As a Lowes Creator, each month I am issued a fun challenge! For June & July, we were instructed to make our outdoor space more appealing, more fun and more memorable. I thought about creating a cabana, putting up outdoor curtains, designing some type of water feature, sprucing up our alleyway, but then I decided that what we REALLY need for our outdoor memories to begin is a grill! Our old grill died two years ago, and we haven’t been able to afford to replace it. What is summer without grilled food? Not very memorable, or fun, or appealing for that matter. Yes that settles it; we needed a new grill!
I told Matt my plan for summer fun and he wholeheartedly agreed. A grill it is…yay! However on the way to Lowes we started discussing what kind of grill we had in mind and learned that we were picturing two completely different grills. I wanted a shiny, stainless steel gas grill and Matt wanted an old-school charcoal grill. Sigh. This is the story of our marriage…”you say either and I say either…”
When we arrived at Lowes, I spotted this
beast dual charcoal and gas grill and knew it was a strong contender! I love the taste of charcoal burgers, but I find messing with charcoal and flames cumbersome. I want to be able to easily ignite the grill and do it all myself. I also like to grill fruit and don’t want charcoal taste in everything I’m grilling. Matt loves experimenting with flavored wood-chips and really had his heart set on a charcoal grill.
We looked at all of the grill options and decided that since we didn’t really have to compromise in this situation why should we? Let’s get the grill that seems to be made for us!
Matt fired up the charcoal and started on the burgers while I made a blueberry and peach pie. I told him I wanted to get a picture of him grilling and he did a weird, backhanded dump of the charcoal for the camera. Eek! Always wear protection when dealing with hot coals.
I have to admit that nothing beats the smell of burgers on a charcoal grill!
Next, it was my turn to put on dessert! I have never grilled a pie before so was excited to try.
I mixed two sliced peaches, a small container of blueberries, 2 Tablespoons of sugar, and 2 Tablespoons of flour in a bowl.
Next, I folded a piece of tin foil in half and spread out a (defrosted) Mrs. Smith’s pie crust onto the foil. I patted the crust into an even circle and placed the filling in the center. Then I folded up the edges of the crust and pinched it into place. I brushed the crust with egg white and sprinkled it with sanding sugar before placing it on the grill.
I preheated one side of my grill to about 400* and placed the pie indirectly from the heat source. I closed the lid and fifteen minutes later I had a delicious pie!
The bottom of my pie did get burnt a bit, however it didn’t ruin the taste for us. Next time, I’ll place it on the top rack and grill it longer.
What kind of grill do you prefer? Gas or charcoal? Have you ever grilled a pie before? Any favorite grilling recipes to pass along? Talk to me!
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