The 4th of July is the celebration of our country’s independence from Great Britain. I’m only telling you this so that you know that I was never one of the ditzy people interviewed by Jay Leno who claimed that the reason we celebrate the 4th of July is it’s the anniversary of the day Keith Richards snorted his father’s cremated remains. I know my history and I’m a patriot.
I also know that the 4th of July is the most popular U.S. holiday for barbecues. Seventy-one percent of us will be firing up the grill on Friday and cooking some sort of meat product in honor of our forefathers signing the Declaration of Independence. Never mind that it was actually signed somewhere around August 2. Does the 2nd of August sound like any kind of meat-cooking, firework-shooting celebratory day? Nope.
To enhance your barbecuing pleasure, I am offering two quick picks that will make your 4th of July celebration even better.
First, the other day when I talked about grilling, I mentioned Chicago-style Montreal seasoning. I spoke somewhat in error. What I currently love throwing on my chops is Weber’s Chicago Steak Seasoning. It resembles Montreal seasoning, but with the kick of red pepper flakes as part of the seasoning. In fact, the ingredients list includes simply sea salt, garlic, spices, onion, red bell pepper and red pepper. It has a zip to it that works great on grilled meat. Yum.
Second, I don’t purport to be an expert on margaritas. That honor would go to Jen in our family. She is a connoisseur on margaritas of all sorts. But once in a while, I’m in the mood for a margarita, especially when I’m dining Mexican or eating spicy barbecue. A friend recently told me about Coyote Gold Margarita Mix, and it’s a winner. The ingredients are all natural, so the sweet and sour isn’t that cloyingly sweet artificial flavor. It’s premixed, so you just salt the rim of a glass, fill it up with ice, pour the mix and garnish with a lime. It’s 37 proof, so drink with care! Salud.