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Here Comes Alex! Better Get Some Grilling Done This Week...

Hurricane From Space

Tropical Storm Alex, the first of the 2010 Atlantic season, is churning its way across the Yucatan Peninsula today. Everybody knows what that means, right? Yep, you got it in one: Time to Grill!

Texans need excuses to grill, you see. And impending wind and rain sounds like a good enough excuse to me! I’m grilling chicken this evening, in fact. Special marinade; an old family secret (which I made up on the spot). I can’t tell you what’s in it. (That’s what secret means.) However, I can say that there’s some balsamic vinegar, some light soy sauce, a couple tablespoons spicy mustard, about a cup of leftover salsa cruda (fresh-made Friday, so it’s still quite tasty), and lime juice. I poured the whole shebang over the chicken breasts in a large zip-top plastic bag and pushed out the air, then sealed the bag and squished the liquid around heartily to coat. I let that chill in the fridge for a while, turning it every so often to be sure the marinade coated the meat well.

To grill, I set up for direct heat at about 400 F, then just pulled the meat out of the marinade and dropped them on the hot (oiled) grill grate. A turn every three minutes or so to get some scorch marks on and the meat was ready. (I checked with a digital thermometer in the largest piece, it was at 160 F.) Let the meat rest for a couple of minutes, then serve with veggies and beer. Definitely a great meal for somebody who doesn’t have a spouse looking over his shoulder and making snide comments taking care of him for the weekend: Hot, cheap and fast. (I think I dated some girls like that, back in high school; I forget.)

I guess I’ll have to come up with something else to singe on the grill tomorrow; no leftovers today…

Enjoy the (Breezy Scorching) Heat!

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