Posted by Roth McCoy | Posted in Recipes with Meat | Posted on 13-10-2009
Picnic Food Ideas – Picnic Food
Recipes for Meat: The Perfect
Ah, grilling out. To me, there are few summer pleasures as divine and relaxing as grilling out for a picnic on a nice, breezy summer day. Grilling out is perhaps the quintessential picnic activity. You can go to parks all over the place that have built-in grills waiting for you, or you can pack yours up and take it with you – or even throw a picnic in your own backyard. Of course, no true cookout is ever complete without some truly delicious grilled dishes. This article will share with you one of my all-time favorite picnic food recipes for meat: the Hardy Chargrilled Hamburger.
Picnic Food Recipes for Meat: Before You Get Started
Of course, before you begin with your picnic food recipes you have to first make sure you have the proper gear. Nothing is more annoying that getting outside for a delicious barbeque and forgetting to bring a spatula, or a pair of tongs, or your favorite sauce. Below are the essentials for a great grilling picnic.
You should not travel to any picnic without taking your tools. Your tools should be an extension of yourself at the grill. At a minimum, you should have a grill fork, a spatula, a pair of tongs, a sturdy steak knife, and a fork. All of these should be made of metal, not plastic. You can also find these tools specially made for grilling – they will have long handles for reaching into the heat.
In addition, you should take equipment to help you prep and cook the food. A sauce bowl and sauce brush is a must. How else will you baste your meat with delicious sauce? Some people also bring with them a whisk, but a serving spoon should do. Also, bring a spray bottle. You can fill it with water for moisture or can fill it with a thin sauce or marinade to spritz over the meat.
Furthermore, you should make sure you have all of your ingredients, including spices, herbs, sauces, and any other item that will be applied to the meat itself. A roll of aluminum foil is never a bad thing to have either, if you want to have grilled side items.
Picnic Food Recipes for Meat #1: Hardy Chargrilled Hamburgers
For this savory burger, you will need the following:
– One pound of ground chuck (Angus beef is recommended)
– Worchestershire sauce
– 1 1/2 tablespoon of cayenne
– 1 1/2 tablespoon of minced garlic
– 2 teaspoons of brown sugar
– Salt and pepper to taste
At least three hours before you head out to the picnic, take a mixing bowl and dump in the hamburger meat. Then, add in as much Worchestershire as you would like. If you need help, toss in enough sauce to thinly coat the meat, but not to soak it completely. There should be a shallow amount of sauce in the bottom of the bowl after mixing it. Then, add the cayenne, garlic, and brown sugar. Mix thoroughly by hand. If you want more flavor, increase the amount of all of these by ½ a tablespoon (only ½ a teaspoon for the brown sugar). Cover with plastic wrap and leave in the refrigerator to marinate for three hours at a minimum (though 6-12 hours is best).
At the picnic, prepare your grill by starting the fire and letting it burn a little, but so the flames are still coming through the bars. This is essentially for a good chargrilled burger. Then, form your hamburger meat into patties approximately an inch thick. These will shrink somewhat during cooking, so if you want a thicker burger, make the patties thicker. Then, grill your hamburgers as usual. If you want to make them even better, mix some Worchestershire sauce with a touch of garlic powder and cayenne and put it in your spray bottle. Then, just occasionally spray your hamburgers. Depending on your fire, your hamburgers could take as long as 15 minutes to grill. You will know they are done when they reach at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit (and, of course, when your guests say that amount of pink is juuuust right.)
For toppings, I highly suggest barbeque sauce, sharp cheddar cheese, colby jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, and bacon on a toasted bun for the best hamburger ever. Enjoy!
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