Sure, you're a pro at flipping burgers, sizzling up some hot dogs, and even roasting whole ears of corn on the grill. But have you ever decided to truly take your breakfast al fresco and cook your entire brunch menu outside?
Your grill is ready and waiting to be the venue for your first meal of the day, so get the coffee going and fire it up! All you need is one inexpensive add-on — a cast iron griddle — and you're all set to be playing with fire. Look for inexpensive versions, such as the Lodge griddle available in many stores and online from Walmart and Amazon, and just make sure the heavy-duty one you buy has a lip or rimmed edge to catch runny eggs or hold onto bacon drippings. (If you already own a cast iron skillet, guess what? That works great on the grill too.)
It's hard to say what the best part of cooking brunch outdoors might be — the pleasant surroundings, the tasty grilled flavors, or the fact that your house won't smell like bacon grease when you're done. Maybe all of the above?
Casey Barber is a freelance food writer, photographer, and recipe developer, the editor of the online magazine Good. Food. Stories, and the author of Pierogi Love: New Takes on an Old-World Comfort Food and Classic Snacks Made from Scratch: 70 Homemade Versions of Your Favorite Brand Name Treats.