Hey all! Just a quick blast of fun from mother nature tonight while I cooked dinner that I thought I'd share.
Cherry over 4 charcoal brigs to get things started for a 30 minute smoke...it yeilded about 95* grate temps in my SNPwith 65* ambient just prior to a thunderstorm. Temps were dropping like a brick when my wife pulled into the driveway 20 minutes earlier with steaks in tow, and that's all I know:
Salt and CBP only on both sides of some fine T-Bones...no need to get carried away with seasonings when you have a good cut of beef like these, IMHO:
Let's get ta smokin":
I fired up 2 chimneys about 2/3 full over a double-burner outdoor cooker, and about the time they were ready to drop into the grill, I told the kids (sityting outside watching the storm) that mother nature had about 1 minute to shut me down, and after that, I'm grillin' up my steaks. Tossed the briqs in, leveled 'em out, set the grates of steaks over the fire and closed the lid. About that time, it got really dark and the wind came howling in. 2 minutes later, down came the rain, and before I got the steaks flipped, it started hailing...no turning back now, 'cause I'm not abandoning ship and walking away from a good steak dinner!!! A couple minutes and dinner will be ready. This pics was another tough focus from about 2 feet away...so hot the radient heat kicked the camer's focusing all over the place...man, I miss the old 35mm days...dial it in, and shoot whatever you want...(sigh):
Just about ready...a couple cool spots to finish heating up for a bit:
I'm hungry, and motyher nature's threatening to destroy my plans, but I'm not backin' down...oh no:
Probably close to 850* grate temp for the sear...way too hot for even a quick check with 18" tongs and no gloves, so, yeah, a wicked hot grill:
I took a quick break and tried to get the digi-cam to focus on the uncovered portion of my wood patio just outside my kitchen...so much precipitation it drove the camera nuts and wouldn't focus, but you can see the hail...this was just after it started...up to ping-pong ball sized hail before it was over:
Neither, snow, nor cold, nor rain, nor sleet, nor hail shall shall stop me from cooking my dinner!!!
No vehicle or home damage from the hail...stuff was small enough that it wouldn't break anything or dent an auto-body. Maybe we'll see a few flowering plants, shrubs and trees with a few leaves missing...other than that, we had our exitement for the week...and a nice dinner. Mild cherry smoke flavor topped with char-grilled searing...most were a nice medium-rare wiht a couple done to medium...mmm-mmm-mmm! Forgot to get plated pics with the storm raging for nearly 3/4 hour non-stop, but this was served with baked taters...yum!
I did toss the briqs into my weber kettle to snuff 'em out cold in case the crap really did hit the perverbial fan and crashed my kitchen sending hot briquettes into something that was still dry and combustible...don't need a secondary fire after cooking dinner...still thinkin' safety at this point, and all is well.