It’s Getting Hot, No?



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  1. Avatar Just Me says:

    Heating up? Where? Wish it was heating up in temps here. More snow on tap for tonight. I am enjoying this time of year by working hard to finish off the last few weeks of school, I graduate on May 10th and start my first job in my new career on May 13th.Report

    • Avatar Kazzy says:

      If you don’t mind me asking, JM, where is “here”?Report

      • Avatar Just Me says:

        I live in the great state of Wisconsin, Eau Claire to be exact. Still getting snow every couple of days.Report

        • Avatar Michael Drew says:

          JustMe, North, Blaise & I (and I’m guessing a couple others) live within 100 mi of each other (Twin Cities or Eau Claire area). We really need to make LoOG Northern Drinking Division a thing. (I guess we could include those Further North, too…;))

          First, though, Chicago.

          But yeah, it ain’t heatin’ up any too much in this neighborhood. We’ve been 10-15 degrees off normal highs for like 10 days. It’s actually kind of amazing. Makes me fear what kind of compensation to preserve the mean we’ve got in store for July-August. Maybe we’ll have a below-average spring & summer when all is said & done, but with my luck, I’m not counting on it.Report

          • Avatar Michael Drew says:

            This comment has been OBE, see below.Report

          • Avatar Will Truman says:

            FWIW, during our move we will be passing through the TC and EC during our big move. We’re talking about spending a day in the TC. Chicago, too…

            Just sayin’…Report

            • Avatar Michael Drew says:

              Hit me up! I would happily try to rally the folks in the area for a meet-up (as is my transparent agenda as can bee plainly seen). I think you have my email, but in case: drew [dot] mike [at] gmail [dot] com.

              What’s the approximate timeframe on that? Was it August-ish? I can’t remember.Report

      • Avatar Michael Cain says:

        Over the past Mon-Tue-Wed, about a foot of snow here in Denver’s western suburbs (still down on the flat rather than up in the foothills). I use the grill all year round, so shoveled enough of the deck that I can reach it (and my wife’s dog can reach her favorite queen-of-the-backyard perch). Long-term forecast has us getting another shot of snow next Monday.Report

    • Avatar Will Truman says:

      It’s been on the cold side out here in Arapaho, as well. Warm enough during the day to melt the previous night’s snows, though.

      Since our house doesn’t have AC, I am hoping that it stays this way for as long as possible.Report

  2. Avatar Tod Kelly says:

    It’s probably getting time to do the first batch of ribs for the spring.Report

    • Avatar Kazzy says:

      Do you smoke them? If so, do you have a dedicated smoker? If not, do you use one of those smoke-box contraptions on a regular grill? I’m considering adding one to the arsenal but am curious to hear from folks who’ve used ’em first.Report

      • Avatar BlaiseP says:

        I use one. Just keep it wrapped in tinfoil, inside and out. Periodically strip off the foil if you’d like.Report

      • Avatar Tod Kelly says:

        I do. And I always use the Big Green Egg.Report

        • Avatar Kazzy says:

          If I understand correctly, the BGE appears to be a combination charcoal grill and smoker of some sort. Do I have that right?Report

          • Avatar Tod Kelly says:

            Yeah. And because it retains heat so well, in a pretty short period of time you can actually get in up to 800-900′, like they do with the equipment in the high-end steak houses.Report

            • Avatar Kazzy says:

              Nice. Is it big enough around to do a pizza on? Those temps can really perfect the crust.Report

              • Avatar Tod Kelly says:

                Yes. We have a stone for it for just that reason, but we haven’t gotten around to using it yet.

                We use it once or twice a week during the winter months, and almost every night (even if just for the veggies) during the summer.Report

          • Avatar Glyph says:

            Not to knock the BGE – I understand they are in fact da bomb – but you can get a semi-similar (though not ceramic – with the tradeoff that it will also be lighter/easier to move) kamado at Lowe’s for $300, which is a fraction of the BGE’s cost (the BGE is pretty expensive). This will probably be my next grill.


            • Avatar Kazzy says:

              Hmmm… considering what we spent for our Weber, we could have landed the BGE. However, as much as I know charcoal lends a superior flavor, I couldn’t pass up the convenience of natural gas, especially since we were able to tap into the house line and go tankless. With just Zazzy and I, we’ll often fire up the grill just long enough to cook a couple chicken breasts or some burgers. I’d be less likely to do that if I had to go through all the rickamaroll of charcoal (though it appears the BGE cuts the time down, I imagine there is still a lot of waste if you fire it up for just 20-30 minutes). Long term, I’d love to get a separate charcoal grill for the big jobs… cookouts and the like… with the ideal plan being to build a brick one out in the yard.Report

              • Avatar Tod Kelly says:

                It’s not that inconvenient, because of the whole heat retention thing. It heats up in about 5-10 minutes, depending on the temp.

                We bought it when we moved into the house, but we also put in a gas line for our existing grill. Our thought was convenient gas grill on weekdays, BGE on the weekends when we had more time.

                We have used the gas grill a total of once, and that was for a party to do shrimp skewers while the BGE was doing multiple batches of BBQ chicken and ribs.Report

              • Avatar Kazzy says:

                Is the charcoal such that you can get multiple grilling sessions out of a single batch? I’d hate to waste half a bag to cook four sausages.Report

              • Avatar Tod Kelly says:

                Yeah, and for the same reason it gets hot. You close of the air vents and the fire goes out immediately. A bag of wood charcoal will last me a month at least.Report

              • Avatar Kazzy says:

                Damn… had I known…

                Well, I’ll just have to start saving and make that the next generation. Thanks for the info.Report

              • Avatar Kimmi says:

                That’s why I have a cobb…Report

              • Avatar Glyph says:

                Damn! Buncha rich folk around here!

                Well, at $300 maybe it’d be cheap enough to be a second grill. 😉 Plus you could see if you like that style, and if so upgrade to a BGE later.Report

              • Avatar Kazzy says:

                Wait… you’re not rich?

                Time to revoke Glyph’s privileges.Report

              • Avatar BlaiseP says:

                A good grill is a wonderful toy. I don’t feel it’s necessary, I’ve done good work on every size grill from teeny six briquette hibachi to open rack to Man Toy to Cajun microwave ( contents )

                Gotta love what you’re doing, pay attention and get a good meat thermometer.Report

            • Avatar Michelle says:

              We looked at those last weekend when we bought our new grill, but decided against charcoal. We’ve always had a charcoal grill in the past. Too much work. We’re getting lazy in our old age. Plus we rarely eat meat anymore. My husband doesn’t eat it at all.Report

              • Avatar Michelle says:

                By those I mean the Char-Grill version of the BGE. We settled on a lower-end gas Weber instead. There’s only two of us, so we don’t need anything huge to grill mostly vegetables and fish. I’ll probably throw on the occasional steak.Report

  3. Avatar Maribou says:

    It’s snowing here too. A LOT.Report

  4. Avatar Patrick says:

    And now we see why… all snarking on California accounted for… it’s still better to live here than not.

    I’ve used by grill about twenty times since Christmas.Report

    • Avatar Burt Likko says:

      And I do believe Mrs. Likko and I owe you and the Mrs. some backyard grilling, Mr. Patrick. Why don’t you take a look at the schedule with the young’uns, and see when you can find some time.Report

      • Avatar Patrick says:

        Oy. Between now and June, we have the centennial celebration for the kids’ school, which Kitty is managing, the BHNA home tour, Kitty’s birthday, Jack’s birthday, both my parents’ birthdays, my final paper in my last class, the BHNA disaster plan final draft, Jack & Hannah’s baseball seasons, and Mother’s Day.

        I honestly don’t think I get to take a dump between now and May 27th.


    • Avatar Kazzy says:

      I actually normally will grill in the winter, but because we were having trouble with the grill line (a small leak) and it was too cold to repair it, I pulled back. Of course, there is cooking meat and veggies on the grill and there is grilling… the latter can’t happen in the window no matter what shape the darn thing is in.Report

  5. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    To date in 2013, I have grilled:

    Garlic pork sausages
    Apple-gouda chicken sausages
    Yellow squash
    Portobello mushrooms
    Denver omelettes with bacon and hash browns

    But no burgers or bratwurst. Yet. Looking forward to some turkey burgers this weekend.Report

    • Avatar Kazzy says:

      Heh… California is the only place you can grill tri-tip.Report

    • Avatar Tod Kelly says:

      Omelets?! Very cool.Report

      • Avatar Burt Likko says:

        I use a cast-iron skillet; it’ll get very hot, so the omelet cooks very fast. Also, I seasoned my skillet the Sam Wilkinson way!Report

        • Avatar Kazzy says:

          Before leaving yesterday, Zazzy’s mom made bacon in my cast iron skillet while I was out. She took off for the airport before cleaning it, leaving the bacon grease to congeal a quarter inch deep. The thing is, I had to pretend to be angry about this so I could lay into Zazzy a bit while I was actually secretly thrilled at the chance to give the seasoning a quick freshening. I didn’t give it the full treatment but it does have a bit of extra gleam today.

          I’m a bad man.Report

          • Avatar Just Me says:

            This made me think of my dad. Bacon grease and onion sandwiches. What do you mean you are going to throw that away? Growing up we always had a coffee can that we poured the bacon grease in sitting on the stove.Report

            • Avatar Kazzy says:

              When Zazzy and I first moved in, I gave her a long talk about that container in the back of the fridge that looks gross?

              That is not gross, honey. You will come to love it.Report

  6. Avatar BlaiseP says:

    The air conditioner has been humming all day. A bumblebee hovers just outside the window. It might get cool enough to let the Gulf breeze in once the sun starts setting.Report

    • Avatar Just Me says:

      This seems like a good spot to put an FYI post. I know a few on this site recently heard this information but everyone might as well be informed as well. BlaiseP and I are a couple, have been for a few years now. He is the reason I have been a lurker on this site for so long. For a long time I would threaten to post here. Okay, to be honest a long time ago he suggested I post and I was always to hesitant to do so. He is a pretty good writer, me not so much. I believe it was the gun debate that finally pushed me over the edge into making my first post. I couldn’t hold back any longer and I had to throw my two cents in.Report

      • Avatar Michael Drew says:

        Oh, wow. Half of LoOG NDD is already an institution. Awesome!Report

      • Avatar Burt Likko says:

        So why does it sound like BlaiseP is in balmy Florida sipping piña coladas on the beachfront balcony while Just Me is waiting through a dreadfully snowy April in Eau Claire?Report

        • Avatar BlaiseP says:

          I’ve been down here in Louisiana for work since Sept. Now that JM has found work up there, it seems like I’ll be coming back north.Report

          • Avatar Burt Likko says:

            So…. Hurricanes instead of piña coladas. Gotcha.Report

            • Avatar trumwill mobile says:

              Crawfish, my man. Crawfish.Report

            • Avatar BlaiseP says:

              Burt, here’s the deal. Down here, things go one of three ways: termites, dry rot or hurricanes. New Orleans and I don’t get along, at all. I actually stay in Metairie.

              Two nights ago it was raining like a cow pissing on a flat rock and I lost power repeatedly. Mercifully all my puter gear is on a UPS. The power here is nasty.

              Methinks in future I’m gonna get a really good motor home and spend some of the winter down here. As far as I’m concerned, I can deal with snow through New Year. But no more New Orleans. Baton Rouge, maybe. Lafayette, more likely. But New Orleans, never again.Report

              • Avatar Tod Kelly says:

                NO is the only place in the country left on my bucket list.

                I would love to go for a month, and do nothing but go out an listen to live music every night.Report

              • Avatar BlaiseP says:

                Yeah, yeah. The French Quarter is nothing but an adult Disneyland. Completely overrated. Fake as a three dollar bill. There’s lots of good music in this town but that’s true in pretty much any metro area these days.Report

              • Avatar Tod Kelly says:

                Oh, wait! I have one other American city on my bucket list – Savannah. Ever since I read Midnight in the Garden of God & Evil.Report

              • Avatar BlaiseP says:

                Savannah or Charleston.Report

              • Avatar Kazzy says:

                I’m hitting NO for a bachelor party this summer and can’t wait. It will be almost two years to the day since I had my own there. Easily my favorite city to visit in America (not sure I could live there). Even if you didn’t taste a lick of booze, the food, music, architecture, culture, and everything else still make it a fabulous place.

                But, oh, the booze…Report

              • Avatar Burt Likko says:

                Huh. So if we did Leaguefest 2014 in the Big Easy (abundance of alcoholic beverages and hotels with a broad spectrum of pricing-versus-luxuriousness options) you’d say, “Meh, no thanks”?Report

              • Avatar BlaiseP says:

                I’d know where to take y’all. Just wouldn’t be in the Quarter.Report

              • Avatar Kazzy says:

                Any recs? We’ll be in the Quarter for the BP but plan to hit Frenchmen Street for a night. Any other recs you’d make for a bunch of late 20’s/early 30’s gentlemen?Report

              • Avatar BlaiseP says:

                I’d pick up a copy of Gambit and make plans accordingly.Report

            • Avatar Shazbot5 says:

              The Hurricane was concocted by the devil as a drink that would fool you into thinking you were much less drunk than you were. Mission accomplished, Devil. Mission accomplished.Report

              • Avatar BlaiseP says:

                So JM and I drove across from Phoenix through to Louisiana. We went down to New Orleans. A/C died in my truck. JM’s walking through the Quarter. “Oh yeah, I remember this joint. See that horse head post? Think I rammed into that one when I was really drunk that one night.”Report

      • Avatar Kazzy says:


        As I said to Blaise when he revealed it behind the scenes, mazel. And God bless ya for putting up with the bastard. 🙂Report

      • Avatar Stillwater says:

        Man, that’s a really nice surprise. Really nice. I feel like congratulations are in order, even tho it’s not quite appropriate. Fish it.


        • Avatar BlaiseP says:

          It’s been an exceedingly odd relationship. Tea Party meets ex-Republican Liberal. Sort of a Carville-Matalin fun fest.Report

          • Avatar Tod Kelly says:

            Except that you don’t look like a lizard.Report

            • Avatar BlaiseP says:

              My favourite James Carville quote:

              Back in 2000 a Republican friend warned me that if I voted for Al Gore and he won, the stock market would tank, we’d lose millions of jobs, and our military would be totally overstretched.

              You know what? I did vote for Al Gore, he did win, and I’ll be damned if all those things didn’t come true! Report

          • Avatar Kazzy says:

            Heh… I was thinking that earlier… I hope you guys have a real-life commenting policy.Report

            • Avatar Just Me says:

              I think the best policy is knowing that disagreements about politics are not personal. We must be doing okay, made it through the mess that was Wisconsin politics this last year and through a presidential election.

              We have lived vastly different lives, it is understandable we would have some different beliefs.Report

      • Avatar Shazbot5 says:

        Hey, that’s great.Report

      • Avatar dexter says:

        Calling Blaise a “pretty good writer” is like calling LeBron James a pretty good basketball player.
        Most of my garden has been planted and I have flowers on most of the plants. I lost the first batch I put in the ground because of a freak late season freeze and had to replant the little things. Mowed the yard today. It was about two weeks late but the ground was and is to wet to mow. It has been a very, very, very wet winter. For the first time ever my broccoli drowned.
        Have not thought about the AC, but I haven’t been in a northern winter in so long that anything below 85 is a good temperature. Have not thought about grilling, but have been eating a ton of crawfish and shrimp.Report

        • Avatar Just Me says:

          You liked that huh? I really do think he should write a book.Report

        • Avatar Stillwater says:

          Calling Blaise a “pretty good writer” is like calling LeBron James a pretty good basketball player.

          Perfect analogy. Even when BP isn’t completely on his game, he’s still getting a triple double.Report

    • Avatar Tod Kelly says:

      Damn you, BP. Damn you to Hell.Report

  7. Avatar zic says:

    Ahem. I live in Maine. It snowed here last week.

    And I use the grill all winter.

    For fun? The woods are nearly snow free, at least at the lower elevations. The Spring Twitterpate is underway. The ephemeral streams are gushing and ephemeral blooms budding.

    Plus, I’ve designed a skirt, top, and two sweaters in the last week; an intense amount of work. Without meaning too, I’ve got an entire collection that uses related and unusual techniques (a rare thing in the fashion world). Now I’ve got to pull it together and find a publisher.Report

    • Your fellow Mainer (well, really his all-but-legal husband) will be putting the steak on the grill as soon as the Critter has been put to bed.Report

      • Avatar zic says:

        Our’s was delicious. A nice rib eye; asparagus (nearly fresh, not too mushy), and baby potatoes roasted in the wood stove; still cold enough up here in the mountains to want the wood heat to take the chill off.

        I hope yours was equally delicious.Report

  8. Avatar KatherineMW says:

    Spring is finally here in Ottawa – almost all of the snow is gone (just clumps remaining where it was plowed into heaps all season) and the sky was blue and sunny today. I hope it keeps this up.Report

  9. Avatar Kazzy says:

    I should make clear that we aren’t exactly bursting with spring here. Trees have only just begun to bud, but the past two weeks brought us our first days of consistently warm weather, though there are still cold spots mixed in. Still, any excuse to get out and grill…Report

  10. Avatar NewDealer says:

    Being an urban apartment dweller. I lack a grill and backyard for grilling.Report

  11. Avatar Shazbot5 says:

    It’s getting hot in here?

    So, take off all your clothes.

    Pretty simple solution, dude.


  12. Avatar ktward says:

    Huh. I’m guessing I should keep quiet about weather details down here in Puerto Rico. At least until high summer hits and y’all will be thanking your lucky stars* you’re not down here.

    *Lucky Stars = some combination of air conditioning and reliable electricity. Both have limited availability in PR.Report

  13. Avatar James K says:

    * Except for James K. But fish him and all his upside down friends.

    Mock us if you will, but our very upside-downedness shall be your undoing! When we invade your armies, raised on first-person shooters, will aim for our heads, cauning their bullets to pass harmlessly between our legs! Mwuahahahaha!!!Report

  14. Avatar Damon says:

    Just grilled some steaks and asparagus. This is on tap soon:

    Grilled beef kebobs with sumac (spice) (marinated in olive oil, lime)
    Grilled veggies: portabellos, tomatoe, onion, etc.
    Tzaki sauce (greek yogurt, lime, salt, diced cuke, dill)
    South African Syrah