America’s its your birthday. Time to celebrate. Bring out the propane tanks, fire up the coals, crack open an ice cold beer, maybe have a slice of cake, and sit back to enjoy some explosions in the sky. But come tomorrow, you have to promise to get your workout in! Deal?
Sons of Strength has you covered on how to look like a pro in front of the heat, cook up an awesomely delicious, guilt-free menu, and chow down. Here’s the SOS’ Ultimate Guide to the Fourth of July.
There’s nothing like manning the grill to bring in the summer festivities. Before you can grill up a meal to remember, you will need to stock up on the goods. Sons of Strength’s first stop is at Dickson’s Farmstand Meats at New York’s Chelsea Market.
Dickson’s does it different and that’s why we love them. When your server tells you she’s doing “Paleo” and hasn’t felt better her entire life, you know you’re at the right spot!
Walking into Dickson’s is like entering Meat Heaven. We were a bit overwhelmed to say the least. There is a smorgasbord of beef, lamb, pork, goat and poultry; and get this, it’s all local, hand picked to maintain their commitment to natural, humanely-raised, high-quality products and without added hormones, use of prophylactic antibiotics, or animal by-products. Basically, Dickson’s provides some tasty, grass-fed meats that your guests will be drooling over. Pick up some of their house-made sausages, dry-aged ground beef, or their signature beef and bacon burgers. You will not be disappointed!
So now you have the goods, time to deliver! Remember, grass-fed beef is leaner than grain or corn-fed. So be prepared that the meat will cook much more quickly and who wants an overdone, dry, and tough piece of meat on the Fourth?! Aim to cook the meat rare to medium rare.
Here are few tips and myth’s dispelled by Adam Perry Lang (the go-to guy for meat and fire) in his must-read Serious Barbecue.
- For thinner cuts, a good rule of thumbs is to use super high heat. But for those thicker cuts, use moderate heat to ensure the outside does over-char before the meat is done.
- Don’t be afraid to put cold meat on a hot grill. This will allow you to be able to add an even, darker and desired crust as the center takes a little longer to cook past rare.
- Always add salt (we recommend celtic sea salt) right before you throw the meat on the grill. Without it you won’t get the same flavor and it won’t dry out your meat.
Gluten-free but enjoy a nice, ice-cold brew? Sons of Strength has you covered on that end too. Try Redbridge’s Gluten-Free Beer from Anheuser-Busch.
For some sides on our SOS’ Ultimate Guide to the Fourth of July, you have to try our Summer Slaw. Down right, it is slamming. Make more than enough, it will go fast and it’s even better the next day.
There you have it, the SOS’ Ultimate Guide to the Fourth of July. Be the grill master, enjoy a cold brew, maybe even light up a sparkler to two and be amazed like a child watching some firecrackers. Just remember our promise, tomorrow get right back to it! Happy Fourth of July.