Did you know who likes to BBQ? Well practically everyone! A 2013 study conducted by the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association shows that 80 percent of all US household own a grill or a smoker.
The most popular grilling times are the 4th of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day, but 60 percent of grillers report using their grill year round.
One of my favorite things to do in life is to start up the ole grill. To me there is nothing more relaxing than firing up the charcoal, sitting back with a cold beverage while I’m Charring some meat.
I also like to experiment, I’ve tried tons of spices, rubs, brines, and sauces over the years. I usually scribble down some sort of note of somethings that I’ve changed, what I liked, didn’t like , to revise it for next time.
But here’s what usually happens, I either lose that note or wash it in the laundry and it comes out a ball of mush. That is until I started using Pinterest!
Here’s what I do now. If I have a picture of a new grilling recipe that I found online or on Pinterest that I’m going to try, I pin it to a secret board that I have set up just to pin grilling recipes that I want to try later. Then I make the recipe, noting the changes, tweaks or additions that I’ve added in the description field. As long as it’s under 500 characters I’m fine. Then if I want to keep the recipe to make again, I pin it to another secret board that is especially set up for recipes to add to our families dinner rotation.
Another cool thing is If I have a lot of people over and they say, “Jeff! I love that spicy rub that you used on those grilled baby back ribs!” I can repin that pin to my Manly Food board and send them the link via email or actually use the new messenger feature to sent it to them if they are following me on Pinterest.
Let’s say you don’t have an image for your recipe. Say it’s your mom’s secret corn casserole recipe that it’s so secret, she’s never allowed it to be photographed….what you can do is go to a free site like canvas create a cool graphic. Top secret or something like that to use as a image for your pin. Use the type tool to add the recipe ingredients and instructions onto the image. Then Pin that images to your grilling recipe board on Pinterest. Here’s another little tip I found out. When I pin my own image I always try to put just the title in the decryption field because I want to have a space to add some tweaks or serving size information to later.
So go out there and find some new grilling recipes to try on Pinterest. There are a ton of great ones out there.
And also try some of those ways I mentioned that you can keep up with all your grilling experiments using Pinterest.