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Cyndi Allison - Grill Girl

The Grilling Challenged

I’ve been to some pretty interesting barbecues in my time. It seems that most people buy a new grill and decide to test drive it on their friends and family. This isn’t the grandest plan, but it does make for some great stories and classic memories.

Student Grillers - Not Always An A+

My students often decide that it would be fun to end the year with a cook out. I’m never one to discourage initiative. I have, however, enjoyed a number of charred raw hamburgers and hot dogs burned beyond recognition.

One year our head griller broke out the Southern oil tank grill hauled over behind a monster truck. This looked like it was going to be the cook out to end all cook outs. Unfortunately he forgot to bring a spare gas tank, and he ran out of fuel right after the burgers went on the grates. The chips, fruit, and cupcakes were very good. Bless us all who have sinned and come up short on fuel and contributed to the consumption of cupcakes.

Last year, the volunteer chef brought damp charcoal and a grill without air vents. After an hour of attempting to coax some fire out of the soggy charcoal with assorted leaves and sticks picked up around the yard, the hot dogs landed in the microwave. Sometimes the quick fix really is the way to go.

Don't Get Discouraged

It’s all good. Even when things don’t go as planned, a cook out is fun. Plus, I now have a web site and send my kids over to check that out when they start talking chicken on the grill. To be honest, they usually wing it first. Then, they ask me for my Grill Girl URL and hopefully the results get better.

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