It has been said that the women should leave the grilling to the men. Well I look down on gender roles and say that I can grill any man under the table.
That’s right! You heard what I said. If you are a man reading my blog, I challenge you to a grill off anytime, anywhere. Ya see, how I see it, when men grill they like to add a whole bunch of seasonings and pre-made BBQ sauce and call that good BBQ. But when I grill, I like to choose some good hickory chips to give my food a nice hickory flavor; I like to marinade or brine my meats to break down those protein and preserve the natural flavors of the meat and give it a little something extra; and I like to pick seasoning and fresh herbs that are harmonious to take my food to another level. Ya see men, women like to take their time with things. We have to make sure that everything we do and choose for our food (if we really love to cook) works together. We may even add an ingredient that is completely out of the box. Men just add beer to everything.
You can see the evidence in this Cedar Wrapped Salmon I grilled yesterday. Oh yea….its the bomb! I have a lot of extra rosemary from my garden and I have to use it fast before it completely dries out and salmon is perfect for that. I made a homemade marinade (oh yea men, not a bottle of 30 minute marinade that you would buy) using garlic, fresh lemon juice, and rosemary to marinade my fish. I then wrapped it in these cedar papers to give it a nice grilled wooded flavor and it came out perfectly. My boyfriend loved it and he doesn’t even like salmon. He said, and I quote, “I normally don’t like salmon, but I’ll eat yours”. Ha! So take that men. I converted one of your very own into a fan favorite of my grilling techniques!
* I used “Fire & Flavor Cedar Papers” that can be found at your local major grocer in the aisle along with the rest of the BBQ products. If you have a Kroger, you should be able to find it there.
* If you cannot find the cedar papers then you could probably use actual cedar planks, but the cooking time maybe different.Print