Cooking

Red Pill Loneliness: Cooking for One

In the third installment of Red Pill Loneliness, I would like to discuss a method of cooking that helped to empower my masculinity, brought healthy food to my table, and killed countless hours of depression.

Any man will experience some degree of loneliness or boredom through the course of a given week. Having these quiet breaks of time are an opportunity – get up and do something with it.

The Charcoal Grill

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Knowing how to cook over fire was necessary for human survival up until the 20th century. The pleasures of grilling are surreal and will teach you the fundamentals of healthy cooking. You can pick up a cheap charcoal for $40 or you can spoil yourself with some of the deluxe models that hit the $300+ mark.

History of the Charcoal Grill
In 1952, a gentleman named George Stephen Sr. was working at Weber Brothers Metal Works in Chicago. The factory manufactured marine buoys. George came up with an idea for a better grill to replace the problematic outdoor BBQs that filled American backyards at the time. His invention: a dome-shaped grill with vents, covered by a lid to protect food from the elements.

George Stephen cut a buoy in half, added the air vents, legs,handles, and grilling plate. His invention would spark a backyard revolution.

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With winter fast approaching, I highly recommend researching this amazing device. Lets look at the Pros and Cons:

CONS
There are a few downsides to charcoal grilling, the first being time. It can take up to half an hour to get the grill up to temperature. Even after the appropriate heat has been reached, the cooking/smoking process is far greater than propane, gas, or oven cooking.

Unattended, it is quite easy to have a flair up, thus burning your food.

Charcoal is more expensive (at least in Canada) per individual meal. The cost of the charcoal, wood chips, and lighter fluid or chimney, adds up to slightly more than a $30 propane tank and does not produce as many BBQ events.

Because the concept behind charcoal grilling involves smoke, you may find that “fire” scent on your clothes.

PROS
The additional time required to prepare and cook the meals can be fun. Experimenting with different wood chips, meats, veggies, seasonings, and marinades is a joy.

Friends and family will drop in any time you mention you’re having a BBQ. If you’re looking for more social time in the comfort of your own home, a charcoal grill will help.

Glowing coals are at a temperature of about 1,100 degrees Celsius; while gas burns at around 1,900 degrees Celsius, there’s very little radiant heat from the flames. The heat produced from your charcoal makes grilling during a snowfall a relaxing experience.

The aroma created from a charcoal grill or smoker is simply amazing. Your BBQ will ooze with lip-smacking smells, letting a small neighbourhood know that you’ve lit your BBQ.

You cannot compare the flavour of the food to any other type of BBQ. I hated cooking before I purchased my first grill. Now, I can bring a beer-can chicken, filet Mignon, or cedar plank salmon to the table and impress any woman. And the time it takes to cook allows for some fun flirting in between!

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