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The Joys of Indoor Grilling in the Middle of Winter!

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By Raquel Teixeira
Posted Jan 24, 2011 in Food
I like to think of myself as a hardcore BBQer who will brave any weather condition in the name of grilled food but I mean it's been like -19 BEFORE the wind chill which would make me absolutely insane if I were to stand out there in 5 jackets hovering over the grill.
Instead my mother was gifted a Cuisinart grill. A big one! The kind that you can flip and have a flat top also. It's a wonderful appliance. I had a tiny panini grill but this thing takes the cake when it comes to indoor grilling. It has multiple temperatures, heats up fast, is easy to clean and most importantly does the job of searing your meats with lovely lovely grill marks and giving it that charred flavour. :)
So I am here to share with you 2 indoor grilling recipes that I enjoyed recently and both are beyond easy which is what I also love about bbqing, and they were super tasty....again what I love about bbqing.
First on the list are Grilled Pork Loin Chops for pork burgers. This is my own marinade for grilling meat and it's basic and beautiful. The key ingredient is a sauce that unfortunately is only available in Canada but you can find something similar or use a barbecue sauce you love and you will get the same yummy results.
Ingredients (I'm not measuring since basically I am making a rub - just eye it kids, I know you can do it.)
Pork loin chops (1 per person depending on size of chop and size of person ;) )
Garlic powder, paprika, pepper, salt
AND your fav BBQ sauce: PC Smokin' Habanero Barbecue Sauce
Bread buns & any condiment that makes your burger out of this world
Kitchen table full of condiments!
Kitchen table full of condiments!
Here's my list: mustard, hot sauce, banana peppers, relish, cheese, lettuce...and oh if you have the time then definitely invest in caramelized onions. These babies are magical additions to any sandwich. :)
Directions:
Rub pork chops with dry rub and slather on some finger lickin good bbq sauce. Marinate for a couple of hours.
Heat grill to high and cook chops until nice grill marks appear on both sides - about 2-3 minutes depending on thickness of chop.
Indoor Grilling!
Indoor Grilling!
Grilled Pork Chops
Grilled Pork Chops
Caramelized Onions = Love.
Caramelized Onions = Love.
Slap it on a bun and dress her up nice and fancy ~ Enjoy!
Very necessary additions to complete this beautiful burger.
Very necessary additions to complete this beautiful burger.
My next recipe actually came from a recent cook book I bought from Claire Robinson who hosts "5 Ingreident Fix" on the Food Network. I love her recipes. All her recipes contain 5 ingredients or less aside from the basics of salt and pepper.
Asian Beef Kabobs
1 lb of flank steak
2 limes
3 tbsp of soy sauce
2 tbsp of brown sugar
1 tbsp chili sauce (sriracha preferably)
Wooden kabob sticks
(I cheated and added 2 more ingredients: 1/2 tbsp of garlic powder & 1/2 tbsp of sesame oil - which I think were great additions)
Directions:
Lay out the flank steak so the grain runs left to right. Cut 1inch wide strips against the grain.
In a cup, squeeze the juice from both limes & add soy, brown sugar, chili sauce, garlic powder and sesame oil. Pour it over the steak pieces and marinate for 1 to 2 hours.
Heat grill to high.
Flank Steak Pieces
Flank Steak Pieces
Skewer each piece of steak and flatten the piece so it stretches evenly over the skewer.
Skewered Flank Steak
Skewered Flank Steak
Sear each side of the steak until it's nice and brown - only about 2 minutes per side because you want this wonderful piece of meat to be pink in the middle.
In the mean time, heat the remaining marinade on the stove top to a simmer and pour over the kabobs once you have plated them.
Asian Beef Kabobs
Asian Beef Kabobs
Serve with a side of white rice and soy sauce and if you want to get all fancy you can add corn and green onions to the rice. If you want to get really fancy you can add sushi seasoning to the rice - it's like a vinegar that gives the rice a nice tang.
A side of rice  corn and green onions
A side of rice, corn and green onions
2 delicious and beyond easy recipes. So good. :)

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