Resolution #6. If you are a regular reader of this column, this resolution will sound familiar as it is my mantra. Please promise you will not stab, mush down or cut meats while they are cooking outdoors, or ever for that matter. There is no advantage to losing all those moist, delicious juices unless
your goal is to serve a hot leather shoe.
Resolution #7. Get to know a great butcher in your area. They specialize in local beef that is steroid and hormone free. You would be
surprised how much better it tastes.
Resolution #8. Learn to grill vegetables. Once of the most satisfying side dishes we fix is grilled corn on the cob. There are many vegetables which lend themselves perfectly to outdoor cooking, but please
learn to grill corn.
Resolution #9. For the major holidays of 2011, cook the entree outdoors. Here are some ideas: Easter – leg of lamb. July 4th – Pulled pork sandwiches. Halloween – Beer can chicken. Thanksgiving – Turkey. Christmas – Bone-in rib eye or crown roast of pork.
Resolution #10. Don't be afraid to try your hand at grilling fish. If you learn simple techniques, you will be a master in no time. It's healthy, and it also helps you accomplish resolution #2.
To review techniques on grilling or preparing a specific meal visit http://www.bbq-my-way.com.
Bonus Resolution. Support the American culinary art of barbecue by joining a legitimate barbecue
society this year. I am partial to The Kansas City Barbecue Society. It's $35 a year and it includes an ID card and a subscription to their monthly publication, “The Bull Sheet.” That's less than a dime a day. Their website is http://www.kcbs.us/.
Dave Lobeck is a barbecue chef from Sellersburg, Ind., who writes a weekly column for CNHI News Service. Visit his website at www.BBQMyWay.com.