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Hot off the Grill

April 17, 2012

Hot off the Grill

What is it about spring time that sends our taste buds screaming for pulled pork, brats, burgers, and hot dogs? If grilling out in the company of music, games, and a lively crowd is your cup of tea, then HideAway Country Inn is your one place stop this spring!

Every Thursday evening, the inn will feature, "Bike Night" with a special menu where you can grab grub, get fully loaded with special sauces and toppings, and pig out at the hog trough with classics like baked beans, coleslaw and more.

While many may think grilling out is a no brainer, there are some tips to be learned to make these dishes healthy and delicious so you can enjoy them all spring and summer long. First, make sure to keep the heat turned to at least 140 degrees until served. Be sure to use a new platter and utensils as juices from raw meat can contain salmonella.

Second, marinate your meat first. Try brown sugar, olive oil, cider vinegar, garlic, lemon juice, mustard and salt for a yummy mixture that has been shown to cut HCA production by 92 percent. Try other spices such as parsley, thyme, rosemary, and oregano to keep sodium low. Onion and garlic also add excellent flavor.

Third, sear your meat. Searing really just means cooking the outside of meat over very hot heat, and then finishing the cooking by another method. This creates a flavorful exterior and moist interior which locks in flavor without adding fat.

Last, rub in some dry seasoning and try adding some veggies and a side of salsa. Be sure to refrigerate any leftovers as soon as possible and toss anything left out over 2 hours. Enjoy!

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