summer all year here in Canada, let’s not hasten it out the door, shall we? So in an effort to keep the good times rolling, I give you the most summer-friendly food I can think of – pork back ribs, Char Sui Back Ribs to be exact.
Summer is in full swing and grills everywhere are getting a workout. Sausages, burgers, and steaks are in high demand right now and it’s not hard to see why. These BBQ staples are near dear to so many people’s hearts. I myself have been flipping more than my fair share of burgers. But I realized the other day that chicken hadn’t graced my grill all that much this year. So I whipped up these Ginger Chicken Thigh Sandwiches to atone for my pitmaster faux pas. This is such a wonderful and effortless recipe and you don’t need much more than a cast-iron griddle or a tiny charcoal grill to pull it off. So whether you’re in a public park or your own backyard, you can totally pull these sammies off.
It’s time for another installment of my ongoing Overthinking Classics series. If you’re new here, Overthinking Classics is a video series where I dissect beloved dishes, overthink them from every angle, and rebuild them into my version of perfect. I say “my version of perfect” because what you look for in, say, a plate of pasta might be very different than what I look for. Today, I’m tackling the classic cheeseburger. A year-round favorite that really comes into its own in the summer. Pair this bad boy with a milkshake and a side of fries for the full nostalgic experience.
This is not a BBQ blog for one very simple reason, I am not a BBQ expert. I’m what you would call an enthusiastic amateur. I enjoy eating BBQ, I enjoy BBQing but I am still very much a novice in terms of skill. Mostly because when I do something good on the grill I struggle to replicate it. This immediately suggests I don’t understand what I got right. But I have been making inroads. I feel fairly confident smoking beef ribs for instance because today’s Smoked Beef Ribs with Sumac Onions forced me to buckle down and figure the damn thing out. So maybe that’s the key to my future BBQ success. Make it part of my work and I’ll actually pay attention and document the process.