BBQ Bash and Grilled Pizzas and Piadinas – Grills Gone Mild

BBQ Bash and Grilled Pizzas and Piadinas

The Delicious Life Cookbook-A-Day Giveaway
BBQ Bash and Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas

** Note ** 2500 Recipes is still open to give away, so if you have not yet, comment to play.

Regardless of whether you reck-a-nize Memorial Day weekend just before June as your premature evacuation of Spring, or you stubbornly cling to the “officially observed” seasonal transition during the Solstice in the middle of June, or you wait for the last day of the semester at the end of June — whether you acknowledge the beginning, middle or end of the month, the fact is the entire month of June signifies The Start. The Start of…what? Summer? Vacation? Summer vacation? Whatever it is, June is definitely the start of something.

In June, you want to be starting something. *furrows impossibly perfect brow *

You have got to be starting something. *cocks head to one side*

I said you wanna be startin’ somethin’. *huh?*

You got to be startin’ somethin’. *oh-em-gee*

Ma ma se, ma ma sa, ma MA coo sa. (Capitalization to indicate em-PHA-sis)

Before my body starts twitching in sequin glove-sampled conflict under my Cinder-brella (if you “get” that statement, we should be friends), let’s give away two books that pay homage to June as the start of something gastronomically known as “Grilling Season”: BBQ Bash: The Be-All, End-All Party Guide from Barefoot to Black Tie or Grilled Pizzas and Piadinas.

At this point, you should know the grill drill, but since you insist on this illusion of consistency via repetition, I will say it again. Leave a comment on this post. What you say in your comment will, in no way, affect your chances of winning in a random drawing. However, the winner may or may not be selected in a random drawing, so you might want to consider your favorite Michael Jackson song. If you don’t have a favorite Michael Jackson song, you don’t really have a chance of winning, now do you?

I may get lynched for such gross stereotyping (of which I seem to do lot anyway), but “grilling” and “BBQ” have long been been associated with men. No matter what their skill level or actual experience has been at the grill, men love to grill, and it has nothing to do with the joy of cooking. Grilling has everything to do with the primordial hunt.

Must hunt meat.

Must set on fire.

Must eat meat.

It’s a peculiar phenomenon, what overcomes men when they sense fire. Like heat-seeking missiles, men are magnetically drawn to the fire of a grill. Fire and meat together are like a screeching sirens’s love song that rips through every man’s flat-front Dockers and periwinkle pique polo, beckons the caveman that’s been domesticated under thousands of years of Schick Quattro and quiche, and releases the inner primordial pyromaniac.

Suddenly they are half-naked, a circle of squirrel pelts around their waists, beating their hairy chests. Mentally reverted to tribal warrior-hunters, grilling is some final after-the-hunt ritual of throwing the sacrificial rosemary-marinated pork tenderloin on its funeral pyre. If the food on the grill requires only one person to cook, it doesn’t matter. Even if they have never ever before even so much as stepped foot in a kitchen, nor ever once before “manned” a grill, it’s like an animal instinct – the way a newborn shark just knows it’s supposed to swim and start looking for Nemo.


But the “GR” is disappearing from grilling, and though I’d love to get all up in your Run DMC, what I’m really saying is that what was once just a ceremony of fire and animal carcass is now…

..a cocktail party.

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  • FranMag

    Both of those cookbooks look great. Aw, who am I kidding? I’m not going to win one.

  • sarah j. gim

    Fran! you’re such a loyal, faithful reader and giveaway player! don’t give up! it’ sonly HALFWAY through the giveaway! there are at least a dozen more books to give away!

  • Lillian

    Ooh! Barbecue looks so good. I think you just convinced me to make pulled pork for dinner. :-D

  • SunJun

    Every guy is just a pyro at heart.

  • Ari

    I would sooo love a grill cookbook! Gotta love that Thriller, if only because we get a little tipsy and try to perform the dance…

  • lauren

    Billllllllie Jean

  • Sharon

    She was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene…!

    I just made a grilled pizza for the first timeand I’m hooked. I’d love to see more recipes!

  • freeway-J

    AHHH, just the thought of BBQ gets the hairs on my arms to stand up…at least the ones I didn’t singe off over the last two weekends. So far this spring grilling season I’ve done chicken, hamburgers, vegetables, and smoked a pork butt, but I haven’t done pizza.

    I would have to go with THRILLER!


    Hi Sarah…it’s an oldie, “I’ll be There.” :o)

  • brewinphan

    Me love bbq! But not as much as I love “Billie Jean”

  • Yuri, Chris, and Aki

    Human Nature!! :D

  • Kate

    Beat It. Though I have been known to karaoke The Way You Make Me Feel.

  • sarah j. gim

    lillian: please send sample this way. thank you.

    sunjun: i agree.

    ari: why does everyone say THRILLER? is it the video?!

    lauren: YES. not my lover…

    sharon: more recipes…and you should see the ones in the book (with awesome pictures, too)

    freeway-j: i will never not have to stifle a giggle when i hear/read “pork butt”

    goshiluvu: aw…see, gotta love the oldies, you know?

    brewingguy: more billie jean!

    yuri and chris: cheers for not-Thriller and not-BillieJean :)

  • SJK

    open flame and meat. What more could a guy want? Michael Jackson song? Only one I can remember is Beat It.

  • sarah j. gim

    kate: you karaoke MJ? marry me!

    sjk: open flame. meat. ice cold MGD?

  • jkru

    Does the Jackson 5 count? I really like “I want you back”, but that’s mostly because KT Tunstall did this incredible cover of it.

  • Craig

    Miss Sarah, the girl that we all want to rock with.

    Girl close your eyes let that rhythm get into you.

    Don’t try to fight it, there ain’t nothing that you can do.

    Relax your mind, lay back and groove with mine.

    You’ve got to feel that beat and we write the boogie, share that beat of love,

    I want to rock with you

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  • taysha u

    Thriller still scares me… yeah I’m 29

  • dave

    Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough

    but i’ll never get enough delicious.

  • Sonya

    “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” definitely!

  • Bryen

    and make it three in a row for “Don’t Stop…”

  • ashley

    i have to say thriller.. original, i know!

  • Meghan

    I have been dying to try some grilled pizza!!!!
    Fave Micheal Jackson song has to be “Rock with Me”

  • FranMag

    Okay Sarah. I left my defeatist comment before you filled in the details of the giveaway, so I have to comment with my favorite MJ song to show that I am NOT giving up!

    Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ brings back memories of my senior year and makes me smile when I hear it.

  • Michele

    Can’t “Beat It”…we keep getting one “One More Chance” to win!!!

  • Kaitlin

    Billie Jean. Sigh.

  • cocoa-licious

    Am I too late? “the Girl is Mine” Michael and Sir Paul, before the ugliness.

  • Toystory

    2500 receipes, really?

  • queenoftheclick

    Billie Jean is the best Michael Jackson song ever! It’s a great song to play while taking a road trip too.

    I love those books because my sweetie LOVES to grill. He is a wonderful cook, but he only cooks a few things. So if I won those books, I would help him prep the meal and then he could grill away!

  • Anonymous

    As a pizza maven, I am always looking for new and exciting recipes. I sure could use a copy of that book!

  • Simply

    Grilled pizza? That’s madness! I must try this book!

  • Megan

    Ben, you know, the rat. Thats my favorite MJ song. Does that date me. My age I mean. O-well! I’ll just grill that rat.

  • oddlyme

    Grilled Pizza? Two things I love most – fire and carbs together!

    Oh please, PLEASE….

  • sassysquirrel

    OK, This is one cookbook that I could read cover to cover. I, for some strange reason, am completely intimidated by grilling pizza, and have never tried it!

  • d*

    grilled pizza would taste so good right about now..

    Sarah, what do you do if your random thingermajigger chooses the same winner twice?

  • condiment

    “Ben.” Definitely “Ben.”

  • Joe Horn

    Sarah, I love your blog and the pics. I just recently published an entry on my blog where I slow grilled some baby back ribs. Would love for you to check it out and give me your opinion.



  • Anonymous

    Killer blog! I just stumbled upon this site and was taken aback by your writing. It’s truly an excellent description of the quintessential “Grill Sergeant Major.” I am a new fan. I grill pizzas regularly on both gas (Weber) and Charcoal (Big Green Egg). I have not ordered out a pizza in years. Billie Jean and Beat are certainly at the zenith of MJ’s chart toppers. However, I have to give a shout out to SMOOTH CRIMINAL.

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