Best Holiday Grilling Recipes & Tips For 2018
Include Your Grills In Your Holiday Meal Planning
If you’ve got a crowd coming to your house for the holidays, that means more than one big meal. It likely means several big meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bring your grills and your grillers together and take your meals to the grill. Take the stress down and the fun up during your holiday.
1) Delegate! You likely have a griller or two among your guests, enlist them to oversee the outdoor kitchen. Pop Quiz: what do you call people offering to help in the kitchen? In the way! Send them outside to the grills where they can truly help.
2) Decorate! Don’t just decorate the tree, decorate your outdoor grilling area! Set the stage with lights and seating around the grills to deliver great meals and great times.
3) Prep, Prep Prep! Preparation and pre-cooking will also reduce the stress of feeding a crowd and allow for quick, no-hassle breakfasts and lunches to just happen because you were prepared and have your grills and grillers at your command.
4) Think Breakfast, Lunch and Desserts on the Grill! Don’t just reserve the grill for the big meal on Christmas. With family and friends around for days, breakfast and lunch at the grill keeps the kitchen from being a short-order shop all day long!
Some useful guides to help set you up for success
Head over to Snake River Farms and check out their Prime Rib Guide
Ever wonder how much a smidgen, a pinch or dash actually is? Check out our Units of Dry and Fluid Measure Guide. Click to view .PDF
Want to know how much time you will need to allow for proteins and vegetable? Check out our Grilling Times and Internal Temps Chart to help you plan your cook time accordingly. Click to view .PDF
Doing a bird for the holidays? Click here to learn the best way to brine.
Next Level Techniques To Up Your Holiday Grilling Game
Reverse Sear: A two step process that involves slowly bringing the internal temperature of a piece of meat to about 10 to 20 degrees of your target temperature using indirect heat on any grill at low roasting temperatures approx. 225F.
Sous Vide: A method of cooking in which food is sealed in airtight plastic bags then placed in a water bath for a length of time at an accurately regulated temperature.
Grate Grilled Breakfast- Bacon and Eggs and French Toast
A step by step tutorial on how to deconstruct a turkey.
Pro Tip: Create a two zone setup on your grill when cooking larger cuts of meat.
Big Meats For The Big Feast!
Finspirational Seafood Recipes For The Holidays
Pro Tip: Use 2 grills, 1 for the meat and 1 for the sides and think about grilling breakfast for the family.
Grate Sides Inspiration
Pro Tip: Plan on cooking more than just your holiday feast. Don't forget breakfast, lunch and fun deserts!
Below is a collection of some of Chef Michael's favorite places to source quality ingredients
D'Artagnan is the place for fine meats, charcuterie, foie gras, truffles and so much more.
Crowd Cow will help you source locally harvested sustainable high quality meats directly from the farmers.
SNAKE RIVER FARMS
Snake River Farms is the premier source for American Wagyu and Kurobuta Pork.
Anderson Seafood is America's most trusted seafood source.
Bill-E's Small Batch Bacon. Serenaded by songwriters, savored by carnivores. Need we say more?
igourmet.com has one of the most comprehensive catalogs of gourmet foods and wines on the internet.
MAPLE LEAF FARMS
Maple Leaf Farms has all of their ducks in a row. Best duck in the world! Can you say "duck bacon"?
Sizzlefish is THE online source for fresh seafood and shellfish. They also have quite a collection of recipes.
A special offer for GrillGrate customers only from Crowd Cow. $25 off your first order using this link: https://www.crowdcow.com/grillgrates
While you are stocking up for the holidays make sure to add these items to your cart for impromptu breakfast, lunch and appetizers on the grill.
BRATS! No one ever got fired for buying Brats. Pick up several packages and be ready for a fast and easy lunch or game time snack. We really like the Johnsonville Brand
MamaMary’s Pizza Crusts- The hard work is done with these par baked crusts. See our breakfast pizza recipe using the deep crust. Think of leftover / kitchen sink pizzas for quick easy lunches
Pro Tip: Use the GrateGriddle to make a Christmas breakfast that won't soon be forgotten!
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