A series of events had conspired to keep me from grilling. Then about 2 months ago when things got better and I could grill again I just wasn't motivated. I had one of those slumps Griffin (I think it was) started a thread about. I had zero interest in grilling. Two weeks ago I didn't want to let Easer pass without making something so I forced myself out to the grill. Well for the last two weeks food has once again been coming off my grill and smoker and it feels good. I want to start visiting here again regularly, because I have missed the folks here.
I can tell my head is back into grilling because today was one of those "It's just good to be alive" moments. It is the Patriot's Day Holiday here so I am not working. The temps are going to get to 90 degrees. I've got the Sox on one channel (the game starts at 11AM) and the Boston Marathon on the other. And best of all I was out at the grill at 11AM trying an experiment on the grill. As I was sipping the first tasty ale of the day, I realized I was back in the grill zone again.
I wanted to eat some hotdogs while watching the game. So I grabbed a couple of my favorite Kayem hot dogs and some buttered New England Style Hot Dog rolls and headed to the grill. The experiment was to try grilling the buns on the grills flat top grill griddle. The nice thing about New England style hot dog rolls are the sides are just made to be grilled. I usually do it over the open grate, but I wanted to try the griddle. I removed the center grate and replaced it with my griddle grate. The dogs were grilled over medium direct heat on the open grate and the rolls were done over medium heat on the griddle. I decided to use my SR grill presses. This was a mistake as they were too heavy and smooshed the rolls a bit. I took them off and finished the rolls without.
I love the browning I got with the griddle, so I will start doing my buns this way all of the time. I now know I don't need the grill presses, but I'll bring a spatula with me in case if I need to give the buns a little help laying flat.