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Best Grilling Tips from Around the Neighborhood

It’s grilling season!  With the sunny warm weather, there is no better way to cook than grilling outside, enjoying the summer. Grilling can be tricky, which is why we asked the experts in meats and grilling from around our neighborhood to share with us (and you!) everything they know so we may, too, become experts in the art of grilling.

Step one: Where to get your meat


To get the best meat for grilling, skip the grocery store and go straight to the butcher. Getting quality meat means knowing where it came from, and that is what William von Schneidau did when he started BB Ranch Butcher Shop, he found the best farms in the area. His full butcher shop is well known in Pike Place Market, as they do everything themselves and can do any cut you want on the spot.

Knowing what cut or kind of meat to get for grilling can be tricky, but William recommends some of his best: 943244_576192952401723_1027134085_n

  • Baby Back Ribs
  • Santa Maria Tri Tip (uniquely to BB Ranch with the most amazing rub you’ll ever taste)
  • BB Ranch hand made burgers (or sausages), such as buffalo, blue cheese, bacon and lamb sliders.
  • Red Steaks

William suggests to always tell your butcher about your plans; what you’re cooking with the meat, how many people you’ll be feeding, what you’ll be drinking, etc. That will help them point you to the best meat catered to your needs.

If going with red steak seems a bit threatening to grill,  William suggests to go with something the butcher prepared instead. Whether that’s their hand made burgers or their Lime Jalapeno Chicken Wings (they suggest to pair it with Margaritas and Coronas), all you’ll have to do is listen carefully to the butcher’s cooking time directions and you’ll have a perfect meal. If it’s your first time grilling, but you want steak, William’s go-to is a boneless Rib eye steak from their dry-aged locker, he assures us it’s fool-proof.BBRanch2

The best part of BB Ranch being in Pike Place Market is that it is your one-time stop. You can get everything you need for your BBQ there.  All businesses at Pike Place know each other so the people from the veggie stand will know exactly what to suggest to go along with your BB Ranch meat and vice versa.

Step two: Know the grilling basics

  • Get it hot: Turn the grill on several minutes before you want to begin grilling. You want the grill nice and hot for when you begin.oil_grill_tip5
  • Oil it up: Grab a paper towel and soak it in oil, grab it with tongs and rub it over the rack to avoid the meat from sticking to the grill.
  • Dry it off: Pat your meat dry with a paper towel before you place it on the grill to get the perfect sear.
  • Let it rest: When the meat has reached your desire done-ness, let it rest for a few minutes to allow the juices to settle.
  • Use it: Grill pans are great for giving vegetables and fruits the smoky flavor we all love, without having them fall through the rack.

Step three: Recipes

You have your meat and basic grilling tips, all you need now is a few recipes (if you didn’t buy prepared meat from BB Ranch) for your meat to make your BBQ perfect. Here are five of our favorites.

  1. Bacon Bourbon BBQ Chicken Kebabs
  2. Beer Marinated Grilled Steak
  3. Grilled Cilantro Lime BBQ Wings
  4. Grilled Veggies: Zucchini, Carrot, Mushroom and Peppers
  5. Chipotle Baby Back Ribsbabyback-ribs-5

Looking for more summer and barbecuing recipes? Follow our Pinterest Board!

What are your plans for Independence Day? Do you have any grilling tips or secrets? Share them with us in the comments!

Transitioning Into Your Fall Social Calendar

Man, did summer fly by or what? All those 80 degree days seemed to make the time go faster.

But here we are, in the first days of fall, ready for the leaves – and weather – to change. One thing that won’t change – all the localicious things to do around The Century. Here are some upcoming events where you can shift your social calendar indoors.

9/26 through 1/31/15: Beaumount & Caswell in Hacienda Holiday at Teatro Zinzanni
Teatro Zinzanni is a special dinner theatre treat featuring a lavish production under a unique tent while enjoying a four-star dinner. Their newest show features favorites Beaumount and Caswell for an experience return for an adventure that will take them south of the border. The cast also features an ‘on point’ fortune teller with a sultry concoction to share, a pair of highflying poets hoping love will take them to new heights, a bad boy bartender who juggles bottles while breaking hearts, and a tango dancing couple that burn the floor (and so much more) with their sultry moves.


9/27: Elton John at Key Arena
There are only a few tickets left via Ticketmaster and StubHub, so hustle if you want the chance to walk over to Key Arena and see Elton John play this Saturday night.

9/27 6:00pm – 7:30pm: TedX Rainier Salon at Pacific Science Center Laser Dome
Turn on your brain and join other people who love science for a viewing of TED talks facilitated by TEDxRainier curator Phil Klein and technologist Ramez Naam. These talks explore a wide range of science topics and will be followed by informal comments and conversation discussing the topics presented.

Opening 10/4: The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! at Pacific Science Center
We’ve all seen the TV show showcasing Robert Ripley’s legendary compendium of oddities, anomalies and fantastic feats. This exhibit explains the science that underlies them.

11/18: Phish at Key Arena
If Elton John isn’t your cup of tea, maybe you prefer the jams of Phish. There are plenty of tickets available, so come in out of the rain and and enjoy a Saturday night with a classic American band.

Do you know of some other interesting events coming this fall? Let us know.