MUSIC HELPS ME BBQ

Is it barbecue or barbeque? I’m going with BBQ.


There are so many BBQ options to consider

There is a wide selection of fuels to choose: natural gas, propane, wood pellets, charcoal, and even electric. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks. Some are more convenient but lack flavour, and flavourful options can be messy. It really depends on your preference and the investment should require consideration on what type of cooking will be done on a regular basis.


The actual grilling process

Anyway, this post isn’t about the type of BBQ methods but the actual cooking process. To be more specific, it refers to grilling food that requires constant attention. Unlike a large roast or bird on a spit that you set up, close the hood, and check on every half hour.

I will publish a future post about being able to barbeque 365 days/year, even during the frigid western Canadian winter. That’s when I use ear pods with my ear muffs.


Timing is everything

I cook on a natural gas BBQ. And I use music to time my cooking. Note that the burner levels are important to the type of food I’m grilling and the intensity of the heat I want. Both will affect the timing.

I rely on songs to gauge how long something has been on the grill. It reminds me when to move or turn over what I’m grilling. Obviously, the song’s length is important, but rather than looking at a clock, I use the end of a song as a prompt to check the food I’m cooking. Most songs are 3 – 5 minutes although I would use a song like Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (17:15) if I was doing a roast.

This doesn’t eliminate the intermittent examination of grilling at any time but it’s more of a reminder. Getting sidetracked on the deck while enjoying a beverage can be a problem. This isn’t a restaurant where you can send back a medium steak that was supposed to be medium-rare.


The needed kick in the ass

Music can also be a motivator. A strong and lively beat can stimulate exercise and maintain the drive and intensity. It can drive more effectively than a trainer who barks. Whatever gets you off the couch.

I also like to use up-tempo movie soundtracks when I need the motivations to clean the BBQ or carry out similar energetic chores.  Music can provide the soundtrack for whatever you’re doing.  The Raconteurs’ “Don’t Bother Me” is reserved for some intense work.


Songs that should inspire

“Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme)” – Star Wars

“Flight of the Valkyries”

“Soul Sacrifice” by Santana

“Don’t Bother Me” by The Raconteurs

Other applications where music can lend a helping hand

Using music as a guide can easily be applied to the kitchen as well. Hell, it makes doing other odd jobs, such as cleaning the garage, less like work and frankly, fun.

It’s so easy to create a themed playlist for specific tasks. The advent of the vast selection of audio devices allows music to be enjoyed easily and virtually anywhere. These are the soundtracks of life that can add some spice to everyday tedious routines.

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