What celebrates your Pa more than a good old fashion bbq? It hits on that time when the sun shines longer and you get to eat food outside and relax on your deck. Even if you don’t have a deck, you can even go to a nearby park/beach bring one of those cheap coal bbq sets and it’s still a great way to celebrate your big guy’s day.
Our suggested meal plan: burgers, roasted sweet potato fries or roasted veggies, drinks, ice cream,
Forget buying frozen prepped patties, you can make your own and it’s simple! We our picky about our meat so we have started ordering all our meat from a butcher in Walla, Walla Washington called Blue Valley Meats. They have 100% grass fed beef and are even starting to introduce meat that are gluten free — meaning that the food/feed that they are feeding their animals have no gluten in them. Their chicken, well it tastes like chicken. Sounds silly but these days, with our food being so processed, sometimes things just don’t taste how they should taste. Prices are very reasonable for happy meat.
- 1 lb of ground chuck (should be a little fattier)
- half an onion chopped finely
- red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste
- Buns (I like brioche buns but Tim is gluten-free. Rudi’s makes a good gluten free bun)
- cheese (We are partial to cabot cheddar cheese. So tasty!)
- tomatoes (there are fair trade certified ones sold in PCC Health Markets or Whole Foods)
- Condiments to your liking
Put the ground chuck in a bowl. The cut should be fattier because it makes a juicier burger. Add the chopped onion, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. I would be aggressive with my salt (2 tsp) to bring out the taste of the burger. Mix all the ingredients together by hand but do not over mix. Form patties the size of your palm. Toss it on the grill. Cool one side for longer about 5-7 minutes and then the other side for about 2 to 3 minutes. It shouldn’t take all that long to cook if you have loosely packed your patties. Add your cheese after you have flipped your burger so it will be all nice and melty.
Toast your buns, TOAST! I can’t stand a soggy bun! Add it to the grill just a minute before you need to take the burgers off the grill.
Top it off with tomatoes, lettuce (we liked those boxed organic mixed lettuces) and smear it with your condiments. I like mayo and dijon on mine.
Ice Tea Recipe
When I lived in Austin, I loved Zhi Tea’s peach ice tea. It’s fair trade and organic and it’s probably the tastiest peach tea I have had so far. You can get their tea online. I’m obsessed with tea and the amount of tea I have can fill a whole pantry shelf. Yikes.
Peach Sweet Ice Tea
- looseleaf tea
- sliced peaches
- sliced lemons
- sugar syrup (we use a fair trade certified cane sugar that you can buy even get from Costco!)
The ratio of tea to water is usually 1:1 but the size of spoon you use depends on how large the tea leaves are. For larger leaves, I like using about a 1/2 tbspn. For smaller leaves I would go 1 tsp. For this brand I would go for 1 tablespoon. Boil 8 cups of water and add your tea leaves. I like to simmer my tea leaves for about 5 to 6 minutes. Strain the tea into a jug, put it in the fridge to cool.
To make the sugar syrup, for this amount of water, I would add a half a cup of cane sugar and half a cup of water. Boil until a pot until the sugar dissolves. Add it to the tea.
Just before serving, add 1 peach sliced and half a lemon sliced.
If your man likes beer than I hear there is a fair trade beer from Peak Organic Brewing Company. How is it fair trade? Apparently, one of their brews uses fair trade coffee mixed with beer. That is one crazy combination. I have no idea how that would taste!
Last but not least. ICE CREAM!
Ben and Jerry’s is FAIR TRADE certified! I just bought this on sale at Safeway for $2.50. I was hankering for chocolate. I can’t wait to try it. GMO free,
not owned by a huge food conglomerate . I read that Unilever (which owns most ice cream brands) aquired Ben and Jerry’s in 2000 so it’s not a family owned company. Unilever is however committed to sourcing responsibly in their pantry food brands and teas in a certain timeframe. Good news for that!
After this post, I feel like having a bbq myself. I just need to get myself a bbq.