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Light the Grill - Steps to enjoying safe BBQ

Is there a better way to start the day than enjoying the little t-ball game behind my home? There is something about parents cheering and aluminum bats clanging that bring back memories for me, for I was once the dirty faced kid who slid face first into everything, sometime for no particular reason. I was also the kid who tried to use his post game meal ticket twice at the snack shack. Unfortunately, for me they were too smart for my tricks. As a result, my love for food and the endless ways I tried to get it has brought me here to my patio where I am once again wishing I had that famous meal ticket. If only I could still fit into my uniform? It would be hilarious if I tried to climb into a stranger’s minivan. However, I doubt the police would share the same enthusiasm. I am better off here standing at the baseball field enormously hungry trying to figure out how to work some food into my roaring belly.

Luckily, for me, my patio is equipped with a grill and some fuel. All I need is a good recipe and some tongs and I can have my own post game feast. So I have listed below a battle plan - if you will – designed to formulate the greatest backyard BBQ. Keeping in mind that you (my readers) have Interstitial Cystitis, this battle plan is intended to feed your own team. If you follow the steps you will soon be on your way to mouth watering chicken smothered in BBQ sauce, cooled downed by classic potato salad and ice tea!

Step One: The Grill

You must have the right tools to grill, thus grilling begins with the grill itself. Most of us have the basic gas grill, which will do the job just fine, however they do come with some flare causing qualities. For starters, their hot rocks are exposed directly below your food, when the fat in your meat begins to render, it will drip onto the hot rocks creating smoke. Smoke contains PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) which are harmful for not only those with Interstitial Cystitis but for everyone. Even though you cannot avoid PAH altogether, you can limit its contact with your food by grilling leaner cuts of meat and poultry, finishing the cooking process in the oven.

Step Two: The Meat

Use leaner cuts of meat like, top sirloin (beef), top round steaks (beef), tenderloin (beef), skinless chicken breast, lamb, pork tenderloin, pork bone in rib chop, venison, buffalo (bison), shrimp, or fish. For this dish, I have chosen skinless chicken breasts. I prefer to butterfly my chicken breasts before grilling because it cuts the cooking process in half, which will allow less time for the PAH to contact your food. Grill each side of the chicken breasts for three minutes before you add the BBQ sauce. When you add the BBQ sauce, lower your grill heat to low and grill each side for an additional minute, basting with BBQ between each flip. Rotate each breast three times per side, this will ensure you get a nice sweet crust.

Step Three: The Sauce

BBQ sauce is evil. Mine is not.
1-cup carrot juice

¼-cup blueberry juice
1 garlic clove – minced

1-cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons wheat flour

Salt to taste

Melt the butter first. Then sauté the garlic over medium heat for 30 seconds until it becomes aromatic. Increase the flame to medium high and add the flour, stirring for one minute (it should clump up). Add the carrot juice, blueberry juice, and brown sugar and stir for one minute. The sauce should thicken to the consistency of BBQ sauce, if it has not stir until it does. Remove the sauce from heat and let it cool to room temperature.

Step Four: The Sides

Potato salad is a staple at my BBQ as well as everyone else’s in these 50 states. I make this potato salad with no mayonnaise and it contains no vinegar or citrus. It will be new to most people who did not grow up eating German potato salad, but it will still please your taste buds.

4 potatoes

1-tablespoon all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons honey

1/3 cup water

1/2 cup chopped parsley or chives

Salt to taste

Boil the potatoes in salt water until fork tender, drain and let cool. Add the flour, water, and honey into a sauté pan and stir over medium heat until thickened. Pour the sauce over the potatoes and then add the parsley and salt. Toss and cool.

Step Five: The Drink

Anything served ice cold would surely feel nice on a hot day. I normally make a large pitcher of ice water but with all these great flavors, I have to choose to use blueberry herbal tea. Blueberry herbal tea will compliment the blueberries in the BBQ sauce and keep any threat of a flare at bay!

What else do you need? Start those grills and enjoy a good game of T-ball.

What is Interstitial Cystitis?

Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a condition that results in recurring discomfort or pain in the bladder and the surrounding pelvic region. The symptoms vary from case to case....

What causes IC?

Some of the symptoms of IC/PBS resemble those of bacterial infection, but medical tests reveal no organisms in the urine of people with IC/PBS...

How is IC diagnosed?

Because symptoms are similar to those of other disorders of the bladder and there is no definitive test to identify IC/PBS, doctors must rule out other treatable conditions before considering a diagnosis of IC/PBS...

What are treatments for IC?

Scientists have not yet found a cure for IC/PBS, nor can they predict who will respond best to which treatment. Symptoms may disappear with a change in diet or treatments or without explanation...

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