At The Grill with Darlene Glover
September 22, 2011
It’s a new week and that means another Grilling.com winner! Checking in grill side today is Darlene Glover, a lifelong grilling fan from Kentucky.
First of all, Darlene, how long have you been grilling?
I have been grilling for about 20 years.
And how many times a week would you say you cook outdoors on average?
My whole family cooks outdoors two or three times a week and would grill out every day if possible.
What’s your earliest memory surrounding barbecue and grilling?
My earliest memories of grilling and barbecuing are from visiting my grandparents’ house when they’d have a pig roast. There’s nothing like smoky pork and having all your relatives around you to enjoy it! My family is full of hunters so we like the more unusual types of meat. There’s nothing better than venison tenderloin slow smoked on the grill, and bacon wrapped dove breast skewers, or wild turkey breast smoked to perfection. Around here we smother it all in KC Masterpiece and grill it.
So when did you officially take control of the grill and what makes grilling so special to you?
I started my own grilling when I got married. There’s nothing like grilling buffalo burgers in the middle of winter! They’re truly awesome. To me grilling means family…whenever you fire up the grill you can be sure that someone’s coming over.
As you may be aware, we focus a lot of attention at Grilling.com on the various regions of grilling country and what truly sets them apart from the rest of the regions. Where do you live and would you say that there is a particular dish, food item or cooking style that is unique to your neck of the woods?
I live in Kentucky so our style of BBQ has a vinegar and molasses base with good ol’ Kentucky bourbon added in. We all like the thick, slightly sweet and bold flavors.
Do you have any signature recipes of your own or something that friends and family “must have” when you’re cooking for them?
Everyone loves baked beans here so when I make mine for our get-togethers I use lots of vinegar, molasses and a splash of bourbon. They come out so thick and the flavor is bold, a little spicy and sweet.
What about any special grilling tips or techniques that you’d like to share with the community?
The only techniques I can suggest are to marinade, don’t overcook and use lots of KC Masterpiece sauce during the last few minutes of cooking.
Are there any dishes that you haven’t tried but hope to soon? Or perhaps something that you’d like to see featured here on Grilling.com?
I love to read about new recipes that people have come up with and I have tried a lot of them. I would love to try some of the yummy desserts I saw on kingsford.com. Also I would love to try alligator on the grill. It tastes great deep fried, but I’m not sure how to prepare it because it becomes rubbery and tough if not handled correctly.
Anything else I didn’t cover that you’d like to share?
I truly love grilling and being outdoors all year long so for someone out there who doesn’t, I suggest you give it a try! It is a great way to spend some time together with family and friends. Thanks!
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-Clint Cantwell, Grilling.com Guest Editor
great feature congrats Darlene !