This post is sponsored by Kingsford, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. Summer might be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop grilling! We only use Kingsford Charcoal in this household and encourage you to do the same. Kingsford Charcoal is the most consistent brand, and offers the best signature flavor that only their charcoal can offer. In less than 20 minutes, we get perfectly heated charcoal to sear our meat with the perfect kiss of char.
No matter the weather, you can catch me on the grill. Today I whipped up some easy indoor-baked ribs, but then said to myself “These would be so much better with that signature charcoal flavor” — then I quickly lit some briquettes in my chimney, and prepared a very quick honey-mustard glaze. When the grill was nice and hot, I slapped the ribs on the grates and let them finish cooking over the hot coals. Brushing that glaze and letting it caramelize over the ribs, almost candying them? Oh my goodness, it was SO legit. That smoky wood-fire flavor is KEY! It tastes good on anything, from desserts, to vegetables, to meats — you honestly cannot go wrong.
I also par-cooked some fresh corn, then charred it over the grill to blister the delicate skins and lend the elote-style pasta salad even more depth of flavor. This is a dish we will be eating all-year-round. This entire meal was so memorable, and one for the books. We kept it simple, and in doing so, we now have a favorite way to prepare our ribs and elote-style pasta salad.
I know lots of you are intimidated by the sheer thought of standing over a grill, afraid you might burn something — but I want to ease your mind. Grilling is super easy! Bank your coals to one side to create a hot zone, and leave the other side empty to create a cooler zone. This will allow you to manage the cooking temperature for your food, and move things around to avoid burning them. For example, place burgers on the hot side for a few minutes per side, then switch them to the cooler side when it’s time to add the cheese. You can also warm the buns on the cooler side without burning them. Want to add even more smoke flavor? Pile a few chunks of wood on top of the hot coals and allow them to infuse your food with their signature flavor.
For those of you who grill, no matter what time of year it is, you cannot beat Kingsford Charcoal. So make sure you check out the Kingsford Recipe Page for grilling inspiration and pick up several bags of Kingsford Charcoal for your next backyard barbecue. Make some incredible food and amazing memories!Print