Monday, July 20, 2015

How do you #GrillOn?

A few weeks back I headed out on the Boone County Farm Tour and went to one of my favorite spots - Ryan Raised Farm. Now I'm typically a Certified Angus Beef gal after my tour of their farms (day 1 - day 2) - but I also love a small, local farm. 

I picked up some pork chops and flank steak - the flank steak has much less marbeling so I wasn't too sure how I would like it. Their cows are solely grass fed - which is the big movement right now. I marinated the flank steak in a packet of McCormick's Grill Mates Montreal Steak Blend.

Now my grilling set up isn't too fancy - but it's got a good view. We have a small charcoal grill in the back - but at least that little grill is next to a swimming pool!

It does remind me of the first time I grilled - we had a tiny propane grill with the little canister of propane. I had never grilled on my own - turned on the propane and didn't know how long to wait before I lit the grill. Oh yeah - I nearly burned my eyebrows off. The flash and pop of the flame scared the crap out of me!!! I then grilled up some of the best hot dogs of my life! (I was just happy to be alive so they tasted really good!) So I've graduated up to a grill with feet - someday - I'll get up to a big fancy grill. :-)

And I always have two companions when I'm grilling - Mysty is so photogenic - I could look at that face all day long. :-) She's so happy all the time and so sensitive. If I'm sad - she cheers me up - if I'm happy she prances around with a happy dance!

Wiener on the other hand - he can be photogenic - when he wants to be - but that long nose is a challenge. He is not sensitive. He is not caring. He wants love when HE wants it - but he is very snuggly. Overall - he's a little booger - rotten and barky - but oh how I love him.

So yes - there's my delicious flank steak and fresh corn from Green Bean Delivery grilling up - getting ready for Pop-Pop to come home from a long day at work.

And yes - like I said - the caring girl couldn't quite let me just sit there and grill without giving me a little kiss!

The flank steak only took a few minutes to grill up - I could have taken it off a couple of minutes sooner - but it was still medium so I was pretty happy. The flank steak is a fairly muscle-y piece of meat - so my normal method of pressing on the steak to check doneness was a little more difficult. It works wonders with a ribeye or strip steak.

The McCormick's Grill Mates seasoning was pretty good - you just mixed the seasoning with water, vegetable oil and white vinegar. I tend to like the ones with balsamic vinegar better but it was fine.
So how was the grass fed beef? It was good - it did still have flavor and the marinade was nice and light. It's also nice knowing where my food came from and knowing that it was responsibly sourced.

And any meal is great when you finish it off with fresh corn on the cob. Oh man so delicious! I will definitely continue to #grillon! What's your favorite thing to grill?

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