Barbecue for Two

C and I decided to have a bbq together since it was Labor Day.  The only problem was, we don’t know much  about barbecuing. 😬  But that didn’t stop us!  We both hadn’t barbecued in a long time, so this was a mini adventure for us.  First, we went to the store to pick up groceries and charcoal. Oh, back up.  First, we looked up basics of charcoal barbecuing on YouTube.  Of course, the good ol’ interwebs always has the answers.  Then we walked to the stores.  I should have known that we would have too much food at the end because a.) It’s us, and b.) we decided what items to buy based on how it would look together- “Oooh!  We need some red color!  Let’s get the red bell peppers (in addition to the orange and yellow)!” We almost got blueberries because we didn’t have blue in our rainbow of barbecue items, but we figured blueberries probably wouldn’t have barbecued well. And we had them at home.

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When we got home, we prepped the barbecue grill.

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This is actually a super small grill.  These are not giant briquettes.  They are normal size. 😆

And the food.

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Bone-in ribeye

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Pork belly

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Shrimp

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Mushrooms, eggplant, red onions, bell peppers, squash, zucchini, and green onions (doesn’t it look pretty?!)

 

We decided to skewer by food type instead of the usual mixed skewer due to differing cook times.  We learned this from Alton Brown.

Then it was cooking time.

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We even grilled a couple peaches for dessert.

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These are the results!  (Three hours later!  Tiny grill!)image

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Notice the small amount of pork belly above.  😧  The rest was lost in the fire. 😭😢😰

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And for dessert, C made Bon Bons!  We were reminiscing about how we used to eat them as kids, so she decided to make some!  The left is almond flavored ice cream inside and the right is the coconut flavored ice cream.  The left was the first one she made when the ice cream and chocolate were at their optimal temperatures.  The right one… Was not.  That one is just sadness.  But it still tasted good!

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We also had the peaches with the ice cream, as well.  We drizzled the peach with a little oil and sugary grinder thingy from Trader Joes (I never have a chance to use it so I jumped at the opportunity) and grilled it till it was softened.  Then we drizzled both with a little caramel I had in the fridge.

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I would say our barbecue adventure was pretty successful!

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We’ll have leftovers for days…😬