Grilling Corn on the Cob – The Broke Dad Way

how to grill corn on the cob. grilling corn on the cob The Broke Dad Way
Grilling corn on the cob The Broke Dad Way

I recently shared my technique for grilling the perfect steak and with perfect steak I have always felt a perfect vegetable to go along with it is corn on the cob and of course a big juicy baked potato. The baked potato will be covered in a future post. The focus of today’s post is how to grill amazing corn on the cob.

The corn field full of corn on the cob waiting to be grilled.

The first thing that is needed is the corn. I will always purchase my corn on the cob from a local farmer with the roadside stand if I am able to. If not then the local grocery store will suffice. Purchase enough for your dinner and a few extra, everyone will want seconds or thirds. Just remember if you only have one grill to work with corn on the cob takes up a lot of real estate on the grill surface. If you are lucky enough to have more than one grill dedicate one of them just for corn.

Things you will need before you start:

  • A 5 gallon bucket or a big cooler
  • Fresh Water
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Charcoal or Propane depending on your grilling style.
  • A good grilling tong or grabby thing like my kid calls it.
  • A set of Ove Gloves or clean work gloves (these will be used for shucking the corn afterwards).
    • Ove Gloves can be found by typing in ove gloves on Google or Amazon and look for this:

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      Ove Gloves from As Seen On TV fame must have tools for the backyard grill. Click on the Ove Gloves to get your own pair from Amazon.com
    • Large platter or cookie sheet.
    • Butter
    • Salt and Pepper

Step 1 – Take the bucket or large cooler and fill it with the Corn on the Cob, do not remove the husks.

My uncle who taught me this likes to peel back the husks and remove the silk and then put the husks back over the corn. I prefer to leave it all intact as I feel it holds more of the moisture inside which is important to the grilling process.

Fill the bucket or cooler with cold water after all the corn is in it. Put it in a shady place to sit for at least an hour, a few hours is better. Once or twice go out and dunk the corn to make sure all if it is soaking evenly.

Step 2 – Prepare your grill.  If you are using charcoal load up your charcoal chimney.

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Another must have tool for the back yard grill master is the charcoal chimney. Click on the chimney to purchase your own from Amazon.com.

If you are unsure what a charcoal chimney is it looks like this and is probably the best tool for charcoal grilling that was ever invented.  I wrote a whole post covering the magnificent charcoal chimney. You can find that post by clicking this link.

I find that it takes about 30 minutes to get my coals nice and hot, you should wait until the coals at the top of your chimney look mostly white before you dump the coals onto your grill surface.

Be careful when dumping the coals, this is usually the step where I start dancing around on the deck because hot little ash and coals has found its way to my legs, feet, or arms. I grilling mit is highly recommended.

The amount of coals you use and how you spread them out on your grill is up to you and based on how many cobs of corn you are grilling.  As a guideline if I am grilling two to six cobs I use half a chimney worth of coals and I always grill directly over the coals with the grilling surface about 8 inches above the highest coal in the pile.  Once the coals are dumped out and positioned where you want them close the lid and let it heat up.

If grilling with a gas grill you can skip most of the above and just fire your burners up and close your lid and wait for it to get to a good starting temperature, I recommend at least 350 degrees.

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Hickory chips from the Kingsford charcoal company help add that extra smokey flavor to your backyard grill. Click on the bag of wood chips to purchase your own from Amazon.com.

Step 2.5 (Optional based on personal taste) – I like to toss a handful of damp wood chips on the coals at this point as well if you enjoy a nice smokey flavor to your corn. I will throw another handful on right before I put the corn on.

If grilling with a gas grill wrap a handful of damp wood chips in some tinfoil, poke some holes in it and place it on the grill as soon as you fire it up, give it plenty of time to heat up the wood chips and start them smoking before you put the corn on.

Step 3 – Once the grill is heated up to at least 350 degrees and had time for the grill surface to heat up retrieve your bucket or cooler of corn. Be prepared to move quickly, the quicker you are the less heat you will lose, just don’t forget that second handful of woodchips if you opted for that and get those cobs on the hot grill and shut the lid. You don’t need to dry them off or let the water drip out at all, the more moisture the better. Let them cook for 20 minutes.  Open the lid and turn them over using the tongs or the Ove Gloves if you have those.  Let them cook for another 20 minutes.

Step 4 – Get your platter or cookie sheet ready nearby. Pull the corn off the grill using your Ove Gloves or work gloves and shuck them right away if the rest of your food is ready. If you have a little time before the rest of your food is done leave them in the husks and the corn will stay nice and hot until you are ready to eat. Once they are off the grill, shucked, and on a platter bring them to the table and prepare to add the butter than salt and pepper to taste.

Step 5 – Enjoy the most juicy and flavorful corn you can imagine.

 

Step 1 to 5 paraphrased:

  • Buy Corn
  • Soak corn in water for 1 hour or more
  • Start Grill
  • Grill Corn 20 minutes
  • Turn Corn
  • Grill other side for 20 minutes
  • Pull off grill and shuck
  • Eat.

Hopefully you will find corn on the cob done this way as amazing as I do. If you are looking for the perfect main dish to go along with your corn try my technique for grilling juicy, crispy chicken by clicking here.

If you have any questions, comments, or ideas you want to share please feel free to contact me and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you,

The Broke Dad

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How to grill perfect corn on the cob The Broke Dad Way.

How To Grill The Perfect Steak – The Broke Dad Way

grilling steak The Broke Dad Way. How to grill the perfect steak.
How to grill the perfect steak over a charcoal or gas grill.

I love to grill. I grill any chance I get. This is how I grill the perfect steak each and every time I fire up my grill.

I prefer to grill with charcoal over gas and I always start my coals using a grill chimney or grill stack rather than starter fluid.

I love steak. I grill steak any chance I get. I prefer steak over any other food option if given the choice. I rarely get steak due to living on a tight budget so when I do get steak to grill I want it to be better than perfect.

How does one grill the perfect steak? You grill it The Broke Dad Way of course.  My secrets are found below.  Now I can not take credit for inventing my recipe for the perfect steak as I acquired it by reading others blogs and books and then over many years taking a little bit of what each had to share and then mixing in my own knowledge in order to come up with what I think is the perfect recipe for grilled steak.

First thing first. This recipe will work with any steak, but to really get 100% out of the steak and this recipe I recommend you get a steak that is at least an inch and a half thick. Thickness matters in steak and it makes a difference in the grilling times I am going to share. So keep that in mind, all my times I am sharing are based on an inch and a half thickness. I you get thicker steaks then that increase the times, if you get thinner steaks decrease the time.

Step 1 – Pre-season or dry rub your steak. This is not a scary step, it is actually very simple and easy.  Take some kosher salt and sprinkle it over one side of your steak, I then like to tap it down or rub it in using a spoon.  You can use your hands, a fork, whatever is handy, I just feel it sticks better if you rub it in with something. Flip your steak over and do the exact same thing on the other side.

Step 2 – Let them sit. Take your coated steaks and place them on a plate or platter and place them in the refrigerator or cooler if your camping and let them sit for at least an hour. I have let them sit for up to 12 hours like this. I am not sure it does anything more or not to let them sit longer, but it has never hurt them.

Step 3 – Pull steaks out of the fridge and put on the counter to warm to room temperature.  I have read more than once over the years that letting your steaks warm before you grill them produces a much more flavorful and juicy steak, a much tastier crust, and a more even cooking temperature. I am not a chef or a scientist but I have been doing this for years and my steaks are always amazing so I am a believer in this train of thought. This is a good time to add the seasonings of your choice, I prefer just salt and pepper, not much more salt however, remember they were already salted prior.  Move right into Step 4.

Step 4 – Prepare your grill.  If you are using charcoal load up your charcoal chimney.

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Charcoal chimney used to get coals to cooking temperature easily, quickly, and evenly with little effort.

If you are unsure what a charcoal chimney is it looks like this and is probably the best tool for charcoal grilling that was ever invented.  I wrote a whole post covering the magnificent charcoal chimney. You can find that post by clicking this link or purchase the charcoal chimney I use from Amazon.com by clicking here (if you purchase this chimney from my link I will receive a small payment from Amazon.com as an affiliate, this however does not affect the price you pay).

I find that it takes about 30 minutes to get my coals nice and hot, you should wait until the coals at the top of your chimney look mostly white before you dump the coals onto your grill surface.

Be careful when dumping the coals, this is usually the step where I start dancing around on the deck because hot little ash and coals has found its way to my legs, feet, or arms. I grilling mit is highly recommended.

The amount of coals you use and how you spread them out on your grill is up to you and based on how many steaks you are grilling at once.  As a guideline if I am grilling two steaks I use half a chimney  worth of coals and I always grill directly over the grills with the grilling surface about 8 inches above the highest coal in the pile.  Once the coals are dumped out and positioned where you want them close the lid and let it heat up.

If grilling with a gas grill you can skip most of the above and just fire your burners up and close your lid and wait for it to get to a good starting temperature, I recommend at least 325 degrees. I generally grill between 325 and 350 degrees.

Step 4.5 (Optional based on personal taste) – I like to toss a handful of damp wood chips on the coals at this point as well if you enjoy a nice smokey flavor to your steaks. I will throw another handful on right before I put the steaks on.

If grilling with a gas grill wrap a handful of damp wood chips in some tinfoil, poke some holes in it and place it on the grill as soon as you fire it up, give it plenty of time to heat up the wood chips and start them smoking before you put the steaks on.

Step 5 – Once the grill is heated up to at least 350 degrees and had time for the grill surface to heat up retrieve your steaks. Be prepared to move quickly, the quicker you are the less heat you will lose, just don’t forget that second handful of wood chips if you opted for that and get those steaks on the hot grill and shut the lid. Let them sizzle for about a minute. Open the lid and flip them over. This initial minute helps seal in the flavor and juices I was told at some point in my life. It has worked well for me so I stick to it.  Once two minutes goes by open the lid, rotate the steaks a half a turn and close the lid again.  DO NOT poke, puncture, push on, squeeze, or any other unnecessary touching of your steak, just a quick rotate and shut the lid. Speed is a good to keep the temperature up and the smoke in, but don’t go so fast you are not being safe. Safety first. Once another two minutes has passed, open the lid again and flip your steaks and shut the lid still following the above no necessary touching rule. two minutes more, open lid and rotate and shut lid. Two minutes more and your ready to pull you steaks off the grill. Once they are off the grill and on a platter put them in a safe spot to breath for at least 5 minutes and up to 15 minutes. This gives you time to get other things ready and secure the grill (turn of your gas if you are using a gas grill).

So to paraphrase the above Step 5:

  • Grill heated to between 325 and 350 degrees.
  • Handfull of damp wood chips. Wait for them to start smoking.
  • Steak on grill for 1 minute then flip. Shut lid.
  • Grill 2 minutes, rotate 1/2 turn. Shut lid.
  • Grill 2 minutes, flip. Shut lid.
  • Grill 2 minutes, rotate 1/2 turn. Shut lid.
  • Grill 2 minutes, pull from grill.
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Perfectly done bacon wrapped sirloin steak on the charcoal grill in our backyard.

You should end up with something similar to what is pictured in the photo above.

Step 6: Go enjoy an amazing steak and much praise from family and friends.  Don’t forget to tell them where you learned how to grill the perfect steak The Broke Dad Way.

Grilling steak the broke dad way with charcoal.
How to grill the perfect steak The Broke Dad Way

Rummage Sales – A Simple Step to Saving Money

Saving money the simple way. A guide to rummage sales, yard sales, and garage sales.
Saving Money The Broke Dad Way.

My second installment in my simple ways to save money series has to do with rummage sales, garage sales, and estate sales.

My method works with any of the three above and has helped me equip my work shop, furnish my house, and even outfit my camper with quality items at a fraction of the cost of new.

Hopefully most of you are still reading after that introduction and that the idea of going to rummage sales, garage sales, yard sales, or estate sales was not such a turn off you did not even open my post.

I hope this because I have found over the years that these sales are the places to find the best deals on things that can improve your home, your shop, and your life without breaking the bank or requiring you to take out a second mortgage on your home.

There is a bit of skill and a little bit of luck involved in finding the best deals. This is what I have learned over the years.

1. Research

Watch your local newspapers, community postings online, my favorite Craigslist, and even in print in local magazines and brochures.   Generally people who are serious about selling their stuff will start advertising in these publications up to a month or more in advance.

Many communities even have yearly events where whole neighborhoods at a time participate in garage/rummage sales, these are events you want to put on your must do list as they are planned well ahead of time, they are organized, and you can visit numerous sales all within a very short distance from each other.

2. Go Early

When doing your research on when and where the sales are going to be for the upcoming week pay special attention to the starting times. Being one of the first ones to the sales in the morning will assure that you have your pick of the best stuff. One extra trick to this is to watch for the sales that have a “sneak peek” hours listed. This is most common with the sales that are held during neighborhood events and some open as early as a Thursday evening for a few hours generally from 5p to 8p or something along those lines. Getting to these is the best for finding items that have yet to be picked over by others.

3. Know what you need

I have found it most useful to know what it is I need before I go to any garage, rummage, yard sale. This way I can get in and out and to the next one faster and it also focuses me so I don’t end up buying things I don’t need. Saving me money. You can make a mental list or an actual written list, whichever works for you. If you are going with friends and family share with them what it is you are looking for so they can help you search for it, this can be fun for the kids as it makes it a game. First one to find what we are looking for wins a gift. 9 times out of 10 my kids find what I am looking for even before I do. I have found over the years that estate sales are the best for planning ahead as many of them if being put on by a company that specializes in these types of sales will post a list of a lot of the things being sold ahead of time. This way you know if you want to go to that sale or not and then you also know what you want is going to be there. The drawback of estate sales is that they end to draw large crowds and you have to get there extra early. I have been to some that have been so crowded that you had to actually draw a number and wait your turn to even get into the house.

4. Set a budget

Have a set amount you plan on spending that day when you go out. This will help avoid overspending. Once you get to shopping it can be so much fun that you easily lose track of how much you spent. Especially if you don’t follow step 3 and have a list of what you are looking for you are going to want to set a budget so you know when to stop buying things. This to can be a fun learning opportunity for the kids. I like to give each of my kids between $5 and $10 to shop with and let them know that once it is spent it is spent. It is a joy to watch them haggle and deal with the people selling things in order to get the best deal they can. Which leads me into tip 5.

5. Haggle

If you find an item from your list that you want and it is marked a bit higher in price then you want to spend…haggle. Remember the people putting on the sale ultimately want to get rid of the things they are selling and generally will come down in price if you ask nicely. You have to be a bit tactful on this in order for you to get the best deal. Lets say you have found an item you had on your list for a price that is a bit to high and your wife/husband/friend/kid has found something from their list that is priced low, bring both items up at the same time and ask if you can buy both for a price that is in the middle. Usually the people will gladly agree. This is just one example, there are many ways to haggle and plan on writing a post to cover that on another day.

6. Have fun

I personally enjoy going to rummage/garage sales. It is an enjoyable way for the family or friends to spend a Friday evening or a Saturday morning. It gives you a low cost reason to get out of the house, meet new people, and explore your local area.

Happy shopping and saving money The Broke Dad Way.

Free stuff is also sometimes worth taking a look at.
Free stuff is also sometimes worth taking a look at.

 

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The Broke Dad